Archive for the ‘Ocean Freight’ Category

How Hurricanes Affect Your Freight

Posted on October 10th, 2018

With today’s sophisticated technologies to better anticipate storms and hurricanes, we are better prepared than ever to handle this type of natural disaster. Since we have some predictability, organizations can plan ahead to send extra essentials and supplies to hold over until the storm passes.           Photo: October […]

Why do I need Cargo Insurance?

Posted on October 5th, 2018

Doesn’t the carrier have to pay for the value of the goods if something happens? One would think this is normal, but oftentimes it is difficult to pinpoint where something went wrong. Freight claims are often denied by carrier. If something happens while your cargo is in transit, there is a chance […]

The Purpose of the Bill of Lading

Posted on September 21st, 2018

What is a Bill of Lading, and why is it so important for your shipment?  The bill of lading (B/L) outlines the journey of your cargo from the origin to the destination. This is issued by a carrier to a shipper to detail the method and path of a shipment, and […]

Golden Week: How it Impacts Your Shipments

Posted on September 14th, 2018

What is Golden week? Golden Week is held annually on October 1 to celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and lasts 7 days. The week-long holiday was implemented in 2000 to make it possible for people to make long-distance family visits and to expand domestic tourism. Factories will […]

Importing Food into the U.S. and FDA Clearance

Posted on August 31st, 2018

Planning to import food to the United States of America? Here are some basic steps to get started! 1. Register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) You will need to register with the FDA before importing your food shipment. Importers and food facilities in the relevant exporting countries […]

What are Anti-Dumping (AD) and Countervailing Duties (CVD)?

Posted on August 24th, 2018

The topic of the Anti-Dumping (AD) and Countervailing Duties (CVD) is a touchy one for both importers and manufacturers. This is not going to be a political debate on whether these are fair, or a discussion on if the way these duties are calculated is reasonable. The fact is that that […]

Import Tariffs: 2018 YTD

Posted on August 10th, 2018

It may be time to get in contact with your customs broker, as the duty rates are scheduled to have a major change for an additional 279 product lines according to a recent update by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. Image source: Reuters After the first round of duties on […]

Container Cargo: Wooden Pallets and Packaging

Posted on July 20th, 2018

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates importing wood and wood products because of the risk of insect infestations harmful to the U.S. environment. This also applies to wooden pallets and packaging! Planning to use wooden pallets or wooden packaging? Make sure they have been fumigated and stamped by your […]

Types of Customs Exams

Posted on July 13th, 2018

X-Ray – Tailgate – Intensive Got a customs hold on your shipment? Subject to an exam? Let’s see what happens next! This is never fun, but at least we can fill you in on what the various exam types consist of. The X-Ray – Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) – VACIS Exam Customs and Border […]

Types of Customs Holds

Posted on July 6th, 2018

Once upon a time, customs was just looking for smuggling or misvaluations in cargo. Since 9/11 though, it has been a matter of national security, and the process has become increasingly more sophisticated. Customs cargo inspectors are checking random shipments, but also using data to target shipments within specific criteria. Data […]

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