International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

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

Overseas Residential Moving Services Surge after California Wildfires

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Feb 23, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

Life can be a handful when it changes direction...

In a previous blog, we shared with our readers a noticeable shift in the number of export shipments, which I attributed to the US currency dropping in value against the Euro.

Now, with the recent fires devastating large areas of Southern and Northern California, we are witnessing  many of them being forced to relocate, warranting a surge in residential moving services.

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Tags: Residential Overseas Move

How Counterfeit Imports Impact Your Amazon Store

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 01:56 PM

Each year the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) process over $2 trillion worth of goods. Much of which are imported to be sold to the American consumer.

As online retailers such as Amazon and Ebay continue to grow so also does the import of counterfeit goods. These items are illegal, less expensive replicas of high-end or popular fashion items, tech, and even toys.

The growth of counterfeit imports to the US has significant impacts on the US economy as well as health and safety of the citizens who purchase these items and the CBP and Amazon are working to crack down on these illegal items entering the US.

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Tags: importing from China, Selling on Amazon

The Economics of International Freight Shipping

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 01:21 PM

These days, many shippers view us as being the foot soldiers on the ground eyeing the economic shifts around the world that affect their shipments. 

Over the years, my international forwarding company and I have witnessed the impact of the dollar fluctuation against other currencies and the impact this has on the volume if imports and exports to and from the US. 

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Tags: Overseas Importers & Exporters, Important Shipping Facts

How to Be Successful Selling on Amazon: Decoding the 2017 Holidays

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 07:18 AM

Like Santa’s elves, it seems like successful Amazon sellers are always looking at the holiday shopping season. Whether you’re researching and planning for the next season or looking back at the biggest sellers from the season before, you always have your eyes on the next big thing.

I thought I would help you learn how to be successful selling on Amazon by analyzing the biggest successes of the 2017 holiday shopping season.

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

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