Basics of Export and Logistics: How to Export Cargo Overseas

If you are new or have experience in export, it seems that there are always export areas that may confuse or not be completely clear to the Exporter. For exporters new to the export, it could be the Incoterms between the seller and the buyer, the best way of shipping or the documentation / legal problems. For experienced exporters, it could be a lack of understanding on how to label your cargo to meet a requirement in a country to which you have not yet shipped, what is the optimal route to satisfy your buyer’s requirements, or the best airport / seaport to Send in order to reduce costs and transit time. This page will go through all the Export areas that a new or experienced exporter will need to make informed decisions. Your cargo agent, AMT Xpress Dubai, is here to help you with any questions you may have after reading this page.

Shipment of your product abroad

Handling and determination of the shipping method.
Talk to your freight forwarder to be advised if you need to ship by sea, plane, rail or a combination of two modes (multimodal). There are many considerations when selecting a shipping method and specifying the handling of your shipment.
If you ship by sea, we will need to know what type of service you need:
Consolidation: also known as consolidation of the buyer, if we are going to consolidate the cargo for you in our warehouse and then we will ship everything together with a LCL (less container loading) or FCL (full container loading) method. For this mode, we need to know if you are going to deliver the cargo to one of our warehouses or if we are collecting the load from each supplier. If we are picking up the load, we need to know the full collection address of each location and the details of the load.
LCL (less than container loading): this mode is when we ship your cargo in a consolidated container with the load of another sender. We need to know if we are picking up from the supplier or if you are delivering the cargo to our warehouse.
FCL (full container load): we need to know if we are delivering the container to the supplier, we need to know the full address and if it is a business or residential location. We also need to know if you need to drop the container during the night (also known as drop and pull). Note that the container will be sitting on a container chassis that causes the bottom of the container to be 4 feet off the ground.
RORO (roll-on roll-on): generally used for cargo that is manageable and, sometimes, static (not for rolling) and is large for containers.
Heavy load, bulk cargo or project load: if you have requirements that are too large, out of size (OOG) or complex, you will need to know all the details of the project, including the details of the load and the project start date.

If you are sending by air, we will need to know:
• The full name and address of the sender to determine if they are a “known sender” with the TSA. If the sender is a known sender, then the freight forwarder may send his cargo on a passenger aircraft (PAX) which, in many circumstances, is less expensive than shipping on a full-load (freighter) aircraft. PAX flights have a maximum allowed height of 63 inches. Learn about the mandatory projection of cargo on passenger flights.
• The complete address of the cargo location (s), or if you are delivering to our warehouse, specify this in your application.
• The dimensions of the load (attenuations), the weight of each unit or the total unit and the number of units (for example, 10 boxes, 10x10x20 inches, 20kgs / box or 2 pallets, 48x40x40, 400kgs / platform)
• The name and description of the product. We also need to know if the cargo is considered dangerous or not, if so, we require a copy of the MSDS. If the charge is perishable or has certain temperature requirements, please specify.

Documentary Requirements

To determine what documents are required for the country to which you are exporting and how these documents should be written, contact us. Some countries require that certain documents be legalized or attested, while others simply require a commercial / pro forma invoice, a packing list and possibly a certificate of origin (COO). Also, if the shipment is in an L / C, your freight forwarder must know the details of the L / C so that they can meet the requirements of the L / C. Certain countries have very strict requirements on how these should be written. Documents, and we are here to check with our partners abroad who are experts in their respective countries, on how such documents should be written.

Packing Your Products for Shipment

Exporters should keep in mind four potential problems when designing an export shipping box: breakage, humidity, theft and excess weight. See these tips on product packaging for transportation abroad. If you need packaging services, the more specific exactly what services you need, the faster we can respond with accurate prices. Some countries have strict requirements on the type of wood that can be used on pallets or in the packaging of cargo.


Learn to correctly label your shipments to make sure your buyer has no delays at customs at the destination due to incorrect labeling. Certain countries have very strict requirements on how the cargo should be labeled. If your cargo is dangerous, there are EE requirements. UU On how the product should be labeled and packaged, as well as how it should be declared on the DGD form (declaration of dangerous goods). Ask us if you are not sure how to label your cargo.

Personal effects Shipping, Samples and Gifts.

For some general considerations and useful links, visit the FAQ page. For more information, contact your sender for instructions regarding private shipments. Some shipments that are samples can be sent as personal shipments, depending on the product, the value, the size and the destination.
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