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Eastern Europe Shipping Blog

Expert tips on smarter shipping between the U.S. and Eastern Europe, including shipping of heavy goods.

NVOCC vs. freight forwarder: What’s the Difference?

I.C.E. Transport | Nov 30, 2021 7:30:00 AM | ocean shipping, freight brokers

 

If you’re new to international shipping, you might be confused by the various terms used for service providers that handle cargo. For example: NVOCC vs. freight forwarder. What’s the difference between these two kinds of companies? What does each one do, and how do you know which one to approach when you have a shipment to arrange?

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Tips on shipping from Lithuania to the USA

I.C.E. Transport | Nov 11, 2021 7:30:00 AM

 

Buyers in the US look to Lithuania to source everything from chemicals to furniture to machinery. Of course, finding the product you want at the right price gets you only partway toward a successful deal. To make this sourcing strategy worthwhile, carefully managing the time and costs involved, you need to understand all the nuances of shipping from Lithuania to the USA.

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Using a freight forwarder for small business global shipping

I.C.E. Transport | Oct 26, 2021 7:30:00 AM | freight brokers

 

Outsourcing to a freight forwarder for small business international shipments can save you a lot of trouble and money. A good forwarder has the expertise, and the access to capacity, to keep your shipments cost-effective and trouble-free. That’s especially important when your own company has a lean staff and doesn’t have much experience with global trade.

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Alternatives to Steamship Lines for Door-to-Door Cargo Shipping

I.C.E. Transport | Oct 7, 2021 7:30:00 AM | ocean shipping

 

An alarming number of shippers these days are desperately searching for someone to rescue their containers. The problem? Companies contract with steamship lines for door-to-door cargo shipping, and then the lines provide terrible service. Sometimes containers even get stranded at ports or rail terminals for weeks.

How can you avoid those problems? Let’s take a look.

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What is freight forwarding? What value does it provide?

I.C.E. Transport | Sep 23, 2021 8:39:19 AM | freight brokers

 

Freight forwarders play a crucial role in global trade. But what is freight forwarding? Even if you’ve worked with this kind of partner in the past, you might not realize all that this service includes, or how much value you gain from the relationship.

Here’s the full story.

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Tips to reduce ocean shipping transit time

I.C.E. Transport | Sep 9, 2021 7:30:00 AM | ocean shipping

 

Port congestion, tight capacity, container shortages and other woes, all linked to pandemic-induced disruptions, have shippers tearing their hair out over ocean shipping transit time.

No one expects the global transportation pipeline to get back to normal anytime soon. But by deploying a few smart techniques you could, in some cases, shave some time off your ocean transit.

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A small shipper’s guide to air freight shipping

I.C.E. Transport | Aug 26, 2021 7:30:00 AM | air freight

 

Air freight shipping is often the mode of choice for urgent deliveries, high-value cargo or sensitive product that can’t survive a lengthy trip at sea. In 2021, as ocean shippers deal with long delays and soaring rates, air freight has become a smart choice in a wider range of situations.

For small shippers, here’s a quick introduction to air cargo.

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Shipping excavators and other large construction equipment

I.C.E. Transport | Aug 12, 2021 7:30:00 AM | heavyweight freight, project cargo

 

Say you’re based in Europe, and you’ve just scored a great deal on some used earth moving equipment in the US. How do you transport that machine to your location without wiping out everything you saved on the purchase? Here are some tips on shipping excavators and other large construction equipment.

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Shipping OOG cargo? Don’t make these mistakes

 

Transporting oversize cargo (also called out of gauge – or OOG – cargo) is a highly-specialized discipline. If you don’t understand the process in detail, you could end up wasting a lot of time and money, and maybe even breaking the law. Here are six big mistakes to avoid when you’re shipping OOG cargo.

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Avoid these six pitfalls in the customs clearance process

I.C.E. Transport | Jul 8, 2021 8:56:20 AM | Customs clearance

 

When you import goods into the US, the customs clearance process could be painless. With electronic transactions, and a professional customs broker to get the job done, your cargo should usually enter the country without trouble.

But some unlucky importers make mistakes that cost them time and/or money, or may even get them into legal hot water. Here are six common pitfalls to avoid.

 

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