While freight transportation can entail complications, you can streamline the process and make efficient use of your time by planning in advance.
Here are a few tips to help you during planning:
1. Because it may involve multiple geographies that span cities, states, and countries, freight transportation has a lot of paperwork. Make sure that you have collected and documented forms for all possible ports. Also, make sure that you train your staff on not only the forms but also on freight-related questions via mock interview sessions.
2. Fees are a function of the goods being shipped. Thus, custom fees increase with the value of the transported goods. In addition, certain countries also impose special fees known as tariffs on products. Make sure that you have educated your staff about all fees applicable to the goods being shipped.
3. The delivery time for your freight largely depends on final destination. For example, items shipped domestically generally arrive on time and do not involve cargo containers. On the other hand, products shipped to international destinations may be delayed as they involve multiple transit points and forms of transport. It is always helpful to communicate expected dates of shipment and delivery to the receiving party.
About the Author
Perry Mandera is the managing director and founder of The Custom Companies, a freight transportation company with headquarters in Northlake, Illinois.