November 26, 2013 rudee
Despite a recent steadying in the pace of growth, China continues to be a vibrant and dynamic trading environment and is still the world s second largest economy by a significant margin. Important initiatives like the new 29 sq km Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ), are expected to drive production and boost the Asian logistics market at large. The huge warehousing facility, Shanghai Pudong Air Cargo Terminal s PACTL West, is another trade-boosting initiative which has gone from strength to strength since opening for business in 2009. Vast volumes of manufactured products continue to arrive in the UK and Eurozone from China, and there s no reason to imagine this could diminish in the foreseeable future.
But large-scale freight movements from China have attracted the interest of the scammers. BIFA has recently published a warning about emails from unknown Chinese forwarders, which we quote:
On face value these emails appear to be from independent forwarding companies looking for UK partners, by way of offering cheap ocean rates. The majority may be genuine, but for some, deep down there is criminal intent. Once an agreement is in place and business starts, all appears to be normal. This is until the cargo arrives at the UK port and no-one has received the original Bill of Lading. When contacted the Chinese forwarder then demands a large ransom for the release of the original Bills of Lading. The dilemma for UK forwarders and their customers is whether to pay, knowing the pain and cost that comes with not having the original documentation. BIFA recommends diligence and advises that whilst entering into any form of agreement, with an overseas partner, just asking for a signature on an agency agreement is not good enough.
At CCL, we agree that diligence is paramount and it s part of what we do. Our job is to take care to ensure that all the necessary paperwork is produced in a timely manner to accompany your shipments. This gives you, the freight forwarder, the security of knowing that there will be no surprises when your cargo arrives in the UK.
It s a complicated world, and it s important to proceed with caution, especially when there s money or your reputation at stake. CCL can help ensure your cargo arrives properly documented, which means it can reach its final destination in good time.
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This company is held in high regard by their industry peers, clientele and existing staff!
Our client is a reputable, well established and continually expanding Freight Forwarding company possessing a team focused mentality and the drive and determination to continue to expand.
This company is currently seeking a motivated and suitably experienced Operations Clerk / Coordinator with a working knowledge of Import Operaiotns and ideally either a familiarity or desire to develop their exports exposure as well!
In this autonomous role, you will be given responsibilty to ensure your clients are cared for exceptionally well, with a very high level of customer service expected.
To be considered for this role you must have at least 2 4 years local experience within a Freight Forwarding environment.
If successful your role will include the following:
- Liaising with the Operations Manager and working closely with them to ensure all customer expectations are exceeded!
- Significant interaction and job management with clients
- Coordinating releases of EDO s
- Providing a high level of Customer Service
- Invoicing clients
- Significant interaction and communication with Suppliers (including Airlines and Shipping Lines and Coloaders) and Government Agencies
- Handling all Import related enquiries
- Invoicing Disbursements & Finals
- Lodging Manifests
- Adhoc operational duties including crosstraining in Export Operations
In return, this company will repay you with an attractive remuneration package, opportunities to develop your skills further and internal promotion opportunities.
Salary on offer $50,000 $60,000 + Super
Our client, a privately owned company that specialises in Freight Forwarding and Customs has an opportunity available for a job registrations clerk.
This interesting, skill establishing role will require an enthusiastic applicant that is equipped with a strong work ethic to daily deliver and exceed company expectations.
To be considered for this role YOU must have the following skills and work ethic:
- A genuine interest in Freight Forwarding/Customs
- Have completed your HSC
- Proven computer skills
- A strong eye for detail
- Able to meet deadlines and coordinate work accordingly
- Work within a team that is friendly proactive and professional
- The ability to conduct self in a friendly and professional manner
- Have a strong work ethic that is supported by punctuality and role responsibility.
This is a great opportunity to work for a company that can offer scope and variety with future promotional opportunities.
Data from the Philippine Shippers Bureau (PSB) showed three of the seven are new domestic freight forwarders Cargo Sealed Freight Services, Hyper Mega Logistics Inc., and Kargo Otso Freight Forwarding Corp.
