Achieving and maintaining profitability has been one of the serious problems faced by many freight forwarders and more so, in these trying times..
A Freight Forwarder is a multi-function agent/operator who undertakes to handle the movement of goods from point to point on behalf of the cargo owner and the essence of freight forwarding is to ensure that the cargo is collected from the seller and delivered to the buyer at the required place, at the right price and in the same condition that it is picked up from origin using the most suitable and optimal resources and routing possible..
While reducing costs, keeping costs low or maintaining the costs over a period of time is key to achieving profitability in freight forwarding, there are also other ways to be profitable in freight forwarding..
Shipping damage is a massive threat to any products that travel on the supply chain.
As per a Statista survey, eighty per cent of consumers say they’d return a product they received that was damaged in shipping.
The more your products get damaged in shipping, the more money your company loses and the effects of that loss can spread throughout your organization, causing both direct and indirect expenses and affecting sales.
Here are 4 tips to reduce cargo damage and save money on shipping costs.
Freight forwarders are an integral part of the supply chain and global maritime trade..
A freight forwarder serves as a conduit for global trade between importers, exporters, BCOs (Beneficial Cargo Owners) and the transportation and regulatory entities such as shipping lines, customs, port etc..
The moment a freight forwarder signs/accepts a contract with the customer, they are exposed to several unique risks and liabilities..
This article discusses the risks and liabilities of a freight forwarder..
Abandoned cargo could be quite stressful for shipping lines, shippers, port authorities and forwarders alike and is considered to be a big headache for everyone concerned..
When a cargo is abandoned it causes severe financial losses to all parties concerned – seller, buyer, shipping line, freight forwarder, transporters, banks, Government etc etc..
It could also cause a rift in business relationships between a shipping line and their customer – whether it is an importer or a freight forwarder because it could create a blemish in the customer’s record with the shipping line..
When is a cargo considered to be Abandoned Cargo..??
Executive Insights is a series by Shipping and Freight Resource that provides ongoing insights and thoughtful analysis enriching the knowledge of the readers with what is happening in the shipping, freight, maritime, logistics and supply chain industry..
Executive Insights is also a chance to pick the brains of industry veterans, leaders and enablers..
In this edition of Executive Insights, we caught up with Saskia Groen In’t Woud – CEO of Damco, one of the leading global freight forwarders in the world..
China opened up for global trade around 1980 and became an economic superpower in the 2000’s achieving some dramatic growth in the last 30 odd years. China has grown into one of the significant financial and economic muscles on the planet.
Chinese goods have received a broad acceptance globally and many businesses are keen on importing goods from China.
However, the most painstaking obstacle that many face is how to go about shipping from China successfully. This might be a difficult task, especially for newbies and sometimes even the professionals.
I am sure that you wouldn’t like getting trapped by unnecessary delays, high delivery costs, and unreliable suppliers like many have.
Sunny Sun, the co-founder of BanSar, a professional freight forwarder in China has provided some tips on how to make shipping from China easier.