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Troubleshooting Guide -Amazon Tracking Shows DELIVERED But NOT RECEIVED

There have been complaints surrounding the non-delivery of Amazon orders that were marked as DELIVERED.

The issue could be anywhere between tracking errors, miscalculations of deliveries in carriers or delivery services and even transacting with fake Amazon sellers.

Dealing with Shady Amazon Sellers

It’s a lingering problem especially if you are dealing with a fake or rogue seller at Amazon. This can be a tricky feat indeed. These sellers or retailers would usually choose popular items or products to sell on Amazon. They would usually list these items as cheaper than what is posted by other retailers on the platform.  

Upon receiving orders, the fake seller would say that the parcel is en route which automatically prompts the release of funds to the account.

The fake seller would provide an estimated delivery date of four weeks in order to technically bypass the two-week payment cycle of Amazon. In this way, the fraudster would be able to get into stealth mode before the buyers complain to Amazon and move to close the account.

How To Avoid Being Targeted by Fake Amazon Sellers

The easiest way to verify whether an Amazon seller is legitimate or fake is to check on their reputation which is reflected in their feedback scores. Just click on the Amazon seller’s name and then you would be directed to the profile page.

Right at the profile page, you can readily check on the seller’s score over the past several months and also their lifetime feedback rating.

Choose Fulfilled by Amazon Products

When shopping with Amazon, it would be wise to choose featured items that are marked as Fulfilled by Amazon. This gives you an extra layer of security in your online purchases because even though the products are sold by third-party retailers, the package would be sent from an Amazon Fulfillment Center. In this way, customers would be able to easily track packages straight from the Amazon accounts. More so, Amazon would also be fully liable for product returns and customer service.

On the other hand, if you choose to buy from third-party retailers which are not marked as Fulfilled by Amazon products, then you are still protected by Amazon A-to-Z Guarantee Protection. Under this, timely delivery and condition of the items purchased are guaranteed provided that you have made a purchase right at the Amazon website or on third-party websites using Amazon Pay.

Customers who would buy from an Amazon seller or directly from the Amazon website would be eligible to receive a maximum of $2,500 plus shipping fees.

If you happen to order items from a third-party retailer with no Fulfilled by Amazon protection then you would not be able to track your parcel real-time using Amazon Echo. A fake seller or scammer could just easily charge your card and inform you that your order has been shipped without anything shipped at all. You are still however covered by the Amazon A-to-Z Guarantee.

Steps To Take When Making an A-to-Z Guarantee Claim

Contact the Amazon Seller

Using your Amazon account, contact your seller regarding the issue at hand. Give the seller at least 24 to 48 hours to get back to you. If the seller is unable to respond at the given timeframe or you were completely dissuaded by the response, then you can go ahead with filing a claim.

Fulfill at Least One of the Following Conditions:

  • Item has not been received within 30 days or was not delivered 3 days following the expected delivery date.
  • Package or product was defective, damaged, or different from the ordered item/s.
  • Returned item to Amazon was not issued a refund.
  • You need to return a product or package internationally but Amazon seller could not provide a valid U.S. address or even an international shipping label.
  • Errors or miscalculations in shipping and customs fees which you would have to pay upon delivery.

Amazon Claims Should be Filed Within 90 Days Following the Estimated Delivery Schedule.

To file a claim, go straight to Accounts and Lists > Your Account > Your Orders. Go to the particular order that you would want to file a claim on and then click on File/View Claim. Explain the reasons for making a claim on the first box. Go to the second box, and then choose the Request refund through the A-Z Guarantee option.

Amazon Prime Members Get Additional Perks!

For Amazon Prime members who experienced orders that are marked delivered but never really arrived yet. The process above still applies but you get to bag more extras or perks for the non-delivery of your parcels.

If your item is not delivered within the given timeframe then you would get a free one-month subscription to Amazon Prime which would be on top or added to your current Amazon Prime subscription. Some Amazon Prime members also reportedly received discount vouchers and other freebies.

Non-delivery of Amazon packages has been a nagging issue for a while now. There seems to be a chipped edge somewhere or a loose spot that causes this but should be worth an exhaustive look-over so everything would go smoothly.

Zip Logistics seriously wants to put FUN, RELIABILITY, and CONVENIENCE back into the platform. This is exactly what this guide is for anyway!  

USPS Tracking Shows DELIVERED But NO PACKAGE Was Received

Shopping online has created not just hype but a revolution. It became a new genome of lifestyle for everyone. Who wouldn’t be enticed with the convenience, speed, and fun of shopping online? It’s that irresistible.

