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What is International Courier (Express Freight)?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What Is An International Courier (Express Freight)? Think UPS, FedEx, and DHL. For forwarders and carriers, these are the leaders in Express Freight. Most shippers (consignees and consignors) would refer to these companies as being international couriers. Express freight is only cost-effective for small shipments. Moreover, each international […]

What are Freight Carriers?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What are Freight Carriers? Freight Carriers are the freight companies that physically transport “carry” the freight on behalf of shippers. In most cases they are not also freight forwarders, who manage the shipment on behalf of the shipper, however, NVOCCs are kind of a combination of carrier and […]

What are Bonded Goods?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What are Bonded Goods? Bonded Goods are imported shipments on which customs charges, including duties, taxes, and any penalties are still owing. Bonded goods are kept in an area of a warehouse controlled by customs authorities, called a customs bonded warehouse. When the bonded warehouse is managed by […]

What is the AMS System?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What Is The Automated Manifest System (AMS)? The Automated Manifest System (AMS) is the system used by US customs for submitting documents they require for processing shipments coming into the US. Introduced in 2004, this system requires airline carriers and ocean carriers to submit within prescribed time limits, […]

What is Multimodal Shipping?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What is Multimodal Shipping? Multimodal Shipping describes the contractual arrangements, rather than shipment mode. Most international freight door to door shipments are either intermodal or multimodal. Although they sound like a shipment mode, they are both really a combination of other modes. By using shipping containers, shipments can […]

What is LTL?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What is LTL (Full Container Load)? Less than truck load, commonly referred to as LTL, is a type of shipping mode whereby a truck is available to carry more than one shipment. LTL trucking has several advantages over the alternative trucking shipment mode, FTL – a full truckload […]

What is Intermodal Shipping?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What is Intermodal Shipping? Intermodal shipping describes the contractual arrangements, rather than shipment mode. Most international freight door to door shipments are either intermodal or multimodal. Although they sound like a shipment mode, they are both really a combination of other shipping modes. By using shipping containers, shipments […]

What is FTL?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What is FTL (Full Truck Load)? Full truckload, commonly referred to as FTL, is a type of shipping mode whereby a truck carries one dedicated shipment. In other words, the journey is reserved for one shipment only. FTL trucking has several advantages over the alternative trucking shipment mode, […]

What is FCL?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What is FCL (Full Container Load)? FCL, meaning “full container load” is a term used in ocean freight, as opposed to LCL (less than container load). A full container load does not mean that the shipment fills an entire container, but rather FCL shipping is a shipment mode, […]

What is Expedited Freight?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What is Expedited Freight? Excepting smaller shipments, ocean freight has always been cheaper than air freight, but also much slower and much more prone to delays – mostly bad weather and port congestion. But, in recent years, ocean freight shipping has become more reliable and quicker. This makes […]

What is A Carrier’s Lien?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What Is A Carrier’s Lien? A Carrier’s Lien is a freight carrier‘s right to hold on to cargo until they have received payment for transporting the goods. That right comes from common law and applies to shipments covered by a bill of lading. If there is a problem, […]

What Is A Contract Of Carriage?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary   What Is A Contract Of Carriage? A  contract of carriage defines the legal responsibilities of the carrier and the user. The carrier may be a freight trucking carrier, air cargo carrier, ocean carrier, etc and the user is either the consignor or consignee.   The carriage of goods […]

State of Online Freight Sales 2017

From Amazon to Alibaba, digital forwarders to direct carrier-shipper sales, 2016 meant a new world for top forwarders. Here’s how well the twenty largest freight forwarders in the world adapted, tested using Freightos’ annual mystery shopping survey.

Carbon Emissions in Logistics: The Road To Green International Freight

  Two years ago this month, at COP21, the world committed to capping the global rise in temperature (the Paris Agreement). This became a hot topic recently when President Trump announced he was pulling the US out. Now that Syria’s recently signed, that leaves the world’s second largest CO2 emitting country alone outside the agreement. […]