cargo insurance
For Shippers

Cargo insurance: do I need it? When and why?

Cargo insurance covers loss or damage of goods during shipment, and applies to transportation by air, sea, or land. Even when freight forwarders, shipping lines, airlines, and truck drivers do their best to take good care of your cargo, loss and damage can occur on occasion.

From natural disasters to pirate attacks on commercial ships (yes, this still happens – the most recent occasion was in April 2017 near African shores, according to NY Times), it is prudent to expect the unexpected. Thus, your goods need insurance, just like you need a health insurance despite the fact that you are in good health. Continue Reading

Holidays shipping
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Holidays that wreak havoc for shippers

Holidays are great: people are happy, they like to buy things for their loved ones, and that is good for businesses. Holidays are usually an opportunity for business growth, but if the shipping necessary to fulfill holiday inventory is not properly planned, the season can become a nightmare instead of a profit paradise. Everyone wants to have the products on the shelves right before an important date in order to take advantage of every sales opportunity. But shipping too close to a holiday can be a big risk. Continue Reading

Bill of Lading
For Shippers

Bill of Lading: what you need to know

A Bill of Lading, often written as BL or BoL, is a document issued by a carrier that lists the goods being shipped and specifies the terms of their transport. While the exact origin of the BL is unknown, the concept of documenting goods on board a trade vessel is an old one – dating back to medieval and even Roman eras. In the modern world, the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA) provides a set of rules that govern bills of lading and their application to the transport of goods. A BL was originally meant to be applied to maritime transportation, but it is nowadays used by every transportation mode: sea freight, airfreight, trucking, and railroad.

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How to optimize air freight cost
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Shipping via air? Here is how to optimize air freight cost

Air freight can be expensive – most shippers already know this. But business owners who want to keep a lean inventory with the intention of reducing costs depend on air freight (instead of ocean) to move their products in a timely, more predictable manner. In fact, 41% of World Trade 100 readers cited the above reason when asked why they switched to airfreight from seafreight. So how can business owners optimize air freight cost? Continue Reading

Optimize ocean freight cost
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6 ways to optimize ocean freight cost

For business owners, searching for ways to cut costs is second nature – and optimize freight costs is an excellent place to bring down operational expenses. Navigating the world of international shipping rates may seem like a tough objective, but the reduction in price is worth giving some of these strategies a try. We’ve compiled some methods that you might be able to use in order to optimize ocean freight cost, mainly when shipping Less than Container Load (LCL).  Let’s take a look at them:

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5 ways to get a cheaper quote from freight forwarders
For Shippers

5 Ways To Get a Cheaper Quote From Your Freight Forwarders

It’s not uncommon for shippers receiving quotes to think, “How can I get this price to go down?” Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. It’s just a matter of fact that businesses are constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce operation costs, including shipping. Freight forwarding is a complicated industry, and for most laymen the math surrounding the cost calculations will be a mystery. Nevertheless, there are some elements that shippers should consider when searching for a cheaper quote: Continue Reading

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6 questions you should always ask freight fowarders

When you transport your goods overseas, your trust over your freight forwarder is key to ensure your goods arrive to their final destination. Yet, trust is not something you develop from one day to another. Therefore, you should ask freight forwarders a few questions to analyze whether they are reliable enough to organize the transport of your goods. In many occasions, these companies do not even see your cargo, since they hire other 3PL (third logistics parties) to take charge of all the parts of, sometimes, complicated shipping processes.

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Legitimate freight forwarders
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Recognizing legitimate freight forwarders

How do you know if you are working with legitimate freight forwarders?

Due to globalization, the number of freight forwarders is quickly increasing. There is a bigger pool to choose services from, but not all of the options available can be trusted. The forwarding business is not simple, and it takes more than calling a business a freight forwarder to successfully ship goods internationally. The business of freight forwarding requires a lot of experience and a complex knowledge and network. Continue Reading