If you happen to order at Amazon or eBay, you would know how it works. Upon successful checkout, all you have to do now is to wait for an email notification. But, what if you did get a delivery email and got no package?

You’d think these things happen all the time. Make a Google search right now and you’ll find out how often this issue happens to Amazon orders.  However, there seems to be a logical explanation behind this sudden disappearance of packages.

Allegations on Pressing USPS Issue

According to CBS Atlanta and mentioned on Lifehacker, a former USPS carrier revealed that the supervisors themselves would give specific orders or instructions to falsify delivery times or to scan packages as delivered when they’re not.

The reason behind this is that if USPS incurs late deliveries then they wouldn’t be able to comply with the two-day delivery guarantee which in turn jeopardizes the agreement between USPS and Amazon.

But, reportedly, if USPS declares they have delivered mail and packages on time then this the liability is legitimately transferred to Amazon. So, in effect, if you didn’t get your packages even if it was marked delivered then Amazon would be responsible for it.

Customers would in turn hound Amazon. In this setup, USPS would keep the contract while Amazon delivers customers a gift card, a month of free Amazon Prime, discounts, or any other offer in the effort to make customers feel better about the situation.

USPS has denied all these allegations from the said report. To date, USPS is still the preferred shipper for Amazon and eBay orders or for other quick e-commerce deliveries.

What Should You Do When This Happens to Your Amazon Order?

Well, the first thing that would come to mind when your Amazon package goes missing even after it was marked delivered is that it could be misdelivered or scanned by mistake by USPS.

Even Amazon confirms that there are rare cases wherein the packages would be marked DELIVERED at a duration of 36 to 48 hours pending arrival. Here are some troubleshooting methods you can do to locate your packages:

  • Verify the accuracy of the shipping address. Verify that all details are accurate and have no typo errors whatsoever as the slightest mistake in numbers could mess up a delivery.
  • Check for any attempted deliveries in your location. Check with neighbors to know if anyone else has received your package.
  • Check your mailbox or Amazon locker.
  • Wait for at least 36 to 48 hours. Most packages would be marked as delivered even when it’s pending delivery for a couple of hours.

If 36 to 48 hours have passed and still your package is a no-show, then you can file a complaint directly at Amazon.

Just click on the particular order that’s missing then click on Select an Issue > Where’s My Stuff > Select Issue Details > Tracking shows delivered but item not received.

At this point, you would be able to reach Amazon via live chat, email, or phone.

You can make a quick Google search on the Amazon delivery or USPS delivery problems which would reveal a lot of customer complaints on the same problem. However, if your package or order has not arrived yet for several days and extend to weeks or months, then you can cancel it. Amazon will not charge the credit cards until orders are confirmed.

You can also easily track your packages with USPS Informed Delivery. This would provide you more information on where your package is.

Locating Your USPS Package Locally and Internationally

There are many instances when a USPS package is marked DELIVERED but has not been received yet.  Below are actionable steps you can take depending on your order’s shipping category.

Shipped via USPS First Class or Priority:

  1. USPS delivery vans are equipped with GPS technology that tends to update shipments prematurely or delivered even when it isn’t. All you have to do now when you check for these marked as delivered orders are to wait for another business day because it would most likely arrive the next day.
  2. Get in touch with your local post office. Check with them regarding details on the date of delivery and who delivered the parcel.
  3. If days have passed and your package has not arrived yet then it is recommended to file a claim with your local post office.

Shipped via USPS Priority:

The same process to follow with the only difference that Priority packages or mail is insured by the USPS and they are deemed liable for any stolen or misdelivered packages.

International USPS Delivery

For international USPS parcel, these would usually be marked as delivered as soon as it arrives at the facility and processed in the new tracking system. Lags are normal for international deliveries or discrepancies in tracking depending on couriers.

If your package is marked as DELIVERED and yet you have not received anything yet for more than 48 hours then contact your local post office and contact your local customs office for your delivery.

Freight Forwarder 101 – In A Nutshell

Many people find the term “freight forwarder” or “freight forwarding” ambiguous or daunting. But, if you are a business or an individual that frequently moves cargo or ship goods then you have to befriend the business jargon.

For many businesses, the process of importing and exporting goods is a crucial part of daily operations. It fuels everything in the supply and demand chain.

What Exactly is a Freight Forwarder?

It’s a very wordy concept. You might be making a lot of intelligent guesses like a freight forwarder being an import or export partner, shipping company, or a distribution agency.

Well, these could describe the functions of a freight forwarder but it has an entirely different category.

