Freight Management – How to Respond to Supply Chain Disruption

  Now that the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) an international public health emergency, it's important to consider the long and short-term impact of the disease on supply chains around the globe. Below, we briefly consider the current impact of COVID-

Shipping and Importing from Vietnam to the U.S.

U.S. trade with Vietnam is on the rise - in particular, imports from Vietnam to the U.S. is rising, a result of low-cost labor, increased infrastructure development and trade disputes between the U.S. and China. Vietnam continues to be a big manufacturing hub for various commodities exported to the U.S. China’s READ MORE

Exporting from the USA to Japan – Opportunities, Market Analysis and Requirements

Japan is one of the world’s most developed and diverse economies, with a consumer driven economy similar to the United States. The leading export categories from the US to Japan are food (corn and soybeans being the top), aircraft and parts, gasoline and petroleum products, machinery, medical instruments (including X ray machines), lab equipment, and pharmaceuticals, which are all in the billions of $USD, but there are ma

Shipping from the US to Islands in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia – Oceania Export Market Series

This post will complete our Oceania Market Series. While it includes many different countries and islands, the bulk of which get the majority of their GDP from the tourism industry, shipping to these nations offers a great opportunity to those shippers who service industries that cater to the tourism industry including food, beverages, and agricultural products, construction equipment, transportation equip

Understanding the 3 New Ocean Carrier Shipping Alliances

Learn How the New Carrier Alliances Affect Your Ocean Freight Contracts and/or Shipments.

  The new ocean carrier shipping alliances are fully operational as of April 2017. These 3 carrier alliances represent nearly 80% of global container trade and roughly 90% of container capacity on major trade routes. The main trade lane that is highly affected by this change and the main reason for the new alliances is the North America-Asia a.k.a. “East-West” trade lane between the Far East and North America which will represent 96% of East-West trade. This post is focused more on the trade routes that related to North America.   If you employ an NVOCC or interna

Difference between Multimodal and Intermodal Shipping

First, let’s start off with a few definitions: Multimodal: Multimodal transport (also known as combined transport) is the transportation of goods under a single contract, but performed with at least two different means of transport; the carrier is liable (in a legal sense) for the entire carriage, even though it is performed by several different modes of transport (by rail, sea and road, for example). The carrier does not have to possess all the means of transport, and in practice usually does not; the carriage is often performed by sub-carriers (referred to in legal language as "actual carriers"). The carrier responsible for the entire carriage is referred to as a multimodal tra

Difference between Freight Forwarder and NVOCC

This post describes the main differences between an international freight forwarder and an NVOCC according to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) of the United States. Most of the information in this post is taken from the FMC's own website. Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs) are either Ocean Freight Forwarders or Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers and are regulated by the FMC pursuant to the Shipping Act of 1984. An Ocean Freight Forwarder (OFF) is an individual or compa

How to Ship and Import Cocoa Beans to the USA

Shipping and Importing Cocoa Beans to the USA must follow strict processes and US regulations in order to protect the quality and integrity of the cocoa beans. We have  listed The Cocoa Merchants' Association of America, Inc that can also be found on this link. Other organizations you may want to contact is Fair Trade USA if your beans qualify, as well as the Internatio

VGM Declaration – Verified Gross Mass – SOLAS

Misdeclaration of cargo weight is a major hazard which often results in cargo claims, structural damages to vessels and also poses a significant risk to the lives of staff. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) convention under regulation 2 of chapter VI which mandates the declaration of the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of a packed container before loading on board vessels within a prescribed cut-off date / time to the shipping line and / or port terminal authorities.   Effective July 1, 2016, SOLAS regulations for weighing con

Exporting Opportunities from the U.S. to Mauritania

Mauritania map Mauritania (known officially as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania), a country located in the Western part of North Africa, is a considered a Least Developed Country (LDC) yet that hasn’t stopped it’s economy from having an annual growth rate of 5% over the past few years.   The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast, which is home to around one-third of the country's 3.5 million people. The main seapo

Shipping and Exporting Used Clothing and Used Shoes from the U.S.

