A specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s mission is to “promote safe, secure, environmentally sound shipping through cooperation.”
When certificates and paperwork are missing or incorrect at Customs or other checkpoints along a shipping line, the consequences for noncompliance can include fines and delays that impact an importer’s bottom line.
All meat imports, whether clearing customs by truck or container, must go through the USDA meat inspection review process before they can be released for consumption.
Air transport usually gets your freight from point A to point B faster than any ocean or land transportation, but faster doesn’t necessarily mean better.
The process of getting goods from point A to point B undamaged and on-time will invariably present challenges because there are so many factors in flux along the average international shipping line. Some difficulties and inconveniences are just part of the overall shipping process, while others may cause a company to reconsider their partnership with their freight forwarding company.