All the ruthless routine paperwork, processes, and regulations could be very overwhelming and intimidating for an entrepreneur or business person. The good news is that you need not be so entangled with the chaos of logistics.

This is what Zip Logistics is for.  We make it easy and simple for YOU.

A Freight Forwarder is basically a company that provides a full range of services which include handling and storage, preparation of shipping documents, tracking, booking, warehousing, negotiating freight costs, managing or filing of insurance, and freight consolidation; among others.

The freight forwarder does not really move or ship your freight. It basically acts as a middle agent or intermediary between the client or shipper and different transportation services such as for air freight, inland or ground freight, ocean freight; and the like.

A freight forwarder works with a network of established carriers. We form strong partnerships and collaborations with ocean freighters, air freighters, trucking or ground liners. We negotiate on behalf of our clients to get the best prices and choose one that has the best offers in terms of costs, accuracy, security, speed, and reliability.

At Zip Logistics, we handle and cover the burden of logistics for you. We are the logistics expert or partner that simplifies the rigorous shipping process and ease the workload for you.

Why You Need a Freight Forwarder

While it’s not really a requirement to have a freight forwarder on board, it’s absolutely necessary to have one.

Not being biased here but if you do take your business seriously, you should always consider a freight forwarder. 

First off, the importing and exporting process can be very tedious as it has a lot of paperwork or documentation needed plus regulations to follow which differ from one country to another.  You may want to multitask and refuse to delegate this one BUT playing the jack-of-all-trades here could backfire.

Rooting for You!

At Zip Logistics, we are the expert and know it all – from getting competitive pricing to sourcing the fastest route or hooking you up with a reliable freight shipping mode. We have it figured out from top to bottom.

We go through the entire legwork or process so you don’t have to move a needle. We coordinate domestic and international shipping of goods or products using different modes or carriers that suit your shipping or cargo needs. We provide you the most reliable, speedy, and economical route available.

We take the migraine and the pressure off your back so you can focus on running your empire – while we take care of the dirty work. Why do it alone when you can leverage a logistics partner that will move your business forward.

We have that success blueprint ready for you here at Zip Logistics.

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Air Freight Advantages – Ship It With Zip Logistics!

Moving cargo or products from one point to another has always been a challenge especially decades ago. However, the evolution of transportation has made it possible to ship goods or items locally and internationally.

Airfreight has always been a deluxe offer by Zip Logistics. You shouldn’t miss out on this “Zip Speed” edge!

Top Air Freight Advantages You Should Know

Speed 

Speed is said to be the top most important factor that consumers would look for in a freight forwarder. The kicker is that speed is our expertise. Speedy delivery or shipping is an influential factor for clients when trying to figure out which carrier they should go for.

 It’s like boosting user experience with fast loading speed of websites which pretty much works the same way with moving products from point A to point B for both commercial and personal purposes.

This is particularly a crucial factor for air freight. This is Zip Logistics’ fastest solution to move your cargo in the quickest time possible.

Accessibility

This has the most vantage point when pegged with inland freight or sea freight because it can pick up and drop off virtually anywhere or at any destination of your choice.

Even remote locations can be reached and serviced by air freight on a frequent basis which is why most people prefer to move items in this route.

Accuracy and Reliability

This definitely goes hand in hand with almost anything – even with freight forwarding. Airfreight is dubbed to have the most accurate and reliable shipping arrival rates.

Yes, you can predictably guarantee the arrival and departure times. In fact, you can even guarantee same-day delivery or next day delivery with this method which you can’t expect 100% of the time with other shipping modes.

Real-Time Tracking

Zip Logistics allows you to be on top of your cargo deliveries with an online or web tracking service to check on your cargo status and location at any given point. This allows you to track your cargo from shipping to destination point or arrival.

Reduced Risks of Damage, Spoilage, or Lost Cargo

For time-sensitive cargo, air freight is your go-to option. Insurance costs for air freight are much lower compared to sea freight considering the short lead times or quick deliveries.

If you intend to ship perishable goods or even valuable items like jewelry or antique goods then this is the best option available. The fast transit times lower the risk of damage or theft.

Heightened Security

While this can be a hassle for some, air freight’s tight security is what makes this the best choice for commercial and personal shippers. The strict monitoring and security provide clients peace of mind that their cargoes are in good hands and will be shipped in mint condition.

Lower Packaging Costs

Cargo shipped via air freight would most likely be in lightweight packaging and would not need additional containers or packing materials.

Nothing Comes Close to Zip Logistics

The decision to ship via Zip Logistics air freight is entirely up to you. When it comes to efficiency and reliability, nothing really comes to close to what we have to offer our clients.

