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Terms associated with ocean freight shipments

What are NMFC codes

If you’re considering shipping with LTL – or have already decided to do so –, NMFC codes are definitely something you want to know about. By being informed of the freight class of the items you are …

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 Freight Forwarding?

SHIPPING PROCESS PHASES SHIPPER - EXPORT/IMPORT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE ORIGIN HANDLING - EXPORT HAULAGE - ORIGIN WAREHOUSE ORIGIN PORT OCEAN FREIGHT DESTINATION PORT DESTINATION …

LTL vs FTL ground shipping

Whether you’re a first-timer in inland freight or an experienced shipper, you have probably landed here hoping to receive some guidance on the notoriously complicated industry-specific jargon. This, …

What is intermodal

What is intermodal Intermodal is an international transportation method that involves several different modes of transportation: ocean freight, air freight, rail, trucking, etc. According to the …

LTL shipping

What is LTL shipping LTL shipping refers to less-than-truckload shipping and is used for ground freight shipments whose volumes do not fill up an entire trailer. With LTL shipping, shippers only pay …

LCL vs FCL - Choosing your Container Capacity | iContainers

LCL and FCL: What they mean The terms LCL and FCL refer to the two main modes of container shipments: FCL for Full Container Load and LCL for Less than Container Loads. An FCL shipment, or full …

What is port-to-port shipping

What is port-to-port shipping In ocean freight transportation, port-to-port shipping involves the middle leg of the entire shipping process. This refers to the transportation of merchandise in …

HS codes, HTS codes & TARIC codes

What is an HS code? The HS code, in its official term, is the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, otherwise and more popularly known as the Harmonized System (HS). It is an …

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). …

Shipper, Consignee and Notify Party - Who is who | iContainers

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 …