The importing and exporting process can be a maze to those unfamiliar with the documentation, shipping procedures and various roles involved in the movement of goods from one country to another. Even for the seasoned importer/exporter, doing it all alone can be a hassle. That’s why Seahawk International also provides consulting services for our clients. Our import/export consultants have worked in every aspect of the business, and not only can we help advise importers and exporters, but we also provide customs documentation services. A little advice can go a long way to help you get your international business up and running with fewer bumps in the road.
With our years of experience in the field, we make this process as easy as possible, giving you export and import advice to deal with these entities and get what you need in a timely manner.
Perhaps the most complex and time-consuming part of the import/export process is getting the proper documentation in order to move your goods from point A to point B. Just a few of the documents you might need include an import or export license, letter of credit, insurance certificate, bill of lading, 10+2 filing, packing list, pro forma invoice, EEI or export declaration, and certificate of origin. As mentioned above, several entities are involved in issuing and processing this documentation, and multiple requirements must be met to proceed. Having a consultant to help you complete the documentation process without delays and ensure that everything is done properly means no bureaucracy-induced headaches.
Certain shipping regulations must be met depending on what type of goods you’re exporting. Additionally, you must determine the best mode of transport for your goods and the appropriate container sizes. You must also ensure that everything is properly packed to ensure that the goods are secure and stay intact. It is normally the responsibility of the exporter to supply proper instructions for the handling of goods in the country of origin as well as overseas. We can advise you on the best way to ship and distribute your goods so that they arrive to their destination securely, on time, and in optimum condition.