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Markings on a Shipping Container: What do They Mean?

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Exporters and Importers at some point have probably noticed the distinct markings on shipping containers and many have wondered what they mean; the truth is that not too many people who see these markings know the meaning behind them and their relevance. read more

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A Look at Port Congestion at Major Seaports (Causes and Consequences)

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Port congestion is a current reality across many ports of the US. It is estimated that of the 10 nation’s busiest ports at least 7 are facing congestions as a result of the global supply chain disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic during the second and third quarters of 2020; affecting manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. read more

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COVID-19’s Impact on Some Major U.S. Airports

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Covid-19 has had devastating effects on the international transportation and logistics industries in general, however not all services have been affected in the same proportion.
For Airfreight, the influx of PPE from Asia during the crucial months of the pandemic compensated for the reduction of regular cargo. The overall decline in tonnage moved through major US airports was minimal. read more

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COVID-19’s Impact on Some Major US Ports

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It is not surprising that COVID-19 has hurt global trade and consequently, data collected during the first months of the pandemic revealed a fall in imports and exports of goods to and from the US affecting drastically the activities at ports around the nation. read more

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What is Required to Import Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) into the US?

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refers to all protective clothing, helmets, gloves, face shields, goggles, facemasks, and other equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury or the spread of infection or illness. If PPE is intended to be used as a medical device, then it must conform with the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) regulations. read more

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A Review of the 2020 Incoterms amid Covid 19

Here’s What You Need to Know

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In the last quarter of 2019, the International Chamber of Commerce launched the Incoterms 2020. A set of rules that guide the trade community on the day to day transactions. One of the main roles of these rules is to alleviate disputes between traders (importers and exporters) at an international level. The Incoterms eliminate common challenges such as language barriers and geographical locations and ease the path of doing business many times with unknown suppliers in foreign lands. read more

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Minimize the Impact of Disrupters to Your Business

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When it comes to logistics or any other industry, businesses need to constantly foresee and play in their heads adverse circumstances and plan accordingly for possible unexpected disruptions.
Due diligence always rewards those who take it seriously and by the end of a crisis, they are in a better position than those who did not have a strategy for the unforeseen. read more

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Certificate of Origin Overview

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What is a Certificate of Origin?

As defined by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) “a Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document that certifies that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. They declare the ‘nationality’ of the product and serve as a declaration by the exporter to satisfy customs or trade requirements”. read more

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Understanding the Difference Between Demurrage and Detention

What These Additional Charges Mean For You

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What Are Demurrage and Detention Fees

When importing:

When exporting:

How To Avoid Additional Costs

Now and then unavoidable incidents occur, causing bumps in the road and delays in scheduling. While unfortunate, it does happen to everyone. But if you find yourself having to allocate additional funds for demurrage or detention fees, you might need to sit down and figure out why. read more

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IMO 2020: Cutting Sulphur Oxide Emissions

How IMO is Working Towards Cleaner Solutions

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Did you know that approximately 90% of global trade moves in the near 51,000 ships that conform the world fleet of ocean cargo carriers? This represents around 2.1 billion barrels of fuel annually and translates to roughly 88.2 gallons a year, or 244 million gallons per day. read more

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