What Happens After My Cargo Reaches the Port in Puerto Rico?
Once the ship carrying your cargo from Asia arrives at the Port of San Juan, it goes through the following process:
First, the ship gets unloaded. Dockworkers at the Port of San Juan will remove all the containers from the vessel, including the one with your goods.
- Next, your container may need to be screened by Customs and Border Patrol. (Note: As long as you’ve paid your excise tax, your shipment shouldn’t get held by Hacienda. However, if it does, there’s a network of couriers and runners who can help get corrected paperwork over to the local Hacienda office to remedy any potential errors.)
- Then, your container will be made available for pickup at the port.
- If you’ve arranged the shipping through a freight forwarder, they’ll pick up your container at the port and bring it back to their terminal.
From there, you’ll have a few different options:
- You can pick up the goods from your forwarder’s terminal.
- Or, you can arrange to have your goods delivered to your warehouse or place of business.
Tip: If you plan to have your freight delivered in Puerto Rico, look for a forwarder with a significant footprint in Puerto Rico. For example, our trucking partners make deliveries daily to every zone, which means you can get your shipment fast.
Now that you understand the process for shipping freight from Asia to Puerto Rico, let’s look at a few final tips from our experts to add ease to your shipment.
Your Asia–Puerto Rico Cargo Made Easy
Now that you understand the ins and outs of moving freight from Asia to Puerto Rico, you’re positioned to start building out your business in Puerto Rico—more easily and more profitably.
If you’re looking for a partner to help you move freight from Asia, we’d be happy to assist. Get started with a complimentary consultation. Our experts will take a holistic look at your business and help you put together the right logistics flow to maximize your efficiency and minimize your costs.