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Sea Freight Services From & To Dubai
This article is a well documented description which revolves around Sea freight in Dubai. There are several factors to take into consideration regarding maritime transport activity such as: (LCL or FCL), the delays, the advantages and inconveniences, the benefits and the essential information to keep in mind.
Sea freight provides an opportunity to participate in economies of scale thanks to «the shipping line » which allows (maritime companies) to transport thousands of containers per trip, therefore making it the most exploited method of transport in today’s world.
- 1.1) LCL Services From Dubai
- 1.2) FCL Services From Dubai
- 1.3) Shipping Lines In Dubai
- 2.1) How Much Time Is Needed To Send A Container to Dubai?
- 2.2) Operational ports in Dubai for international sea freight.
- 3.1) What Information Is Needed By DocShipper Dubai To Give A Detailed Quotation?
- 3.2) How To Find The Cheapest Sea freight prices?
- 4.1) Why Should We Have Marine Cargo Insurance On Your Shipment?
- 4.2) Sea Freight Insurance Cost ?
- 4.3) Declared Value - Finding The Right Balance
- 5.1) Competitiveness
- 5.2) Agile
- 5.3) Specialized service
- 5.4) Operational Efficiency and Flexibility.
- 5.5) A Local Dubai Freight Forwarder – DocShipper
- 5.6) Packaging
- 6.1) Advantages of sea freight
- 6.2) The inconvenience of maritime freight transport
- Step 1: Conveying Merchandise from Export Suppliers to your shipping company's depot.
- Step 2: Transfer of goods to the port.
- Step 3: Presenting documents for export customs clearance
- Step 4: The shipment is transported from the port of departure to the port of arrival.
- Step 5: Clearance of products from local authorities.
- Step 6: Delivery from the port of arrival to your final location.
- 8.1) EXW
- 8.2) FOB (free on board)
- 8.3) Cost and freight (C&F) or Cost, insurance and freight (CIF)
- 8.4) DAT
- 8.5) DAP
- 8.6) Is there door-to-door services in sea freight offered by DocShipper?
- 9.1) Bill of Lading (BOL)
- 9.2) Commercial quotations
- 9.3) Packing checklist
- 9.4) Certificate of Origin (C/O)
- 9.5) Insurance certificate
- 10.1) Air freight vs. sea freight
- 102) Air freight or sea freight – DocShipper recommendations
1) Sea Freight Shipping From Dubai: Rates, Time And Procedure
1.1) LCL services from Dubai
LCL means « Less Container Load ». If an expeditor does not dispose enough merchandise to reserve a full container, he has to work on an agreement with a consolidator to reserve a spot on the cargo. This type of shipment is called LCL which technically means that you are sharing a container with others. The consolidator organizes a complete container (FCL) with a principal transporter and consolidates the parcels of other expeditors. This process implies that the shipping company which reserves a complete container accepts the merchandise of different clients and regroups them all in one container that he has booked as a FCL (Full Container Load). The shipping company sorts the merchandise in the order of destination or by points of trans-shipments, intended to different recipients in different ports. Once the merchandise arrives to their destination, the freight forwarder sends them to each recipient separately while collecting the necessary costs, where appropriate.
1.2) FCL services from Dubai
FCL means « Full Container Load ». If a client has to transport merchandise in one container, they reserve a FCL (Full Container Load) filling it with its cargo. Note that the expeditor is not obliged to fill the container totally; the decision to occupy or leave empty any space is solely made at the convenience of the client.
Note DocShipper: Starting 15 m3, we advise clients to take a FCL since it will be more economic than the LCL even if the container is half empty.
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2) Sea Freight From Dubai – Estimated Time Of Transit
2.1) How much time is needed to send a container to Dubai?
23 - 32 days
23 - 32 days
23 - 32 days
25 - 30 days
10 - 24 days
20 - 25 days
28 - 34 days
23 - 32 days
21 - 30 days
Note DocShipper Dubai: The delays of transit indicated in the above table are indicative title. The delays do not include the additional procedures such as clearance which can sometimes delay the cargo a few days.
