GM Micro-Challenge (Transport)

Your manager’s memo to you is below. In it your manager is giving you tasks to perform with regard international trade. You are not expected to already know the answers, just be able to find and use the resources available to develop an accurate response.
To start, your memo should state its overall purpose, to remind the manager what s/he requested you to do. Next, thoroughly respond to each task you are assigned. For each, briefly restate the task. Then provide a thorough and accurate written response that summarizes the source information you found. Your written response should be supported with (1) images that shows the specific source information you used, and (2) a weblink to each source in case your manager wants to review that information further. Number your responses and respond to the tasks in sequence. Finally, you may choose to provide a conclusion to your memo.
To: You
From: Your Manager
Date: June 12, 2022
Subject: Transport
Some clients that participated in a recent trade mission were pleased to meet some potential buyers. The clients wanted to get some details associated with shipping their goods. They have contacted our organization for help.
Your efforts will focus on the four specific tasks below. With your response, include images of all source materials you use and weblinks to them. Some potential sources you might find helpful are provided. If they are not functioning correctly, seek another resource.
1. If the company exports a 40′ standard Full Load Container (FCL) of goods, about how much will it cost in USD and how long will it take by sea to get from the US maritime (ocean) port nearest YOUR STATE to the foreign maritime (ocean) port nearest YOUR COUNTRY?
A. Identify the US maritime (ocean) port nearest YOUR STATE and the foreign maritime (ocean) port nearest YOUR COUNTRY. The World Port Source website HERE (Links to an external site.)
B. Use a freight quote tool like the one on the SeaRates website HERE (Links to an external site.)
2. What are two shipping lines that could be used between this US and foreign maritime (ocean) port? For these two shipping lines, what support services do they offer in addition to shipping?
The shipping line companies between the two maritime (ocean) ports should be provided on the results above. Visit the two shipping line company websites to determine what additional services they offer.
3. What is a secure, bonded warehouse at or near the foreign maritime (ocean) port that could be used until the importer picks up the container? What is the contact information for that secure, bonded warehouse?
Visit the website for that foreign maritime (ocean) port or that port city and determine what secure, bonded warehousing options are available.
4. How busy is the ship traffic around that foreign maritime (ocean) port?
Visit Shiptraffic.net, the maritime website monitoring ship traffic HERE