Posted in International Shipping

It is mandatory to declare the commodity of your shipment

A retail shipper and/or shipping clerk needs to know the commodity of each shipment. Commodities vary from household goods, generators, furniture, refrigerators, microwave ovens, other home appliances, and electronics such as televisions, radios, computers, and cell phones & accessories. Contraband of any kind – e.g., firearms & ammunition, liquors, illegal drugs, and tobacco – are prohibited by law.

Shipping barrels of personal effects from anywhere in the US to the Caribbean can be a labor of love. Consequently, we all have a responsibility to keep everything above board. The commodity of choice when shipping to the Caribbean Islands is for the most part household goods. Household goods range from non-perishable food items, clothes, shoes, to home decor products. Lots of retail shipping companies with their freightforwarders, freight brokers, and customs brokers, offer customers the right logistics infrastructure that makes it possible for them to stay in touch with loved ones in their country of origin by shipping an array of items as personal cargo. Americans, on the other hand, use that same structure to build and maintain relationships with friends, non-profit organizations, business associates, and colleagues in the Caribbean. Most individual customers opted out of doing an Export Declaration (Export Dec) of their shipment because it means an additional charge to the costs of international shipping. An HS Code is mandatory in many instances for 2 reasons: 1) It tells the shipper and customs, these are items with no export restrictions; 2) It’s another way to describe the contents of each barrel without an Export Dec and hence facilitate the inspection of any shipment by customs agents.

It is crucial at this juncture to address the elephant in the room – i.e., human trafficking. Having human cargo on board of any vessels is a serious and severe violation of international laws. Human trafficking is unequivocally a crime against humanity. Therefore, all governments on this planet should do their parts in prosecuting human traffickers to the full extent of the law.

To comment on this blog post, Leave a Reply or write your question below. I am looking forward to receiving your input on ways we all can eliminate contraband in shipments and combat human trafficking on a global level.

Posted in CentEx Store

$31 price/each + shipping. 48″ X 48″ Wood Pallet for SALE. Call πŸ“ž 770-864-4871 (Minimun of 5)

The wood pallet is the workhorse of the international shipping business. Our pallets are made of tough and durable wood. Each pallet is heat-treated and meets ISPM 15 Export Specifications. Moreover, this oversized pallet can hold up to FOUR 77-gallon open head plastic barrels and has a maximum weight capacity of 3,500 lbs. A double stringer provides added strength and 2-way forklift access.

Please be advised that the featured image/pic at the very top, is a customized pallet. Leave us a message to inquire about how to place a special order of oversized and customized pallets

Request a Quote for the double stringer by using the Comment Section of this blog post. Be sure to include your complete address.

Posted in International Shipping

International Shipping from Portland, Oregon to Jamaica. Call πŸ“ž 770-864-4871

Reliable international shipping service from Portland, Oregon to Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Our cut-off day is Friday, and we sail every Saturday. The truckers in Portland and our winning team are professional, consistent, and dependable. CentEx Cargo has been expeditiously shipping full barrels of personal effects from the east coast of the United States to Jamaica since 2004. Our goal is to maintain the same standards and deliver quality service at an affordable price to customers in Portland.

CentEx Cargo provides warehouse to port service. Management and the agent in Jamaica can track the freight of each individual customer. The LCL Export team will provide you, valued customer, with regular updates of the movement of your cargo via WhatsApp, once it leaves the warehouse. Agent in Jamaica can also track each shipment, once the final vessel departs from a U.S. Shipping Port and is on its way to the port of discharge in Jamaica. Lastly, each shipper will get an ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) making it possible to inform the consignee (person assigned to receive barrels) when his/her freight is ready for pick up.

Need more information, use the Comment section of this blog post for your inquiries. We answer over 70% of Frequently Asked Questions on this platform and WhatsApp.

Posted in Business Management

A platform to bounce off money making ideas

One of my long term goals has always been about the ability to conceptualize a sound structure that attracts money making ideas. Whether it was Centuria Group or the CentEx Cargo Blog, the inspiration for their inception was to build the strong foundation of a platform for under-represented people and those too timid to go mainstream with an idea for a business. Such a platform would allow them to bounce off their business ideas with each other and others. That in and of itself is a gift – a golden opportunity. The rest is up to you. The name Centuria for this type of group, was chosen by our ‘2004-team’ for its meaning and represented to us a business capable of having 100 different units.

