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What is a Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED)

A U.S. Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) was a standard United States government form required for all U.S. exports with commodities valued at US$2,500 or higher. It has been replaced with the Electronic Export Information form (EEI).

If a single commodity’s value within a U.S. export shipment exceeds US$2,500.00, then an EEI must be filed with the U.S. Census Bureau. The EEI is used by the U.S. Census Bureau to compile trade statistics and exert export controls.

Note: SED/EEI applies only to UPS shippers in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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Less Than Container Load (LCL)

Less than container load is a shipment that will not fill a container. With an LCL shipment, you pay for your load to be shipped in a container with one or more loads from other customers of the freight transport provider. If you know that you cannot fill even a 20-foot container, LCL is the most sensible option in terms of cost and convenience.

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What is FCL Full Container Load

A standard (twenty or forty-foot) container that is loaded and unloaded under the risk and account of the shipper or consignee. In general, a full container load attracts lower freight rates than an equivalent weight of loose (break bulk) cargo. Also called full trailer load (FTL)

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Automated Clearing House

What is ACH Payment

Automated Clearing House

Automated Clearing House (ACH) is an electronic network for financial transactions in the United States. ACH processes large volumes of credit and debit transactions in batches. ACH credit transfers include direct deposit, payroll and vendor payments.

Basics of ACH

ACH payments are simply electronic transfers from one bank account to another. Common uses include:

  • A customer pays a service provider
  • An employer deposits money to an employee’s account
  • A consumer moves funds from one bank to another
  • A business pays a supplier for products


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Terminal Handling Charges

What is Terminal Handling Charges (TMC)

Terminal Handling Charges – THC.

Terminal Handling Charges (THC) is the charges collected by terminal authorities at each port against handling equipments and maintenance. THC varies port to port of each country, as the cost of handling at each port differs one to another port, depends up on the total cost of port terminal handling at each location

Normally, Terminal handling charges (THC) for exports is collected from shipper by shipping lines while releasing Bill of Lading after completion of export customs clearance procedures. Let the sale contract between buyer and seller be anything, the THC at port of loading need to be paid at load port only. As per terms of delivery, if buyer has to pay such load port THC, such THC is paid at load port by either buyer’s representative or his authorized agent. In the case of shipments moved from inland destinations other than sea port, the said THC is collected at same location while releasing bill of lading by carrier. The import terminal handling charges is collected by shipping carriers at the time of issuing delivery order to consignee to take delivery of goods.

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Who is a Moving Broker

Moving Brokers in Moving

Moving brokers are middlemen between the person who is moving and moving companies. The brokers are not the actual movers and typically do not own trucks or moving equipment or have a professional moving staff. They provide the convenience of finding a moving company and are sales people who “sell” the move.

Typically, moving brokers give estimates for a move either over the phone or on the Internet and collect a fee from the person who is moving. The brokers then bid out the job to moving companies based on the estimate. The benefit of using a moving broker is that the move could be accomplished cheaper than hiring a moving company directly.

However, there are some risks involved with using a broker. There is the possibility that the job might not be accepted by a moving company, usually because of a low estimate, availability or resources, and the customer would be left without a mover on moving day. In addition, unlicensed or uninsured movers might be hired for the job or the moving company might charge extra fees once they see the totality of the job. Interestingly, the brokers do not accept any liability for the acts or omissions of the moving company hired.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working to provide stronger consumer protections when using a broker. Therefore, moving brokers must:

  • Be registered with the FMCSA.
  • Provide the customer with the FMCSA Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move booklet and the Ready to Move brochure.
  • Provide a list of the moving companies they use.
  • Use only movers that are registered with FMCSA.
  • Have a written agreement with movers they use.
  • Base binding or non-binding estimates on the tariff of the mover that will transport the shipment.
  • Reference in their advertisements their physical business location, motor carrier number and their status as a broker that does not transport household goods but arranges for this service.
  • Have the mover that is transporting the shipment perform a physical survey of the household goods to be moved if they are within a 50-mile radius of the mover or its agent’s location, whichever is closer. It is the client’s option to waive this requirement.
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What is Long Carry in Moving

Long Carry Charges vs Shuttle Service

Long distance deliveries work differently, because movers will transport your items in a tractor trailer rather than the box truck your items were most likely picked up with.

Problems occur at the delivery end of a move when the tractor trailer delivering the items cannot access the delivery location. This includes trailers that can enter the delivery location but cannot leave the location and can be become stuck. This is where long carry charge applied. Most movers have a maximum distance long carry of 50 feet. Beyond this distance they will charge extra.