This is the best way to optimize your business gears so you can take off and soar onto greater heights. Our diverse shipping solutions and expertise help you get right where you want to be.

Got a package to ship via air freight?

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Traveling Light – Should You Ship Your Luggage To Guyana?

Whether you’re off somewhere for business or vacation, the challenge with traveling remains – your luggage may be a bit too much and spoil your trip. This is one of the primary reasons why people now choose to ship their luggage early or ahead of the scheduled trip.

One of the perks of shipping your luggage is that you get to travel light and avoid long check-in lines at the airport. You’ll arrive with your luggage with your bags or luggage waiting for you at the hotel or at any point of destination.

Advantages of Shipping Your Luggage to Guyana

Get to Travel Light

This is an obvious advantage of shipping your luggage ahead of the trip. Surely, the convenience of packing and traveling light when checking into your flight will allow you to free up your time and load.

In this way, you get to focus on tasks at hand with a business trip or a blissful getaway rather than counting bags or staying in long lines for routine check-ins.

Avoid the Long-Winding Airport Check-In Lines

When you choose to ship your luggage, you totally cut away the hassle of having to wait in line for check-ins in the airport which can get really crowded especially during the holidays.

Rid Off the Rising Costs of Checking In Luggage

The fees can get ridiculously high with checked luggage in international and domestic airlines. Most U.S. airlines now charge extra fees for multiple, heavy, or oversized bags.

It would be wise to check and compare rates so you would know which option can give you the best deals.

Prevent Risk of Lost, Damaged, or Delayed Bags in Airports

Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Transportation revealed a whopping statistics of 1.8 million luggage that have been lost, damaged, or delayed in 2018.

As passengers would always be very eager to leave the airport or are rushing to get to their destination on time, they would often miss details and not pay attention to the cases that they’re claiming. The mix-ups in bags or cases can lead to lost baggage or delays of luggage which wastes everyone’s time.

Avoid Wasting Time in Picking Up Luggage at the Baggage Claim Area

The struggle of having to pick up your suitcases as other passengers reach for their own bags can be very stressful and tiring.

The strain of having to carry or move heavy luggage around can be painstaking which can lead to muscle tears or back pain. There are times that you can pick up the wrong luggage or someone else grabbing yours.

The Edge of Shipping Your Luggage with Zip Logistics

When you choose to ship your luggage to Guyana with Zip Logistics, you get total peace of mind because we ship right at your location.

You gain maximum convenience when you get to lighten your load when traveling. You also get to track your luggage in real-time which makes it relatively secure and hassle-free for busy nomads.

Also, if you’re sending gifts internationally or at any point in the country then you’ll be more confident that the perfect wrapping won’t be ruined or damaged while in transit.

It may be worth to pay a few extra bucks is you get extra reliability and convenience with shipping luggage. If you hate waiting or getting your bags mauled in airlines, then this is the best way to go.

With shipping luggage to Guyana, you get to bypass the long and rowdy check-in lines and also customize shipping according to your travel plans and budget.

Zip Logistics provides very personalized and flexible services to clients that fit your travel schedule or itinerary seamlessly.

Ready to ship your luggage to Guyana?

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Shipping Vehicles To Guyana Via Container Shipping

If you are looking to ship your car in another state or internationally, Zip Logistics got you covered. We simplify the process as always so it won’t be as technically daunting as it is.

The vehicles are delivered personally or we coordinate delivery with a transport service. Basically, all vehicles should be in the warehouse prior to departure.

Container shipping or enclosed transport is definitely worth a red cent as it gives more value for your money.

Most people who opt for container shipping vehicles to Guyana have smaller or regular-sized vehicles such as a motorcycle, car, or truck which can fit into a standard 20-foot or 40-foot high cube container.

This would either be for a sole or single-use or a consolidated container wherein your vehicle would share space with other vehicles that are bound to the same destination.

Yes, consolidated container shipping is way cheaper than going solo because you get to share the costs of port charges, ocean freight, and customs clearance with other people.

The only downside is that the container would need to be full before it is set to sail so it could take up some time.

So, if you are in a hurry or would need to transport your vehicle right away then your only option would be to book a 20-foot or 40-foot container. 

Consolidation/Solo Container Shipping Process

  • Vehicles are received in the warehouse for detailed inspection. Photographs are also taken for record and reference purposes.
  • Vehicles are kept in the warehouse until it’s ready to ship.
  • We have full control of the actual loading and overall handling of vehicles.
  • Containers are secured and sealed when delivered to the port for loading.
  • At the loading facility, the vehicles are carefully positioned before chocked with ratchet straps so that your vehicles remain in place and won’t move in the entire shipping duration.

