International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

Avoid These Costly Mistakes when Shipping A Motorcycle Overseas

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Jun 08, 2018 @ 01:07 PM

There are many different types of motorcycle hobbyists. Some some strictly utilize their bike to ride around town, while others enjoy long trips down windy back roads. Then there are those who explore the world on the back of their motorcycle.

So, for the lucky riders that own a touring, long-range bike with navigation system and storage, you need to take extra care to enlist the help of your international freight forwarder to ensure that both you and your bike return home from your next international ride. 

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Tags: Auto Shipping

Tips for Shipping a Car Internationally Via Air Freight

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Jun 02, 2017 @ 06:16 AM

If you are moving overseas, one of the challenges you may face is how you will relocate your personal belongings both large and small. One item in particular you may be inclined to bring with you is your car.

There are two ways to ship a vehicle overseas: ocean freight or air freight. Most people will elect to ship via ocean freight because the cost of air freight for a large object often exceeds of 5 times or more than the ocean freighting. However the downside to ocean freight is it can take more than a month for your car to arrive at the intended destination. If time is of the essence, air freight might be the right choice for you. 

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Tags: Auto Shipping, Household Moving Overseas, Overseas Auto Transport, Vehicle shipping

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 Export, Auto Shipping, Overseas Auto Transport

Important Information About Shipping Vehicles Into The United States

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 @ 04:26 PM

Your guide to shipping vehicles internationally. 

We had a client recently, who was shipping 4 vehicles from Bolivia to Long Beach, California. The twist was that they weren't exactly what you would call "operational."

The owner's intention was to restore them upon arrival, but for now they had no wheels, and were missing major pieces to their engines.

This significantly limited their options, because shipping vehicles is a lot easier when you can roll them into their containers. Limitations or not, however, they were still considered autos, which meant jumping through the usual hoops along with this curve-ball.

Here's how we handled it, and all of the important information you need to know about your auto import(s).

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Tags: Auto Shipping, importing

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: Auto Export, Asia, Auto Shipping

Moving Your Life Overseas? Shipping to Sweden is as Easy as Paj

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 03:02 PM

It can be easy as pie, anyhow:

Finding the right freight forwarder when a shipper wants to move their autos & household goods inside one ocean container is not a small task. Not to mention, going through a mover is hideously expensive. Interestingly, your shipment is going to be handled through a licensed freight forwarder anyway, so you're actually better off going direct if you can find one that offers other complimentary services.

Over the last 30+ years of working in this industry, we have seen a lot of problems arise from people shipping their vehicles and household goods overseas, trying to improvise their way through more complicated tasks. On the other end, many give up and ship through movers with a moving cost 3 times more than what an international freight forwarder can do it for.


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Tags: Moving Overseas, Auto Shipping, Residential Overseas Move

How to Get the Best International Auto Shipping Rates

Posted by Sean Chartier on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 @ 05:30 AM

First of all, international auto shipping is VERY common.

So, you don't need to worry about finding dependable help to get you through this particular specialized shipping need, but there are many ways to dice this apple, so let me walk you through a few scenarios to ensure you're ending up with the best rates available.

What's printed on the bottom line of your shipping fees is never really the bottom line, after all, and the shipping method you choose could have a material impact on the end-of-day costs.

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Tags: Auto Shipping, Overseas Auto Shipping, 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

Shipping A Vehicle Overseas

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

What you should consider when securing rates for shipping vehicles overseas.

Whether shipping an automobile, ATV, motorcycle, pick-up truck or many vehicles, the more you know and the better your research the better. Vehicle shipping companies are not all of the same, especially when you are shipping a vehicle overseas.

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Tags: Auto Shipping

Domestic to International Ocean Shipping (Intermodal issues)

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 @ 12:54 PM

Fear Among Agricultural Shippers that they will not access the new Kansas City terminal of the BNSF.

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Tags: EXPORT FREIGHT FORWARDING, International Freight Shipping, Global Logistics, Auto Shipping, Freight Forwarders in California, freight forwarder, Household Moving