As experts on International Trade, we at International Freight Systems (of WA) LLC are constantly improving and broadening our skills, communications and technology to bring our clients the best service this industry has to offer. Through informed judgments, competence and excellent attention to details, we strive to ensure the proper handling of your cargo from origin to destination.

We are specialists in international air freight and ocean freight. Whether you are importing into the United States or exporting to another country somewhere in the world, we can assist you throughout the entire process including customshouse brokerage. We can also offer complete services within the borders of the United States. Our domestic services can get your cargo where you want it expeditiously or economically. Please click here to view our Terms and Conditions..

Going on a Safari?  We can help you bring your trophy to the United States.

 

 AIR FREIGHT

Air Freight Services

  • Competitive rates on freight forwarding
  • Free quotations
  • U.S. Customs Brokerage
  • Packing and Crating
  • EDI – Interphase with airlines. Worldwide airline schedules at our fingertips
  • Cargo Insurance and Claims
  • Offices in key cities throughout the world
  • Project Work
  • ABI/ACH certified with U.S. Customs
  • AMS Certified
  • Foreign Documentation

 

 

 OCEAN FREIGHT

Ocean Freight Services

  • Competitive rates on freight forwarding
  • Free quotations
  • U.S. Customs Brokerage
  • Packing and Crating
  • Cargo Insurance and Claims
  • Offices in key cities throughout the world
  • Project Work
  • ABI/ACH certified with U.S. Customs
  • AMS Certified
  • Foreign Documentation
  • Letters of Credit
POPULAR TERMINOLOGY
 
F.C.L. – FULL CONTAINER LOAD, shipments that use the entire weight or cubic (space) capacity of one container.
L.C.L – LESS THAN CONTAINER LOAD, shipments that consume less that the total container space.
C.Y. – CONTAINER YARD, the port area where full or empty containers are received and delivered.
C.F.S – CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION, a handling facility where the carrier or agent receives and delivers L.C.L. cargo.
M.E.T. – MANIFEST EXAMINATION TEAM, a team of U.S. Customs officials that examine invoices and packing lists on a random basis.
C.E.T. – CONTRABAND ENFORCEMENT TEAM, a special team of U.S. Customs officials who may examine shipments with the intent of looking for contraband such as drugs or goods not allowed into the United States.
C.E.S. – CUSTOMS EXAMINATION STATION, the warehouse where the full examination takes place.
 
OCEAN FREIGHT AND REVENUE TONS
 
Cargo is charged for ocean carriage by revenue tons, a revenue ton is the greater of the cubic measure or weight of the shipment as packed for shipping. Both of the measures are calculated under the metric system. As the U.S. still uses the English systems of weights and measure at this time, it is important to be familiar with conversions between the two.
 
CUBIC MEASURE
The unit of measure for ocean carriage is cubic; one cubic meter equals 35.314 cubic feet. To convert cubic meters to cubic feet, multiply by 35.314. To convert cubic feet to cubic meters, divide by 35.314.
Example: 2.235 CBM x 35.314 = 78.9 CFT
WEIGHT
The unit of weight for ocean carriage is the kilo ton, or long ton; one kilo ton equals 1000 kilograms; one kilogram equals 2.2046 pounds therefore, one kilo ton equals 2204.6 pounds. To convert kilograms to pounds, multiply by 2.2046. To convert pounds to kilograms, divide by 2.2046.
Example: 6370 KGS x 2.2046 = 14,043 LBS
REVENUE TONS
For ocean freight charges, the greater of the cubic meters or kilo tons is used; this unit is shown as a revenue ton. Ocean freight is charged by the revenue ton, as well as other bill of lading charges such as the receiving charges, bunker charges, currency factors, etc.
Example: Shipment is 104 CFT and 5000 LBS
104 CFT = 2.945 CBM
5000 LBS = 2267.985 or 2.268 kilo tons

Therefore, the shipment is rated at 2.945 revenue tons since in this case, the cubic meter is greater than the weight.

 

 

 DOMESTIC FREIGHT

 

Due to market volatility, Air and Truck fuel surcharges are adjusting too rapidly to post updates.  Call for current details.

