Custom Clearances:

Throwing away money with demurrage and detention

• Registration of importer in the customs authority before the arrival of goods.

• Notification of the customs authority upon arrival and prior notification.

• Submission of the customs declaration in electronic or paper form. Filling in the declaration based on the submitted data about the product, its volume and other details.

• Waiting for the decision of the customs authority regarding the release of the goods.

• Making customs payments (taxes, VAT, duties).

Licensed customs brokers provide expert assistance in solving problems of any complexity. Their advantage is an individual approach to each client, long-term cooperation with customs offices, excellent service and favorable conditions. Our forwarding network possesses extensive experience in the field of transport and foreign trade to develop optimal logistics schemes, which helps to minimize customs costs and reduce downtime and to be flexible to any unforeseen circumstances.

Port forwarding

Port forwarding is one of the most complex solutions that we provide; therefore, it is rendered by experienced and qualified companies of our community. The experience and expertise freight forwarders at SeaRates opens up opportunities for establishing close professional ties with all services and regulatory authorities in the ports of different countries.

The scope of service

The scope of services that are needed in a given case is determined only by the customer. Normally it is:

• Ensuring and control of loading on board the vessel/discharging on the terminal.

• Verifying, an inspection of cargo at all stages of its registration.

• Customs clearance in the required customs regime.

• Storage of cargo, including in the customs warehouse mode.

• Full control of transportation from door to door.

• Transhipment, preparation for transportation, securing in the container.

• Selection of suitable containers.

• Other related services

Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are any objects with characteristics and properties that can; threaten human life and health; cause irreparable harm to the environment; cause damage to material objects. Substances under this designation are:

• Capable of exploding due to friction or detonation, leaving large-scale damage;

• That can easily ignite due to temperature or other factors;

• Causing a corrosive process in conventional containers for storage, which may result in the release of a substance;

• Belonging to the category of strong poisons, hazardous to human life and health.

IMO IMDG Code is the main document governing the carriage of dangerous goods by sea. Forwarding companies operating are regularly required to qualify for knowledge of this code.


There are nine classes of dangerous goods, selected based on their characteristics and degree of danger.

• Substances that can cause an explosion;

• Compressed, dissolved substances under pressure;

• Liquids, easily and quickly flammable;

• Solids, characterized by ease of ignition, self-igniting substances, cargo, emitting gases under the influence of water, subject to ignition;

• Oxidizing loads, organic peroxides;

• Poisonous goods, as well as goods that can cause infection;

• Radioactive loads;

• Caustic and corrosive substances;

• Other goods are dangerous to humans and the environment.

IMO cargo transportation by different modes of transport

High standards for the competence of freight forwarders in working with shipping lines, railway operators and airlines, as well as in complying with the rules for the transport of dangerous goods by road using ADR.

Several codes regulate both international maritime and domestic transport of dangerous goods (such as MARPOL 73/78, SOLAS-74 and local GOSTs), and depending on the requirements for each particular shipment; the transport company follows the relevant regulations so that you can be sure for the safety and timeliness of your cargo delivery on any Incoterms.

The Carriage of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in sea-going ships is respectively regulated in the International Convention for the Safety of the Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

Relevant parts of both SOLAS and MARPOL have been worked out in great detail. They are included in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, thus making this Code the legal instrument for maritime transport of dangerous goods and marine pollutants. As of 1st January 2004, the IMDG Code will become a mandatory requirement.

Classification of dangerous goods

For all modes of transport (sea, air, rail, road and inland waterways) the classification (grouping) of dangerous goods, by type of risk involved, has been drawn up by the UNITED NATIONS Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UN).

Inspection /survey services

The range of services in this area is quite wide because there are different transportation options, and the cargo may have different characteristics.

Logistics community provides the world coverage of the following services:

• Inspection of cargo, photographing, video filming as necessary.

• Examination by an independent expert. This is necessary in case of an insured event in the event of an accident.

• Control of the process of loading/unloading.

• Batch inspection before shipment.

• We are securing cargo on the selected type of transport.

• Advisory services for the transport of dangerous goods of any type.

• Any assessment work regarding the condition of the cargo and the vehicle on which it is transported.

• The specific possibilities of the surveyor can be found by contacting us external-link and describing the type of cargo and the intended type of vehicle for transportation. A marketplace where survey companies provide surveyor-expert and inspection services in the interests of its clients for over ten years. Specialized Research and Production Enterprises offer more than a dozen different services, namely:

• Conducting laboratory studies of transport characteristics and properties of goods;

• Issuing IMO Certificate on transport characteristics of goods at the time of loading and IMO Declaration on cargo with recommendations for its safe sea and river transport;

• An expert inspection of the commodity before loading, determination of the cargo quality according to the terms of the sales contracts (control of labelling, packaging, an inspection of the cargo for damage or deterioration);

• Determination of the cargo amount loaded on the vessel using the “DRAFT SURVEY” method, and also tally accounting of cargo;

• Issuing an expert opinion on the seaworthiness of the vessel and the compliance of its design and equipment with the characteristics of the transported goods;

• Issuing Acts of transport units survey;

• Development and issuing Certificates about the packing of goods in containers or vehicles;

• Development of technical and technological safety measures related to the transport of dangerous goods, hazardous substances and pollutants - preparing Emergency cards;

• Examination goods with the subsequent issuance of cargo radioactivity absence certificate;

• Surveyor inspection of scrap and waste of ferrous and non-ferrous metals with the issuance of cargo explosion safety certificate;

• Functions of emergency commissioners - investigating the circumstances of accidents, giving an estimate of losses.

The activity of the enterprises is highly appreciated in different countries;we offer cooperation to international organizations, experts and buyers of mineral fertilizers, agricultural products, metal and any other products, ensuring complete safety and stable delivery.