All you need to know about shipping cargo overseas and domestically 


Do I need a Customs Broker?

When importing goods into the U.S., there is no legal requirement to use a customs broker. However, many importers hire a customs broker to guarantee the success of their shipment. A licensed customs broker helps the shipper avoid penalties by making sure that the documentation is filed correctly. Customs brokers offer services such as tariff classification review and ensuring the import complies with government regulations.

Why is my shipment stuck at customs?

Getting a message that your import is on hold at customs can be stressful for you as a shipper. While there are several reasons why your shipment is stuck at customs, common causes include missing paperwork and incorrect valuation. The importation of illegal cargo is another reason why customs holds your importation. When this happens, the best action is to hire a customs broker to release your goods.

What do I need to import from China or any other country into the United States?

When importing internationally into the U.S., there are various documentation that the shipper needs. While the paperwork depends on the import type, general documents include the Bill of Lading, Packing List, Commercial Invoice, etc. An ISF (Importer Security Filing) must also be filed 24 hours before cargo is loaded on a carrier. Understanding the regulations for shipping to the U.S. and exporting out of the country of origin is also essential.

What do I need to export from the United States?

When importing internationally into the U.S., there are various documentation that the shipper needs. While the paperwork depends on the import type, general documents include the Bill of Lading, Packing List, Commercial Invoice, etc. An ISF (Importer Security Filing) must also be filed 24 hours before cargo is loaded on a carrier.

How to import coffee and other agricultural products into the USA?

To begin importing agricultural products like coffee into the U.S., the shipper should understand the rules and regulations. Agencies like the CBP, FDA, and USDA set the requirements for bringing in agricultural products. The requirements also include specific documentation and permits. For example, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires a permit to import plant products like coffee beans. Talk to a customs broker for a detailed explanation of the necessary paperwork and assistance in getting started.

How to ship a car into the United States?

There are various regulations that a shipper should be aware of before importing a car into the U.S. Along with following the laws, all the paperwork must be completed and correct. To understand the documents needed, contact a customs broker. When the importer is ready, they can talk to a shipping company or a freight forwarder. Using a freight forwarder to find a shipping company can help you save time and money.

What is the Customs Clearance process about?

Customs clearance is the process of moving goods through customs and into a country from another. The purpose of customs clearance is to ensure that the shipper pays all the duties and imports comply with regulations. In the U.S., the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) controls the flow of goods through customs.

Should I choose a Freight Forwarder or a Courier to move my shipment?

The choice of transportation when moving a shipment depends on your end goal. Couriers are used for domestic transport and are ideal for shipments of less than 154.3 lbs. or 70kgs. While couriers are vans, trucks are larger and carry much more cargo. Freight forward work with a network of trucks, vessels, and aircraft to ship goods. While couriers are for door-to-door shipping, freight forwarders transport cargo internationally.

I am first-time exporter and need help with the logistics. Where to begin?

Exporting can be challenging for first-time exporters. The best way to ensure the logistics process goes smoothly is by getting help from a freight forwarder. Forwarders guide shippers through the transportation process from start to finish. Freight Forwarders also can provide other solutions like warehousing solutions and help with the proper documentation.

What is the bill of lading?

The bill of lading (BL) is a legal document that a carrier issues to serve as a receipt of a shipment. It allows the person holding it to claim ownership of the cargo. The information on the BL can include the type, quantity, and destination of the goods the carrier is moving. Most types of shipments will require a BL when shipping.

Can I import under my name?

When bringing goods into the U.S., you can import them under your name. Similarly, businesses can import under their company’s name. It is important to note that certain agencies require the importer to have a license or permit before importing.

How long will take for my shipment to arrive?

Many factors determine the time it will take for the shipment to arrive at its destination. For example, shipping by air can take around 5 – 10 days. Moving goods by sea may take from 20 to 45 days or longer. Other factors like distance, route, and the customs clearance process can impact the duration. Delays from congestion and bad weather conditions can also arise and affect how long a shipment can take.

What is the most cost-effective way of shipping my cargo: Air or Ocean?

The most cost-effective way to ship cargo internationally is by ocean. While moving goods by sea is less expensive than by air, the shipping process can take longer than by ocean. Transporting cargo by air tends to be faster but more costly.

What is the minimum weight that I can ship with A1 Worldwide Logistics?

We require a minimum weight of 100 lbs (45.4 kg) for our services. Our pricing is based on volume and weight, and larger volumes and weights result in better rates.

What type of goods A1WWL doesn't handle?

A1WWL does not handle goods that are illegal for importation into the U.S. For example, we do not import dog and cat fur, bush meat, Absinthe (alcohol), etc. Certain vehicles that do not meet safety standards and EPA fuel emissions requirements are also illegal. We also do not export freight to Cuba. It is essential to check the CHB regulations for importing and laws for exporting before shipping.

Does A1WWL provide warehouse and distribution services?

We provide various warehouse and distribution services to streamline your supply chain. Along with storage, we have cross-docking, trans-loading, cargo manipulation, picking and packing, and more solutions. When imports enter the U.S., they are subjected to the payment of duties. Our warehouse is customs bonded, meaning you can store your goods for five years without paying duties.

Does A1WWL provide domestic shipping services?

A1 WWL provides domestic transportation solutions for shipping anywhere in the U.S. We have a network of carriers prepared to move your goods to the final destination. Along with LTL (Less Than Truckload) and FTL (Full Truckload) services, we provide drayage, heavy haul, expedited, and more.

Can A1WWL file documents for me?

Since A1WWL is a customs brokerage and freight forwarding company, we do more than file the documents for the shipper. We guide the shipper throughout the entire process from start to finish. This can mean arranging the shipment by finding and offering drayage services to get your goods out of the port. Our solutions extend to other parts of your supply chain, like providing a bonded warehouse to house your shipment.

Does A1WWL offer insurance services with the shipment?

Cargo insurance is essential to protect yourself from money lost from goods damaged or lost at sea. This can be especially necessary if you must transport significant shipments; however, shippers can use insurance for smaller cargo. A1WWL understands this and offers cargo insurance for freight that is transported internationally.

Does A1 Worldwide Logistics do door-to-door services?

A1WWL has door-to-door services for moving your shipment directly to your recipient’s location. We do this by using various means of conveyance like ocean, air, and land to ship your cargo. During the journey, we provide constant updates on your good’s location.

Can A1WWL distribute my products to the warehouse to my clients?

Warehousing is a valuable part of a supply chain when getting products to clients. Along with warehousing services, A1WWL has distribution services to move your goods to your customers. Our warehouse is also customs bonded, meaning you can store your goods for five years without paying duties. This can allow you to save money and find more customers before paying for your cargo.

a containership crossing the ocean and a legend that says: move your shipment now, inviting to call to the number 3054259456 to get a free quote

Do you have another question?

Global Reach, Personal Touch


We offer high quality customs brokerage, freight forwarding and warehousing services. Contact us today for more information.

Houston Office

5301 Polk St., Bldg. 14 #014
Houston, TX 77023



A1WWL live chat
Skip to content