Many companies that exhibit in trade shows turn the entire event over to their marketing or sales department. Of all their priorities, the cost of trade show shipping seldom makes the list. The top three priorities usually consist of the following:
Welcome back to The International Shipper’s Checklist! Now that you know which way the wind blows when it comes to shippability and packaging, and have made a first mate of your customs broker, it’s time to coordinate a schedule and prep your paperwork. Since there’s so much overlap between these two steps we decided to put them together.
If it’s your first time plunging into the wild waters of the global market, it’s good to have a lifesaver to keep you afloat. Importing and exporting comes with a mind-bogglingly long list of rules, so we are back to sketch out the parameters of international shipping. In Look up ports and customs brokers. You can seek brokers out through the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America as well. Before you settle on anyone, make certai[...]
ELDs, and why they're important Shippers who follow the freight industry could see the recent surge in freight shipping costs coming a mile away. Every logistics trade publication predicted that the phased-in compliance of ELDs (Electronic Logging Device)—which began December 16, 2017—would disrupt the industry in terms of productivity and freight shipping costs, and they were correct.
Part 1: Shippability & Packaging Shipping freight can be tricky business, and when you decide to ship cargo internationally the process can make you feel like you’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way. And yet, expanding your shipping capabilities across the pond and beyond is a great way to grow your business. We want to make sure shipping is a breeze, which is why we’ve put a short series together so you’ll be better prepared for the journey[...]
Oh, the trials and tribulations of the infrequent shipper. As if finding the best rates from trustworthy carriers who can deliver your shipment on time weren’t enough, you also have to package your shipment so that it arrives safely (and doesn’t make the freight terminal workers LOL when they see it).
The term parcel sometimes signifies residential, or small shipper, in the freight industry, but that kind of definition isn’t a box parcel fits neatly into. Actually, there’s more to parcel than meets the eye! We get that reevaluating your shipping habits sounds time-consuming—and time is money where freight’s concerned—but there’s a silver lining: shipping parcel alongside your less-than-truckload cargo (and vice versa!) could save you big.
Like every other aspect of running a business, shipping freight comes with a learning curve. Unfortunately, the freight shipping learning curve can be more expensive than necessary if you’re not careful. A lot of business operators will be surprised to learn about these three ways an alarmingly larger than expected shipping bill can be run up in no time.
Time for a pop quiz, team! In one of our recent blog posts, Shipping Shoptalk, we laid out lingo popular in freight industry circles, and now we’d like to revisit two and add a third to your growing repertoire. Do you remember what backhauls and headhauls are? Extra credit for those who know what a deadhead is. There’s a difference between defining a word and understanding its function, so we’re going to break them down and explain what they are.
How Are Christmas Trees Shipped? Many Christmas tree farms are located across the country in states such as Oregon, Washington, California, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Shipping real trees is a difficult task, with many carriers saying no all together. With capacity so tight, it’s important to have a company like FreightCenter on your side to find you the right equipment for the job and for an affordable rate. When it comes to Christmas tree ship[...]