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Frequently Asked Freight Questions

Freight FAQs

Industry FAQs

  • INCO terms define responsibilities between buyers and sellers in international trade. They specify who pays for shipping, insurance, and customs duties, clarifying obligations.

  • Freight forwarders manage logistics, including booking cargo, arranging transportation, and handling documentation. They streamline shipping processes for businesses.

  • CIF means the seller arranges and pays for shipping to the buyer's port, while FOB means the buyer is responsible once goods are loaded onto the ship. FOB can save costs, but CIF offers more convenience.

  • Dimensional weight is calculated by dividing a shipment's volume (units multiplied by length, width, and height) by a "dim factor." If the dim factor is lower, the dimensional weight is higher. The chargeable weight for the shipment is determined by comparing the actual weight and dimensional weight, with the higher number being used for billing purposes.

  • A dim factor is a value used in calculating dimensional weight for shipments. It determines how much space a unit of weight occupies. A lower dim factor means less space is needed for a given weight, affecting billing in freight transportation.

  • An HS code is a standardized classification system for goods used in international trade. It helps identify products and determine tariffs and regulations. You need one to accurately declare your goods during customs clearance.

  • FCL (Full Container Load) means you're renting an entire container for your shipment, while LCL (Less than Container Load) means your goods share a container with other shipments. FCL offers more control and is typically more cost-effective for larger shipments.

  • A tariff heading is a unique code used to classify goods for customs and trade purposes. It determines the applicable tariff rates and regulations for importing or exporting specific products.

  • SOB (Shipped on Board) date refers to the date when goods are loaded onto a vessel for shipment. It is an essential piece of information for tracking the progress of shipments and determining liability in case of loss or damage.

  • Cargo dues are charges levied by port authorities for using their facilities and services for cargo handling and storage. These dues contribute to the maintenance and operation of port infrastructure.

  • Landside charges cover the costs associated with transporting cargo to and from the port, including handling, storage, and trucking services. These charges reflect the expenses incurred in moving goods between the port and inland destinations.


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