International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

34 Years In International Freight Forwarding: Personal Touch Matters

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Aug 07, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

In our 34 years of international freight forwarding we've seen a lot! From the Cryogenic machines originating in the Ukraine and shipping to the USA, to water irrigation system exported to Algiers, North Africa, and to the flurry of importers shipping their wares from China to the US to be sold on Amazon... Countless cars and motorcycles shipped to Hakata, Japan and many other commodities to Europe or the Middle East... 

ETC International Freight System has been able to come up with unique solutions to meet your  needs, no matter how complex.

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Tags: family-owned freight forwarders

What President Trump's Tariff Increases Mean for Today's Shippers

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 08:41 AM

In lieu of our regular blog, we wanted to address for all our export and import shippers the means to verify quickly the impact that the recent export and import tariffs may have on your shipments to/from China and Europe.

This is a hot, on-going topic that is at its inception and yet it seems to already be creating havoc for many both inside and outside of the shipping community.

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Tags: Selling on Amazon, tariff

Big Mishaps in International Shipping and How You Can Prevent Them

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 @ 03:28 PM


In a previous blog post, I divulged on a preventable fiasco that was initiated from the shipper’s missteps and self-inflicted outcomes that unfortunately affected other parties. In fairness, errors of all sorts can come from your forwarders or their associates, so vetting the best team isn't a task to be taken lightly.

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Tags: International Freight Forwarding, packaging

Prime Day is Coming! Here's How You Can Take Advantage as an Amazon FBA Seller

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

Move over Black Friday. Step aside Cyber Monday. Amazon Prime Day is here and, in just its third year of existence, has quickly taken over as the biggest shopping day(s) of the year.

Any FBA seller knows that Prime Day is not something that you want to miss out on. But what are the secrets to unlocking your best Prime Day yet?

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

Communication is Key in International Freight Shipping

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 @ 03:52 PM

The logistics of freight forwarding and international shipping for the every day layman shipper is multifaceted. In a commerce environment, which is constantly evolving with new technologies and innovations, improving the freight processing and the quality of services that we provide remains a challenge.

Our blogs are designed for the shippers with a no-nonsense approach, trying to convey in a concrete manner what shippers need to ship successfully. However, what blogs will not convey is the interactive aspects between shippers and their international freight forwarders. In any interaction, whether shipping or taking a walk in the park for the first time with a new friend, temperament and communication skills are vital.

In other words, behavior matters, and it takes two to tango.

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Tags: family-owned freight forwarders

Avoid These Costly Mistakes when Shipping A Motorcycle Overseas

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Jun 08, 2018 @ 01:07 PM

There are many different types of motorcycle hobbyists. Some some strictly utilize their bike to ride around town, while others enjoy long trips down windy back roads. Then there are those who explore the world on the back of their motorcycle.

So, for the lucky riders that own a touring, long-range bike with navigation system and storage, you need to take extra care to enlist the help of your international freight forwarder to ensure that both you and your bike return home from your next international ride. 

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Tags: Auto Shipping

Shipping Motorcycle Parts Overseas Is Easy With An International Freight Forwarder

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 04:24 PM

As an international freight forwarder located in Los Angeles, California, ETC Intl. Freight System is often tasked to import and export goods to and from East Asian countries like China and Japan.

ETC International operates out of any US port or airport, and we can schedule a pick-up from any inland points within the US. Recently, we've worked with a number of shippers that deal in parts - for vehicles and machinery namely. 

When designating their international freight forwarding company, shippers must make sure of their aptitude and experience, particularly when shipping oversized/overweight cargo like vehicles, machinery, and parts. 

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Tags: Ocean Freight Shipping, Vehicle shipping

Common Quality Control Challenges that Amazon FBA Sellers Face

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, May 16, 2018 @ 09:20 AM

One of the amazing benefits to being an Amazon FBA seller is the unique ability to work from whatever location that you see fit. While this may be awesome for your lifestyle, it poses its own unique challenges.

Many successful Amazon FBA sellers take advantage of low-cost manufacturing from places like China, and import their goods to the US making it challenging for them to have their hands on the manufacturing, packing, and shipping processes.

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

Shipping a Vehicle or Boat Overseas- Yes, it Can Be Done (Easily...)!

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, May 09, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

It's not often that we are tasked with shipping a vehicle overseas but it does happen. Most of the time when we are asked to ship a vehicle, it is part of a residential move and is shipped alongside household goods.

No matter the reason you're looking to ship a car, motorcycle, or boat, partnering with a licensed, insured, and bonded International Freight Forwarder can help you save time, money, and stress related to your shipment.

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Tags: Vehicle shipping

Personalized Shipping Solutions Come from a Personal Touch

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 @ 09:56 AM

I am telling you.., this freight forwarding job isn’t boring. I have always felt that I needed to provide useful shipping information to my readers and our existing shippers.

You would think that 30+ years on the job would subdue my enthusiasm, but it definitely has not! Currently, our freight forwarding air import department has been handling weekly air freight shipments of machinery coming from of all places, Kiev, Ukraine. These shipments are air freighted, cleared through the US Customs, and dispatched all over the US with inland deliveries duty paid.

Disclosure: some opinions on this blog are mine alone. Any relation to any living or breathing thing is purely coincidental.

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Tags: Specialty Freight, family-owned freight forwarders