From origin to destination, Estes provides solutions for every aspect of the journey for your international freight.


Through our subsidiary Estes Forwarding Worldwide, we provide an airfreight solution to handle virtually any shipping situation—exports or imports, consolidated or direct shipments, standard or expedited delivery.


Choose Estes the next time you have freight that needs to cross the ocean. We have solutions for full container load (FCL) and less-than container load (LCL) shipments.

International Consolidation/Deconsolidation

Whether your company is large or small, a well-run international supply chain will have a significant impact on your bottom line.

Customs Brokerage

Let our experts handle the customs paperwork and details involved in getting your international freight across borders.

International Freight Forwarding

Estes Forwarding Worldwide provides global transportation solutions to nearly any destination through an extensive, reliable network of air, ocean and ground services.



In addition to regular expedited services such as next flight out, our airfreight solutions include chartered flights and on-board couriers for hand-carried freight. Our subsidiary, Estes Forwarding Worldwide (EFW), is connected to a global freight network and is TSA-certified as an indirect air carrier.

Other certifications and affiliations include:

  • Licensed NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier and Ocean Freight Forwarder) (FMC: 022151NS)
  • C-TPAT (U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) certified
  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) Endorsed Agent (for tendering cargo direct to airlines)
  • Nationally licensed customs broker
  • CCR (Central Contractor Registration) and ORCA (Online Representations and Certifications Applications) registered
  • CRAF (Civil Reserve Air Fleet) sponsored forwarder
  • SmartWay® Transport Partner (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • GSA-approved transportation services provider

  • Full container load (FCL): a shipment that fills a given container either by bulk or maximum weight.
  • Less than container load (LCL): a shipment that doesn’t fill an entire container and is merged with freight for more than one consignee or from more than one shipper.

International Consolidation/Deconsolidation

Shippers often experience reduced rates by consolidating their LCL freight with other shippers’ cargo before transporting it to foreign markets. Estes can coordinate all of the required logistics.

We can also reverse the process by working with customs brokers to deconsolidate bulk, international shipments at the port. From there, multiple outbound shipments are created and delivered directly to the shipper's distribution centers, stores or customers.

Other value-added services include:

  • Labeling
  • Ticketing
  • Sorting and segregating
  • Temporary storage
  • Quality inspections

Customs Brokerage

Estes Forwarding Worldwide is licensed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to handle customs brokerage. This includes the sequence of customs formalities and other details that are critical to importing and exporting goods legally and quickly.

Customs Brokerage and related services include:

  • Document preparation
  • Import customs clearance
  • Cross-border clearance
  • Remote filing
  • Importer Security Filing (10+2 Rule)
  • Other Government Agency (OGA) filings—including FWS, FDA, DOT and Lacey filings
  • In-bond preparation
  • Global reporting

International Freight Forwarding

Our wholly owned subsidiary, Estes Forwarding Worldwide, serves as an agent for transshipping freight to or from foreign countries. In addition, EFW handles the clearing of freight through customs. This includes full document preparation and arrangements for any needed shipping, warehousing, delivery or import clearance.

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