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Global Transportation

U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 5: How to Find the Right Customs Broker

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A customs broker is a natural and necessary part of doing business across the U.S./Mexico border. No matter how seldom you ship across the U.S./Mexico border, every border crossing comes with a significant customs compliance risk. That’s why choosing a customs broker should never be about scoring the best deal. Like other professional services—think doctors, lawyers, and accountants—a customs broker’s primary responsibility is to protect you from risks, not save you a few dollars.
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4 Ways to Prepare Your Global Supply Chain for Cyber-Threats

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As recent cyber-attacks in Europe show, any company’s supply chain can become a target. Yet, you can analyze cyber risks to your business and prepare to defend against them now instead of waiting until after you’ve been attacked. To do that, you will need to understand and align your organization’s appetite for risk with response and mitigation techniques before criminals come calling.
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How to Plan for Common Disruptors in Ocean Freight

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Peak season for ocean freight shipping is underway. Which means that, as it does every year at this time, space is about to get very tight. That can make it difficult to meet your delivery times unless you take proactive steps now to minimize the risk in your supply chain. Here’s an easy way to think about the regular and potential future disruptors that could impact your ocean shipping strategy, and what you can do to prepare for what comes next.
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The Basics of Air Freight: Optimizing Your Global Supply Chain

Air Freight: Learning the Basics to Optimize Your Global Supply Chain

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Before jumping into the basics, let’s first clarify what air freight means exactly. At the most basic level, air freight can be defined as: The transportation of goods by aircraft.
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What is Consolidated Shipping & How Will Your Business Benefit?

Freight Consolidation: Bridging the Gap between LTL and Full Truckload | Transportfolio

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What is Consolidated Shipping?

Consolidated shipping is a method of shipping where a consolidator combines individual LCL shipments from various shippers into one full container shipment. Participating in consolidated shipping earns the shipper preferred rates. When the full container shipment reaches its destination, the shipments are then deconsolidated into their original LCL shipments.

LCL vs. FCL

  • Less than container load (LCL, also referred to as less than truckload or LTL), as defined above, is when a shipment is too small in mass to require a full container to ship. These types of shipments are priced based on volume and are consolidated to fit into full containers. LCL shipments are commonplace in supply chains.
  • The alternative is full container load (FCL), which is when a shipment does have enough mass to require an entire container to ship. This type of shipment usually has a flat rate per container. Unlike with LCL shipments, FCL shipments are loaded and sealed at the origin by the supplier or manufacturer.

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