Container units are one of the classic yet efficient and secure ways to ship or transport vehicles.

These containers are able to protect your vehicles and prevent theft or damage while being shipped out so it will make it to its destination in mint condition.

Zip Logistics provides you a secure, reliable, and cost-efficient container shipping service for your vehicles at a price that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

We provide flexible container shipping of vehicles to Guyana especially if you have more than one vehicle bound for shipping.

Basically, a standard 20-foot container would be able to store one vehicle while a 40-foot container can fit two vehicles of average sizes.

Our shipping containers have all passed safety regulations and requirements for loading and transporting vehicles.

Containers are all watertight, secure, and have top-notch structural integrity so you can be confident that your vehicles will be protected from theft or harmful elements that can pose any damage to your car.

What We Generally Cover For Container Shipping

  • Luxury Sport Cars
  • Antique Cars
  • Any Regular Car
  • Motorcycles
  • Trucks

We are not in a habit of selling snow to Eskimos, so we deliver exactly and even exceed client expectations. This is expected to trump competition because we always add extra value to our services.

Advantages of Container Shipping Vehicles

High Insurance Coverage

Vehicles for closed container shipping are insured for 1 million dollars while vehicles that are transported in open-air carriers are insured for only $100,000.

Full Protection

As vehicles are in an enclosed container, your vehicles have complete protection against extreme weather conditions or even from mishandling or theft.

We ensure that all vehicles are rendered safe upon loading onto containers and are not taken out until it is unloaded to its destination port.

Additional Layer of Security

We keep your vehicle hidden or on stealth mode. This is specifically designed for luxury cars as even the smallest parts can be a hot item and are extremely pricey in the black market.

We have the system in place to keep your vehicles out of sight and practically out of danger.

Climate-Controlled Containers

Our shipping containers won’t pose threats of damage to your vehicles especially for the luxury and antique ones that are very delicate or fragile because our units are all climate-controlled.

This shields your vehicles from extreme environmental or weather conditions.

Available and Accessible for Shipping in All Countries

If you intend to ship your vehicles internationally or overseas, then container shipping is one of the best ways to do it. This is widely available in all countries; even in less developed ones.

We know that your vehicles aren’t just investment pieces but are personally connected with you. We know how your cars or motorcycles are extremely valuable that is why Zip Logistics treats them all as luxury pieces.

Container shipping is definitely the best available option for your vehicles. We have a fully certified and trained staff to move your vehicles in the safest way possible.

Got a vehicle to ship in Guyana? Get in touch with us now for your container shipping needs.

How To Move Your Personal Or Household Belongings By Freight Shipping

Are you moving to another country or location? Relocating can be a tasking feat even for a skilled multitasking individual.

Fortunately, Zip Logistics can help you plan, get organized, and move your personal or household items and effects to a new location in the United States or internationally.

Sea Freight

This is by far the most commonly used route for transporting personal or household goods to a new location.

It’s multimodal or would use a ground freight or trucker to pick up and then transport cargo straight to the port. This is basically a door-to-port service with customs clearance documents filled out and duly submitted.

For sea freight, you would be provided two options:

Full Container Load (FCL)

A Full Container Load or Full Trailer Load (FTL) is a type of ocean or sea freight service that costs cheaper in comparison to Less than Container Load (LCL).

This is equivalent to a shipment of one person. So the shipper exclusively uses up or occupies the entire capacity of the container without sharing it with anyone else.

As you get exclusive use of the entire container, FCL is deemed more appropriate especially for expensive and highly fragile goods for both export and import.

This also has a faster transport or transit time because there wouldn’t be any need for deconsolidation or consolidation of items which is necessary for LCL.

FCL is recommended for the following:

·         To protect or secure your cargo. Not sharing the container with other shippers would help safeguard your goods and lower risks of damage.

·         To ship goods or belongings that accumulates to more than 10 standard pallets. You get better and way cheaper rates if you ship via FCL than LCL.

  • To fast-track shipment processes. FCL shipments have considerably shorter transit times because it doesn’t have to go through a lot of hubs or processes, unlike LCL shipments.

For shipping motor vehicles via FCL, this would be consolidated with other motor vehicles like cars, heavy equipment, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and the like in multimodal sea freight containers. This also requires registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Less than Container Load (LCL)

If you plan to ship small quantities or volume of cargo then it would be better to use LCL.

