Do you know what to look for in a shipping company?

At ETC International Freight System, Inc , we do know what is and how to be a premium freight forwarder – A laser focused mindset on details & a human psychology to relate closely to traders or manufacturers. We are not the Walmart of freight forwarding, no sir, no thanks. Customers stay with us because it makes sense to them & we see to it with personal engagement and dedication. And ETC makes it sure that we have what Customers look for in a shipping company.


  • Industrial freight services
  • Commercial Shipping
  • Over-sized, bulk, and flat-rack shipments
  • Chartering
  • Corporate re-locations
  • International moving services
  • Warehousing and Distribution
  • Insurance, Packing & Crating


  • Professional liability insurance
  • E&O
  • Bailees
  • Cargo insurance

 Air / Ocean & Domestic Freight Services

  • Air & Ocean Freight Consolidation
  • Air & Ocean Full Container Load


  • Licensed in-house customs broker
  • 1-stop shop (door to door service) USA or overseas (not available in all countries) customs clearance & door delivery
  • Customs documents reviewed in advance to prevent costly delays
  • Streamline entire process and prevent separate firms from dealing with each other
 Freight Forwarding: Glossary of Terms
  • 20’ ocean container unit (TEU) Standard 20’ container: Measuring capacity for a vessel.
  • 3PL: A 3rd party outsourced logistic company (warehousing & distribution)
  • 40’ ocean container (FEU): Standard or High Cube container: Measuring capacity for a vessel
  • Alliance: airlines or steam lines coordinating each other’s schedules and selling capacity
  • Break-bulk cargo: Each piece is handled by the terminal handler
  • Bulk Cargo: vehicles, tank, grain moved by bulk-ship types
  • Carrier: A transportation provider (truckers, railroad, airline, steam line)
  • Common Carrier: Transportation providers
  • Consignee: A person or a company receiving the freight (the receiver)
  • Consolidation services: NVOCC re-group shipments into a warehouse from various shippers, load a full container load, ship to a destination port to their agent known as the break-bulk agent that will segregate each shipment readying it for its final destination (refer to your shipping terms)
  • Container leasing: supplied by the carriers to shippers for the duration of the voyage
  • Cost of freight (C & F) or Cost of Freight + Insurance (CIF): Freight charges payable by shipper & up to the destination port / airport only. (Always refer to ETC International Freight system disclosure / information sheet)
  • Cross-dock: A terminal receiving (inbound), storing & exporting (outbound)
  • Customhouse broker: A clearing house through Customs for importers
  • Detention / Demurrage: Assessed by the carriers to the shipper / consignee for keeping a shipment longer than the authorized time.
  • Diversion / Re-consignment: Change of consignee name on the bill of lading while the freight is in transit (cost associated with it)
  • Door to Door: Transportation services from the origin / destination curb sides (duty paid or unpaid to be defined). The originator of the request (shipper or the consignee) is responsible to pay all charges. (Always refer to ETC International Freight system disclosure / information sheet)
  • Drayage: Local trucking
  • Dunnage: Materials inside a container used to secure (IE# bracing & blocking a vehicle)
  • Free on Board (FOB): ex-factory charges up to the origin port / airport are for the shipper’s account. Consignees are responsible once delivered to the port / airport of origin all the way to their site.
  • Freight bill of lading: A legal shipping document between a shipper and a carrier for the transportation of freight (reflect all parties involved and shipping terms of sales)
  • Freight forwarder: A booking agent on behalf of the shippers handles the export declaration to the USA Customs and other logistical freight services
  • Freight weight measures: Short ton (American) 2000 lbs. Long ton (English) 2240 lbs. Metric ton (1000 kg. 2.2046 lbs.)
  • Full container Load (FCL): exclusive use of 1×20’ or 1×40’ ocean containers
  • Full Truck Load (FTL): using the whole trailer (53’)
  • Interline Shipment: When more than one carrier is used during transportation to move a container from the destination port to a door location (e.g. Hong Kong to Chicago via Long Beach)
  • Less Than a Container Load (LCL): Consolidated shipments into a full container load Intermodal: Ocean containers transferred onto a truck chassis or railroad for final or depot delivery
  • Less Than A Truck Load (LTL): Consolidating a shipment with others into a truck.
  • Line-haul: Trucking from depot to airlines warehouses
  • Liner shipping: regular sailing schedules between specified ports
  • Lo-Lo: lift on & lift off for conventional container cargo ships. Cranes are used on the quay to load /unload.
  • Long-haul: Long distance from terminal to terminal
  • Loss or damage cargo: While in transit in a carrier’s possession will fall under the terms & conditions of the carriers’ liability coverage, as shown on their terms & conditions. If insurance coverage is purchased through ETC International Freight System & a claim is filed timely with the carriers with supporting documents, the insurer will handle the insurance refund.
  • Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier: Wholesaler of space. Buy from carriers’ yearly space in bulk.
  • Ocean conference: cartel of vessels sharing trade points with set rates
  • Pallet or Skid: a 48” x 42” heat treated (HT stamped for export) wooden platform on studs
  • Reefer: Refrigerated ocean container
  • Ro-Ro: roll on, roll off. A method by which the cargo is wheeled on & off a Ro-Ro ship
  • Slot: Location of a container on a ship
  • Stock-keeping unit (SKU): A line-item of inventory that is a different type or size of good.
  • Terminal / Deport: Where cargo is shipped, or picked-up from.
  • Tramp shipping: irregular sailing schedules (IE# Bulk ship)

“We pay attention & make your experience painless, so you come back again & again. No shipment is left un-turned. We make it right before we go home. We do not take our clients or tasks at hand for granted. This explains our 35 years (and two generations) of sustained excellence.”

So, do tell us, what do you look for in a shipping company?

 – Reid Malinbaum, Founder
ETC Intl. Freight System since 1984



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