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What you need to know about Packaging to ship Common Carrier! 

Posted On 16th May 2017

Box in a Cate on a Skid - Freight Shipping Tips (Common Carrier is who you will normally ship with!)(Hint: Common Carriers aren’t moving companies!  You need more rugged packaging)If you ship with the Common Carriers found online, you need to beware: your freight will be transferred multiple times and can be damaged by forklifts if not properly packaged.  In fact, the Carriers, even though they picked up the freight, are not required to pay claims if your freight wasn’t packed in tough packaging like wooden crates or hea ...

Your International Shipment is Too Important to Leave to the FORWARDERS or NVOCCs 

Posted On 15th May 2017

Cargo Shipments You are used to booking with your NVOCC/forwarder from your door to the international port and so far, nothing has ever gone wrong with the domestic shipment between your door and the port. But that is where the greatest chance for damage lies, and your NVOCC, or international consolidator, usually picks a common carrier option.  So, your freight is moved through at least one terminal, perhaps two, on its way to the nearest port.  This means at least one forklift unloads it, another on ...

STANDARD FTL  or “Plain Vanilla” Full Truckload Moves 

Posted On 12th May 2017

Supply Chain Warehouse Manager The standard FTL move, or “plain vanilla truckload” move is most often performed by spot market truckers via broker or 3PL intermediaries.To qualify as a standard FTL move it must be a dock-to-dock business-to-business move of industrial or consumer goods.  Most often it is raw materials or component items moving to another factory.  In these shipments shipper and receiver have 2 hours to do their part, load or unload. After that there are detention penalties.  So even ...

Booking “Special Need” Full Truckload Shipping or Advanced FTL Issues 

Posted On 2nd May 2017

FTL Truck Any FTL shipment that is not dock to dock, or has special loading or unload requirements, or has strict time deadlines for delivery would be regarded as a Special Need Full Truckload shipment.Now in other parts of Logistics 101 we’ve talked about Expedited Shipping.  The bottom line with urgent shipments is that you should consider paying for some kind of guarantee, or impose in writing - of course disclosed in advance - some $/hour penalty for being late against the trucker.  Th ...