The freight shipping company or agents plays an important role in forwarding the goods.
There is always a direct shipper-carrier relationship. Such a relationship does not always exist. Quite often a freight forwarder or freight shipping Houston broker is an intermediary. The practice in this regard varies from coast to coast and from shipper to shipper. In the intricate procedure of foreign trade, the freight forwarder is a middleman who serves either the shipper or the ship operator or both. He offers a highly specialized service to those who need his assistance, and the functions he stands ready to perform are varied and complex. Export shipments involve much technical detail and much specialized paper work, and often the exporter relies on a freight forwarder as a specialist in his trade. Importers may be clients of the freight forwarder if the forwarder also acts as a customhouse broker.
The freight forwarder represents the shipper more often than the ship operator, and if he serves the latter, he is functioning in the capacity of a freight broker or ship broker. A freight-forwarding company may and does represent a variety of interests, performing diverse functions in behalf of those interests. Its primary functions are to supervise the movement of goods, to prepare the shipping and customs documents involved in the movement of those goods, and to perform miscellaneous services in the interests of its clients.
Nature of Forwarding
Shippers utilize the services of freight shipping Houston forwarders for a variety of reasons. Some exporters located at seaboard do not have the facilities or personnel to take care of the multitude of details involved in export shipments, while others whose offices and factories are located at inland points do not have branch offices at the port areas through which exports move. Importers who need a freight forwarders services fall primarily into two categories: those who import goods through ports other than the ones in which they are located and those who have factories or carry their wares at inland centers. In addition, freight forwarders handle overseas shipments for a number of large companies whose volume of traffic, either export or import, is not sufficient to warrant traffic departments in their own organization. Because they are always in close contact with steamship companies and with other transportation agencies, and because they are specialists in the field of international shipping, freight forwarders are able to give merchants and manufacturers the benefit of their detailed knowledge of traffic conditions, government regulations, and other factors that enter into the efficient and economical handling of goods.
The International Shipping Company, U.S.A, gives a tab for choosing sea freight service on its home page. From LCL(less than container load), FCL, RO-RO, the tab gives several options. LCL refers to boxes, crates and pellet cargo and is supposed to be a low cost solution for international shipping of smaller quantum of sea freight. However FCL has options for household goods as well as for cars, boats and motor vehicles.
The RO-RO (Roll-on/Roll-off) option is more suitable for customers, who wish to use the sea freight service for shipping heavy vehicles or equipment. This term is often used for highlighting wheeled cargo that can be rolled on or off the vessel.
So whether you are re-locating, or shipping raw materials or transporting finished goods you can now opt from the several packaging options of International Shipping Company. What more, they provide you with transport facilities, tracking options, door to port or door to door deliveries too- All this so that their customers can enjoy a stress free shipping option, with best of services. Automated Sea Freight Shipping System believes in upgrading their services and provide better platform with time as they believe in serving to the customers.
The home page of the site also gives a destination tab for easy calculation of freight cost instantly. A logged in visitor can get instant quote for RO-RO, FCL and LCL sea freight to his desired destination and also compare the prices to arrive at a feasible cost effective solution. In fact, >International shipping companies1 have a clear link to FAQ on export and import of LCL from and to USA respectively. Quotation calculator on the website makes the price comparisons easier for every shipment such that the potential customers have access to a much more transparent platform of pricing, as International Shipping Company values its customers and believes in fair policies.
Important information related to shipping containers, LCL, household goods, insurance, shipping terminals etc. are also found through proper tab of References on the site. Important documentation and other legal paper work information can also be found from the site s Documents tab. Tracking numbers are given with each shipment such that the customers can track their shipment from the comfort of home at a click of button and with no hassles, as International Shipping Companies values its customers and believes in transparency be it with policies, pricing or shipment status.
Bluesea Shipping Lines, Inc is an U.S international shipping company, which is licensed and bonded U.S freight forwarder. Their international sea freight services include commercial sea freight shippers and household goods shipping.
Kerry Asia Road Transport (KART) has launched a new scheduled twice-weekly trucking service connecting Shenzhen and Hanoi, through its ASEAN-China road network.
