International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

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

Challenges that Shippers Face with US Customs and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 10:58 AM

Novice and experienced shippers alike the idea of importing and exporting goods that have to cross through US customs can seem intimidating. Horror stories of delays, added costs, and even abandoned shipments tend to circulate through the shipping community giving many shippers pause when arranging their international shipments.

Through our years of experience we have helped many customers navigate these unsettled waters and have helped them to successfully manage the customs challenges that they face or avoid them all together. 

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Tags: customs clearance

What is the Best Shipping Method when Shipping Household Goods Overseas?

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 08:51 AM

As freight forwarders, we have begun to notice a upward trend in receiving more requests to ship personal effects, household goods and vehicles internationallyThere are a few options for these customers to choose from such as air freight, ocean freight for less than a container load (LCL) or full container load (FCL) shipping. But deciding which shipping method is best for shipping household goods overseas will depend on factors like weight, budget, and shipping speed required. Let's explore each shipping method a little deeper.
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Tags: Air and Overseas Cargo Transport

Learn The Secrets of Air Freight Shipping from an Experienced Freight Forwarder

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

Whether you are an importer taking advantage of our strong U.S currency to purchase from overseas and get your shipments expedited or an exporter with the right products meeting the needs of the broad overseas market places, you may consider using air freight shipping and consolidation services to rush your orders where it is needed most.

Here are some of the basics of what you need to know before utilizing air freight shipping services.

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Tags: International air freight

Why you Should Consult an Expert when Shipping Oversized Items

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 @ 12:32 PM

The world of international freight shipping never stops. While many in the Northern Hemisphere find themselves settling into a summer getaway, as international freight forwarders, we are always working on tackling our latest shipping challenge for our clients.

Our latest endeavor will involve shipping oversized items such as heavy machinery from Beaverton, OR to Alexandria Egypt. Here are the challenges we faced, and how we overcame them.

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Tags: Oversized Cargo

Amazon Best Sellers for 2017 Holidays

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 01:48 PM

Did our holiday tech trends blog get you thinking ahead about the 2017 holiday season and what you’ll be stocking in your Amazon store? We hope it did! Though tech is a great area to focus your store’s inventory, we would be remiss if we neglected one of the other major shopping categories during the holidays... TOYS!!

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

Your International Freight Shipping Questions Answered: Join Us!

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 03:20 PM

The world of international freight shipping can be a confusing place to even the most experienced business person. With so many rules, regulations, and certifications needed it can easily confuse and overwhelm someone without the proper training causing costly delays or even damage to the items that you’re shipping.

And that's PRECISELY why we put together this comprehensive webinar series!

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Tags: Freight Forwarding

Why you Should have a Relationship with an International Freight Forwarder

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 07:19 AM

As an international freight forwarder, my blogs are a reflection of my experiences handling various international shipments.

As a shipper, there is much value to see how your shipments are handled from my perspective so that you can understand what you should be looking out for, and what ultimately separates a company like ETC International Freight Systems from the large conglomerates.

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Tags: Cheapest International Shipping

5 Blogs that will Teach you How to be Successful Selling on Amazon

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 @ 01:59 PM

If you’re thinking of becoming an Amazon FBA seller or are already selling on the marketplace, you’re probably constantly thinking of ways to be more successful than your competition. With such exponential growth (the FBA program grew by over 80% in 2016) it is crucial that you have as much information and resources possible so that you can not only keep up with you competition but beat them!

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Tags: Selling on Amazon