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OTR (over the road) and Intermodal Transportation

Discover the Benefits of Both and How They Differ

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When it comes to transporting goods, there are a number of different methods you can use to ship merchandise from point A to point B. The question is, which do you choose? Which is going to be the most cost-efficient while ensuring that your items arrive safely to their destination?
There are two essential modes of land transportation: OTR (over the road) and Intermodal (combination of rail and truck). Both are commonly used, but then the question remains, should you opt for an OTR shipment or coordinate intermodal transportation? read more

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Understanding the Difference Between Demurrage and Detention

What These Additional Charges Mean For Importers

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Stuck trying to figure out the difference between demurrage and detention charges? You’re not alone. Importers and exporters are often confused by these terms, and it can cause disruptions with shipments at a carrier’s terminal or at a loading location. With over 15 years of experience in the global logistics industry, we are familiar with these tricky terms which is why we want to help you learn exactly what these fees are for and when you might encounter them. read more

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The Difference Between Gross and Dimensional Weight

How to Calculate Costs In Air Freight

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What is Gross and Dimensional Weight?

When it comes to shipping goods anywhere the weight and dimensions (among others) are important variables that will influence a great deal in the cost of the transportation service being provided.

When moving cargo, they may charge you based on the “dimensional weight” of your shipment rather than the actual weight (gross weight). By using a “weight equivalent” conversion formula based on the dimensions of the cargo, carriers will determine the dimensional weight and this becomes the chargeable weight if it is greater than the gross weight. read more

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What Happens When Import Cargo Is Put on Hold by Customs

Understanding the Different Types of US Customs Holds and Exams

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Picture this scenario: after weeks of production at the factory and hundreds of emails and phone calls, your cargo is finally ready to ship from the manufacturing country to the US. You are rushing against the clock, working diligently to deliver to your customers. At first, everything seems to be going well; your cargo arrives at the destination port, then all of a sudden, your customs broker is advised that your shipment is on Customs Hold. read more

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Major Container Ports Around the World

Learn More About the Top 10 International Import/Export Ports

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Every year, hundreds of container ports throughout the world receive merchandise at their docks. Some maintain a regular influx of goods annually, where others surpass “regular” and go straight for extraordinary. The average ship makes about two port calls a week, with easily over 9,000 occurring in a single year. For high-traffic ports, workers can easily unload over 10,000 linear ships in a single week. read more

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How Does Your Cargo Move When in the Air?

Discover How Your Merchandise Travels To Its Destination

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Over the course of one calendar year, airline transports report over 52 million metric tons of goods being shipped through their airlines annually. Cargo averages about 9% of airline revenue.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) deduces that, in 2018, the value of merchandise carried by air transport will exceed over $6.2 trillion. As a whole, this represents about 35% of global trade by value, though it still accounts for less than 1% of world trade by volume. Overall, this equals around $6.8 trillion worth of merchandise being shipped in the sky every year. That’s $18.6 billion being shipped via air freight a day! read more

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Less-Than-Load Shipping: What Is It and When Should I Use It?

Discover the Advantage of LTL Shipping and How It Can Maximize Efficiency

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What is LTL Freight Shipping?

If you are regularly shipping cargo, whether it is domestically or internationally, you will likely come across many shipping terms with which you may be unfamiliar. Whether you have heard it before or not, if you are planning on shipping cargo between 150 lbs – 15,000 lbs, you will likely come across the term “less-than-truckload” when reviewing your transport options. Commonly stylized as LTL, this term refers to cargo that is too small or does not weigh enough to fill up an entire shipping truck trailer. read more

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Do You Know How Your Cargo Moves Overseas?

Learn More About The Movements of Your Liner Shipping Containers During Transit

A liner ship, if you are unfamiliar with the term, refers to a cargo ship that has the capability of transporting warehouses (yes, plural!) of merchandise. The goal is to maximize efficiency when transporting goods by using one ship for a myriad of companies. Currently, there are over 6,000 containerships in play, with about 400 companies offering liner services around the world. Many of these ships were built in 1980 and will travel the distance from earth to the moon practically ten times! That’s nearly 2 million miles! read more

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The Basics of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States

Importance of the HTSUS in the Import/Export Industry

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The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, aka the HTSUS or HTS, is an important manual used in just about every import or export transaction that occurs. Sometimes known as the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSA), this government-issued document is created by the Office of Trade Affairs and Trade Agreements of the USITC and is regulated by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. read more

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Most Important Documents for the Transport of Cargo

Import/Export Services Require Appropriate Transport Documents

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Behind all international import/export transactions are important documents that detail all the information relevant to the parties involved, including the terms of the transport for cargo. One important group of these documents is known as the transport documents. The company organizing the transport, such as a shipping line, air cargo carrier, trucking company, or freight forwarder, typically issues this paperwork. read more

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