October 17, 2020 Informative 1,402

Seaports of the World by Country with their codes

The following is a listing of 835 of the most active seaports and inland ports in the world. Several thousand additional ports exist yet more than 99 percent of the world’s trade moves through these ports. We have omitted fishing ports and small ports that primarily handle private pleasure craft.

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October 15, 2020 Informative 2,554

What is a Shipping Container - The Complete Guide

INTRODUCTION

A container is a transportation equipment of value. Its life time may easily reach 15 years. Its use has made possible to rationalize transportation of goods with the result that their transfer from one means of transportation to another has been speeded up. For this reason and also for others such as fraud prevention, interchange control and rating, the identification of a container is of utmost importance at any stage of the distribution chain: delivery to shipper, delivery to carrier, delivery to consignee, contract of carriage, transfer from one carrier to another, customs formalities (export, transit, import), customs temporary admission, customs sealing, insurance, transport manifesting, claim settlement, maintenance and repair, loss, etc.

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September 23, 2020 Statistics 3,372

Top 25 Freight Forwarders by US Imports from Asia 2020

US Import from Asia, Jan-Aug 2020

The JOC Top 25 Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOs) in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade handled 49.4 percent of the nearly 4.73 million TEU in US imports from Asia transported by NVOs during the first eight months of 2020.

Rank
NVOCC
TEU Jan-Aug 2020
1
Apex Group
238,940
2
Expeditors International
220,255
3
C.H. Robinson
210,180
4
OEC Group
185,148
5
Honour Lane Shipping
166,254
6
Kuehne + Nagel International
160,886
7
The Topocean Group
128,664
8
Hecny Shipping
106,177
9
DHL
75,675
10
China International Freight Co
69,447
11
De Well
69,290
12
Orient Star Transport International Ltd.
67,796
13
SeaMaster Logistics, Inc.
65,902
14
MCL Multi Container Line
60,898
15
UPS Supply Chain Solutions Inc.
58,795
16
Flexport
55,808
17
DT Logistics (Hong Kong) Ltd
55,168
18
DB Schenker
54,839
19
Safround logistics
48,448
20
DFDS Group
44,868
21
Pudong Prime International Logistics
39,981
22
Cohesion Freight (H.K.)
39,195
23
Translink Shipping
38,702
24
FedEx Trade Networks
38,454
25
Joosung Sea & Air Co.
37,115
JOC Rankings: Top 25 Asia-US import NVOs www.joc.com

 


September 23, 2020 Informative 31,597

IMO Classes for Dangerous Goods

The Carriage of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in sea-going ships is respectively regulated in the International Convention for the Safety of the Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

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April 28, 2020 General 539

Import General Manifest and Outbound Inbound Marketing

I rather find it strange that in US import air and sea manifest isn’t available publicly online1, in Pakistan every single import by air and sea is available online by Pakistan Customs. It’s a very crowded portal all FFs / Customs Brokers and their Tele Reps are busy calling customers right away the shipment lands into Pakistan by collecting data from there.. importers here are overwhelmed by phone calls and emails., its called import general manifest IGM and portal is updated on an hourly basis.

Exports data is tricky. It’s not available online. Having said that both imp-exp data ain’t so helpful. As it may seem.

As outbound marketing has lost its mojo long ago due to spam. It’s all about Inbound now. 90% customers we had acquired in the past 2 years were entirely through SERP organic ranking., and AdWords.

Even our 50k subscribers strong newsletter doesn’t help much. We now only send once a month at maximum just to keep the list from being stalled and avoid too many bounce back due to inactive email addresses. That doesn’t go well with anyone. Either MailChimp or SES.

A lot of email addresses become invalid due to people leaving etc even in a month., and if you don’t email in 2-4 months it easily breaches the allowed hard bounce limit of 0.5%  and risks account suspension.


1. The US Customs however provides the manifest data to Commercial Software Companies, who would sell it online for a subscription ranging from $100 to $250 per month.