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Heavy and Oversized Freight Blog

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

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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Importing Windows and Doors from Poland

I.C.E. Transport | Jun 24, 2021 7:30:00 AM | Poland shipping

 

Many builders and remodelers in the US look to Poland as an economical source of well-made windows and doors. Given the high cost of construction materials today, importing windows and doors from Poland can prove an especially smart strategy for some professionals and do-it-yourselfers.

Here are some shipping-related things to keep in mind when you buy windows and doors from vendors in Poland.

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Understanding customs brokerage services

I.C.E. Transport | Jun 15, 2021 7:30:00 AM | Customs clearance

No law says you have to hire a customs broker to help you clear imports into the US. But a smart importer, whether large or small, usually engages with an expert for customs brokerage services.

Here’s how a licensed broker can help you clear shipments quickly through US Customs, keep you compliant with all regulations and help you avoid costly mistakes.

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How much does customs clearance cost?

I.C.E. Transport | May 27, 2021 7:30:00 AM | Customs clearance

 

When you bring goods into the US, of course you expect to pay for transportation. But as you plan an import, remember that it also costs money to clear the cargo through US Customs, even when the product isn’t subject to any duties.

How much does customs clearance cost? As with so much in life, it depends.

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Get a break on today’s sky-high container shipping rates

I.C.E. Transport | May 13, 2021 11:00:47 AM | ocean shipping

 

Container shipping rates were bad enough at the start of 2021, but today they’re even steeper. As of May, transporting a container from Europe to the US costs $2,000 to $3,000 more than it did in January.

In the current market, there’s no room to negotiate with ocean carriers. But with the right strategy, it’s still possible to reduce your shipping costs.

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