Poor logistics services can cause significant hindrances to international trade. There are many steps that your products will take when on their journey from supplier to consumer. Many aspects should be taken into consideration to avoid a complicated and stressful process.
We have had to rapidly evolve to overcome the challenges Covid-19 has created this year but there is another factor contributing to the need for more technological and innovative advances – Brexit.
Confirming Border Procedures
Factors that can contribute to a poor logistics service are poor quality of transportation related to structure of procedures, long costly indirect shipping routes, delays in tracking and tracing consignments and the absence of storage facilities.
When it comes to the management of the flow of goods across land and sea borders it’s important to provide all the correct information and paperwork to ensure a smooth and speedy process. Correct labelling and codes determine how customs will handle your goods.
Maintaining and meeting all the customs clearance standards can make all the difference to your business; between providing a service that your clients will praise and recommend, or one that leads to poor reviews and a bad reputation that is hard to bounce back from.
An effective logistics service is maintained by a structured and innovative approach. Keeping up to date on all border procedure changes coming into effect in 2021t and the fluctuating changes of Covid, is something that needs constant attention and review. Preparation is key!
Defining Delivery Terms
How much risk can you absorb? Taking responsibility is a key aspect of customer satisfaction. It is a logistics company’s responsibility to ensure they have thoroughly covered every step of their service for the customer, ensuring ease of understanding.
Having a contract in place that clearly outlines the terms of the delivery service will avoid the risk of uncertainty and grievances that may have originated from miscommunication. This becomes especially significant when interpreting languages and cultures in an effort to understand each other’s needs & demands.
It should also be clear as to who is responsible for every stage of the journey, what insurance is required, and who pays for each different cost. Defining payment details is crucial when agreeing on deadlines, payment methods and calculating currency conversion. Keeping documents for declaration and insurance claims purposes is a high priority task that should not be taken lightly.
Identifying Transport Options
How quickly do your goods need to be delivered? There are 4 main types of transportation, road, sea, air and rail. Each mode presents its own pros and cons depending on the type of goods you are moving.
If you are looking for the most cost-effective type of transport going by sea allows you to ship large volumes of goods or products at a much lower cost. When faced with strict and tight deadlines air transport provides the quickest form of product delivery and distribution compared to road transport, which often takes longer. It also benefits from being one of the safest modes of transport for your goods. When considering any of these options it’s important to know that for the last mile delivery or collection of goods, road transport will always be a part of all of these options.
With Mango Logistics, we get your goods quickly, safely and reliably to anywhere across the world. We’ve spent two decades working out the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to get your goods and products to anywhere in the world. We decide on the best option to ensure you receive the best service. At Mango, we are one step ahead in providing your business with the smoothest service.
If you need help considering your logistics requirements, we’re always here to give advice.