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

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International Car Shipping: What You Need to Know


Are you moving overseas, or planning an extended visit? Would you like to bring your car? International car shipping (or pickup truck, motorcycle, powerboat or any other motorized vehicle) isn’t complicated, and it doesn’t have to be expensive, as long as you know what you’re doing. 

Here are some important things to keep in mind about how to ship a car abroad.

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What are DOT Truck Weight Limits by State?

I.C.E. Transport | May 23, 2024 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 lbs or less to stay within “legal” limits.  Knowing the actual DOT truck weight limits by state can easily lead to six-figure savings for large-volume shippers of heavy freight.

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Choosing Between FOB Vs. Ex Works Terms of Sale


If you are a small or medium-sized business (SMB) who is buying from an overseas supplier, there's a good chance you're buying under either Free On Board (FOB) or Ex Works (EXW) terms of sale – the two most commonly used purchase terms in global trade. In this article, we'll explore the distinctions between EXW vs FOB and how they can positively or negatively impact how you manage logistics.

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How To Reduce Container Shipping Costs


Container shipping costs can be highly volatile, based on geopolitical and economic conditions globally. Costs can easily and unexpectedly creep upwards, eroding your profit. Shippers, especially small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), need to use every tool at their disposal to cut ocean shipping expenses. These sea freight costs are a logical place to start when you consider that 90% of the world’s goods move via container shipping. This article reviews some practical ways to cut costs and avoid overpaying for ocean freight.

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Out of gauge cargo shipping: top challenges

I.C.E. Transport | Apr 10, 2024 7:30:00 AM | out of gauge


In international out of gauge cargo shipping, equipment doesn’t fit neatly into a container. And guess what? It doesn’t fit neatly into any standard shipping process, either.

Let’s face it, the world’s cargo infrastructure is designed around shipping standard containers in a uniform way. Larger equipment falls outside the norm and adds shipping complexity, cost, and significant risk versus standard cargo. Let’s look at some of those challenges and how to address them.

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Moving to Poland from the USA: Best Practices for Shipping Household Goods


Are you moving to Poland from the USA?

You’re not alone.  Poland has become an attractive destination country for U.S. expats and Poland natives moving “back home.”

One of the most daunting tasks you’ll face is shipping your personal and household goods from your current U.S. home to Poland. Do it right and your goods will be waiting for you upon your arrival. Do it wrong and you’ll pay a lot more than you should and your vital belongings might be held up due to improper paperwork and packing. This article includes helpful tips for timely, compliant shipment of your personal effects to your new home in Poland.

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What Shippers Need to Know About Being an Exporter of Record

I.C.E. Transport | Mar 7, 2024 7:30:00 AM | Customs clearance, export services


In the world of cross-border commerce, it’s important to note that different parties have clearly defined roles in order to expedite the process and manage the many important details. This ensures that there is as little friction as possible holding up an international shipment. The role of the exporter of record is certainly key in the shipping and customs process, so we’ll take some time to break it down.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Export Shipping

I.C.E. Transport | Feb 27, 2024 7:30:00 AM | ocean shipping, export services


While there are abundant opportunities for business growth right here in America, some of the fastest growing markets are overseas. Capitalizing on these opportunities requires knowledge of export shipping. This article covers the basics of shipping your U.S.-made products overseas – efficiently and in full compliance with customs agency requirements.

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Navigating Customs Bonds: A Primer for Importers

I.C.E. Transport | Feb 9, 2024 11:10:43 AM | Customs clearance


If you’re importing goods into the United States, you’ll need to become familiar with customs bonds, and the process for obtaining them. Their purpose is simple: to guarantee that the shipper, or importer of record, pays all relevant duties, taxes and fees on imported goods, and the government gets its due.

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NVOCC vs. Freight Forwarder: What’s the Difference?

I.C.E. Transport | Jan 25, 2024 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 do, and how do you know which one to approach when you have a shipment to arrange?

Here’s a quick rundown.

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