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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.

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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What’s that mean? An international shipping glossary

I.C.E. Transport | Feb 13, 2020 7:30:00 AM | Regulations, ocean shipping

 

International shipping is a complex industry with a language all its own. The more shipping terms you understand, the better-equipped you’ll be to move your freight efficiently and economically. To get you up to speed on some key terms, here’s a quick international shipping glossary,

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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? Shipping a car (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 international car shipping.

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What are DOT Truck Weight Limits by State?

I.C.E. Transport | Jan 24, 2019 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 pounds or less to stay within “legal” limits.  Knowing the actual truck weight limits by state (see the chart further on in this article) can easily lead to six-figure savings for large-volume shippers of heavy freight.

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Ocean Shippers Must Stay Compliant with VGM Regulations

I.C.E. Transport | Oct 1, 2018 8:24:00 AM | Industry News, Regulations

 

In 2016, in order to improve safety in the supply chain, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) made amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention mandating all shippers to verify the gross mass of a packed export container prior to vessel loading.

Ocean shippers must provide this information in order to stay in compliance with VGM Regulations.  Here’s a quick review of shipper responsibilities.

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