To avoid this, moving companies use what is often referred to in the industry as a “shuttle”. A shuttle is just the term movers use for a smaller truck. Often times, using a shuttle incurs an additional fee, as movers have to rent the trucks from companies like Ryder, Uhaul, or Penske. On top of the rental fee, additional labor is needed because your items are being moved twice, once from the trailer to shuttle, and then shuttle to your home. It is always a good idea to plan for your delivery ahead of time and take the steps necessary to either avoid a shuttle, or at the very least prepare for the possibility of one. Long Carry charges are sometimes a better alternative to expensive shuttle fees. The reason why they are less expensive is because movers do not need to allocate extra labor moving your items from one truck to another. They simply must walk a little further than usual once your items are off the truck at your delivery address. All movers will have a set amount of feet from the back of the truck to the front of your door that is included with your move, and you will want to ask them about this before siging up for your move.

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bill of landing

What is Bill of Landing

Bill of lading in Moving

The bill of lading is a required document to move a freight shipment. The bill of lading (BOL) works as a receipt of freight services, a contract between a freight carrier and shipper and a document of title. The bill of lading is a legally binding document providing the driver and the carrier all the details needed to process the freight shipment and invoice it correctly.

When you book a shipment with us, the freight bill of lading is automatically generated based on the shipment details entered during the quoting and booking process. The bill of lading should be provided to the carrier on pick up. A copy of it should also be attached to the packaged freight.

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Calculate Cubic Feet

Cubic Feet


  • There is no universally agreed symbol for the cubic foot/feet.
  • Various abbreviations are used, dependent on context, including (but not exclusively) cubic ft, cu ft, cb ft, cbf, ft3, foot3, feet³, ft³.

Unit of:

  • Volume (quantifying a three dimensional space)

Worldwide use:

  • The cubic foot is used mainly in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom as a measurement of volume.


The cubic foot is a unit of volume used in the imperial and U.S. customary measurement systems.

The cubic foot can be used to describe a volume of a given material, or the capacity of a container to hold such a material.


A cubic measurement is the three-dimensional derivative of a linear measure, so a cubic foot is defined as the volume of a cube with sides 1 ft in length.

In metric terms a cubic foot is a cube with sides 0.3048 metres in length. One cubic foot is the equivalent to approximately 0.02831685 cubic metres, or 28.3169 litres.

Common references:

  • A standard (20 ft x 8ft x 8 ft 6 in) shipping container has a volume of 1,360 cubic feet.
  • 19-22 cubic feet would describe an average size refrigerator sufficient for a family of four.

Usage context:

The standard cubic foot (scf) is a measure of a quantity of gas under defined conditions (typically at 60 °F and 1 atm of pressure).

When applied to a particular specified material under defined conditions, the cubic foot thus ceases to be a unit of volume and becomes a unit of quantity.

The cubic foot is often used to describe the capacity for storage of household appliances such as refrigerators, and in industry for shipping containers.

Commercial storage providers generally describe the storage units they provide in terms of cubic feet.

To calculate the volume of a given item or space in cubic feet, measure the length, width and height in feet and multiply the results together.

For example, a storage unit 10 ft long, 6 ft wide and 8 ft high could be described as having a capacity of 480 cubic feet (10 x 6 x 8 = 480).

Component units:

  • A cubic foot is the equivalent of 1,728 cubic inches (since a foot is twelve inches, a cubic foot can be imagined as a cube with sides of twelve inches, or 12 x 12 x 12 one inch cubes stacked together).
  • In practice, cubic feet and cubic inches tend to be distinct units that would not be used together.


  • 1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet
  • One yard is three feet, so a cubic yard can be imagined as a cube with sides of three feet, or a cube comprising 27 individual cubes with sides one foot in length.
  • In practice, multiples of cubic feet (such as in the oil and gas industries) are described as Mcf (thousand cubic feet), MMcf (million cubic feet), Bcf (billion cubic feet), with Tcf and Qcf as trillion and quadrillion cubic feet respectively.
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Non-vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC)


A freight forwarder, forwarder, or forwarding agent, also known as a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC), is a person or company that organizes shipments for individuals or corporations to get goods from the manufacturer or producer to a market, customer or final point of distribution.[1] Forwarders contract with a carrier or often multiple carriers to move the goods. A forwarder does not move the goods but acts as an expert in the logistics network. These carriers can use a variety of shipping modes, including ships, airplanes, trucks, and railroads, and often multiple modes for a single shipment. For example, the freight forwarder may arrange to have cargo moved from a plant to an airport by truck, flown to the destination city, then moved from the airport to a customer’s building by another truck.

International freight forwarders typically handle international shipments. International freight forwarders have additional expertise in preparing and processing customs and other documentation and performing activities pertaining to international shipments.

Information typically reviewed by a freight forwarder includes the commercial invoice, shipper’s export declaration, bill of lading and other documents required by the carrier or country of export, import, and/or transshipment. Much of this information is now processed in a paperless environment.

The FIATA shorthand description of the freight forwarder as the ‘Architect of Transport’ illustrates the commercial position of the forwarder relative to its client. In Europe, some forwarders specialize in ‘niche’ areas such as rail-freight, and collection and deliveries around a large port.

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