Ocean Freight

If your goods need to be delivered in one week to 30 days, ocean shipping is the most economical option.

Fleet is home to many international freight forwarders that offer ocean freight transportation for small and medium sized businesses. Fleet supports these forwarders to provide two types of ocean shipping services:

  • Full Container Load (FCL)
  • Less Container Load (LCL)

Quotes or Estimates

Fleet enables shippers to get quotes. A quote is based on precision; it requires all the information necessary to price a shipment. 

Fleet does not give shippers an estimate. An estimate is for getting a rough idea of what a shipment might cost. Shippers usually need estimates when they do not have enough information or there is not a firm order of goods. We are considering how we can support shippers with estimates in the future. 

Types of Goods on Fleet

Fleet supports business goods that are unrestricted by the government. Fleet does not support: 

  • Personal and household objects 
  • Hazardous cargo 
  • Perishable items that require refrigeration
  • Oversized items that will not fit in a standard shipping container 

Customs Clearance, Taxes and Duties

Freight forwarding companies on Fleet provide quotes for their customs clearance service. The quote for this service does not include the custom duties, or taxes themselves.  Typically, these charges will be the same no matter which service provider handles your shipment. So once you accept a freight forwarder’s quote, the forwarder will be able to assist you with the booking of your shipment along with the customs process and payment of the importing or exporting country.  

Terms of Trade

At the moment, Fleet uses simple terms of trade. Your quote, and in turn the invoice for your shipment, will reflect the following terms of trade:

  • Door to Door: Goods will be picked up at the door of the shipping location, and transported to the door of the receiving location.
  • Door to Port: Goods will be picked up at the door of the shipping location, and delivered to the destination port. From there they will be made available to another party for transportation to the final destination.
  • Port to Door: Goods will be given to the service provider at the port, and transported to the door of the final receiving location.
  • Port to Port: Goods will be given to the service provider at the port and transported to the destination port. From there they will be made available to another party for transportation to the final destination.

In the future, Fleet will enable the use of International Commercial Terms to enable an even more precise quote.