If it’s a commodity that’s being shipped, your company needs to know the means, the exact destination and volume of items that will be shipped. Whether it’s air freight or ocean freight that is being used, your company will be paying a different price. Also, depending how often you will be using the freight forwarder you will choose is an important criteria for the selection of an excellent forwarder.
A forwarder is a company that works with the shipping company you already have to organize, store and ship your valuable merchandise. Inventory and transportation of your products must be maintained with great attention, detailed communication and with an experienced freight forwarder. This will allow your company to be able to be productive and competent.
An experienced company will handle your shipments with great coverage and on a regular basis to all of your worldwide destinations. The reputation of your freight broker is extremely important, so that mistakes can be avoided and problems solved if and when they arise. The overall positive evaluation of the freight forwarding company you select will enable your business to expand in a positive manner.
What does a company really need from a freight forwarder?
The affiliations and expertise of the agents is crucial, and their familiarity with the customs rules and regulations will prevent obstacles from getting in the way of your shipments. Many logistics customers have been very happy, since they have been able to lower their long term overall shipping and handling costs by using a seasoned freight agency that is reliable and dependable.
Some companies can periodically offer free freight services to save time. They can even develop specific shipping plans that will assist in keeping low costs, while optimizing resources and lowering freight risks regarding management and delivery. It is a good idea to outsource your company logistics and getting automated services.
Another important part your freight company can assist with is setting up specific routes that meet your product delivery situations and shipment coverage. In that way, you can be assured to be able to ship your merchandise without any delays. Some forwarders have a large carrier network that is flexible and precise with shipment deliveries.
An efficient freight company will prepare the Bill of Lading and schedule the shipment with the proper carrier; many times at a very beneficial rate to you. They will prepare and confirm an activity report, which can be done on a regular monthly and even daily basis. They can also assist you with auditing and freight savings prior to sending you an invoice.
A fully established and reliable freight broker is one that promptly handles all freight operations for their customers 24/7, while providing complete information and access to a variety of online data and information. Convenient shipping quotes and a freight tracking system that is part of an experienced brokers portfolio is pertinent when looking for new clients. Customers should be grateful for the superior effort and work their freight broker put into all their shipment needs, both small and large.
Justin Bright – CEO Brighter Logistics