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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.

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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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Choose the right HS code for international shipping

I.C.E. Transport | Apr 22, 2021 7:30:00 AM | Regulations

 

To a novice, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule – the document that’s the key to import duties and fees – might look impenetrable. But if you bring cargo into the US, it’s crucial to get a handle on this complex list of product descriptions, each with its own 10-digit code. The HS code for international shipping assigned to a product determines how much it will cost you to clear customs and meet other requirements.

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How to choose a freight forwarder: does size count?

 

When you need a freight forwarder to handle your overseas shipments, you face a dizzying number and variety of choices, from huge global enterprises to smaller specialty firms. How to choose a freight forwarder that matches your needs? The answer isn’t simple.

Here’s a look at what to expect as you evaluate possible partners, large and small.

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Oversize freight and break bulk shipping

 

Oversize freight often crosses the ocean in specialized containers, especially on flat racks. But for some cargo, break bulk shipping is a better option. Here’s a look at what can make break bulk a good choice for oversize freight, with some advice about how to ship break bulk successfully.

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2021 Atlantic Ocean freight outlook

I.C.E. Transport | Mar 11, 2021 9:44:14 AM | Services & Routes, ocean shipping

 

Atlantic Ocean freight has become a tough business. Companies that ship cargo from Europe to the US are waiting longer and paying a good deal to secure space on trans-Atlantic vessels. The situation probably won’t ease up until the second half of the year.

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Tips for shipping machinery overseas

 

Maybe you’ve bought a used excavator from a dealer in another country. Or you’ve made the winning bid on equipment from a recently-closed factory thousands of miles away. There are many reasons for shipping machinery overseas, many decisions to make along the way and many opportunities to ensure trouble-free, cost effective transit – if you have the necessary capabilities.

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Tips for shipping furniture in containers

I.C.E. Transport | Feb 11, 2021 7:30:00 AM | heavyweight freight, ocean shipping

 

When you import unassembled furniture, some of the choices you make about transportation can save you a good deal of money. Here’s some advice on how to find cost-saving opportunities when shipping furniture in containers.

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The Hard Truth About Port Congestion

 

Port congestion on the West Coast is a nightmare right now, and the problem threatens to spread to other regions of the US. Port gridlock can cause long delays in supply chains, but that’s only the start of the trouble you might suffer when you can’t get containers in or out of a marine terminal. Congestion can also cost you a lot of money.  

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Why are ocean freight rates so high?

I.C.E. Transport | Jan 14, 2021 7:30:00 AM | Industry News, ocean shipping

 

If you’ve shipped a container lately, you know that ocean freight rates are soaring. A container that might have cost $3,000 to ship from East Asia to Europe a year ago could now cost as much as $10,000. And that’s assuming you actually can find a container and book space on a vessel.

What’s going on with shipping lines these days?

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Tips on Air Freight Shipping of Hazardous Goods

I.C.E. Transport | Dec 17, 2020 7:30:00 AM | air freight

The shipping of hazardous materials is a discipline all its own, demanding special certification. When it comes to air freight shipping of hazardous goods, it’s important to understand whether that shipment includes hazmat, also called “dangerous goods.” If it does, you’ll have to follow very specific regulations on packaging, labeling and documentation.

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