Dear Shippers,

Importing the Riviera Fleet to Portland, Oregon was an experience!

One hell of an exclusive resort, Portofino. Don’t think of the elegant crowds, beautiful pedestrian promenades, the social scene or even the siesta. Portofino is a small fishing village on the Italian Riviera attracting crowd year in, year out. Their harbor is a movie scene, but yachts anchoring there will spin your heads & fill them with envy.

All azimuth with ETC International freight System, your licensed freight forwarder since 1984. Here, we have very special vintage Riviera Yachts that help perpetuated the attraction of Portofino, Italy.

So, for the informed shippers visualize 4 handmade wooden motor yachts from the forties. Use your imagination & wonder whom in America might be the prize winner of this incredible import & what will become of them.

I must stop you there, as your guess is as good as mine for now.

Our expertise is shipping, whether imports or exports, we crate and we containerize. We handle the export / import customs, we make sure to deliver. So, boat lovers or industrial, commercial shippers, just remember, what we do is deliver. Of course, some of you importers or exporters, you don’t care for gimmicky, plastered, not so subliminal subtext. I say, check us out, 35 years in the industry!. Are you still doubting?

Here are some of the shipping details when we handled importing the riviera fleet to portland, oregon:

Such an import requires covered boat trailers to transport to the departure port. Marine insurance is in place & a detailed condition report for each boat along with pictures. At the warehouse, new condition reports are made to ensure the yachts are in the exact same conditions, as when control of the shipments took place. 40’ high cube containers are dispatched to the warehouse near the departure port. Inspection of the containers is part of the job; we would not want sea water on the yachts for the duration of the trip which is 25 days or so. Cradles, platforms are built to accommodate two small yachts per ocean container. Then, all shipping documents & titles are presented to customs in Italy, along with a booking that secures the vessel & departure date.  Once the containers are customs sealed, they returned to the terminal where they will be loaded with a giant crane onto the vessel. Once the voyage is completed & the vessel docks, I mentioned in Portland, mind you any West, East or Gulf coast ports are serviced as well. At the terminal, the containers on that ship can be as much as 4000 containers, and must be off-loaded and stored until the customs clearance in the US are completed. As a side note, customs reserve the prerogative to inspect the cargo (delays & added cost would be sustained for the importer of record).

And there’s more..!

Once the shipment of yachts are cleared out of customs, trucking of the containers takes place. If the importers do not have the means to unload the cargoes sitting on the container floor, on a truck chassis which is 4’ off the ground, we dispatch them to a nearby warehouse. Again, new condition reports are made, along with pictures. Video of the unloading if needed can also be requested. It may be useful to indicate that at the very early stage of the freight negotiation with the shipper & importer, discussion took place to review the best final phase of the delivery. Trailers were readied, the yachts transferred onto them & braced, blocked, fastened securely. Then, it is delivered to its destination where a final condition report per yacht is signed off by the customer.

This is specialized shipping – importing the riviera fleet to portland, oregon ; our firm offers shipping options & what matters to us is that the shippers is to always know the choices in advance. To have a proposal covering on the outset most of the arising questions that will surface. ETC Intl. Freight System is happy to share our vast shipping experience. Call us for a quote at 310-632-2555 or email us at

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Happy shipping!





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