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Invest in Cargo Insurance Now and Save Immensely Later

Discover How Cargo Insurance Can Prevent Headaches and Costly Fees

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When it comes down to importing or exporting goods, regardless if you are using air, ocean, or ground freight forwarding services, you may consider investing in cargo insurance. Legally, carriers must provide a standard amount of insurance coverage, known as carrier liability. Many companies question whether the choice for cargo insurance is truly worth it but here at Promptus, we always recommend all importers or exporters purchase some form of insurance to protect their cargo.

This is because carrier liability only offers limited coverage – typically the bare minimum. In the event of an emergency or accident, you may find yourself shelling out funds to cover lost goods, even if you aren’t at fault.

What To Understand About Cargo Insurance

One of the biggest mistakes made in shipping cargo is assuming the other party took the steps to insure the shipment. Unfortunately, in most cases, this results in no coverage being requested and in the event of a mishap, someone will have to pay hefty costs.

It is vital to know who will be requesting additional insurance coverage on your goods. If it is the shipper or the manufacturer, be sure to confirm their insurance arrangement prior to committing to the contract. With some foreign exporters, they may be using an insurance company from their own country, which means following their rules. Be aware of all the options before moving forward, and remember that having a US-based insurance company could go a long way if it comes down to filing claims thanks to US insurance laws. Thankfully, various options can be explored.

Take Care of Your Merchandise

Insurance is beneficial for a number of different reasons. Obviously, the reason for a coverage plan is to protect your assets in the event that your goods or the carrier are lost, destroyed, or damaged. This can end up protecting parties on various ends, in many cases.

For example, if you are a shipper who has shipped but hasn’t received funds or a buyer who has paid but hasn’t yet received the goods and an unexpected tornado or natural disaster strikes, causing unavoidable destruction to the entire carrier’s cargo load. By the traditional liability coverage, the carrier would not be required to pay out, nor would the shipper. This leaves both parties inadvertently in trouble. However, if one (or both) of the parties had a more full-coverage insurance policy in place for this shipment, their insurance would kick in and provide them with a payout to help cover any losses. Sounds great, right?

It is! Assuming you have the right coverage. That’s another important factor to consider: purchasing the right insurance plan for your business’ needs. Whether you require an all-risk policy or a named perils policy will depend on if you want to guarantee costs for the widest range of possible losses or if you only wish to protect against certain type of loss.

  • An all-risk policy will cover everything, except anything specifically excluded in the contract or policy. This type of insurance is typically more expensive, but offers more comprehensive coverage options.
  • A named peril policy will only cover what is specifically included in the policy. This means if something perilous happens, such as a vandalism or robbery, but you only have natural disaster protection, you will not be covered.

Expert Logistics Services in Miramar, FL

At Promptus LLC, our freight forwarding services are fully insured and offer clients various levels of coverage to suit their particular needs. When you go through a 3PL or third-party logistics team, you gain access to our extensive array of resources, including insurance options. As a large company, we get better deals on insurance prices to cover all of our air, ground, and ocean shipping options. This means cheaper rates for our customers as well! Contact us today to get a quote on all your global logistics needs.

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The Practical Benefits of a Foreign Trade Zone

Why Companies Prefer to Use a FTZ For International Trade

Shipping and logistics can often span to multiple areas throughout the world, which means dealing with international trade laws and global market rules. This includes customs duties, taxes and tariffs, and other bureaucratic regulations. For US-based shippers, this can mean expensive costs and complicated instructions. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) created secure areas outside of their typical jurisdiction, known as Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ).

Understanding Foreign Trade Zones

The Foreign Trade Zones Act was established in 1934, during the Great Depression, to help expedite foreign trade while lower costs for US operations that were engaged in international commerce. In this day, an FTZ is an area that operates under CBP supervision in areas where special procedures can be used to encourage US trade activity. These zones are located within or adjacent to CBP ports of entry in the United States. They are known internationally by many names, most commonly free trade zones.

