There are over 300 land, air and sea ports of entry into the United States, and the U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency (CBP) has jurisdiction over all of them. At these ports, CBP provides security and screening of all foreign visitors, returning American citizens and imported cargo. Here, we’ll take a look at imported cargo — specifically at the requirement of a U.S.
Have you ever noticed diamond-shaped signs on the back or sides of a semi-truck trailer and wondered what they are and why they’re there? They’re called HAZMAT placards, and they provide details about the kind of cargo a truck is carrying.
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) also requires carriers to display these signs when moving hazardous goods because they inform emergency responders of what substances are involved in case of an accident.
When customers get their shipments on time and without damage, they’re much more likely to keep doing business with you and talk about their positive experience. But if something goes wrong and their expectations aren’t met, they’ll just tell people about their negative experience. That’s why scheduling freight pickup and delivery for the right time and place is critical.
In this “need it yesterday” world, air shipping is the ideal solution to move freight across the country — or the globe — quickly and safely. It allows shippers to respond to customers and market demands fast and easy. It’s the service manufacturers turn to when an assembly line breaks down, and they need an immediate replacement part. It’s what pharmaceutical companies use to ship temperature-sensitive immunizations worldwide.
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Our top priorities are the safety and well-being of our people and protecting our customers’ freight. As the situation continues to evolve, please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager or our Customer Service team at 800-610-5544 for assistance.
Is standard liability coverage sufficient for your freight? Would the unlikely event of loss or damage have a significant negative impact on your business? If so, ArcBest® now has a solution designed to help put your mind at ease.
When you’re shipping to Puerto Rico, there’s no reason to feel like you’re on an island. Though more than 1,000 miles separate it from the southern tip of Florida, shipping freight there isn’t difficult. In fact, it’s not very different from shipping to any contiguous U.S. state. You just need to plan for different transit schedules and provide some additional documentation.
Every retailer has requirements in place to streamline its shipping and receiving processes. And meeting them is key to a vendor’s success. Failure to comply with assigned delivery times, labeling practices and other shipping procedures can result in financial penalties and damaged relationships. But because compliance means different things for each retailer, vendors can struggle to meet the varying conditions of when, where and how they may deliver goods. That doesn’t mean the two are working against each other, though.