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Fact or Fiction?: International Shipping

International shipping is a very large industry. Nearly 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry, according to the International Chamber of Shipping. Shipping your freight internationally can be a daunting task if you don’t know what to expect. There are many misconceptions about international shipping floating around. Below, we separate the facts about international shipping from the myths.

Risky

When you think of going global with your product, it can be intimidating. After all, there are plenty of stories out there about international shipping gone wrong. Shipping internationally can be risky if you aren’t prepared. If you spend some time planning and coordinating, shipping globally can go very smoothly. A freight broker can assist with the coordination of freight to eliminate most of the risk.

Expensive

Shipping internationally can be fairly inexpensive depending on where you are shipping to and from. According to TheWire.com, it is less expensive to ship Scottish cod to China to be filleted than it is to be sent to Scotland to be filleted. There are various other situations where shipping internationally may be cheaper than other options.

Time

As you may guess, shipping internationally will take longer than domestic shipping, but if you plan accordingly, your shipments can arrive in a relatively timely manner. Keep in mind that due to the longer distance the freight has to travel, more delays are possible, so make sure to include delay possibilities when planning shipments.

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