Essentially, an FTZ is an area where goods can be traded internationally without being subjected to the typical quotas and tariffs. They are subject to the rules and regulations of the US in addition to the area in which the merchandise is located.

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Benefits of Foreign Trade Zones

As you may know, producing a finished product usually requires raw goods from a variety of manufacturers, often located in various parts of the world. Without the FTZ agreement, companies trying to import their finished goods into the United States would be forced to pay tariffs on all the components to the assembly location as well as into the US. Instead, an FTZ offers the advantage of avoiding all import duties as long as the goods are stored, repackaged, or prepared in an FTZ.

This way, companies only have to pay the import tariff into the United States. This provides an obvious financial benefit for companies who may be subjected to inverted tariffs or duties on waste or yield loss. Without a zone, after all, all items entering the area will be subject to import tax. For companies that generate a lot of scrap or waste to create their merchandise, this means having to pay tariffs on everything, even if some will be lost in the production process. With an FTZ, you will only be required to pay taxes on the finished product, which saves you tariffs on any materials that are lost during the yield of your goods.

Inverted tariffs pose an issue for companies that wish to make their products in the United States. This is another reason why companies utilize the FTZ program. In many cases, a raw good can have a higher import tax than the finished product itself would. This gives people creating goods outside of the U.S. an unfair financial advantage over their domestic competition. The FTZ program allows for duty reduction on these inverted tariff situations to help level the playing field.

Not to mention, storing your goods in an FTZ gives you the safety and reliability of a CBP supervised facility. Systems are implemented to help companies that make multiple deliveries save money by only having to pay for weekly Customs entries, versus having to pay for each individual one. Promptus, LLC has licensed Customs Brokers available on staff to help ensure your company submits all necessary paperwork to avoid any penalties or additional duties.

Choosing the Right Type of FTZ

There are two types of foreign trade zones available for global logistics needs: general-purpose zones and special-purpose zones.

  • A general-purpose zone must be available to multiple companies and is only available for warehousing. These are better suited for smaller companies and corporations that do not need an ongoing FTZ arrangement.
  • A special-purpose FTZ is available exclusively for to a single company for a carefully designated purpose. These are better for manufacturing plants or distribution facilities too far from other industrial areas.

This is where a 3PL comes in handy. If you are not sure which type of FTZ is best for you, we are happy to offer you a consultation and quote for services. Promptus, LLC works closely with each business to understand exactly what type of logistics services they need to maximize efficiency. We provide full-scale freight forwarding services, including ocean shipping for companies of all sizes. Together, we can determine where and how you should be using FTZs to your advantage.

Promptus, LLC Delivers the Future of Freight Forwarding

Promptus, LLC can help you to save money and take advantage of a number of benefits that you can achieve by using an FTZ. We allow you the technology to track your inventory, keep up with manufacturing progress, and manage high-volume operations from within the FTZ. With over 15 years of service, Promptus can provide importer and exporters with all their global logistics needs. Call us today at 305-687-1405 to get your free quote today!

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Hazardous Materials: What They Are & How to Handle Them

Properly Prepare Handling Instructions, Labeling, and Documentation

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When many people think of hazardous materials, they picture radioactive liquids and dangerous materials. While these are definitely proper examples, they also include materials and goods that most people don’t think to consider – we will address these below. Because of this, many shippers find that they incur safety violations and costly fines because they did not comply with the necessary paperwork or labeling requirements.

In fact, one of the most frequently cited safety violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations is the shipper failing to accurately declare the hazardous material on their associated shipping documentation.

What are Hazardous Materials?

Hazardous materials may sound intimidating, but they are made up of items that are essential to our economies, such as batteries, paint, and even perfume.

Following proper protocol when shipping hazardous materials is important not only to avoid hefty penalties but also to ensure the safety of all the parties involved in transporting, packaging, and handling the items. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in accordance with a number of other transport and travel authorities across the globe, have deemed the following items as hazardous, classified in various levels by threat and danger level.

