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Strategies for Understanding and Controlling Export Shipping Costs

CFR Classic’ own Joseph Giranda, West Coast Sales & Operations Manager, was interviewed by Shipping Solutions’ International Trade Blog, offering his insights on the biggest challenges with understanding and controlling export shipping costs, including the most common shipping mistakes and how to prevent them.

Chief among the strategies suggested by Giranda is the importance of export compliance – it’s critical to understand export rules & regulations prior to shipping, to avoid potential cargo seizures and costly fines or penalties. Ignoring export compliance procedures, per Giranda, is the one thing that will halt your exports. If you fail to adhere to export rules and regulations (and import rules and regulations in the country you’re shipping to), you risk shutting down your export business.

Other factors that can affect export shipping costs include:

  • Speed – How quickly do your goods need to reach their destination. Faster shipping is generally more expensive.
  • Transport Method – Shared container service is cheaper than dedicated container shipping, and ocean freight in general is more cost efficient than Air Freight.
  • Disruptions in the Supply Chain – Labor strikes resulting in port operations closing will affect costs.
  • Quantity – More cargo equals higher shipping costs. However, our shipping agents can help consolidate your shipments and reduce your total shipping costs.
  • Location – Carriers sometimes specialize in exports to certain locations. With offices across the US and in Europe, CFR Classic offers competitive shipping prices to many destinations across the globe.
  • Size & Volume – Larger cargo will incur higher shipping costs.
  • Fuel Costs – Changes in fuel prices will help determine the final cost of export shipments.

Giranda notes that, for the most part, everything else can be worked through. For instance, issues of logistics can be solved with money. However, the important thing—export compliance—can’t be solved with money. It requires doing the work correctly.

Avoid costly delays and potential fines working with our experienced shipping agents, who are always just a simple phone call away at 1-888-886-6683. CFR Classic’ expert shipping agents assist our clients through every step of the shipping process, including Customs paperwork and export compliance.

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Joey has spent his entire teen and adult life in cars. Joey's father owned a Jeep store, and Joey had his own used car lot that he ran himself from age 22 until I was 30. At 30 years old, Joey got "out of" the car business and joined CFR Rinkens. Joey started when there were only 9 people at CFR, but the company grew to over 150 employees during his time there. When Joey started, CFR Rinkens was shipping about 40 vehicles per week from Los Angeles. Joey established locations in Houston, Miami, and New York and within the first year, CFR went to shipping 150 cars per week. Joey started as a customer service rep and later moved up to sales manager, operations manager, and marketing manager. Joey then moved to Europe for two years and spent the entire time traveling through Europe meeting with clients. In 2022, Joey and his partners purchased CFR Classic from CFR Rinkens and he returned to California to watch over the operation more closely.

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