International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

How to Import Cargo from 1,000+ Miles Away W/ 3PL Companies

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 10:28 AM

Time to delegate!

When buying products located far from your base of operations, it's often easier, more cost effective, and less risky to pass over control of logistics planning and execution to a licensed freight forwarder - somebody who can handle the pick-up, warehousing, and transitions from one point to the next.

... especially if you are shipping more than 1,000, crossing international borders, and picking up from multiple locations.

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Tags: U.S. imports, importing

Moving from Australia to USA with a Freight Forwarder

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @ 03:23 PM

Why NOT a freight forwarder?

Not everybody thinks of a freight forwarder as being the best resource for moving household items overseas. Most people don't think of freight forwarders at all, because there's already a group of movers out there dominating the residential market. Most freight forwarders don't even bother.

We do though. And after helping more people move their lives overseas than I can reasonably count, it seems like more of us should.

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Tags: U.S. imports, Household Moving Overseas, Household Moving, U.S. Exports

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

You're Importing from China the Hard Way!

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Mar 02, 2016 @ 12:04 PM

Do you know whether you're importing from China the most cost-effective and risk-diverse way possible?

US importers have a very important choice to make when purchasing from their overseas supplier. The term of of an importer’s purchase (FOB China departure port or Ex-China Factory to China departure port versus C & F to destination port or airport) drives the freight responsibility onto the supplier or the importer. Knowing the difference when making your purchase matters.

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Tags: U.S. imports, importing from China

5 Important Factors to Consider when Importing from China

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 @ 05:00 AM


So, you're thinking about importing from China, are you? Or, perhaps you already are, and want some pointers?

There's a lot to think about when you're importing from China. Cost is always an issue, but it's much more complicated than that. There's logistics, customs, and dealing with folks who are going to help you move your cargo from one point to another.

Today, I'm going to talk about some of the more important pieces of the puzzle, so you can make the right choices for your international shipments.

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Tags: Asia, U.S. imports, importing from China

How International Freight Forwarders Can Impact US Imports & Customs

Posted by Sean Chartier on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

International freight forwarders can rescue you from US import craziness

Are you looking to bring merchandise into the United States from abroad?

You should know that whether the goods are commercial for re-sale or merely personal effects and household goods, you can expect a wide range of costs, and to meet those costs, there are a wide range of services out there to help you.

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Tags: U.S. imports, import market, U.S Importers

Import shipments delays & congestions at the ports

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Oct 03, 2014 @ 12:31 PM

USA Import less than a container load advisory

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Tags: U.S. imports

Overseas imports & Customs Delays

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 @ 01:58 PM

US Imports serious problems ahead with delays from the lasting Shutdown

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Tags: U.S. imports

China's Share of U.S. Import Market Slips

Posted by Annette Leahy on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

U.S. Imports from China in Decline? Not Quite.

China, while still the undisputed leader in supplying apparel, footwear and furniture to the U.S., is seeing its market dominance diminish because of annual double-digit wage increases in those industries.

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Tags: U.S. imports, import market, China's exports