International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

Do I Need Cargo Insurance For My International Freight Shipping?

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 02:05 PM

Whether you’re a frequent importer/exporter or are shipping an item internationally for the first time, the question, "do I need cargo insurance?" is likely to pop into your mind.

In fact, you might even be thinking, “I’ve mailed things domestically one hundred times and it’s always been ok” or “they really can’t lose something THAT BIG, can they?” The simple fact is that international shipping involves many more hands than a domestic shipment and just because a container isn’t lost, that doesn't mean you won't experience a total loss.

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Tags: Cargo Insurance

How to Leverage the Pro Forma Invoice for Your Shipments

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 09:54 PM

If there is ONE thing that life offers too little of, it's time. Between our jobs, families, and personal lives, we're juggling an extraordinary amount, so it's no wonder that we're always looking for short-cuts - tools and methods to steal back a few minutes here and there.

But sometimes we cut too deep, resulting in much bigger problems and costs than the time saved, even cumulatively speaking, could ever offset.

When it comes to international freight shipping, the pro-forma invoice is the step that many take for granted, and often cut out altogether. This is a mistake, and often the most significant and costliest one you'll encounter. 

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Tags: Approved Freight Forwarders, importing, Important Shipping Facts

Why Clear Definitions between Consignees & Shippers are CRITICAL

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Apr 07, 2017 @ 04:47 PM

Don't lose your entire shipment over 3 little letters!

If shipping was not complex enough with customs, federal maritime commission, tariff filing, and transportation security administration regulations, we are CONSTANTLY stepping into pre-existing situations where lack of clarity in responsibilities between shipper and buyer are creating problems so major, that entire shipments are being abandoned.

This is exactly the choice a recent military base client of ours is facing. Somebody in the chain wasn't knowledgeable about who is responsible for costs related to delays from customs, and when a random intensive exam was assigned to them, all hell broke loose.

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Tags: Shipping Terminology & Teamwork, Supply Chain, customs clearance, Incoterms 2010

Oversized Shipping Doesn't Have to Mean Oversized Problems

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 @ 04:47 PM

Are your oversized shipments inflating your problems?

Oversized shipping is STRESSFUL! Not only are your options limited compared to those who can fit their cargo into a 20 or 40 foot container, but the costs can really start to stack up without the proper planning.

No two shipments are alike. You may be somebody who ships single boxes or containers or thousands... And maybe you're used to dealing with oversize shipping challenges.

Regardless, here are the things you should be thinking about when standard doesn't meet your standards!

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Tags: Specialty Freight, importing, exporting

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