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Freight forwarders act as an intermediary between the company who makes the shipment and the final destination for the goods.

With an established presence in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region, freight forwarding is where it all began for DAWN Shipping. Today, we have grown to become one of the region’s leading 3PL providers, but freight forwarding remains a cornerstone of our success.

We support imports, exports & cross-trade shipments from countries such as China, the European Union and Japan, covering 500+ destinations worldwide. Whether you’re looking to move a single shipment or require a longer-term solution for your business, we have been a trusted service provider for 50 years and running =)

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Five (5) great reasons to use a freight forwarder for your business

1) Focus on growing your business : Partnering with a competent freight forwarder can allow you to focus on growing your business. With a single point of contact for the entire supply chain with a consistent level of service, you can invest more time and money into sales, manufacturing, product development and other value-adding activities.

2) Consistently competitive freight rates: Feeling overwhelmed with keeping track of the latest freight rates? Allow us to update you regularly of the latest freight rates in this era where change is the only constant! Needless to say, our sizeable & regular shipping volume allows you to take advantage of our economies of scale in shipping.

3) Keep ahead of regulations in shipping & customs: We stay aware of the trends and regulations impacting the industry, and will ensure that you are kept up to date.

4) Logistics expertise: We pride ourselves on taking care of all the intricacies of logistics. We understand and share detailed information with our customers to deliver a great service (e.g. when your shipments are due to depart the origin port, the latest import regulations and their country variations, as well as duty & tax rates on specific products etc.)

5) Unique & non-typical goods: Received a unique business opportunity but uncertain how to handle it? We offer information and advice on shipping routes and how to handle special/unusual requirements, including perishable and hazardous goods.

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Ocean FCL & LCL Forwarding
  • Containerized (FCL) and Less-than-Container Load (LCL)
  • 100% transparency in pass-through charges to avoid paying sky-high LCL destination charges in Singapore
  • Especially competent in out-of-gauge, dangerous & special equipment shipments for special commodities such as steel plates, chemicals & fresh food
  • Able to utilise IT to build container load models to allow you to visualise and optimize your cargo shipments
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Personal Effects Shipping
  • Suitable for returning Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and/or Expatriates
  • DAWN Personal Effects (PE) shipments are generally divided into 2 levels -> Comprehensive service or Basic service
  • A dedicated PE manager would be appointed to liaise with the individual homeowner throughout the entire shipment, no more dealing with multiple parties!
  • Highly recommended by word-of-mouth, compared to the typical “soul-less” corporate relocation companies =)
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Warehousing & Loading/Unloading
  • Our own warehouse located in Singapore
  • Container loading, unloading for both general, hazardous and out-of-gauge cargo are possible in our warehouse
  • Full suite of warehousing solutions are possible, spanning short-term storage of a few weeks to a dedicated distribution hub solution for your products
  • IT suite of warehouse management system (WMS) allows for inventory tracking and fulfillment

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes! We provide customs clearance services (sometimes termed as customs brokerage in some countries like Thailand), in addition to our regular freight forwarding offerings. Customs clearance requirements vary widely amongst different countries, therefore it is important to engage a competent customs broker to handle this aspect. Further to that, specialised services such as temporary import/export, duty & tax exemption using preferential certificates of origin (e.g. FORM D & FORM E used in trading) are available too.

Yes! We are especially strong in the Asia-Pacific region, both Southeast Asia & North Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan & China). DAWN Shipping operates our own in-house freight network called DNA Worldwide Alliance, where we partner with like-minded freight forwarders to offer best-in-class freight forwarding services. DNA Worldwide Alliance is not your typical freight network, but operates like a 100% closed-loop networking circle where we have direct access to the top management of our partners. This means decisive action combined with competitive rates for your shipments!

Yes! The cost aspects of customs clearance (or customs brokerage) can be especially tricky at times, reason being no two shipments are considered to be identical from a Customs viewpoint. That being said, please always check with us regarding (potential) additional costs that could be incurred in your shipment. We shall do our level best to explain and provide you with a better understanding & breakdown of our quoted rates, plus the relevant terms & conditions that you should take note of.

Yes and no!

Yes : Proper packaging is essential to comply with the various regulations that govern the transportation of goods. Regulations vary from country to country and may cover aspects such as labeling, weight, and size. Non-compliance can lead to fines, delays, or even the confiscation of goods.

No : We provide packing and/or palletization services for customers who require such value-added services. Carton packaging, shrink-wrapping, plywood crating & heat-treatment/ISPM15 fumigation of packed cargo are all possible.

Safe & Secure

You benefit from our experience in delivering effective solutions to the complex global supply chains of some of the world’s biggest corporations.

Fast Delivery

You benefit from every innovation, whether it involves a simple extension to our Air and Ocean Freight products, whether it means a development in warehousing.

24/7 Support

All of which explains why you’ll find the team of outstanding support at DAWN SHIPPING ready to apply their passion for solutions in support of your business.