The four international freight forwarders are FRS Freight Services Inc., Golden Axle Cargo International Forwarding Inc., Twin s K Cargo Specialist & Dev t. Co. Inc. and 2888 Vigour Int l. Logistic Services Co. (formerly Vigour Int l. Logistics Services Co.).
Two freight forwarders, RM Posadas Freight Corp. and Ximex Delivery Express Inc., renewed their accreditation as domestic freight forwarders.
International freight forwarders that also renewed their accreditation were: All Freight Express Logistics Inc.; CIL (Asia) Inc.; Everich Sealandair Logistics Co.; GCLPI-Gateway Container Line Phils. Inc.; Hienrich Forwarders Services; Intermarine Express Lines Inc. (formerly Intermodal Express Lines); Kerry ATS Logistics Inc. (formerly Kerry-ATS Logistics Inc.); Macoline Freight Forwarding Services, Inc.; Manila International Freight Forwarders Inc.; MC Global Freight Solutions Inc.; OEC Freight Worldwide, Manila Corp.; Orientstar Freight International Inc.; RB Solutions Inc. (formerly RB Freight Solutions Inc.; Accord Shipping (NVOCC) Phils. Inc.; Accord CSA Shipping Philippines Inc.); RR Southern Freight Forwarder Co.; S.E. Cruz Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarder, and Unifreight Cargo Systems Inc.
Forwarders Airspeed International Corp. and World Time Express Cargo Logistics Co. both renewed their international and domestic freight forwarding licenses.
In its hunt for erring freight forwarders, PSB also disclosed Grace Express Cargo of the United Arab Emirates as under investigation due to undelivered door-to-door boxes.
Complaints regarding undelivered door-to-door boxes of Al Rodah Marine Services, EZ Cargo, Manila Broker-Philippines, Pacific Logistics International Cargo, and The Filipino Cargo International were already endorsed to the Department of Justice for investigation.
Aeroworld Logistics Phils Inc. was ordered to show cause why it failed to deliver customers boxes.
PSB, mandated to promote and protect the interest of the shipping public, had already filed formal charges against freight forwarders operating without accreditation. Roumina Pablo
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Published on 08/21/2013
Cargo shipping from US to Brazil can be a difficult process, requiring immense scrutiny to avoid fines or seizures of cargo once ocean transport arrives to any Brazilian port. To simplify this process, iContainers has compiled some information on the regulations for ocean freight shipping into Brazil.
Documentation to ship overseas
Having all the correct documents and the proper information included on those documents is crucial to avoid troubles with Brazilian customs. All commercial documents must bear the importer s tax identification number. In addition to this, all commercial invoices, pro-forma invoices, Bill of lading (B/Ls) and Air Way Bills (AWS) for US exports shipments to any ports in Brazil must have the full eight-digit product tariff classification (MERCOSUR Common Nomenclature) in addition to the tax identification number. Three signed copies of the commercial invoice and the packing list are required to be presented to the Brazilian consignee and the consignee s forwarder, agent or customs broker. The certificate of origin may be requested by the consignee, in which case three copies will be required.
Customs requires specific wording of the package type on the Bill of Lading. Failure to comply with this could result in a fine of approximately $3000. This ocean Bill of Lading information is required 72 hours before the steam liner with your export arrives at the first Brazilian port.
All international shipping must also be registered with SISCOMEX (Sistema de Comercio Exterior), which is a computerized registration system. The system will advise particular requirements and procedures needed for each commodity.
Regulations on goods
Prohibited goods include unlicensed drugs, agrochemical products not authorized under Brazilian regulations, weapons and pleasure boats valued at over $3500. Imports that are severely restricted include used machinery, computer equipment and parts, automobiles, clothes as well as many consumer goods.
Product packaging on goods must be in Portuguese or have a Portuguese translation as well as measurements in metric units.
