Interactive infographic: international shipping

Interactive Infographic: International Shipping – All About It

If you’ve ever mused that global trade is a huge, complicated process – you’re not alone. And yet, technology is allowing companies to more easily source products from other countries and have the cargo shipped right to their door. Whether you’re already taking an active part in global trade or just thinking about it, our new infographic can be your guide.

We’ve created this infographic to explain the entire shipping process, the many parties, and documents that are connected to a shipment. Track the goods as the cargo passes from the seller all the way across the globe and into the hands of the buyer. Learn the process step-by-step, and “enjoy” the bird’s eye view at the end! Continue Reading

LCL shipment arrival at port

What Happens Once Your LCL Shipment Arrives At Port

So you’ve hired a freight forwarder to import your shipment. That’s just the first step in the long journey your cargo will take. The operational processes carried out during the shipment’s transportation are many. You probably know the most common steps: document confirmation, customs clearance, and so on. But there’s much more involved when your smaller shipment (anything under a full container load) arrives.

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Charges on ocean freight invoice

Ocean freight invoice: Possible charges you may see in it

It’s not an uncommon situation: you are opening your forwarder’s latest ocean freight invoice, when the total jumps out at you. It’s higher than you expected – and the details are completely foreign to you with tons of acronyms and abbreviations. You have the feeling that some fees may have been included in your invoice by mistake, which can make you angry, so you decide to call your freight forwarder for an explanation, but that leaves you even more confused. In this situation, having an understanding of the possible extra charges can save you some headaches – and some money if you think that the freight forwarder is not being fair.

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shipping with your supplier vs. freight forwarder

Shipping with your supplier vs. with your freight forwarder: pros & cons

When you begin negotiations with a new supplier you face a choice: do you let your shipper choose providers and pay for shipping, or do you negotiate with and pay a freight forwarder yourself? To make this choice, you’ll need to consider the incoterms for each option.

The most common Incoterms for having your supplier pay the majority of the costs are:

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value added services in international shipping

Value added services and their benefits

Consumer behavior is constantly changing – and retailers need to change with it in order meet demands and please customers. This adaptation is never easy but it can be achieved with a strategically designed supply chain. To achieve this flexible supply chain, freight forwarders and other logistics companies provide many value-added services above and beyond just moving goods from point A to point B. Continue Reading

a day in a life of a tshirt
For Shippers

A day in a life of a t-shirt

Have you ever wondered what happens to one of your products, i.e.: a t-shirt, since the moment it leaves the factory until it reaches your store? In the following video, “A day in the life of a t-shirt”, you will be able to see the steps in a t-shirt’s supply chain: how the t-shirt is packed, its movements in a warehouse, the transport to the ship, unloading at its destination, last-minute change of destination, and other happenings.

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Product Update

Introducing new feature: Customs Broker Collaboration

It’s been a busy few weeks for Fleet as we gear up to launch an exciting new feature: Customs Broker Collaboration. As of July 10th, shippers, freight forwarders, and customs brokers will now be able to work together on shipments. It is our goal to make the complex process of international shipping a little bit easier for everyone, and our new feature will accomplish just that. Continue Reading

How customs clearance works

Customs clearance for imports: how does it work?

While every shipment from outside the county must go through the customs clearance process, many international shippers still don’t understand exactly how it works. This part of getting cargo from point A to point B is probably the most delicate piece of the entire process.

Most companies do their customs clearance through a freight forwarder. The freight forwarder provides the service through the hiring of a licensed customs broker. The broker’s job is to prepare the required import documents and submit them to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office. During this process, the broker represents the company who owns the imported goods and provides advice, pays duties on the shipment, and makes sure the goods are released from customs.  Continue Reading

The difference between freight forwarders and shipping lines
For Shippers

The difference between shipping lines and freight forwarders

In the shipping world, you may hear a lot about shipping lines, freight forwarders, airlines, cargo lines, along with many other terms. And very often, shippers ask: “Why do I need a freight forwarder? Can I just work directly with the shipping lines?”

As a quick explanation, a freight forwarder (FF) forwards all the services needed to import or export your products to you – their customer. They do this with the help of shipping lines, airlines, truck companies, customs brokers, warehouses, and other logistics parties. They have special agreements with these service providers and that is one of the advantage when you work with forwarders.

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