  1. Explosives
  2. Gases
  3. Flammable Liquids
  4. Flammable Solids
  5. Toxic & Infectious Substances
  6. Radioactive Material
  7. Corrosives
  8. Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

Within each classification are three packing groups: I, II, & III.

  • Packing Group I hold the HazMats with the greatest risk and therefore the most regulated.
  • Packing Group II presents items with a moderate risk and moderate regulation.
  • Packing Group III has the least risk and is the least regulated.

No matter what the use or type of hazardous material, they should always be handled with care. This means carefully complying with any necessary special regulations and procedures.

Proper Packaging and Paperwork

Naturally, hazardous materials pose a general risk, as the materials within are, after all, hazardous. The idea behind such stringent packing requirements is to help minimize the potential hazard of the materials being transported. UN-certified packaging is available to make the lives of shippers and freight forwarders everywhere a little easier. These shipping materials are subjected to extensive testing, including drop tests, stack tests, vibration tests, water absorption tests, and pressure differential tests. However, in order to know what type of packaging is required, you will have to know more about the materials inside.

Packaging

On the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) website, improperly secured packages are listed at the number one HazMat violation in roadside inspections. In order to determine the proper packaging, you will need to have information on the method of transport being used. For example, copies of International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations if the HazMats will be shipped using air transport. You can refer to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for ground transport information. Be sure that any necessary hazard statements, pictograms, or descriptions are clearly visible and that all of the materials inside were properly stored and packaged in the appropriate drums, shipping canisters, or leak-proof bagging.

A packaging construction system developed by the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods is available, known as the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). To ensure that a HazMat shipment is not subjected to any fines or violations, the shipper must be responsible for guaranteeing that the merchandise has met all applicable special requirements and that the goods have been produced, put together, and marked in compliance with the HMR.

Paperwork

In 2012, the Hazard Communication Standard was revised to require that all manufacturers, distributors, and importers include a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each hazardous material included in a shipment. An MSDS includes a number of necessary information, including what is commonly known as the Basic Description.

This is very important and it should include the proper shipping name, an identification number, hazard class, and the packing group in that specific order. Listing this info in a different order can result in a violation. The MSDS or shipping papers should contain the following up-to-date information, located conspicuously in a central location.

  • Seller/shipper’s name and address
  • Consignee’s/buyer’s name and address
  • Basic description
  • Total quantity, type, and kind of package
  • Weights and volume
  • Shipper’s declaration
  • Emergency Response Information, including a 24hr emergency response phone number
  • Page numbers
  • Title and signature

Save the Hassle, Trust the Experts

Sound like a lot? Not to worry, we have you covered! At Promptus LLC, we offer clients full-scale air & ocean freight forwarding services, including the ability to safely, securely, and legally transport hazardous materials. In addition, we have Licensed Customs Brokers available to help you handle all the necessary paperwork and duty payments to ensure that no mistakes are made. Contact us today at 1-877-776-6799 to speak to one of our Global Logistics Experts and learn what services may be right for you!

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Exploring Freight Forwarding Solutions: Bonded Warehousing

What Is Bonded Warehouse and When Is It Useful?

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In the world of freight-forwarding and import/export services, many companies will find that one of the biggest challenges will be in finding where to store your goods. While you are, in fact, free to store them wherever you see fit, you may find that many locations lack the safety and security that you need. Additionally, you will be required to pay the duty tax required by the Customs and Border Protection once your goods have been imported (or exported) to their destination.

Instead, many businesses rely on bonded warehouses, or bonds, to safely and securely store their goods. This is especially true for companies that regularly export merchandise internationally to foreign countries. Why? Well, bonded warehouses offer a number of convenient solutions to suit a variety of logistics needs, including duty-free storage for up to five years. Additionally, in the event that no domestic buyer is found or the initial buyer withdraws, you can repackage and resell your goods to thereby eliminate your obligation to pay a duty tax.