It is an ‘on-going’ process. CentEx Cargo blog posts range from a substantive discussion about ‘endemic corruption’ in some Caribbean customs to allocating adequate resources to tackle a specific venture in this huge US domestic market. For example, ‘freight broker training’ and actively soliciting the services of good freightforwarders and NVO, came from one of my colleagues who wanted to diversify, and hence made an attempt to get his foot in the door of the shipping industry as I continually deal with the peaks and valleys of ‘international shipping service’ from the US eastern seaboard to the Caribbean. This blog is not business 2.0 and consequently doesn’t have a complex organizational structure. What we have, is ‘good old American ingenuity’ and a sharp business sense. This awareness also translates into the power of unlimited imagination, a collective positive attitude, and subsequent synergy that derives for brainstorming and pulling resources together. This allows active participants to make more money, for example, by starting a business or having a side hustle. Your participation gives you access to a fountain of relevant knowledge, developed expertise, free consulting, even allows you to attract investors, and lastly, endless opportunities to re-invent yourself at any age. ‘Yes, your most valuable asset is YOU.’

Posted in CentEx Store

$89 price/each + shipping. New 55 Gallon Open Head Plastic Barrels/Poly Drums for Sale. To order, call 770-864-4871

We sell 55 gallon open head polydrums in the US πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Lower 48 States.

A courteous associate is ready to assist you. Call before 6 PM Eastern Standard Time for same day shipping. Our Barrel Outlet needs a complete address in order to give you, valued customer, a complete quote with the exact cost of shipping to a residence, storage unit, or place of business. We deliver 55 gallon plastic barrels/polydrums mostly to businesses. Residential deliveries are also available in most areas.

PLASTIC BARRELS: Safely ship household goods and store dry, solid products, and even rain water. Corrosion-free and dent-resistant polyethylene. Quick-lock lid included that won’t pop open during transit.

DIMENSIONS: L 35″ X W 23″ X H 23″

COLOR: Black or blue.

We can process your payment over the telephone or you can visit the paypal link below at the very bottom of the page to pay for your order of polydrums (Minimum of 2 Barrels). Bookkeeping will send you a separate invoice via email πŸ“§ for shipping and delivery.

https://www.paypal.me/centexcargo

We also accept ZELLE as a form of payment for Barrel Sales (Name: Carl Charles – Phone πŸ“±770-864-4871)

Posted in Social Media Marketing

What does the future hold for CentEx Cargo on Twitter?

Like many other social media platforms, Twitter can be dynamic in terms of attracting a large enough audience to remain relavant and be on the cutting edge. As a blog that caters to courier services and international shipping service from the US to the Caribbean, the team at CentEx Cargo has been using ‘content marketing’ to attract the right followers. We have been approached by several third- party companies not affiliated to Twitter, selling us strategies, they claimed, could exponentially increase our number of followers. But, after many meetings to look into those strategies, the team came to the conclusion that those followers were generic and had no interest in courier services, nor in international shipping service.

I am fully aware that having a conversation about courier services in Atlanta, Georgia and Seattle, Washington for instance, is not sexy. So, to spice things up a bit, I regularly share tweets about current events and mundane things that are getting lots of attention from valued customers, potential customers, and the average American nuclear family. The hashtag (#) feature of this platform enables me to engage in conversations with other businesses and individuals. I also use ‘retweet with a comment’ as a genuine way to be part of the dialogue and gain visibility. As you all know, I am mostly interested in your side on this issue. Your suggestions mean the world to me. So, what’s your Twitter Handle? And, how do you use Twitter to keep a particular topic dear to you, in the forefront of our collective discussion?

Lastly, the CentEx Cargo blog carefully chooses which social media platform deserves our advertising dollars. This decision process is based mainly on ‘getting the most bang for the buck.’ As a business or individual account, how would you describe your experience with Twitter Ads? Well, I think Twitter can make it easier for customers to pay for ‘engagements,’ and ‘impressions.’ Their analytics are good, but their payment methods are too restrictive.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Feel free to write a comment in the ‘comment section.’ I will not post it without your verbal consent.

Follow CentEx Cargo on Twitter. We follow back … https://twitter.com/CentExCargo

Posted in Auto Transport & Shipping

We Transport Box Trucks & Dump Trucks to U.S. Shipping Ports in Florida

The professional drivers we select on a need basis through a shipping board, have been assisting valued customers with the transport of their box trucks and dump trucks to U.S. ports that ship vehicles to the Caribbean since 2008.

Although some of the drivers that the auto transport team hires, specialize in hauling box trucks and dump trucks from Delaware and Georgia to a Florida port that ships mainly to Saint Marc and Gonaives in Haiti, they can however transport your vehicles to any other shipping ports and business in the state of Florida

Please keep in mind that the transport of box trucks and dump trucks require special equipment – e.g., Heavy Equipment Flatbed Trailer, Removable Gooseneck Trailer, Detachable Lowboy Flatbed Trailer, Ratchet Straps, Flatbed Chain & Binders. We consequently ask for a reasonable budget to get the job done right. Part of that customary budget includes the insurance offers by the car carrier and ro-ro vessel for the cash value (bill of sale) or Blue Book value of your commercial vehicle.

