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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.

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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Working with freight forwarding companies in New Jersey

I.C.E. Transport | Oct 18, 2022 7:00:00 AM | ocean shipping, freight brokers

 

The Port of New York and New Jersey is now the second-busiest port in the US, and the busiest on the East Coast. When you ship through a facility of that size, access to local knowledge and connections could save you time and money.

What do you gain when you work with freight forwarding companies in New Jersey?

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How to choose a freight forwarder: does size count?

I.C.E. Transport | Jun 28, 2022 7:30:00 AM | ocean shipping, freight brokers

 

When you need a freight forwarder to handle your overseas shipments, you face a dizzying 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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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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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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NVOCC vs. freight forwarder: What’s the Difference?

I.C.E. Transport | Nov 30, 2021 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 one do, and how do you know which one to approach when you have a shipment to arrange?

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Using a freight forwarder for small business global shipping

I.C.E. Transport | Oct 26, 2021 7:30:00 AM | freight brokers

 

Outsourcing to a freight forwarder for small business international shipments can save you a lot of trouble and money. A good forwarder has the expertise, and the access to capacity, to keep your shipments cost-effective and trouble-free. That’s especially important when your own company has a lean staff and doesn’t have much experience with global trade.

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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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How to choose a freight forwarder: does size matter?

 

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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