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Whether it’s by air or sea, next day or deferred, door or airport or port to door – we cover all US destinations for your import freighting needs. With our licensed brokers in our team to help, FFQO will get your cargo into the USA —  fast and easy.

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Air freight import services

Be it next-day or deferred, door-to-door or airport-to-door, find out how our expert team can work out the air freight service that best fits your needs.

Sea freight import services

We do door-to-door or port-to-door sea freight import services and cover all major US ports. Find out how FFQO moves your cargo into the USA, fast and efficiently.

Customs clearance and brokerage

Importing requires fast and accurate customs clearance and brokerage services. Our licensed brokers process your cargo as fast and as cost-effective as possible. Learn more about our customs clearance and brokerage services.

Major US airports serviced 

Major US sea ports serviced

How we expedite your freight

Why choose FFQO for your air vs sea freight quotes

Air freight import services to the USA

Need help moving your cargo goods fast and efficiently via air freight? FFQO delivers your goods anywhere in the US from around the globe. Our partnerships with all major air carriers ensure your cargo gets to the USA on-time and in good condition. Choose from any of the following air freight services we deliver:

Next flight out air freight import service

Are you in a rush to have your cargo delivered? Are you thinking of having it airfreighted within the shortest time possible? You can count on us to have this done.

FFQO makes sure your cargo is picked up and delivered at the soonest time possible with our next flight out air freight import service. Call us toll free at 1-877-901-2004 so we can book your air cargo as soon as possible.

Overnight air freight import service

Do you need to organize an overnight air freight service? Requiring to urgently freight a cargo but not in the shortest time possible?

FFQO’s overnight air freight import service allows you to organise an overnight freight service. Consider it as a better option compared to the “next flight out service” we deliver, especially if you have more delivery lead time to spare. Call us toll free at 1-877-901-2004 to take advantage of this option.

Deferred air freight import service

Do you need your cargo to arrive to its destination within three (3) to five (5) business days? Wondering how you can best handle this without spending too much?

FFQO’s deferred air freight service gives you the option to air freight your cargo for it to arrive to its destination within three (3) to five (5) business days. Get an instant quote or call us toll free at 1877-901-2004, today. .

Time-definite air freight import service

Are you planning to air freight your cargo at a definite time in the near future, but not within first flight or overnight service?

Let us know when you need your cargo to arrive in this manner. We are happy to work out the lowest-cost solution for you.  Get an instant quote and do remember to add your time date in the message section or call us toll free at 1-877-901-2004.

Consolidation air freight import service

Do you have small or large volumes of cargo for airfreighting  to the USA?

We provide low-cost volume rates for importers with small or large volumes of cargo.  Send us a message with some notes or call us on toll free at 1-877-901-2004 to hear what we can offer you.

Courier air freight import service (1 to 50 kg)

This is ideal for packages weighing 1 kg to 50 kg that are required to be delivered door to door within three (3) to five (5) business days.

FFQO can deliver your goods door to door anywhere in the US from around the world. This includes door pick-up, customs clearance and door delivery booked via carriers such as Fedex and DHL. It’s quick, simple and cost-effective. Get an instant quote or call us toll free at 1-877-901-2004 to learn more about our courier air freight  import service.

Door-to-door air freight import service (more than 50 kg)

This is ideal for packages weighing 51 kg to 10,000 kg that are required to be delivered door to door within three (3) to five (5) business days.

FFQO can deliver your goods door-to-door anywhere in the US from around the world. This includes door pick-up, customs clearance and door delivery.

It’s quick, simple and cost-effective. Get an instant quote or call us toll free at 1-877-901-2004 to learn more about our door-to-door air freight import service.

How we expedite your imported air freight

A detailed knowledge of national standards and regulations is often required when importing to the USA. We make sure your cargo is packaged under international standards and all required documentation is complete. Read how we help you comply with all requirements for a hassle-free air freight importing experience..

Know the five things you need for proper customs clearance.

Customs clearance and brokerage

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Major US airports serviced

We have noted in alphabetical order the major airports we service in the US, but we have not listed them all. For more information, just message us  or call us toll free at 1-877-901-2004 to check if we cover your desired airport.

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
  • Dulles International Airport
  • Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Indianapolis International Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Louisville International Airport
  • McCarran International Airport
  • Memphis International Airport
  • Miami International Airport
  • Mineta San José International Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • O’Hare International Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Philadelphia International Airport
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Sacramento International Airport
  • Salt Lake City International Airport
  • San Antonio International Airport
  • San Diego International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Tucson International Airport

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Sea freight import services to the USA

Are you are in need of a dependable sea freight service?

