International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

The Impact of the Holiday Rush on your International Air Shipment

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 06:26 AM

What was your experience in air shipping this holiday season? As an international freight forwarder since the early eighties, we have learned to notify our existing import and export shippers that are planning to ship goods via air or ocean freight around the holidays about the increased pitfalls.

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Tags: Air and Overseas Cargo Transport

The Freight Forwarding Services You Didn't Know You Needed

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

It's a big job

Your international freight forwarder should offer an array of freight services, ranging from packing and crating, trucking, warehousing, storage, distribution, customs clearance, or air & ocean services.

However, there are times when even more services are needed. For example, right now we're working with a shipper using their own containers, and it's opening up a whole new level of challenges that we can help with.

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Tags: Specialty Freight, Approved Freight Forwarders, freight forwarder services, holiday shipping

The Keys to Success when Shipping High-Value Items

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

What are keys to success when shipping high-value items like jewelry, artwork, and other high dollar items? When it comes to packing, scheduling shipments, labeling, transportation mode, how do these shipments differ from a standard international freight shipment?

To avoid significant loss or damage, we recommend that our shippers pay special attention to service, time-frame, a solid network of dependable agents, tracking system, and security before sending their priceless and high-value items on their way.

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Tags: International Freight Shipping, high-value shipping

The Pros and Cons of Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Dec 08, 2017 @ 04:17 PM

It’s no secret that the Amazon Marketplace has taken off and has quickly become a mainstay in consumer shopping. As an Amazon seller, you want to be sure you are doing everything that you possibly can to make your goods visible, accessible, and affordable.

If you’re trying to figure out how to be successful selling on Amazon, you have probably taken note of the Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) program. We’re laying out some of the key pros and cons of the FBA program to help you make the best decision for your Amazon business.

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

How to Save on International Ocean Shipping Using a Freight Forwarder

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 @ 01:15 PM

ETC International Freight Systems has handled air shipments of goods of anything from women's waist trainers, to men's cologne, women's soap, fragrances and more!

Recently, we've begin to notice that the volume of shipments and the commodities we shipped via ocean now show an increase demand for less than container loads (LCL) as well as full container loads (FCL). By utilizing an international freight forwarder your items can be combined with other items shipping to the same destination as full container loads to save on shipping costs.

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Tags: International Ocean Shipping

EXW vs FOB: What's Right for My Shipment?

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 01:27 PM

Some of the most crucial elements of your shipment, regardless of whether it is a domestic or international shipment, are the freight terms used to describe how it is handled.

As important as it is, I find that this knowledge is often overlooked and dismissed, often leading to catastrophe for the buyer. So, today I thought I would compare and contrast two of my favorite incoterms to help you determine which is right for your shipment as well as understand the risk and responsibility hand-off.

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Tags: Incoterms 2010

Challenges Faced with Amazon Fulfillment Centers and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 10:14 AM

Things are changing with Amazon!

Writing from a freight forwarder‘s standpoint and in a context of handling many importers using Amazon fulfillment centers, we are observing a shift in pricing and service provided by the Amazon fulfillment centers.

Issues range from taking a few days to reply to inquiries and pricing that seems too hard to control. Because Amazon has their own systems and requirements, which the Amazon sellers are subjected to, sellers often end up with a more elevated cost than anticipated.

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

Why Use a Freight Forwarder For My International Air Freight Shipment?

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 @ 05:14 PM

There are many shippers who may be tempted to arrange their international air freight shipments themselves because it can look easy from the outside.

The truth is, the international air freight consolidation business requires a hands-on attention to detail that involves after-hours communications and tracking the shipment from departure to destination.

The freight coordination is involved and requires double checking the packing, weight and dimensions as well as finding reliable truckers and the right airlines who are able to accommodate a large air freight shipment from the nearest airport on a flight schedule that compliments the customer’ s timeline.

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Tags: Air and Overseas Cargo Transport

The Importance of Proper Packaging and Labeling in International Shipping

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 02:48 PM

We understand that most business owners are extremely busy. Those businesses who are constantly filling orders to be shipped out internationally are often pressured to fulfill your orders and ship them as quickly as possible.

This makes the practice of checking and double checking the packaging and labeling of every order before sending them out a necessary practice that may end up getting missed.When the staff responsible to fill the order, pack it and label it to show the consignee names and addresses is rushed, costly errors, such as crisscrossing orders can happen when markings are wrong.

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Tags: Warehousing and Distribution Services, packaging

How to Effectively Import and Export Goods with the Help of a Freight Forwarder

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 04:27 PM

 Importing and exporting goods internationally can be tricky, especially if you have little to no experience. The process gets even more complex as the size of your shipment grows.

To effectively ship your goods overseas, you must be sure that everything is in order from packaging to paperwork, or you might just find yourself dealing with the issue of delayed or even damaged goods. Working with an export partner, like an international freight forwarder, can help save you the stress of worrying about whether your shipment will arrive on time and intact.

Here are the top reasons why working with a freight forwarder can make your shipping experience a smooth one. 

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Tags: Incoterms 2010, Important Shipping Facts