What is Port To Door and Door To Port Shipping

In the previous article, we shared the meaning behind terms such as Port to Port and Door to Door Shipping. In today’s article, we would be covering Port to Door as well as Door to Port Shipping terms.

Exporting and Importing can often be an extremely complicated and mundane process as there are so many rules, regulations as well as countless  number of procedures to adhere to. This, many a times, may require to prepare and submit documents for import and export. Usually, freight forwarders would prepare it  for us, but it is also good to know for ourselves as to how to complete the relevant documents by understanding what the terms mean.

As such, in our new article series titled “Export Terms”, we would  introduce you to all the various terms used in the international trade, be it through air, land or sea freight. We would roll out one related article on a regular basis, which would help you to get a comprehensive understanding as to the document preparation for the purpose of doing trade internationally

What is Port To Door Shipping

Port to Door Shipping refers to a type of shipping where the logistics service provider or freight forwarder is responsible for the freight process from the port of shipment until the goods reach the point of destination where th goods need to be delivered to. This means that from the door of the exporter at the point of shipment, the exporter needs to make sure that he arranges for a way to transport the goods to the port of shipment.

For Port To Door Shipping, it is actually rather similar to a door to door shipping service, albeit slightly different, where the exporter has to make sure that the goods are at the port of shipment through his personal arrangement instead from his doorstep.

Port to Door Shipments means that the carrier is responsible for the goods only from the port of shipment onwards, up until the goods have been safely delivered to the doorstep of the importer (buyer)

What is Door To Port Shipping

A door to port shipping service is essentially the opposite of a port to door shipping. In this case, the exporter does not have as much responsibilities as the latter. Instead, the logistics service company or freight forwarder is responsible for the shipment from the doorstep of the exporter up until the point where the goods have reached the port of destination. After which, the importer is responsible for arranging his own mode of transportation, where he has to collect the goods that have been shipped to the port of destination. As such, this mode of shipment is rather similar to the previous mode of shipment, just that one type allows the shipper to leave the goods at his doorstep while the other is where the shipper needs to leave the goods at the port of shipment instead.


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