What Happens with Destination Handling

In our previous blogs, we have looked at a few factors that occur during the process of shipping from the origin side. In this blog post, we look at what happens with destination handling once the cargo has arrived at the destination port and how it will be handled thereafter and not to mention the bureaucracies that one will have to go through with customs clearances.

Destination handling starts when the cargo arrives at the destination port of the country that the cargo is intended to go to. With Transco Cargo as your freight forwarder, the process of destination handling includes ensuring that the documents that were received at the point of origin checks out, and also checking these documents and also the submission of the original bill of lading with the shipping line. Once the documents have been looked over and checked out, the cargo container will be retrieved from the destination port and then moved to the destination warehouse, where the LCL container cargo will be inspected and then sorted based on the clients. Once that is completed, the sorted cargo will either await transportation for doorstep delivery or be stored for collection by the consignee.

It should be noted that the freight forwarder or the agent (of the freight forwarder) holds the responsibility of destination handling. The reason for this is, as it is the freight forwarder who is consigned the container and thus must also be the party that collects the container from the port.

In terms of payment, it is usually the shipper or the consignee who will be responsible.  With concern to the incoterms, in the event they are as DDU or DDP (which are acronyms for Delivery Duty Unpaid or Delivery Duty Paid respectively), this means to say that the  shipper is responsible for paying all costs involving bringing the cargo to the consignees destination (including destination handling). However, if you were to take other incoterms such as Ex Works (EXW), Free Carrier (FCA), Free on Board (FOB), Cost and Freight (CNF)/Cost Insurance Freight (CIF), then the responsibility of destination handling costs would fall on the consignee’s part.

In the next blog post, we will look at “Import Haulage” and what that exactly means in the world of cargo freight and shipping. Consult with Transco Cargo Australia about ensuring that your destination handling of your export cargo is done right and well.