There are emerging trade channels developing between China and ASEAN countries and KART s Less-than-Truckload (LTL) service will initially connect the industrial cities in southern China and northern Vietnam, providing shippers and 3PLs with a fixed-day
dedicated service. KART will look to expand this service to other city pairs in the future.
It is very exciting that there are new industrial and commercial centres developing along the road network connecting ASEAN and China and we are forecasting significant growth and additional city-to-city services in the future, said Alex Ng, General Manager of KART.
There is demand from shippers for a service that matches airfreight for transit time and is more cost effective. By road we can deliver to the heart of Hanoi and Shenzhen which is much quicker than by ocean.
Shippers want schedule integrity and the city-to-city direct service means we are able to manage our customers supply chains more effectively, improving efficiency, reducing inventory and delivering just-in-time, he added. The new service will depart Shenzhen for Hanoi on Tuesday and Thursday and Hanoi to Shenzhen on Wednesday and Friday. KART has also extended its door-to-door connectivity in China and Vietnam through its domestic courier services, ensuring expedited delivery throughout both countries.
As SGS TAPA-TSR certified, KART s containers are equipped with security features such as GPS tracking and on-board CCTV.
KART is an ASEAN-wide road transportation service that connects China (Shanghai, Shenzhen, Kunming) to ASEAN countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore).
Edmonds hydro in San Diego for last U.S.-based race of season
Peters and May crew readies the boat for testing and racing this week in San Diego. (Photo courtesy Hydro News)
Tom Thompson is greeted by his, daughter, Savannah after his first run in the Miss Peters and May. (Photo courtesy Miss Peters and May race team)
By Harry Gatjens
The Edmonds-based Miss Peters and May is in San Diego this weekend for the last race of the United States portion of the 2012 schedule. Owner/crew chief Scott Raney has been preparing the boat for the added difficulties salt water racing presents.
The biggest news for the team is that owner/driver J. W. Myers has had to step down from his driving duties. He injured his shoulder when the boat crashed earlier this year in Detroit. His efforts to drive the boat in the two Washington races has led to further deterioration of his shoulder s condition.
New driver Tom Thompson was chosen after an extensive search to fill in for the remainder of the season. Thompson has significant experience in several limited class hydroplanes on the East Coast. He has been a member of the American Power Boat Association s Hall of Champions for the past three years.
Owner Shannon Raney says that Thompson is the complete package they were looking for in a driver. He is a talented driver, excellent with fans and probably most importantly a great representative for sponsors.
On Friday, Thompson fulfilled all of his requirements 15 laps during testing and qualifying, with 10 of those over 130 mph to qualify as an unlimited class driver.
Thompson was thrilled to have qualified so easily Friday morning. Wow, what a feeling, he said. The Peters & May team did a fantastic job setting up what is a great boat. Super excited! Thanks to the whole team.
There are 12 boats on hand to compete in this weekend s event. Racing starts Saturday at 2 p.m. Follow the race results here on My Edmonds News all weekend long.
After the San Diego race, the boat will get packed up and shipped to Doha, Qatar for the season-ending race. Thompson is expected to drive the boat at that race also.
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Global supply chain optimization provider Manhattan Associates, Inc. announced that Pacific, Wash. based Gordon Trucking, a local, regional, and trans-continental truckload service provider, has seen substantial reductions in operating costs and deadhead miles following a successful implementation of Manhattan s Driver&Load module from the Manhattan Carrier suite of solutions.
Gordon s 1,900 blue trucks cover four million miles a week, or 208 million miles a year, further than the distance from the Earth to the Sun and back. Additionally, Gordon manages dedicated fleets through its 13 terminals across the country, and employs 2,500 people. It is considered to be one of the safest and most reliable large truckload carriers in North America. With such an expansive network, every small savings can have a large impact on Gordon s bottom line.
The products we use from Manhattan eliminate deadhead and improve efficiencies bringing down our costs and increasing our profits, said Jim Kobeski, director of regional operations, Gordon Trucking. When you look at trucking just 10 or 15 years ago, it was all a manual process. Things weren t done with computers. Today, it s all about computers and optimization technology.
