U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)

(C-TPAT) is a voluntary supply chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The aim of the program is to safeguard world trade from the threat of terrorism by improving the security of private companies’ supply chains. The program started in November 2001 and has grown to include owners of each stage in the supply chain – importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators and manufacturers. CBP recognizes that it can provide the highest level of security to the public and to other stakeholders only through close cooperation between all these parties.

We are proud member, and comply with all requirements set out by the US Customs (CBP).

Below you can find a link to the US Customs website for more details regarding the C-TPAT initiative.


-Check with your local City Hall to see if you need a permit to have a 20’ or 40’ container positioned at your home or facility. We may require a copy of the permit prior to delivering the container. If you fail to acquire a permit where permits are required, any charges that incur will be billed to you.

-When the container arrives at your door, inspect it. Make sure there are no holes in the container BEFORE the driver leaves. Sweep out the container to remove any debris, dirt or dust.

-The container comes to your door 4 feet off the ground. There are no ramps or lifts to assist you when loading. You can make your own ramps, rent your own ramps or hire labor to help you load your container.

-Packing and loading your container well is the key to minimizing damage during transit. Start at the front of the container (opposite of the container doors) and work your way back. Load all heavy items on the floor and load all light items on top.
There are several ways to secure your items inside the container:
1. There are rings or loopholes throughout the container located on the container walls near the floor. You can use rope, metal straps, bungee cords, etc. to secure your items.

2.The walls of the container are corrugated or have grooves. You can use plywood and 4’x4’s to make partitions or to keep things from shifting frontward or backward.

3.The floor of the container is wood. You can use nail items down to the floor or you can nail wood to the floor to keep things from shifting.

4.When you are done loading the container we do suggest using 2’x4’s or 4’x4’s to brace the back of the container. The key to a successful load is a tight fitting load. If your items can easily shift, damage is more likely to occur.

-BEFORE the driver leaves your premises with your container, make sure to acquire the driver’s signature as proof that the driver has picked your container. Record the container# and seal# for your records.


Packing your boxes well is key to minimizing damage. We have come up with the following tips to help you:

-Make sure all fragile items are heavily bubble-wrapped and secured well in the box. Use Styrofoam peanuts, clothing, pillows, etc to provide extra cushion.

-Make sure all boxes are packed FULL. If there are voids in the boxes, they can easily collapse which can cause damage.
Make sure your boxes are securely shut using adhesive tape.

-Label your boxes with your first and last name, country your shipping to, and the amount of boxes you have (1 of 8).

”Do not use printed newspaper to wrap your goods or to fill any voids”.

With World Trust Express, LLC you should be able to submit and receive the most common used “Outgoing” international shipping documents online.

These international shipping documents, as a rule, is the NECESSARY minimum to initiate and complete a regular international sea/Air freight shipment in the USA and to enter your cargo to the destination country commerce zone. I.e. to deliver your goods to an international carrier receiving terminal in the country of destination:

Sea freight price quotations
Booking confirmations
Shipping Instructions
AES ITN on U.S. Shipper’s Export Declaration*
Dock Receipt
Valued Packing Lists and Commercial Invoices
Insurance Certificates
Freight Invoice
Inland (if necessary) and finally the seafreight Bill of Lading on your international shipment


The U.S. Customs regulation for international shipping goods from the USA: If an international shipment is NOT a commercial shipment and the commodity is Household Goods or Personal Effects that are not for sale, NON-Hazardous, NON-Perishable with the total value declared under US $2,500.00 NO Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) is required [REF: 15 CFR 30.55 (h)].
On all other international shipments shippers must file SED in AES at

AMID Logistics, LLC can file the SED on international shipper’s behalf for the fee of $35.00, limited by up to two (2) Harmonized Tariff Codes. $20.00 per Harmonized Tariff number thereafter. Note: International shipping of Household Goods or personal effects, as a rule, require just one Harmonized Code in the SED filing.

At a time of booking of an international shipment in our on-line booking form, the international shipper/consigner MUST request the SED filing in the online booking form OR in a separate e-mail no later than in 72 hours prior to the ETD – Estimated Time of Departure of his/her international shipment from the USA. In general, no international shipments without the ITN AES number will be permitted to the international shipping unless the exemption for international shipping of household goods with the value under US $2,500.00.

IMPORTANT!: In order to file a shipper’s export declaration the consigner/shipper, besides of complete shipping commodity description, must designate the value, the weight of the internationally shipped goods and PROVIDE A U.S. FEDERAL TAX ID# (EIN) or IF A A NOT U.S. RESIDENT, THEN A COPY OF HIS/HER FOREIGN PASSPORT and U.S. VISA.

