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In many occasions, international road transport is the best option to send your goods to other countries.
The problem is that the availability of this type of transport for such long trips is scarce.
It can also happen that the loading and delivery date offered does not match your needs.
In Grupo Marítima Sureste, we help you to respond efficiently to the international demand of your products through an adequate service for the type of cargo you want to send outside the Spanish borders.
Our commercial agents are ready to attend your case and design an optimal strategy that guarantees the best conditions from the moment we load the merchandise until its delivery at the final destination.
What is the international transport of goods by road?
In foreign trade, the international transport of goods is the act of moving a product from one country to another. In the case of international road transport, the most common vehicle for moving goods is the articulated lorry.
The main advantage of international road transport is the wide variety of routes to reach the delivery point, allowing greater flexibility when having to alter the route initially chosen due to external causes, such as an accident or a hold-up.
In addition, it is one of the safest options since it does not require a transshipment of the goods, being able to provide a direct route service from origin to destination.
Unlike inland road transport, this service has longer delivery dates and requires more document preparation before starting the journey.
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Stages of international transport
International transport, like any other freight forwarding service, is based on a series of steps to be followed in order to guarantee both loading and delivery times.
These steps can be ordered in the following way, regardless of whether or not it leaves the European Community:
1. Preparation and insurance contracting stage
Once the goods have been picked up at our client’s facilities, we proceed with the preparation of the cargo for its correct transportation during a long period on the road.
The idea is to minimize as much as possible the damage that the cargo may suffer during the journey, this is possible by choosing the ideal packaging according to the type of goods to be transported and placing it properly.
On the other hand, we recommend taking out additional insurance for trips to other continents in case there is an inconvenience along the way and the cargo is affected.
In Grupo Marítima Sureste all our insurances are made with coverage guarantees in ICC (A) conditions.
2A. Export Customs Clearance
In case the merchandise is sent to a third country, the merchandise must be positioned for customs clearance before leaving the country. There, a confirmation protocol will be carried out in which the cargo and the required paperwork will be examined in order to authorize the exit.
There is also the possibility of positioning the merchandise in a L.A.M.E. for clearance, reducing the number of stops of the carrier and reducing delivery times.
In Grupo Marítima Sureste you will find an Authorized Location for Export Goods where you will be able to position your merchandise before its international journey.
2B. CMR for intra-community transports
If, on the other hand, the country of destination of your products is also within the EC (European Community), it is only necessary to have a transport document or waybills (CMR) where all the information of the operation in case of inspection is detailed.
3. Transport phase
After having prepared the goods, and after having carried out the export clearance in case the destination country is outside the European Community, comes the part of the transfer itself.
The fact that this shipment is made by road facilitates the option of choosing the best route based on the conditions of the roads at that moment, their condition, and the weather conditions.
In order to avoid inspections of the goods at the borders of the intermediate countries between origin and destination, it will be necessary to have the TIR Carnet, minimizing the paperwork and improving delivery times.
4. Arrival of the cargo in the destination country
If you have left the European Community, after crossing the last border, that of the destination country, the goods must be positioned at the customs office for import clearance to verify the documentation and, if necessary, physically check the products.
It is also essential to consider the regulations of each country or economic zone so as not to fail to comply with the provisions of its legislation.
If, for any reason, all the documentation required for the type of goods transported is not available for clearance, the goods will be held at customs at a high cost due to the immobilization.
5. Delivery of the goods at destination
When entering another country, if it is not an EU country, an import clearance must be carried out. Once it has been completed, it will be allowed to continue the journey to the destination.
Once the cargo arrives at the agreed place, it will only be necessary to deliver the requested goods to the importer or to the company, which will be in charge of unloading them.
In Grupo Marítima Sureste you will find an agile service for the international transport of your products, with high availability, security guarantees and punctuality in the agreed dates.
If you need your goods to reach any corner of Europe, North Africa or West Asia, with the best treatment, consult your shipment with us. We will study your case without obligation.
INTRASTAT: Community Goods Declaration
The Intrastat is a system for the collection of statistical data that refers to the export and import of goods within the economic space of the European Union.
This declaration is obligatory for all those who have their tax domicile in Spain and who carry out movements of goods with origin or destination in the European Union.
Its presentation can be made in the following authorized sites as dictated by Law 30/92:
- AEAT (State Agency of Tax Administration).
- Electronic Headquarters of the Social Security.
Or by telematic means at:
- Electronic Office.
In this case, it is the exporter or importer who is responsible for the completion of the Intrastat and its subsequent presentation.
International freight transport by sea or air
International transport can also be carried out by sea or air.
These are other services that, after prior advice on which route is the best based on your needs, we manage so that your products reach their destination in optimal conditions, choosing the most efficient route.
Sea freight transportOcean freight forwarding service in FCL or LCL shipping containers, Break Bulk, Ro-Ro or Chartering.
Airfreight transport servicesAirfreight transport services: charter, groupage, hand carrier, cross trade and door to door.
Road consignment note CMR
As mentioned above, in the section on the stages of international transport, the road consignment note or CMR is a contract of carriage in which the obligation of the transport company to a shipper for an agreed price, to move or transport goods from one place to another (either nationally or internationally) respecting a series of agreed conditions, is embodied.
This waybill is essential for the transport of international goods by road and is necessary documentation in case of inspection.
For shipments within the European Economic Community, where export and import customs clearance is not required, the CMR is the main document to be presented in case of cross-border control.
International road transport company in Spain
If you are looking for a company that offers international freight forwarding services, you will find in Grupo Marítima Sureste all the possible modalities, so that it will be easier for you to choose the one that gives solution to your foreign trade needs.
We reach every corner of the world, we have an extension margin that covers the 5 continents:
Regardless of the type of goods to be transported, from perishable goods to dangerous goods, your products deserve the utmost care to avoid any damage that may occur in a journey as long as the international transport.
At Grupo Marítima Sureste we have been exporting and importing goods for more than 44 years, whether by truck, container, ship or plane, with a success rate of almost 100%.
We are sure that at the end of the day, you will be satisfied with our good service and quick response to any query you may have.