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A Complete Freight Partner
Columbia Transport operates from all the major Italian ocean ports. Working with our worldwide network of agents, we can arrange each step of the maritime transport chain, from loading to unloading, up to customs clearance and distribution at the ultimate destination.
Thanks to an excellent selection of airlines and our strategic location between the two Milan Airports of Linate and Malpensa as well as most major European airports, Columbia Transport is able to guarantee a high level service for every kind of cargo to any worldwide destination.
Through our worldwide network of agents Columbia Transport offers complete air, sea and combined import freight services. We are constantly following the changes of the global economy and we are always sensitive to our customers’ requests.
Freight forwarder is a company that arranges transportation of cargo from suppliers to importers and consignees around the world. Freight forwarders provide all the transportation and much of the customs and carrier documentation required to provide these services.
Carriers have significant limitations on the amount of compensation they will offer you should they damage or lose your cargo. According C&F, insurance is not mandatory, but we highly recommend it. We can provide complete insurance coverage.
Generally, ocean freight is shipped either via Full Container Load (FCL) or Less-than-container Load (LCL) Shippers with large volumes of cargo will fill either a 20’ or 40’ FCL. Smaller shipments are more economically handled via LCL.
Incoterms are a series of standard trade definitions or international sales terms, published by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and establish which party is responsible for costs and risks such as transport costs, insurance, duties payable and customs clearance.
Shipping rates respond to market conditions, they are a function of the relationship between carrier capacity and shipping demand, they are also linked to the cost of fuel, and frequently adjusted up and down based on the world cost of oil.
Carriers may apply their rates to your shipments based on “volumetric weight,” rather than actual weight. This is a calculation based on a factor of 167 KGs per CBM for the airfreight, 333 KGs per CBM for trucking and for Ocean LCL the factor is 1 Ton per CBM
Most containers are either 20-feet long or 40-foot long. Their capacity for cargo is approximately 33 cubic meters (CBM) for a 20-foot container and 67 CBM for a 40-foot container. Weight limitations are different in most countries.
Dangerous Goods are items that may endanger the safety of an aircraft or persons on board the aircraft. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) or the local Civil Aviation Authority Regulations govern their carriage onboard aircraft.