Shipping Lithium Batteries

Lithium ion batteries are considered hazardous due to the flammable nature of the electrolytes. Many countries and carriers have strict regulations, particularly via Air Freight. If your goods contain lithium batteries, please have your supplier provide the following battery information: Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Safety Transport Certificate Once the battery classification is determined, Cargocentric can help determine which…

Importing Electric Bicycles

Electric bikes are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative way to commute. Importing them requires knowledge of regulations from three different government agencies. 1. DOT (Department of Transportation)   The key question is whether or not the electric bicycle is considered an “on-road” or “off-road” vehicle. If a vehicle is not primarily manufactured for on-road use, it…

To palletize or not to palletize

Importers often wonder if their shipments should ship on pallets. Lets review the pros and cons: Pros: Added Protection Easier to move multiple cartons at a time Receiving parties (customer or warehouses) may charge additional fees for receiving loose cartons. Cons: Adds weight and volume Increases freight costs The type of commodity typically determines if…

What is a Carnet?

Carnets are used to allow the temporary entry of items without having to pay duty or taxes.  This is particularly useful for when shipping tools/equipment, commercial samples, or goods for exhibitions and conventions. Carnets can be used in 86 countries (and counting).  A carnet is a physical document that acts like a passport for cargo.…