5 Best Practices for Freight Shipping
Freight shipping is the key to safely sending your goods to a different location in a cost-effective manner within the required period of time.
When you have time-sensitive goods that you need to ship from the USA to the UAE, for instance, you can choose from the different freight shipping service levels to find the best method that suits your timeframe and budget.
Freight Shipping Tips
Whether you will be shipping by air, sea, or land, your top priority should be ensuring that your inventory reaches its destination safely without any damage or loss within the specified time frame.
You can do this by following the best practices below:
1. Choose a reliable carrier
No matter how thorough and careful you are with prepping and packing your goods, they still won’t reach the destination in good condition if they will be handled by an inept freight shipping company.
Before handing your goods over to your carrier, make sure you checked their background sufficiently. They should have a good track record which you can easily verify online through review sites and client feedback.
Additionally, read about the carrier’s history in terms of timeliness of delivery to the countries they provide services in. A good track record in this area signifies workforce and financial stability — important indicators of a carrier’s reliability.
Lastly, to avoid inconveniences and possible delays, make sure your freight shipping partner offers the services that you need now and may require in the future.
2. Prep and pack boxes properly
Preparing and packing boxes correctly is not only a tip that is helpful when moving home; it is also relevant, and even important, when shipping goods.
If you will be using cardboard fiberboard boxes for shipping your products, make sure you use good quality ones. Thin, poor quality boxes won’t provide your goods with sufficient protection. They are vulnerable to getting crushed as well, especially if you leave large pockets of air around your items.
To reduce air pockets when packing, use packing peanuts to fill in empty spaces in the box.
In addition, avoid skimping on packing tape. If you don’t use enough tape, or if you use a poor quality kind, your shipment may pop open in transit. And this will result in product damages or loss.
As such, make sure all the seams are sealed properly. Keep in mind that one strip is not enough when you’re sealing an opening.
And to add an extra layer of protection to your goods, always cover them with bubble wrap before placing them in the box.
3. Avoid over-packing boxes
Weight is an important factor in the total cost of your freight shipment.
If you will be shipping by air, the carrier will measure the volume and weight of each shipment. The cost of your shipment will be based on which is higher. To avoid going over your budget, keep your consignment as light as possible.
To ensure your box isn’t too heavy, don’t use too many packing and filling materials. You can also use lighter materials such as flexible paper or air pillow films to keep your items safe without tipping the scales. Lastly, always use only as much material as you need to fill the box and protect your shipment.
4. Label all packages
To prevent packages from getting lost anytime during transit, label them properly. All labels should contain the full name, address, and phone number of both the shipper and consignee.
Larger orders should be placed on banded skids and shrink-wrapped to the pallet. Regardless of the size, it should also be properly labeled.
It is also important that these labels are clearly marked. This is particularly crucial for international shipments since unclear labeling may cause a delay in clearing customs. This, in turn, can create a lot of inconveniences and headaches.
5. Always include a commercial invoice
A commercial invoice or CI is a document that clearly identifies the products being shipped. It is a detailed description of the goods and their declared value. Lastly, it also includes information about the shipper.
It is essential that you make one for your goods since, without a CI, your items could be delayed by customs. You may even be charged a fine and storage charges while your goods wait for correct documentation.
It is also good practice to double-check the CI before attaching it to your goods and giving your carrier a copy. Make sure that it clearly defines the contents and the value assigned to them. This will help your shipment pass through customs quickly and more efficiently.
Following the best practices above will ensure your first shipment will be a success. Following them whenever you need to ship your goods locally or overseas will do wonders for your business as well.
AUTHOR BIO :- Toby Edwards is the CEO of Shipa Freight and is based in Dubai. Shipa Freight is a new online platform powered by Agility that makes it easy to get air and ocean freight quotes, book, pay and track shipments online. Shipa Freight empowers small and medium-size businesses, taking the complexity out of International Freight Forwarding, making it easy to manage legal, regulatory and compliance issues, and offering convenient ways to pay to move their goods.