International Delivery

Approval and Packaging

Once your order is ready, we will email you the photographs of your order for your approval. Upon your approval, your order will be processed to the packaging department.

For Sea Way Shipment, your order will be packed in wooden boxes and will be palletized to make sure that your order reaches to you in its best condition.

The packaging department will take around 7 – 10 working days to pack the goods depending upon the size of the order.

Insurance and Fumigation

Once your order is ready for dispatch, it will be fully insured and passed through the fumigation as per international law. After both the procedure is completed, your order will be handed over to the shipping company.

There are two modes of transportation available

  •          Airway Shipment
  •          Sea Way Shipment

Dispatch of cargo by Air Way Shipment

GMB Sculpture prefers to use one of the leading courier companies namely, DHL Express, UPS or FedEx depending upon the country specific service availability. We can also use any service of the client's choosing. 

The air way shipment is recommended for smaller consignments as your order will be delivered to your door steps and you do not require follow any formal import proceedings. The approx delivery time for air way shipments are around 7 – 12 working days depending upon the country.

Dispatch of cargo by Sea Way Shipment

The sea ways shipment is, generally, recommended for large shipments as it is very cost effective for the heavy shipment as compared to air way shipments. It takes around 30 – 45 days for delivery depending upon the country.

In sea way shipment, once your order is handed over to the shipping company, the shipping company will do the custom clearance and process the dispatch. It takes around 2 – 4 working days depending upon the custom authority.

Once the cargo is examined and cleared by the custom officer, it will be sealed in the container and the container will be trucked/railed from Ahmedabad ICD, India to the nearest port for sailing. Nhava Sheva Port at Mumbai is the foremost port in the western India for the export shipments.

Once at the port, it will be loaded on the next vessel depending upon the space availability on the vessel. There are weekly and fortnightly vessels for the major ports depending upon the destination.

Shipping Type


Shipping Time


Sea Way

United States and Canada

35 - 45 Days

Nearest Port Delivery


Australia, New Zealand

45 Days

Nearest Port Delivery


UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and other nearby countries

15 - 21 Days

Nearest Port Delivery


Middle East

15 Days

Nearest Port Delivery


Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong

15 Days

Nearest Port Delivery

Expedite Shipping by Air

(DHL / FedEx / UPS)

United States and Canada

08 - 12 Days

Door Delivery


Australia, New Zealand

08 - 12 Days

Door Delivery


UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and other nearby countries

10 Days

Door Delivery


Middle East

05 Days

Door Delivery


Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong

05 Days

Door Delivery  

Comparison between Port Delivery V/S Door Delivery

Sr. No.


By Sea Way (Port Delivery)

By Air (Door Delivery)


Place of Delivery

Nearest Available Port

Door Delivery



Recommended for Large Shipments

Recommended for Small Shipments


Additional Cost

  • Destination Port Charges
  • Import Clearance Charges
  • Transportation Charges from the port to your home


No Additional Costs


Import Duty

As Actual

As Actual

ISF Filing ONLY for US bound Shipments mendatory for Sea Way shipment

If you are opting for Sea Way, ISF filling is mandatory by the US Customs for all US bound shipments. We will be providing you the required details for ISF filing.

You can either do the ISF filling on your own or hire a local import agent to the needful.

Effective January 26th 2010, US customs will implement a $ 5000 fine for late or non filing of ISF.  ISF needs to be filed at least 24 hours prior to ETD in prescribed format. The process of filing ISF is simple and can be done by you or can be handed over to the registered and licensed compmay to file ISF on your behalf. Please contact them to set this up at the earliest. Failure to file could result in stiff fines and penalties and we will not be liable for any fines or penalties due to non compliance of this rule.

The more details about ISF can be found on the link given below,

Release of Bill of Lading

Once the vessel sails, we will provide you with original copies of Bill of Lading. You will be notified by the local shipping agent prior to arrival of your cargo.

Arrival of Cargo

Upon arrival of your cargo at the destination port, the shipping company will notify the consignee to present the following documents

  1.       Bill of Lading – 3 Original Copies
  2.       Invoice Copy – 2 Original Copies
  3.       Fumigation Certificate. – 1 Original Copy
  4.       Insurance Policy – 1 Original Copy

Import Custom Clearance

On arrival of your cargo, you will require to opt for import custom clearance. It would be easier to clear customs personally. You need to go to Local customs office with all the documents that you have received from us along with the arrival notice and valid Identification. In the customs office, you will have to fill out some forms which will be verified by a custom officer along with the rest of the papers and your Identification. Once satisfied with the paperwork, the officer will stamp one of the documents.

You may also hire a local import agent to save your invaluable time and avoid going through legal procedure.

Customs and Duties

There may be duties or taxes importing idols/temple into your country. Please check with your custom authorities to determine the duties as they vary from country to country. For most countries, customs charges are the same as sales tax / VAT. Our shipping rates do not include the import duties and it will be payable, if applicable.

Pick Up of Cargo

You will need to present the stamped document to the warehouse when picking up the shipment. The warehouse will not release the shipment without the freight release from the shipping agent, Customs clearance and the warehouse In/Out charges.

You will require make an arrangement for picking up your order from the shipping agent’s warehouse.  We recommend you to opt for the transport company to arrange a pick up to save time and hassle associated with the picking up of your order.

For any assistance or clarification on shipping, please feel free to contact us at or call us on +91 93270 10087.

Posted on 1717/0101/1818 International Buyers 0 2158

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