International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

The Global Economy is Impacting Your Freight Shipping Costs

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 03:25 PM

Lessons from a 30-year freight forwarding veteran:

With the US currency doing well, forwarders & shippers alike have experienced a surplus of imports. Yes, the value of the dollar impacts trading in a big way. The shift is quite telling of the conditions of our global economy, because there are very specific changes occurring. Notably, international forwarders are witnessing a shift in imports coming from the United Arab Emirates and South Korea.

This shift is altering the landscape considerably. It's very different than when importing from places like China, and that comes through with rates AND service levels.

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Tags: U.S. imports, Freight Rates, Reducing International Shipping Costs

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

What Does CIF Stand For, and How Do I Use it For My Shipment?

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 06:30 AM

What does CIF stand for, you ask?

If you're shipping products overseas or importing to the United States, you're faced with a flurry of industry jargon that can get really confusing really quickly. But knowing these terms will likely prove quite valuable to you, so you are getting the best relative prices while meeting the demands and resources of your organization.

This is a term that we use and see quite a bit, so let me help you understand a little more about the acronymn itself and why exactly it exists, so you can identify whether it's right for you.

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Tags: International Shipping, Reducing International Shipping Costs

How to Find the RIGHT Approved Freight Forwarders

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Oct 06, 2015 @ 05:30 AM

Asking for "approved freight forwarders" is like asking for beef in your hamburger... 

If you're biting into a hamburger for the first time, and never knew what they were made of before sinking your teeth in, you're very likely to ask, "what's in it," right? After all, we don't want to take any chances with the food we put into our bodies, because what if it's something we have an aversion to or know that our bodies can't handle?

The same should go for your frieght shipping. If you've never done it before, you should ask about what is involved. Are you using secure facilities? Are your shipments properly crated and packed? Are your freight forwarders approved by the Federal Maritime Commission? And are they doing everything you need and expect them to do?

If you don't ask these questions, you may find yourself in a sticky predicament, so let me help you understand their implications and other questions you should be asking.

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Tags: Reducing International Shipping Costs, TSA Certified, Approved Freight Forwarders

Reducing Cost Of International Shipping Through Technologies

Posted by Daniel Shlifer on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

Service, Reliability, Trust & Performance Are Keys To... Selecting The Perfect International Shipping Provider...

Shipping Cost May Rank At The Top Of That List.

The article below highlights some new technological changes that are helping the international shipping organizations remain on the cutting edge of service. When a quality Freight Forwarding Company learns how to reduce operational costs, they normally share those savings with their loyal customers. Here is a new method that quality international shipping companies are using to save money and pass on the savings to you, the customer.

See how the razors edge international shipping companies are learning how to revolutionize shipping by using liquid natural gas to lower the costs of shippings and the goods they are carrying.

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Tags: Reducing International Shipping Costs