All importers have to pay attention to the packing & packaging elements that protect and, in some cases, add value to their product. So, let's do a deep dive into this topic and explore packaging inspection, testing, and what is usually … [Read more...]
Incoterms 2020: Simple Rules of Thumb To Pick the Right Term
Clients often ask us what their incoterm options are when it comes to shipping by sea. Our typical answer is "most buyers go for FOB, so that's probably what you want to do". But that's a bit short. Let's look in more detail at how to … [Read more...]
How Did Sea Freight End Up In Such An Expensive Mess In 2021? [Podcast]
In this episode... Renaud is joined this week by global logistics expert Jon Monroe who boasts over 30 years in the logistics industry and has a strong focus on Transpacific trade. They discuss the current global sea freight crisis (in … [Read more...]
How To Choose The Right Packaging To Protect Your Products? [Podcast]
In This Episode… We take a close look at why packaging plays a key role in protecting your products during transit. Packaging materials, supply chain risks, and packaging reliability testing are all scrutinized to give you a good … [Read more...]
4 Common Ways To Ship Products From China By Sea
Our clients often ask for alternatives. And we encourage that. What makes sense for one company may not make sense for another. So, I wrote this mini-guide to the 4 main alternative ways to ship products from China by sea in order, from … [Read more...]
Packaging: How to Protect your Shipments Effectively?
Many importers forget to specify how their products should be packed. And, every year, tons of products arriving from China are thrown away because they were not adequately protected. So, you need to think about how to protect shipments … [Read more...]
Shipping under FOB vs CIF terms?
Regarding FOB vs CIF incoterms, I found an interesting article in the latest edition of the ChaINA magazine (published by the Global Supply Chain Council). It warns importers against accepting CIF (Cost-Insurance-Freight) shipping terms … [Read more...]
Avoiding humidity inside containers
Last week, an importer was asking us how to avoid the formation of mold on the shoes they ship from China to Chile. The goods stay up to 50 days inside the container, so that was an extreme case. I suspect the materials are not treated … [Read more...]