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International Shipping Words You Should Know

International Shipping Words You Should Know

glossary of shipping terms

One of the more difficult aspects of shipping goods, or even shipping personal items over seas is learning the complicated lingo. There are a ton of terms relating to international shipping, especially cargo and freight shipping. This is a glossary of some of the more important terms related to shipping, international shipping, and freight shipping. It will help you navigate the difficult vocabulary.


A discount allowed for damage or overcharge in the payment of a bill

Accessorial Charges
Charges that are applied to the base tariff rate or base contract rate, e.g., bunkers, container, currency, destination/delivery

Ad Valorem
A term from Latin meaning, “according to value.” Import duty applied as a percentage of the cargo’s dutiable value

Advanced Charge Transportation charge advanced by one carrier to another to be collected by the later carrier from the consignor or consignee

Advanced Notice of Arrival (ANOA)

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The Shocking Consequences of Purchasing Counterfeit Products

Counterfeit Products are Becoming an Epidemic in the US

counterfeit items not a victimless crime As the demand for increasingly inexpensive products grows, so too does the revenue for the countless counterfeit rings across the globe. While Americans feel as though they are getting a good deal; the truth is that counterfeit rings are synonymous with organized crime. US customs has had a very strong push to crack down on counterfeit products imported into the United States, and with good reason. Counterfeit products not only cost the United States Billions in potential tax revenue, they also support the growth of human trafficking, child slavery, fund terrorist groups, and result in the deaths of thousands of US citizens annually.

It's Just a Handbag, What's the Big Deal?


One of the main problems with counterfeit products...
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Freight Shipping Mistakes to Avoid

Freight Shipping Mistakes You Should Avoid

  Freight shipping is much more detail oriented than you would imagine. And with any sort of shipping- all it takes is one tiny over sight to completely delay or derail shipping plans. Here is a list of the top 10 most common mistakes people make when attempting to ship items internationally using freight shipping.

1. Poorly Packaged Items

How you package an item for freight shipping is crucial if you want your item to arrive at its destination both in a timely manner, and unharmed. Poorly packaged items run a real risk of being damaged in transit, and may even be rejected by the carrier upon arriving! If you are packing your own items to ship, then make sure to speak with a professional with any questions you may have on the right way to pack an item for freight Shipping. 

2. Incorrect/Illegible Address Information

This should be a no-brainer, right? You'd be surprised at how many people fail...
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How Do I Legally Export Products?

How to  Legally Export Goods from the US: A Basic Guide


As you can imagine, the process you have to go through to legally export goods from the US is one filled with red tape and tedious requirements. Generally speaking, it is better to utilize a freight forwarding service to handle exportation. This is because freight forwarders will handle the majority of the paperwork and documentation. They also have a good knowledge of the import regulations of foreign countries, the export regulations of the US, foreign trade documents, etc. However, it is possible to do it yourself as long as you don't mind navigating through the bureaucratic process.

5 Factors Every Exporter Must Consider Before Exporting:

In order to ensure a successful export of good over seas, there are 5 major considerations you as an exporter need to consider.

  1. Packing
  2. Labeling
  3. Documentation
  4. Insurance
  5. Tariffs

Each of these concepts plays an integral role in the process an exporter...

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Types of International Shipping |Freight, Courier & Container

Types of International Shipping Explained

international shipping terms The terms can be confusing- When it comes to international shipping, there is a lot of verbage and jargon you have to learn. Knowing the difference between the various types of international shipping will save you money in the long run. Besides, it is good to know exactly what you are looking for. Having good knowledge about a subject will protect you from purchasing more than you need or being pressured into buying something that is not relevant to your specific situation. In regards to the terms we will cover in this article  - it is important to be weary of people who use these terms interchangeably. Although they are all related, each type of international shipping has its own unique characteristics which greatly effect shipping time and shipping costs.

FREIGHT SHIPPINGTypes of International Shipping: Freight Shipping

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10 Essentials For International Moving and Travel

You May Think You Know the Essentials For International Moving

essentials for international moving

Just to be sure, here is our list of 10 essentials for international moving and travel.

The Nature of International Travel Has Changed- With the tragic events in recent months, in addition to elevated social and cultural tensions; now more than ever it is important to safeguard yourself when traveling or moving abroad. These 10 essentials will help you to avoid unexpected delays due to incorrect or incomplete documents, as well as give you some inside information regarding international moving, and international shipping.

10 Essentials for International Moving and Travel

1. Proper Documentation


This is a given, right? Many Americans would assume that they only need a passport  to travel internationally. While having a passport is absolutely a necessity- there is some additional information about your passport that you should know.
  • Your Passport needs to have at least 2 blank pages
  • Your...
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International Insurance Guide : Moving, Vehicle, & Cargo Shipping

International Insurance

There is no specific international insurance you can purchase. Instead, you will need to acquire various types of insurances which cover things like  the transport of your belongings, your health, and your new dwelling. This article serves as a guide to the various types of insurance which are recognized internationally.

Do I Really Need Insurance?

The reasons why having international  insurance is a necessity any time you either travel, ship your vehicle, or relocate overseas should be easy to decipher. Sending your personal possessions and treasured belongings half way across the world either by air or by sea can go wrong in a multitude of ways. Although it is unlikely, the truth is that crashes among freight carriers is far more common than with passenger planes, and it is not unheard of for rough seas to cause cargo ships to lose part of their precious cargo. Can't-live-without items can get lost at ports during the transition between international and local...
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What is an expat?


Expat- This term is Rising in Popularity as More People Identify Themselves in this Rapidly Growing Group

And it appears that many Americans have no idea what an expat is, or have a misconception about what the terms means and the people who identify in this group. This article aims to give the facts about what an Expat is, and to clear up any misunderstandings surrounding the members of this niche group of people. What is an Expat? Expat is short for, "expatriate". Now, before any judgements are made, it is important to note that an expat doesnt necessarily have any ill feelings towards America or Americans. In fact, an expat doesn't even have to be American.  The most basic definition for expat is the following: "An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing, as an immigrant, in a country other than that of their citizenship. The word comes...
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Preventing Zika & How to Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling

How to Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling

  How to Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling

Whether you’re moving temporarily, or planning to become an expat, protecting yourself against a myriad of invisible viruses and bacteria can be daunting This article aims to discuss a few of the more predominant illnesses which tend to befall travelers, and what you can do to protect yourself.

1.)  Pre-Travel Physical

pre-travel physical to avoid getting sick 4-6 weeks before you intend to travel, meet with your doctor and have a physical, and let your physician know of your travel plans.

2.) Get vaccinated.

vaccination helps avoid getting sick abraod You may need several vaccinations, and some of these take some time before they are effective. In addition to this, you may also need to update your vaccines, or get “booster”...
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What Items are Prohibited in Shipping Containers?

What Items are Prohibited in Shipping Containers?

Knowing what items are prohibited in international shipping containers is one of the best ways you can insure that you and your belongings all arrive to your destination as quickly and stress-free as possible. Often times things that we would never guess would be prohibited are just that- and with the current state of high alert across the globe, the best defense is to know all of the rules and prepare accordingly

What Items are Prohibited in Shipping Containers?

1.) Batteries

prohibited in shipping container batteries Batteries are one of those items that most people don't stop to think about, especially in the middle of handling such a stressful situation as moving. Batteries, of all kinds, are strictly prohibited on shipping containers. Why? There is a risk of fire, and also the risk that the toxic chemicals inside of these batteries could leak out. And its a risk that international moving...
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