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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.

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: June 4, 2020  How coronavirus is impacting the economy and the global supply chain Drops in US consumer demand are hitting brick and mortar retailers hard, accelerating a shift to eCommerce. Additionally, COVID-19’s impact on how and where to source items moving forward is top of mind. Buzz about the need to adjust the […]

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. […]

Ocean Freight Peak Season Tracker – Free Alerts

2019 peak ocean freight season is here. Add tariffs to the mix and things are even more complicated. Using our Freightos Baltic Index data, we’ll send you an email alert whenever 40’ container prices fluctuate by over 7% on China – US trade lanes. Why 7%? We looked at historical data and found that this […]

The Pros and Cons of Sourcing Your Production Outside of China

In today’s trade environment, there’s a lot of talk about producing goods outside of China. But will shifting production help or hurt your business? Nathan Resnick, CEO and Founder of Sourcify, and Tal Kohn, Freight Marketing Pricing Analyst at Freightos, teamed up to give you the information you need in the first webinar of our […]

Trump Tariffs: US-China Trade Tariffs

The new China-US tariffs: enough to strike fear into the hearts of importers large and small. Whether you’ve already been hit with a tariff or are biting your nails waiting for the next list to come out, we’re here to help clear up confusion and offer tips for saving wherever possible. We were thrilled to […]

The Importer’s Guide to Annual Freight Shipping 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.