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For your convenience, Eastern has compiled a convenient User Guide for accessing your RealStatus on-demand tracking portal. Our “How to” guide will walk you through the simple steps to accessing all of the features you need for tracking cargo and managing bookings. Contact your Account Manager to request a copy of the current guide.
When you need accurate status information fast, you can access up-to-the-minute updates on-demand via Eastern’s RealStatus tracking system. In particular, several easy Search Methods will provide the quickest access to the status information you need. Whether you want to search by PO number, or search for a specific container, you can follow Eastern’s easy step-by-step User Guide. Contact your Account Manager to request a copy of the current guide.
Many shippers overlook the fact that they are not inherently compensated by the carrier in the event of loss or damage. To reduce your exposure if goods are lost or damaged in transit, Eastern expressly offers insurance protection / All-Risk Shipper’s Interest Coverage. Why should you purchase Cargo Insurance? Cargo insurance provides protection against all risk of physical loss or damage to freight from external cause during land, sea or air shipping.
To learn more about the advantages of insuring your cargo through Eastern, download our Cargo Insurance FAQs document.
A list of items should be submitted for review and approval. Most General Commodity items are insurable. Common items that are not considered General Commodities are automobiles and personal effects.
We know it’s important to receive a final invoice that isn’t loaded with unexpected post-shipment charges and added fees. While shipping costs are routinely based on gross weight or dimensional weight of the cargo being shipped, Eastern doesn’t stop there. Eastern’s TrueQuote process is your assurance of an accurate quote and an accurate final invoice. Learn more about TrueQuote assurance.
Spot rates are updated as market conditions change; increases can be applied to ocean freight as well as accessorial charges.
Fixed rates are not subject to ocean freight increases, but are subject to small increases in BAF, LSS.
For a glossary of common international shipping terms, abbreviations and acronyms, you can refer to this online industry resource published by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration.
Access the downloadable pdf document here: Glossary of Shipping Terms
Access Eastern’s reference guide for Container Specifications and Conversion Factors.
Not all commodities require document legalization. A list of countries currently requiring legalization is:
Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, U.A.E. Yemen
The USDA website has detailed information about wood packaging requirements.
Maximum legal road limit is 44,000 lbs
Dimensional weight is a pricing technique for commercial freight transport, using an estimated weight that is calculated from the length, width, and height of a package.
A tri-axle chassis is required for loads weighing 37,000 lbs and over. Bridge Formula Weights- FHWA Freight Management and Operations (dot.gov)
For international ocean freight charges, 1 cubic meter = 1000 kgs. Domestic delivery may be based on other criteria for inland delivery.
The basic document requirements include a Commercial Invoice and Packing List.
The basic document requirements include a Bill of Lading, Commercial Invoice, and Packing List.
Yes, we ship oversized/project cargo. Our team is experienced at guiding the transportation process based on the unique needs of your shipment regardless of the size and space requirements. Learn more about our Project Cargo/Break Bulk services.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) created a voluntary partnership program with the principal stakeholders of the international supply chain, called CTPAT: Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. This program's main goal is to identify compliant and trusted import traders who have good supply chain security procedures and controls to reduce screening of their imported cargo. Participation in the CTPAT Partner Program is voluntary and there are no associated costs with joining the program. A company is not required to have an intermediary to apply to the program and work with CBP. More information about becoming a CTPAT Validated Partner can be found on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s CTPAT Portal.
A Harmonized System (HS) Code is a six-digit international classification system that is utilized by customs authorities around the world to identify the products when assessing duties, taxes and fees. The Harmonized System (HS) Code is administrated by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and is updated every five years. A specific HS six-digit code is assigned to varying classifications and commodities and countries are allowed to add longer codes in addition to the first six digits for further classification. The United States uses a 10-digit code to classify products for export, also known as a Schedule B number. The first six digits of this 10-digit code still utilize the Harmonized System (HS) Code. The Schedule B is administrated by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division. You can utilize the HTS Search or the Schedule B Search Engine to ensure you are using the correct codes.
Demurrage is the charge the merchant pays for using the container within the terminal, beyond the free time-period. Detention is the charge that the merchant pays for the use of the container outside of the terminal or depot, beyond the free time-period. To learn more about detention & demurrage, visit Detention & Demurrage
The best way to save money on detention and demurrage is to pick-up and return the container within the allotted free time. Eastern does this through a healthy line of communication with our drayage providers as well as an effective internal process which aids in cost mitigation with the carriers. Simply put, Eastern proactively advocates for its clients to ensure the best value for the shipment. Eastern’s willingness and ability to communicate with all stakeholders, to efficiently pick up and return containers, is consistently recognized by Eastern customers as a major cost savings advantage over Eastern’s competitors. Learn more