What services do freight forwarders provide and how can I find one?

    Freight forwarders act as an intermediary between the company who makes the shipment and the final destination for the goods. Although they do not carry out the shipments themselves, they offer different transport modes such as sea/ocean freight, rail freight, road transport and air freight shipment.

    Do I need an export license when making a private shipment?

    If your goods, technology, software, destination or situation is not covered by an OGEL, you will need to apply for a Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL). SIELs are company and consignee specific, for a set quantity and/or value of goods.

    What can I do to prevent delays and ensure a smooth process of the shipment?

    By ensuring that your forwarder/shipper sends pre-alerts to RK Courier Services 48 hours before the truck/shipment arrives at the border or port of entry and ensure that the manifest is consigned to RK Courier Services.

    Any advice for a first time shipper?

    It could be a scary thought if you are a first-time exporter or importing for the first time, but like everything else, if done and handled correctly, shipping your first container can be a good experience as well..

    Do you have warehouse where I can drop off the cargo?

    Yes, we have contract with receiving warehouse near all major airports. Please let us know your cargo location and we will advise you the closest receiving warehouse.

    What’s the best way to save money on air freight?

    Generally, sea freight can be between 5 – 6 times cheaper than air, but this gap can extend even further if you increase the weight of your cargo – by sea freight it’s unlikely the cost will increase, whereas importing heavier cargo via air freight will be much more than 4 – 6 times the cost of sea freight.

    Are there types of cargo that cannot be shipped via air freight?

    • All forms of explosives, including fireworks, firecrackers, sparklers and detonating fuses.
    • Compressed gas. …
    • Flammable solids. …
    • Flammable liquids. …
    • Items that contain corrosive materials, including standalone batteries.