Shipping agent

As a maritime and shipping agent, we offer comprehensive support

Our shipping agent services

SUARDIAZ Group provides shipping agent services, acting as intermediary between the shipowner and the port authorities. As the link between the two, we deal with all ship-related documentation once they reach port so that the time spent at port is as short as possible.

Efficiency is key to fluid port operations and largely depends on the experience of the shipping agent in administrative, commercial and legal matters, such as customs handling, customs clearance forms and medical attention for the crew. Our goal is to optimise the time available and meet the timeframes set.

We take on the responsibility for coordinating all the services a vessel requires: berthing and casting off, anchor handling, tugboats, supplying fuel OPL and STS, loading and unloading goods, as well as provisions, supplies and waste management.

SUARDIAZ Group shipping agent services also include maintenance services, such as underwater hull cleaning and ship inspections and sanitation. We also offer comprehensive support if repairs are needed while the vessel is at port.

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Experts in national shipping agent functions


SUARDIAZ Group takes on the task of checking all requirements for entering, staying at and leaving the port. To that end, we have offices in Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena, Seville, Algeciras, Huelva, Cadiz, Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao and Santander. We have a thorough understanding of national and international maritime transport regulations in line with current legislation.

We offer shipping agent services to shipowners, shipping lines, international trading companies and brokers, as well as importers or exporters of different goods, such as vehicles, machinery, textiles and food. We act as agents for all kinds of vessels, including car carriers, container vessels, liquid cargo vessels, bulk carriers, heavy-lift vessels, cruise liners and ferries.

Efficiency and adaptability

SUARDIAZ Group manages all procedures with efficiency, optimising the timeframes for each operation. This way, we save resources and lower the costs of administrative delays that keep vessels in the port.

With our experience as a shipping agent, we minimise the risk of fines for breaching international rules. Our knowledge of the sector and decades of experience as shipping agents enable us to adapt to different clients and their requirements. Our customised approach also lets us provide support that is more comprehensive to ensure both the vessel and its crew are well looked after.

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What is a shipping agent?

A shipping agent is a company that represents the interests of the owner or operator of a ship when it reaches port. Its role is to manage its entry and departure, prepare the documentation, supply and attend to the crew and manage the loading and unloading.

A shipping agent provides a more comprehensive service than just port logistics. It also provides multimodal coordination outside the port, chartering contracts and transportation insurance consulting for international trade. The needs of each project are what determine which services the client requires, and for that reason it is important to adapt and work according to the different logical operations.

What are shipping instructions?

The shipping instructions is one of the documents needed for maritime transport operations. It includes information for consigning and handling the cargo so that the carrier is aware of any special requirements entailed in taking it to its destination, especially when it is hazardous, as well as details on to whom it is to be handed over.

The shipping instructions also include information for the customs process and ensure that import and export regulations are complied with.

Benefits of contracting our shipping agent

Having a shipping agent with decades of experience, such as SUARDIAZ Group, means you have a team of consultants who are used to advising companies of every kind and nationality. This saves time because we are very familiar with the most efficient way of doing things.

By providing a comprehensive logistics service, we not only deal with the tasks at the port, but also multimodal transportation to its destination. We also have the resources to solve any unforeseen circumstances so that these do not affect the delivery date for the goods.

Why contract the services of the SUARDIAZ Group shipping agent?

As a leading company in comprehensive logistics consulting, SUARDIAZ Group offers shipping agent services to shipping lines, shipowners and import or export companies that dock in national ports. We come up with the best solution for you depending on whether you only need a shipping agent or you want to complete the proposal with multimodal transportation options or other additional services.

Contact us for more information or for a personalised quote for your needs.

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