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Which Type of Shipping Container is Right For You?

Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Which Type of Shipping Container is Right For You?

In the early part of the 20th Century, people would transport things in shipping containers that were many different shapes and sizes. However, doing so presented many problems, as it was difficult to stack the containers on a ship and there was no guarantee that the containers would fit onto a train or truck when it arrived at its destination port.  To solve this problem, in 1961 the International Standards Organisation standardised the size of intermodal shipping containers, specifying lengths of 20-feet and 40-feet. However, while shipping containers may now come in standardised sizes, that does mean that every shipping container is the same. Below is a guide to the different types of containers. Dry Cargo This is the most common type of shipping container. It features steel walls, flooring and roof, which are robust and protect the contents of the container from the elements. Open Top An open top container has the same characteristics as a dry cargo container, however as the name suggest, it does not have a roof. The open top allows cargo to be loaded directly into the container using a crane. A heavy canvas covering is used to cover the top of the container when it is in transit. Flat Rack A flat rack container is used to transport abnormal loads, such as industrial equipment and machinery. It consists of a solid floor and two walls at each end of the container. The sides are open, which allows an abnormal-sized cargo to be loaded and lashed into place. Tank Containers A tank container is designed to transport liquids and gases. It is constructed using a steel frame, which surrounds and protects an insulated tank.  Thermal Containers A thermal container features internal insulation on the walls and roof of the box. They are used to transport perishable foods and other items that need to be temperature controlled. There are two types of thermal containers available: Non-mechanically refrigerated containers: These containers use liquefied gas or dry ice to cool in the interior of the box. They do not require any power source to operate. Mechanically refrigerated containers: A mechanically refrigerated container needs an external power supply to work, much like a home refrigeration unit. A mechanically refrigerated container can maintain a steadier temperature compared to the non-mechanical type. However, there is the risk that if the power supply fails, the perishable goods will be ruined. If you would like more information about the best type of container for your shipping needs, contact a shipping company...

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Some Of The Benefits Small Businesses Get When Hiring A Custom Broker

Posted by on August 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Of The Benefits Small Businesses Get When Hiring A Custom Broker

It is easy for small businesses to think that only large companies who import millions of dollars worth of goods into the country will benefit from the services of a customs broker. This is a misconception; all businesses, regardless of size, who have to import goods will benefit from using a customs broker. If a small business decides not to use the services of a customs broker, they may well find that one small error can lead to bigger and more severe financial penalties. This article looks at the benefits a small business can gain from using a customs broker when importing goods. Avoid The Snowball Effect Businesses that import goods into the country must fill out a large amount of paperwork. While this is not a problem in itself, it is very easy to make a small mistake – perhaps with regards to the tariff classification of goods – which can quickly snowball. A good example is that if a small business fills out the paperwork with just one small error, by the time that they have grown and are importing a much larger volume of goods, they will likely still be using the same information that they used when they first filled in the forms. Financial penalties will be imposed, sometimes very severe penalties, and this will be backdated and applied to all imported transactions. One small mistake can snowball into many mistakes and ultimately lead to large fines. A customs broker will ensure that all of the paperwork is filled out correctly, avoiding this scenario altogether. Frees Up Valuable Time There is no way around the form filling and tariff classification of goods when importing items into the country. Some of the forms are fairly lengthy and complex and a person filling out the forms will have to spend time acquainting themselves with the correct procedure. For small businesses, that person is usually the owner. This takes away valuable time from growing the business. Hiring a customs broker allows the business to concentrate on growing, rather than spending time understanding and filling out the forms. Other Benefits Some of the other benefits of hiring a customs broker include: Ensuring that any duty and taxes are correctly identified for the goods being imported. Identifying any exemptions that you may be entitled to. Recommending which countries to import goods from. Streamlining the whole import process. Ultimately, using a customs broker to help you import goods will help your business to build up a positive relationship with the customs agency. So talk with a professional customs broker, such as those at Hinton McNeil Customs,...

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