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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.

Watch: Navigating China-US Tariffs (Updated June 2019)

In 2019, one of the most common obstacles cited by importers on the Freightos Marketplace was difficulty in navigating the rapidly changing customs environment. While tariffs began in early 2018 with washing machines and solar panels, by July 2018 it was quickly expanded to 818 product lines. For importers, this could mean 25% customs tariffs….and […]

The Importer’s Guide to Annual Freight Contracts

by Daniel Bataller, VP Operations, WebCargo Annual freight contracts, or tenders, can be tough. But if you’re shipping significant volumes, they could be a great choice for you. We consulted with experts to create this guide, covering everything from basic definitions to using seasonality to your advantage. This guide is designed to help you handle […]

3 Ways to Prevent Shipment Delays with Your Overseas Suppliers

Want to make your next shipment stress-free? Learn the benefits of an ocean freight forwarder and how to determine if ocean freight is right for you.

HS Code Lookup & Finder

Quickly find international freight HS codes used for US imports with this Harmonized System finder.

The Habits of Highly Successful Importers

We spoke with Robert Khachatryan, COO of Freight Right to learn about the habits of highly successful importers. Tune in!

Navigating Chinese New Year [Freight Update]

Chinese New Year is a tricky time of year for exporters. Refael Elbaz, CEO of Unicargo, walks us through the ins-and-outs of shipping during the holiday season.

The Complete Amazon FBA Shipment Strategy Guide

The definitive, no-BS resource for getting your products into any Amazon fulfillment center in North America.

Watch: How To Plan Your Shipping Cadence

When is the right time to ship freight? Become an informed freight consumer by watching this video, made in collaboration with Teikametrics.

Ocean Freight Forwarders: Everything You Need to Know

Want to make your next shipment stress-free? Learn the benefits of an ocean freight forwarder and how to determine if ocean freight is right for you.

Air Forwarding: Everything You Need to Know

Can an air forwarder provide lower rates than an ocean forwarder? Find out why your next cargo shipment might just be airborne.

Getting Started with Amazon Multi-Channel Fulfillment (MCF)

Amazon’s multi-channel fulfillment (MCF) is a part of the FBA program and enables a seller to fulfill all orders through the Amazon platform without having to separately stock units for other sales channels.

What is a Letter of Credit?

A Letter of Credit is a key freight document. Find out what it is and why you need it.

What is a Packing List?

A Packing List is a key freight document. Find out what it is and why you need it.

What is a Booking Confirmation?

A Booking Confirmation is a key freight document. Find out what it is and why you need it.

What is a Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI)?

A Shipper’s Letter of Instruction is a key freight document. Find out what it is and why you need it.

What is a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)?

A Material Safety Data Sheet is a key freight document. Find out what it is and why you need it.

What is a Certificate of Origin (CoO)?

A Certificate of Origin is a key freight document. Find out what it is and why you need it.

What is a Commercial Invoice?

A Commercial Invoice is a key freight document. Find out what it is and why you need it.

What is a Shipping Quote?

A Shipping Quote is a key freight document. Find out what it is and why you need it.

What is a UN Number?

Were you told that you need to provide a UN Number with your shipment? Find out what this means in this Freightos Freight Glossary entry.