International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

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

Packaging Pitfalls with Air and Ocean Freight Shipping

Posted by Dimitri Malinbaum on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

With a weaker dollar, shippers’ requests to export are growing.

When US exporters ship, the international forwarders come across interesting shipments that can be rather large and heavy, which sometimes undermine air freighting over ocean freighting shipping methods.

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Tags: air freight forwarding, Ocean Freight Shipping, Specialty Freight, Oversized Cargo, packaging

For International and Domestic Shipping your Freight Forwarder has you Covered

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 02:12 PM

Shippers working in the international trading arena also often ship domestically. For most international freight forwarders, the buck stops with the handling of the international shipments. Even with freight conglomerates, they use different divisions for international and domestic shipping.

For shippers straining to look for domestic air or surface companies, only a few forwarders, like ETC International Freight System, are a one-stop-shop and can handle shipments beyond the international and offer domestic surface and air transportation services for their customers.

Here's why it matters...

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Tags: International Freight Shipping, Domestic Shipping

Ship Small Loads Efficiently With Freight Consolidation Services

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Apr 02, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

As an experienced freight forwarder, we understand the needs of the common shipper are ever-changing. What never seems to change is the need to move goods efficiently in terms of both shipping speed and cost. At ETC International Freight System we take these needs seriously.

Every week we see a great variety of commercial goods, vehicles, and household shipments shipped to and from world destinations. Believe it or not, they all have something in common. The shipment is part of a consolidation service for less than a container load (LCL) and will benefit in both cost and time from a consolidation method of shipping.

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Tags: International air freight, Air and Overseas Cargo Transport, Ocean Freight Shipping

How Freight Consolidation Can Save Time and Money on your Next Shipment

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 @ 12:41 PM

Current currency trends have been favoring product exports from the US to international destinations. Many US based shippers are seeing their goods becoming more affordable to foreign buyers and are looking to export more goods overseas.

While their exports may be increasing, it is not necessarily enough to fill an entire shipping container, making it most financially responsible for the shipments to be shipped on a freight consolidation basis.

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Tags: International air freight, Ocean Freight Shipping, freight forwarder services, freight consolidation

Ship Your Exhibit with a Freight Forwarder to Your Next Trade Show

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 02:07 PM

Exhibitions and trade shows are a vital means for companies across many different industries to showcase their goods or services and get in front of potential new clientele.

For many global organizations, this means attending trade shows overseas and ultimately entails shipping not only the goods you plan to showcase but also the materials to properly merchandise a booth as well.

Every year thousands of suppliers organize the shipping of dismantled booths and products utilizing the expertise of international freight forwarders through LCL consolidation. Here are some of the challenges you're sure to encounter and how to sidestep with the help of your freight forwarder.

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Tags: Specialty Freight, freight forwarder services