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Terms associated with ocean freight shipments

What is a cargo agent

What is a cargo agent A cargo agent is one of the most important parties involved in ocean freight. The paperwork, fees, laws, and import procedures etc. vary from country to country and from …

Freight consolidator

What is an international freight consolidator? An international freight consolidator is an operator who uses the carrier as a vehicle. He groups goods from a range of individual exporters into a …

What is SOLAS VGM

What is the SOLAS VGM? The SOLAS VGM (Verified Gross Mass) is the declaration of the accurate gross mass of a packed container under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). …

Difference between a shipper, consignee, and notify party

What’s the difference between a shipper, consignee, and notify party? Whether you are moving overseas or shipping commercial merchandise with FCL or LCL shipping, there are many parties involved …

Parties involved in an international shipment

Whether you’re shipping FCL or LCL, sending a shipment via ocean freight is an extremely complex involving many different processes and parties. Besides understanding the role of Incoterms, …