2.2)which ports are exploited for international sea freight from / to Dubai?
- Port Rashid (AEDBX)
The port of Rashid (AEDBX) referred to as Mina Rashid, named after sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the port opened in 1972. It is a commercial port in Dubai, UAE. Located on the southern coast of the Arabian Gulf, Mina Rashid is a multi-purpose port to handle both cargo and passenger operations. It is the only port in the Middle East to receive the ISO-9002 accreditation and the Security Certificate of Excellence by International Maritime Security (IMS).
- Port Jebel Ali (AEJEA)
Port Jebel Ali, is the located in Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE. It is the world’s ninth busiest container port by traffic and the largest marine terminal and harbor in the Middle East. Jebel Ali‘s general cargo facility covers a total storage area of 1.4 million sq-m consisting of 26 berths.
3) How To Receive And Understand A Sea Freight Quotation?
3.1) What does DocShipper Dubai need to know to provide you with a detailed quotation?
Incoterm is a notion that is no secret to all the experts of import / export. This term is used to define the responsibilities of transport of merchandise between the buyer and the service provider. A further detailed elaboration on the essential information related to incoterm will be provided in this article.
- The volume in m3 and the weight en Kg
The volume and the weight are probably the 2 factors that impact mostly your shipping quotation. It’s definitely not a detail to neglect.
Note DocShipper Dubai: During an international freight, le shipping company will charge the most important weight between the « volumetric » weight and the « gross » weight. The «gross» weight is the weight measured by a scale, generally in kgs. For the «volumetric» weight, you have to multiply the volume (in m3) by 1000 (considering the following ratio: 1 m3 = 1000 kgs). In general, it’s the volumetric weight which is adopted.
- The nature of products
Certain products are more complicated than others to transport : some are fragile, others are dangerous… It is therefore necessary to establish measures that comply with international standards and regulations in order to anticipate minor issues on departure or upon the arrival.
- Address of departure and arrival
Indispensable aspect of a shipping quotation: the point of departure and arrival. This process allows a calculation of the costs of removal and delivery between the terminals.
Info DocShipper Dubai: The conditions of access are also important in order to provide the exact needs in terms of handling especially.
Some products will need a specific packaging in order to ensure secure shipping. Occasionally, it might be an obligation to respect a certain type of packaging in order for the merchandise to be chartered in a totally legal manner.
Tips DocShipper Dubai: Packaging is one of most important steps since it provides with an opportunity to condition the products from departure to arrival, it is therefore important not to neglect this process.
3.2) How to find the cheapest sea freight prices?
We have made a listing of the 7 points that we consider as the most important if you wish to make expedition by sea freight.
- Have a good understanding of your business
- Know the market and the prices
- Use a good expedition method (LCL vs. FCL)
- Audit your quotations
- Effective planning
- Optimize the packaging of your cargo
- Do not consider as urgent
3.3) Our department of maritime freight – Our action plan
- Products sensible to variations of temperature
- Products that are dangerous
- Large parcels (in volume)
- The perishable goods
- Personal items
Note DocShipper Dubai: Are you looking to ship specific products? Do you have a last minute emergency? Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
4) Insurance of your sea freight – The DocShipper Dubai care plan
4.1) Why subscribe to a cargo insurance?
International logistics are not a simple procedure. There are certain risks associated with the manipulations of the merchandise during the whole process of the expedition. This risks related to shipping are innate such as: Technical errors, human errors or simply « mother nature ».Whatever the case may be, there is an undeniable risk, it is therefore preferable in case of theft, breaking or loss.
4.2) How much does sea freight insurance cost?
The insurance costs vary in function of the estimated risks. Several factors will be taken into consideration such as: The path, the handling, the packaging and the nature of the product.
