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Freight Guides

Welcome to the Freightos Knowledge Base! Here you will find all of the guides and tools you need to help you plan your next shipment with confidence. Get started by navigating to a section on the left or by checking out some of our latest additions below.

Alibaba.com & Freightos

Alibaba.com & Freightos: Shipping & Logistics Partners Shipping with Alibaba has never been easier. Thanks to a new partnership, shippers can now easily book and manage their shipments using Alibaba.com Freight Powered by Freightos. It’s just another way that Freightos is bringing smooth shipping to importers around the world. When you place a Trade Assurance […]

Understanding Customs Clearance: Potential Customs Clearance Issues, Delays & More

Avoiding Customs Clearance Delays & Issues Importing globally? Customs can take a long time to learn, so this guide isn’t intended to turn you into a customs expert. What it will do is make you into a more empowered and informed importer so that you will know the right questions to ask and how to […]

The Beginner’s Guide To Trucking: LTL Vs. FTL And Other Key Trucking Concepts

If you are into the business of shipping goods all over the United States by truck, cost, on-time delivery, and the security of your shipment are the three factors that will likely keep you up at night. And while there are various approaches to shipping goods and calculating the cost and all other logistics associated […]

Our Guide To Partial Truckload Shipping

If you’re not as of now utilizing partial truckload, you may not realize it exists, due to how immensely underutilized it is by shippers, surprisingly, it may even offer the most advantages. Partial truckload is the forgotten middle child between less than truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FTL). It is occasionally called “volume LTL” by […]

How To Calculate And Understand Trucking Rates

As any number of logistics and trucking experts will tell you, the trucking market is complicated. Learn how to calculate truck shipping rates, why they’re important & more here.

What is trade financing in international trade?

Everything you need to know about trade financing for international freight, including terms for securing financing, typical interest conditions, key terminology, and more.

Top Five Small Business Freight Shipping Mistakes & Errors

Freight shipping. In theory it doesn’t sound thrilling, but in fact, it can actually be really exciting to move goods around the world, creating something thousands of miles away and delivering it to happy customers. However, freight shipping can be complicated. That means you can run into snags that end up costing you time and […]

Shipping PPE and Masks from China to the US During COVID-19

With the spread of COVID-19, many shippers have turned to importing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  There is certainly high demand for PPE,  like facemasks, but since these items are highly regulated, it’s important to make sure you meet all the guidelines to avoid delays or cancellations of your shipments.  We turned to the experts to […]

Coronavirus Shipping Updates

Coronavirus Shipping – What You Need To Know COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to logistics and shipping around the world. We’ve gathered our best resources to keep you informed – and help you keep your goods moving.  Coronavirus Impact on Supply Chain & On the Economy The impact of coronavirus on the supply side in […]

Dealing with Amazon FBA’s COVID-19 Policy

By Robert Khachatryan Amazon shipping during COVID-19 Amazon seems to have fulfilled its goal of adding 100,000 employees to meet the heightened demand for essential products. It has also started to lift some of the restrictions for inbound shipments of non-essential goods.  However, the rapidly-changing reality of “shelter in place” continues to pose new challenges.   […]

What is FCL Shipping: The Complete Guide to Shipping Procedures, Pricing, and More

Ship at high volumes? Ship large items like furniture, fragile ones like ceramics, or large, fragile ones like flat-screen TVs? You are very likely an FCL shipper. But that doesn’t mean everything about FCL is clear. That’s why we consulted the experts and put together this guide to FCL. Read on to learn everything you […]

How Coronavirus is Impacting Shipping: Air Freight, Trucking, and More

Last updated: July 30, 2020  How coronavirus is impacting the economy and the global supply chain Despite indications in May and June of economic recovery in the US, these improvements faded in July as infection rates surged country wide. Historic levels of unemployment and uncertainty about whether expiring unemployment benefits will be renewed in August is also impacting […]

IMO 2020: What it means and how it will affect your shipping prices

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) – a UN agency responsible for marine safety – has passed the IMO 2020. Here’s everything you need to know. What is IMO 2020? IMO 2020 is a regulation to reduce the amount of sulfur oxide, a harmful pollutant, that ships are permitted to emit. Starting January 1, 2020, ships […]

What is Delivered At Place Unloaded (DPU) Shipping Incoterm?

Part of the Comprehensive Incoterms Guide   Prior to the release of the ICC Incoterms 2020 update, this incoterm was known as DAT. The substance of the incoterm has remained the same.   DPU In Plain English Where Is The Named Place For Handing Over Responsibility From The Seller To The Buyer? What Does The ICC […]

What is LCL Shipping: The Complete Guide to LCL Freight, Shipping Rates, and More

There comes a point in every shipper’s life when they start daydreaming about container interior dimensions and consolidation centers. Well, maybe not daydreaming. But at least realizing that it’s time to decide if LCL shipping is right for them. If you have a smaller freight shipment, take a look at this guide to learn all […]

From Here to There in the Air

We spoke with David Kadish of Primorus Worldwide to learn the basics of air freight. Tune in!

7 Ways to Prevent Shipping Damage

By Brandon Rollins Shipping damage is a major hassle– and unfortunately common. In fact, as many as 10% of eCommerce packages arrive damaged. And while this is obviously a concern for buyers, sellers are affected too. Even if the seller is not at fault for the damage, they’ll likely still take the heat – and […]

What is Blind Shipping?

Blind shipping is when a shipper ships a product directly from supplier to customer,  while hiding the identity of the supplier from the customer. Double-blind shipping is when the supplier also does not know the identity of the customer– that is, they do not know who they are shipping to.  Why use blind or double-blind […]

Planning Air and Ocean Freight During Peak Season 2019

Freight shipping peak season: like death and taxes, it’s one of life’s few certainties– and is fraught with almost as many questions. What is peak season? Why does it cause prices to rise? And is there any way to avoid it? We sat down with Tal Kohn, Freight Market Pricing Analyst at Freightos, to understand […]

Streamlining Fulfillment to Crush Q4 Sales Goals

If you’re like most businesses, you’re thinking ahead to hit your Q4 goals. Jon Knott, Partnership Enablement Manager at ShipBob, joined us for a webinar on how to do just that: maximize Q4 by listening to your data, distributing your inventory, and offering free shipping to customers. Read on, and watch the full webinar below. […]