Moving Cargo To or From Port

While everyone in shipping tends to focus on the movement of freight across the ocean, it is also important to consider how your freight will move to or from the port. This affects shipments of a full container load or less than a container load (LCL). You might need to consider a port-to-door, door-to-port or door-to-door service for your shipment. These services are generally included in your ocean freight quote when applicable.

Port-to-door services ensure that when your shipment arrives at the port, a broker will use a network of National and Regional draymen, trucks or rail lines until your shipment reaches its final destination. It also includes customs clearance at entry points and possibly unpacking of your shipment to remove any clutter. Door-to-port services involve your provider ensuring packaging, wrapping and loading your items. Then your freight will be trucked to the port for shipment. Door-to-door services are the best of both worlds. With a door-to-door service, your freight will be picked up (and possibly packaged) by your shipper and taken to the port to delivery. When your shipment arrives in its destination country, it will be transported by truck to its final destination. Most supply chains prefer door-to-door services simply because it makes it easier for them to ship with less hassle.

There are some limitations. Even if a broker handles shipments to a particular country or port, door-to-door services may not be available for that destination because of safety concerns. The best way to find out if door-to-door services are available for your shipment is to consult a trusted freight forwarder with a direct feed to US Customs.