January 22nd, 2015 12:30:00 pm
Managing the shipping logistics for a successful business can constitute a full time job in and of itself. Shipping markets are in a constant state of flux. Rates can vary from day to day depending on the season, destination, mode of transport, and type of goods being shipped. Shipping internationally further complicates transport operations due to customs considerations. With all these variables and contingencies to keep track of, many companies choose to rely on a third party freight forwarder to manage and maintain their transport operations.
Freight forwarders act as full service shipping consultants, business liaisons, logistics coordinators, and market analysts for business owners. A good freight forwarder is constantly tracking and evaluating the most cost effective shipping routes for a company’s goods. In many cases, a freight forwarder can cut shipping costs by finding ways to consolidate shipments and maximize efficiency. They’ll also make sure all the invoice, customs, and insurance documentation is in order to avoid unnecessary delays in transit.
Freight forwarders build extensive networks of allies in the shipping industry in order to provide the best possible service to their clients.
Say you have a time sensitive shipment en route to Albuquerque, NM. Somewhere along the line, wires get crossed and the shipment is diverted to a local distribution center in Reno, NV. At this point, chances are your shipment would get bounced back to its return address, putting you behind schedule and costing you a bundle in extra shipping fees.
If, however, you employ a freight forwarder, they might be able to reach out to a contact in Reno, explain the situation, and get your shipment back on the road to Albuquerque.
Because freight forwarders work in largely freelance capacities, it’s in their best interest to go the extra mile for their clients. It is their job to be thorough and relentless – to maintain a level of expertise in all things pertaining to shipping logistics.
Do you think your business could benefit from freight forwarding? Contact the experts at InXpress Midwest to learn more about this invaluable service.