As defined by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a bonded warehouse is a secured building or similar facility wherein taxable goods can be “stored, manipulated, or undergo manufacturing operations” without being subject to duties or applicable fees.

In most United States bonds, clients can store their goods without penalty or duty payment for up to 5 years. This allows importers to enjoy a bit of flexibility in the event that they must store their items for an extended period of time. Upon removal of the merchandise from the bonded warehouse, the importer will be responsible for taking care of any necessary payment or paperwork required by CBP or their client.

Types of Bonded Warehouses

According to CBP, there are currently 11 different classes of bonded warehouses. The types of requirements for each will vary depending on the country or region of its location. There are various options of storage depending on your particular needs. Here are the designated classifications:

  1. Locations that can be owned or leased by the Government when certain circumstances decided by the port director dictate the necessity. The can be used for the storage of merchandise that is currently undergoing examination by the CBP, has been seized, or is pending release from CBP custody. Goods stored in these warehouses are done so as per CBP’s discretion and will be held under what is known as “general order”.
  2. A private warehouse that is used only for the storage of goods that are the property of or have been consigned to the owner. A class 4 or 5 warehouse can be deemed a private warehouse in certain instances.
  3. Public bonded warehouses available to importers to the storage of their goods.
  4. Bonded yards or sheds that are used exclusively for the following: storage of large and cumbersome materials, building, or enclosures intended for the storage of animals, and tanks to store liquids in large quantities.
  5. Bonded bins, parts of buildings, or elevators used for the storage of grain.
  6. Bonded warehouses used wholly for the exportation of merchandise subject to internal revenue tax, and for the manufacture or distribution of cigars imported from another country.
  7. Bonded warehouse used in the smelting and refining of metals used for exportation or domestic use.
  8. Warehouse and buildings used for the cleaning, sorting, repacking, reconditioning, and packing changes of any imported merchandise under CBPO supervision.
  9. Bonded warehouses known as duty-free stores used exclusively in the distribution of duty-free merchandise outside of Customs territory. Class 9 goods must be owned or sold solely by the proprietor and delivered directly to an airport or similar exportation point.
  10. Warehouses bonded with the intention of storing international travel merchandise, including goods sold duty-free on aircrafts rather than in a duty-free store. The regulations on this class are still being written.
  11. Bonded warehouses intended for the storage of general order (GO) merchandise, which is considered any good that has not be claimed for 15 days following arrival in the US.

Benefits of Using a Bonded Warehouse

Of course, opting to store your goods in a bonded warehouse isn’t required. Rather, it is a service offered by logistics companies and importers/exporters as an option that allows more financial freedom and offers a reliable level of security. Bonded warehouses can be beneficial for a number of reasons.

Long-Term Storage Options

In many cases, sellers are left with goods that have been abandoned by the original buyer or have a lot of goods that have seen a significant decrease in demand. The smartest decision financially would be to store them in a bonded warehouse. In the US, most bonded warehouses will allow you to store your merchandise in their facility for 5 years max.

Recommended for Restricted Goods

If you are in the business of dealing with restrictive materials, you are familiar with the necessary paperwork and delicate procedures required to legally import them. Since a bonded warehouse allows you to defer taxes while in storage, you can take care of all the necessary legal work without having to pay an arm and a leg.

Duty Deferment

This may be the most popular reason to choose a customs bonded warehouse: duty deferment. This means that you will not be subjected to any applicable taxes or duty costs unless your goods are withdrawn for consumption. This gives you the freedom to manage your money as you see fit until the next step is made.

Secure Storage Solutions in Miramar, FL

Promptus, LLC owns and operates a a Class 2,3 and 8 Bonded Warehouse that stores the goods of import companies from around the world. Our state-of-the-art warehousing & distribution facility licensed to store bonded cargo with 24-hours surveillance and protection against natural disasters such as hurricanes or flooding. The convenience of choosing a privately operated warehouse is that you can rely on the expertise of the company to maintain the requirements and expectations of CBP. Turn to the experts at Promptus, LLC for all your global logistics needs. Contact us for a free quote today!

