How to Establish a Shipping Company in USA


If you are a business owner who wants to start a shipping company in the United States, it’s important to know that there are certain legal requirements that must be met in order for your company to be registered and licensed. To help you navigate through this process, this article will provide an overview of what you need to register as a freight forwarder and how we can help.

Legal Requirements for Starting a Shipping Company in USA

  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You will need a valid Social Security number
  • You will need to have a valid driver’s license or state ID card, as well as your passport available if you are not a US citizen. If you do not have an SSN yet, you can apply for one online using this website:

Gather the Necessary Documents for Your Shipping Company Registration

The first step in establishing your shipping company is to gather the necessary documents that will be used in the registration process. These include:

  • Business name. You can choose any name you want for your business, but keep in mind that it must be unique and cannot be too similar to existing businesses (for example, if you’re planning on calling your company Jack and Jill Shipping Co., make sure there isn’t another Jack and Jill Shipping Co. already registered). If there is, then come up with something else!
  • Assumed business name. This is an alternative name by which your business may do business if its registered name includes words deemed too common or generic (for example, FedEx). You don’t have to include one unless required by state law for certain industries such as healthcare or financial services—so check before filling out this section!
  • Corporate seal. A corporate seal is a stamp/stamp-like thing that has “incorporated” or “corporation” written across it—it looks kind of like entwined vines surrounding an initial letter; it serves as proof that your company exists legally rather than just being some guy talking about starting a company while he drinks beer at home alone on Friday nights (not judging!).

Find a Registered Agent to Help You Register Your Company

A registered agent is a person or company that provides the corporation with a physical address in the state where the corporation is registered. The registered agent receives all legal notices on behalf of your business and must keep them up-to-date in case there is any change to your business information.

For example, if you are going out of town for an extended period and need something delivered to your home address, it may be easier for someone else to receive documents at their place instead of having them sent back to you every day. A registered agent can also help resolve issues with regard to legal notices such as summonses and subpoenas, which may require immediate attention from someone within your company rather than waiting until they return from vacation.

The first step when looking for a registered agent is finding out which states require one by asking around on social media groups dedicated specifically towards helping entrepreneurs get started with their businesses (or do some research online).

Pay the Fees and Submit the Required Documents to the Appropriate Agencies

Once you have decided the type of business structure, you will need to pay the fees and submit the required documents to the appropriate agencies. The fees vary from state to state. You should contact your state department of commerce or Secretary of State website for more details on fees and requirements.

You will also be required to submit certain documents to different agencies depending on how long you want your business permit valid for as well as whether or not it’s a sole proprietorship or corporation. For example, if it’s a sole proprietorship (a single person), then only one form needs filed per company while if it were a corporation that is set up with shareholders and officers, then two forms must be submitted: Articles of Incorporation & Certificate of Formation (COF).

Build an Infrastructure for Your Shipping Business

If you want to establish a shipping company, it’s important that you build an infrastructure for your business. This includes finding office space, hiring employees and getting the right tools for shipping.

To get started, search for affordable office space in your area so that your employees can work together on projects and schedules. You’ll also want to set up a website with all of your contact information so that customers can find out more about what services you offer—and how they can reach out! Finally, find an accountant who understands the ins-and-outs of running a small business like yours (but without charging too much).

Establishing a shipping company in the United States is not as complicated as you may think.

Establishing a shipping company in the United States is not as complicated as you may think. The fact is that it’s not even that expensive, and you can find a registered agent to help you with the process.

The key is finding an appropriate location for your business, which requires some research and planning. Once you’ve found the right place for your shipping company, all that’s left is filling out some paperwork and submitting it to the U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT). As long as everything checks out, then congratulations! You’ve successfully established yourself as a shipping company!


We hope that this article has provided you with a clear understanding of how to register a shipping company in the United States. While it is true that there are numerous steps involved, they should not be intimidating. On the contrary, we have found that the process can actually be quite fun and exciting when you know what to expect and how best to tackle each step of registration.

Start your Trademark

Register Your Trademark & Get The Delivery of your USPTO Serial No. In 24 Hours

Related Posts

Register Shipping Company on Amazon
How to Register a Shipping Company on Amazon
How to start an Agriculture Business in USA
How to start an Agriculture Business in USA
How to Start a Business in Utah
How to Start a Business in Utah
How to Start a Business in Texas
How to Start a Business in Texas

USPTO Trademark Filing in Just $49

Register Your Trademark with USPTO Today & Get Serial No. in 24 Hours