International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

Freight Conglomerates VS Family Owned Freight Forwarders

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 @ 01:37 PM

The world is a big place.

... And there are millions of people out there committed to bringing us closer together. WE happen to be apart of that group. As international freight forwarders, it is our main duty to move cargo across borders.

On paper, that's what we're here for - but it's not exactly the reason why importers and exporters turn to us when it comes time to deal with international cargo transport. After all, there are PLENTY of options out there, many of which, are quite huge - I'm talking about the huge freight conglomerates you see everywhere.

Then there are the guys like us - family owned and operated, and we have no intention of changing (why would we after more than 30 years?). If you're wondering why, allow me to walk you through a little comparison.

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Tags: International Shipping, Getting Cheap Freight rates, importing, exporting

How to Steer the Process for Your Freight Shipments with DDP vs DDU

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

Different freight shipments come with different rules

Last week, we wrote about C & F versus CIF destination (more here). This week, we have a quick tutorial for shippers who are sending freight to their destinations via air or ocean consolidation services with two very important terms in mind: Delivery duty paid (DDP) versus delivery duty unpaid (DDU).

Although it's not all that common for shippers to export all the way to their international customers’ site, it happens when affiliated or when a buyer requires a price to its final destination door, which, as you probably know, happens enough to care about getting these details right.

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Tags: International Shipping, Reducing International Shipping Costs, Getting Cheap Freight rates

Weighing Your International Logistics Services For the Best Rates

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

"Weighing in" on your International logistics services

We've covered the issue of cost and how to get the cheapest international freight rates by reviewing whether you should buy your own containers, ship overseas by air or ocean, among many other things that will impact your bottom line, both with your freight forwarding bill, and fees imposed by governing agencies and ports.

Today, it's about weight and density.

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Tags: International Freight Shipping, Global Logistics, Getting Cheap Freight rates

TSA Certified Known Shippers get the Cheapest International Shipping

Posted by Sean Chartier on Tue, Sep 01, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Being a TSA certified known shipper will help you get the cheapest international shipping rates because it opens many doors and avenues not available to those who aren't.

In response to the events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) instated new regulations in order to ensure the safety of domestic and international air flights. The TSA was made responsible for instating these new regulations and programs as well as overseeing all transportation by truck, rail, ocean, and air.

One of the programs the TSA instated is the Known Shipper Management System (KSMS). It is one of TSA’s most important implementations in order to strengthen air cargo security by establishing procedures for air carriers, indirect air carriers, and freight forwarders to distinguish between known and unknown shipping agents that deliver their cargoes for air transport.

What does this mean for securing the cheapest international shipping available? It means when you comply with these regulations, you'll have access to more opportunities that result in lower shipping rates AND better routes.

Make your price calculations easier with this metrics conversion calculator:

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Tags: International Shipping, Getting Cheap Freight rates, TSA Certified