NOTE: Since 2009 U.S. Social Security Numbers (SSN) are NOT acceptable by U.S. Customs for filing SEDs. All U.S. residents, no matter individuals or businesses, must obtain a TAX ID (EIN) from IRS. Refer to this website


Some destination countries (particularly countries in South America, Africa, countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe) and/or depending on internationally shipping commodity may require more comprehensive lists of items shipped internationally and/or additional international shipping documents. You may want to check with a local consulate or ask a destination’s customs broker about additional documents that may be necessary at a time of recovery of your international shipment at the destination.



A. International Sea freight Bill of Lading – Ocean Freight Carrier’s transport document. Shows cargo routing, consigner, consignee, cargo description, etc. The title on the internationally shipped goods.

B.1. For commercial international shipments – Commercial Invoice. Complete description of commodity being shipped.

B.2. For international shipping of household goods and personal belongings – Valued Packing List. An inventory list with value assigned to each item being shipped.

Notice: Some countries require proforma commercial invoices for personal international shipments as well. However, having a complete Valued Packing List submitted at origin, upon destination country’s customs request, will make it easy to transfer your Valued Packing List in form of proforma commercial invoice.

In respect of U.S. Customs, all Commercial Invoices (and Valued Packing Lists) must be in English and show:

Value of cargo in US Dollars (exchange rate = date of export);
Shippers full name and address (M.I.D. – manufacturer’s identification);
Consignee full name and address;
Detailed description of cargo/freight;
Quantity of cargo shipped;
Weight of cargo shipped;
Cargo’s Country of Origin


D. Packing List for an international commercial shipment – Breakdown description: pieces, weights and packing materials. (Examples – Wood Pallets, Skids, Crates, Boxes, Dunnage, Straw Packing, etc.)

E. Fumigation Certificate – Certification that internationally shipped cargo and its packing materials were fumigated and it is free of infestation.

F. Special International Shipping Documents – Depends on commodity and country of origin, such as:

Certificate of Origin
North American Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin (N.A.F.T.A.)
Packing Declaration
Dangerous Goods Declaration – hazardous materials
Fish and Wildlife Declaration
Consular Legalized documents
In respect of dealing with an international shipping company (US freight forwarder, NVOCC), international shipping instructions received from an international shipping company on an ocean freight shipment are substitute for a booking confirmation. International shipping instructions for international shipping of ocean freight from or to the USA contain shipping information, which is the same as in booking confirmations from international ocean freight carriers, but presented in more comprehensive form.

Regardless of format of international shipping instructions, international shipping SHOULD provide at least the following information on an ocean freight shipment:

A document No. and carrier’s Booking No.;
Carrier’s shipping terminal or shipping agent contact information;
Sailing details on shipping ocean freight, including:
– ETD – Estimated Time of Departure (shipping day from a sea port);
– ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
– Other shipping details such as: Vessel, Voyage, Routing etc.

IMPORTANT: In order to avoid delays and other possible problems with your international shipment, you have to complete and submit all international shipping documents requested in international shipping instructionsprior to your ocean freight being delivered to an international ocean freight carrier’s or to a domestic transportation company’s trans-shipping terminal. Timely furnishing of proper international shipping documents in international shipping of cargo by sea is shipper’s responsibility, but a responsibility of international shipping company that supports your international shipment.

Note: In general this approach is common when you use international shipping services from international shipping companies (Freight Forwarders, NVOCC, VOCC). However, if you use an international shipping service from an international moving company, then it may differ from international shipping companies procedures. International shipping instructions received from international moving companies varies case by case. If you work on your Import or Export international shipment with an international moving company, then we recommend obtaining complete shipping instructions with the total shipping cost confirmation from the international moving company in advance.
24H E.U. Rule effective on January 1st, 2011. All commercial invoices or valued packing lists for shipments to/via E.U. require filing at least first six digits of U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule in the H.S. Code column. Shippers to other counties may leave the H.S. Code column blank. However, filing H.S. Codes to other countries is recommended.

In respect of international shipping of PERSONAL EFFECTS AND USED HOUSEHOLD GOODS, the HS Code# to be used is: 9905.00
Any COMMERCIAL SHIPMENTS to/via E.U. MUST PROVIDE H.S. CODES (at least the first six digits)

Shippers may find U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule in the following websites: or or

Each international shipping document for your international ocean freight submitted via our shipping instructions is unique. It is generated individually for your international ocean freight shipment and pre-formatted based on the information that you had provided when booked your international ocean freight shipment online.

IMPORTANT: While submitting your international shipping documents online double-check all info in the document. If you see any errors or typos, then urgently re-submit the document or ask us to correct it via e-mail. During submitting your international shipping documents for your international ocean freight shipment online you will have several opportunities to edit and re-submit the shipping documents. However, as soon as shipping documents are submitted to the ocean freight carrier, all further correction be possible only at a time when you recover your international shipment at the destination.

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