With this option, you share the container with other shippers and also get to split the fees. It’s basically a consolidated sea freight service for both personal and commercial cargo.

All household items or personal effects must be properly labeled, boxed, and packed upon arrival into the warehouse for easy consolidation. The costs would be based on every 35 cubic feet or one cubic meter.

As your cargo would be mixed or placed together with other LCL shipments, it is recommended to palletize loose boxes for added security. You will be required to present a packing list for shipment of household goods or personal effects.

Air Freight

Compared to sea freight, shipping household belongings via air freight is more expensive. This explains why this is a less common choice when it comes to shipping personal or household belongings (which are not up for sale).

More so, there is a limitation set of the volume or weight of personal goods that can be shipped via this route as of course, a plane isn’t as roomy compared to a shipping container.

On the flip side, air freight has its perks as well. While it may have an expensive price tag and some limits on space, the convenience and speed factors really make this a viable option especially for those who urgently need to ship household items or move to another location following a very tight schedule.

Yes, air freight is the fastest way to move personal cargo overseas or in the United States.

When shipping personal or household goods, the volume of cargo that needs to be transported is crucial to choosing what type of freight shipping suits your needs.

With Zip Logistics, you can count on a highly reliable, certified, and reputable freight forwarder that is also an Accredited International Mover.

With that being said, we can help you with your relocation needs locally and also in moving household or personal belongings internationally.

What You Need To Know About HAZMAT Freight Shipping

Proper classification of shipment is very important for individual shippers and business owners alike.

People would often ship or move things around without knowing whether their shipment would involve hazardous materials.

Hazardous materials or HAZMAT could cost an arm and leg or more expensive compared to non-HAZMAT or regular goods.

This is reasonable though considering that hazardous material would need proper storage or packaging as this can pose a great amount of risk to other shipments in a vessel or a truck.

Department of Tourism Role on HAZMAT Classification

HAZMAT has been carefully specified by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to include certain toxic substances or chemicals in gas, liquid, or solid forms.

This could also be a combination of all three forms in a product. This would commonly include chemicals, nuclear waste materials, fuels, and other radiological substances.

These hazardous chemicals are actually found in most household products that are regularly used at home or for commercial purposes. In fact, these hazardous materials are routinely transported on a daily basis.

HAZMAT spills or careless packaging could wreak havoc and cause injury, health problems, damage of property, environmental hazards, or even death.

The Department of Transportation is the primary regulating body when it comes to the classification and handling of HAZMAT. 

As people could be dealing with gray areas in determining whether one is a HAZMAT or not, DOT has outlined particularly what constitutes HAZMAT for the precise segmentation of shipments.

Different HAZMAT Classes

Outlined below are the 9 HAZMAT classes which are divided into different categories according to the Code of Federal Regulations. This determines the class and type of material for shipment.

In essence, the shipment would belong to a higher freight class depending on how dangerous the substance or material is. If freight would need specialized handling or extra precaution then extra fees will be applied.

Class 1 – Explosives

These are materials that are designed to explode or shatter.

Divisions:

1)      Mass Explosion Hazard

2)      Projection Hazard

3)      Explosives with Fire Hazard

4)      Explosives without Significant Blast Hazard

5)      Insensitive Explosives

6)      Extremely Insensitive Explosives

Class 2 – Gases

These are substances in a gas form that can easily fill any space it occupies.

Divisions:

1)      Flammable Gases

2)      Non-Flammable Gases

3)      Poison Gases

4)      Corrosive Gases

Class 3 – Flammable Liquids

These are liquid substances that are combustible or ignitable.

Divisions:

1)      Flammable Below 18°C

2)      Flammable Between 18°C and 23°C

3)      Flammable Between 23°C and 61°C

Class 4 – Flammable Solids

This includes solid materials or substances that are combustible or burnable and also those substances that pose danger when wet.

Divisions:

1)      Flammable Solids

2)      Spontaneously Combustible Material

3)      Materials that are Dangerous when Wet

Class 5 – Organic Peroxides and Oxidizers

This includes materials or substances that are reactive with oxygen.

Divisions:

1)      Oxidizers

2)      Organic Peroxides

Class 6 – Poisons and Etiologic Materials

This comprises of substances or materials that are deemed toxic or poisonous and also pose infection to anyone who comes in close contact with it.

1)      Poisonous Materials

2)      Etiologic Materials

Class 7 – Radioactive Materials

This category includes materials that in combination or alone can be radioactive or cause potential damage to anyone who comes in contact with these substances.

Class 8 – Corrosives

This consists basically of materials or substances that are caustic or abrasive to the skin or other material that it comes in contact with.

