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Importing into the USA

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.

Roll on Roll off Shipping Rates

Posted on March 7th, 2016

Roll on Roll off 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 Roll on Roll off shipping rates 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
Transit TIme is Money

Roll on Roll off Shipping

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 rollon roll off shipping 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 roll on roll off shipping rates, 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 roll on roll off, 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.   Run through the scenarios for your roll on roll off shipping rates, the five minutes you take now could save you thousands, fill in the form here.  

Machinery Relocation

Posted on March 6th, 2016

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Machinery Relocation

We work with individual clients, government departments, commercial enterprises to complete your machinery relocation seamlessly.  We specialise in organising and managing all the different supply chain processes seamlessly, happy to work alongside as part of your team short term to get the job done with the least path of resistance on its global journey.
We work with mining companies, manufacturers, dealers, OEM’s, Earthmoving companies,  to complete all their  machinery relocation requirements all Australian Ports, Internal co-ordination with various transport providers.  From Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria or South Australia, Western Australia, Kenter International will run the numbers and think outside the square to get you the result that’s important to you.  We may offer Roll on roll off solution on a main unit with a container freight option for accessories. It all depends on what it is, where it is, and where its got to get to ! Click here to fill in a rough requirement and we’ll call you with some quick questions so we make sure we offer you the right solution for your machinery relocation.
Which Direction will the Used Machinery relocation continue on ? The recent survey undertaken by the Fraser Institute of Mining in 2015 found that in Oceania regions, Western Australia is still perceived as the most attractive region for investment based on mineral and policy.  Queensland is not too far behind with its machinery relocation. Currently Kenter is seeing its client contractors using the down turn to liquidate old used machinery and ship the machines overseas into more buoyant markets, while sourcing heavy machinery for importing.  Some of our heavy machinery clients have already signaled to us  they are looking at  shipping machinery to Australia, Trade-in prices are paying top dollar for the Used equipment locally in Australia in anticipation of an increase in demand again.  These are very difficult cycles to pick when there are so many external forces effecting commodity prices so machinery relocation is constantly changing on different routes.  Agreed it will be a long time before Australia sees a boom and machinery imports at any level similar to the last 10 years, if ever and machinery relocation worldwide will stay unpredictable. Click on the link for the full report The Fraser Institute Mining Survey Report 2015