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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.

Ocean Shipping is a Mess, and We Need to Fix It

Mark Ling, I.C.E. Transport | May 12, 2022 7:00:00 AM | ocean shipping

 

Who out there remembers the Liner Conference System?

The system allowed two or more ocean shipping companies to provide scheduled cargo service on a particular trade route under uniform rates and common terms.

On 18 October 2008, European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (DG Comp) Regulation 4056 was repealed, effectively bringing an end to the 125-year conference history. In principle, that ended a system of collective rate-setting dating back to the first conference, the Calcutta Steam Traffic Conference, set up by British cargo lines in 1875.

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How to Reduce Ocean Freight Costs

 

For decades, steamship lines have had an unspoken pact with shippers: If you’re willing to wait many weeks to have your cargo delivered, we’ll transport it thousands of miles for you, and do it for cheap. Even with relatively affordable rates, the lines made oodles of money by piling containers – as many as 24,000 TEUs on the latest ships – onto a single vessel. 

All that changed with the pandemic as the lines cut capacity to address greatly decreased demand. As factories re-opened and as consumers starting shopping again, demand for container space soared – but vessel capacity did not. 

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Shipping Out of Gauge Cargo Via Ocean Freight

 

Cargo that doesn’t fit in a container costs more to ship than cargo that does. It's also way more complicated to ship out of gauge cargo via ocean. A lot more rules to be followed to ensure safety and security, door to door. All that complexity creates time and headaches for shipping departments.  

To ease the burden on your staff, and your wallet, we put together a detailed online eBook that covers just about every aspect of shipping out of gauge cargo globally.  Link to that eBook here.  

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Marine Cargo Insurance Q&A

I.C.E. Transport | Mar 29, 2022 7:30:00 AM | ocean shipping, freight brokers

 

Companies that ship a lot of ocean freight do a pretty good job of insuring themselves against workman’s comp claims and office building fires. But most of them fail to protect the full value of their import or export cargo with marine cargo insurance, despite potential losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars per shipment.

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A Guide to Shipping Personal Items Overseas

I.C.E. Transport | Mar 17, 2022 7:30:00 AM | shipping personal items

 

If you’re moving overseas, you already have a ton on your mind—packing up your household, arranging transportation, maybe nailing down details about a job, or where you’ll live—and on and on. You also have to figure out how to move all your stuff. Shipping personal items overseas in a shipping container is much more complicated than sending them, say, from Boston to Arizona in a moving van.

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HS Code for Customs: Getting it Right

I.C.E. Transport | Feb 24, 2022 7:30:00 AM | Customs clearance

 

Every 5 years, the World Customs Organization updates the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) that classifies the products you buy and sell and, in part, determines the duty you pay. WCO just finished is latest update, which went into effect in the US on January 27. It’s wise to revisit the HS codes for Customs you have been using in light of these recent changes.

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Shipping Hazmat Cargo in Ocean Containers

I.C.E. Transport | Feb 15, 2022 7:30:00 AM | Regulations, ocean shipping

 

Hazmat cargo.

The phrase can conjure images of skull & crossbones stickers on steel drums with contents that can melt through just about anything. But when it comes to shipping, even some common items in your house are considered hazmat – like paint, perfume, deodorant, glue, and glass cleaners.

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Cargo Shipping from US to Poland: What to Expect

 

While most trade between the US and Poland is import trade into the US, the volume of exports to Poland is on the rise. If you export goods to Poland, it helps to work with a cargo forwarder who has “been there, done that.” Andrew Rozek, President of I.C.E. Transport, has decades of experience managing transportation in this trade lane. We chatted with him recently to better understand the challenges of cargo shipping from US to Poland.

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Freight forwarder vs freight marketplace: Understanding the options

I.C.E. Transport | Jan 18, 2022 7:30:00 AM | Services & Routes, ocean shipping

 

Freight marketplaces for ocean freight are gaining in popularity. But does this online booking option really align with your needs as a shipper? Here’s an overview of things to consider when examining the freight forwarder vs freight marketplace choice.

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FCL vs LCL shipping: which should you use?

I.C.E. Transport | Dec 16, 2021 7:30:00 AM | container payload, ocean shipping

 

Sometimes the volume of your ocean shipment easily makes up a full containerload (FCL). Sometimes the shipment is small enough to make less-than-containerload (LCL) service the best option. But the choice between FCL vs LCL shipping isn’t always clear cut. What to do then?

Here are some factors to keep in mind as you decide which service to use.

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