Iranian Cargo Line Makes First Delivery To Europe in 5 years

IRISL, an Iranian based cargo line has made its first delivery to a European port in 5 years. Due to international sanctions, the line was not permitted to dock in Europe. With the sanctions lifted, several European and US shipping companies have started taking bookings destined for Iran and have added the Iranian port of Kharg Island as a stop on some sailings. IRISL has started shipping services between Europe and Iran on weekly schedule, but in a few months, it plans to expand to include ports in South and North America, with an expected volume of 6000 TEUs.

All About Accessorials

Accessorials are charged when a shipment requires additioanl services during transit. Some of the most common accessorials are explained below:

Inside Delivery - If the shipper or consignee requires the carrier to move freight inside a structure, inside delivery will be assessed to the shipment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ocean Shipments

The ocean import/export team at has pointed out one of the most frequently asked questions among customers who are shipping freight overseas.

One of the most popular questions relates to the documentation & paperwork needed to import or export cargo. The answer is that the documentation required varies based on whether the shipment is an import or export, as well as the commodity being shipped.

Volume Shipments

As most shippers know, carriers and 3PLs consider LTL (Less than Truckload) to be 6 or less standard sized pallets. Usually, LTL shipments weigh less than 10,000 lbs. Conversely, FTL (Full Truckload) shipments occupy an entire trailer (or close to it). The shipments which are too large for LTL, but smaller than FTL are referred to as Volume shipments. Volume shipments are similar to a partial load, and are moved via common carrier (UPS Freight, Saia, Conway, etc).

Celebrating the Panama Canal

There is a special anniversary this year in the world of international freight shipping. The Panama Canal celebrates its 100th Anniversary this summer. The Panama Canal has been a tremendous component of global trade for the United States, and other nations in the World. In many ways, the shipping industry would be very different if not for the Panama Canal, which connected the East and the West through ocean trade.

Clogged Ports

Nhava Sheva Port, which is also called Jawaharlal Nehru Port, deals with more ocean freight containers at their port than any other port in India. Because of this, there is a large amount of cargo at the port. The amount is so great right now, that there is a massive jam of containers that is slowing the shipping at the port. This jam is clogging the port. As a result, the transit times are slow and it is more costly for shipping companies.

Restart Rule

We all heard the horrific news in New Jersey about a multiple vehicle accident, in which there were numerous victims, include comedian Tracy Morgan. We are all praying for the best. According to the details of the incident, a truck driver with a WalMart truck was not properly observing the slow moving traffic at night on the New Jersey Turnpike. The result was this major accident. The National Transportation Safety Board has already stated that they will take an active role in this investigation and review it.


There are numerous sections that comprise an ocean freight vessel. These sections are operated by the various crewmembers and are used for storing cargo for the long journey at sea. One area of a ship that is used for cargo is the Alongside, which is also considered as the side of a vessel. Shippers should be aware of the Alongside of a vessel. This area can be a good option for placing freight. This section on the dock or barge used for cargo is near the ship’s tackle for the purpose of loading and unloading.

Global Economy and Shipping

The global economy depends heavily on international trade, most of which is conducted with the freight shipping of cargo by air or sea. Just as the economy depends on ocean freight shipping, the shipping industry also depends on the global economy to improve. For example, if the economy is harsh, shippers might see some ocean freight rates increase. Usually, as the economy improves, freight volumes also increase.

Trucking Leads Freight Industry

When a shipper speaks to a freight forwarder about helping with logistics, there are several options for shipping. The options are shipping by ocean, by air, by rail and by truck. More often in the US, it seems that trucking has been the dominant form of transportation. This is a trend that continued to grow last year. According to the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry transported 69.1% of the freight last year. This total comprised of 9.7 billion tons of cargo.

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