How to book empty container for factory/CFS/ICD/port stuffing

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Empty container booking procedures with shipping lines

This is a simple question – What are the procedures to book an empty container with shipping line for factory/CFS/ICD/port stuffing? Can a shipper be allotted empty container for stuffing of his goods immediately up on contacting shipping carrier? Where does the empty container of shipping carrier lie?

Once the cargo packed and ready for export, shipper makes arrangements to ship the said goods to buyer’s place as per his purchase order or Letter of Credit. He enquires with shipping lines or freight forwarders to get the best ocean freight and How to book empty container for factory CFS ICD port stuffing copy services, if the freight terms are on ‘Pre Paid’ basis. He finalizes a carrier and confirms his acceptance of freight.

If the shipment is on nomination basis, the shipper contacts shipping carrier to whom his buyer nominated.

The carrier requests the shipper to book the container either online or by e-mail by providing details required by the carrier. After completion of booking procedures, carrier provides a booking confirmation to the shipper, by issuing a ‘deliver order’ to pick up the container from their empty container yard. Means, each shipping line has their own or hired location/yard to park their empty containers. The booking confirmation/delivery order to pick up empty container is mentioned the place of yard/location where the empty container lies.

The shipper or his customs broker arrange a transport truck to move the said empty container from carrier’s yard to his factory for stuffing. A stack period is given to shipper by carrier to return back the stuffed container. ‘Stack period’ is the period allotted to ship authorities to return all stuffed containers to port terminal for loading in to a particular vessel. The empty container is moved to exporter’s factory for factory/CFS/ICD/port stuffing.  Also read   Export customs clearance procedures and formalities in India    Difference between FCL and LCL


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Kamlesh Thumar: Dear Sir, I want to start a freight forwarding agent business, so what should I need to start this business. First of all what govt. licences like vat no., services tax no., corporation licence, etc will I have to take. Also tell me about to whom an exporter books a container for his export. Whether he books to a freight forwarder or to CHA. If I have contacts with large no. of exporter is it viable to start a freight forwarding agent office?

sachin kataria: Dear sir, i dealing in used and new computer in INdia New delhi area, i have also EC. no., so i want import the refurbished laptop or desktop, kindly give us right way to import refurbished laptop or desktop.

Karan valiya : If I am an importer, and want to import some items, then is it possible to ask exporter for price of direct ICD port ( for ex. ICD Ahmedabad) instead of CIF Mundra? I'm sure that you will help me by answering it.

doloreshernando: dear sir i want to know the procedure of booking return empty container for import by email . pls explain us for papers and formalities required.

Mohamed Akbar (NAINAR): I am mohamed from Malaysia. My nationality is india from tamilnadu. I work in pharmacy line My question is How to booking in container's

Ganny: Have got a order on FOB basis, customer has nominated a forwarder and he has released a DO for empty containers, Upon receipt of containers we have completed the stuffing. Now Forwarders says customer has not given clearance and asked us to return the containers. What is the procedure to return the same back to Yard.

D.Anand: I have been going through your articles, really useful and informative , Should say lots of thanks for the enormous information. But, I have taken it up whatever is required as I am starting EXIM business now .. I have query, In Tamilnadu there is a ICD in Tirupur , if it is sea shipment at cochin port, how will I come to know of the land freight from Tirupur to Cochin OR should I have to calculate the FOB as Tirupur ICD . I am asking this because , there are some sites giving export import data as say Thudiyalur ICD (near Coimbatore) as port.


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