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Economy Of How Much?


How Much? How Much? How Much? How Much? How Consumers and businesses are flocking to the internet to shop around for the lowest prices, international shipping service is no exception! But be careful what you wish for the cheapest shipping rates are not always the best option!

Economy Impacting Shipping Industry:

Consumers are being squeezed hard these days, spending is being cut, inflation is up and cost of everything is going up! Fuel cost increases are affecting the transportation industry and forcing airliners and carriers to raise their rates to offset the rate hikes and drop in volume! Consumers are reacting to this phenomenon by limiting their International shipping to bare minimum and utilizing Ground transportation. Air Express Shipments have been reduced dramatically. Consumers are using email and PDF files to share documents almost instantly and they have almost no need for the Post Office or Overnight shipping.

Shipping Quote: How Much?

Consumers and businesses are using the internet to shop around! Don’t count on customer loyalty factor here. It is all about How much? Cost concerns are driving Shipping Quote request volume to historic levels. Everyone is looking for the same thing: Low prices! Shipping companies are realizing that answering these quote requests is big time-wasting exercise. Often, shipping companies will spend time and resources to get the customer a quote but 90% of the time, customers are just shopping around for lowest price or trying to get a written quote to force other vendors to lower their shipping quote. Customers often play shipping companies against its other.

Shipping companies cannot afford to pursue these leads anymore, they are time-consuming and they often do not generate revenue for them. When they do, the margins are so low that the shipping companies lose money in long run. Often consumers won’t bother giving accurate dimensions or weight to calculate the shipping rate, “Just tell me how much will it cost to ship a medium box to Africa?” Shipping companies can not just pick a number and hope for the best, shipping quotes MUST be accurate or close to it if you want to end up with a happy customer.

To compute a shipping quote, customers need to provide:

  • Destination Information: City, State, Country
  • Size of shipment Length, Height, Width
  • Weight of shipment.
  • Content of shipment: Make sure it is allowed by international standards.
  • Value: Insurance and Tax values.
  • Preferred method of shipping: Ground, freight or Express
  • Packaging.

At Neighborhood Parcel, we take quote requests seriously and we do our part in providing accurate quotes within 48 Hrs whenever possible. However there are occasions where we do not answer quotes, here are few examples:

  • Incomplete Requests.
  • Prohibited commodities.
  • Shipping to restricted areas.
  • Inaccurate Data.
  • Bogus requests.
  • Complex logistics.
  • Low Margin projects.
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FedEx International Shipping


FedEx Shipping Center Tewksbury MA

Neighborhood Parcel of Tewksbury MA is your nearest FedEx Shipping center if you are located in Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury and Wilmington MA. Neighborhood Parcel staff can help you package and ship your last minute gifts, FedEx pre-paid returns and

Determine if the country you’re shipping to considers your product a document or a commodity.
Whenever you ship internationally, you should always begin by determining if the product you’re shipping is a document or not. Although the question seems straightforward, different countries classify documents differently, and those classifications can be confusing.

Generally, a commodity which is typed, written or printed matter with no commercial value is treated as a document. Typically, this type of commodity does not require a Commercial Invoice. If the commodity you’re shipping is part of a commercial transaction or has commercial value, it may be considered a non-document or commodity, thus requiring a Commercial Invoice.

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To be sure about your commodity’s classification, check the Country Profiles feature on FedEx Global Trade Manager. For assistance determining the documents needed to accompany your international shipments, use the Find International Documents tool on FedEx Global Trade Manager.

FedEx International Shipping Service

In addition to finding the right documentation for your international shipments, you can also prepare, store and reuse customs documents online with the FedEx Document Preparation Center on FedEx Global Trade Manager. Your shipment information is even transferred right into FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com so you can quickly complete your shipping label.

Provide an accurate and detailed description of your product.
One of the most common reasons for customs delays is an inaccurate or vague shipment description. A good description answers the following questions:

  • What is it?
  • How many are there?
  • What is it made from?
  • What is the intended use?
Poor description Good description
Parts Two steel springs for woodworking machine
Gifts Unsolicited gift: One men’s knitted sweater (100 percent cotton)
Samples 200 cm x 400 cm nylon carpet samples for demonstration
Documents 30 pages of legal documents

Provide the proper classification for your product.
Whether you’re importing, exporting or both, you need to properly classify your products under the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes to meet the U.S. and foreign governments’ customs requirements.

All of the import and export codes used by the U.S. are based on the HTS. The HTS assigns six-digit codes for general categories. Countries that use the HTS are allowed to define commodities at a more detailed level than six digits, but all definitions must be within that six-digit framework. The U.S. defines products using 10-digit HTS codes. Export codes (which the U.S. calls Schedule B) are administered by the U.S. Census Bureau. Import codes are administered by the U.S. International Trade Commission. (From FedEx .com)


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International Shipping Containers


Freight Containers Specification

Besides commonly used 20’STD, 40’STD and 40’HC ocean freight containers, there are numerous of other types of sea containers including 45′ High Cube, Open Tops and Flat Racks sizes of 20′ and 40′ etc. However, as a rule, these types of sea freight containers are subject to equipment availability from Steam Ship Lines (or direct carriers or International Transportation Companies). In certain circumstances, it can be limited. Then, if you ship a regular cargo by sea, we suggest planning your sea freight shipment by using one of these three types of Ocean freight containers below.