FFQO’s comprehensive network of seafaring partners can deliver your cargo from any major international to any major US seaport destination — safely and cost-effectively. Choose from any of the following sea freight services we deliver:

Sea -freight load types

Full container load (FCL)

Are you shipping in bulk? Talk to us to see if shipping with FCL to fulfill large volume shipment via sea is the best option for you.

Less than container load (LCL)

When moving smaller volumes of goods, LCL is the most cost-effective solution. Our carriers properly catalogue and track your goods when consolidated with other cargo within the container to ensure it arrives as expected.

Buyer consolidation loads

Importing goods coming from different suppliers in a single area into the US?

FFQO can consolidate products from many suppliers in one area for shipment to your designated location. We also provide brokerage services that clears these goods prior to their arrival making the process fast and easy for you.

Break bulk and non-containerized loads

Do you have construction and industrial equipment such as windmills, yachts and steel works that have to be imported via sea freight into the USA? Wondering how you can make it possible?

We can move your cargo in non-containerized shipment as individual pieces. Contact us if you need assistance with these types of cargo.

Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ro/Ro)

A feature designed in a specially constructed vessel for vehicle movement in both the loading and discharging ports.

FFQO can deliver your vehicle from anywhere around the world into the USA and right to your doorstep. This includes door pick-up, customs clearance and door delivery. Send us a message or call us toll free at 1-877-901-2004 to learn more about our door-to-door roll-on/roll-off delivery.

How we expedite your imported sea freight

FFQO ensures your imported sea freight smoothly sails through clearance. We fulfill all mandatory documentation by US Customs such as ISF and  HTS codes. We even see to it your cargo passes the international standards for cargo packaging.


Find out more on how we expedite your sea freight when importing.

Click here to go to read up on the  “Five essential things for customs clearance“. We have a detailed section just on sea freight as there is more involved in customs clearance with sea freight than air freight.

Customs clearance and brokerage

Learn more about our customs clearance and brokerage services.

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Major US seaports serviced

Below are some of the major seaports we service in the US. For more info, just give us a message. Send us a message or call us on toll free at 1-877-901-2004 to check if we cover the airport you need.

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston,  Massachusetts
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Freeport, Texas
  • Gulf Port, Mississippi
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Houston, Texas
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Long Beach, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Mobile, Alabama
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New York and New Jersey
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Oakland, California
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Port Everglades, Florida
  • Port Hueneme, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Diego, California
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • Wilmington, North Carolina

See the major international seaports we cover.

Customs clearance services

  • Clearing formal entries
  • Clearing live entries
  • Facilitating temporary import bonds
  • Coordinating duty drawbacks
  • Preparing export declarations
  • Post-entry services and reconciliation
  • EDI and client integration solutions
  • Custom reporting and data management
  • Customs clearance, documentation and delivery services
  • Bonds and marine cargo insurance
  • Document management and electronic document retention

When sea freighting, we take care of ISF

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Importer Security Filing” (ISF) to US Customs is mandatory for cargo being imported into the USA. 

Customs clearance and brokerage when importing to the USA

FFQO makes customs clearing hassle-free in any port in the US. We make importing and customs brokerage a seamless and streamlined process.  We ensure the safe delivery of your cargo to its final destination. You’ll even find that our US Customs connected Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) program makes imports clearing quick and easy.

We help you focus more on the important facets of your business and offer complete freight solutions when importing to the USA. Talk to us to know how we help simplify the following import processes to any US location:

  • Shipping
  • Paying duties
  • Clearing customs
  • Fulfilling delivery

We make imports simple!

We make the import process easy by managing it for you, so you don’t have to worry.

We are there with you each step of the way to ensure your shipment complies with all the rules, regulations, duties and tariff payments. Call us toll free at 1-877-901-2004. Our experienced staff are always ready to help — whether you are a first-timer or an experienced importer.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Five essential things for fast and easy customs clearance

Clearing your goods into a US sea or air port is not as easy as it may seem. You need to be as prepared as possible. Thus, we give you these five important tips to ensure that your customs clearance and delivery will be super fast and easy.

Get your “Commercial Invoice”

Looks quite simple, right? But you just don’t know how many first time importers fail to provide this important document to us.

Don’t make the same mistake. Make sure you have your commercial invoice ready. In case you are unfamiliar with it, then it is the document that contains the following:

  • Your product
  • Its manufacturer
  • Place of origin
  • Destination
  • HTS code

Grab hold of this as it is crucial for us to clear your goods.