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How 3PL Can Help You Maximize Efficiency with your E-Commerce Company

Operate More Profitably By Outsourcing Online Sales to Third-Party Logistics

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E-commerce is a broad term that refers to business transactions that are conducted exclusively on the Internet or via electronic devices or applications. It can range from a multitude of business types, with some of the most common being electronic retail sites. This means businesses selling physical merchandise through electronic means. Additionally, many of these electronic retail sites have completely abandoned the traditional brick-and-mortar shopping experience to instead provide twice as much merchandise to three times the customer base.

But where are you putting that inventory? After all, e-commerce sites tend to have a wider range of purchasable merchandise than a physical storefront. Well, this is where a third-party logistics team comes in. Rather than finding multiple warehouses, distribution centers, commercial transportation services, and various different ways to meet your company’s fulfillment needs, you can turn to one full-service company who will take care of all those logistics needs.

Boost Efficiency With a 3PL

No matter what your business is, the most important aspect is to ensure you are maintaining efficiency and keeping customers happy. With a physical retail store, this is much easier to do, as clients are simply walking in, purchasing items, and leaving satisfied. When you switch it up to electronic purchasing, you have to be able to provide the same satisfying experience without the personal interaction with your customers. This means having a user-friendly interface, multiple trustworthy, fast shipping options, and exceptional customer service while also maintaining inventory, warehousing, packing, shipping, and tracking.

It might sound like a lot of moving parts. There are, after all, many aspects that go into maintaining a successful logistics service. If you aren’t sure of where to start, you can end up spending lots of money, time, and resources trying to set up appropriate delivery costs, options, ordering systems and making sure that they can all work in harmony with each other. For small and large business owners alike, this can mean taking time from working on additional projects or important aspects of the operations of the company.

A 3PL such as Promtpus LLC can integrate advanced technology solutions on both the front and back of your e-commerce site to maximize the experience for your customers and ensure smooth inventory management. We take care of:

  • Calculating shipping fees
  • Finding the best delivery companies
  • Securing cargo via customs
  • And any other necessities to ensure that your fulfillment service run without a hitch

We can offer you an affordable rate to streamline and maintain your e-commerce needs so you don’t break the bank!

Work Smarter, Not Harder

With over 15 years of experience, Promptus LLC knows in the inner workings of third party logistics and can analyze your company’s unique needs to ensure you get the best service for you and your clientele. We stand at the forefront to ensure that all of our clients have the first knowledge of new technology or techniques to boost growth and maximize efficiency.

We operate a warehouse and distribution center and hold service contracts with more than 15 ocean shipping lines with regional and worldwide coverage. Promptus LLC also provides all on-land freight forwarding solutions, including our team of Licensed Customs Brokers that can take care of submitting paperwork and meeting necessary regulations with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Contact us to get your complimentary quote today!

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The Benefits of Outsourcing Your Logistics to a 3PL

Save Time, Money, and Resources By Switching to a Third Party Logistics Company

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As technological advances are made in the world of supply chain management, business owners are starting to recognize the advantages to abandoning the traditional in-house warehouse and delivery fleet. Instead, they are opting to outsource their logistics needs to 3rd Party Logistics companies, or 3PLs, such as Promtpus, LLC. Trusting an experienced global logistics provider can mean you have more time, money, and energy to dedicate to what’s truly important: running a business.

When it comes to providing your customers with the highest quality services and products, you may not always factor in their experience after they finalize their transaction.

  • How reliable is the shipping information?
  • How well was the item packaged?
  • How quickly did it arrive?

These are all questions that must be taken into consideration when running a company that offers delivery, as they will reflect directly on your logistics services.

For example, a high-functioning warehouse will need a solution for assembly, packaging, warehousing, and distribution. This will require time, money, and manpower that you may not have readily available or simply can’t afford to factor out. This is where a 3PL comes in. They can help you by offering an all-in-one solution while helping to ensure your company still provides excellent care and attention to all their products or services.

Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs

Get Back Your Time

In most cases, opting for a 3PL can be a much smarter and more cost-effective option for your company. For starters, it allows you the freedom to dedicate your energy into the products or services you are offering. Day-to-day logistics can be tedious, since it requires a constant supervision of your operations, preparing and submitting documentation to different government agencies, plus overseeing your staff, among others. Using an outsourced 3PL such as Promptus LLC means you don’t have to worry about any of this because we do it for you!

Cut Back on Costs

Rather than paying for the rent of a warehouse, the salary of a logistics team, regular maintenance on fleet vehicles, and all the necessities of running a logistics operation, invest that money into yourself! For a fraction of the cost, you can invest in a 3PL that works closely with you to understand your company’s needs and provide them as best as possible. That means no warehouse space, no additional employees, and no need to worry about billing, audits, training, or in-house supply chains.

Stay in the Know

As a leader in the global logistic industry, we find it crucial to stay up-to-date in regards to technology and product advances. With over 30 years of experience, we have managed to stay on the forefront of the industry, which allows the opportunity to share our resources with our clients. When you are operating supply chain in-house, you may not have access to the same network of information as a certified global logistics company, such as Promptus LLC.

Focus on What You Do Best

By using our numerous resources, extensive knowledge, and advanced technology, we can confidently offer our client the very best in global logistics services from Miami all over the world. Promptus LLC specializes in warehouse and distribution, ocean shipping, and all your freight forwarding needs. Contact us today at 1-877-776-6799 to get a personalized quote for our services.

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What You Need To Know When Importing Apparel

Familiarize Yourself With the Necessary Steps to Maximize Productivity

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Apparel is one of the most important import industries in America, bringing in around $80 billion in clothing and other apparel per year. Naturally, there are a number of regulations that your business is expected to comply with if you wish to import any type of apparel or textile into this United States of America. Missing a step or failing to submit the necessary documents, could put your business at risk for incurring hefty tariffs or penalties.

To take better precaution, we invite you to contact us and speak with one of our licensed Florida Customs Brokers who will be more than happy to assist you every step of the way.

Recognize Compliance Agencies

Aside from the Customs Border Protection (CBP), there are a number of other official acronyms that you will have to familiarize yourself with in order to successfully import apparel into the United States. Here are a few you’ll definitely see when declaring your goods and submitting any necessary paperwork:

Understand Labeling Requirements

Some of the most important things you must familiarize yourself with when it comes to apparel imports are labeling laws and requirements. As mentioned above, the FTC enforces these with cooperation from the CBP.

Basically, these laws dictate that manufacturers and importers must include the following information on all of their imports as clearly as possible:

  • Proper care instructions
  • Country of origin
  • Fiber content
  • Manufacturer identity

Why Chose A Customs Broker?

While it is completely possible for a business to dedicate the time and research to go through all the necessary motions to successfully clear an import shipment into the United States, you always run the risk of making a damaging shipping mistake. After all, your business is apparel, not imports!

Promptus LLC is an established global logistic provider with over 3 decades of experience. We are well acquainted with apparel import regulations and our agents work alongside CBP agents on a daily basis. When you trust the experts, you can rest assure that your apparel will never incur any fees due to failure to meet compliance regulations. We are based near one of the biggest shipping hubs in America, the Port of Miami, however we can clear your shipment at any port or airport of entry in the United States. Contact us today at 305-687-1405 for your personalized quote.

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What is Distressed Cargo and When Does it Occur?

Learn the Truth About What Distressed Cargo Means For You

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Whether you are new to the freight forwarding field or have years of experience, the term “distressed cargo” has probably come to your attention at least once. Put simply, cargo is categorized as distressed when the buyer abandons the goods.

