When it comes to major relocations – especially international moves – there are a lot of steps in the process and a fair amount of regulatory hoops to jump through. Each stage of moving logistics involves a specific role player that takes the shipment to the next stage. If you are planning to move your household or commercial goods, it will benefit you to know the names of each of these role players and understand what they do.

Shipper and consignee

At either end of the shipping process are the individuals or organisations sending and receiving the shipments. The sender is the shipper, and the receiver – the person who signs for the shipment on the other side – is the consignee. Master Movers takes responsibility for the condition till it arrives at your door the other side. You send your consignment and must receive it on the other side too. Since you both send the shipment and receive it on the other side, you are both the shipper and consignee in an international move.

Freight forwarder

The freight forwarder assists you with all the details of your shipment, including the paperwork and the arranging of transport through the various parts of your consignment journey. The move involves many different organisations and role players. Your freight forwarder is your one point of contact, who will communicate with each of the other service providers in turn. These legal requirements are not applicable to shipments of privately-owned, used household effects, however. There is no VAT or duty on door-to-door shipments provided the senders accept their goods on the other side within a year of them having settled there. Each country differs in there customs regulations. Master Movers can get you up to speed on the specifics of the regulatory frameworks you will have to handle with your move.

LCL consolidators

If your shipment amounts to less than a full container, it will be placed into a shared container for shipment. This part of the process is handled by the less-than-container-load (LCL) consolidators. The LCL consolidator’s primary function is to fill up containers with multiple LCL shipments. When you trust Master Movers with your international move, we handle this part of the process too.

Destination agents

One of the biggest challenges of international shipping is the paperwork. When your consignment reaches the destination country, it will need to clear customs. The destination agents are the people who will handle all the necessary paperwork and procedures to ensure that this task is completed.

Master Movers is an experienced international moving company. We understand every step of the international moving process and have access to a network of experts in each of the roles mentioned above. We can facilitate a fuss-free international move with our complete mastery of moving logistics. Contact us for more information.