Keeping these things in mind, you should have no trouble shipping to Brazil to its main ports such as Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Itajai or others. Especially when you choose to use iContainers as your freight forwarder, giving you a quick LCL or FCL rate. Get a free instant quote using our online search engine today!
Freight job focus: Freight forwarder
The transport and freight industry is highly specialised and there are as many freight jobs1 as there are processes in the freighting businesses. From truckers, to ships captains, train drivers, and transport service owners and operators, to cargo owners, freight forwarders, brokers, agents, international customs officials, and even right down to airport and harbour security personnel moving freight around the world and also within borders is big business.
Freight forwarders form an integral part of the shipping service of getting cargo from A to B. They arrange for goods to be shipped on behalf of an individual or a company moving goods from the manufacturer or producer, to a wholesaler/retailer, an individual customer, or to whatever the relevant final distribution point may be. The freight forwarder will contact a carrier (ship and road or rail transport company) to organise to have the goods moved. The forwarder himself doesn t transport the products, but uses his supply chain management skills to get the goods from A to B. If that movement of cargo requires different modes of transport, the freight forwarder will use his contacts to get the goods moved via (for example) road to railway, from railway to ship port, from ship to foreign port, onto a foreign railway, then delivered by road. This is where the role of the international freight forwarder would apply.
International freight forwarders have expert knowledge in different countries customs and excise, which is why they are hired or contracted by companies to deal with international moving of cargo. They will know which documents to prepare for customs processing and the best way to clear goods at customs as part of the freight forwarding job.
As specialised as freight forwarding is, there are even niche services within it, such as a freight forwarder who specialises in air transport, or shipping by ocean, or trucking. The freight forwarder will need to review information relating to the commercial invoice (between supplier and consumer or company), the bill of lading, shipper s export declaration especially in international freight forwarding deals. The freight forwarder will have an inventory of documentation that needs to be prepared to ensure the whole process is handled smoothly, especially in the process of importing, exporting, and the shipment that takes place in between.
Freight forwarders all help exporters to prepare the necessary quotes for their clients, taking into consideration the costs of freighting, different applicable port charges (especially for international forwarding), any consular fees, insurance, handling fees and any costs of special documentation. They will even assist in the fine detail, such as the best way to pack specific cargo to ensure that it is not broken or damaged in-transit.
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Position Vacant CUSTOMER RELATIONS/ LOGISTICS MANAGER Qualification – Post Graduate/ Graduate in Management or Marketing Relevant Industry FMCG industry (Preferred) Job Description / Responsibilities – Responsible for all the export orders processing keeping in view the internal procedures.- Dispatch planning in coordination with factory, warehouse, Sales team and customers. Freight planning in coordination with freight agents, shipping coordinator and customers. Sorting out credit or payment issues with Finance team in coordination with Sales team and customers.- Responsible for various documents requirements around the globe to register our products in various countries.
- Responsible to control shipping documents as per destination customs requirements for smooth clearance of the shipments in each destination around the globe.
- Responsible to get the shipping documents attested from various local departments like: Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Economy, Sharjah Customs, Dubai Customs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from various consulates in Dubai.
- Responsible to arrange collection of funds from customer agents in coordination with Sales and Finance teams.
- Responsible to clear all the EXIT certificates from Dubai Customs to get the refund of duty deposit for all the export shipments.
- Direct interaction with clients to process their orders for dispatch. Coordination with Warehouse to plan the dispatch, coordination with Shipping Coordinator to book the shipments for exports.
- To ensure proper records are being maintained for each customer in respective customer file.
- To sort out day to day problems faced by CSCs, documents processor and shipping coordinator in discharging their duties successfully.
- To deal with Customs, Chamber and Ministry of Economy to sort out problems in exporting the shipments. To deal with freight forwarders for best rates. To ensure smooth order processing and dispatch. To ensure due payments are being followed regularly for collection from export clients.
- To verify service providers invoices and forward to finance for payment. To deal with SGS for testing of shipments for exports to IRAQ, ALGERIA, KSA and BANGLADESH.
