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.
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
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
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.
Let’s take a look at the main differences: Continue Reading
International shipping is anything but simple. There are many milestones that must be reached during the process of getting cargo from point A to point B. Here is an overview of the entire shipping process, detailing the documents necessary for each milestone and what steps both the shipper and freight forwarder must follow in order to successfully ship products. Continue Reading
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 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
Fleet’s mission is to simplify the international shipping process, not only for shippers but also for logistics service providers. Starting tomorrow May 18th, the new quoting interface will make quoting on shipments faster and easier for freight forwarders. Here is how it will look like:
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.
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