Understanding Incoterms: Which Terms Are Best for You?

Which Terms Are Best for You? Understanding Incoterms, Whether you’re a Supply Chain Manager or an international export or import shipper, you’re likely familiar with Incoterms. Incoterms were specifically designed to regulate the shipment and delivery process by carefully managing various aspects of the process, such as delivery costs and insurance policies. In addition, Incoterms help to transfer the risks of damage from the seller to the buyer to ensure a smooth delivery and shipment process every step of the way. With so many types of incoterms available, it can be a challenge to select the right terms for your …

Contract Logistics: The Next Big Thing Is Already Here

THE NEXT BIG THING IS ALREADY HERE. As international trade continues to evolve, logistics have followed a parallel path, evolving along with it. Which explains why we’re witnessing the almost inevitable rise of Contract Logistics. So what, exactly, is that? Logistics used to mean simply moving goods from one place to another. Today, the market is demanding more wide-ranging services and more specific processes. Contract Logistics is the answer to that demand, the ideal solution for companies that want expert monitoring and managing of their operations. Contract Logistics is the comprehensive process from production to distribution at the final point …

Drayage: What it is,And Why It’s Important 

Drayage: Why It is important? Drayage is a specialty logistics service used to move freight over short distances. While it is an essential part of modern-day intermodal shipping, dray has actually been around for centuries. In fact, its name has originated from a horse-drawn vehicle known as a dray cart. In olden times, people used dray carts for hauling very heavy loads. People used workhorses like Clydesdales and Percherons for pulling these carts. Because the freight they carried was so heavy, the horses could travel only short distances. Dray horses and carts were common sights near ocean ports, canal terminals, …

Critical Cutoffs, And How To Avoid Missing Them

How To Avoid Missing Them Critical Cutoffs, No freight forwarder, logistics professional, or shipper ever wants to hear the words “we missed the cut.” But many providers have learned the hard way that ocean freight is time-critical, and there are certain “cutoffs” that shippers must be aware of. Missing the cut result in serious delays and significant costs. Delays of at least a week are common, and in some cases can be much longer if compounded by weather delays, port congestion, and in today’s world, the unforeseen effects of Covid-19. And that’s just for container cargo. If you’re shipping Break …

What is a freight broker and what do they do?

What’s A Freight Broker? Companies that want to get their products to market often seek help from third-party logistics (3PL) providers to get the job done. Freight brokers are a popular choice. A freight broker is a person or company that connects a shipper who has goods to move and a motor carrier who can move them. Brokers help carriers fill their trucks, a service for which they earn commissions. And they help shippers get their products to the marketplace by putting them in touch with reliable carriers. As a matter of fact, it’s not unusual for a company to …

What Is ISPM-15 for international pallets and crates?

international pallets and crates ISPM-15 refers to the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No.15. They are a collection of guidelines to aid stop the outspread of pests and sicknesses over the usage of timber in wrapping things in universal trade. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has raised those guidelines. ISPM-15 declares a pool of standards to consider when consuming any wood or woody material as wrapping. For instance, a box, crate, pallet, dunnage, or drums once delivery products worldwide are among them. Every timber wrapping resources might be heat preserved and airtight with an authorized mark for worldwide freight. …

What’s A Freight Forwarder, And Why Do You Need One?

The ability to import and export is the lifeblood of many successful businesses. But getting your goods from Point A to Point B, and from there to Points D, E, F, and beyond can seem overwhelming. Logistics, regulations, customs, and paperwork present more challenges than most people care to take on. A freight forwarder understands the hurdles and how to clear them, so you can focus on all the other things to build a successful business. SO WHAT, EXACTLY, DOES A FREIGHT FORWARDER DO? A freight forwarder is your shipping agent—someone who saves you vastamounts of time and trouble. Someone …