This occurs when the buyer is no longer willing to honor the original contract agreed upon due to unfavorable or unexpected changes. The cause of these changes can vary greatly and oftentimes is the result of unavoidable weather or travel emergencies. Regardless of the reason, distressed cargo poses a special case for international shippers. Promptus LLC wants to help any potential sellers or buyers understand exactly what it means when cargo is pronounced distressed.

Anyone who has experience with international shipping understands that it can often be a finicky situation with many external factors that are sometimes out of your control. Distressed cargo occurs for a variety of reasons and will typically cause the goods to become unsellable or drop significantly below their original retail price. Understanding why this happens and if the distressed cargo can be salvaged can help you understand what you can do next and, better yet, how you can prevent or minimize the risk of it occurring again!

In most cases, cargo being shipped overseas can become distressed for one of two reasons:

  1. The buyer refused to pay for the cargo that they requested. This most commonly occurs when the goods being shipped to the buyer have dropped significantly in commodity value while in transit, causing the buyer to default on the shipment and the shipper to be left with distressed cargo. It can also occur when a seller takes too long to complete a trade, thereby expiring the contract’s time frame and causing the contract to be nullified. The Your buyer may then refuse to pay, leaving the seller with unpaid goods that are now considered distressed cargo.
  2. The cargo was forced to dock at a port other than the one designated in the contract during the scheduled time frame. Sometimes, unforeseen weather conditions like a severe storm or similar conditions can force a cargo ship to dock at a port other than the one specified in their contract or bill of lading. The cargo will be offloaded at the port, where it will be marked distressed and lose much of its value. If this occurs, whoever has ownership of the cargo at the time may consider auctioning off the goods to help cover the losses.

Top-Notch Freight Forward Solutions

Distressed cargo can mean thousands in losses because cargo must be sold well under value. Not to mention the added costs of any repackaging, customs fees, or fines that it may have incurred. Thankfully, our company can assist both buyers and sellers in understanding the risks and create alternate plans to minimize the potential loss.

With over 15 years of experience, our clients feel secure in putting their trust into our freight forwarding services and knowing that we are dedicated to providing them with the highest quality commitment and technology towards business growth. Contact us today at (305) 687-1405 to receive a free quote from one of our experts. We will help you get the best deal, plan the best route, and maximize efficiency!

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4 Tips for More Successful International Shipments

Eliminate Mistakes to Help Boost Your Company’s Efficiency

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When it comes to providing your customers with the best services possible, one of the most important aspects is ensuring safe, efficient delivery of all your goods. Too often, mistakes are easily overlooked, which can mean returned goods, wrong deliveries, late shipments, and more. Not to mention, all of these can mean extra in fees and costs for you. Thankfully, avoiding these oversights can be as simple as following these tips and dedicating extra care and attention to your freight forwarding services.

Enhancing Your Shipping System For Better Results

The most important thing to your clients is receiving their merchandise in a timely and cost-efficient manner. This is especially vital when it involves international shipments. Regardless if you are a large corporation or a small business owner, one of the best ways to reduce the risk of costly mistakes is to enlist the help of an experienced third-party logistics company, such as Promptus LLC. We will dedicate ourselves to meticulously handling your fulfillment operation, including everything from warehousing and distribution to ocean shipping and consolidation. You can also read through these tips to help you maintain your business’s current shipping services remain efficient – or better yet, increase their efficiency.

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  • Triple-Check Your Packaging and Labeling

    Sounds simple enough. However, this is a leading reason why shipments get held, fined, or returned. When you factor in the taxes and fees you have to pay for an international shipment to go through customs, making mistakes can be quite costly. This means ensuring that all goods are correctly packaged, labeled with any necessary markings or stickers, and loaded onto the appropriately sized containers. This also means assuring that the dimensions and weight correctly reflect what is being shipped. It may seem easier to estimate based on box sizes and past shipments, but even a minimal difference could cost you.

