One indispensable step to grow a business is to expand from the home market, principally in a world where globalization has taken over, to international markets to such an extent that a person can enjoy your product at one corner of the world and this product is manufactured in another corner. That is where freight shipping plays a major role.
Freight shipping proves to be really, exciting as moving the goods around the world, creating something thousands of miles away and delivering it to happy customers. However, at times, freight shipping can be complicated, which means you can run into snags that end up costing you time and money and make the complete experience so much more annoying than it needs to be.
Generally, good shipping is all about managing for the best and expecting the worse, especially at peak times. From past experiences, we have learnt that it is better to promise a longer delivery time and surprise the customer by a day, rather than have a frustrated or worried customer. Unfortunately, delivery errors are mostly learned the hard way, after customer complaints and lost time and money, especially when entering a new market.
Luckily, there are certain ways to come out of these so the following is the list of some of the most common freight shipping mistakes and how to avoid them.
Not booking with enough lead time
Whenever you book your first shipment, you might expect it to take a similar amount of time to send something by courier. But it is also important to understand that freight shipping has various steps than courier shipping which means both that transit takes longer from the outset, and that there are more opportunities for delays.
Not packing your items properly
Undoubtedly, it is important to ensure that all goods are bubble-wrapped and packed correctly with strong wavy cardboard and lots of foam. Most of the insurance plans provided by shipping companies require you to have taken the appropriate precautions in packing your items.
Paying too much for shipping
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Shipping costs from different international courier services can vary depending on multiple factors. Another reason for charging higher costs by the shipping company is the amount of aircraft, boats, and delivery trucks they own.
Not playing it safe with insurance
In today’s tough times, it is important to know that you need insurance against loss or damage to your freight during shipping, but the fine print of insurance policies and schedules hardly ever makes for appealing reading.
Picking the Wrong Service Providers
There are various parties involved in an export process and some of the significant participants are banks, freight forwarders, shipping lines, and intermodal transport providers. The timely completion of an export shipment entirely depends on how all the participants carry out the process assigned to them. It is also important for an exporter to pick efficient and trustworthy service providers who can accommodate the business requirements at a competitive rate and in the least achievable amount of time.