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What is a blank sailing and how can they impact your business?

Blank or void sailing: A definition Blank or void sailings are when a cargo ship cancels its call at a port they were scheduled to visit.

How long does sea freight take?

Sea freight is comfortably the most common transport option for shippers in international freight. Total ocean freight tonnage moving through UK ports in the first quarter of 2022 totalled 111.8 million tonnes. It’s estimated that 80% of world goods move by ship. 4/5 things you own.

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.

Which Incoterm is Best Suited for Your Business: CIF or FOB?

Incoterms are globally recognised codes that help shippers understand when ownership is transferred from the buyer to the seller. These are important because they help answer the question of who is liable for any risk or costs during the journey.  CIF (Cost, Insurance, and Freight) and FOB (Free on Board) are two popular incoterms that you may want to use for your shipments. By making the correct choice between these incoterms, you can substantially affect the success of your supply chain. In this article, we'll cover what CIF and FOB mean, the advantages of each, and how you can decide which is best for your business.

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.

Air Freight vs Ocean Freight: Four Considerations For Your Business

One of the earliest decisions you'll have to make during the shipping process is between air and ocean freight. This decision determines how your cargo is delivered. In air freight, your shipment is carried out by a cargo plane, while in ocean freight, it is provided by a cargo ship. This decision can have substantial effects on your supply chain.  Generally, the choice for what service you should choose depends on your priorities as a business. In this article, we'll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option to help you decide whether air or ocean freight is right for your business.

What Happens Once you Book an Ocean Shipment?

One of the most significant benefits of booking ocean freight shipments from a reputable team like WTA is the extra flexibility, efficiency, and transparency you gain. Ocean freight forwardings offered by WTA allow you to focus on your services and business while our team covers the complex details. This article explains everything you need to know to book and follow out an ocean shipment with WTA. WTA's team of experts have years of experience delivering imports and exports for our clients. As specialists, our job is to solve all problems that may arise with your transaction, from customs issues to choosing the right shipping company.

Discover the Importance of Having the Correct Documents When you Ship Internationally

If you're shipping goods internationally, it's essential to make sure the correct paperwork is available - and prepared in plenty of time. Delays in shipping can be experienced when the paperwork is not correct, or worse, not prepared. Shipments can be delayed, and shipments can even get halted because of incorrectly formatted customs documentation. WTA is focused on eliminating this problem by connecting international shippers with the correct documentation at the time of shipment.

What is a Bill of Lading?

The world of international shipping and logistics is full of complicated terms. If you're new to this world, then you're likely to be overwhelmed by all of these terms you must learn.

Incoterms: What Does DAP Mean?

Shipping is full of terminology that can make the process more difficult to understand. Incoterms are a set of rules that govern the international trade of goods, and a crucial part of this terminology. Executing successful business deals, including the payment and delivery, often means following one of the Incoterms 2020.

EX-Works Incoterm Explained

Shipping across the globe can be a complicated experience. In addition to planning the route and working through hoards of paperwork, you will also have to grapple with a wide variety of different incoterms.

What does the FOB Incoterm Mean?

Set by the International Chamber of Commerce, Incoterms help define to importers and exporters a set of rules that can determine when goods are considered delivered and whether or not the buyer or seller has responsibility.  One of the most critical Incoterms to understand is Free on Board (FOB). This rule relates specifically to sea freight, so if you're planning on exporting via sea freight, you should understand the ins and outs of the Free on Board incoterm.