International Services, Inc.

WELCO helps companies with these aspects of exporting from the USA:



 

Before the cargo even leaves your facility, WELCO helps with your export sales:


-   calculating the delivered costs such as cargo insurance, crating, international transport, etc.
-   developing pro-forma invoices to solicit sales
-   shipping safely and staying in compliance
-                 advising the many aspects of international transport, export sales, container loading, cargo insurance, export regulations, and collections

WELCO maintains and utilizes our extensive knowledge and contacts where our clients need us. See our Locations page.


Electronic Export Information (EEI) -- Federal regulations require the shipper, the U.S. Principal Party of Interest (USPPI), to ensure the EEI is filed accurately and on time.

1.    Submit to WELCO your completed Shipper's Letter of Instructions (SLI).


2. WELCO submits the EEI on your behalf.
24 hours or sooner prior to loading cargo on the vessel at the U.S. port
2 hours or sooner prior to the scheduled departure time of the aircraft
3. For each accepted filing, WELCO supplies a confirmation to the U.S. Principal Party of Interest (USPPI).
4. WELCO maintains complete records of every export transaction on your behalf. An exporter of goods from the United States must fully and completely document every aspect of an export transaction, and maintain those records for a period of five years.
The Electronic Export Information (EEI) must be submitted for every shipment that goes beyond the borders of the United States, except shipments valued at less than $2500 and shipments to the possessions of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).



cargo insurance -- Have your products protected for the full value.

1.    Request cargo insurance on the Shipper's Letter of Instructions (SLI).

2. The standard liability limit for international cargo seldom covers the value of your goods.
Air carriers' liability does not exceed US$20 per kilogram of actual weight.
Ocean carriers limit their liability to US$500 per shipping unit, usually the shipping container.
3. When WELCO arranges your cargo insurance, you are protected for the full value of the export.
4. We handle all the paperwork for you, from filing the application to issuing the certificates.
5. If you want additional coverage for your shipments, WELCO can arrange for your cargo insurance to cover the full value of your goods.
6. In order for WELCO to arrange your cargo insurance, please provide specific information on the SLI:
total value
commodity description
number of shipping packages
gross weight and dimensions of each shipping package
origin in USA
overseas destination



pickups throughout the USA -- WELCO will retrieve the cargo from your facility.

1.    Request pickups on the Shipper's Letter of Instructions (SLI).

2. We work with airfreight, ocean containers, flatbeds, and loose cargo.
  Arranging the transport of Full Container Loads (FCL) and Less than Container Loads (LCL), we move your export cargo across town or across country.
  Delivering empty containers, and picking up cargo
3. WELCO manages rail bills of lading, prepares truck bills of lading, issues dock receipts, and delivers your cargo to the port of export.
4. We can also haul your machinery with an array of trailers featuring single drops, 300-ton specialty, lowboys and flatbeds to suit all of your hauling needs.



export packing -- Protect your products from loss or damage.

1.    Request export packing on the Shipper's Letter of Instructions (SLI).

2. Our expert crating teams are well-versed in the latest export packing techniques to assure the integrity of your shipment. Our goal is to get your shipment to its destination safely and securely anywhere in the world.
3. International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15)
  Crates built to ISPM-15 specifications are heat-treated to meet international transport requirements.
  ISPM 15 affects wood packaging material with a thickness greater than 6mm, requiring that they be debarked and then heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide.
  ISPM 15 compliant packaging is stamped or branded with a mark of compliance commonly known as the "wheat stamp".
4. WELCO also offers alternatives to ISPM 15.
  Products exempt from the ISPM 15 are made from other materials, like paper, plastic, or wood panel products.
5. Other alternatives include a 7-mil industrial shrink film to wrap our customer's equipment prior to export crating or shipment upon request.
  By covering your equipment with this film, it can protect it from the sun's rays for up to nine months.
  This film is waterproof as well as puncture and tear-resistant to ensure safe and secure shipping to your requested destination.
6. We can also use tectyl-506 preservative on your equipment upon request to prevent dust, chemical and water erosion for overseas shipment and containerization.
7. WELCO can also provide temporary or long-term storage of your cargo prior to export.



container loading -- Reduce your cost per unit, save on handling, and protect your products.

1.    Request container loading on the Shipper's Letter of Instructions (SLI).

2. WELCO loads containers, and ensures reliable blocking and bracing for export.
3. Your cargo will be prepared according to shipment specifications using the following procedures:
  We draft a containerization outline to ensure proper stuffing procedure.
  Once the container is loaded, blocked and braced, we photograph the container for necessary documentation.
  The container is then sealed and delivered to the selected rail head or port of export.
4. Our containerization service includes the provision of storage space for cargo awaiting consolidation or shipment.



freight forwarding -- WELCO coordinates with your sales, export, and accounting departments, to give you and the best export experiences, from start to finish.

