International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

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

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

Why Use a Freight Forwarder For My International Air Freight Shipment?

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 @ 05:14 PM

There are many shippers who may be tempted to arrange their international air freight shipments themselves because it can look easy from the outside.

The truth is, the international air freight consolidation business requires a hands-on attention to detail that involves after-hours communications and tracking the shipment from departure to destination.

The freight coordination is involved and requires double checking the packing, weight and dimensions as well as finding reliable truckers and the right airlines who are able to accommodate a large air freight shipment from the nearest airport on a flight schedule that compliments the customer’ s timeline.

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Tags: Air and Overseas Cargo Transport

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

What Does FOB Stand For & Why is it Important for my Shipment?

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

When you’re shipping goods either domestically or internationally, you’ve probably noticed that shipping companies and freight forwarders use a lot of freight terms that might seem foreign to you. Regardless of how valuable or large your shipment is, it is important for you to know exactly what these terms mean as they are often integral to the shipping process or liability of your shipment.

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Tags: Freight Forwarding, Air and Overseas Cargo Transport, Incoterms 2010

Expertise in International Freight Shipping

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, May 12, 2017 @ 03:17 PM

No matter what the subject matter, opinions without expertise seem to be the new norm. With so many so-called "experts" who's opinions are just a Google search away it can be easy to forget that expertise takes time and repeated practice to become reliable.

International freight shipping is not exempt! There are so many parties involved in international freight shipping from shipping handlers to freight forwarders to customs agents you need to be sure that every piece of the puzzle is accurately in place to ensure that the shipment is both time and cost effective.

How do you know who to trust?

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Tags: Air and Overseas Cargo Transport

How to Avoid the Woes Associated with Shipping Hazardous Materials

Posted by Sean Chartier on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Who knew we had so many hazards in our lives?

Hazardous shipments come in a lot of different forms, from the obvious, like chemical compounds and paints to the maybe not-so-obvious like perfumes we spray in our faces and the alcoholic spirits we drink.

If you're shipping an automobile or motorcycle, you MAY avoid calling it hazardous, but only if you follow the strict guidelines, such as draining enough gasoline before packing it up. Do you remember our blog article about specialty shipping services where we touched on the race car we helped ship? They had to separate everything to avoid dealing with one large hazardous sea freight shipment.

Yeah, but what about my Tesla? There's no gasoline in there, so does it qualify? Actually, electric vehicles are most DEFINITELY treated as hazardous cargo because of the self-contained lithium ion batteries.  So, although it may not seem intuitive at first, when you're shipping something overseas, you'll want to ensure you're following the proper guidelines, so you can avoid any unnecessary complications.

Even shipments having only a very small quantity of hazardous contents need to follow the proper regulations.

So, what does this mean for you? Many shipping lines have their own, self-imposed regulations outside of other governing agencies, and if your'e not careful, your shipment could be rejected by the port itself. So, rather than deal with the woes as they happen, here are some things to consider and take care of prior to pulling the trigger.


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Tags: International Shipping, Shipping Made Easy, Air and Overseas Cargo Transport, freight forwarder, Hazardous Cargo

How to Identify the Right Specialty Freight Services

Posted by Sean Chartier on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 @ 08:53 AM

SIMPLE is a STATE OF MIND When it Comes to Specialty Freight Services

We had a great opportunity for a complex & interesting shipping project with a client recently, which stuck with me, because it is a true testament to how challenging it can be to move items overseas and across borders. I think a lot of people take it for granted, because at the consumer level, we go to the grocery store to buy our food, the gas station to buy our fuel, and a dealership to buy our cars.

The public doesn't see what goes on to make these modern conveniences... well.. convenient. If you were to flip on the TV and settle on your favorite sport, like car racing, for example, you just get to see fast cars, their famous drivers, and hundreds of thousands of fans watching as they scream around the track.

But how did that car get there? Who shipped it, and why did they choose that particular route?

Our client happened to fit this bill. They were planning on attending a series of races in Europe, and needed freight forwarding services to help them make it happen.

Are you planning on securing specialty freight services to move your items overseas or across borders? Then these considerations are for you!

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Tags: Auto Export, Global Logistics, Freight Forwarding, Auto Shipping, Air and Overseas Cargo Transport

What To Know About International Ocean Shipping Contracts

Posted by Daniel Shlifer on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 01:56 PM


If you are shipping goods or product overseas, you will have to sign a contract once initial negotiations are completed. However, these types of agreements or contracts can be very complicated. How can both the shipper and the ocean carrier be sure they have entered into a fair, win, win deal? There are so many different ocean freight carriers serving an almost countless number of shipping lanes. This means that there is no such thing as a "standard" contract. They are all different because the size, route, time, vessel and goods vary at every turn. This means that every international shipping contract is different. To give you a better idea of how variable these ocean shipping contracts can be, understand that there are more than 300 different surcharges that can be applied by shippers worldwide.

If you are a shipper who needs to ship goods overseas, don't think these contracts are designed this way to confuse you or take advantage of you in any way. Yes you always need to be careful when searching for a new international shipping vendor but understand that these agreements can become so complex because they really do need to be extremely comprehensive and cover the best interests of both the shipper and the ocean freight carrier. Rates and surcharges must take into consideration all contingencies. Many address exclusions and exceptions to cover both sides of the contract and add this fact to how many different systems, structures and rates each ocean freight service uses.

Here is some additional information from an international freight forwarders perspective:

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Tags: Air and Overseas Cargo Transport, Container Shipping

Air freight Cargo rates take off

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 03:47 PM

Air cargo rates take off and freight piles up in China as shippers switch from sea

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Tags: Air and Overseas Cargo Transport