Due to its amplitude, the transportation industry may represent a challenging field for many shippers, whether they are businesses or private individuals. Shipping cargo includes much more than just moving the goods from point A to point B. The shipper must consider different aspects such as the most cost-effective solution, the safety of the freight, the communication with the transporter and customs requirements where necessary. The best solution in many cases would be to enlist a freight forwarder to help you.
A freight forwarder represents an intermediary between the shipper and the transportation company that will move the goods. Due to their relationships with different carriers, they can negotiate the most cost-effective solutions for your freight.
Even though a freight forwarding company plays an important part in the transportation industry, we recognise that not all of our potential customers understand what they offer to someone looking to ship around the world, and so we shall aim to explain to our customers the advantages of working with a freight forwarder, and how it can benefit their business.
At the moment, the market is rather saturated when it comes to the amount of shipping companies and the services they offer, which can create some uncertainty around who you should entrust your goods with. The main focus of the shipper is often the safety of the freight. There are many steps to take when ensuring the safety of your cargo, and one of them is choosing the right carrier. Choosing a prestigious, reliable carrier usually involves a higher price, which may exceed the shipper’s budget. However if you choose to work with a freight forwarder, they can offer you excellent services, at the most competitive rates. Our knowledge of different carriers can also help you make a better informed decision.
Planning a freight delivery can be time-consuming and stressful, especially if you are a first-time shipper. As previously mentioned there are different things to be considered when arranging a shipment, and if you don’t have experience, the process can be challenging especially when it comes to customs documents.
If before Brexit the process of shipping to/from any European country was very simple, now the shipper must deal with customs requirements. Even if you are shipping to different continents, most countries have their own unique regulations and requirements which the customer must be well aware of before planning the shipment.
How can a freight forwarder help you in this matter? Firstly, they would tell you from the very beginning what conditions must be met in order to be able to ship your freight to different countries. The freight forwarder will tell you exactly what documents are required, and will guide you through the customs process.
The freight forwarder will also make sure the documents are ready and sent forward on time, and you won’t need to spend too much time trying to decode the customs requirements. Take our system at Pallet2Ship for example, once a booking has been made we have a built-in form where completing just a few fields will create a customs-ready commercial invoice for your consignment.
The best part is that with the help of a freight forwarder, you will be able to look into other important aspects of your business and leave the bureaucratic matters of your shipment in the hands of an expert team.
If you are still doubting the advantages of working with a freight forwarding company, then please keep reading so you can learn about other benefits this collaboration can bring to you and your business.
A freight forwarder teams up with the most reliable carriers on the market, and they will offer you a seamless service, at the most competitive prices. Apart from obtaining the cheapest freight solution, most of the customers are focused on the safety of their cargo. A freight forwarder is not only providing you with a good service but also gives you the option to insure your freight, for extra safety.
Also, most of the services you can have access to by working with a freight forwarder are trackable, which can offer the customer full transparency and peace of mind.
Another important aspect is the wide range of goods they can ship. Usually, you would be able to ship general merchandise, such as engines, gearboxes and other car parts, tools, personal effects, food items, dangerous goods and fragile items.
Apart from all the advantages already considered, the one we considered to be the most important and helpful, is the guidance the customer receives from a freight forwarder. If you don’t have experience in freight delivery, or you simply want to learn more about the shipping process, a freight forwarder is an answer to your queries. Whether you need advice on how to pack your freight, or to complete your customs documents, a freight forwarder will offer you all the assistance you need.
In over 12 years of experience as a freight broker, we have had the chance to work alongside different freight forwarders and carriers. Together we have integrated a seamless freight shipping service to our customers, at the most affordable rates. Due to our advanced IT system, we have managed to integrate the most important features our carriers and freight forwarders offer, such as the online tracking platform, and our customers can receive a high standard of service, at the most cost-effective prices.
Because customer satisfaction is our main goal, we work tirelessly to understand your requirements and expectations, and to offer you everything you need: unbeatable rates, the most up to date information and peace of mind.
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