International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

5 Hot Tips for Getting the Cheapest Freight Shipping Rates

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 @ 02:43 PM

2 + 2 RARELY = 4 the world of freight...

If you're at all like me, you have to feel like you're getting a great deal when it comes to making big purchases. Even when it's not my own money, I feel compelled to negotiate and deal until I feel confident that the price point I'm paying is not only competitive financially, but also that I'm getting more than their typical customer.

On the flip side, I also want to make sure that I'm not low-balling, because I don't want to end up with a cut-rate solution that doesn't ultimately save me money, because I either end up spending more of my own time dealing with it than I normally would, or they only partially deliver, causing me to incur extra charges elsewhere... Or worse, they don't care about my business because they're not making any money off of me, or even worse than that... they're cut-rate because they have no idea what they are doing...

So, to make it easier for you, I came up with these 5 tips on how to get the cheapest freight shipping rates from door-to-door without taking unnecessary, and often costly risks.

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Tags: Cheapest International Shipping, importing, exporting

How to Ship High Value Goods Without Losing Sleep

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 @ 03:07 PM

One size does NOT fit all.

We recently had a customer that shipped $650,000 worth of equipment in two small boxes to Hawaii. They up to their eyeballs in stress when they first arrived, but after going through these simple steps, their fears were put at ease, and their shipment arrived without any issues.

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Tags: air freight forwarding, Cargo Insurance

Shipping a Motorcycle overseas? We Just Sent 21 to Japan + 8 Frames

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 12:27 PM


We just shipped 21 motorcycles and 8 motorcycle frames to Japan from the US, and we know how stressful it can be to send just one!

Most of you will likely only send one or two vehicles at a time, but sometimes we get collectors, enthusiasts, and dealers coming to us for assistance with exporting their vehicles to other countries, and it's times like these that having a highly skilled and networked freight forwarder in your corner is critical.

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Tags: Auto Export, Auto Shipping, Overseas Auto Transport

How to Move Freight from One Foreign Country to Another Without Breaking a Sweat

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 12:54 PM


Importing doesn't always include actually importing.

Most people, when they think of the term, "import," they think of goods coming into the US from other countries. And although that isn't incorrect, it misses a significant portion of you, because many are moving products from one country to the next, without any stops in the US.

This is a story of about how we coordinated an import from Italy to Kuwait, 100% orchestrated by a US-based company and their freight forwarder (us). 

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Tags: freight forwarder, importing, exporting

Exporting a Business & Life to the Balkans

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 @ 04:10 PM


Exporting a business and life to the other side of the world with one stop:

Montenegro is a small, mountainous state in south-west Balkans. It borders Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, and the Adriatic Sea. Over a year ago, our shipper had us ship 20’ & 40’ containers containing household goods & the content of a private clinic to Montenegro.

Today, he was completing his move a year later, as we assisted in closing out possibly the most significant move professionally and personally, that this person would ever make.

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Tags: Shipping Exports, U.S. Exports

Freight Conglomerates VS Family Owned Freight Forwarders

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 @ 01:37 PM


The world is a big place.

... And there are millions of people out there committed to bringing us closer together. WE happen to be apart of that group. As international freight forwarders, it is our main duty to move cargo across borders.

On paper, that's what we're here for - but it's not exactly the reason why importers and exporters turn to us when it comes time to deal with international cargo transport. After all, there are PLENTY of options out there, many of which, are quite huge - I'm talking about the huge freight conglomerates you see everywhere.

Then there are the guys like us - family owned and operated, and we have no intention of changing (why would we after more than 30 years?). If you're wondering why, allow me to walk you through a little comparison.

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Tags: International Shipping, Getting Cheap Freight rates, importing, exporting

Important Information About Shipping Vehicles Into The United States

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 @ 04:26 PM


Your guide to shipping vehicles internationally. 

We had a client recently, who was shipping 4 vehicles from Bolivia to Long Beach, California. The twist was that they weren't exactly what you would call "operational."

The owner's intention was to restore them upon arrival, but for now they had no wheels, and were missing major pieces to their engines.

This significantly limited their options, because shipping vehicles is a lot easier when you can roll them into their containers. Limitations or not, however, they were still considered autos, which meant jumping through the usual hoops along with this curve-ball.

Here's how we handled it, and all of the important information you need to know about your auto import(s).

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Tags: Auto Shipping, importing

How to Make Shipping to Japan a Breeze

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 01:10 PM


Shipping to Japan made harder

 

Receiving Accurate information from the shipper is the cornerstone to any trouble-free shipment. Unfortunately, even the smallest mistakes can be costly when it comes to international freight shipping.

We had a client recently where they did not accurately size up the height of their shipment, & ended up being 12” too high. To make it worse, we were shipping to a military base in an area that had many restrictions when it comes to freight.

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Tags: Asia, U.S. Exports

How to Import Cargo from 1,000+ Miles Away W/ 3PL Companies

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 10:28 AM


Time to delegate!

When buying products located far from your base of operations, it's often easier, more cost effective, and less risky to pass over control of logistics planning and execution to a licensed freight forwarder - somebody who can handle the pick-up, warehousing, and transitions from one point to the next.

... especially if you are shipping more than 1,000, crossing international borders, and picking up from multiple locations.

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Tags: U.S. imports, importing

eBay Winner! What You Need When Importing Goods Into India From the US

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 @ 12:19 PM


Trying to make a purchase on Ebay from the US, and need to get your freight shipping ducks in order?

eBay buyers from India requiring a freight network that can accommodate any inland USA pick-ups, warehousing & storage as well as the packing, loading of an ocean container with shipping to any India base ports.

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Tags: International Freight Shipping, importing, importing from the United States