Navigating Custom Clearances

In order to clear customs on your shipment, you will need a Power of Attorney (POA) and a 3rd Party Agreement filled out prior to the cargo arriving at the destination port. To file an entry you will need to provide a Commercial Invoice, Packing list, and Bill of Lading. Duty is calculated based on Invoice value and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code. Food products may require a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) number. All Hazardous shipments will require an official Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Air Freight Explained

Air freight, or air cargo allows the transport of goods quickly by air. Shipping cargo by air has always been a high cost-to-weight form of shipment, countered by the fact that it’s the fastest way to transport goods internationally.

FCL Shipping Guide

Ocean Freight is a method of transporting large quantities of goods through the sea. Products are packed into large containers which are loaded onto vessels sailing to the destination country.

How to choose your provider

We recommend working with people who have experience in all modes of the Supply Chain to minimize costs and maintain fluidity throughout the process. In the Logistics world there can be many challenges to overcome and having an experienced team will help ensure your shipment is handled with care.

Ocean Freight Explained

Ocean freight, also called sea freight, is the movement of goods internationally by sea. Ocean freight is by far the most popular option for shipping goods internationally. Roughly 90% of goods are transported around the world by sea.

ISF Filings

The Import Security Filing (ISF), which is also commonly known as 10+2 is required to be submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) no later than 24 hours prior to the cargo being loaded on the vessel destined to the United States.

When to file

ISF Importers, or their agent, must provide eight data elements, no later than 24 hours before the cargo is laden aboard a vessel destined to the United States. U.S. bound Cargo (Includes FTZ and IT): requires the electronic filing of an Importer Security Filing (ISF) comprised of 10 data elements.


ACI eManifest is a mandatory CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) security protocol designed to provide advanced notice and data on the commodities and parties involved in the movement of freight.

Type 86

Entry Type 86 is within Section 321 (referring to Section 321 of the Tariff Act of 1930) and applies to low-value goods exempt from customs duty. To be considered “low value,” merchandise must be valued at $800* or less.

CBM Calculation

The cubic meter calculator is used to calculate the volume of a shipment carton or box by using the three dimensions, which are length, width, and height. Length x Width x Height ( in CM) / 1,000,000

Special Cargo - oversize/overweight

Hauling overweight has huge savings and will lower your overall cost per unit. The first question to ask is if your product cubes out before you weight out? This means do you run out of space before you reach the legal weight limit. If that answer is “No” then you should further inquire about this. The next process is to navigate through the jurisdictions it will have to travel once arrived. We have helped many customers move their goods more efficiently with less equipment. Let us know how we can create a plan to help you put those costs back into your control.

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