4.3) Declared value – Just in the middle
As mentioned above, Insurance will be based on the declared value of the goods. The coverage in case of litigation will depend on the value declared. It is important to consider this value, neglecting can result in a misunderstanding or dispute. (The rights of customs will also apply based on the declared value)
DocShipper Dubai Info: The insurance cost are generally based on the nature of the goods and shipment: an estimated 0.95%* for Professional merchandise and 3.1%* for personal merchandise. (*% of the declared value on your « packing list »)
DocShipper Dubai info: Several clients always ask how to put a value on the personnel items. Usually it’s appropriate to put an estimation of the (market value) :
- Do not under-declare your goods: At the time it passes through customs, if the authorities have a doubt regarding the value of the shipment, heavy costs and penalties will be added by the custom officers. The insurance will only cover as high as the value (priced), in case of litigation.
- Do not over-declare your goods: On the other hand, if you increase the value of the shipment, the custom costs might be very expensive.
5)Why work with a local shipping company such as DocShipper Dubai?
The most practical solution for a client is to work directly with a local shipping company. DocShipper Dubai understood that the proximity for the client is an essential component which provides a trustworthy, credible and long-lasting relationship.
Because of the well established and certified network of logistics, the experience, knowledge and expertise in this market, DocShipper Dubai can provide prices that are more competitive than all the other well established companies in the region.
Other than attractive prices, we also insist on the flexibility of our teams. We treat every operation in an optimal manner in order to provide a flexible service, adaptable to all requirements and needs.
3. Dedicated service
DocShipper Dubai is before anything a companion assisting your every need all along your logistics journey. An expert will be dedicated to ensure safe shipping from departure to arrivals. The expert will therefore be available at your service providing you with all the details and updates in order to optimize the operations and avoid misunderstanding of going through traditional «client services ».
6) Advantages and inconveniences of sea freight
6.1) Advantages of sea freight
Le less expensive for large volumes
No volume limit
The most ecologic Method
6.2) Inconveniences of sea freight
Influenced by weather
Multiplication of handling
7) International shipping of containers: the procedure step by step
Step 1: Take the merchandise from the suppliers towards the depot of your shipping company.
We will contact the supplier in order to organize the shipping of the cargo but also to anticipate the slightest needs especially in terms of packaging and loading of the merchandise.
Step 2: transporting the merchandise to the depot
After the approval of the documents by the team of export services, the merchandise is then transferred to the port of departure.
Step 3: Presentation of the documents to clear the «export Customs»
In order to export the goods legally, it is an obligation to pass by through the export customs and to declare the nature of the products (especially with the « packing list»).
Step 4: The cargo is chartered from the port of departure to the port of arrival
Once the merchandise is loaded on board of the vessel, they leave for the port of arrivals. A few weeks later, the ship moors to the port of destination. The merchandise is soon to be
Step 5: Customs clearance of the products with the local authorities
When the merchandise arrives, it will be subject to the local tariffs. Our customs team will contact the local authorities to organize the release of the merchandise. (After tax payments) Once the cargo arrives, the documents will be provided to the customs authorities in order to establish the tax costs. We will therefore make a link with the «customs broker» assigned between the local authorities and the client. After the tariffs payment, the goods are released and ready to be delivered.
Step 6: Cartage of port of arrivals to your final destination
To finish the shipping procedure, we will make use of our trucking network to directly deliver the shipment to the desired address. If there is a necessity to handle the unloading upon delivery, we will take care of it. (This last point should be clarified with the customs broker).
8) The incoterms in international sea freight
If the buyer chooses EXW, this implicates that all the logistics chain will be under his responsibility: starting with the supplier until the final destination. It will be your role to handle all of the steps or contact a shipping company such as AAAA Dubai that provides «door to door» services.
8.2) FOB (Free on Board Shipping)
When purchasing merchandise in FOB, the supplier has the responsibility to deliver the shipment to the port of departure with a technical logistics term (FOB setting) which means that the cargo has already been approved for export by the local customs and already loaded aboard the ship.
8.3) Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) or Cost and Freight (C&F)
An shipment done in CIF or in CFR represents a similar concept to the FOB incoterm, the only difference is that the freight (Sea or Air) is included in the costs.. Note that the difference between CIF and CFR is insurance wich is included in the CIF.
