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IATA's Dangerous Goods Regulation (DGR) Explained

Dangerous goods are defined as goods which are capable of causing harm to the health and safety of their environment when shipped. Shipping dangerous or hazardous goods by air has extra challenges. But its speed can open up exciting and profitable opportunities for businesses. You just need to ensure compliance with the necessary legislation and your goods could be hitting the skies.

Why is it so Important to Get the Correct Commodity Codes for Your Imports?

One of the most frustrating things that can happen during the shipping process is your cargo getting stuck in customs. When this happens, it can represent a delay, additional costs, and a headache for everyone involved. There are many reasons that goods can get stuck in customs, but attaching the wrong commodity code is one of the most substantial and easiest to mess up. This blog will explain what a Commodity Code is, why it is crucial, and how you can find the correct one for your goods.

Three Tips to Avoid Demurrage and Detention Charges for Your Shipments

Cost-effective shipments can be a critical part of a business's bottom line. With too many additional charges, it can become difficult to justify the costs of getting goods from point A to point B.

Is FCL or LCL Shipments Better for Your Imports From China?

Every day, thousands of cargo containers leave Chinese docks to deliver imported materials and products to customers. However, if you’re looking to import sea freight from China, you’ll first have to choose whether you want your cargo shipped as Full Container Load (FCL) or Less than Container Load (LCL). This decision affects how your imports are loaded into the container and can impact price, delivery time, and risk. However, The correct choice for your business will depend on what you’re importing and your priorities. This article will guide you through the differences between FCL and LCL imports from China. Then, we’ll demonstrate the advantages of each option and help you figure out which option best suits your needs.

How to Find Your Tariff Code: A Complete and Easy Guide for UK Imports

When importing goods into the UK, you must know your tariff code to pass through UK Customs. Before your goods can be released to you, you're required to pay Duties and Taxes to Customs. Your tariff code helps dictate how much this cost will be. In this article, we'll explain what a tariff code is and why you need one. Then, we'll explore the different options you have to find your product's tariff code.

What Incoterms Should Be Used When Importing From China

The People’s Republic of China is one of the world’s largest traders, with the nation holding the record for the world’s largest exporter of goods since 2009. As a result, importing goods from China is almost inevitable for modern traders.

UK Imports 101: Hidden Charges You Should Account For

Importing goods into the UK is a 3-part process. The first being placing an order with your international supplier and the supplier packing the goods and delivering it to the origin port. The second part is when the freight forwarder transports your goods from the international to the domestic market. The final step in this process is clearing the goods through customs and delivering the goods from the destination port to your door.

How to Ensure That it is Worth Importing a Product From China

China has been part of the World Trade Organisation since December 2001 and has consistently pushed to lower tariffs and abolish market impediments where possible. This is a promising proposition for those looking to develop products in an easy and accessible business environment.

Do I Have to Pay an Import Tax from China to the UK?

Organisations wishing to complete business trade between China and the UK need to abide by a series of requirements that are crucial to ensuring smooth business practices.

The Art of Importing Your Cargo: FCL vs. LCL

Do you know whether you should be importing via Full-Container Load (FCL) or Less-Than-Container Load  (LCL)? Often supply-chain logistics can be confusing - especially for new businesses looking to import goods from the other side of the world.

LCL - A Cost-Saving Shipping Solution Made Easy.

Are you currently shipping a container that has a lot of empty space? Do you have trouble meeting your FCL shipping requirements? Have you considered an LCL (Less-than Container Load) service that is flexible and a cost-effective supply chain solution?