International Shipping & Trade

  • What does the flag on the back of a ship mean?

    A flag state is the term for the nation’s flag that is flown by a ship. An owner does not need to flag their ship under the flag of their home cou...
  • Port Congestion: Looking for Solutions

    Looking for solutions, there are several tools that can be used to improve terminal management. First, efficient terminal management is more import...
  • From A to B: The process of intermodal shipping

    As a trucker, I have experienced many of the points in intermodal transport as it relates to U.S. shipments. I think that the process of an intermo...
  • Current Problems with Container Shipping

    Current problems with shipping container usage include: the repositioning of containers, sweating/condensation, and unloading times. These are just...
  • Types of Shipping Containers

    Container shipping is very innovative and has changed the transportation industry for good. Many people are accustomed to seeing the traditional bo...
  • What is a demurrage charge in container shipping?

    A demurrage charge is a charge that the merchant pays for the use of the container within the terminal beyond the free time period. Containers are...
  • International Transportation Intermediaries

    An international trade intermediary is a third-party (that is not a party to the sale of the goods, i.e. not a buyer or seller) that helps to facil...
  • Ocean carrier alliance causes discriminatory monopoly in trans-Pacific.

    Alliances could be considered a type of third-party provider. Ocean carriers sometimes form alliances to help keep prices low. Early on, alliances...
  • Are you using the correct incoterms?

    Incoterms are a set of trade terms that prevent confusion in foreign trade contracts by clarifying the obligations of buyers and sellers. These ter...
  • Sea - Air Intermodal Transportation

    Sea-air intermodal transport is when freight is transported by sea for the first leg of its journey and by air for the second leg of its journey. T...