8.4) DAT (Delivery At Terminal)
This incoterm is used to buy the goods and to deliver them directly to the destination terminal (Al Rashid port for example). It is then possible for you to recuperate directly the merchandise in the public zone of the port. Note that the incoterm DAT includes all the local freights to know the unloading of the container, the costs of unbundling (if applicable) and the custom clearance.
8.5) DAP (Delivery At Place)
Finally, the last incoterm is the DAP, it corresponds to a «door to door» solution which technically means that the merchandise is delivered directly to the final desired address, your depot, your office or your home.
8.6)DocShipper Dubai door to door services in sea freight
DocShipper has built a solid experience in regards to international shipping and proposes today to provide a door to door service. It’s a premium option that offers a complete handling of all the operations from departure to arrival, the client with minimal efforts will receive the shipment with being bothered at any step of the way.
9) Necessary documents when shipping products to Dubai via sea freight
9.1) Bill of lading (BL)
This Document is delivered by the freight forwarder or their agent to the client as a contract of merchandise transport. It is also a receipt for the merchandise accepted for the shipping and needs to be presented for reception at the destination.
The contract contains, 1) the names of the shippers and of receiving party, 2) the names of the ports of departure and arrival, 3) the name of the ship, 4) the dates of departure and arrival, 5) detailed list of the merchandise transported with the number of packages with the types of packaging, (6) mark and number of package, (7) weight and / or volume of cargo, (8) tariffs and price of the freight.
9.2) Commercial quotation
Documents requested by the local authorities to define the exact value of the cargo and to determine as well the future tax costs. A commercial quotation must indicate many details some of which: • The details of the buyer and the seller • the date and the conditions of sale • The packaging of the cargo • Complete description of the products • Total unit value • Insurance, shipping and other costs
9.3) Packing list
The packing list is an indispensible document in all kinds of international shipping (air freight, sea freight, rail freight, truckloads…). Similar to the commercial quotation the packing list should list all the information which concerns the cargo.
DocShipper Dubai Note: Unlike the commercial quotation, which is between ONE supplier and ONE buyer? The packing list allows the making of an inventory of previous purchases made with different suppliers.
9.4) Certificate of origin (C/O)
A certificate of origin (better known as C/O) is a document used in international logistics. Whether it’s in form of paper or electronic, its the shipper who fills the C/O with the support of a government organism that attests the conformity of the information. The Chinese suppliers have a tendency sometimes to refer to this document as « Form A ».
9.5) Insurance certificate
An insurance certificate is a proof of contract between the client and the organism that insures the coverage of the cargo. This document justifies the price of the insurance and the conditions of the contract.
10) Sea freight vs. Air freight – the comparison
10.1) Air freight vs. Sea freight
The sea freight is – from far– the cheapest method of expedition starting from a certain volume. In general, it is preferable to go use sea freight when the volume exceeds 2m3 (In some cases 1.5m3). For volumes inferior, it would be recommended to use air freight. Naturally, it is very easy to send fully loaded containers by sea. It is actually the favorite method of transport by all large industrial companies, despite long transit times; the economies made are not negligible.
In terms of delay, sea freight is by far the slowest method of transport. An exemple would be, a delay between China and Dubai would take:
- 5 to 7 days by air Shipping
- 40 to 45 days by sea shipping
Contrary to Air freight and rail freight, sea freight is extremely flexible in regards to two aspects: The volume of the cargo and the nature of the products. Indeed, there are no restrictions on the volume of the shipment, whether you are expediting a 20 meters yacht or a small 2 m3 parcel, maritime freight is the solution. Besides the volume, the nature of the products is also important. For example it is impossible to send lithium or fluids by air freight.
Recommendations of DocShipper Dubai
Without a doubt, when we cross-examine the question of the « price » of your future expedition, sea freight is a very just choice. As we have mentioned in the above, this method of transport is better priced for most cargos and shipments. On the other hand for small parcels (generally inferior to 1.5m3 and 2 m3) it would be recommended to choose a faster method such as air freight.
