We wrote this section is to help you understand important steps in logistics process. Whether you import or export goods, spend few minutes and read this.
There are 4 good reasons why you should work with freight forwarder: • Low rates • Established logistics chain • Consulting • Documentation supervision As a freight forwarder we have negotiated rates with different carriers and combine our clients’ shipping volumes to get better pricing than individuals who go directly to a transportation company themselves. Carriers will give reduced pricing to brokers under the understanding that they receive consistent future business. We will then prepare all necessary international shipping documentation (ie. customs certificates, bank drafts, and negotiate letters of credit) and advise you on how to protect your receivables. And, if required, we can also set up marine cargo insurance.
Here is 5 good tips for you: Tip#1: Get prepared with all commercial documents ( You can use some examples from our Forms section) Tip #2: Save container transport cost by preparing to load your container in less less than 2 hrs. When the driver shows up to your site, the first 2 hours are included in your fees. We recommend staffing up and preparing in advance to load the container as quickly as possible to avoid overtime charges. Tip #3: Prepare Shipping Container Contents for Extreme conditions Containers are subject to extreme conditions. There are wild swings in temperature and humidity inside the container – they go through the Panama Canal and sometimes around the Cape. Containers are subjected to triple digit heat and humidity to sub-zero temperatures while in storage or in transport. Tip #4: Carefully Declare ANY Organic Cargo Plants, Edible Plants, Vegetables and Fruit are all treated differently depending on the origin and destination of the shipment. If customs finds any undeclared organic cargo, the can quarantine your container and charge you daily holding fees. Tip #5: Properly Insure Your Cargo .
Individual Bills of Lading will normally be issued by the carriers for the portions of an intermodal shipment; however, the goods will move on a master document known as a “Through Bill of Lading” which is a single bill of lading covering both the domestic and international carriage of an export shipment. An air waybill is essentially a through bill of lading used for air shipments. However, ocean shipments usually require two separate documents — an inland B/L for domestic carriage and an ocean B/L for international carriage. Through bills of lading are insufficient for ocean shipments.
This handbook will guide you through the process of packing and loading your cargo into the container. Vanning_Handbook.