20′ Standard Sea Freight Container

  • Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.919 m x 2.340 m x 2.380 m (19′-5” x 7′-8” x 7′-9′ 1/2”)
  • Door Opening (W x H): 2.286 m x 2.278 m (7′-6″ x 7′-5 1/2″)
  • Tare Weight: 1,900 kg (4,189 lbs)
  • Cubic Capacity: 33.0 cbm (1,165 cubic ft)
  • Payload* :22,100 kg (48,721 lbs)

40′ Standard Sea Freight Container

  • Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 12.051 m x 2.340 m x 2.380 m (39′-6 1/2”x 7′-8” x 7′-9 1/2”)
  • Door Opening (W x H): 2.286 m x 2.278 m (7′-6″ x 7’-5 1/2″)
  • Tare Weight: 3,084 kg (6,799 lbs)
  • Cubic Capacity: 67.3 cbm (2,377 cubic ft)
  • Payload*: 27,397 kg (60,401 lbs)

40′ High Cube Ocean Freight Container

  • Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 12.056 m x 2.347 m x 2.684 m (39′-6 1/2” x 7′-8 1/4”x 8′-9 1/2”
  • Door Opening (W x H): 2.340 m x 2.585 m (7′-8″ x 8′-5 3/4″)
  • Tare Weight: 2,900 kg (6,393 lbs)
  • Cubic Capacity: 76.0 cbm (2,684 cubic ft)
  • Payload*: 29,600 kg (65,256 lbs)

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FCL is an abbreviation for “Full Container Load” for Import and Export cargo to and from the USA. This term is commonly used to describe an Ocean freight service that is designed for ocean freight shipments of cargo where shipper has exclusive use of sea freight container. Usually, the containers are loaded by propositional international movers and sealed at the shipper’s facility. Then it transported by ocean, rail and/or truck directly to the point of final destination.

Shipping Terms:

Port to Port:

The economic solutions for International shippers looking to save money on their international move. If you are a college student or just someone who looking to save money this may be the best solution for you, with receiving terminals in all major cities you can drop your shipment off at the nearest warehouse or port facility and pick it up from the port or terminal of your destination. This is the most economical way to ship your goods overseas. The customer is responsible for any duty taxes, broker & storage fees.

Door to Port or Terminal:

This service is for the customers that are not near a local terminal or does not have means of transportation to deliver their shipment to the nearest warehouse. We will arrange pickup of your household goods at your residents and transport them to our consolidation warehouse in Tewksbury MA, Boston Warehouse or port of exit. We offer a basic freight pick up for self-pack customers as well as full packing and loading services if needed. The shipment will go to the nearest port of destination where the shipper would arrange for their own pickup and customs clearance of their cargo. Please make sure to give us enough advance notice to arrange for a door pick up.  For a free quote, visit us here

Warehouse to Door:

This service is for the customer that is near a local terminal that would like to save money on the moving or trucking charges but would like to have the shipment delivered to their door at the destination. The shipper would need to drop off the boxes at the warehouse and we will handle the door delivery, offloading, customs clearance and removal of debris. Customer will be contacted by the broker to clear shipment and pay any taxes or fees prior to delivery to their destination.

Door to Door:

International Door to Door service is designed for busy people that what to leave the shipping to the professionals. We specialize in the export packing and shipping of household goods and personal effects, automobiles, boats and general cargo. We handle customs clearance of all cargo as well as door delivery and offloading worldwide.


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College Move Out Service in Boston MA


Neighborhood Parcel is proud to offer College Move out service in Metro Boston, we can make any college student move out simple and headache free by shipping and packaging all items directly to dorm or home via a vast network of couriers.
Neighborhood Parcel of Tewksbury (www.NeighborhoodParcel.com) is proud to offer College Move Out service to its Boston Area College and University students. Our service is based on convenience and value. We have decades of experience in packaging and shipping and we put it to work for you!

With a vast Network of couriers, we can offer some of the lowest prices when it comes to packaging and shipping household goods, onsite service is available. Our store location in Tewksbury offers a wide selection of packaging and moving supplies for the Do It Yourself crowd.


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Neighborhood Parcel can help parents and students save a lot of money by having us package and ship your items for save delivery, we compare all courier rates and offer you discount shipping rates that range from 30 to 50% of what those Big Franchise store will charge. Once items leave our warehouse, we will email you all your tracking information to be notified of expected delivery times.

“I received your Quote today and it is 50% less than what the UPS store quoted me in Boston, I am now so happy that I found you” Said Sahar of Morocco. We work hard to save you money, because we are an Authorized shipping center for FedEx and DHL and we do not pay Royalty fees! For more info:

http://www.NeighborhoodParcel.com Tel 978-851-0199

FedEx vs DHL Shipping Discounts

FedEx UPS DHL Shipping Discounts 


Logistics giants UPS and FedEx issued their 2009 rates increases just as their market went into transition with DHL’s announcement it would pull out of the U.S. express market (see story, p. 13). UPS’ rates include an increase of 5.9% for ground packages and a 4.9% rate hike on all air express and U.S. origin international shipments, based on a 6.9% rate increase and a 2% decrease in fuel surcharge. FedEx matched UPS’ ground hike of 5.9% and express by 6.9%.But despite the carrier’s price increases and DHL’s exiting the market, some market watchers say this is a very good time to negotiate rates with small parcel carriers. The overall freight market’s malaise coupled with the small parcel market’s uncertainty in the wake of the DHL move has carriers very hungry for volume. Robert W. Baird analyst Jon Langenfeld said he has concerns about carriers’ ability to raise prices as demand remains weak.

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In a recent interview, Bill Knasinski, vice president of parcel and logistics solutions at Pittsburgh-based Genco, told Purchasing that now is the best time in recent history to negotiate with small parcel carriers. “Carriers are being very aggressive. Most of our clients have seen over 20% cost reductions [from small parcel providers],” Knasinski told Purchasing.

Neighborhood Parcel can help you offset this rate hike by giving us 10% OFF when you open a new House Account today. No hidden fees, no surcharges, no pick up fees! Save on FedEx and UPS shipping today