DocShipper Dubai Info: Reminder: There is different size of containers, but generally you can keep these 3 in mind:
- Container 20 feet = 33 m3
- Container 40 feet = 67 m3
- Container 40 feet HQ = 77 m3
DocShipper Dubai Info: If you desire more information regarding air freight regulations, do not hesitate to read this dedicated article: Merchandise which is prohibited or recommended against import / export activity
11) Sea Freight Shipping from DUBAI - FAQs
The information recorded by our refrigeration system is protected by confidentiality and is only accessible to DocShipper Dubai. Nevertheless, customers can install their own data logger with their shipment.
DocShipper recommendations: Cargoes go through several routes with different temperature levels, so it is recommended to install several data loggers to obtain the best results.
It all depends on the precise content of the dangerous cargo. Some shipments are not made by us, either for regulatory or moral reasons or to avoid environmental risks. For more information, contact your local DocShipper Dubai office.
If the cargo is not prohibited, DocShipper Dubai will be happy to handle it. Our team of experts is located wherever you want to ship your goods, our experts will guide you and provide you with all the necessary information regarding your shipment. We are affiliated with the global chemical assistance service GCAS to ensure that all your goods are in safe hands and comply with the Global Maritime Safety Regulations. The GCAS will also intervene in case of any problems that may arise during the trip.
Yes, we can organise this process in your port of origin or in the nearest warehouses.
In such situations, DocShipper Dubai dehumidifies its existing containers before shipment to ensure that the atmosphere in the container is good for transporting your food and keeping it sustainable.
We have compiled a comprehensive packing instruction manual for your containers, including dry vans and refrigerated containers, which details the most appropriate packing methods to use.
Yes, DocShipper Dubai has a large inventory of over 20 million containers, including 20', 40', 45' Ft containers as well as high cubes.
Not in countries where it is geographically unpractical (e. g. Africa), DocShipper Dubai uses barges to ensure fast delivery as well.
DocShipper Dubai's transport operations departments are able to track the progress of your container at any time throughout its journey. Simply contact the transport team at your local DocShipper Dubai office and they will provide you with all the information you need.
All oversized loads are treated as tailor-made transport and are valued according to the specific characteristics of the goods - as there is no fixed rate. Factors that influence costs include: size and weight, equipment cost, value of shipment and geographic trade route.
In the case of possible dangerous goods, each container shipped by DocShipper Dubai will be treated as a personalized shipment. The elements that influence maritime transport concern the specific characteristics of the consignment itself, its lashing specifications, as well as its weight, the specific area of trade in which it is to be sent and the potential availability of any existing contractual or other relationship.
When a shipping transaction takes place you will receive a commodity code that will define your exact customs charges. Another factor affecting your customs costs is the country to which you want to deliver.
When you ship items that are too large to fit in a standard size container, the type of shipment would be labelled as oversized in this case, we would offer a topless container or flat track, when the items are too large to be placed on a flat track, then the term used for this transaction would be breakbulk, when we are dealing with general cargo, we would have to place the item on more than one flat track on the shipment.
Customs are personnel appointed by the government to perform multiple tasks related to import and export activities at the country's borders. Some of these tasks include inspecting goods, ensuring that everything shipped is legal, and verifying documents.
Their functions are as follows:
- They can take legal action in case of necessary importation.
- Collect traders' taxes on the goods they import.
- customs are affiliated with different government sections with regard to import and export
- Their purpose is also to protect people from illegal or dangerous material.
- Tracking export traffic as well.
It will be the transport operations team in your local DocShipper Dubai office - or DocShipper Group.
Our refrigerated containers are supplied by bottom air, leaving spaces between them at the bottom, these areas would be under the lowest pressure, indicating that the air would be able to bypass some or most of your load. Feel free to visit our website to learn more about reefing if necessary.
If the ship has been delayed, DocShipper Dubai will cover all additional costs, we usually calculate the additional costs on the basis of the power outlet that determines the shipping date and the date of conclusion of the contract.
DocShipper Dubai has been safely transporting rare and valuable cargo to and from Dubai over the last ten years. However, due to the customary nature of this goods, it is subject to review before implementation.
The UAE government introduced value added tax (VAT) in the country as of 1 January 2018 at a standard rate of 5%. However, some goods may be subject to a lower or'zero' VAT rate.
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