Cool Cargo: Beer!

Cool Cargo (2)Our New York City branch has been handling joint shipments of beer from the United States for some time now, but this week they had the opportunity to do something pretty special.

Green Worldwide NYC moved three separate air shipments from three different breweries in the Northeast to Copenhagen for Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen, a beer festival celebrating some of the best breweries from around the globe.

The three US Breweries that they were privileged to ship for work to create some of the world’s top 100 beverages. One of the beers they shipped is currently ranked seventh in the world.

 

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The festival’s lineup

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Port Story: Port Tampa Bay

Port Story- Tampa BayWe tend to focus on Miami and Jacksonville for international trade coming out of Florida, thinking of them as the only gateway to Central and South America. However, there is another port in Florida that is a primary resource for international trade. Port Tampa Bay ranks 16th in the United States by tonnage in domestic trade, 32nd in foreign trade, and 22nd in total trade. It is the largest, most diversified port in Florida, has an economic impact of more than $15.1 billion, and supports over 80,000 jobs.

Tampa Bay was first mapped by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. The port was a safe, warm-water harbor that made it an ideal location for trade between the then-Spanish colony and Cuba. This trade included Cattle, hide, lumber, and more. After the United States had acquired Florida from Spain, the port flourished. New industry and resources led to massive growth in the 1800s. By 1929, a 27-foot channel was in place. The port was a major resource for the United States during World War II, and today the Port is maintained by Port Tampa Bay, Port Authority, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

The Tampa seaport, Florida’s largest by acreage, already handles cargo bound for Cuba under waivers to the embargo that allows sales of U.S. agricultural products. In the past 5 years, the seaport has sent about 70.000 tons of freight to Cuba, mostly fertilizer. Other trade lanes of the port include the Caribbean Islands, Central America, and Asia. Port Tampa Bay handles a variety of different industries, such as furniture, electronics, automobiles, construction, and foodstuff. It additionally sees over 900,000 commercial passengers a year in association with various cruise lines.

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Port Story is a new series detailing the history and operations of trade ports across the United States and the world. Want to see a port that interests you? Let us know in the comments below!

Need to Know: 3 Tips for Businesses Ready to Import or Export

3 Tips

Opportunity abounds in today’s global market place, and businesses aren’t limited to the continental United States anymore. However, locating overseas buyers and suppliers in order to expand your business is only one part of a larger equation.

A highly competent logistics provider is critical to ensure correct navigation of the ever-changing world of shipping. We’ve asked a few logistics specialists from Green Worldwide Shipping for a few tips that will help make your business and supply chain run smoothly.

1. Book Early

“Space availability  on ocean vessels can be unpredictable. Try to secure bookings two weeks in advance.” –Logistics Specialist #1

Booking in advance also allows for transit options that fit your needs and allow adequate time for document preparation, so your shipments can arrive on time and comply with all necessary government standards.

2. Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

“There are a lot of logistics providers out there, but it is worth it to pay a few dollars more. You pay for what you get.” –Logistics Specialist #2

Using the industry’s cheapest freight forwarders is fraught with perils and usually costs more in the long run. Global shipping is subject to numerous regulations and standards, such as U.S. Customs and Border Control, and these regulations and standards can often be confusing.

Adequate compliance can be the difference between your business succeeding and failing when importing or exporting. Low-cost logistics providers frequently neglect the importance of compliance, leaving you liable for fines and extra costs.

To avoid compliance issues, work with premium logistics providers. Premium logistics providers will keep your business compliant and up-to-date with standards, and will closely monitor every step of your shipment eliminating additional fees, delays, and inefficiencies.

3. Insurance is Key

“I’ve had containers fall of the vessel in the middle of the ocean. So insurance is always a good idea.” –Logistics Specialist #3

Accidents happen. Vessels occasionally catch on fire. Storm weather sweeps cargo off vessels and into the vast depths of the ocean. Ocean carriers accept very limited liability for damaged or lost goods. Protecting your cargo from unforeseen circumstances is critical to your supply chain. Door to door cargo insurance is highly recommended and provides peace of mind that you will be reimbursed when problems occur.

For more information about the ways Green Worldwide can ship for your business, check out www.greenworldwide.com, or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.