   helps you develop pro-forma invoices to solicit sales
  advises exporting costs including freight costs, port charges, consular fees, costs of special documentation, insurance costs and freight handling fees
   works with your ocean export department
  arranges the transport of Full Container Loads (FCL) and Less than Container Loads (LCL)
  educates employees on container specifications and safe container loading practices
  selects the appropriate equipment for export
  advises clients on the most favorable routings
   arranges cargo insurance
   books space on ships on behalf of shippers
   helps you comply with US laws
  clears shipments in accordance with United States government export regulations
  files the Electronic Export Information (EEI) via Automated Export System (AES)
   sends advance notice of shipments to banks, shippers, and/or consignees
   coordinates the movement of shipments from origin to the vessel, ordering cargo to port
  delivers empty containers, and arranges pickups
  completes export packing
  loads containers, and ensures reliable blocking and bracing
  fumigates per specifications as required
  manages rail bills of lading, prepares truck bills of lading, issues dock receipts, and delivers your cargo to the ships
   processes the export documentation
  prepares ocean bills of lading
  handles additional export documentation such as certificates of origin, insurance certificates, consular documents, notary documents, commercial invoices, and paing lists
  administers bills of lading and other documents per letter of credit specifications
   handles freight monies on behalf of shippers
   manages the banking formalities
  prepares documents required by letter of credit
  negotiates letters of credit, and collects against a letter of credit properly
   keeps you updated
  tracks your shipments, and advises arrival dates at overseas ports
   distributes original documents to the correct parties such as the consignee or consignee's agent, and routes appropriate documents to seller, buyer or paying bank
   completes the delivery requirements
  makes arrangements with overseas agents for foreign import formalities
  warehouses cargo if required
  delivers to your buyers overseas



international air cargo transport -- Send your shipments fast by airfreight.

1.    Request international air cargo on the Shipper's Letter of Instructions (SLI).

2.    WELCO gives you a quote that includes all the transport charges:
cargo insurance
pickups from your door
export packing
terminal charges
handling fees
fuel surcharges
airfreight costs, etc.

3. WELCO works with several reputable carriers for both air and ocean shipments to find the best international freight rates for you.
4. In order for WELCO to arrange your international air cargo transport, please provide specific information on the SLI:
commodity description
number of shipping packages
gross weight and dimensions of each shipping package
origin in USA
date available to pickup in USA
destination overseas
required delivery date



international ocean cargo transport -- WELCO moves your cargo by sea freight.

1.    Request international air cargo on the Shipper's Letter of Instructions (SLI).

2. An Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI) may be either an ocean Freight Forwarder or a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC). WELCO is both. A freight forwarder and NVOCC must be licensed.
  To operate as an international ocean Freight Forwarder or NVOCC in the United States, a company must first obtain an OTI license from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). This regulation applies to U.S. exports and imports.
  All applicants for this license are subject to rigorous investigation by the FMC's Bureau of Certification and Licensing to determine if they have the necessary experience and character to render OTI services in compliance with the Shipping Act and FMC regulations.
  Applicants must also submit proof of financial responsibility before the FMC will issue the OTI license.
3. A Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) provides cargo transportation by water between the United States and a foreign country (whether import or export) for compensation without operating the vessels by which the transportation is provided.
  purchases transportation services from vessel-operating common carriers for resale, booking or confirming cargo space with ocean freight carriers
  pays port-to-port or multi-modal transportation charges
  enters into affreightment agreements with underlying shippers
  issues original ocean bills of lading
  arranges and pays for inland transportation on through transportation movements
  pays lawful compensation to ocean freight forwarders
  leases containers and enters into arrangements with origin or destination agents
4. WELCO gives you a quote that includes all the transport charges:
commodity description
number of shipping packages
gross weight and dimensions of each shipping package
origin in USA
destination overseas



shipment tracking -- Know when to expect your shipments.

1. If WELCO is coordinating your international air and/or ocean cargo transport, then you have no problems.
  We already have the information to provide you with regular and reliable updates for your shipments.
 WELCO makes every possible effort to pickup and deliver your shipments on time.
  Secure tracing is available on for registered clients with cargo departing from the United States.

      OR

2. If another company is arranging your international air and/or ocean cargo transport, WELCO will provide you with updates about your shipments after we have the following information:

 for air shipments -- Master Air Waybill (MAWB) number

  for ocean shipments -- Master Ocean Bill of Lading (MOBL) number including the Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC)

  Departures from the USA and overseas deliveries are estimated due to government exams, weather patterns, and other unpredictable occurrences that may affect your shipment.
  The Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) becomes more reliable as the shipments get closer to the consignee.
 WELCO will keep tracking and keep you advised.



client communication and value -- Choose to work with WELCO.

1.    Get your questions answered.Do it right the first time.
WELCO follows your instructions.
Fax or email your Shipper's Letter of Instructions (SLI) to WELCO.


