Freight Forwarding & Logistics Services by Strix

The Strix Team will do more than just get your goods delivered. Every day, we establish and continue to build strong relationships with carriers, prospective clients, and most importantly, our customers. Our network of partners can deliver competitive rates and we will work with you to find creative alternatives and solutions to streamline your logistics processes. We have industry expertise and experience to most effectively and efficiently navigate through challenges such as rate fluctuations and seasonal trends.

Domestic Freight

If it's a natural disaster, last minute shipment, or another carrier lets you down, the Strix Freight Forwarding Team will step up to get your goods delivered. Our unrivaled commitment to communication will surely assuage any potential feelings of having a time-sensitive load. Truckload (FTL)

  • Temperature controlled
  • Dry Van
  • Multi-stop
  • Power-only
  • Floor loading
  • Consolidated shipments
  • Expedited
  • HazMat
  • High value
  • High value
  • Multi-stop
  • Power-only
  • Expedited
  • Over dimensional
  • Heavy haul

Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) freight forwarding is the transportation of relatively small freight. LTL utilizes hub-and-spoke routing where local drivers pick up & deliver product from customers which are interlined with longer haul drivers who go from terminal to terminal. Contact Strix to provide a competitive rate for your next warehouse to door delivery.

Strix provides door to door freight forwarding service across all major border crossings into Mexico and Canada. Strix has an exclusive network of Canadian owner-operators that are Fast-certified and service all points into, out of and within Canada. Our Mexican truck services utilize secure drop yards at all key border crossings and provide you access to over 100 C-TPAT certified Mexican carriers.

Strix provides efficient transport of both dry and refrigerated intermodal containers between seaports, rail ramps, warehouses and distribution centers. Our dedicated partners allow us to ensure the highest level of service and competitive rates.

International Freight

Our network of partners can deliver competitive rates and can handle any services you may need for your specific supply chain needs. For us, your business is personal. We will work with you find creative alternatives and solutions to streamline your logistics processes.

Consider the Strix team an extension of your company. We will treat your customers as if they are our own. We are backed by one of the most successful, financially stable companies in the business. Landstar Global Logistics agents deliver more than transportation and logistics services - they bring you a wealth of experience and comprehensive global logistics and expedited solutions to meet your toughest supply chain challenges.

  • Ocean
  • Air
  • Truck
  • Rail
  • Consolidation
  • Deconsolidation
  • Warehousing
  • Distribution

Freight Forwarding FAQs

How is the shipping price formed?

Sea shipping prices can vary month-to-month and they depend on a number of factors and seasonality. Below is a list of common acronyms that represent carrier charges.

  • BOF (basic ocean freight) - shipping expenses
  • OTHC (origin terminal handling charges) - port related expenses
  • DTHC (destination terminal handling charges) - unloading port expenses
  • CAF (currency adjustment factor) - currency exchange difference based on BOF
  • BAF (bunker adjustment factor) - fuel expenses charge calculated in USD for TEU (20-foot container)
  • ISPS or SEC or CSF (security charges) - port security related expenses and Carrier Security Fee
  • DOC FEE - documentation fee

What are Shipping Surcharges - CAF, BAF, All In?

  • All in rate - Cost of transportation includes all the additional fees provided for under the conditions of carriage the shipper requests.
  • Basic Service Rate Additional (BSRA) - Charge levied by shipping companies to importers for LCL cargo, including the port charges, transport to an unpacking depot (see CFS), subsequent sorting and storage of the goods and finally loading onto a vehicle collecting the goods for delivery to the buyer.
  • Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) - Adjustment to shipping companies' freight rates to take into account fluctuations in the cost of fuel oil (bunkers) for their ships and changes quarterly.
  • Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) - Adjustment to shipping companies' freight rates to take into account the effect over time of fluctuations in currency exchange rates.
  • IMO surcharge - When transporting goods classified by the UN as hazardous (in accordance with the IMDG Code [International Marine Dangerous Goods Code]), the shipping company imposes a surcharge on the sea freight. This relates to the additional handling required for planning the goods at the terminal and onboard the ship.
  • ISPS or SEC - Security charges.
  • General Rate Increase (GRI) - Planned increase of a base rate from a certain date.
  • Terminal Handling Charge (THC) - Levied by CY and CFS operators for goods passing through their operations. THC are additional costs, on top of the sea freight, charged by the shipping company for the handling of containers at the container terminal before being loaded onboard a vessel. Examples include the unloading of the container from a truck, stacking and transport from the stacking location to just below the crane. This concerns FCL (Full Container Load) shipments.
  • Heavy Weight or Overweight Charge (HWT/OW) - Surcharge for exceeding a certain weight. 20ft containers exceeding the weight of 14,000 kg tare (container) are subject to a Heavy Weight Surcharge (HWT). An empty 20ft container weighs approximately 2,300 kg. 40ft containers are not subject to a Heavy Weight Surcharge. Both 20ft and 40ft containers can carry a load of more than 28,000 kg.
  • Port Congestion Surcharge (PCS) - Applied by shipping lines to cover losses caused by congestion and idle time for vessels serving that port. Therefore, shipping lines have the right to impose a surcharge on the freight to recover revenue lost. Another factor which influences port congestion surcharge would be labor disputes. Port congestion surcharges are calculated as a percentage of the freight rate.
  • Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) - Added to cargo moving from ASIA. This fee remains in effect for the duration of a typical Peak Season, currently from June 1 - October 31.
  • Winter Surcharge (WS) - Imposed for all containers to cover extra costs related to serving the port due to harsh weather, convoy restrictions, ice conditions etc. This surcharge is only effective during the winter period.

