International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

The Freight Forwarding Services You Didn't Know You Needed

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

It's a big job

Your international freight forwarder should offer an array of freight services, ranging from packing and crating, trucking, warehousing, storage, distribution, customs clearance, or air & ocean services.

However, there are times when even more services are needed. For example, right now we're working with a shipper using their own containers, and it's opening up a whole new level of challenges that we can help with.

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Tags: Specialty Freight, Approved Freight Forwarders, freight forwarder services, holiday shipping

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

How to Find the RIGHT Approved Freight Forwarders

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Oct 06, 2015 @ 05:30 AM

Asking for "approved freight forwarders" is like asking for beef in your hamburger... 

If you're biting into a hamburger for the first time, and never knew what they were made of before sinking your teeth in, you're very likely to ask, "what's in it," right? After all, we don't want to take any chances with the food we put into our bodies, because what if it's something we have an aversion to or know that our bodies can't handle?

The same should go for your frieght shipping. If you've never done it before, you should ask about what is involved. Are you using secure facilities? Are your shipments properly crated and packed? Are your freight forwarders approved by the Federal Maritime Commission? And are they doing everything you need and expect them to do?

If you don't ask these questions, you may find yourself in a sticky predicament, so let me help you understand their implications and other questions you should be asking.

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Tags: Reducing International Shipping Costs, TSA Certified, Approved Freight Forwarders