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Thinking of Moving? Top World Places to Retire

Thinking about retiring soon or just daydreaming about the day you can retire from your current life? Does moving  to a new and exciting destination sound tempting? After doing our research we have found some of the top places to retire around the world. Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal Moving to Portugal has been on a rise in recent years. It has been named one of the world best places to retire for several years now. Coastal Carvoeiro, in particular has stunning views and constant sunshine with all the trappings of the perfect place to retire. It is filled with delicious food and restaurants, rich history and breath taking scenery. The cost of living is low and real estate is undeniably discounted. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian BorneoKota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo This quiet city is small and quaint. It is one of the most pleasant places to live in Asia. The population here...
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7 Tips on successfully moving to a new country

Image result for moving to a new country If you thought moving to another house was complicated, try moving to another country. Moving to another country can be stressful and overwhelming but it doesn't have to be. It can also be a wonderful and exciting time of your life if you plan ahead. Here are some tips on making your move to another country a smoother transition. 1. Get familiar with the culture- Try doing some research of the culture of the people that you will be living in. You can look up articles online, buy books, and go to restaurants to get yourself familiar. You can also read a local newspaper about the area you will be living in. This will get you familiar with what is happening and how people live. As a result, you will reduce the chance of culture shock can make the move much smoother. 2. Sign up for...
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International Shipping Words You Should Know

International Shipping Words You Should Know

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One of the more difficult aspects of shipping goods, or even shipping personal items over seas is learning the complicated lingo. There are a ton of terms relating to international shipping, especially cargo and freight shipping. This is a glossary of some of the more important terms related to shipping, international shipping, and freight shipping. It will help you navigate the difficult vocabulary.

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Abatement
A discount allowed for damage or overcharge in the payment of a bill

Accessorial Charges
Charges that are applied to the base tariff rate or base contract rate, e.g., bunkers, container, currency, destination/delivery

Ad Valorem
A term from Latin meaning, “according to value.” Import duty applied as a percentage of the cargo’s dutiable value

Advanced Charge Transportation charge advanced by one carrier to another to be collected by the later carrier from the consignor or consignee

Advanced Notice of Arrival (ANOA)
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The Shocking Consequences of Purchasing Counterfeit Products

Counterfeit Products are Becoming an Epidemic in the US

counterfeit items not a victimless crime As the demand for increasingly inexpensive products grows, so too does the revenue for the countless counterfeit rings across the globe. While Americans feel as though they are getting a good deal; the truth is that counterfeit rings are synonymous with organized crime. US customs has had a very strong push to crack down on counterfeit products imported into the United States, and with good reason. Counterfeit products not only cost the United States Billions in potential tax revenue, they also support the growth of human trafficking, child slavery, fund terrorist groups, and result in the deaths of thousands of US citizens annually.

It's Just a Handbag, What's the Big Deal?

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One of the main problems with counterfeit products...
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Freight Shipping Mistakes to Avoid

Freight Shipping Mistakes You Should Avoid


  Freight shipping is much more detail oriented than you would imagine. And with any sort of shipping- all it takes is one tiny over sight to completely delay or derail shipping plans. Here is a list of the top 10 most common mistakes people make when attempting to ship items internationally using freight shipping.

1. Poorly Packaged Items

How you package an item for freight shipping is crucial if you want your item to arrive at its destination both in a timely manner, and unharmed. Poorly packaged items run a real risk of being damaged in transit, and may even be rejected by the carrier upon arriving! If you are packing your own items to ship, then make sure to speak with a professional with any questions you may have on the right way to pack an item for freight Shipping. 

2. Incorrect/Illegible Address Information

This should be a no-brainer, right? You'd be surprised at how many people fail...
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How Do I Legally Export Products?

How to  Legally Export Goods from the US: A Basic Guide

 

As you can imagine, the process you have to go through to legally export goods from the US is one filled with red tape and tedious requirements. Generally speaking, it is better to utilize a freight forwarding service to handle exportation. This is because freight forwarders will handle the majority of the paperwork and documentation. They also have a good knowledge of the import regulations of foreign countries, the export regulations of the US, foreign trade documents, etc. However, it is possible to do it yourself as long as you don't mind navigating through the bureaucratic process.

5 Factors Every Exporter Must Consider Before Exporting:

In order to ensure a successful export of good over seas, there are 5 major considerations you as an exporter need to consider.

  1. Packing
  2. Labeling
  3. Documentation
  4. Insurance
  5. Tariffs

Each of these concepts plays an integral role in the process an exporter...

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Packing Efficiently for Long Term Travel

Essential Tips: Packing Efficiently for Long Term Travel

Before we get into crafty ways to fit as much as you can into a suitcase efficiently, we are going to look at what you should pack for long term and international travel. Here are some essentials, separated by category:

1. Clothing

  • Synthetic fabrics are often more wrinkle resistant, lighter, and more durable than cotton. As an added bonus, they dry faster.
  • If style is important to you, then pack clothing within the same color pallette, that way you can mix and match in order to have the largest variety of outfits with the least amount of clothing
  • 2 pairs of shoes, max! One pair that is great for daily wear, long walks, hikes, etc. One pair of dressier shoes (that are still comfortable)
  • Pack for 7-10 days regardless of how long your trip is
  • Experts suggest an ideal clothing packing ratio for 7-10 days is 3 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of shorts, 8 daily shirts, 1 dressier...
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Types of International Shipping |Freight, Courier & Container

Types of International Shipping Explained

international shipping terms The terms can be confusing- When it comes to international shipping, there is a lot of verbage and jargon you have to learn. Knowing the difference between the various types of international shipping will save you money in the long run. Besides, it is good to know exactly what you are looking for. Having good knowledge about a subject will protect you from purchasing more than you need or being pressured into buying something that is not relevant to your specific situation. In regards to the terms we will cover in this article  - it is important to be weary of people who use these terms interchangeably. Although they are all related, each type of international shipping has its own unique characteristics which greatly effect shipping time and shipping costs.

FREIGHT SHIPPINGTypes of International Shipping: Freight Shipping

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10 Essentials For International Moving and Travel

You May Think You Know the Essentials For International Moving

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Just to be sure, here is our list of 10 essentials for international moving and travel.

The Nature of International Travel Has Changed- With the tragic events in recent months, in addition to elevated social and cultural tensions; now more than ever it is important to safeguard yourself when traveling or moving abroad. These 10 essentials will help you to avoid unexpected delays due to incorrect or incomplete documents, as well as give you some inside information regarding international moving, and international shipping.

10 Essentials for International Moving and Travel

1. Proper Documentation

Passport

This is a given, right? Many Americans would assume that they only need a passport  to travel internationally. While having a passport is absolutely a necessity- there is some additional information about your passport that you should know.
  • Your Passport needs to have at least 2 blank pages
  • Your...
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International Insurance Guide : Moving, Vehicle, & Cargo Shipping

International Insurance

There is no specific international insurance you can purchase. Instead, you will need to acquire various types of insurances which cover things like  the transport of your belongings, your health, and your new dwelling. This article serves as a guide to the various types of insurance which are recognized internationally.

Do I Really Need Insurance?

The reasons why having international  insurance is a necessity any time you either travel, ship your vehicle, or relocate overseas should be easy to decipher. Sending your personal possessions and treasured belongings half way across the world either by air or by sea can go wrong in a multitude of ways. Although it is unlikely, the truth is that crashes among freight carriers is far more common than with passenger planes, and it is not unheard of for rough seas to cause cargo ships to lose part of their precious cargo. Can't-live-without items can get lost at ports during the transition between international and local...
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