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Sea Freight – Is It Right For You?

Sea Freight – Is It Right For You?

Finding the most efficient means of transporting your goods depends on what you’re importing and exporting.  Some methods are simply better suited than others and the best way to decide what’s going to work for you is to research as many different methods as...

A Beginner’s Guide: Shipping To The USA

A Beginner’s Guide: Shipping To The USA

Interested in taking up exporting your goods stateside?  There are huge opportunities that come with shipping to States. Consumers in the USA spend £12.5 billion on UK products and services every year. In this blog, we’ll run through the basics of everything you need...

Road Freight 101 – Is It Right For You?

Road Freight 101 – Is It Right For You?

More often than not, the nature of your goods determines the transport method you choose to ship them.  Perishable foods? Forget the longer transit times of container shipping. Expensive items that need extra protection? Consider air freight! Hazardous materials? Find...

Why Should I Insure My Cargo?

Why Should I Insure My Cargo?

If the ship transporting your sea freight gets caught up in a storm and sinks, or the truck with your goods on board is involved in an accident, what happens next? You’ve just lost your goods. Some might be salvageable, but likely not. To satisfy your buyer you’ll...

What Is A Container Carrier Alliance?

What Is A Container Carrier Alliance?

Strategic alliances within the shipping industry are a popular working concept. For over two decades such alliances have been in play; today, these account for 80% of the global container shipping market. But why? Why are carriers collaborating, and what does it mean?...

How Much Can You Fit In A Container?

How Much Can You Fit In A Container?

When it comes to importing and exporting, there’s a hell of a lot you need to think about. You need to know who’s responsible for what at every single point of the journey. You need to know how much time it might take to reach delivery points and what the total...

Incoterms – What Are They?

Incoterms – What Are They?

EXW, FOB, DPU, DDP…  Recognise these codes? They’re incoterms, which is short for International Commercial Terms, and are usually found on the Bill of Lading. (If you’re not sure what a Bill of Lading is, read our recent blog to find out).  But what do incoterms mean,...

Customs Clearance – What Do You Need To Do?

Customs Clearance – What Do You Need To Do?

There are plenty of cogs moving in the great machine that is shipping goods between countries, and customs clearance is one of them. Though the term might knot your stomach, don’t panic. Clearing your goods through customs does not have to be stressful! Whether you’ve...

Why Have Freight Prices Gone Up?

Why Have Freight Prices Gone Up?

You might have noticed that international shipping rates were recently at an all-time high. But why? Where is the money going? Are forwarders raking it in? Sadly not.  The cost of shipping between China and the UK did increase by over 1000% in the last couple of...

Shipping Hazardous Goods – Where To Start?

Shipping Hazardous Goods – Where To Start?

Moving goods between countries can be confusing. Somewhere between preparing your goods, getting appropriate declarations signed and choosing the route of transit, you might get a bit lost.  And that’s just regular, innocent goods.  Shipping dangerous goods can be...

Chamber members join forces in net zero aim.

MAY 2022

A freight forwarding business has taken a huge step towards achieving its goal of becoming net zero thanks to a new carbon calculation and offsetting tool by a local digital design agency.

Millennium Cargo – based in Sutton Coldfield – was looking for a simple and easy way to help reduce its carbon footprint and decided to turn to the CocoonCarbon tool created by Cocoonfxmedia Ltd.