Maritime Transport is one of the safest, least expensive and common modes of transportation for furniture. Sea freight services are best suited for long-distance carriage due to its huge vessel load capacity. The Indian sub-continent has multiple seaport entries, which makes it ideal for imports and exports.
The time difference between India and USA is stark. Depending on which coast you’re shipping from, the on-the-water transit time can double. Typically transit time is only given for the time that your goods spend on the water. Additional time in both countries for aspects like customs, delivery to and from ports, loading, and unloading should also be taken into account.
The transit time for furniture generally depends on three factors. The first one is the port of origin and the port of entry to time outside of the on-the-water transit time. For instance, if Delhi is the final destination for the goods to reach, then the most suitable port of entry would be Mumbai because Delhi is about 1000kms away from the nearest sea. This long journey adds extra time to the process before the goods even reach the port.
The next factor is quantity. Depending on which, the transit time differs. If the weight of your furniture is lesser, it might take anywhere between 5-7 days. If its weight exceeds 70kgs, then it might differ invariably from 15-30 days. The third and the most important factor is the type of service, wherein express and real-time delivery will have a huge impact on the transit time. Once the container is offloaded from the cargo ship, it will be moved to a warehouse where the goods will be unloaded.
After the customs clearance and preparation of, delivery will take another 7 days to reach the final destination. The duration of clearance in India will take around 24 hours but there are few cases where the customs got delayed for weeks. So if the actual delivery is scheduled within 4 to 7 days. It might be delayed for another 4 to 5 days in case of a clearance delay.
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