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BookFreight - Book publishing logistics

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Industry leading freight and customs brokerage services for the Book Industry

Chris Barnard, Vice President - Projects & Market Development
Chris Barnard, Vice President
– Projects & Market Development

Introducing BookFreight, the total logistics solution for the book industry, available exclusively within Canada from Universal Logistics.

BookFreight - Book publishing logistics

Universal Logistics is a founding member and the sole Canadian representative of BookFreight, a key competitive advantage because it gives our clients, including many of the world's major publishers, printers and retailers, access to a worldwide network of freight forwarders with offices in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, UK and USA.

What logistics service is right for your book business?

  • Freight experts, based in London, New York, Hong Kong and Toronto, who can help you cut freight costs and optimize transit times by tightly controlling shipments and working closely with major printers and distribution centers in Europe, Asia and North America
  • Fastest books-to-shelf transit time
  • Proven ability to handle the unique and highly time-sensitive freight shipping needs of over 100 book publishing businesses
  • Book & Periodical Council's (BPC) recommended customs broker and international freight forwarder since 1995; associate member of the BPC
  • Customs brokerage services for over 70 years and international freight services for over 50 years, an unmatched track record achieved by consistently providing the most reliable service, fastest transit times and competitive pricing
  • Canadian and U.S. customs clearances and daily truck freight services between Canada and the United States, the ideal one-stop solution for the largest publishers, printers and retailers
  • Value-added consulting, including highly specialized expertise on how to handle Customs' audits of book publishers
  • Regular participation in book publishing events, such as major book fairs in New York, London, Frankfurt and Bologna
  • Seminars on customs brokerage and freight, focusing specifically on book publishing challenges and opportunities

More reasons to choose Universal Logistics    - Click to reveal content

  • Weekly import (ocean & air) consolidation services from the UK since 1969, created at the request of the book industry
  • Weekly import (ocean & air) consolidation services from Hong Kong and Shenzhen
  • Weekly ocean export consolidation services to UK, Europe and Asia
  • Ocean & air consolidation services from key printing centers, including China, Singapore, Italy, Australia, Germany, Spain and France
  • Daily truck freight services to and from all major book sources in eastern and western Canada and multiple U.S. States, including Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
  • Canadian and U.S. customs clearance services

Book Freight information sheets  (PDFs)

Quick Tips

Tip #24 – Are you using the latest Incoterms?

Make sure your contracts of sale include the appropriate trade term in conjunction with the words "Incoterms 2010", which came into effect January 2011.

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