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What’s a WOMBAT?

Incoterms and their meanings: International Shipping

On route to work this morning I’m sitting on the train intrigued by the conversation held between the group of teenagers also on their way into the city to enjoy a school holiday activity involving performing arts – I know this because firstly I’m an expert eavesdropper and secondly is it just me or do teenagers speak very very loudly?  Anyway I hear one of them say “hopefully today won’t be a wombat” and they all had a good chuckle and agreed that no one likes a “wombat”.  Well I’ve always thought a wombat is an extremely strong muscular creature often compared to being badger like.  Oh no… a wombat has another meaning – ‘Waste of money, brains and time’.  They do say you learn something every day and this particular lesson I might just pass on and utilise in the right circumstances.

I began thinking about the use of acronyms and where I hear them – after only seconds of me taking my coat off and turning on my work computer do I hear the next set of questions – it soon becomes obvious that International Freight Forwarding is full of these little gems.

Is that DDU or DDP?
It’s an FOB shipment.
What are the EXW on that job?
Do they want a CFR quote or CIF?

WTF……is there some code between International Freight Forwarders?! Apparently there is.  Incoterms – the international rules for the interpretation of trade terms designed by the Chamber of Commerce.

IMHO and as I RBTL my POV is that these Incoterms are very useful when organising import and export shipments; working in different times zones and organising shipments with many different agents and clients overseas these incoterms prove to be a valuable tool when quoting accurately, ensuring full shipment needs are met and the invoicing is correct.

SITD?  Well I HTH….

DDU – Delivery duty unpaid.
DDP – Delivery duty paid.
FOB – Free on board.
EXW – Ex works.
CFR – Cost and Freight.
CIF – Cost, Insurance and Freight.

IMHO – In my humble opinion.
RBTL – Read between the lines.
POV – Point of View.
SITD – Still in the dark.
HTH – Hope this helps.

So not only do all the cool kids use the same acronyms of the Freight Forwarder, I can guarantee there isn’t a WOMBAT situation going on here today.

Renee Laverne.

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The football World Cup moves every four years…why can’t I

Personal Effects and Unaccompanied Baggage Shipping

The World Cup has been played on the continents of Europe, South America, North America, Africa and Asia, countries which have hosted this competitive best known sport in the world include Brazil, Mexico, Spain, England, South Africa, France, Germany, South Korea and Japan to name a few.

The excitement, nervous energy and hope that comes with each start of this amazing competition could be very much compared to moving to another country to set up home, live and explore.  Every four years the TV, radio and internet is full of colourful images, exotic views and beautiful people promoting the hosting country making me wonder what it would be like to live there.

The elegant boulevards of Madrid, the tiny tapas bars of Barcelona, walking the same streets as The Beatles in Liverpool, eating oysters while overlooking the canals in Hamburg, sipping an ice cold beer in Hanover, catching a glimpse of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, enjoying an authentic Italian pizza in Florence, crunching on a delicious taco in Mexico City washed down with a margarita and most recently being wowed by the 38m Christ the Redeemer atop of Mt Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro are just some of the tantalizing experiences shown all over our TV screens and internet searches at the beginning of this four week tournament.

Wow…I want to see all of those things for real and experience the diversity of this beautiful world we live in, but wait, what if I choose to live in one of these cities and immerse myself in the culture on offer for longer than just a holiday – how would I do this and surely I’d want some of my own personal effects around me?  Without getting into the nitty gritty of being granted a visa and getting a job I’m more wondering who’s going to organise how my clothes, furniture, kitchen utensils, sporting equipment and photograph albums of loved ones are going to arrive in one piece at my destination……I need someone to do this for me and tell me exactly how this happens as I haven’t got the first idea of where to start and how much this will cost me!!!

The Import and Export Operations team here at Across the Ocean Shipping do this on a daily basis, providing quotes to people just like me, ensuring all the correct shipping documents and paperwork is fully filled out, organising the packers to arrive on schedule to load my personal effects into a 20ft or 40ft container and onto the truck, guaranteeing all my things will board the correct vessel.  Not only is this arranged but also when I have given the International Freight Forwarders my arrival address they will liaise with an overseas agent to make sure my unaccompanied baggage will be delivered and unpacked at the desired destination after both mine and my personal effects epic journey’s.


I reckon this team probably deserves a refreshing glass of caipirnha and a relax on the Copacabana Beach as much as I do.


Renee Laverne

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