What your global shipping partner should be doing for you

Posted by Barloworld Logistics on 20 Apr 2017 3:00:00 PM

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When it comes to forwarding and clearing, a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work and although it's natural to want the best freight forwarding deal, it should never come at the expense of service level or reputational risk to your organisation. If you have ever had cargo misplaced, dealt with customs nightmares, or missed an important delivery date – you know that the cheapest price often leads to the biggest risk. By understanding your needs and wants through intelligent analysis of the best way to move your goods, your shipping partner should provide a customised solution that fits both your financial and delivery needs.

Different goods require different solutions – some can be shipped at the most economic level, whilst others need more care. A skilled forwarder not only ensures that your goods traverse the globe, but knows enough about your industry to be able to recommend optimal service levels, advise on customs regulations and INCO terms associated with the type of freight and countries you are dealing with.

Global knowledge combined with local expertise is the key to smooth international shipments. A smart forwarder should advise you at each step of your shipments journey as to what each country requires in terms of paperwork, banking regulation and customs.

Since your freight forwarder is the intermediary between you and the actual shipping or airline, it is vital that they maintain favourable relationships with the industry at large. The benefit of using a forwarder comes from their ability to negotiate rates and facilitate shipments on your behalf and the better their reputation and industry relationships, the greater benefit to you.

Freight forwarding is one cog in the chain that ensures your goods are in the right place at the right time and a value creating forwarder will assist you in creating a freight network that drives productivity, profitability and performance. The integration of forwarding into your greater supply chain provides visibility and creates a customised, sustainable end-to-end solution as part of your global supply chain.

If the supply chain is a key enabler of a successful business strategy, a smart freight forwarding solution is a key enabler of a successful supply chain.

To find out how a smart freight forwarding solution can impact your business, contact Barloworld Logistics now.

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