International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

Big Mishaps in International Shipping and How You Can Prevent Them

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 @ 03:28 PM


In a previous blog post, I divulged on a preventable fiasco that was initiated from the shipper’s missteps and self-inflicted outcomes that unfortunately affected other parties. In fairness, errors of all sorts can come from your forwarders or their associates, so vetting the best team isn't a task to be taken lightly.

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Tags: International Freight Forwarding, packaging

Get Your Freight Shipments in Early to Beat the Holiday Madness

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Shipping in a winter wonderland.


Whether, you ship via ocean or air freight, shippers with years of experience know of the usual yearly backlogs around Christmas time.

But if you're a little newer to the game, or are finding yourself dealing with an unusual spike in activity for your particulary industry, an increase in shipments now is likely to have you sweating. But that's okay, because I feel your pain, and have some great tips for you.

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Tags: Freight Rates, International Freight Forwarding

Why Moving Abroad is Best with Freight Forwarding, not Moving Services

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

FREIGHT FORWARDING... I thought that was just for commercial purposes, not moving abroad!

To be honest, not many international freight forwarders handle household goods & car shipping overseas, and most moving abroad end up using actual moving services. Seems like an intuitive decision, doesn't it?

Well, it wouldn't be the most illogical assumption I've heard, but unfortunately for those wanting to ship their household goods overseas, a move like that could be a rather costly one.

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Tags: Moving Overseas, Household Moving Overseas, International Freight Forwarding

TBT - How International Freight Shipping Has Changed Since the 90s

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 06:30 AM

Wash & rinse, but don't forget to repeat!

It's true what they say, that history does, in fact, repeat itself, even the good stuff. The 90s seems like a long time ago, and back then things were really good for international trade, especially for my company, ETC International Freight System. We seemed to have the golden touch, and even had clients that nicknamed us "Midas International."

Don't get me wrong, because we take a lot of pride in our work, and we know that our services are superior, but international freight shipping is complicated, and there are many outside forces that we cannot control, which could cause setbacks for anybody.

There was a lot of pressure due to this apparent golden touch, and we survived and thrived under it. Today, it feels very similar to what it did in the 90s even though a lot has changed - the technology we use, the international networking system, many of the people involved, and the expectations of our customers.. all of this has changed, but there are some interesting similarities as well.

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Tags: International Shipping, Freight Rates, International Freight Forwarding

How do I Find Cheap International Shipping?

Posted by Sean Chartier on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 @ 05:30 AM

Cheap International Shipping: What's the bottom line?

Pricing freight shipping, especially when moving items internationally, can be quite frustrating for those who are unfamiliar with the process.

Identifying the bottom line isn't always a straight-line answer, because there are so many variables at play, which is quite contrary to what we experience when mailing smaller packages and letters. When you send a package via priority mail from California to Vermont, there may be questions about whether you're sending perishables or things that could be hazardous in nature, but it doesn't go much beyond that.

When you send a letter, you don't even have to answer questions. You just drop it in the box with the appropriate level of postage based on weight and size, which are standardized and easy to understand, and don't think twice about it.

When we start to scale our shipments, particularly with international freight, however, simplicity goes out the window, and is replaced with a system that sometimes feels overwhelming.

After all, you'll need to provide details that don't always feel intuitive, and although the specialist you hire will help you get your items to their destination, once we start dealing with large containers and international regulations, those details will be the difference between predictability and uncertainty in your final costs. 

So, to help you wrap your arms around the costs associated with your next international freight shipment, here are 4 things you should consider and be prepared to deal with as you begin the process:

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Tags: International Freight Shipping, Freight Rates, International Freight Forwarding

International Freight Forwarding Companies

Posted by Daniel Shlifer on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 12:11 PM


The glossary connected International freight forwarding companies can be pages and pages long. Basically, an international freight forwarder or forwarding agent is also called a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC).

ETC International Freight Systems is a freight forwarder and we organize shipments of many different types of freight for organizations or individuals with the goal of getting products or goods to a targeted market from a manufacturer or producer to it's final destination.

