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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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How a Partnership with Sheltered International Can Grow Your Business Internationally

Gain Support and Build Customer Relationships with Sheltered International Though international expansion can often mean untapped business opportunity, many domestic shipping providers don’t have the expertise or resources to take this step. Delivering years of experience in the international shipping industry, Sheltered International can help. With support, training, and access to our white-label software SiShips, small businesses can grow globally. Read on to learn how partnering with Sheltered International can instantly streamline your international expansion. Simplifying International Expansion for Independent Businesses Our technology platform SiShips simplifies all steps of global shipping, from quoting to tracking…
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COVID-19 Reduces Passenger Flights, Air Cargo Space

Airlines Adapt to Maintain Supply Chains Despite Decreased Airfreight Capacity As the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine orders reduce the number of passenger flights, air cargo space has been severely limited. Decrease in airfreight volume and supply has also generated a significant rise in rates, further complicating the importation of goods. This situation, along with the continued demand for PPE, medical supplies, and other essential goods, has required airlines to adapt, reconfiguring passenger planes for the transportation of cargo in an attempt to maintain supply chains. A Sharp Decrease in Air Traffic While passenger planes…
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How Importers Are Navigating Regulations to Reduce the US PPE Shortage

Sheltered International Donates 3,000 Face Masks to Nassau County First Responders As medical-grade masks become increasingly rare in the United States, many importers are turning to the PPE category in an attempt to reduce the shortage. However, businesses unfamiliar with the process of importing medical equipment may encounter obstacles with FDA registration and licensing, delaying the much-needed shipments further. With years of expertise in the freight industry, Sheltered International can help facilitate this importing process to ensure medical personnel and first responders can access this necessary equipment as soon as possible. With this knowledge, Sheltered…
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COVID-19 Creates Shipping Disruption

The shipping supply chain is facing unmatched disruption as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. In over 60-years of global shipping history, the industry has never faced an interruption of this size. While China is finally showing progress in human and economic health, the damage on the supply chains is already done. There is no guarantee that factories will return to full capacity soon. China travel restrictions and quarantine efforts have prevented factories from receiving crucial components from their suppliers. The backlog of factory orders and limited travel options have stressed exporters, container lines…
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Phase One of US-China Trade Deal Reduces Tariffs

Chinese and American Exports See Decrease in Duty Rates As part of a Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement between the United States and China, signed on January 15, 2020, both countries have halved tariffs on many imported goods. The relevant duty reductions were applied on February 14, 2020. China’s reductions will affect only the extra tariffs put in place on American imports last September. Tariffs on U.S. crude oil will drop from 5% to 2.5%, while total duties on soybeans are reduced from 30% to 27.5%. In total, this will affect roughly $75 billion…
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What to Know About Coronavirus and Its Effects on the Shipping Industry

How Coronavirus is Affecting Trade with China After the outbreak of the SARS epidemic in 2002, medical experts called for stricter quarantine laws regarding international travel, and thus the shipping industry, in the case of a future outbreak. These regulations are now being put into place as coronavirus spreads through the Wuhan province in China. This quarantine is affecting factories in China as well as those in neighboring countries whose employees have been unable to return to work after visiting family in the Hubei region during the Lunar New Year. Reduced production, coupled with concerns…
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