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Logistic Service

Shipping
Agent in
Singapore

Looking for freight options to import and export goods easily? We will be introducing the services that shipping agents in Singapore provide and the types of shipping containers used.

 

M&P is a local freight forwarder that provides a one-stop service to all required shipping needs. Alongside sea shipping services, we also provide supply chain services, other freight services and even Taobao shipping.

SEA SERVICES PROVIDED BY SHIPPING AGENTS

Sea freight is the shipment of large quantities of goods internationally by cargo ships. The goods are packed into LCL or FCL containers before sailing to their destination. It is the most popular shipping option, with 90% of goods transported internationally by sea.

 

Here are some of the different types of cargo that are usually transported by sea:

 

  • Liquid bulk cargo made up of liquids e.g., Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), Liquified
  • Natural Gas (LNG), vegetable oils, milk, wine and glycerin
  • Dry bulk cargo includes goods e.g., sand, sugar, coal, grain and iron core
  • Break bulk e.g., art, furniture and vehicle parts
  • Rolling stocks e.g., heavy machinery and vehicles
  • Dangerous goods e.g., bleach, car batteries, paints

Pros

  1. More economical, especially with larger volumes
  2. Able to transport heavy and bulky items
  3. More eco-friendly
  4. Better security as containers are locked

Cons

  1. Slower speed
  2. Higher risks associated with weather causing loss or damage to goods
  3. Less flexible routes and timing

FCL refers to a Full Container Load, a container that is for the use of only one shipment. FCL is faster than LCL and is suitable for shippers who have quantities of goods larger than 13 – 15 CBM.

 

In this case, you will not have to share the container with another shipper’s cargo and risk damages. If your shipment is urgent and you would like enhanced security , then FCL will be the better shipping option.

LCL stands for Less than Container Load, where you will have to share a container with other importers and exporters. You will only pay for the space that your cargo will be using.

 

A general guideline is that if your shipments are not big and under 13 – 15 cubic metres (CBM), LCL can be a better option.

There are 5 different types of shipping containers that are used for shipping different types of cargo.

General Purpose Container

General purpose containers (also known as dry freight containers) are the most common type of cargo container. They transport most items, except liquids, gas, temperature-sensitive, perishable or hazardous cargo.

 

These containers do not have temperature controls, are fully enclosed and protected with strong steel against weather and sea water.

 

Here are the different variants that we have at M&P:

Container Size
Interior Dimensions (mm)
Door Opening (mm)
Tare Weight (kg)
Cubic Capacity (m3)
Payload (kg)
20"
L: 5898
W: 2350
H: 2390
W: 2340
H: 2280
2200
33
24,800
40"
L: 12035
W: 2350
H: 2393
W: 2339
H: 2274
3700
67
28.800

High Cube Container

High cube containers are taller than general purpose containers and are used to transport larger oversized cargo items. Like general purpose containers, they ship dry goods but have additional height clearance.

 

Our high cube containers come in 2 different sizes:

Container Size
Interior Dimensions (mm)
Door Opening (mm)
Tare Weight (kg)
Cubic Capacity (m3)
Payload (kg)
40"
L: 12030
W: 2350
H: 2393
W: 2340
H: 2579
3930
76
28,570
45"
L: 13556
W: 2352
H: 2695
W: 2340
H: 2579
4590
86
27,910

Refrigerated Container

Refrigerated (or reefer) containers have controlled temperatures. They are used for shipping cargo that are sensitive to temperatures such as flowers and food.

 

We have 4 different sizes of refrigerated containers:

Container Size
Interior Dimensions (mm)
Door Opening (mm)
Tare Weight (kg)
Cubic Capacity (m3)
Payload (kg)
20"
L: 5440
W: 2294
H: 2237
W: 2286
H: 2238
2750
27.9
24,250
40"
L: 11577
W: 2294
H: 2210
W: 2286
H: 2238
3950
58.7
28,550

Open Top Container

Open top containers are used for items that require the help of a lifting crane such as:

 

  • Over-height items such as tall machineries that require more vertical space
  • Heavy goods that are difficult to load on sideways

 

Our open top containers come in 2 sizes:

Container Size
Interior Dimensions (mm)
Door Opening (mm)
Top Opening (mm)
Tare Weight (kg)
Cubic Capacity (m3)
Payload (kg)
20"
L: 5893
W: 2346
H: 2353
W: 2338
H: 2273
L: 5488
W: 2230
2200
32
28,280
40"
L: 12056
W: 2347
H: 2379
W: 2343
H: 2279
L:11622
W: 2214
3800
67
28,700

Flat Rack Container

There are 2 main types of flat rack containers — collapsible rack and fixed end. These containers are used for transporting cargo that is oversized or has non-standard dimensions. They usually have collapsible side doors that can be folded to form a flat rack.

 

We have 20-feet and 40-feet flat racks for sea shipping:

Container Size
Interior Dimensions (mm)
Tare Weight (kg)
Payload (kg)
20"
L: 5966
W: 2418
H: 2286
2970
27,030
40"
L: 12064
W: 2369
H: 1943
5200
39,800

A shipping agent organises shipping of cargo goods for domestic and international trade. The agent acts as an intermediary between you, your cargo and the final destination.

 

As a freight forwarding company, M&P also coordinates transportation, logistics details with sea freight companies and will notify you of cargo shipments’ delivery statuses. Additionally, we ensure custom clearance and prepare the required documents for import and export.

If you are thinking of booking a shipping agent, provide these details to us via email and we will get back to you within the next 3 hours:

  • Your contact details (name, contact number and email address)
  • Pick up and drop off point
  • List of items
  • Cargo weight
  • Cargo dimensions

Sea shipping costs will vary depending on factors such as the distance travelled, fuel costs, exchange rates, cargo shipment sizes and the transit time required.

 

A 20-feet FCL will cost roughly $300 and $10,000 per container to ship to Malaysia and Scotland respectively. Whereas LCL shipments are priced per volume of goods. For a gauge, a China to US shipment will cost about $2 to $4 per kg.

 

Other charges may include insurance fees, custom security surcharge, routing charges and fuel surcharge.

Every country has different shipping guidelines, and certain items cannot be imported or exported due to regulatory reasons.

 

The list of globally prohibited items include but is not limited to:

 

  • Live animals
  • Animal parts such as ivory and shark fin
  • Human remains
  • Precious stones
  • Cash
  • Firearms and ammunition

 

Before exporting or importing, do check the regulations or check with your preferred freight forwarder.

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