Fuel surcharges are market-driven and are subject to change without notice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Freight Services

  • Competitive rates on domestic freight forwarding via air, rail or truck.
  • Free quotations
  • Same Day Service – Next Flight Out
  • Overnight to Economy
  • Dedicated Truck and Van Services
  • Services To and From Canada
  • Insurance

Direct Line: 877-243-2309

 

 

 CUSTOMSHOUSE BROKERAGE

 

Customshouse Brokerage Services

  • Free Quotations
  • C-TPAT Certified
  • In-house Licensed Customs Brokers
  • ABI/ACH Certified with U.S. Customs
  • One-on-One Personal Service

 

CUSTOMSHOUSE BROKER
 
All shipments entering the United States require some type of U.S. Customs entry. We as the Customhouse Broker have the knowledge of U.S. Customs regulations, tariffs, and the entry requirements for import shipments. International Freight Systems (of WA) LLC is licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department to render this service to importers.

As a Customhouse Broker, International Freight Systems (of WA) LLC acts on behalf of you, the importer in the transaction of your business with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. International Freight Systems (of WA) LLC prepares and files with U.S. Customs the required documents to obtain release of cargo from U.S. Customs.

International Freight Systems (of WA) LLC will arrange with international carriers for the release of your shipment at the port as well as inland transportation to your final destination. These services are a part of our commitment to provide you with uninterrupted service for your shipments.
 
POPULAR IMPORT TERMINOLOGY
 
AUTOMATED BROKER INTERFACE (A.B.I.)
ABI is the means by which brokers or importers electronically transmit entries and release data to the U.S. Customs Service for possible paperless release.
 
CONSUMPTION ENTRY (CF 7501)
This document is the most commonly filed customs entry for non-paperless entries.
The 7501 lists classifications for duty purposes.
 
WAREHOUSE ENTRY
This provides the privilege of storing a shipment in a bonded warehouse without payment of duties. Duties are not collected until the goods are withdrawn from the warehouse for consumption.
 
DUTY
Most merchandise imported into the United States is subject to duty. Duty is a computation of dollars accruing to U.S. Customs based on value.
 
AUTOMATED MANIFEST SYSTEM
AMS is the system whereby U.S. Customs has the opportunity to review cargo prior to its shipment to the United States from foreign ports. This is part of the new security measures put into place by the government.
 
FDA BIOTERRORISM ACT OF 2003
The Food and Drug Administration requires that advance notice be given to the FDA prior to the importation into the United States. All imported products may be subject to FDA review.
 
C-TPAT
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism is a voluntary program offered by U.S. Customs to importers, customs brokers, steamship lines, airlines and other international participants in order to secure the supply chain from origin to destination.
 
BONDED WAREHOUSE
A facility that has met Customs approval for security for the placement of cargo that has not had duty paid although entered into the statutory limits of the United States.
 
ADVICE TO IMPORTERS
 
In our experience we have found that advance documentation is the single most effective factor in allowing fast, efficient handling of your import shipments. Following are some ideas to help secure advanced documentation for your ocean shipments.
 
Primarily, you should request vendors to send a complete copy set of documents to us at the same time originals are submitted to their bank. These documents should include, at minimum, a copy of the ocean bill of lading, the commercial invoice, and the packing list. If visas or export licenses are involved, copies should be included. We suggest you require these documents be sent by express courier within three days of vessel departure; certification of the same could be included as a required part of the L.C. documentation. From these documents we can open our internal file and prepare the customs entry. Entries can be submitted, and often a release obtained, prior to vessel arrival (except for quota merchandise). Even if original documents are processed through the bank, the customs entry will be underway or, perhaps, even completed.
 
Regarding the steamship bill of lading, most lines require tender of the original bill of lading along with charges due prior to release of the cargo. The original bill represents ownership of the cargo and the right to take delivery. If your shipment is moving under letter of credit restrictions and your bank will allow it, one original bill of lading could be sent to us directly by your supplier, and the remainder processed through the bank. Some steamship lines will allow release of “direct” consigned bills, (i.e., not consigned to a bank or “to order”), without surrender of original bill. In this case, only payment of charges is required.
 
