International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

What is a Letter of Credit, and How Could It Anchor My Overseas Shipment?

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Don't let a misfired "letter of credit" Keep you from delivering the goods

A recent client of ours was shipping truck parts and large tractor tires to Djibouti, East Africa. They had a letter of credit (LOC) that they showed to my international freight forwarding company after a freight quote was requested & after a firm booking was already in place with a carrier.

After thoroughly reviewing the conditions of the LOC we ran into a rather big problem - it didn't really agree with the freight quote we had already provided or the client's intentions for their shipment.

You see, they thought the LOC is as good as money in their pockets, but they did not take into account it undermining the outcome of their payment & the shipment altogether.

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Tags: Overseas Shipping, Freight Forwarding, Shipping Exports

When to Use Air Freight Consolidation Services, and How to Get Started

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 @ 06:30 AM

Need to move freight quickly? Use Air Freight Consolidation Services!

You're in a hurry to move freight across the country or planet, and you need to find a solution that is faster than your normal trade routes, but won't eat up your margins. It's always stressful when we have to go outside of our comfort zones but it happens, and we must cope with it in order to complete the transaction.

This is when air freight consolidation is very likely the answer, but like everything else we talk about in the world of freight... "it depends." So, let me share with you some pros and cons to using air freight consolidation services, and how to go about engaging in the process if it makes sense for your situation.

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Tags: AIR, Overseas Shipping

Why it's "FOB Shipping," NOT "FOB Destination"

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 01:48 PM

The perfect freight shipment starts with clarity in terms

If you're working with forwarders and other shipping agents, it might be helpful to know some commonly used and important terminology. You want to be on the same page as your freight forwarder, so you can secure the right options for your transportation needs and not end up asking for something that gets interpreted as something else.

For example, lot of people say "FOB destination" when they're requesting "FOB shipping" services. It's confusing, because to those of us in the industry, we know exactly what FOB shipping is and why it's called that. Maybe it seems to you that "FOB" should be enough of an indicator, so we should be able to figure it out. But we live and breathe freightspeak (a term I just made up for freight industry jargon), so our brains are wired a certain way, and our ears perk up when we hear "shipping" and "destination." 

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Tags: Overseas Shipping

Tips For Shipping Products Overseas

Posted by Daniel Shlifer on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM


Much of the material in this blog post was taken from an article titles "Amazon Top Seller Secrets" but translated using our decades of shipping products overseas. This tips will help you understand some of the basics involved with overseas shipping and are partially connected to what successful Amazon sellers implement.

Reading this full article entitled Amazon Top Seller Secrets will help certain type of businesses and shippers but this particular blog post focuses on the international aspects of shipping and logistics.

Before we get started, we would like to offer some of the focus we offer as it pertains to ETC international freight system's approach to international shipping:

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Tags: Overseas Shipping, International Freight Forwarding

Are You Using An Overseas Shipping Or Freight Forwarding Company?

Posted by Christina Winsey on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

Huge overseas cargo ships steaming through the night.

When we think of giant ocean liners, huge cargo shipping, see those pictures of sea captains in their uniforms and recall the ambiance portrayed in movies like The Titanic (with its story of young love and tragedy) sea voyages hold a certain kind of mystery whether they are passenger ships or cargo ships moving freight across the wide oceans in the middle of the night.

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Tags: Overseas Shipping, International Freight Forwarding

Selecting The Best Overseas Freight Forwarding Company

Posted by Daniel Shlifer on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Choosing An Overseas Freight Forwarding Company?

As a guest blogger for ETC International Freight Forwarding System and not an employee, I have applied a great deal of research on this subject and feel I am accurately sharing a unique point of view. This is a perspective that has become very valuable to individuals and businesses during this booming age of information technologies. This blog post is aimed to shed this unique light on the process of choosing and selecting an overseas freight forwarding company. As you will read below, ETC International Freight Forwarding System, in my opinion, one of the absolute best solutions for securing an overseas freight forwarding partner. I come to this conclusion after researching the approach to customer service and truly customized selection of services offered.

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Tags: Overseas Shipping, freight forwarders

Shipping To Israel, International Air & Ocean Freight

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 02:49 PM

Shipping to & From Israel

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Tags: Overseas Shipping

International Shipping, Guidance & Customs Rules

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 @ 11:38 AM

Inexperienced shippers why pay the price:

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Tags: Overseas Shipping

What Affect Will Re-Shoring Have on the Overseas Shipping Industry?

Posted by Annette Leahy on Sat, Jun 29, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

The Motorola Moto X is poised to hit stores in the U.S. in October 2013, and public anticipation is high. But what many consumers don’t know is, this will the very first smartphone ever to be manufactured in the United States.

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Tags: Overseas Shipping

Will Ocean Freight Rate Increases Hold Up Amidst Vessel Overcapacity?

Posted by Annette Leahy on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

The major ocean carriers have announced intended freight shipping rate increases on July 1 on many global trade lanes, but overcapacity of cargo vessel space leaves uncertainty as to whether these new attempts to get freight rates up will be any more successful than preceding general rate increases this year.

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Tags: Overseas Shipping, Ocean Freight Rates