The export of used clothing and used shoes (second hand) is big business from the U.S. to various countries in the world. The main export regions for used clothing include Sub Saharan Africa, Asia Eastern Europe and Latin America. used bales of clothing   Most shipments of used clothing and shoes are loaded in 40’HC (high cube) containers. The shipper’s tend to load 44,000 - 60,000 lbs / 19,958 - 27,215kgs / 20

DDP Shipments – Ultimate Consignee and Importer of Record

DDP Shipments into the United States are defined as shipments where the foreign shipper (most of the time also known as the Seller of the goods) is paying for all charges including freight, duties, taxes, customs clearance charges up to the buyer’s door, warehouse or fulfillment center.   If the shipper (seller) overseas is selling on DDP terms, there are rules that must be followed in order to prevent any delays or customs holds.   There are two parties in a DDP shipment that must be clarified before the cargo is shipped into the United States: Importer of Record and Ultimate Consignee   Importer of Record In a DDP shipment, the Import

How to Calculate Chargeable Weight for Air Freight Shipments

The Chargeable Weight of Air Freight shipments are calculated as the Actual Weight (Gross Weight) or the Volumetric (also called Volume or Dimensional) Weight of the shipment, whichever is the greater. This uses an estimated weight that is calculated based on the dimensions (length, width and height) of a package (shipments are always shown in the order of L x W x H). Typically, large items with a light overall weight take up more space on an aircraft than a small, heavy item. That’s why the Airlines charge according to Chargeable Weight.   Chargeable weight is commonly used by air freight forwarders, domestic motor carriers and brokers to calculate their air freight and/or domestic truck

Freight Forwarder for India-USA Shipments – Logistics Services for India-US Imports and Exports

Learn about logistics between the USA and India

india-to-usa-shippingAEL offers full service freight forwarding, custom house brokerage, warehousing, distribution  and  international trade consulting  for importing from India to the USA and exporting from the USA to India. We provide our India clients with a complete range of logistics services: Ocean/Sea Freight (FCL, LCL, RORO, Breakbulk), Air

Shipping Cars with Air Freight – Exporting Cars with Air Cargo

We are experts at shipping cars with air freight

???????????????????????????????????? American Export Lines’ (AEL) Air Freight division offers a one-stop solution for shipping cars with air freight. We are an IATA/CNS licensed and approved Air Freight Forwarder (also known as Indirect Air Carrier - IAC). We can ship to virtually any international destination with air freight. We have a network of reliable ag

Export Air Freight Forwarding Solutions | Air Logistics and Shipping Solutions

Understanding more about our Air Export Freight Forwarding Solutions

Air FreightAEL’s Air Freight Forwarding Services for Export Cargo provide a complete solution for US exporters. We are an IATA/CNS licensed Air Forwarder since 1974 and a TSA appro

Benefits of Selecting an Independent Freight Forwarder for International and Domestic Freight and Logistics Services

Benefits of partnering with an independent freight forwarder

152__240x175_which-freight-forwarding-company-to-choose-strategic-decisionThere are many questions to ask when deciding on whether to choose a large multinational freight forwarder or a small independent freight forwarder for international an

How to Ship and Import Goods from Overseas to the USA – 10 Questions Your Freight Forwarder/Customs Broker Need Answered to Quote the Shipping Cost from China or Other Countries to the USA

How to Import to the US

137__240x175_areas-of-international-trade-import-logistics-from-overseas-to-the-usa-how-to-import-to-the-usa The same questions we ask below will apply if you are importing from China, Brazil, Turkey, S

10 Tips On Choosing a Freight Forwarder – Terminology and Questions To Ask Yourself and Potential Freight Forwarders

How to choose and select a freight forwarder


When it comes to international freight forwarding and transportation, selecting the right freight forwarder is like choosing the right supplier, vendor or accountant; you are choosing a partner that will help your business succeed. Your freight forwarder sh


Exporting from USA to Erbil – Insights and Logistics for Iraqi Kurdistan

Shipping from US to Kurdistan Iraq

Erbil, Iraq (aka Arbil, Irbil, known in Kurdish as  Hewlêr) the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. Erbil is the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Iraqi Kurdistan has proven oil reserves of around 45 billion barrels. The Kurdistan region, also known as IKR (Iraqi Kurdistan Region) has seen Kurds from several neighboring countries flock to Kurdistan to work, invest, and start new businesses.   AEL is very experienced in handling shipments from any point the US to Erbil or

Exporting to Africa / Shipping to African Countries

The continent of Africa is seeing tremendous growth in both it's social and economic status. Africa is home to 6 of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world. This includes North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara) as well as  Sub-Saharan Africa which includes all other countries below North Africa. [singlepic id=108 w=320 h=240 float=left]Investors from all over the world are flocking to places like Nigeria, Ghana, Libya, Kenya, Angola to invest in everything from  manufacturing  plants to software and mobile phone networks.  The first commodities shipped to high growth "frontier markets" is

How to Ship Cars Overseas

How to Ship Cars Overseas

Whether you are shipping your car overseas because you are moving or starting an auto export business, you need to be aware of the auto export process and what to expect when shipping cars overseas. This post is also relevant to shipping boats, motorcycles, motor homes overseas. We will generalize everything as "car" and "cars" and sometimes "auto" or "autos" in this post.   Let's start with the different types of vessels and equipment available to ship cars overseas.   There are several ways to ship cars overseas: READ MORE