International sea freight is one of the most important transportation modes to Australia for importers and exporters. Huge volumes of goods are imported and exported via sea freight on a daily basis to and from China, Taiwan, Korea, India, Japan, Europe and the USA. Though sea freight is a commonly used transport mode and highly attractive for the majority of shippers, the process can be daunting with obstacles hidden in the process. And for less experienced shippers, these obstacles can lead to delays, legal issues and or higher costs.

Continue reading to learn how to never miss a step in your international sea freight shipping process.

How the checklist will support you

For the third and last part of “The Ultimate Guide for International Sea Freight” we are giving you a free checklist. We understand time is scarce and most people managing the logistics and transportation requirements for their company have to cope with a lot of pressure. To assist with this, we created a checklist that covers all of the important steps to successfully import international sea freight to Australia or export freight globally. This checklist summarises the topics we discussed in part 1 and part 2 of our blog post series on international shipping. This comprehensive one-pager summarises all of the details for you so you can quickly check-off each step, ensuring you won’t miss a thing.

Topics covered in the sea freight checklist

In the first part of our blog post we covered the following:

  • Mode of Transport
  • Arranging Transportation
  • Appropriate Incoterms (2010) for Sea Freight
  • Packing and Marking Instructions

The second part of our “Ultimate Sea Freight Guide” gives you detailed information on:

  • Communication To All Staff Involved About Their Obligations
  • Country Restrictions for Imports
  • Documentation
  • Unforeseen Charges / Costs
  • Quality Control
  • Customs Clearance
  • Damaged and Missing Goods

These topics and other details are covered in the checklist and will support you with your frequent imports/exports.

Have you found the right freight forwarder?

With this great tool at your fingertips and a freight forwarder you can trust, you are setup for successfully importing goods to Australia or exporting them globally. In the end, one does not go without the other. Do you have questions about your freight forwarding provider? Find more information on how to find a freight forwarder and just to make sure, here you can read 10 signs that show you found the right freight forwarder (or not).

For more than a century, BCR has continued to help small, medium and large businesses achieve an optimum logistics solution with warehousing and transportation, including air freight and sea freight services to and from the major ports including BrisbaneSydneyMelbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle (Perth).