It occasionally happens that your overseas factory/ supplier will offer to arrange the shipment to the US port, and then have you choose a forwarder to handle the shipment from there.
Please note that Freightos cannot accommodate these shipments. Our forwarders will not take the risk of picking up a shipment at this point.
In general, we advise against booking the port-door leg of your shipment separate from the rest of your order. It may seem tempting to have your Chinese factory arrange shipment to the USA port, and then for you to choose a different forwarder to handle the rest, but there are several reasons why this is not a great choice.
1) Unexpected charges: If your factory is arranging a “to USA port only” shipment (also known as CFR/CIF), the quote does NOT include destination charges, which can cost anywhere between $300-$700, depending on the port and the size of the shipment. This charge must be paid to the US representative of the freight company your factory is working with, and we cannot begin to process the next leg of your shipment until it is paid. This charge can not be added to any quote on Freightos, and will be solely your responsibility.
2) Customs filing: The US Customs and Border Protection Agency requires an ISF (Import Security Filing) to be filed before your goods leave China. This is the responsibility of your chosen customs broker, and failure to have the paperwork completed in time can result in heavy fines. However, it can be very difficult to coordinate that timing, as the ISF filing is handled by the second forwarder, while your factory is more concerned with sending the goods on their way. You therefore need to coordinate with both to ensure that the paperwork is filed correctly and promptly.
Because of all these intricacies and the subsequent potential for error, it’s much better to book an FOB quote with us that starts in China and ends at your desired destination, so that Freightos and our partners can take care of everything.