Since the implementation, Kobeski noted that Gordon s primary usage has improved substantially and that there is a direct correlation between use of the solution and a 5.5 percent increase in equipment utilization during the same time-period. Driver&Load was created to match specific drivers to the best possible loads across a carrier s entire network in real time, thereby reducing empty miles, increasing utilization and improving driver satisfaction.
TruckingOffice, a specialist in online trucking managment software (TMS), has partnered with Getloaded, a leading internet-based logistics freight-matching site to launch GetloadedOps exclusively for Getloaded members.
The product is being launched and demonstrated at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, August 23, 2012.
GetloadedOps is designed to handle the record keeping involved in running a successful trucking business. It can manage dispatching, invoicing, driver settlement, maintenance planning and tracking, IFTA mileage, and reporting. Getloaded members can access this software for only $16 per month. Other, similar, business management tools can cost 5 to 10 times that amount.
Our goal is to make it easy to run a successful trucking company, and together we are able to bring a cost effective solution to Getloaded members , said Allen Campbell, founder of TruckingOffice. As partners TruckingOffice and Getloaded can bring this
great software solution directly to the Getloaded members providing them access to the two
best in business solutions, all in one place.
TruckingOffice is dedicated to building online tools to help owner-operators and small fleets manage their businesses. By providing software that is built by truckers for truckers, they are able to make the software easy to use for anyone in the in the industry.
Starting 1807 Emperor Napoleon of France invaded the Iberian peninsular in a disastrous Peninsular War campaign leaving behind him mayhem and the Napoleonic code so might a role reversal 200 years later be a belated form of poetic justice?
Much to answer for? Napol on Bonaparte by Andrea Appiani (1754 1817) (Credit: Wikipedia)
Earlier still of course beginning 1796 Napoleon had conquered what is today northern Italy and Venice also storing up plenty of bitter blood.
Thus some might be tempted to ask, is there is any wonder that under the cloak of EU single market freedoms, the sun-belt Latins are turning the tables and presently hotfooting it into France even though their motives could not be more dissimilar.
For the Portuguese, Spanish and Italians have been surging across the borders in a desperate bid to ensure their small construction and transport enterprises survive under the onslaught of an economic disaster inflicted by greed-driven global financiers1 and their complicit political midgets, and which shows no signs of any let-up.
Revenge in a continent with centuries of history and even longer memories was possibly always going to be a long time coming. Nevertheless locals are not taking it lying down.
Ironically the French election campaign2 season earlier in the year was crammed with highly charged and calamitous cries about the danger of immigration and talk of invasion undermining culture and jobs. But the target then was religious minorities not the Portuguese, Spanish and Italian firms and sole traders now arousing the ire of small and medium-sized local businesses.
The ongoing Eurozone recession has decimated Iberian economies and made severe inroads into parts of Italy as well more than 50% youth unemployment in Greece and Spain, more than 30% in Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal and Slovakia and a European average of 22% according to recent Eurostat figures.3
Construction firms and road haulage firms in France are demanding action as reports multiply of damage to their sector from Latin businesses starved in their own devastated economies and undercutting their French counterparts4 in the south-West and centre of the country.
Labour tensions are rising in France as the full impact of the crisis hits vulnerable industries with PSA, the biggest French car maker announcing 8,000 job losses and the closing of its Aulnay plant north of Paris.
According to a report in Le Journal des Entreprises5 construction companies have noticed the expanding emergence of Spanish companies bidding for work in Aquitaine in the south-West. For a year, more and more construction sites have been taken over by Spaniards, said Bruno Garabos, president of the French Building Federation FFB-F d ration fran aise du b timent in the Gironde. I can understand their situation: turnover of construction companies in Spain and Portugal fell 11% in 2011, and is expected to fall by 12% in 2012. It makes sense that they are looking for markets on the other side of the Pyrenees. The problem is that French company margins are shrinking. This competition, which is not always fair, may further aggravate our difficulties.
If Bruno Garabos is concerned about the allegedly less than scrupulous approach taken by the competition, he admits that labour inspection controls on construction sites are problematical. While of course French law applies across France how do we check if a Spanish labourer is working 35 or 50 hours on a site? The controls are not sufficiently frequent to ensure everyone is properly registered.