Additional Terms and Fees

  • Additional terms and fees to local agents of the line usually via port forwarding.
  • Demurrage penalties are imposed for excess use of container from its unloading at the terminal until the return of empty containers at the port (for imports) or from the date of receipt of the empty container to be loaded before the loading of a container loaded on a ship (for exports).
  • When are Demurrage and Detention Penalties applied? Demurrage penalties are imposed for excess use of container from its unloading at the terminal until the time of export from the terminal. Detention penalties are imposed for excess usage container since its removal from the terminal until the return of empty containers at the port.
  • Administrative Fee = B/L Fee = Docs Fee (available in other notation) - Fees imposed by the local agent for paperwork. May apply for a bill of lading or container.

What are Port Charges?

  • Additional charges are paid port to port usually via port forwarding and can be collected directly to the port or the local agents of lines.
  • Storage - the rate for excess storage of cargo at the port. Storage is calculated from the moment of unloading at the terminal until the time of export from the terminal.

Is it necessary to insure the cargo?

Cargo insurance is not mandatory, but it can be useful; we highly recommend shipment by shipment policies or annual policies. Ocean cargo insurance covers any cargo damage in any instance. My goods are not at risk, so why should I get marine insurance? It is possible that your goods may be less prone to loss or damage than others, but you still run the risk of a ship sinking, a plane crashing, or some other catastrophic event. It is important to keep in mind that a ship sinks every single day according to maritime statistics. In addition, you are vulnerable to General Average losses. Studies conclude that a shipper will be involved in a General Average incident once every eight years. This could potentially lead to a business ending situation without a cargo insurance policy.

What is a Bill of Lading (B/L)?

A bill of lading is the document that covers transports by sea. Signed by the carrier, whether a shipping line or a freight forwarder, it serves as a receipt to the consignor for the goods, as evidence of the contract of transport containing the conditions of transport, and as a document of title by which possession of the goods can be transferred. Typically a B/L is issued in a set of three signed originals or negotiable, one of which must be presented to claim the goods upon which the others become void.

  • Combined Transport / Multimodal B/L - A B/L covering transport by shipping container from an inland place prior to the loading port to an inland place beyond the destination port. Most freight forwarding and shipping companies title their B/Ls as "Bill of Lading for Combined Transport or Port-to-Port shipment" or something similar
  • Congenbill B/L - A standard form of bill of lading used in shipments by chartered ship
  • Clean B/L - A bill of lading indicating that the goods were received by the carrier in good order and condition, without any clauses declaring a defective condition of the goods and/or their packing
  • Dirty/Foul/ Claused B/L - A bill of lading with any clauses declaring a defective condition of the goods and/or their packing. Almost invariably not acceptable to banks for presentation under L/Cs and almost always not acceptable to the buyer. (See also Clean Bill of Lading)
  • House B/L - A bill of lading issued by a freight forwarding company acting as a carrier. The terms and conditions of the contract may well be different to the terms and conditions contained on the shipping company's B/L, which can in extraordinary circumstances lead to legal complications should a dispute arise
  • Master B/L - The term used for the B/L issued by a shipping company to a freight forwarder for all of the goods covered by one or more House B/Ls on the one ship going from one loading port to one destination port
  • Ocean B/L - A B/L covering port-to-port shipment. Typically banks continue to use this term on L/Cs even though the majority of international shipments are containerized (See also Multimodal B/L)
  • On Board/ Shipped On Board B/L - A B/L evidencing that the goods were not only received by the carrier but were actually loaded on board in good order and condition. "Shipped" indicates that not only were the goods on board but that the ship has departed the port
  • Order B/L - A negotiable B/L, in which the goods are consigned "to order of" a particular party, often the shipper in which case the consignee is mostly shown simply as "to order"
  • Straight B/L - A non-negotiable B/L in which the goods are consigned directly to a named consignee

Why is Importer Security Filing (ISF) required?

Importer Security Filing (ISF, also known as 10+2), was introduced by Customs as part of Homeland Security in order for them to identify high-risk shipments and protect American borders. ISF requires importers and vessel carriers to provide advance data elements electronically to CBP for inbound non-bulk ocean cargo shipments. Customs began enforcing ISF submissions in July 2013. CBP regulation requires the ISF be submitted to CBP no later than 24 hours prior to the cargo being loaded on the vessel destined to the United States.

The liquidated damages claims amounts are $5000 per violation.

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