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International freight shipping rates


Obtaining quotes for freight shipping has never been easier. With ShippingQuest you can instantly obtain international freight shipping rates and all LTL and FTL quotes. You can compare carriers’ rates, transit time and prices, then simply select the carrier of your choice and process your order with a few clicks. When shipping internationally you can ship as a Less than Container Load or LCL or Full Container Load or FCL.

When shipping LCL, you are sharing a container with other shippers. Every shipment is labeled with its own unique booking # along with the shipper’s and consignee’s information. When shipping LCL you can deliver the goods to the terminal or have someone do this on your behalf. At destination the container will arrive to our agents’ location, goods will be de-consolidated, and after you have cleared customs and paid all terminal fees your goods can be removed from the terminal. When shipping FCL, the container must be pulled out of the port and positioned in a place where the trailer can park for a few hours so loading can be done.

Normally they are positioning at a loading dock in a commercial area or your business place, but if you require the container to be loaded in a residential location then you must consider getting a special permit to park the container in the street next to your residence or have it placed on your driveway if it is wide and long enough. Once the container is loaded, a seal is placed and the container will go directly to the port for export. Upon arrival to the destination port the container will be off loaded from the vessel and wait to be pulled out from the port. You have to clear customs in order to collect your goods. Only licensed carriers can collect and deliver containers.

Once the container is pulled out it must be returned empty and clean within 24 hours unless other arrangement is reached. The shipping lines may assess per diem charges and claim you kept the container and the chassis too long while the aforesaid shipping line really needed it. These charges are called demurrage charges. ShippingQuest has the knowhow and ability to handle all your international shipping, from pickup to delivery, FCL, LCL, and all the necessary paperwork. Our knowledgeable staff will ensure a quick and smooth process. Thousands of businesses and individuals trust ShippingQuest every year to transport freight internationally. 

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