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In respect of dealing with an US freight forwarder Shipping Instructions on an LCL ocean freight shipment are substitute for a booking confirmation. Shipping Instructions for ocean freight Export or Import shipping from or to to the USA contain information as in a booking confirmation but presented in more comprehensive form. 

Regardless of format of Shipping Instructions on an ocean freight shipment it should provide at least the following information on the shipment:

  1. A document No. and carrier's Booking No.;
  2. Carrier's shipping terminal or shipping agent contact information;
  3. Sailing details on shipping ocean freight, including: 
    - ETD - Estimated Time of Departure (shipping day from a sea port);
    - ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival 
    - Other shipping details such as: Vessel, Voyage, Routing etc.

Shipping Instructions on IMPORT of ocean freight to the USA

As an U.S. Freight Forwarder, in our shipping instructions on Import shipments from the USA, we typically refer shippers directly to an ocean freight carrier's shipping agent in the country of origin, where their ocean freight shipment will be initiated. Then we may work on the importer's behalf as soon as goods entered into the U.S. Commerce Zone. Refer to this link for more information about shipping ocean freight to the USA.

Scheduling of ocean freight Import shipments may take up to seven working days from the day of booking. In certain circumstances it may take longer. 

The online ocean freight Shipping Instructions on EXPORT from the USA

Shipping Export ocean freight from the USA: Upon shipper's booking request online, we e-mail a link that contains complete Shipping Instructions generated especially for the shipment.  

Our online Shipping Instructions contain the following:

  • Our Reference No. and Ocean freight Carrier's Booking No.;
  • Ocean freight carrier or a domestic transportation companie's shipping terminal address and phone number;
  • Sailing details on shipping ocean freight, including: 
    - ETD - Estimated Time of Departure (shipping day from a sea port); 
    - ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival 
    - Other shipping details such as: Vessel, Voyage, Routing etc.
  • Link for printing your shipping labels;
  • Links to fill out and submit your essential shipping documents online, including: 
    -- Dock Receipt (You may consider it a ticket for your shipped goods)
    -- Valued Packing List (in general applies to personal export shipments by sea). 
    -- Commercial Invoice (in general applies to commercial export shipments by sea).

We will need at least one business day from the day of booking in order to schedule your export shipment and e-mail our Shipping Instructions on your ocean freight shipment. For new customers time counts from the day of receiving funds on our security deposit request.

IMPORTANT: You have to complete and submit all shipping documents in the Shipping Instructions before your ocean freight is delivered to an ocean freight carrier or a domestic transportation company (LTL carrier) shipping terminal.

This approach is common when you use shipping services from international shipping companies (Freight Forvarders, NVOCC, VOCC). However, if you use a shipping service from an International Moving company, then it may differ from international shipping companies procedures on ocean freight shipments. Shipping instruction received from International Moving companies varies case by case.

If you work on your Import or Export international shipment with an International Moving company, then we recommend obtaining complete shipping instructions with the total shipping cost confirmation from the International Moving company in advance.

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