1. What information is necessary in order to estimate transportation costs?
When estimating shipment costs, please provide as much of the following information as you can:
Description of goods, new or used
Make and model number, if applicable
No. and kind of pieces (i.e. wooden boxes, pallets, units)
Can the pieces be stacked?
Individual dimensions (Length x Width x Height)
Individual Gross Weight
Any special handling instructions
Hazardous Cargo information, if applicable
Approx. Value of shipment
Approx Date of Shipment
See our “Request for Quotation” Page or contact us with your inquiry.
2. What are the inside dimensions of a sea container?
Depending on the manufacturer, the inside dimensions will vary slightly. Therefore, we offer an indication of the minimum inside dimensions. Actual dimensions will be determined by the container used.
20 ft standard: 19’3” L x 7’7” W x 7’8” H Door Opening: 7’6”W; 7’5” H
40 ft standard: 39’4” L x 7’7” W x 7’8” H Door Opening: 7’6” W; 7’5” H
For other equipment, please contact us for the information.
3. What are some of the various methods and equipment available to load cargo for international shipping?
LCL – Less Than Container Load
Export Crating and Palletizing
FCL – Full Container Load
20 ft and 40 ft Standard General Purpose Container
40 ft High Cube Container
45 ft Standard General Purpose Container (limited trade lanes only)
20 ft Bulk Container
20 ft Ventilated Container
20 ft and 40 ft Open Top Container
20 ft and 40 ft Platform
20 ft and 40 ft Flatbed
20 ft and 40 ft Open Top Container
Temperature controlled containers
Steamship Line “Mafi” – various sizes
Loose Cargo, i.e. “Breakbulk”
Ro-Ro Cargo, i.e. rolling stock, driveable or towable units
4. We have hazardous materials. Is ProCargo certified to handle Dangerous Goods?
Yes, ProCargo is fully certified to offer hazardous cargoes to carriers. Please contact us with your inquiry.
5. Our company purchases products from overseas suppliers. Can you provide the shipping costs?
Yes, ProCargo is able to research the best method and service options to handle the transportation from just about anywhere in the world! Please contact us to discuss your situation.
6. Our company is new to international shipments. What type of documentation is necessary?
All international shipments move through their journey by the use of various shipping documents. The actual documents needed depend on the payment from the buyer to seller, as well as the country of origin and destination. Some destination countries require special stamps and signature by Country Consulates. Documents that may be required for international deliveries include, but are not limited to:
- Commercial Invoice
- Certificate of Origin
- Inland Bill of Lading
- Ocean Bill of Lading or Airway Bill
- Packing List(s)
- Mill Certificate
- Phytosanitary certificate
- Dock Receipt
- Hazardous Cargo/Dangerous Goods Certificate
- Cargo Insurance Certificate or Declaration
- U. S. Export Declaration
- U. S. Customs Entry documents
- Bank drafts
- Carrier Certificates
Contact ProCargo to help you with documentation preparation and requirements.
7. What are INCO terms?
INCO terms refer to INternational COmmercial Terms and are a trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce. “Incoterms are international rules that are accepted by governments, legal authorities and practitioners worldwide for the interpretation of the most commonly used terms in international trade. They either reduce or remove altogether uncertainties arising from differing interpretations of such terms in different countries.” More information can be found at the ICC website.
8. Should we let our supplier / buyer handle the transportation arrangements?
The one who arranges the transportation is in control of the routing and costs. If the proper handling of the transportation of your equipment is important to you, you may want to take charge of these arrangements. We are at your service to assist you in this task. Please contact us for a free consultation.
9. What are the benefits to our company for using ProCargo?
No two clients are alike. We take the time to get very involved with the safe and efficient transport needs of your equipment, as well as working with you and your customer in matters that affect the business transactions. Our attention to shipping equipment goes beyond what is on paper. You will benefit from our many years of international freight forwarding experience. We have a sincere desire to make good things happen in this world. We are passionate about what we do, and you will benefit from our attention to the details, and our pro-active performance. Give us a chance to show you how we work with our customers, how we help them make good transport decisions, and you can decide for yourself.
10. Is ProCargo registered to handle U. S. government shipments?
Yes, ProCargo is registered in the CCR. Furthermore, because ProCargo is a woman-owned firm, we have been certified as a MBE/DBE business entity by the Maryland Department of Transportation.
11. How long has ProCargo been in business?
Established in 1995, ProCargo is well positioned to provide you with intelligent customer service from concept to completion of transporting industrial equipment worldwide.
12. What happens if our cargo is lost or damaged?
ProCargo’s Open Cargo Policy provides our clients with warehouse – to –warehouse insurance coverage during the transportation process. We strive to utilize superior transportation services to minimum the chance of damaged or lost cargo.
13. What geographic areas do you handle?
ProCargo handles shipments to and from just about anywhere in the world! Our network of partners in the major trade lanes assists us in finding cost-effective and reliable transportation services. Let us handle your transportation arrangements!
14. How much cargo weight can be loaded into a sea container?
Distribution of cargo weight per axle is a key component in determining your weight limits. The weight of the cargo, plus the weight of the container, chassis, and tractor must not exceed U.S. Department of Transportation axle weight limits for transport over U.S. roads and highways. Since the chassis, container, and tractor weights will vary each time, consider the following estimated maximum cargo weight for containers that will travel on U. S. roads:
20 ft standard container Cargo weight not to exceed about 40,000 lbs
40 ft standard container Cargo weight not to exceed about 45,000 lbs