International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

Why you Should have a Relationship with an International Freight Forwarder

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 07:19 AM

As an international freight forwarder, my blogs are a reflection of my experiences handling various international shipments.

As a shipper, there is much value to see how your shipments are handled from my perspective so that you can understand what you should be looking out for, and what ultimately separates a company like ETC International Freight Systems from the large conglomerates.

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Tags: Cheapest International Shipping

What You Need to Know About Your Pro-Forma Invoice

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 @ 09:36 AM

As the summer is reaches its apex, we are experiencing an influx of air and ocean imports mostly from China for shippers wanting their consumer goods to hit the shelves. As the busy season heats up for us it also means that the transit companies and customs agents are also seeing an influx in traffic.

This is why it is especially important, today, to use a Pro-Forma invoice during the quoting phase of your shipment.

Here's everything you need to know about it.

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Tags: Frequently Asked Questions, Freight Rates, Cheapest International Shipping, Important Shipping Facts

Sending Small Packages Internationally with a Freight Forwarder

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, May 05, 2017 @ 01:09 PM

In the past, my blogs have been tailored for the larger commercial accounts as well as the moving of household goods and cars. But lately, we have noticed a steady rise in a new area of the shipping business, small international shipments that include only 1 or 2 boxes.
Whether air freighting a sample or shipping a couple of boxes or suitcases of your personal effects to an international destination, this service is in direct competition with the FedEx or UPS conglomerates. While it may seem like common sense to work with a large conglomerate, you can actually reap serious benefits by working with a smaller freight forwarder like ETC International Freight System.
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Tags: Cheapest International Shipping

5 Hot Tips for Getting the Cheapest Freight Shipping Rates

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 @ 02:43 PM

2 + 2 RARELY = 4 the world of freight...

If you're at all like me, you have to feel like you're getting a great deal when it comes to making big purchases. Even when it's not my own money, I feel compelled to negotiate and deal until I feel confident that the price point I'm paying is not only competitive financially, but also that I'm getting more than their typical customer.

On the flip side, I also want to make sure that I'm not low-balling, because I don't want to end up with a cut-rate solution that doesn't ultimately save me money, because I either end up spending more of my own time dealing with it than I normally would, or they only partially deliver, causing me to incur extra charges elsewhere... Or worse, they don't care about my business because they're not making any money off of me, or even worse than that... they're cut-rate because they have no idea what they are doing...

So, to make it easier for you, I came up with these 5 tips on how to get the cheapest freight shipping rates from door-to-door without taking unnecessary, and often costly risks.

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Tags: Cheapest International Shipping, importing, exporting