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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.

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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Understanding customs brokerage services

I.C.E. Transport | Jan 18, 2024 7:00:00 AM | Customs clearance

No law says you must 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.

Following is a primer on customs brokerage and how a licensed broker can help you clear shipments quickly through Customs, keep you compliant with all regulations, and help you avoid costly mistakes.

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HS Code Changes: What You Should Know

I.C.E. Transport | Sep 28, 2023 7:30:00 AM | ocean shipping, Customs clearance

 

In our era of globalization, goods and materials are crossing borders constantly. The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System – commonly known as the Harmonized System (HS) – is like a universal language that ensures everyone understands what products are being traded, no matter where they come from or where they're going.

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Avoiding an ISF Late Filing Fee

 

If you've ever imported something from abroad, you're familiar with the many regulations and requirements that govern the global movement of goods. One of these requirements is an Importer Security Filing, or ISF.

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Finding Shipping Companies for UK to USA Ocean Freight

 

The USA is the UK’s no. 1 export partner – accounting for more than a third of goods exports in 2022. In a sea of options for shipping companies UK to USA, finding a reliable and cost-effective partner can seem daunting, especially when it comes to heavy and oversized cargo.

Whether you’re a small shipper or a seasoned UK freight forwarder looking for a stateside partner, there are some key factors to consider in your search.

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Advantages of a Customs Broker in NJ

I.C.E. Transport | May 11, 2023 7:30:00 AM | ocean shipping, Customs clearance

 

America's East Coast import volume is on the rise relative to West Coast ports. If you’re shipping goods into the region, working with a local customs broker in NJ can help you clear imports quickly and smoothly.

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Do You Need Ocean Cargo Insurance Coverage?

 

When it comes to shipping goods internationally, there’s a lot that can go wrong. And as waves of disruption continue to crash down on global supply chains, one of the most important things to consider is whether you need ocean cargo insurance coverage.

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What Are Export Cargo Shipping Instructions (and why are they important)?

 

Lots of paperwork is required to send an international shipment. But one form that's not required may be the most important.

The export cargo shipping instructions form is exactly as the name implies. It's an exporter’s instructions to its freight forwarder on what is being shipped and how they want it shipped. You might also hear this document referred to as a shipper's letter of instruction or bill of lading instructions.

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Can I Ship Lithium Batteries in an Ocean Container?

 

It’s possible to ship lithium batteries – and equipment containing them – but the restrictions are getting tighter.

From toothbrushes to Teslas, lithium batteries have come to power countless items that support everyday life – and that power is growing. The global lithium-ion battery market is expected to surpass $135 billion in the next 10 years.

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Downside of Missing or Incorrect Shipping Documents for Export

I.C.E. Transport | Jul 26, 2022 10:00:00 AM | ocean shipping, Customs clearance

 

These days lots of things can slow down your container – from carrier cancellations to port disruptions to labor shortages. Things that are totally out of your control. So why in the world would you risk delays and added costs from something that's totally in your control – shipping paperwork?

Get your shipping documents for export right and avoid shipment delays, customs inspections, unhappy customers, and disputes about who pays for added fees.

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