Tag Archives: Shipping

Explaining Short Ship and Short Land

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Nobody wants to hear that a shipping container from an ocean going vessel has been left behind or missed being shipped out. If it does happen to you, there are two terms that might crop up that can be confusing. Both terms are bad, but they mean very different things.

Here is an explanation of each, and a list of reasons why the situation occurred.
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Things to Keep In Mind When Packing Products

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When you are packaging items you might not take the time to carefully consider how important packaging can be to your products. Not only is packaging what protects your items, but it is also the way your products are presented to buyers, distributors, resellers or even customers if you ship directly to them. Take time to carefully consider the packaging that your products are going to be using.
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Things to Consider with Overseas Shipments

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Shipping overseas is not like shipping domestically, or even shipping internationally over land. There are many more points to consider when shipping to a country overseas.

Proper planning and thought about the things you need will ensure your shipments arrive on time and where you need them to end up. It will also help you predict the proper costs to charge for shipping your items overseas. Take a minute to consider some of the things listed below before shipping overseas.
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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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Tips for Minimizing Shipping Costs

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If you are a high volume international shipper, you know the costs of shipping items are rising. This not only limits the amount of items that you are able to ship overseas, it can increase what you have to charge your importers, causing them to reduce volume.

Here are some helpful tips to reduce shipping costs when shipping internationally by sea.
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How to Deal with Customs, Duties and Taxes When Shipping to the United States

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When shipping to another country, it helps to know all the laws, taxes and duties that your shipment might be subject to when it enters your destination country. A common occurrence when shipping internationally are delays due to packages being held up in customs. Having the proper paperwork and fees paid can minimize the time your package is delayed.

Here is a look at some of the particulars that you should be aware of if you are going to ship packages into the United States.
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