OptimalShip's Helpful Shipping Tips

New Export Regulations for Russia, China, and Venezuela.

Posted by C. Keers on Jun 11, 2020 3:16:41 PM

The U.S. Department of Commerce has instituted a new regulation for the export, re-export, and in-country transfer of products to the People’s Republic of China, Russia, and Venezuela. These new controls enable the U.S. government to more closely monitor exports, re-exports, and in-country transfers of certain items, broadening the scope of export-controlled items to include electronic and telecommunications equipment. These changes include but are not limited to: PC’s, mobile devices, smart watches, heart monitors, night vision goggles, and so on. These new controls apply to all shipments to these countries even if there is no military end use for the products, and is effective as of June 29. 2020.

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Topics: Exports, China, restrictions, Venezuela, Russia

Exporting COVID-19 Relief Goods from China

Posted by C. Keers on Jun 4, 2020 2:26:40 PM

For several months now special restrictions have been in place for exports of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical, and general COVID-19 relief supplies from China. Although these restrictions have been in place for some time, businesses are still experiencing delays as a result of incorrectly processed shipments. In this post we will cover in detail how to correctly process a shipment affected by this restrictions.

If you are already familiar with these restrictions please note that the only change is the lifting of the China/ Hong Kong weight restrictions. You may now process shipments that are above 150 lb (70 kg) per piece and 660 lb (300 kg) per shipment. However, the 1100 lb (500 kg) cap per account number is still in place. Shippers will need to follow the cap guideline in order to have their shipments picked up.

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Topics: Exports, China, restrictions, covid-19

Emergency Situation Surcharge (ESS)

Posted by C. Keers on May 15, 2020 10:30:58 AM

DHL introduced an Emergency Situation Surcharge (ESS) back in April of 2020. Today they have announced new changes that will be effective as of May 24th, 2020.

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Topics: International Shipping, Exports, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Imports, Europe

What Determines Shipping Costs?

Posted by K. Sterrett on May 18, 2019 11:03:17 AM

Shipping costs are determined by numerous complicated factors. We know you probably didn't want to hear that!

While some of the factors can be difficult to predict, with some proper guidance and research, shipping costs can be predicted within reason.

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Topics: Export Basics, International Shipping, Domestic Shipping, Import Basics, Exports

Tips for Shipping to India & a Few Costly Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by L. Thompson on Jan 18, 2019 6:39:46 PM

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Unfortunately, India's Customs will no longer accept revised shipping documents. All documents must be correct and included with each shipment. Furthermore, India's Customs will not allow that shipments be returned to the origin location. This certainly raises the bar on accuracy for shipments to India (and stress levels). This new change has already taken effect, so please read below so that you can avoid any problems with future shipments to India.

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Topics: International Shipping, KYC Documents, Shipping to India, Exports