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What are the many cost factors to consider when deciding to ship to Guam or Hawaii?

What are the many cost factors to consider when deciding to ship to Guam?

Here are the primary cost factors that go into determining commercial shipping costs to Guam.

If you are considering adding Guam as a destination for your commercial shipping and are wondering how much it might cost compared to Hawaii, use the “Cost Factors for Commercial Shipping to Guam” list below when consulting with a commercial freight forwarder. These cost factors are the primary ways your shipping costs are estimated and should be discussed thoroughly.

Cost Factors for Commercial Shipping to Guam
  1. If shipping freight by ocean or by air.
  2. What the exact origin and destination addresses of the shipment are.
  3. How concise a description of the cargo can be  provided.
  4. If any Hazardous Materials are being included in the cargo.
  5. How precise the weights and physical dimensions of each Shipping Unit are.
    • Shipping Units include pallets, boxes, crates, etc.
    • Dimensions for each shipping unit must be measured in inches from the longest, widest and tallest points. For e.g., a pallet’s dimensions should be listed as 48”L x 48”W x 50”H.

Like Hawaii, a Bill of Lading (BOL) is required for all shipments. Unlike Hawaii, however, a Commercial Invoice (CI) is also required. The Guam CI must provide the shipment detail and the related cost of the goods in US dollars. Guam Customs uses the CI to determine the amount of payable “Use Tax.” The Guam Use Tax is 4% on all items shipped into Guam that are not intended for resale by a licensed Guam business. This tax is based on the total landed costs of the shipment and must be paid before the shipment is released in Guam.

Considering Shipping to Guam? If you’re serious about adding Guam as a cargo destination for your Full Container Load (FCL) or Less Than Container Load (LCL) shipment(s), please consider giving our highly experienced consultants a call at our international shipping affiliate, DGX.

Our DGX team of professionals—located conveniently in the US mainland, Hawaii or Guam—will review all the cost factors listed above and take as much time as necessary to help you understand how to ship to Guam, as well as how much you can expect it to cost.

We ship to Guam from many US DGX terminals including:
  • Los Angeles
  • Oakland
  • Seattle
  • Honolulu
  • Maui
  • Kona

Read more about our Guam shipping services here.

DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express and DGX-Dependable Global Express specialize in domestic and international ocean and air freight shipping and provide complete supply chain solutions, including ocean freight, air freight, warehousing and distribution, and more.

Call us today toll-free at 1-800-488-4888. We are “The Supply Chain Partner You Can Depend On.”

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