Understanding the Process of Sea Cargo Shipping from the Origin Country

Understanding the Process of Sea Cargo Shipping from the Origin Country

One of the key components of international shipping, such as with sending cargo to Mauritius from Australia, is to understand the process of how sea cargo shipping works. When overseas shipping is concerned, knowing whom the parties involved are and what their responsibilities are is important! We are here to make the process of sea cargo shipping clear.

We can divide this into four distinctive steps; Origin (Door and Port) and Destination (Door and Port). In this blog, we will take each process of sea cargo shipping one by one from the origin country.

What is consider “Door at Origin (Country)”, is where the sea cargo-shipping journey starts. When you are moving cargo overseas, this is the point of pickup for the cargo. Usually you will both act as the shipper AND the consignee (which we will talk about later in the Door (Destination) section. The shipper is usually an individual or a company that is sending the sea cargo shipment. Often, as the shipper, you will also be responsible for loading the cargo onto respective mode of transport, based on your choice of sea cargo shipping, that is onto a truck for LCL sea cargo or a container for FCL cargo shipments.

At this point we recommend not including the following items in the shipment to avoid customs issues and delays; tobacco, plants, firearms and toy weapons, alcohol, foods/liquids, and live animals in your sea cargo.  We always remind our clients to take note of the following too.

  • An itemised packing list
  • On LCL basic, goods should be on pallets
  • On FCL basis, a ramp will be required to load cargo onto container
  • Street access verification for truck/container

You can contact us at Cargo to Mauritius, to help you with choosing your packing materials as well as to help you with packing your sea cargo for shipping to Mauritius. Also, as your freight forwarder, we will also book and arrange the container, as well as issue a Bill of Lading, and thereafter track your shipment as it travels via sea cargo shipping. Often, we are also termed as the Origin Agent.

If you have chosen LCL shipping (also known as groupage), the a consolidation warehouse will be where the truck will take your cargo, where it will then be consolidated with other cargo to fill a full container.

We always recommend not travelling until your cargo has been shipped, as well as always having your sea cargo shipping documents accessible during your travel as well. The travel times differ when it comes to sea cargo shipping, but are often faster with FCL shipping as opposed to LCL shipping, based on the lack of consolidation/deconsolidation delays at transit ports.

Stay tuned for our next blog, on Understand the Process of Ocean Shipping at the Destination Country!

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