Finally, you should instruct all vendors to show International Freight Systems (of WA) LLC on the bills of lading as the notify party so steamship lines will advise us of incoming shipments as they work each vessel. This acts as a safeguard to lost or delayed documents as confirmation of vessel and shipment information.
 
By doing these things, you will take major steps toward obtaining advance documentation and subsequent fast release of your import shipments. Please call us if we can explain further, or assist with any problems you may have.
 
WHAT IS LIQUIDATION?
 
Liquidation is final review of the entry by U.S. Customs. Under current regulations (19 CFR 159.11) liquidation must occur within one year from date of entry, unless extended by Customs’ request.
 
The duties deposited with the entry summary are ‘estimated duties’, in that they have not been finally determined by U.S. Customs to be proper. Once Customs reviews the entry and is satisfied with the classification, valuation, and admissibility of the imported merchandise, and with the duty collected, documents provided, and all other information required, the entry is then liquidated. Most entries are liquidated “as entered” i.e. with no change in the estimated duties deposited. If duty is increased, customs will invoice the importer of record for the additional amount; this will normally be preceded by a Notice of Action (customs From 29) with information as to reason for increases. If duty is decreased, a refund is issued.
 
Should you disagree with the liquidation – whether increase, decrease, or no change – you may protest the results. The protest must be filed within 90 days of liquidation: if the ninety day period is allowed to pass, recourse is lost and both parties are then bound by the final form of the liquidated entry. For this reason, we urge every importer to monitor the liquidation status of their entries, as failure to file a protest timely could result in payment of duties that might otherwise be refunded. 
 
WHO IS OBLIGATED TO PAY?
 
CUSTOMS DUTIES
Section 141.1 of the Customs regulations states that “the liability for duties, both regular and additional, attaching on importation, constitutes a personal debt due from the importer to the U.S….” Further, “Payment to a broker covering duties does not relieve the importer of liability if the duties are not paid by the broker…” to U.S. Customs. Therefore, it is the importer and no one else who has actual and ultimate liability for payment of duties.
 
FREIGHT CHARGES
Ocean bills of lading contain a statement as follows: “the shipper, consignee, holder thereof, and owner of the goods shall be jointly and severely liable to carrier for the payment of all freight charges. Payment of ocean freight and charges to a freight forwarder, broker, or anyone other than… (a steamship line)…or its authorized agent shall not be deemed payment to the carrier and shall be made at payer’s sole risk.”
 
Air bills state that “except when carrier has extended credit to the consignee without written consent of the shipper, the shipper guarantees payment of all charges for carriage due in accordance with carrier’s tariff…” and other related conditions and regulations.
 
Therefore, for both ocean and air, it is the shipper, consignee, and owner/s of cargo who share liability for freight charges, and no other party.

 

HUNTING TROPHIES
International Freight Systems is pleased to offer the ability to clear your hunting trophies through U.S. Customs, Fish and Wildlife, and the United States Department of Agriculture expeditiously and economically.
International Freight Systems can also provide you with the delivery of your trophy directly to your choice of taxidermist or directly to your home or gallery.  You may also have the ability to pick up your trophy directly from the airline.
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Before you leave on your Safari or hunting trip contact us as to what you will need to get your trophy back into the United States.
  We can advise you on the Power of Attorney, necessary documents for the clearance process including commercial invoices, packing lists, veterinary certificates, CITES, and export licenses.
We will provide you with a service proposal listing our fees and other expenses you might incur in the clearance and delivery process.
If you need assistance transporting your trophy from the expedition to the United States we have agents in Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.
If you do not see a country listed where you are going on a safari, please give us a call before you go and we'll go to work helping you get your trophy from that country right to your gallery or home.

Download the CDC Application for Permit to Import or Transport Etiologic Agents, Hosts or Vectors of Human Diseases.

The entry of hunting trophies into the U.S. – as well as game animal carcasses, hides, dairy products, and other animal products and byproducts- is severely restricted and in many instances prohibited. These articles can also harbor livestock disease organisms.

When the product involves endangered species, restriction of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Services apply. For Information, contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, Office of Management Authority, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203 or visit their web site at http://www.fws.gov/

 

USDA regulations regarding the importation of hunting trophies can be found in the Title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 95