- To arrange various customer product labels requirements, Arabic labels for Algeria, Brazilian labels for Brazil etc.
- To verify Arabic and Brazilian text for pasting on the products.
- To handle all the export LC requirements in coordination with Finance team.
Desired profile of the candidate – Candidate must be currently working in a managerial position in UAE.- Must have atleast 8-10 years of work experience in UAE preferably in FMCG industry handling export shipments, export order operations, export documentations, attestation of various documents from Government offices, knowledge of payment instruments related to export sales, customs procedures of JAFZA and SAIFZONE etc.- Fluency in English is a must and Knowledge of Arabic will be an advantage.
- Post graduate in Management.
Min. Exp. Max Exp. Min 8 years in UAE. Salary Range- Min- max AED 10000 -13000 pm
According to one of the major shipping lines, export volumes out of east and central China have grown by just 3% in the first half year of 2013. Customs data suggests that overall import-export value grew 1.1% over last year; exports were down by 1% and imports up 3.6%.
As of June 28, the PSB had listed two accredited freight forwarders, RRG Freight Services and Monark Customs Brokerage Corp., which the bureau had issued show-cause orders for non-delivery of door-to-door balikbayan boxes. Monark is also facing a petition for revocation of accreditation.
Meanwhile, freight forwarder D Winner Logistics Philippines Inc. has had its accreditation revoked for violation of PSB Administrative Order No. 6 Series of 2005 (AO6) or the Rules of Freight Forwarding. But the PSB allowed D Winner to file for a renewal of accreditation.
Freight forwarders Manila Brokers-Philippines (agent of Cargo Net World Express) and EZ Cargo Kuwait were endorsed to the Department of Justice for investigation due to undelivered balikbayan boxes. The PSB endorsed four complaints against Manila Brokers and one against EZ Cargo. The bureau had previously endorsed complaints on three more freight forwarders.
Philippine counterparts/agents of the following foreign principals/consolidators in the United States, North Star Express Inc. and Super Mama Cargo, are under investigation for undelivered balikbayan boxes and violations of AO6.
The bureau added freight forwarders ASPAC Freight Forwarders Inc., CashSense Philippines and Harrier Box Line Inc. to the list of non-accredited freight forwarders.
The PSB also listed 20 non-accredited freight forwarders ordered by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-PSB Consumer Arbitration Officers and DTI-Office of Legal Affairs to cease and desist from engaging in the freight forwarding business and pay administrative fines.
The bureau is mandated by law to promote and protect the common interests of Philippine exporters, importers, and other commercial users of water transport, and to undertake appropriate measures to develop trade through economical and efficient carriage of merchandise.
As of June 30, the bureau had listed a new domestic freight forwarder (DFF), V-Freight Cargo Services Inc., which takes the number of DFFs to 161. On the other hand, there are 582 accredited international freight forwarders.
Freight shipping is the most widely adopted method of international transport around today, and due to its wide use a structure is in place to guide both exporters and importer. This is as follows:
- When performing a shipment you need to know the volume and weight of what is being import or export so it can be determined whether a full container is needed (FCL of 20 or 40 foot) or if a shared container can be used.
- Be aware of the different transit times, carriers and consolidators (companies that offer load sharing) which are available so that an informed decision can be made. Direct and indirect routs are both available. The price will vary depending on the option chosen.
- Weight and volume of the cargo are not only of importance to the marine transporter, but as well the intermodal transporters which may also have constraints due to routes and timetables. For example, containers cannot exceed 24TN because this could incur fines. And with consolidated goods it is important to specify whether the pallets are stackable or not.
- With shipping, delays can occur which are not down to the responsibility of the shipping company. These delays can come from changes due to bad weather, breakdowns, delays at port and changes to the rout.
- In shipping you must take into account customs at the destination of the cargo and at the origin for both imports and exports. The documentation requested with internationally transported goods is vital to prevent delays and additional charges for occurring.
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