Your cargo is taken to a warehouse or a container freight station (CFS) where it is loaded into the container, along with the other shippers’ cargo. This loading process must be secure and, for an extra level of reassurance, the container should be operated by your freight forwarder.
Once filled, the container is tendered to an ocean carrier for international transportation. At the other end, when the vessel arrives at the destination port, your freight forwarder collects the container and brings it to a destination warehouse or CFS.
Here the container is opened and your cargo is separated from the other shippers’ cargo. It’s particularly important, at this stage, to ensure there’s no cargo damage or loss. That’s why your cargo’s house bill of lading is used – this document acknowledges safe receipt of the shipped post-inspection consignment. Now your freight forwarder can deliver your cargo direct to your customer.