Frequently Asked Questions

The Most Commonly Asked Questions about Freight Forwarding Services to the Pacific Islands and Asia


How much will it cost to send my shipment?

That really depends on the size of your cargo and where you need to ship it to. The best way to determine the cost of your shipment is to have our expert team write you a free quote. In order to give you the most accurate quote possible, please have as much information about your cargo available as possible. Some examples of the information we will need include:

  • The zip codes of the origin and destination for domestic shipments
  • The ocean port or airport of the origin and destination for international shipments
  • What mode of transport you are requesting – air or ocean
  • A description of your commodity
  • The number of pieces in the shipment
  • The total weight of the shipment
  • The dimensions of the shipment
  • The value of the shipment, if you will need insurance
  • The dates and times of your desired ship date and arrival date


If I want to drop ship my shipment to one of Triple B Forwarder’s terminals, what address should I use?

After you have received a quote, we are happy to receive your drop shipment for forwarding. In order for our warehouse staff to know who and where your shipment should go, please address your cargo as in the example below.

For example, if you are drop shipping your cargo to our Los Angeles office, the address should read:

 

Complete Name of Final Destination Consignee
C/O Triple B Forwarders
1511 Glenn Curtiss Street
Carson, CA 90746

What are the cut-off time, transit time, and sailing schedule for cargo being shipped to Guam?

The cut-off time for receiving shipments in our Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu terminals are all 5:00 PM Fridays, local time.
Vessels depart Los Angeles every Wednesday, with a fourteen (14) calendar day transit time to Guam.
Vessels depart Oakland every Tuesday, with a thirteen (13) calendar day transit time to Guam.
Vessels depart Honolulu every Tuesday, with a seven (7) calendar day transit time to Guam.


What are the cut-off time, transit time, and sailing schedule for cargo being shipped from Los Angeles to Honolulu?

Triple B Forwarders has twice weekly consolidation service from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
The cut-off time for the Wednesday sailing is Monday at 5:00 PM Pacific time.
The cut-off time for the Saturday sailing is Wednesday at 5:00 PM Pacific time.
The sailing time from Los Angeles to Honolulu is four (4) calendar days.


What are the cut-off time, transit time, and sailing schedule for cargo being shipped to Saipan?

The cut-off time for receiving shipments in our Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu terminals are all 5:00 PM Fridays, local time.
Vessels depart Los Angeles every Wednesday, with a sixteen (16) calendar day transit time to Saipan.
Vessels depart Oakland every Tuesday, with a fifteen (15) calendar day transit time to Saipan.
Vessels depart Honolulu every Tuesday, with a twenty (20) calendar day transit time to Saipan.


What documentation is needed for shipments to Guam?

Guam customs has a mandatory requirement that a commercial invoice accompany every shipment in order to be cleared on arrival.


What documentation is needed for international shipments?

International shipments require the following documentation:

  • Shipper’s Letter of Instruction
  • Commercial Invoice(s)
  • Packing List(s) of the cargo’s contents
  • If applicable, a Letter of Credit
  • If applicable, an Export License


How do I calculate volume in cubic feet?

The cost of ocean freight shipments is based on volume or density, whichever is greater.
In order to accurately calculate volume in cubic feet, you will need to measure the length, width, and height of your cargo in inches. Each piece must be measured individually.
An item that is one cubic foot in size would have a length of 12 inches, a width of 12 inches, and a height of 12 inches. To calculate the cubic feet, you would multiply 12 X 12 X 12 = 1728 cubic inches.
When measuring your cargo, measure the inches for each dimension, and divide the answer by 1728 to convert cubic inches into cubic feet.
When measuring your cargo, round up any fraction of an inch to the next highest whole inch. For example, if your cargo measures 11 and ˝ inches in width, round up the width to 12 inches. Do the same with your final calculation as well. For example, 12.3 cubic feet would round up to 13 cubic feet.

Here’s another example. If your cargo is 24 and 1/2 inches by 18 inches by 16 and 1/4 inches, your calculations would be:
  25 X 18 X 17 = 7650 cubic inches
7650 / 1728 = 4.43 cubic feet
The volume of this shipment is 5 cubic feet.

 


 

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1511 Glenn Curtiss St.
Carson, CA 90746

Phone: +1 310 604 5840
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