6 keys for international shipping to Spain

When exporting to Spain, there are some things to keep in mind as an exporter. Here we show you the 6 most important questions about shipping containers to Spain.

What is the incoterm agreed with the importer?

This issue is very important to understand whom is the responsibility of the shipment. You also have to know who is managing the international shipment and when the property is transmitted, who pays for freight and when the responsibility of the exporter is over.

How much do you need to ship?

This question allows you to know what is the best way to do your shipment. If you are shipping only a few pallets, it can be shipped as LCL (less than a container load) or loose cargo, sharing a container with other exporters. But if you have load enough, you will need a FCL (full container load) only for you. There are different kinds of containers, explore what will fit better attending to the dimensions.

What kind of material are you going to ship?

The cost of your shipment will depend on the product you are shipping and whether it can be accepted by the destination country. If the load is dangerous, perishable or special it is possible that it has to be transported under certain conditions. Look up for your HS code and other important documents for your type of cargo. In the destination country, as a good exporter, you must know the taxes that will be imposed to your specific product, specially if the exporter is shipping under DDP (Delivery Duty Paid) conditions.

What it is the origin and the destination?

It’s fine to know that the export will be from USA to Spain, but it’s not enough. You must know what are the different ports of entrance in Spain and their particularities.

What is the availability of the parties involved?

Once the exporter begins with the international shipping process, all activities must be coordinated. In this kind of shipments, there are lots of parties involved like the truck driver, the carrier, railways, customs agents and others. Sea freight bookings can be arranged quickly, but depending on the availability of the boat and the review of documentation sometimes you will have to wait until everything is ready to ship. Weather conditions, traffic jams and the availability of the carriers could affect the timings of your shipment so arranging your booking in advance will increase probabilities of success.

What is the transit time and the sea freight schedules?

Booking a shipment doesn’t guarantee an exact date of arrival. Transit times are approximate and vessels usually get on time, but there are a bunch of situations that may affect initial timings (detentions at customs, inspections, transhipments, delays, etc.).

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