One of the most important elements of an import export business is freight forwarding. Making sure that your goods are being delivered promptly and securely from one location to another is important to manage the multitude of the logistical challenge. Many renowned entrepreneurs are acquainted with the ins and outs of shipping, and startup companies may also find it challenging to managing the intricacies entailed in this process. We have tried to answer some of the most common freight forwarding FAQs for you. If you are seeking customs brokerage and freight forwarding services, contact Clearit Canada today.
- How much cost does it take to transport goods from one location to another?
The transit time needed for the shipment is determined on the basis of the mode of transportation you select. Air freight may hole a burn in your pocket. The kind and weight of the cargo you wish to transport may also impact the overall costs of the freight forwarding.
- How long does it take for the cargo to reach its destination?
Usually air freight takes around 4 to 6 days but sea freight can take up to a month to reach its destination location. Also consider that these transit timings are not constant and may vary on the basis of the destination location of the cargo.
- How can I select the most efficient transportation mode?
There are a lot of factors that ascertain the most feasible and cost effective transportation mode for your merchandize. These entail the nature of your merchandize, size, consumer demand, volume, customs regulations and much more. Clearit Canada recommends you to go for air freight if the merchandize is perishable, expensive and needs to be shipped as soon as possible. On the contrary sea freight is ideal for huge and heavy products with zero time constraint.
- What is bill of lading?
It is a legal document that is issued by the freight forwarder that includes the details of the type, quantity and destination of the cargo. It should also be duly recognized and signed by the carrier, shipper as well as the receiver. This should also be presented by the receiver in order to get his shipment cleared from the customs department.
- Does my shipment need any special kind of packaging?
Certainly, on the basis of your type of goods, the freight forwarder takes the responsibility to offer adequate packaging to avoid any kind of damage during the transit. For example, medical equipment and food items should be kept at a particular temperature setting. Thus, the shipper must package the good properly to ensure the unexpected weather conditions while in transit.