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Distressed Freight and Distressed Cargo

Shipping containers

When shipping items overseas to a buyer, there are quite a few terms that are involved that are similar and downright confusing. You may have been informed by your freight forwarder or your shipping line that your cargo has become distressed cargo. What does that mean and what can you do about it? Is distressed cargo the same as distressed freight? Let’s find out.

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Do Cargo Ships Load My Containers with the Doors Inwards?


Shipping a large amount of goods always makes a shipper worry about crime. There is a large amount of cargo lost every year due to theft, to the tune of almost $50 Billion USD. It seems that one of the most logical methods shipping lines might use would be to stack the cargo with the doors inwards.
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Intermodal vs. Multimodal: What is the Difference?


When shipping using a variety of forms of transportation, you may have run into the terms intermodal and multimodal. Sometimes these terms are incorrectly used interchangeably.

When using a Transloading service like Cratex Group, understanding the difference and communicating your wants properly to your shipping agents can help alleviate any misunderstandings.

Let us take a look at the difference between intermodal shipping and multimodal shipping.
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Ship Early During the Holiday Season


If your company ships frequently, you might not even notice that we have crept into the holiday season. As the holidays approach, more and more packages are going to be shipped.

This increase is twofold; first people shipping gifts that they have purchased to their loved ones. Secondly, as the popularity of online shopping skyrockets, people rely more on shipping to get the gifts they have purchased to them.

This can cause congestion, delays, surcharges and other issues if you are attempting to ship, particularly if you are looking to ship internationally. The United States can be particularly tricky this time of year. Here are some things to look out for and good reasons why you should ship early.
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Container Weights and Overweight Containers

heavy shipping container

Attempting to ship an overweight container can incur heavy costs to a shipper by a shipping line. Shipping containers have several notifications on them for weights; which one makes the container overweight?

As a shipper, it is important to know this information when planning the number of containers that are needed to ship your cargo.
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Cargo Damage: Who is Responsible?


Cargo damage can happen during overseas shipments. If you are selling cargo to someone overseas, who is responsible when cargo damage occurs?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. Whether you are the buyer receiving goods or the seller exporting overseas, there are steps that can be taken to clear up the confusion should cargo damage occur.
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