Set Sail! Farewell to the land!

…well, almost. Somewhere between getting that all-important signed acceptance of the Proforma and the cargo leaving the country, there are still a few steps – most importantly, you have to book the passage! Booking the shipment Your forwarder already has the basic information about your shipment, from your Request for […]

All the pretty ducks in a row

We’re almost at the place where you can actually issue the Proforma; there are just two more important preparations you need to make. All this preparation is happening while you’re in discussions with your customer, about pricing, shipping, incoterms, insurance, payment terms and the rest. Once you’re able to issue […]

Taming the bureaucracy

We’ve got a quote on our front page: “Documentation is a vital part of sales, and especially export sales; the documents are not only the instrument for getting paid, but the instrument by which the buyer is able to access their goods. All countries have import regulations, and the incoming […]

Harmonising – it’s all about the customer

It’s funny how so many of us think of Customs as faceless people. Of course, they aren’t – but it might make it a little easier to grumble about the paperwork they require, especially at destination – they’re not even “our” Customs! Thinking about Customs and shipping paperwork as irritating […]

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