Before we move on, we would like to offer you some other articles and information that should help with your research and hopefully answer many of your questions. getting as much knowledge to you can only help and we have years of experience that will help you sort out your questions and make this process easier and much smoother:

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Tags: International Freight Forwarding

International Freight Forwarding Checklist

Posted by Daniel Shlifer on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 01:59 PM


Even though you may have experience importing or exporting goods overseas, there are always new developments and ways to educate yourself or your team on the best practices of international freight forwarding.

At ETC International Freight Systems, we work hard on providing solutions to our customers and that includes this blog. We feel it's important to spend the time and effort to offer ideas, knowledge and other information that will ultimately help stream line any overseas shipping challenge.

In this blog, we are providing a basic checklist for those organizations needing to ship cargo across the ocean. As you will read, there are many different methods and considerations and each one helps you get closer to the perfect overseas shipping model.

Before we get started, we would like to offer some related information that should make your research more complete:

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Tags: Freight Forwarding, International Freight Forwarding

How To Reduce Your Overseas Shipping Budget

Posted by Daniel Shlifer on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 03:23 PM


Overseas shipping plays a different role in each company. The priority isn't the same and the magnitude varies depending on what your company focuses on, what type of products you sell and how you market your goods.

This article was created to help many different types of companies and their specific needs. Some of these overseas shipping budget ideas will fit your operation and others won't. But, this post is a good read and will spur some ideas that will help you consider different ways to take more control of your international shipping budget.

Before we get into the main subject matter, here are a few links that might help with other international shipping challenges:

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Tags: International Freight Forwarding

International Shipping's Most Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Daniel Shlifer on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 01:55 PM


We all have our unique and individual skill sets. And, if we work hard or have been working hard in our life, we may have multiple skill sets. With that said, most of us still must admit that we need help and input from others fairly often. Maybe the first thing that come to mind is medicine. Unless you're a doctor, you're going to want help with most things medical. Business faces the same reality. Maybe you can be your accountant but it's probably not the smartest decision you'll ever make. Even if you wanted to try, do you think you would be able to represent your business in a legal proceeding? Probably not. Most well run businesses need specialists for accounting, legal, marketing, human resources, shipping and more. Even if you are capable, you still need to delegate and make sure all critical activities are managed and executed properly. Wearing to many hats can prove detrimental. After all, cleaning companies are just as important in your business process because ultimately, you want all aspects of your operation handled by individuals or teams that can do the best job possible at the best price.

International shipping is one of these critical components that is best managed by an experienced business partner. In fact, international shipping has so many variables and moving parts and can become complicated at times. As a business, you want to be sure you have an experienced, reliable partner you can lean on from start to finish to be sure your shipping operation is as smooth as can be. This article will help advance your research and better understand the staples to this operation you will need to understand yourself is you are relocating a business or relocating a residence and family. Our goal is to help you prepare better for hiring an international shipping company or at least understand more about the process. For many organizations, international shipping plays a key role in the success and profitability of their business. International shipping also plays an important role for families relocating overseas, shipping a car overseas or an individual accepting a new job overseas. There are so many questions that should be asked and so many different situations that call for focused answers. This blog post will help businesses, individuals and families through the process of moving overseas and international shipping in general.

Before we get started, here are some other articles that may also help with your international or domestic shipping requirements:

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Tags: International Freight Forwarding

Warehousing & Distribution Options

Posted by Daniel Shlifer on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 @ 09:30 AM


Contemplating your warehousing & distribution services is a good problem to have. Typically this means your original business idea is getting traction and you are in a state of growth. To become successful and as profitable as can be, you want your warehousing and distribution services to be as efficient as possible. Hopefully, this blog post will share some valuable options and supply solutions to best develop these customer services.

Whether your small idea has blossomed more than you were prepared for or or this was an expected part of your larger business plan, at some point you will need to create the best possible solution for warehousing and distribution. Because when done right, your marketing message can reach a greater market share than expected and your staff and facilities are not configured efficiently, you run the risk of jeopardizing customer service and need to develop better answers.

Here are some other international shipping strategies that might help your business development:

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Tags: Warehousing and Distribution Services, International Freight Forwarding