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Expert tips on smarter shipping of heavy goods

International Freight Forwarding: 7 Surprising Facts

 

If you’ve done business mainly within the U.S., but now you’re starting to import or export, get ready to be thrown some curveballs. International freight forwarding is a whole different game.

Moving containers to or from Europe? You’ll face rules and situations that don’t come up when you ship from state to state. It’s important to work with service providers that understand all the subtleties.

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How to find the right partner for your transload services

 

As a rule, the less you handle cargo, the better. But when you move heavy cargo internationally, sometimes it pays to transload. The extra handling adds a bit of risk, but if the numbers work out and your service partners do the job right, transloading can sometimes save you money.

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Sourcing Dray Capacity: Ocean Carrier or Trucking Broker?

 

When you need to get a container to the port or rail terminal, or from port or rail terminal to its final destination, you have some choices to make. One of them is how to source that over-the-road move. Should you work with the steamship line that provides the international transportation? Or should you work with a trucking broker?

Before you decide, here are some important factors to consider.

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Global Shipping of Personal Items: A Checklist

I.C.E. Transport | Apr 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM | shipping personal items

 

If the thought of moving your household overseas makes you nervous, who can blame you? Think of it: you pack your worldly goods—furniture, dishes, family heirlooms—into a shipping container, seal it up and send it off for weeks. Then what? Cross your fingers?

Luckily, there’s much more you can do to reduce the risk of damage, delay or extra cost.

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Project cargo services: five mistakes to avoid when you ship

I.C.E. Transport | Mar 28, 2019 7:30:00 AM | project cargo

It takes special expertise to ship heavyweight or oversized cargo. And when that cargo is crucial to a project—when it absolutely must be in the right place at the right time—that takes even more know-how and attention to detail.

Here’s a quick guide to project cargo services, with advice about how to avoid mistakes that can sabotage a project and cost you big money. 

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Heavy freight case study: Increase container payload to cut total import price

I.C.E. Transport | Mar 14, 2019 7:30:00 AM | container payload

 

The more cargo you fit in a shipping container, the less you spend per unit on transportation. Not only does this strategy cut your expenses, but it might gain you a competitive advantage. Here’s how one heavy goods importer gained market share and boosted its bottom line by increasing container payload.

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Shipping out of gauge cargo: how to cut the cost

I.C.E. Transport | Feb 21, 2019 7:00:00 AM | out of gauge

 

There’s no getting around it: cargo that doesn’t fit in a container costs more to ship than cargo that does. Transporting out of gauge cargo globally is also a more complicated process than shipping a steel box.

But if you do things right, you can control the cost of shipping oversized cargo, and also avoid some significant headaches.

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Improve Container Loading to Control Your Shipping Costs

I.C.E. Transport | Feb 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM | heavyweight freight

 

Would you pay good money to transport empty space? No?

But that’s exactly what you do whenever you don’t load a container to full capacity.

Carriers charge by the box to move containerized freight. It makes no difference to a steamship line whether you squeeze all the cargo you possibly can into a container, or if you leave it one-third empty. The charge is the same.

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What are DOT Truck Weight Limits by State?

I.C.E. Transport | Jan 24, 2019 7:40:00 AM | Regulations, heavyweight freight

 

There is a very costly misconception regarding ocean shipping that may lead global shippers of heavy freight to pay far more than needed.  Specifically, steamship lines promote the idea that container weights must be limited to 44,000 pounds or less to stay within “legal” limits.  Knowing the actual truck weight limits by state (see the chart further on in this article) can easily lead to six-figure savings for large-volume shippers of heavy freight.

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Heavy Freight Shippers:  Are Steamship Lines Undermining Your Biggest Cost-Saving Opportunity?

I.C.E. Transport | Jan 10, 2019 7:30:00 AM | heavyweight freight

 

In most selling situations, including logistics, the companies doing the “recommending” tend to suggest solutions that favor the products or services they sell. 

  • For long-haul freight, a rail company may see intermodal as the best solution.
  • Freight auditors might say your transport solution is fine; you just need to keep carriers honest by checking invoices.

Shippers of heavy freight are faced with this regularly when steamship lines, or local forwarders working with steamship lines tell them they must limit container weight to 44,000 pounds or even less – what they claim is the legal limit. 

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