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Shipping a Motorcycle overseas? We Just Sent 21 to Japan + 8 Frames

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 12:27 PM


We just shipped 21 motorcycles and 8 motorcycle frames to Japan from the US, and we know how stressful it can be to send just one!

Most of you will likely only send one or two vehicles at a time, but sometimes we get collectors, enthusiasts, and dealers coming to us for assistance with exporting their vehicles to other countries, and it's times like these that having a highly skilled and networked freight forwarder in your corner is critical.

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Tags: Auto Shipping, Overseas Auto Transport, Auto Export

Shipping to Vietnam: 2 bumperless vehicles

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 10:23 PM


From Los Angeles, California to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:

There doesn't seem to be a shipment type that causes more unnecessary stress for the owners of the cargo than when shipping autos of some kind. In a lot of ways, auto freight is a complicated undertaking, but when you've been in the business as long as I have, it's almost second nature.

We recently had a client shipping two trucks to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, from Los Angeles, California. Shipping a single vehicle is quite a bit different from when multiple vehicles are present, and not many people realize that. So, for those of you needing to ship multiple vehicles, I thought would help by showing what you need to look out for.

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Tags: Asia, Auto Export, Auto Shipping

We Just Air Freighted 19 Teslas by Plane

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, May 27, 2016 @ 05:08 PM


Exporting American goods in style:

Are you in the mood for an express air freight quote? I know I am. We just finished exporting 19 brand new Teslas, and it got me started thinking about all of the different shipments we've been involved in over the years.

We have experience working with very small shipments, such as a single box door-to-door, like you would expect use something like FedEx or UPS for (while overpaying, of course). But we also heavy construction and manufacturing equipment, or as it is in this case, 19 brand new Teslas!

Every shipment is unique in some way, but easily managed through a process and network that took us 30 years to build. 

Here's how this one went down.

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Tags: Auto Export, Overseas Auto Transport

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

Container Shipping, Import & Export Shipments.

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

Fedreral Maritime Comission FMC commissioner:

China’s P3 rejection a wake-up call to US agency

Richard Lidinsky

Will this impact export & import shipments from & to the USA— The only U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner to cast a vote against the P3 Network said Chinese authorities might have done the agency “a favor by forcing us to look at our regulatory standards within this new world” of massive vessel-sharing agreements.

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Commissioner Richard Lidinsky wants the FMC to take a look at the Shipping Act of 1984 to determine whether it’s still the right “yardstick” to measure whether ever-larger VSAs should be allowed. The European Commission earlier this month said the proposed P3 — involving Maersk Line, CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Co. — didn’t run afoul of competitive rules, giving the alliance a virtual go-ahead signal. But Chinese regulators shocked the shipping industry yesterday in rejecting the VSA, saying it would be anticompetitive and not supportive of the “social public interest.”

“I think the lesson learned for the commission is that maybe our experts and analysts missed some of the things the Chinese saw, not in terms of analyzing China trade … but the bigger and broader question of the impact of the alliance,” Lidinsky told the JOC. “If the alliance is global, we need to take a global view of it.”

Under the Shipping Act of 1984, FMC commissioners determine whether to allow a VSA or seek a federal injunction by determining whether the agreement would likely cause an unreasonable increase in transport costs, an unreasonable decrease in service or both. Commissioner voted 4-1 in March to allow the P3 to take effect in U.S. trade lanes. The FMC yesterday defended its decision in a statement, saying it conducted an extensive review of the VSA and would have subjected the trio to tight monitoring requirements.

“Ocean carrier vessel space alliances offer the potential benefit of cost savings and environmental efficiencies that come from coordinated deployment of newer, larger vessels,” FMC Chairman Mario Cordero said in a statement.

“The FMC, in evaluating such agreements, will continue to balance those benefits with the potential harm from a concentration of decision-making power in terms of port coverage, sailing schedules, and necessary trade lane capacity.”

Since the implementation of the act, the FMC has reviewed thousands of agreement and only sought an injunction against one. The FMC in 2008 sought a preliminary injunction against certain aspects of the Los Angeles-Long Beach clean-trucks program. The agency later dropped the lawsuit and ended its investigation of the program.

“If anybody from Mars landed here and was being told that this agency was given the authority but had never seen a VSA that violated the standard, then they would ask, ‘Is it just an ATM for agreements or do we need to get a new yardstick in how we call these things into question?’” Lidinsky said.

Lidinsky expects more massive vessel-sharing agreement to be proposed, but he thinks China’s rejection of the P3 sent a signal about overreaching. The expansion of the G6 Alliance into the Asia-U.S. West Coast and trans-Atlantic trades — which Lidinsky joined his fellow commissioner in voting to allow — is a model for the future, he said. Through the VSA, the carriers — APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, NYK and OOCL — are doing more than just trying to fill their big ships, Lidinsky said. Instead, the carriers, which have similarly sized ships, are expanding their geographic reach, and the VSA will benefit U.S. East Coast ports, Lidinsky said.

In comparison, the proposed P3 was a “de facto merger” intended by Maersk to mitigate its misstep in building such large vessels that it created a “capacity monster.” Lidinsky said he couldn’t understand why successful carriers MSC and CMA CGM would take such a subservient position to the Maersk. Not only would the alliance have been run by a former Maersk executive, but the liner would be calling the shots on slot sharing, he said.

“P3 members treated [regulatory approval] like it was a slamdunk [with an attitude of] ‘We have to check in with these guys but we will have it running by Christmas and nobody can oppose us,” Lidinsky said.

One shipper told Lidinsky that Maersk during contract negotiations last spring was already talking about special P3 rates. There was word that MSC and CMA CGM executives were rereading the fine print and realizing the extent to which Maersk would helm the ship, he said.

“Someone used the analogy that there were warning signs during the engagement, but MSC and CMA CGM got out of a bad marriage without having a wedding night,” Lidinsky said.

Viewing China’s block of the P3 as way to protect its top two carriers, Cosco and China Shipping, is too easy, he said. During a December summit hosted by the FMC, it was clear that the Chinese regulators took pride in their procedures and even noted they copied some of their framework from the U.S. agency.

“I think (the Chinese) did take account of the bigger picture, “ Lidinsky said.

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In our recent blogs, we discussed Labor issues, port & road infrastructues. All  very concerning to keeo a competitiv edge, Howver, what we see is a slow growing trend on the domestic & international destinations.

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Shipping International, Japan Rock the Boast on Trade

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 @ 03:04 PM

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Tags: AIR, Shipments, Auto Export, International Shipping, Freight Forwarders in California, Asia, China, Ocean

Global Logistics, international shipping, Trans-Pacific

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:19 AM

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Tags: EXPORT IMPORT FREIGHT FORWARDING, Global Logistics, air freight forwarding, Auto Export, International Shipping, AIR, Asia

Global Logistics, International Shipping, Highway Funding

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 @ 03:05 PM

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Tags: International, Global Logistics, AIR, air freight forwarding, ocean shipping, Auto Export, International Shipping, Logistics + Economy, Asia, China

Air Freight Fowarding, Ocean Shipping

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 @ 12:15 PM

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Tags: AIR, Logistics, air freight forwarding, ocean shipping, Auto Export, International air freight, AIR, Asia, International Shipping

International Shipping, State of the Union, Re-Shaping Business

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 01:12 PM

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Tags: International Shipping, Shipments, Maritime regulations, AIR, Overseas Shipping, Auto Export, freight forwarders, Freight Forwarders in California, Maritime, United States