Laypeople often have a view that the movement of goods simply entails things going from point A to point B in one smooth process. The reality is that, especially on a global scale, the movement of goods can involve multiple steps as well as switching between different transport modes and routes.
Working with a good freight forwarding service can be an essential and integral part of your business model. Freight forwarders take on the responsibility of organizing and planning your transportation routes and modes as well as offering ideal logistics solutions for other aspects such as storage of your goods at any stage of the chain.
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Freight forwarding services have built extensive and reliable networks over time. From those networks, they can gather information from different players in the industry such as shipping companies and warehousing companies so they can provide you with the most optimal routes and services.
Having a freight forwarder plan and carry out all the different parts of the shipping process saves you time and money. You do not need to devote staff to these tasks, nor are you starting from square one with the planning process. This enables you to concentrate on production of your goods and focus on growing your business.
As freight forwarding companies have extensive experience, they can customize the freight service to suit your needs. Are your deliveries time sensitive? Do your goods require a cold chain? What types of shipping will best suit your needs and goods?
Shipping costs can be a major part of a business’ expenses but it is also a necessary one. Investment in your own transport is impractical for all but the biggest companies so freight forwarders are a vital cog in the machine. They provide worry free shipping so you can concentrate on your business.
Bureaucracy and paperwork can be the bane of any business, but even more so when you are transporting goods internationally. And the complexities can confuse anyone unfamiliar with terminology such as customs bonds. Some of the paperwork your goods may need includes:
- Bill of lading contracts
- Commercial invoices
- Certificate of origin statement
- Inspection certificate
- Export packing list
- Export license
- Shipper’s export declaration document
This is another area where the services of a competent freight forwarding service is invaluable. They not only have experience of the different types and levels of clearing and forwarding services, but they understand the jargon and terminology used throughout the industry.
Different regions may have varying rules for paperwork and importation or exportation of goods. The USA has the Harmonised Tariff Schedule but on a global scale, the system most used are The Incoterms rules.
Without the experience, goods can end up in port or airport warehouses waiting for customs clearance. With that experience and knowledge, your freight forwarder can ensure that goods are unladen from the transport mode, undergo any necessary checks and processes, and then move to the next stage of the transportation chain.
Whether you are considering short- or long-term shipping contracts, your freight forwarding service will continue to be a vital part of how you do business. Without their services, you have to recruit – or train – specialist staff, something that costs more time and money.
No matter whether you are transporting goods internationally or within your own country, the likelihood is that you will need a freight forwarding company to take on some of your logistics burden at some point. These companies bring together the multiple services needed to get your goods from point of production or distribution to end users.
Asiana USA has the experience and in depth knowledge to manage shipments to anywhere in the world. With our extensive global network and experience in paperwork and customs clearance in most countries, you can choose with confidence to handle a variety of goods from perishables to electronics. Contact us at (855)-500-1808 for more information and a quote.