International Shipping

Learn about FreightCenter's international shipping solutions.

Can I ship freight internationally?

Yes. We offer online quoting and booking to and from the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico) and Canada. FreightCenter also provides freight forwarding services, coordinating shipments which originate in the United States and are shipped abroad. Due to country restrictions, shipments to Mexico and other international locations need to be manually processed. As a result, you will not be able to get an instant, online freight quote to those areas. Please inquire about international freight shipping with your freight agent or call us anytime at 1-800-716-7608.

Shipping to U.S. Island States and Territories

Although Hawaii is a state, it is outside the continental U.S., like Puerto Rico, which means cargo is transported in the same way as international freight shipments. For shipments to Puerto Rico, we may suggest trucking to the port of Fort Lauderdale where an ocean freighter can make the delivery. For shipments to Hawaii, we suggest trucking to a port in California before forwarding the freight via ocean container.

Crossing the Canadian border

Customs paperwork and duty restrictions are part of transporting goods from the United States to Canada and vice versa. Your Freight Agent can assist with paperwork and explain the intricacies of crossing the Canadian border. The United States has nearly 100 border crossings at the border. These crossings, known as land ports of entry, are where border inspection services occur. Ensuring that the proper customs paperwork and declarations accompany your other shipping paperwork can help shorten wait times at the border. By working with FreightCenter, you are backed by carriers who transport goods between the United States and Canada every day, and can do the same for you.

Shipping from ocean ports

The most efficient way to ship internationally is to have your goods transported in a cargo container by ocean freightliner. The freightliners are giant boats and are far bigger than any cruise ship you’ve ever seen. As these ships are built to accommodate more containers, international trade routes must be expanded to accompany their enormous size. A perfect example of such feat is the expansion of the Panama Canal that took place in 2017. The expansion allows for mega ships to pass between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans without making a trek under South America. (blog link: Ocean container shipping may be the most efficient form of international transport, but it is also the slowest. It can take anywhere between two weeks and five weeks to transport a container from China to the United States. Transit times will vary depending on the U.S. coast. Of course, shipping freight from China to the west coast takes less time than shipping to the east coast. Your FreightCenter agent can discuss the best course for your shipment.

Expedited international air cargo

Not all international freight is created equal. If your shipment is dense, meaning it has a small footprint that takes up minimum space but weighs more than 150 pounds, then air freight may be the best mode of transportation. These cargo planes are much larger than commercial passenger planes, but that’s not the only difference. While they both require the same special FAA license, a cargo freighter has multiple decks and an oversized cargo door at the underbelly of the plane. Some newer Boeing freighters have nose cargo doors. That means the entire face of the plane lifts so other vehicles can roll in. The distance from the nose to the back of a cargo freighter flight deck is about 130 feet. Imagine how many goods fly over our heads every day!

How to book international freight

Please inquire about international freight shipping with your booking agent or call 1-800-716-7608 and ask for help with an international shipment. We make every effort to connect your international shipping need to one of the many carriers in our network.

Our Quick Quote online form includes the option to ship to or from the United States and Canada; however, we directly work with customs brokers and carriers to arrange international freight shipping.

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