For more information and to request a quote, send us a message via WhatsApp (770-864-4871). Your message should include: a) size of the box attached to the front end of the truck – For example, 16 foot box truck – b) height of the truck from the bottom of the back tires up to the very top of the box. And c) bumper-to-bumper length of the truck.

Posted in Consulting

How you can start a business without quitting your day job

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This is definitely a new area for me. When it comes to entrepreneurship, I have been using one consistent analogy for a very long time, ‘when you get on the high diving board of a swimming pool, there is only one option: Jumping in both feet. Lately, however, I’ve been asked by a number of readers of the CentEx Cargo Blog to write about ‘how to have a side hustle without quitting your day job.’ Apparently, there are a lot of people that are interested in starting a small busines capable of generating a new stream of revenue as supplemental income to their paychecks. I am a firm believer that as a part-time entrepreneur/full-time employee, you should stick to what you do best. Your job is your working capital for this new venture and pays the bills. Therefore, whatever you do, don’t bring the distractions of searching for a side hustle to your job. You should stay the course of giving 100% to the responsibilities and duties of your job description and to being productive.

How do you find the business that is right for you? First, you need to pick a day of the week when you are not overconsumed by the responsibilities of your full time job and family obligations. The core activities of that day should be about creating boundaries and the testing of ideas for your side hustle. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most part-time entrepreneurs choose an industry that’s close to their employment experience and expertise. I also recommend choosing a field that you are passionate about. Another deciding factor can be finding an industry that aligns with your values and skill set. Some of you may have several good ideas for a side business. You can narrow down those choices by moving to the next phase of the decision process. That phase consists of finding ‘beta testers’ from your network, assuming it is large enough. Whatever you, don’t badger your close friends about buying some of your products and/or services. The purpose of finding ‘beta testers’ is to quickly assess if there is a demand for the products you want to sell or the services you plan to offer. Your network may not offer an accurate cross-section of the market for your goods and services. Your next option is to devote enough time to tap into the free resources that can help you get started. For example, SCORE, the Special Corps of Retired Executives, with the following web address, http://www.score.org can assist you with finding ‘beta testers’ in the larger community. Morever, you can get a mentor from this non-profit organization. He/she has extensive experience in assisting people like you start a small business on their own. Some of the free business mentoring services from SCORE would include showing you how to find potential customers and identify your target market(s).

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is also a great place to get started. During your ‘set-aside day with boundaries,’ I recommend you spend a few hours browsing the SBA’s website at http://www.sba.gov. You will find information about building content for your small business and how to come up with the right structure. You are now in the critical phase – i.e., the one in which you make a decision and pick the field. You don’t need a ‘business plan’ and a fancy website right off the bat for your side hustle. But having the right structure from the onset will determine whether you stay in business and make extra money. The right structure for your side hustle also implies keeping everything legal. As a consultant, I make it a point to warn any full-time employees about the pitfalls of choosing any labor intensive fields or a service business. The business world is competitive enough; just imagine how well your business would do, if you were to wait until you get off work before you could start returning the phone calls of prospects and potential customers. That approach would not work in your favor even with an Automated Voicemail System. Because ‘the average caller to any service business, expects a call back in half hour.’ If that average prospect doesn’t get the information he/she is looking for, within the hour, the name of your business is immediatly crossed out from his list of possible business providers. Your skill set and passion may compel you to go into ‘labor extensive technology’ or a service business in spite of my caveat. No worries, I have some well tested suggestions that can surely help you with implementing the right structure from home. Visit my Facebook business page at http://www.facebook.com/centexcargo and inbox me some of your structural concerns and the specific industry you are passionate about.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2017 that there were 38 million home-based businesses in the U.S. And 20 percent of those home-based businesses make $100K – $500K per year. You can sell goods online with Shopify, eBay, Amazon, and even CentExOnlineStore. This is something you can do after ‘working hours,’ in your free time as long as you give your paying customers realistic ETA’s – i.e., Estimated Time of Arrival and/or delivery date of a product ordered by a customer. Perhaps, ‘Direct Selling’ or network marketing is your niche. You may be familiar with it from the likes of the local Avon Lady or Mary Kay Specialist who rung your doorbell one weekend or from the neighborhood Tupperware party. And lastly, from your BFF’s fashion show you attended last year. In case you didn’t know, that fashion show was an opportunity for your girlfriend to showcase her new line of clothing (or clothes received on consignment) to a handful of potential buyers. I would not be surprised if a couple of Clothing Retail Store Managers were in attendance.

Unfortunately, I am restricted by the limitations of a blogger. So, thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Feel free to post a comment in the appropriate section. I look forward to receiving your feedback about ideas, specifics, and the types of business you would choose as a side hustle.