Bruno Garabos also denounced the hypocrisy of project owners, including those in the public sector, who he said, ignore the working practices of these competitors because their bids are so attractively priced.
A separate report claimed that the lower prices were only possible because many of the Latin insurgents were less than rigorous about working hours, social security contributions, taxes, invoices, VAT and national minimum wages rules in France. All these accusations have been strenuously rebutted by some of the larger Spanish firms involved and which insist they are competing legitimately cross-border just as any other European enterprise is permitted to do under EU rules.
Pascal Bertrand, regional president of the Federation of property developers, disputed the complaints raised by Bruno Garabos. He told Le Journal des Entreprises : Some developers rely on foreign companies, but it remains the exception. Sometimes the labour pool is Spanish and Portuguese but this is because of a shortage of French labourers.
Where Napoleon stirred it all up Iberian Peninsula (Credit: DBduo Photography)
Meanwhile according to a report in SudQuest6 the FNTP-National Federation of Public Works warns that the position of public works construction companies in France has declined rapidly since the beginning of the year . The public works sector will shed at least 6,000 permanent jobs in 2012, it said. The claims were backed up by Patrick Bernasconi, FNTP chairman: The economic crisis has led companies in Spain, Portugal and Italy to make aggressive bids in tender7s in France offering unreasonably low prices. Project owners sometimes have little regard for the conditions under which the tender work is performed , he said calling for more controls. He also called on the Labour Department to investigate unfair competition .
He said that the blame did not lie with the Spanish companies which have won contracts worth millions of euros through public procurement , but rather with the French authorities who have let the situation become gangrenous .
He said the loss of the contracts mentioned above represented approximately 120,000 hours of work lost to us and this creates serious tensions. We must fight to survive .
He denounced grey areas that he said existed around the hiring of workers on the Spanish Basque coast. We commissioned a report from the Bordeaux social security which revealed many irregularities. But the government prefers to ignore these . His claims were however rebutted by Jean Baptiste Sallaberry, Mayor of Hendaye. who said before entrusting a project to a company, we ensure its operations are fully compliant.
Aware of the growing unease however George Labaz e the Socialist President of the Conseil G n ral says he plans a close review of the regulatory framework governing cross-border work. Is there healthy competition or is it social dumping? To find out, we will lift up the concrete slab that overhangs the construction world, he said.
Meanwhile French road hauliers are also up in arms about the liberalisation of cabotage due in 2014.
Spanish road transport companies already operating on French roads are de facto acting as if the cabotage law had already been relaxed, they claim. Currently Spanish, Portuguese and Italian trucks can carry three loads back from France as part of a trip originating in their home countries.
The Spaniards, whose domestic consumption has collapsed, are trying to offset their problems by increasing the loads thay carry under cabotage before crossing the border says Francois-Xavier Mintegui, president of UR the European Hauliers Organization.
Jerome Bessiere, regional delegate of FNTR the National Federation of Motor Carriers is concerned about what recent changes in Spanish labour laws will do to their share of road haulage. We (the French) will become even less competitive. We are already suffering from differences in payroll, driver time availability and the price of diesel! he said.
Ah yes Emperor Napoleon may yet have much more to answer for.
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Crown Relocations would like to congratulate AMEC Natural Resources EWA Recruitment Team this year s winners of the cHeRries Finders Keepers Recruitment & Retention award. Barry Koolen, Regional Managing Director at Crown Relocations presented the accolade at the fifth annual cHeRries Awards which celebrate outstanding human resources (HR), recruitment and training achievements in the north-east of Scotland.
The honours were presented at a ceremony in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, attended by almost 600 of the region s leading business professionals and hosted by financial expert, journalist and television presenter Jasmine Birtles.
We are proud to support these local awards and to sponsor the Finders Keepers Recruitment & Retention award, as at Crown Relocations, we recognise that staff are a business greatest asset, said Barry Koolen, Regional Managing Director at Crown Relocations1.
Nominations for next year s cHeRries Awards will open in November, with the awards taking place next June.
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