2.    Get your questions answered.
  Many clients comment that they could only get their questions answered after they called WELCO.
  The client's satisfaction is the goal of every shipment. WELCO will take the time to explain the process if the client wants to learn more. Whether WELCO explains it to you or not, we just take care of it and keep you advised.
3.    Enjoy a single point of contact.
  WELCO offers one source for streamlined communications and results.
  Our client contact is structured on a one-to-one basis.
-    You work with the person that knows the most about your types of shipments.
-    You do not talk with a sales person or an operator.
-    The person in charge at WELCO actually makes sure your shipments are done properly.
4.    Have the time to do your business, instead of following up and worrying.
  WELCO keeps you advised and updated.
  We follow your shipment from start to finish making sure everything is done right.
  WELCO does not use an assembly-line type system.
-    In these assembly lines, the employees only know how to do their own particular section. They are unaware of how their actions affect the rest of the process.
  Our staff has knowledge of the whole process, the big picture.
5.    It is so easy for you.
  Fax or email your Shipper's Letter of Instructions (SLI).
  WELCO will pickup throughout the USA, keep you advised, arrange the export packing or container loading if needed, make the air or sea transportation arrangements as instructed, track your shipment, keep you advised, submit the banking documents for your payment, keep you advised, deliver the goods to the final consignee, and keep you advised.
6.    No paper was harmed in the processing of your shipments.
WELCO uses the latest technology to offer you the best service.
Automated Export System (AES)
paperless reports
electronic invoices
scanned document files
recycled clichés
7. We do what we can to please our clients, and we want to share some of their compliments:

"…this is perfect… Thank You Very Much! " – John

  "Delivery right at 4pm as promised; the driver was very courteous and called on his way to let us know." – Linda

"I am very pleased with your service." – Marsha

"This was an important one, and you handled it well." – Jack

"Thanks for your care in handling this matter." – Charles



Ocean Freight Forwarder

As your ocean freight forwarder, WELCO coordinates with your sales, export, and accounting departments, to give you and the best export experiences, from start to finish.

1. helps you develop pro-forma invoices to solicit sales
  advises exporting costs including freight costs, port charges, consular fees, costs of special documentation, insurance costs and freight handling fees
2. works with your ocean export department
  arranges the transport of Full Container Loads (FCL) and Less than Container Loads (LCL)
  educates employees on container specifications and safe container loading practices
  selects the appropriate equipment for export
  advises clients on the most favorable routings
3. arranges cargo insurance
4. books space on ships on behalf of shippers
5. helps you comply with US laws
  clears shipments in accordance with United States government export regulations
  files the Electronic Export Information (EEI) via Automated Export System (AES)
6. sends advance notice of shipments to banks, shippers, and/or consignees
7. coordinates the movement of shipments from origin to the vessel, ordering cargo to port
  delivers empty containers, and arranges pickups
  completes export packing
  loads containers, and ensures reliable blocking and bracing
  fumigates per specifications as required
  manages rail bills of lading, prepares truck bills of lading, issues dock receipts, and delivers your cargo to the ships
8. processes the export documentation
  prepares ocean bills of lading
  handles additional export documentation such as certificates of origin, insurance certificates, consular documents, notary documents, commercial invoices, and packing lists
  administers bills of lading and other documents per letter of credit specifications
9. handles freight monies on behalf of shippers
10. manages the banking formalities
  prepares documents required by letter of credit
  negotiates letters of credit, and collects against a letter of credit properly
11. keeps you updated
  tracks your shipments, and advises arrival dates at overseas ports
12. distributes original documents to the correct parties such as the consignee or consignee's agent, and routes appropriate documents to seller, buyer or paying bank
13. completes the delivery requirements
  makes arrangements with overseas agents for foreign import formalities
  warehouses cargo if required
  delivers to your buyers overseas


Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI)

An Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI) may be either an ocean Freight Forwarder or a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC). WELCO is both. A freight forwarder and NVOCC must be licensed.

  To operate as an international ocean Freight Forwarder or NVOCC in the United States, a company must first obtain an OTI license from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). This regulation applies to U.S. exports and imports.
  All applicants for this license are subject to rigorous investigation by the FMC's Bureau of Certification and Licensing to determine if they have the necessary experience and character to render OTI services in compliance with the Shipping Act and FMC regulations
  Applicants must also submit proof of financial responsibility before the FMC will issue the OTI license.


Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC)

A Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) provides cargo transportation by water between the United States and a foreign country (whether import or export) for compensation without operating the vessels by which the transportation is provided.

  purchases transportation services from vessel-operating common carriers for resale, booking or confirming cargo space with ocean freight carriers
  pays port-to-port or multi-modal transportation charges
  enters into affreightment agreements with underlying shippers
  issues original ocean bills of lading
  arranges and pays for inland transportation on through transportation movements
  pays lawful compensation to ocean freight forwarders
  leases containers and enters into arrangements with origin or destination agents



WELCO International Services, Inc. is licensed as a Customs Broker by the United States Department of the Treasury (serial number 21652).
WELCO International Services, Inc. is licensed by the United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) as an Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI) freight forwarder and Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) under FMC OTI license 023299NF.

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