Organise your “Power of Attorney”

There’s nothing to be scared of here. You are not getting into any legal claims or disputes. We just need it so we can classify, clear and pay duty for your goods on your behalf. It simply authorizes us to act as your broker, who has power to manage the import and customs clearance process for you – no more no less.

Ask us and we can email a copy of the sample Power of Attorney we use for your ease and convenience.

Have ready the “Airway Bill” or “Bill of lading and Arrival Notice”

You’re doing great. You’ve got two of the most important documents we need. Let’s move forward by showing  you the remaining documents you need to provide us.

So how do we know your cargo has safely been boarded on the ship or on the plane? It is through the “boarding pass”, also referred to as “Airway bill” or “Bill of lading.

This comes from your sea or air carrier and is another important document you need to send to us. It signals us that, yes, the cargo is in movement. Very soon, you’ll be receiving an “Arrival Notice” which has to be pitched back to us as it notifies us that your goods have arrived at the sea or airport and is ready to begin clearance.

Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code

You’re almost done! But not to hurry, because the tricky part comes last – harmonised tariff code. We simplify this by locating the HS Code with your full description of your product.

It may sound a bit daunting, perplex and even mind-blowing. But hush, hush! We can do the legwork for you, so you can relax and remain focused on your core services.

We can find and classify these harmonized tariff code for your goods. But, if you find it exciting then you are free to learn how you can get the HTS Code on your own.

How to get the HTS code
You can conveniently get the HTS code from the US Customs site by clicking here. It is used to classify the type of goods or product you are importing.

If you cannot find it or are unsure on what to do, then just give us a call or contact us for help.

ISF (Importer Security Filing) for sea freight made simple

Hang-on! There is just one more document you need to complete to finally clear your goods through US Customs – the “Importer Security Filing” (ISF).

Why do you need to complete this?

“Importer Security Filing” (ISF) to US Customs is mandatory for cargo being imported into the US. An ISF Filing lets US Customs know before the shipment enters the United States who is importing goods and shipping the goods and what the goods are. They need it for security and accountability reasons.

When do you need to send it?

ISF must be sent to US Customs by the Importer or their agent (licensed customs broker) before the goods arrive (ahead of time). Specific information on the cargo is sent electronically and only applies to cargo being imported to the US by vessel. This process does not apply to cargo arriving by air freight.

But wait! We have great news for you.

When you freight with FFQO, we act as your agent (licensed customs broker) and manage this process for you. Isn’t that fantastic?

Data needed for ISF filing

Now, we just need to get some information from. It’s not about your age, so just stay calm.

Importers have a certain amount of flexibility with the data being submitted for ISF. Two pieces of information must be submitted as early as possible and these are:

  • Container stuffing location
  • Consolidator

For the remaining pieces of information, a range of reasonable answers based what was known at the time of submission may be given. However, the ISF must be updated as soon as more precise data arises. The last update can be made no later than 24 hours prior to the vessel arriving at a US port. These pieces of information are:

  • Seller and Buyer
  • Record number on importer
  • Identification number
  • Consignee number(s)
  • Manufacturer or supplier
  • Country of origin
  • Ship to party
  • Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule
  • US (HTSUS) Number

Oh, did we put in too much information? Don’t worry, you can always call us for your questions. We are always ready to answer them.

Why choose FFQO for your air vs sea freight quote for imports

They call us experts at freight forwarding, but we would rather be referred to as your friendly partner in moving your goods.

Why?

Because we are  here to help you decide what’s best when importing. We give you all available air vs sea freight quote options. We also provide estimates of the delivery time, so you can properly assess how to best ship your goods to its destination.

We give you unlimited options to satisfy your every requirement. We are your freighting partners and we are happy to be by your side all the way. Read the other benefits we are ready to give you.

You get a highly experienced team

Our highly experienced team of forwarders, brokers and freight partners have over 20 years of operation working together. We’re more than an ally, consider us your extended family.

We strive for customer satisfaction

Our team aims to deliver freight forwarding service that exceeds customer expectations. We’ve been in the industry for over 20 years, yet our dedication to give you the best result to keep you satisfied remains the same.

Comprehensive import freight network

We have a global freight network of over 40,000 locations to give you the best air vs sea freight quotes when import freighting.

Low-cost freight forwarding import services

FFQO is an experienced freight forwarder. We take pride in delivering low-cost freight import services into the USA from anywhere around the globe. Moreover, we are committed in giving you the best customer service we can offer.

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Call us toll free on 1-877-901-2004 or send us a message with our online contact form if you have any more questions.

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