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The Experts Speak: The COVID-19 Effect on Freight and Household Moves in Hawaii

As part of our Local Spotlight series on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state of Hawaii, we’ve profiled three small business owners in the state: Caramiya Davies-Reed, who owns a brick-and-mortar store and an online business in Maui. Justine Lee, who co-owns the restaurant PAI Honolulu with her husband, Kevin Lee. Nick Gerard, co-owner of the full-service auto repair shop Neue Auto in Honolulu. In addition to offering you the perspective of these small business owners, we wanted to share some observations from our experts in the state. These three have been working to keep freight and household goods moving to and […]

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Finding the Right Partner to Expand into Hawaii Freight—and Grow Your Business

As a 3PL, you may be working with your clients on their LTL/FTL, air, rail, and intermodal freight, but maybe you haven’t yet gone after delivering freight to Jones Act locations like Hawaii. (Or perhaps you’ve dipped your toes into this market in the past and gotten burned by unreliable partners!) Adding new freight destinations through partnerships can offer your business considerable benefits. First of all, it allows you to rapidly expand your own capabilities while skipping the steep learning curve that new destinations can entail. That’s especially true for a destination like Hawaii, where you’re dealing with four different islands, each with their own […]

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Looking to Expand into a New Market? 5 Reasons to Consider Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has long been known as la Isla del Encanto—the Island of Enchantment, a beautiful and enthralling place to vacation. However, since 2012, the government of Puerto Rico has been busy creating a new identity for Puerto Rico: an island that’s open for business. As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is a relatively simple market for an established U.S. business to expand into. Additionally, as the country’s most populated territory, it offers more than 3 million potential customers. It’s also becoming an incubator for start-ups, and if you’re willing to relocate to Puerto Rico, the benefits get even more enticing. If you’re looking to […]

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Your Top Questions about Customs and Taxes on Puerto Rico Freight, Answered

With a population that’s just over three million, Puerto Rico can offer your business a quick and relatively simple way to expand your customer base. This can be especially true if you already have an existing business model that’s working well in another Jones Act destination. With the help of a good freight forwarder, you may be able to rapidly duplicate this setup to serve the Puerto Rican market. As we continue rolling out our full-service logistics solutions to Puerto Rico, we’ve gotten a number of questions about customs and taxes when shipping to and from Puerto Rico. To give you the information you need […]

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Best Practices for Starting a Strong Relationship with Your Freight Forwarder

A freight forwarder can provide tremendous leverage in your business. By coordinating shipments from multiple suppliers over multiple modes of transportation, a good freight forwarder can streamline your logistics, freeing you up to focus on other important aspects of running your business. Most freight forwarders will have their own onboarding process. They’ll walk you through a series of questions to establish procedures for a working relationship that meets your needs. The very best freight forwarders will make this process simple and easy—such that you likely won’t have many concerns or questions on a day-to-day basis. However, as with any type of vendor you work with, […]

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Why Is Your Ocean Freight Quote So Detailed? (It’s a Good Thing!)

If you’re coming from the world of LTL freight, securing an ocean freight quote might feel a little different to you. One big change you might notice is that your freight forwarder will likely have a bunch of questions for you. They also probably issue a detailed quote with a lot of line items. You might be used to a different process. But, in our opinion, the extra detail is a good thing. Here’s why: By asking a number of questions upfront and breaking out your quote in itemized detail, your forwarder is trying to give you the most accurate estimate possible, so there are […]

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