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What are incoterms?

An abbreviation for International Commercial terms--are a series of sales terms. They are published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and are widely used in commercial transactions.

What are some of the common documents needed to export?

Commercial invoice; export packing list; pro-forma invoice; shipper’s letter of instruction (SLI)

Why are dimensions and weight required to receive an LCL or air freight rate quote?

 LCL and air freight shipment rates are based on volume or gross weight, whichever is greater.  In order to calculate the volume of a shipment, the dimensions of each piece are required. If the volume weight exceeds the actual gross weight, the shipment is rated at the volume weight. If the volume weight is less than the actual weight, the shipment is rated at the actual weight.

Is a customs broker needed to clear goods through Customs and Border Protection (CBP)?

There is no legal requirement for you to hire a Customs Broker to clear your goods. However, many importers opt to do so for the convenience. Customs Brokers are licensed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct CBP business on behalf of importers. They take the burden of filling out paperwork and obtaining a CBP bond off of the importer's hands. The importer is always ultimately responsible for knowing CBP requirements and for ensuring their importation complies with all federal rules and regulations, but using a Customs Broker can save you from making costly mistakes.

What is the maximum weight I can ship on one pallet?

Typically, 4,000 lbs. is the maximum weight for most LTL carriers. However, some carriers are limited to 3,000 lbs. per pallet.

What is a BOL?

BOL; Bill of Lading is a legal document that determines the routing, rating and the Carrier Bill To.

How are accessorial fees determined?

Accessorial fees are extra services performed, required, to complete pick/up or delivery. For example, a lift-gate may be required for delivery to a retail location.     

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