Class 9 – Miscellaneous Substances

This includes materials that do not belong to classes 1 to 8 but are still considered hazardous for transport.

With the above classification levels, you would now be able to determine whether a material is hazardous or not.

However, for new materials, the creator or researcher is the person responsible for identifying and determining whether the material or substances pose potential hazards. 

In the event that the researcher won’t be able to identify the hazards of new material, then DOT would be able to intervene with the identification procedure.

Reportable Quantities or Small Quantities

HAZMAT can be segregated as either falling under “reportable quantities” or “small quantities”. 

A HAZMAT is labeled as “reportable” if it has a large or considerable amount of HAZMAT that can cause potential harm to anyone or other cargo.

With that in mind, it is then very crucial to be able to properly tag and identify these substances and report them accurately.

For “small quantities”, you could have an exception or eligible for deductions in fees if the material or substances to be shipped is labeled as a HAZMAT but does not pose any actual or real threat.

Zip Logistics has expert and certified professionals onboard that are trained in the planning, packaging, handling, and shipping of HAZMAT.

You can’t just trust any freight forwarder for this. We have what it takes to safely move HAZMAT cargo of all hazard classes from the point of origin to its destination. Seriously, we got your back on this.

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Basic Types of Freight Forwarders – Which Freight Shipping Mode Suits You?

 People nowadays are driven by consumerism. Many companies bombard consumers with different product lines to choose from. In fact, a new device or a product would be introduced into the market one after another.

This is actually an exciting yet riveting part of being a consumer – the truckload of options. People can get into a wild shopping frenzy. These products would include basic goods like food, clothing, furniture, household appliances, and smart devices or gadgets for personal and business use.

Freight shipping services play a pivotal role in the transport and distribution of products. Many businesses wouldn’t be operational at all without freight forwarders. 

Without freight shipping companies like Zip Logistics, raw materials and equipment won’t be transported to manufacturers and products won’t be delivered to retail stores.

What is Freight Forwarders?

Freight shipping or forwarding is simply the transporting of bulk shipments from one location to the point of destination. The transportation process is just one part of it, as freight shipping also covers organizing, scheduling, handling, and paperwork. This basically includes loading, unloading, and also insurance services.

Zip Logistics basically takes care of the whole nine yards for your transport needs. Yes, this is hands down a crucial element for businesses to be able to meet the needs of different customers in a fast and efficient way.

Tons of different products get shipped around internationally or locally in a daily grind. Freight forwarding companies would import and export local and international goods. This includes perishable goods and even highly sensitive properties.  

Businesses or individuals would use different shipping methods depending on volume, destination, or other shipping needs. Versatility is a game plan – and it’s in our books.

Freight refers to any shipment that weighs greater than 150 pounds. So, the smaller packages are usually via parcels like FedEx or UPS. Freight would usually be loaded directly into the floor or by pallet. We provide online tracking options so you can be on top of your shipment in real-time.

Types of Freight Forwarding Services

 There are different modes or types of freight forwarding services that cater to varied transporting or shipping needs.

Ground Freight Shipping

Also dubbed as door-to-door shipping, this is typically used for local transporting of goods. Trucks are used for loading and unloading cargo locally or from one state to another.  Around 26 pallets can be loaded into a standard size truck.

This is an affordable option but could be costly too depending on traffic, road hazards, and infrastructure problems.

Rail Freight Shipping

If you are a bit low on the budget, you might want to consider this eco-friendly option. This is said to be a faster and more economical option for freight shipping. 

This is a safe and also cost-efficient way to move cargos as it’s free from any traffic or roadblocks. It can do both domestic and international shipping.

Sea Freight Shipping

Used mostly for shipping overseas, this mode of freight shipping makes use of ferries and ships for transporting cargos. 

It’s the classic and oldest form of ship freight for both domestic and international shipping of large containers. The only downside is that this could be slower than other forms. But, is one of the cheapest modes available to move goods and products.

Air Freight Shipping

If you want to move your cargo fast then this is the best route to do it. Airfreight services make use of cargo planes which is ideal for packages that have a weight of more than 100 pounds. 

This may be considered as a top-dollar option or rather pricey but this is the safest and quickest way to transport your cargo for both domestic and international shipping.

The above types of freight forwarding modes or types can all be involved in a single shipment. For instance, with international shipments, both air and sea freight shipping is needed. Moving the cargo from piers and airports would also require ground freight shipping or the use of trucks.  

At Zip Logistics, we got you covered with all the logistics involved for your cargo transportation needs. 

