Frequently Asked Questions
Common questions about cold-storage and perishable goods shipping.
Shipping
Intermodal Transportation is when freight is shipped using two or more modes of transportation. Intermodal Transportation typically refers to truck-rail-truck shipments but may also include truck to air shipping or truck to ship if freight is being shipped overseas.
Overage is when the number of units received is more than the quantity shown on shipping documents. Overages should not be delivered to a customer. They are returned to the terminal unless the terminal receives more information while the driver is making pickups and deliveries.
Use of more than one mode of transport to transport goods from origin to final destination.
The document a ship must carry to meet the safety, health, immigration, commercial, and customs requirements of a port of call or international law.
A list, signed by the ship's captain, of the individual shipments constituting the ship's cargo.
A port-based representative for a shipping line or tramp operation who handles ship arrival and departure formalities, port clearance, payment of fees, loading and unloading, and local provisioning.
The proforma list is a preliminary bill of sale sent to buyers in advance of a shipment or delivery of goods.
The commercial list is a document used for customs declaration that identifies the value and quantity of the shipping products.
A packing list is a document which details the contents and often dimensions and weight of each package or container.
FTL stands for a full truckload. The shipment will take up an entire truck by itself.
LTL stands for less than load. It is the transportation of relatively small freight.
AWB stands for air waybill. It is a receipt issued by an international airline for goods and evidence of the contract of carriage.
These items require special packing and shipping requirements; please refer to a shipping specialist. Some items are restricted altogether depending on the country.
LD-3 is a unit load device with an external dimension of 153x155x163.
An AKE is a unit load device (ULD) LD-3. It has external dimensions of 153x155x163.
Tariff code/HTS code can be found on the harmonized tariff schedule search.
Tariff codes are product-specific codes as documented in the Harmonized System maintained by the World Customs Organization.
The cutoff time is the last possible time cargo may be delivered to the vessel or designated point.
If the freight does not make the cutoff time, the shipment will not meet its scheduled departure. Time-sensitive shipments with perishable goods are exposed to a greater risk of spoiling.
If you are shipping out of the country, your shipment will need to clear customs in the destination country. When a shipment is on hold, you failed to provide any supporting documentation with your shipment that will be needed by customs in the destination country.
Freight dimensions and weight must never be estimated. It is critical to measure the length, width, and height to the nearest inch.
Storage
Apples, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cranberries, grapes, onions, parsley, pears, peas, radishes, spinach, winter squash.
The temperature to keep the lettuce is 32°F.
The temperature to keep brussels sprouts is 32°F.
The temperature to keep broccoli is 32°F.
The temperature to keep asparagus is 32-35°F.
The temperature to keep cherries is 32°F.
The temperature to keep apples is approximately 30-40°F.
Miscellaneous
EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange. The electronic transmission of routine business documents, such as purchase orders, invoices, and bills of lading, between computers in a standard format. The data formats, or transaction sets, are usually sent between mainframe computers.
Able Freight has a wide variety of technology. DataHub to see end-to-end visibility of your shipments trip, Quality Control App to give feedback on the quality of your product, and Warehouse Management System to control and manage the day-to-day operations. We are creating more to help better the quality of your product.
A data logger is used to track your shipment's temperature, humidity, and GPS. You can use it for one, two, or three of these options.
A data logger (also datalogger or data recorder) is an electronic device that records data over time or concerning location either with a built-in instrument or sensor or via external instruments and sensors. Increasingly, but not entirely, they are based on a digital processor (or computer).
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