A Logistics Specialist’s Guide to Successfully Executing a Business Plan

The success of your import/export movement depends on proper preparation

Before contacting a transportation specialist, you must have the following ready. You must be prepared with the following 11 questions if you want to succeed with an import/export shipment.

International Import and Export

The difference between non-perishable commodities and perishable ones is huge. Does your company ship apples or pendrives? In order to transport items, a company must know where they’re coming from, where they’re going, and what they’re carrying. They must also know whether the shipment is hazardous or needs temperature control.

At your local international small business association office, you’ll be able to find the commodity number for your product. Using a commodity number, transportation rates can be easily compared between different products. It’s important to be as specific as possible when determining your product’s classification since transportation costs can vary widely, even between products of the same classification. The logistics specialist will calculate an accurate shipping quote if you’re unable to determine the correct number.

When your product is already an established export, a logistics specialist will identify your commodity number and assign an appropriate tariff number. That number will be filed as the industry standard for all future exports to that region. Whenever you export that product to that destination, you must use the supplied tariff number to guarantee you receive the same price. Importing or reverse-exporting the product also follows this pattern:

1. Is your shipping ocean or air? There is a significant difference between the time it takes for an item to be delivered by air as opposed to being shipped by ocean. You’ll have to know the dates on which certain items expire in advance.

2. You need to make sure that everything that leaves point A arrives point B, especially if you’re shipping a lot of different-sized cartons.

How many boxes? This must be determined both in linear dimensions (in addition to height, length, and width) and in cubic meters.

3. What are the net and gross weights of the cartons in kilograms? The net weight is the weight of the product alone. The gross weight is the weight of the product and includes the weight of the carton and any protective shipping material.

Your logistics specialist can estimate the weight and volume of each pallet based on the number of cartons stacked on it and the amount of weight it will hold. What is the total weight and volume of your shipment?

A container holds about 20 to 48 cubic feet of cargo and is usually referred to as a “package.” Having the quantity of cases and weight calculated, your logistics specialist can tell you if you have enough product to fill a container. If you do, it’s a benefit. Your product will be the only product loaded into the container (rather than being consolidated with other companies’ products in the container) and a seal will be put on the door. This means your goods will be protected from unauthorized access until they arrive at the port of destination, as no one else will be able to access them. Theft, pilfering, and product tampering are all safeguarded by this safety measure.

The product will usually be moved from the manufacturer’s (i.e., supplier’s) factory door. In some countries, certain documents must be provided before products are allowed to enter the country, and those documents may need to be attested.

Make sure to include all the information necessary to ensure that the desired goods are delivered to the desired port. Whether you are unsure about the spelling or have any other questions, please consult your logistics specialist.

When you know what type of merchandise you’ll be selling, it’s best to determine whether your shipment requires an import or export license as soon as possible to avoid delays.

ProConnect Integrated Logistics for your Business

You’re not the only one thinking of outsourcing part of your operations to a 3PL, many companies and shippers agree and rely on us to efficiently support them. Optimizing supply chain is not easy, it requires tying lots of activities and ends together, opting for an experienced 3PL like ProConnect Integrated Logistics can offer many benefits – thanks to their expertise, experience, resources and of course, their network, which can reduce your supply chain risks marginally. You may or may not have a supply chain department of your own, but you still need a trusted team to identify and avoid potential risks and problems that can affect your supply chain operations. Therefore, a 3PL is often turned to and appointed by large companies as well as SMBs.

For any questions or evaluation, get in touch with us.

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