  • Improve Shipping Accuracy

    Shipping labels to the wrong address or with incorrect customer information can force your freight forwarding company to send the merchandise back, meaning another round of International shipping costs and Customs Fees for you. Additionally, it causes your customer to suffer a shipping delay and it reflects poorly on your business as a whole. Taking the extra time and effort to upgrade your shipping technology’s accuracy to detect undeliverable addresses could results in thousands of saved dollars at the end of the year.

  • Choose the Most Reliable Transportation Company

    The company that you trust to transport your goods will ultimately be a reflection of your business in the eyes of your consumer. After all, they will be the ones putting your client’s goods in their hands. It is crucial that you take your time and do adequate research to find the most reliable, cost-efficient company that you can trust to provide you and your client’s with the highest possible customer service and business ethic. Many third-party logistics companies like Promptus LLC offer their own fleet of transportation services so clients can feel confident with only having to work with one company to handle the entire shipping process from start to delivery.

  • Offer Dedicated Customer Services Every Step of The Way

    Customer Service may arguably be the most important aspect of any customer-oriented business. This is because providing your client’s with the care and attention they deserve will make all the difference in the experience they have with your company. This means providing your clients with details and keeping them in the loop via convenient communication methods.

    For example, introducing mobile technology to provide automated updates or increase responsiveness can help your customers feel more comfortable trusting you to deliver their goods. When you’re transporting goods overseas or to a different country, this can make a world of difference to your clients.

Don’t Fret – Trust the Experts

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t worry! Promptus LLC has been in the business of global logistics for over 15 years, and we have assisted importers and exporters with all sorts of transportation and distribution needs throughout that time. We provide quality services that have a personal and professional touch. To learn more about what we offer or get a free quote for our services, contact us today at 1-877-776-6799!

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4 Steps Essential to Successfully Importing Trademarked Goods

Create a Shipping Checklist to Ensure You Don’t Miss Anything Important

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When it comes to shipping trademark goods anywhere, you will need to take special care to ensure all the necessary paperwork has been obtained, filled out, and filed properly. As you can imagine, US Customs and Border Protection can be quite strict when it comes to shipping intellectual property both nationwide and internationally.

Under US law, a trademark can be anything that is owned by or used in connection with a registered service. For example, shipping goods that showcase a company’s brand or business’ logo is usually considered trademarked goods. While Promptus LLC strongly suggests that you use a professional service for all your freight forwarding needs, it is especially recommended in this kind of situation. In any case, here is a detailed guide that can help you remember all the steps necessary to helping ensure a successful delivery.

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  1. Check and double-check your contracts.

    Be sure you are completely clear on which goods should have logos or other trademarks clearly visible on their packaging. You should also ensure you have all the necessary assurances of compliance in writing from your respective suppliers

  2. Ensure your supplier has the right to use this logo.

    We can’t stress the importance of reviewing your paperwork enough. Sometimes, you may be in completely compliance, but your suppliers are not. This could negatively affect you should you run into trouble during the shipping process. For example, if your supplier purchased their goods from a third-party supplier without obtaining the necessary trademark compliance assurance or release forms, they may not be legitimate.

  3. Take pictures of the goods, packaging, and paperwork.

    Having detailed records of all of your work can help you exponentially in the long run. You would be surprised how taking a few extra minutes to carefully document everything can ensure you don’t miss even the smallest detail. You can even compare your paperwork with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ensure their legitimacy.

  4. Review your supplier’s paperwork carefully.

    Again, you may be in completely compliance with code, but you could suffer should your supplier have overlooked something. If you are missing something, don’t hesitate to ask! While customer care is one of the most important things, so is staying compliant with shipping codes and responsibilities.

Customs and Border Protection seizes, taxes, and halts ten of thousands of packages every year! You don’t want to be one of these people. Promptus LLC is a licensed US Customs Broker and will gladly take on the responsibility of ensuring all of your contracts are up to code and any paperwork is properly processed. To get your free quote from one of our experts, contact our office by calling us toll-free at 1-877-776-6799. Our services extend from our backyard in Miami, FL to various countries overseas!

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