Whether exporting - by sea, air or road – the initial stages in working towards exporting your goods can be an arduous task. In order to make your product as attractive as possible to overseas customers, it’s important to have the correct logistics, documentation and transport information when starting out your exporting business
The role of a freight forwarding company
Outsourcing your transport and shipping requirements to a freight forwarder ensures you have a company working with you from the beginning. They will help you with matters such as:
Deciding on the best transport method for your goods
This can be exported by sea, air, road or courier service. You obviously want the costs to be economical but you don’t want the overall service to be more time consuming to you or your customer.
Air freight is quicker transit but can be more expensive.
Sea freight is cheaper but has longer transit time.
Confirming the export documentation requirements for your goods based on the commodity and the destination
Certain commodities such as animal and plant origins require veterinary or phytosanitary certificates and even inspection by a vet. Some countries require a certificate of origin. These can be obtained by local chamber authorities or via ourselves.
Getting export shipping and transport rates for your goods to your customer
The method of transport for your exports is very important. You obviously want your goods to go as economically and quickly as possible. Once we know the destination and approximate size and weight we are happy to go over your shipping options and the possible costs and liabilities.
Assistance and advice with Letters of Credit
Letters of credit are a great and safe way to trade with overseas buyers and a great way to secure funds before exporting your goods.
Explaining how to use and understand INCOTERMS in your sales contract
The most common terms for exporting are EXW, CIF/CFR and FOB. We are happy to explain what these mean and what your liabilities are when trading under these terms. But at the end of the day you want your product to be as attractive as possible to the buyer and if the buyer doesn’t have to arrange shipping themselves this could be very appealing
As t. ward shipping ltd is a completely independent freight forwarder we are well placed to assist and offer impartial advice for any export enquiries you may have.
Giving you first-hand experience of shipping to countries you’re interested in shipping to
We have many years of experience in exporting goods to countries all over the world and are more than familiar with some of the reasons goods get delayed in transit. Don’t be afraid to ask for our experience on a specific country.
Assisting with any professional packing requirement your goods may need
We can assist with anything from high value engineering products to art sculptures and paintings. It's worth noting that some insurers require your goods to be professionally packed in order to get insurance cover for goods in transit.
Setting you up with HMRC EORI number
Whether importing or exporting, when trading commercially you must have an EORI number. It only takes a couple of days to get but its worth bearing in mind sooner than later.
Getting your goods insured to cover all risks
When shipping by sea, air or road your goods are not covered to their full value so if you are exporting high value goods it's definitely worth taking out extra cover to insure against loss, damage and theft.
Assisting you with classifying your goods using the HMRC Tariff Classification
All goods whether importing or exporting need to have a HMRC tariff number. If you’re unfamiliar with yours this is something we can assist you with.
If your goods are classified as hazardous you will have restrictions on the countries you can ship to
Since the explosions at the port of Tianjin there are strict restrictions on the export of dangerous goods to China but other ports around theworld have similar restrictions on certain goods. It's always worth checking if your goods would be prohibited or not.
It's also worth checking you have sufficient labelling on any products deemed hazardous.
As t. ward shipping ltd is a completely independent freight forwarder we are well placed to assist and offer impartial advice for any export enquiries you may have. A great source of information can also be found on the HMRC exporting is great website.
We pride ourselves on our bespoke personalized service we give to every customer from individuals to small and medium size companies.