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International Shipping Instructions for Ocean Freight Shipments

In respect of dealing with an international shipping company (US freight forwarder, NVOCC), international shipping instructions received from an international shipping company on an ocean freight shipment are substitute for a booking confirmation. International shipping instructions for international shipping of ocean freight from or to the USA contain shipping information, which is the same as in booking confirmations from international ocean freight carriers, but presented in more comprehensive form.

Regardless of format of international shipping instructions, international shipping should provide at least the following information on an ocean freight 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.

IMPORTANT: In order to avoid delays and other possible problems with your international shipment, you have to complete and submit all international shipping documents requested in international shipping instructions before your ocean freight will be delivered to an international ocean freight carrier's or to a domestic transportation company's trans-shipping terminal. Timely furnishing of proper international shipping documents in international shipping of cargo by sea is shipper's responsibility, but a responsibility of international shipping company that supports your international shipment.

Note: In general this approach is common when you use international shipping services from international shipping companies (Freight Forwarders, NVOCC, VOCC). However, if you use an international shipping service from an international moving company, then it may differ from international shipping companies procedures. International shipping instructions 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.


International Shipping Instructions with AMID Logistics, LLC 

I. EXPORT of Seafreight FROM the USA:

a. LCL (Less than Container Load shipments. International shipping of boxes, crates, pallets etc):

Get our International Shipping Instructions for LCL seafreight shipments in email in 24 hours.

International shipping of LCL ocean freight FROM the USA (Export from U.S.): Upon a booking request in our website, we will email to you a link, which contain complete International Shipping Instructions generated especially for your shipment. We need about 24 business hours in order to arrange an international LCL ocean freight shipment and email our shipping instructions to shippers. However, depending on complexity of international shipment, routing, carriers involved etc, sometimes it may take just a few hours, but sometimes in may take more than 24 business hours. We will keep our customer posted regarding of status of scheduling requested international shipments with us.

Note: New customers and international shippers that do not have an account with us, in order to initiate an international ocean freight shipment with us, unless agreed in advance, must pay a security deposit. In this case we will start working on schedualing an international seafreight shipment from the time when the security deposit is paid to us. To avoid delays in scheduling of international seafreight shipments we offer variety of payment options.

Our online international shipping instructions on LCL ocean freight shipments will contain the following:

b. International shipping instructions for other sea freight services, such as FCL (Full Container Load) and international shipping cars (and other types of vehicles) in containers and RO-RO:

Procedures on international shipping instructions with other international ocean freight services offered by AMID Logistics, LLC are in general the same as with LCL service. The essential difference is that international shipping instruction on FCL (Full Container Load) and international shipping vehicles in containers and RO-RO as a rule will be:

  1. Issued after international ocean freight carrier's price rate re-confirmation and;
  2. The ocean freight rate re-confirmation may take more than 24 hours. Sometimes it may take up to three working days.



II. International Shipping Instructions on IMPORT of sea freight TO the USA:

As an U.S. Freight Forwarder, in our international shipping instructions on Import shipments to the USA, we typically refer shippers directly to an ocean freight carrier's shipping agent in the country of origin, where their international 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 international shipping of ocean freight to the USA.

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

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