What Happens After My Cargo Reaches the Port?
Once the vessel carrying your goods from Asia arrives at its destination port, it goes through a few different processes—and a few different hands—before it gets to you:
- First, the ship needs to be unloaded. Dockworkers at the port will remove the container with your goods from the vessel.
- Next, your container may need to be screened by Customs and Border Patrol.
- 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, depending on where you’re located.
- If you’re close to the forwarder’s warehouse, you can pick up the goods yourself.
- If you’d rather have them delivered, your forwarder can arrange for that, too—even if you’re in the middle of the country. Depending on your exact location, your cargo will either be put on a truck for delivery or it may be moved by rail, then by truck.
This is where a forwarder truly shines: They’ll work with you to arrange whatever transportation is necessary to get your goods to the final destination of your choosing—your warehouse, your distribution center, etc. Finally, before we finish up, we’ve got a few tips from our experts to make your shipments from Asia to the U.S. simple and easy.