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How to avoid buying low quality goods from China when importing

Importing quality products from China so that you can sell them online through the various e-commerce platforms available can be ...
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which type of packaging should I use for export shipments

International standards for packaging are typically more stringent than any other type of t because shipments are likely going to ...
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How to have a successful career in freight and forwarding

  So, you’re thinking about a career in freight and forwarding- congratulations! A career in freight and forwarding can be extremely ...
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The best type of packaging for your export shipments

International standards for packaging are typically more stringent than any other type of transportation because shipments are likely going to ...
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How to label your packages for export

The last phase of packing your product for export effectively is always labeling. Parcels can travel thousands of miles through ...
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Musings of My Trans-Atlantic Tour [Part 3]

This is Part Three of a three-part blog post. If you missed Part One click HERE. If you missed Part ...
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The biggest and busiest ports in Africa

Kenya and Tanzania have long competed to have the bragging rights for the biggest and most important ports in East ...
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Mistakes that you should avoid when importing from China

Ask anyone and they will let you know that the process of importing from China can get extremely complicated. In ...
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Adventures of My Trans-Atlantic Tour [Part Two]

This is Part Two of a three-part blog post. If you missed Part One click HERE. On 14th September, I bid ...
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Important questions that your freight broker should ask you

Selecting the right freight broker to entrust the movement of your goods with is pertinent if you are to have ...
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Adventures of My Trans-Atlantic Tour [Part One]

Coming to America... This is Part One of a three-part blog post.  The 80s romance-comedy ‘Coming to America’ is a classic favourite ...
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The best shipping method for cars: RORO vs. Container Service

When importing and exporting cars from overseas, which shipping method for cars is better? RORO or container service? This age-old ...
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5 fun facts about logistics and transport

  Logistics and transport are a critical part of the supply chain, which is made up of three main segments namely ...
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Interesting and Unique Ways To Use Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are typically used in the world of freight and forwarding for transportation of cargo. Shipping containers have numerous ...
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What to do when dealing with damaged freight

Damaged freight is one of the worst things that can happen to you when dealing with a freight forwarder service ...
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The impact of hurricane Irma on logistics and freight forwarding

One of the main challenges that the world of logistics and freight forwarding has to deal with is unpredictable weather ...
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How to import used Japanese cars to Kenya

If you are like many and are wondering how to import a used Japanese car to Kenya, you are not ...
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How to choose the right freight forwarding company for shipping

Wondering how to choose the right freight forwarding company for your shipping needs? Read this for some tips: If you are ...
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Warehousing and Freight forwarding

What's the connection between warehousing and freight forwarding? Warehousing and freight forwarding go hand in hand. Recently, the world of freight ...
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Don’t be a Freight forwarding sucker: Tips for getting accurate freight forwarding quote pricing

Getting started with freight forwarding quotes So you need to get an accurate estimate of your freight forwarding quote or what ...
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WHAT THE FREIGHT??? Everything that you need to know about freight forwarding

Freight forwarding is the coordination of shipments of goods from one destination to another through single or multiple carriers that ...
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Remember Mtongwe Ferry Accident and Avoid a Re-enactment

If you've been to Mombasa, you must by now know about the ferry, which is somewhat synonymous with the town ...
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Was the Early Oil Pilot Export Scheme a PR Stunt?

When British company, Tullow announced the discovery of oil in Kenya’s Turkana County in March 2012, we were elated at ...
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Kenyans Should Brace for Higher-Priced Used Vehicle Imports

Of recently, my Eight years old son developed the love for cars. He started with identifying every Subaru on the road. You'll ...
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Logistics’ Critical Role in Preventing “Skunky” Situations

Living in a multicultural environment is the best thing that has ever happened to us as Kenyans. We get invitations from ...
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Airlift 2.0: Qatari Man Makes History Flying 4,000 Cows

**************************** If Eid-ul-Fitri falls before my next blog, please receive my Eid Mubarak best wishes upfront. **************************** The shift in global weather patterns ...
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The Logistics of Unga ‘Revolution’

May 2017 was not the first time Unga, or maize meal flour, made news headlines after its retail price reached ...
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CSR: What Have You Done?

  Corporate social responsibility, often abbreviated "CSR," is a corporation's initiatives to assess and take responsibility for the company's effects on ...
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Welcome: Women in the Logistics World

  The whole month of March celebrates women, with the world joining in to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th.  ...
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Three Documents You Need When Importing

After earlier discussing the clearing and forwarding procedure in Kenya, this post will look at the three main documents that ...
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KRA Flags Off Regional Electronic Cargo Transit System

Today’s trade environment is challenging and complex, and there is increasing need for enterprises to keep track of their goods ...
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Role of Clearing and Forwarding Agents

You have probably heard of the term Clearing and Forwarding Agents. You probably know that they have something to do ...
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Clearing and Forwarding Procedure in Kenya

More and more Kenyans are seeking to import goods from outside the country either for business or personal purposes. Are you ...
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Kenya: Clearing Agents Go-Slow Cripples Port Activities

On Monday, February 2017, a section of the Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (KIFWA) held a press conference to ...
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Shipping Goods to Kenya: 7 More Terms You Will Encounter

In a previous article, we had a look at the commonly used shipping terms. In this article, we will continue ...
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PPP Tolled Roads - Will Kenyans Accept to Pay for Road Use?

  If figures are anything to go by, Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is set to grow at a rate of ...
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Shipping Goods to Kenya: Five Terms you're likely to Encounter

Are you venturing into the field of importing goods to Kenya? During our first business ventures we usually encounter difficult ...
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Lessons in Logistics from Amina Mohamed Loss

Amb. Amina Mohamed’s loss in her bid for the African Union Commission chairperson’s seat has come as a shocker to ...
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PVoC

Understanding the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) Regulations in Kenya

Many traders import goods from the Middle-East and other nations in America, Asia and Europe to Kenya. Sometimes, these goods ...
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My Day Out At The Mara

At 1400hrs on Monday, atop an open-roof van, I took off from Nairobi for what would turn out to be ...
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