USA Main: +1-904-432-8866| Bogota Colombia +57-1-466-0813

Skip to Content

Blog

Understanding Harbor Maintenance Fees and Merchandising Processing Fees

Why You May See Additional Fees on Your Shipment Invoice Although some imports may be duty-free, this doesn’t mean they’re free of all associated fees. Two small taxes, Harbor Maintenance Fees and Merchandise Processing Fees, are often overlooked and may come as a surprise when you receive your invoice. Though small, it’s important to include these values when running calculations and preparing for shipments. Read on to learn more about what exactly these fees are and how they apply to your products. Harbor Maintenance Fee Established in 1987, the Harbor Maintenance Fee (HMF) is assessed…
1 Continue Reading →

Supply Chain Congestion as Truck Rates Increase, Ports See Packed Capacity

Adjusting for Increased Truck Rates and Reduced Productivity In a stark contrast to the shipping slowdown seen in the spring, ports in California are seeing significant surges of imports, operating at peak utilization. Subsequently, trucking rates have increased, reflecting the demand of companies looking to move products out of the ports and across the country.  At Sheltered International, our team is adapting to these increased rates, offering updated and flexible quoting options. Read on to learn more about current events impacting shipping, or contact us directly with questions regarding your shipment. Ports Experiencing Peak Capacity…
0 Continue Reading →

China’s Ministry of Transport Considers Ban on Rate Increases, Blank Sailings for US-China Trade Lanes

How China’s Intervention May Affect Capacity and Rates for Ocean Freight Long-Term As ocean cargo rates continue to surge, China’s Ministry of Transport is taking steps to prevent any further increases. Last week, Chinese authorities discussed a possible ban on rate increases, which would apply to the GRI planned for mid-September. To boost capacity, they also suggested prohibiting the blanking of any sailings on the transpacific route, significantly impacting the ability of carriers to manage capacity and maintain a profit. Although nothing has been established as of yet, carriers and shippers alike should consider how…
2 Continue Reading →

Ocean Cargo Rates Peak as Demand Surges

Covid-19, Limited Capacity, and More Factors Have Driven Freight Rates to Set New Records Although back-to-school season and holiday preparations consistently make August a peak season for ocean freight, this year is seeing a uniquely high increase – in both rates and capacity. The blanking of sailings earlier in the summer in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, combined with concerns over tariffs as the first trade agreement with China nears expiration, has generated a boom in demand that outpaces capacity. As a result, Asia-US West Coast spot rates have set new records, with Shanghai to…
0 Continue Reading →

Save Your Business Valuable Time with SiShips’ Quoting Tools

Understanding SiShips Auto Quoting and Spot Quoting Options With so many carriers and shipping routes available, finding the right quote for your shipment can be overwhelming. Even worse, countless back-and-forth emails takes time that would be better spent focusing on other areas of your business. Our software SiShips offers quoting tools that save you that time – and provide accurate, easy-to-filter quotes that give you the ability to find the best fit for your product. We provide both auto quotes and spot quotes and let you book and track both directly through our system. Read…
0 Continue Reading →

3 Things Every Business Should Know About Cargo Insurance

Why Cargo Insurance Policies Are the Best Ways to Protect Your Shipments It’s vital for your business that your shipments arrive at their destination safely. While it’s true that carriers offer some amount of protection for your shipment, this coverage is very limited. To protect your business and your goods against unexpected events, purchasing cargo, or freight, insurance is crucial. Read on to learn more about the types of policies available, the limitations of carrier liability, and how Sheltered International can help you find the right insurance for your business and your peace of mind.…
0 Continue Reading →

Why Your Company Should Use Periodic Monthly Statements

How Sheltered International Makes Filing Duty Payments Easier for Your Business From saving you time to improving your cash flow, using the Periodic Monthly Statement (PMS) process can offer significant benefits to your business. PMS has no additional cost and allows your business to pay duties monthly in a single payment, instead of for each individual transaction. Combined with our tracking and reporting software SiShips, your business can enjoy simplified reporting and accounting and a greater sense of control when it comes to duty payments.   How Do Periodic Monthly Statements Work? Periodic Monthly Statements…
0 Continue Reading →

An Interview with Sheltered International Export Manager William Mosley

Why This Freight-Forwarding Expert Loves Living and Working in Amelia Island After relocating to Amelia Island from South Carolina six years ago, William Mosley discovered two things: a love for the beach and a new work family at Sheltered International. As the Export Manager, William spends his day-to-day communicating with an array of customers – one of his favorite aspects of the job. Read on to learn a bit more about William, his favorite SI tools, and predictions for 2020. Where are you from, and what is your role here at Sheltered International? I am…
0 Continue Reading →

COVID-19 Pandemic Continues to Affect Ocean Cargo Capacity

Blank Sailings and Fluctuating Demand Complicate Ocean Freight Forwarding Lack of demand for ocean freight due to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in blank, or canceled, sailings of cargo ships. Though the number of cancellations peaked in February, major shipping companies are still reducing market capacity in an attempt to maintain freight rates. As carriers and shippers aim to strike a balance between fluctuating demand and capacity, it is more important than ever to be aware of the shifts in ocean freight availability and the impact it might have on your business.…
0 Continue Reading →

SiShips Introduces Satellite Tracking for Ocean Cargo

What You Should Know About Satellite AIS Tracking and How It Can Help Your Business From inclement weather to pandemics, there is a myriad of external factors that can affect your shipment. Knowing where your cargo is at all times offers peace of mind. SiShips has integrated with Satellite AIS tracking to expand its freight tracking capabilities, allowing users to check the position of their ocean cargo with accuracy and ease. This update, provided at no additional cost for customers, offers additional transparency throughout the import and export process, along with valuable data that can…
0 Continue Reading →