Photo via Miami Herald We are thrilled about the recent interview the Miami Herald did with Carlos Hernandez, our co-founder and global managing director. iContainers is described as a pioneering freight forwarding online services that allows shippers anywhere to log on to iContainers.com 24 hours a day, search thousands of transportation options, and find the best routes, schedules and rates for moving their merchandise. And well, it’s true.
Are you moving overseas ? This is a big move which requires a good plan. Remember that it is better not to travel before all of your goods have been shipped. Make sure you’re aware of the mistakes to avoid when planning your relocation. Travel times are estimates and subject to change. Your Freight Forwarder will confirm and track your booking. Here is a glossary of terms frequently used when moving overseas:
A recent new study by Freightos finds that forwarders are failing online freight sales test . While most of the ‘top 20’ freight forwarders are missing sales opportunities by failing to respond to customers’ quote requests, iContainers provides through its innovative online platform real-time freight quotes with best rates guaranteed from the top shipping companies. In terms of the quote itself, only 45% of forwarders ultimately provided a quote. The average quote time was 90 hours.
Improper packing and labeling can become an international shipping issue. To avoid potential problems such as breakage, moisture, theft, excess weight, or unexpected fees and delays there are several factors to consider. For example, light cargo can be shipped by air, but heavy cargo is usually shipped by sea. Be aware that transportation costs are determined by volume and weight. Also, keep in mind that the use of proper materials during the shipping process may save money.
Representants from different companies and Spanish institutions were present in the event. More than 60 people attended the seminar about how to import goods succesfully into the U.S this week in Miami. Banco Sabadell held the event, where the discussion aimed at helping businesses leverage supply chain resources in South Florida to import goods from Spain to the United States. And the message is clear: affordable logistics solutions are already here to make it easier .
Companies with limited logistics infrastructure and experience with shipping often need guidance getting off the ground. The process can be daunting, with legal paperwork, fees and regulations creating a maze of details that scare many from doing business on a global scale. iContainers has developed a new technology to simplify the reservation process of overseas shipping while eliminating hidden charges and bringing transparency to the shipping industry. The company pioneered the software platform that operates much like Expedia, Kayak and Skyscanner, travel sites that aggregate airline fares, hotel prices, and vacation getaways.
Join iContainers at 9:30 a.m at Banco Sabadell Financial Center next Tuesday, June 16th for a seminar that will cover how to optimize the logistical process and succeed importing goods into the US. Guest speakers include representatives from four leading Spanish companies already doing business in the US, iContainers and Banco Sabadell . They will share their views and tips on logistics, regulation and financing. The seminar will be held in Spanish.
Since last May 15th the new Importers Security Filing rule becomes official. New ISF regulations by CBP (Customs and Border Patrol), also known as 10+2 , states that importers of ocean freight to the United States must provide data regarding the content of their shipment cargo to the CBP 5 days prior to their arrival . This information needs to be submitted electronically through ACE. ACE will have the ability to file unified ISF/Entry.
Shippers and importers are bearing the brunt of the port congestion with increased demurrage and detention fees . They are appealing for some relief claiming that the situation is out of their hands. The West Coast congestion and severe weather on the East Coast have created situations where both, shippers and importers, have been unable to deliver and pick up containers & return empties in a timely manner. They claim that their haulers have been prevented from accessing cargo due to the congestion and/or port closings due to weather.
iContainers Launches Door-to-Door Ocean Freight Services Miami-based freight forwarder closes $1.4 Million Series B funding. iContainers (www.iContainers.com), an online freight forwarder offering instant quotes, booking worldwide and logistics assistance, announces the launch of door-to-door ocean freight services for imports, exports and overseas moves between the United States and Spain. The announcement propels iContainers, which provides door-to-port services from the U.S. and Spain to anywhere in the world including FCL and LCL shipping, passed online competitors.