Digitalisation of Chinese Freight Industry – research report

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A research report by Paul Zhang, Founder & CEO of FreightPaul, a Chinese digital freight forwarder explores the digital landscape among Chinese freight companies including the various digital tools used by these companies..

The report outlines the process of digitalization in the freight industry of China and how usage of digital tools such as cloud computing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence techniques is enhancing the service of transportation and speeding up the process of movement of goods from warehouses and factories to the final consumers.

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All you need to know about Cargo Insurance and why you need it

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Although it may seem obvious, it is shocking to mention the least how many customers still do not take the right Cargo Insurance cover to insure their cargo comprehensively..

I don’t think anyone will intentionally not cover their cargo properly and can only assume that it is due to ignorance or lack of knowledge..

This post aims to educate everyone on what is Cargo Insurance and what steps are involved..

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The changing landscape of shipping in global trade – The India Perspective

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Global trade is the backbone of any country’s economy. In this article, Kuljit Anand, a highly experienced and versatile Shipping & Supply Chain Professional based in Mumbai, discusses the changing landscape of shipping in global trade from an Indian perspective.

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4 tips to reduce cargo damage and save money on shipping costs

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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.

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What are the major reasons for misdeclared or undeclared dangerous goods?

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In the past few years, we have seen a large number of maritime disasters such as catastrophic fires onboard ships mostly due to misdeclared and undeclared dangerous goods.

Some of the vessels which had major fires in the year 2019 are Yantian Express, APL Vancouver, E.R. Kobe, Grande America, KMTC Hong Kong, APL Le Havre.

Most of the cases involving leakage, fires, cargo damage is linked to undeclared, misdeclared or poorly packed containers.

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Guidelines for claims handling and submission

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For obvious reasons, no one wants to receive cargo claims. More so, carriers who carry the cargo from A to B. It could possibly be the reason why there is a lot of misunderstanding among BCOs and OTIs about which documents are really necessary to submit and which are completely irrelevant in the process of claims recovery.

Below are some simple guidelines for claims handling and submissions. I hope this will help to make the claim submission process as efficient and as simple as possible for you.

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Importance of sustainable packaging and shipping

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Global trade keeps us connected with customers, consumers and industries around the world.. There are several modes of transport used in global trade – sea, air, land and rail..

Whichever mode of transport you use, even the most meticulously planned shipment can go awry either due to natural disasters or man-made errors..

Cargo damage is one such disaster that not only gives rise to product and financial losses, but could also affect the relationship between customers and their service providers..

Physical and wet damage could be caused due to lack of proper packaging to protect the cargo on its long voyage..

With current modern developments in sustainable packaging and shipping solutions, businesses have no excuse not to take the movement into consideration.

Making an effort to reduce your environmental impact will not only pay off in cost but will impress your consumers in our now rightly eco-centric society.

Technology has led to the creation of numerous types of sustainable packaging materials, to allow businesses from any industry to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Here are some of the pressing reasons to incorporate sustainable packaging and shipping into your supply chain.

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Advance notification of cargo rollover – Reality or Myth?

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Cargo rollover happens for a variety of reasons, at various stages and various places. Cargo rollover can cause significant delays and result in potentially crippling operations.

Most shippers assume carriers would send rollover notifications, but only a few carriers seem to notify customers in advance that their cargo is about to be rolled or has been rolled. This especially happens when transhipment is involved and catches many customers by surprise and upsets their production or sales plans.

What most customers don’t know is that there is a reliable way to get advance warning of cargo rollover so that they can take suitable action.

How?

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6 tips to preparing your cargo for international shipping

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For businesses that ship internationally, return of goods due to damage in transit can be a huge burden in terms of time and money.

Here are six tips on how to prepare your cargo for part or full load shipments and prevent lost revenues when using worldwide parcel delivery services.

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Missing Import Licenses – Do’s and Dont’s

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Dealing with Missing Import Licenses
The import permit was rejected, because of missing license!” says your Customs agent in a text message.

Are you sure? We’ve been importing this for years!”, you reply.

Unfortunately, similar conversations like the above happen all the time, and in all parts of the world because of various reasons.. Here are some do’s and dont’s when it happens..

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How to select a Carrier for your freight transportation needs

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A carrier should serve as a trusted transportation partner that works in alignment with your team to meet the needs of your customers.

For that reason, among others, they need to be an organization that you know will get the job done.

Aside from security, your company undoubtedly has unique standards and requirements in your own workflows.

When bringing a carrier into your operation, alignment is essential. That’s why thoughtful preparation and an intentional vetting process.

If you’re currently searching for a new carrier, here are some tips to use when selecting a carrier who would be the best fit for your company.

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