International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

The Economics of International Freight Shipping

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 01:21 PM

These days, many shippers view us as being the foot soldiers on the ground eyeing the economic shifts around the world that affect their shipments. 

Over the years, my international forwarding company and I have witnessed the impact of the dollar fluctuation against other currencies and the impact this has on the volume if imports and exports to and from the US. 

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Tags: Overseas Importers & Exporters, Important Shipping Facts

How to Effectively Import and Export Goods with the Help of a Freight Forwarder

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 04:27 PM

 Importing and exporting goods internationally can be tricky, especially if you have little to no experience. The process gets even more complex as the size of your shipment grows.

To effectively ship your goods overseas, you must be sure that everything is in order from packaging to paperwork, or you might just find yourself dealing with the issue of delayed or even damaged goods. Working with an export partner, like an international freight forwarder, can help save you the stress of worrying about whether your shipment will arrive on time and intact.

Here are the top reasons why working with a freight forwarder can make your shipping experience a smooth one. 

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Tags: Incoterms 2010, Important Shipping Facts

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

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

Shipping Container Dimensions You Should Know

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

Don't listen to the naysayers: Size does matter

One of the most important decisions you'll make when shipping goods internationally is deciding on your container. It's going to impact your costs, timing, mode of transport, and security. So, when we first talk talking to our clients about their shipment, we start with understanding how their goods will fit within the different container-types, and how said containers will fit into their shipping vessels.

After all, there's nothing more frustrating than encountering unexpected costs and delays, so getting this part right early in the process is going to make a HUGE difference in your overall experience.

To make it easier for you, I have outlined the dimensions you'll be dealing with for both AIR and OCEAN transportation.

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Tags: Container Shipping, Important Shipping Facts