Best Ways to Track Your International Shipment

Best Ways to Track Your International Shipment

There are a number of ways to track your shipment on air, sea, rail and express shipping through the carrier’s website.

– Get a tracking number from the carrier and use an online tracking service.

– Use an international cargo tracking platform such as MarineTraffic that will track all your shipments automatically.

The first thing you should do is check if your carrier offers a tracking service for international shipments If not, then you may want to contact them and ask about it.

Best Ways to Track Your International Shipment at SIS

How to track Air freight shipment

To track a shipment by air, the AWB number is essential. The AWB is shown on a document called Air Waybill which always travels along with all goods shipped by an airline. The number provide useful information about your order, but most importantly it is used to track the shipment.

The AWB number is an 11-digit document code composed of a three-digit airline prefix and eight digits to represent the waybill number. It can be presented as such: 321-87654321.

Listed below are the most common airlines in airline code order.

Airline CodeAirline IATA codeAirline Name
1AAAmerican AirlinesCargo tracking for AA
6DLDelta CargoCargo tracking for DL
16UAUnited CargoCargo tracking for UA
20LHLufthansa CargoCargo tracking for LH
57AFAir FranceCargo tracking for AF
74KLKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesCargo tracking for KL
81QFQantasCargo tracking for QF
125BABritish AirwaysCargo tracking for BA
157QRQatar AirwaysCargo tracking for QR
160CXCathay Pacific CargoCargo tracking for CX
526WNSouthwest CargoCargo tracking for WN
607EYEtihad CargoCargo tracking for EY
618SQSingapore AirlinesCargo tracking for SQ
695BREVA Air CargoCargo tracking for BR
784CZChina SouthernCargo tracking for CZ
932VSVirgin Atlantic CargoCargo tracking for VS
999CAAir China CargoCargo tracking for CA

How to track Sea freight shipment

The best way to track your sea freight shipment is to use a shipping line container tracking system, which will provide you with the location and status of your shipment.

Container Number – The serial number starts with four letters. The following six digits are the serial number, and the last digit is a check digit.

Bill of Lading Number – The Bill of Lading is a document required by the shipping carrier to move your shipment by ocean.

Booking Number – This is the cargo reservation number provided to you by the shipping company.

It can be hard to keep track of every container, so it makes sense to use freight forwarder like SIS. They can give you a full overview of all the containers that are registered to your company, You can also check your shipping line’s website directly.

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