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Importing to the USA – Importer of Record

Posted on March 14th, 2016

Importing to the USA 9 Points for the Importer of Record and the process of Reasonable care What can you do to meet requirements:

  • Investigate government requirements in regards to a specific type of product and review the U.S. importer of record requirements
  • Create a tariff database to use, it will minimise errors. Schedule a monthly review and update the database as necessary.
  • Work with a licensed expert or NVOCC/Freight Forwarder for consultation and guidance.  Having someone helping at Origin Port will save a lot of headaches.
  • Have purchase order instructions that match invoice requirements.
  • Train and provide procedures for employees to be compliant at Origin Port, Document processes for classification, valuation, certificates of origin verification, etc.. Simplify procedures
  • Review invoices and documentation to adjust for compliance.
  • Depend on more than one set of eyes. Customs Brokers can make mistakes. It is the responsibility of the business owner to review entries and create processes that reduce the possibility of re-occurrence.
  • Set up clear and comprehensive record keeping. Know the documents to be kept, how they should be stored and how long they should be kept.
International Trade around the Globe means Change, you must make sure you have an internal process that ensures compliance and that the process are updated regularly.  Shipments on a Global basis require multiple parties to work together in a streamlined manner with great communication.  Shipping is easy, Compliance is crucial, mistakes are costly.
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Clear processes and experienced partners can help make importation easier.

Roro Machinery Shipping Rates

Posted on March 7th, 2016

RoRo Machinery Rates

RoRo Machinery Rates

Transit time is Money

Transit time is Money

RoRo Shipping Rates for Shipping Heavy Machinery When negotiating rates if you receive a bargain on freight that’s too good to be true, it probably is. It could cost you hundreds of dollars a day in lost dry hire revenue while your heavy machinery rides around the world on a RoRo ship for 180 days because you went with the lower price but longer transit service. Service from a Freight Forwarder means ensuring freight will move along “line of least resistance”. This takes experience and commitment, not always easily achieved, but the mark of someone is how they deal with your shipment when its hit some difficulty through the supply chain, rather than when its all going well. Here’s some thoughts to consider :
  1. Theres always someone willing to ship it cheaper
Managing uncertainty is part of the game in managing your freight-rate negotiations. In a supply-demand volatile industry such as this, the routing options keep moving, some shipping lines have monopoly, some shipping lines need volumes increased because they have entered a new trade lane. The role of your forwarder is to understand these changes in international machinery shipping on RORO vessels and match the best option to your goals and price point. Pricing can be changeable if there hasn’t been an independent or realistic measurement taken on heavy machinery to ship, longevity and previous service benchmarks can have a major impact over the lifetime of shipping heavy machinery as you well know.
  1. Research and Compare
Before you make that booking research market roro machinery rates, the numbers that get presented can be thousands of dollars different. Know where your estimate stands within the freight move you need completed, is there border crossing, are road permits for High and heavy cargo to pass through states. Review all relevant disbursement and freight invoices, bill of ladings, carrier contracts and accounting systems that your business accumulated in the past to benchmark your gut instincts against.  Collaborate with your freight forwarder to ship machinery Roro, ask where or how you can save on freight charges, there may be a reason someone else offered a cheaper service, it could be  3 transhipment ports along the way.
  1. Vessel Space and Availability
Naturally again this comes down to supply and demand for shipping routes. Depending on the nature of your goods, there are slow and heavier seasons and prices reflect supply and demand. With the Chinese New Year or Ramadan, for example, upsurge of Roro machinery shipping is evident at certain times of the year in preparation of these festivities or holiday seasons. With resulting space problems for cargo to get on to the vessels, rates may rise or space may mean you cant ship heavy machinery for 4 weeks. In any niche good’s “peak season” where there is a big demand for cargo, rates are high; in turn you need to adjust, and readjust, your expectations.
  1. Órigin Documentation
A real headache for your company is when they have shipped heavy machinery roro, the cargo arrives at the destination port, and your forwarder didn’t tell you that it needed a Certificate of Origin or the chassis number needed to be noted on the House Bill of Lading. Keep to your goal to be cost-saving hero without having to shoulder extra fees charged because the documentation caused you extra charges in demurrage and detention.
  1. Timely Updates
Freight managing companies can be called upon to improve the management of rates, routes, schedules and ultimately your entire contract. Choosing a reliable third party with sophisticated software tools can open your door toward selecting the freight rates and services that will more than compensate for your having made the investment in outside assistance.   Give us a Quick call to run through the routing options for your Roro Machinery – just click on the number at the top and click on Çall

Where are we shipping heavy mining equipment ?

Posted on March 6th, 2016

The Investment Attractiveness Index takes both mineral and policy perception into consideration.  An overall Investment Attractiveness Index is constructed by combining the Best Practices Mineral Potential index, which rates regions based on their geologic attractiveness, and the Policy Perception Index, a composite index that measures the effects of government policy on attitudes toward exploration investment. While it is useful to measure the attractiveness of a jurisdiction based on policy factors such as onerous regulations, taxation levels, the quality of infrastructure, and the other policy related questions that respondents answered, the Policy Perception Index alone does not recognize the fact that investment decisions are often sizably based on the pure mineral potential of a jurisdiction. Indeed, respondents consistently indicate that roughly only 40 percent of their investment decision is determined by policy factors. – See more at:The Fraser Institute Annual-survey-of-mining-companies-2015 What will be interesting will be how this affects the supply and demand of used machinery.  Currently when we ship heavy equipment to canada from the UK we see large State to State Haulage permits effecting the overall cost proposition on used machinery.  But with increases in demand will that translate to higher prices on used machinery.  Always know your Transport Dimensions on heavy machinery, it can make or break a machines viability.