Before the goods reach your warehouse, here is some basic information to help you select the optimal method of transportation of purchased goods.

The sea transport method is determined by:

1.    size of shipment

·      mixed cargo shipments
mixed cargo is a shipment made up of units of 0.5 - 5 tons and/or 0.5 - 10 m3, where mixed cargo containers are used, which are loaded with several or more similar units for different recipients, and are shipped to the same port of destination.

·      full-container shipments
full-container shipments occupy the whole container destined for one recipient, selection of the container is determined by type of purchased goods, and their weight and volume. Information on the available container types in sea transport is on our Internet page (types of containers).

2.    transport preferences
transport preferences are determined by one of the parties to the contract (exporter or importer), the one which manages the organisation of the shipment of goods. The division of costs, risks and obligations between the parties arises from it and the INCOTERMS 2000 formulas are commonly used for that purpose.

·      FOB shipments
FOB (free on board) where the port of loading is specified, e.g. FOB Shanghai
- the purchaser determines the transport preferences, and through his forwarder the purchaser is the organiser of the sea transport. The purchaser covers the cost and risk of shipping and decides whether to take out transport insurance.

·      CIF shipment
CIF (cost, insurance, freight) where the port of unloading is specified, e.g. CIF Gdynia.
- the selling party determines the transport arrangements and organises the delivery of goods to the specified port of unloading, covering the cost of transport and insurance, while the purchaser bears the risk.


·      advising in the selection of the method and terms of delivery

·      verification of commercial documents

·      preparation of a price offer for the services

·      organisation of sea transport

·      organisation of handling, warehousing and domestic transport (land transport)

·      acting before the Customs Service in Gdynia – we are a licensed customs agency

The course of execution of delivery:

1.    following agreeing with the business partner the delivery terms and the date of readiness of goods for shipment, a forwarder which is to assist in organisation of transport should be selected

2.    the forwarder should be provided with basic information about the goods (type, weight and volume) and contact data of the goods' exporter

NOTE: the importer becomes the contracting party for the forwarder

3.    the forwarder makes a booking with the ship-owner – registers the goods for shipment and thereby prompts the ship-owner’s agent in the port of loading to contact the exporter and agree the arrangements with the contracting parties

4.    the exporter receives the routing order which confirms the shipping arrangements by the selected ship-owner and its agent

5.    the correct completion of this stage ends with loading of the goods on the ship

6.    the goods are shipped to the port of destination

·      mixed cargo approx. 5-6 weeks

·      container approx. 4 weeks

Further actions of the forwarder:

·      monitoring of the shipment

·      insuring the shipment

·      takeover of the shipment in the port of unloading

·      handling of sanitary inspection of the goods

·      goods are presented for customs clearance under the selected procedure (customs agency)

·      we provide bonds in favour of customs service to secure payment of customs dues on behalf of the importer (this option is available on fulfilling specific requirements by the importer)

·      we transport goods from the port of Gdynia or Gdańsk, according to Client’s instructions (inland transport)

·      payment for the services is settled on the basis of a VAT invoice, which closes the whole or part of the forwarding process