Shipping and transportation of goods between countries. Doing the systematic process.

A freight forwarder with a valid license or an agent appointed by the freight forwarder can either perform ALL transactions and documentation regarding shipping. Although the shipping process can be tedious at times, your preferred freight forwarder will do all of this to simplify the journey when people need shipping and transportation services.

There are many players involved in shipping transportation:

  • The Shipper
  • Consignee
  • Freight Forwarder
  • Shipping Line

If an exporter has goods to accommodate in one full container load, he books an FCL (Full Container Load) to stuff his cargo either 20-foot or 40-foot container. If a shipper does not have enough goods to accommodate in a fully loaded container, he arranges with a freight forwarder to book his cargo. This type of shipment is called LCL shipment or less than container load.

The shipping line is the company carrying your cargo at sea. In arranging the transportation from a shipper to a consignee, the Freight forwarder, however, is the logistics provider you will be dealing with. The freight forwarder who books goods from different shippers and consolidates all such goods. They sort out these goods at destination or at transshipment points, meant for different consignees at different ports.

The shipper is the party of the shipment at the origin. The consignee is the receiver of the cargo.

In the movement of goods from shipper to consignee, there are physical and documentation steps, which must all take place for every single shipment.

The very first thing to consider when you are sending cargo/shipments is if your shipper has an export/ import license. Your preferred Freight Forwarder can assist you with this. If you are shipping from or to the Philippines.

  • To register as an importer, businesses first need an Import Clearance Certificate from the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Importers then register with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and set up an account with the Client Profile Registration System (CPRS). The Import Clearance Certificate is valid for three years while the Customs Client Profile Accreditation must be updated annually.

Required documents

For importers

Businesses importing into the Philippines must provide the following documents when their goods arrive:

  • Packing list
  • Invoice
  • Bill of lading
  • Import Permit
  • Customs Import Declaration
  • Certificate of Origin

Additional documents for certain imports

Importers bringing in animals, plants, foodstuffs, medicine, or chemicals must additionally obtain a Certificate of Product Registration from the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration.

For exporters

Businesses exporting out of the Philippines must provide the following documents before their goods depart:

  • Packing List
  • Invoice
  • Bill of Lading
  • Export License
  • Customs Export Declaration
  • Certificate of Origin

Additional documents for certain exports

Certain products require government permission to be exported. Below is a detailed list of products requiring additional permission as well as the concerned government authority.

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CARGOSHIP INCORPORATED objective is to make shipping and freight transport services as easy as 1, 2, 3 in order to make it effortless. We handle all modes of export and import from collection to delivery, case packing to customs clearance, and letters of credit to transit insurance.  All these years, Cargoship Inc. continued to play a big part in the country’s freight industry as the company is committed to offering the best logistics assistance, not just to private customers but also to corporate clients. 


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