These simple strategies must be used to find the right, reliable shipping services for your requirements.
With increased globalization, most of the companies now get the opportunity to transfer their goods or services around the world. But this opportunity has an added hassle- the hassle of having the right transportation system for your needs. Well, that’s why choosing a freight shipping service is like a marriage, where collaborating with the right supplier or vendor is quite necessary for relationship success (in this case the success and development of your organization!).
In the current competitive scenario where businesses need to rely heavily on supply chain optimization, consistent service, cost effectiveness and timeliness, having a trustworthy freight partner is a must. Plus, it needs to be ensured that the freight provider is competent enough to take care of your logistics needs, both domestic and international. Read below to know about how to choose the right freight forwarder for your company.
Assess you internal requirements
Ask yourself a couple of questions for assessing your internal requirements. It is quite a vital step towards hiring a perfect freight service provider.
What all are my responsibilities towards the cargo?
What mode of services do you require (such as port-to-port, door-to-door, port-to-door etc.)?
Will you be needing special facilities (such as documentary services, CBP/FDA/USDA exam processing, customs clearance, in-bond entry etc.)?
Weight, size and value of the cargo.
Research in depth about freight shipping services
Knowing your freight forwarding partner is important and gives you the opportunity to know if the company is right for your needs. This gives you a fair idea of what all to expect from them. It also helps you understand your responsibilities and liabilities while you are working with them.
Ask if the freight forwarder can handle various shipment types
Don’t just judge your freight provider’s capabilities based on your current requirements only. Consider the future and plan accordingly. For an example; now you may just be importing from and XYZ country using airfreight, but what if you needed to import from another country using ocean freight or for that matter export to a land locked country using Break-bulk services? So, it is very important to know if the freight providers are experience enough to handle multiple types of shipment.
Are they members of any government associations or freight forwarding network?
Being a member of a government association or freight-forwarding network requires a freight forwarder to have enough reputation, financial strength, operational efficiency and several other qualities. Having such, an affiliation ensures that your shipment is safe and well-taken care off. All of this in a sense vouch for the company’s integrity and excellent freight shipping services.
Know if they have several service contracts
In situations when availability of space on board is an issue, having an alternative is quite important, as you cannot ditch your deadline. So, know beforehand if the freight forwarder has good tie-ups with multiple air, land and ocean carriers, so that your shipment never gets delayed and reaches its destination safe and intact.
Therefore, keep these factors in mind while choosing a freight forwarder.
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