Global Freight Solutions

Full Service Freight Solutions

Moving goods globally can be complicated by documentation requirements,  regulations, and decision making about the best price and route. Our clients receive the best service, right carriers, and best solutions with the fastest transit times. Our global network of over 300+ freight transport specialists provides the most efficient and secure way to move your goods at competitive prices.

  • Ocean freight
  • Air freight
  • Project cargo moves
  • Ground freight
  • Cargo insurance
  • Real-time tracking of shipments and clearance transactions

Ocean Freight

From simple full container load (FCL) shipments to splitting less than a container load (LCL) shipment to multiple destinations, we provide leveraged ocean transportation with all major carriers and industry best routings. Our trusted partners ensure your cargo sails on the schedules you need with carriers you can trust. Live updates from your shipments are available through a network of GPS-tracked vessels and third-party data allowing greater end-to-end visibility.

Air Freight

Our expertise in air forwarding combined with the highest level of service, offers a single-source solution for all your freight needs. Combined with our network of agents, partners and premium air freight carriers with daily uplift schedules, our experience provides reliability in scheduling and clearance procedures. From customized solutions, charter transportation, documentation or cargo insurance for your shipments, our team is dedicated to meet your needs.

Project Cargo

When it comes to moving project cargo there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Some project cargo moves involve extensive planning, various intermodal means of transportation and specialized skills of individuals who have the experience and expertise required to safely move over-dimensional and complex cargo. We ensure the reliable delivery of your cargo, regardless of its size, weight, or shape and – its point of origin or destination.

Ground Freight

Whether your cargo is unloaded from a plane or a ship, our network of quality trucking partners offers complete transportation and distribution services. From a single pallet to a full truckload, we provide consistent services to meet your shipping requirements including:

  • Truckload services – refrigerated to dry; domestic or internationally.
  • Less than truckload
  • Flatbed and step deck trailers
  • Over-dimensional and over-weight expertise

Freight Shipping Basics

There are a few moving parts in freight shipping that you will want to get familiar with. At Tradeworks, we will walk you through the process and make sure you have the right information. The first step to ship with confidence is to get familiarized and understand the terminology used in the freight and logistics industry.

What is a Shipper Letter of Instructions?

The Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI) is a ‘letter’ produced by the exporter directing the freight forwarder on how a shipment is being delivered and where it is going. Through the SLI, the exporter can make sure that all the correct information and instructions are provided directly to the carrier. 

The SLI grants permission to the freight forwarder to act as the authorized agent to handle U.S. import control and customs. The carrier is therefore the representative of the shipper and oversees the shipment operations in their name.

The SLI grants permission to the freight forwarder to act as the authorized agent to handle U.S. import control and customs. The carrier is therefore the representative of the shipper and oversees the shipment operations in their name.

Why Do I Need the SLI?

Due to the nature of ocean freight, the cargo ship will make stops in multiple ports during transit. Issuing an SLI is an effective way to make sure that the cargo is properly handled and stays safe during the shipment process. An SLI serves as an order form and proof that you are buying services from the forwarder and it must be completed at the time your goods are picked up.

The following details must be included in the SLI form: 

  • The name and contact information of the freight forwarder
  • The name and contact information of the exporter
  • Goods description and information, and a UN number (if applicable)
  • HS codes
  • Shipment weight, dimensions, and quantities
  • Shipment packaging information
  • Special handling requirements
  • Incoterms®
  • Routing information
  • Method of transportation (road, air, ocean, rail)
  • Insurance information
  • Documents that accompany the shipment
  • Special instructions to the forwarder or carrier

Do you need additional information or assistance about what is a shipper’s letter of instruction? Contact our experts at Tradeworks and we will help you navigate the complex world of logistics!

What is a Bill of Lading (BOL)?

The bill of lading is a legal document required to move a freight shipment. The bill of lading (BOL) is issued by a carrier to a shipper and details the type, quantity and destination of the goods being carried. It also works as a receipt of freight services, a contract between a freight carrier and shipper and a document of title. The BOL represents the agreed terms and conditions for the transportation of the goods and must accompany the shipped goods regardless of the form of transportation.The BOL must be provided to the carrier when goods are picked up and attached to the packaged freight.

What Details are Included in a Freight Bill of Lading?

  • Names and Addresses: Names and address of both the shipper and receiver (consignee) and both should be legible in the document. 
  • Purchase Orders or Special Reference Numbers: These may be important for your business as necessary reference for freight to be released for pickup or accepted upon delivery.  
  • Special Instructions: This is where you note instructions for the carrier that may be required to ensure the integrity of the package.
  • Pickup Date: This is the pickup day that the consignee will use as a reference to track your date of arrival.
  • Description of Items:  Includes quantity of goods, dimensions, and weight, as well as information about the material. 
  • Packaging Type: Specifications about whether you are using crates, cartons, pallets and/or drums during shipping. 
  • NMFC Freight Code: Relates to the freight class of shipment. These are based on weight, dimensions, density, ease of handling, storage capability, value, and liability.
  • Department of Transportation Hazardous Material Designation: Hazardous shipments must be clearly disclosed and whether special rules or handling requirements apply during shipping.

At Tradeworks, we are committed to our customers, we work hard to make sure your shipment is on time without delays. Contact us to get a quote on your next shipment and see how we can help you.

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