Whether it is for personal or business shipping, our professional freight forwarding services provide you the best rates in terms of carriers, customs clearance services, insurance, and inventory management or warehousing. 

We act as a professional and expert intermediary so you won’t need to stress yourself with the little to humongous details of freight forwarding.

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Why Your Business Needs A Mailbox Service

Many businesses are now managed remotely or even from home. This is away from the stereotypical brick-and-mortar businesses that people are accustomed to. 

Well, the flexibility and convenience of having to operate a business from anywhere or at any time is the modern take of today’s digital entrepreneurs.

Being on the go in this hyperactive and mobile generation is like a daily routine. So, whether you run your business from a home office or in an office space, a private mailbox service provided by Zip Logistics would definitely unlock advantages for your business.

Renting that P.O. Box seems to be cost-effective but would only work for basic mail needs. However, having virtual mailboxes would provide you the exact features you can get from a P.O. Box plus a lot more advanced features to boot!

How Does a Virtual Mailbox Work?

Being in a completely virtual environment, you can easily manage mail and orders or packages from multiple devices. So, with this in place, you can conveniently and quickly pick up, receive, discard, forward, or shred any mail or packages online.

Basically, you will have a commercial or custom business address in the United States that allows you to do the following:

  • Receive packages from your Amazon or eBay orders.
  • Receive mail and packages from practically all major couriers like UPS, USPS, and FedEx.
  • Ship packages at any point in the world and at very affordable rates.
  • Forward vital personal and business documents such as your passport, credit card, driver’s license, and important company, legal, or personnel data.

Advantages of a Mailbox Service

The aim is to provide a seamless process from your virtual presence or website and social media channels to your flyers and business cards.

This is how you keep all transactions quick, convenient, and fluid with Zip Logistics.

Receive Packages from ALL Carriers

With a mailbox service, you get zero restrictions on packages you receive. You have the full ability to receive packages from all carriers – USPS, FedEx, and UPS, et cetera.

Street Address in the United States

There are times when having a P.O. Box won’t suffice and you would need an actual street address in the United States. 

This makes use of the mailbox provider’s street address, with a “#” sign, and of course your box number. This looks more credible than just having a P.O. Box.

You can also keep your business address private or discreet.

Provide Full-Package Services

One of the main advantages of having a Zip Logistics mailbox service is that it provides a complete package that conveniently covers packaging and shipping. 

This is also a far more cost-effective option than the post office route because you have more options to choose from in terms of dimensions, weight, and destination.

Easily Manage Your Mails Online

With a virtual mailbox service, your emails are scanned and then made accessible for you online. This is very convenient and beneficial for people who are always on the go. 

If you are in need of an address in the United States (personal or business) or travel a lot, then having a mailbox service provides you that vantage point.

More so, if you happen to receive tons or multiple emails from different channels then this mailbox service is extremely useful. It simplifies your life.

It also allows easy and practical sorting or organization of documents or bills. This also makes scanning and access to documents relatively easy peasy.

Build a Professional Business Image

It’s the little details that matter tons in your branding strategy. Having a commercial business address based in the United States gives you a professional image.

Imagine this – if your target market or audience is in the United States and you don’t have a business address in that location, then that wouldn’t quite fit in the puzzle. Remember, relevance and reliability is an important facet of a brand.

This is especially true when targeting a local market because you would have to create brand awareness and build a reputation within a community.

So basically, building trust and rapport with your clients starts with homing in right to where your target market is. Consistency is always the key to it.

This is also very convenient because you get to send invoices and receive payments with your business address.

Cost-Efficient and Increased Productivity

With the mailbox service working to your advantage, you get to review mails faster than usual and be able to process deliveries. This is crucial, especially to time-sensitive emails or orders.

A virtual mailbox service also provides very reasonable or much lower costs in terms of storage, retrieval, reproduction, and distribution of documents.

Secure Emails and Transactions

There is visibility or transparency in emails so you get to eliminate unwanted or junk emails fast. You also won’t worry about missed emails or packages with a secure mailbox service.

You also get a digital copy of every document that you archive. You never miss a delivery with a mailbox service because there is always someone there during business hours (yes, even if you are a solopreneur or have zero employees).

Zip Logistics Drops Value Bombs!

A mailbox service such as Zip Logistics provides you the best of both worlds. The value bombs of having a mailbox service just keep dropping.

I mean, how convenient would it be to operate a business from home or anywhere or even move to another location and still keep the same business address. In this way, your branding is consistent from start to finish.

In the same way, even if you are away or traveling, you will get all your packages and emails forwarded and shipped to your international location by a mailbox service.