Shipping Blunders SMBs Should Take Care

With the growing demands and the ease of international trade rules, many SMBs are eyeing the opportunity of venturing into international market. SMBs aren’t restricted to boundaries anymore, they can now increase the reach of their products and the revenues. This makes freight shipping the most integral part of their operations. However, venturing into any opportunity with no or half knowledge can only harm the business.

Having first hand knowledge and a basic understanding of shipping should be one of the top priorities for SMBs. One of our previous posts outlines the very basic concepts of freight shipping, specially for those starting out in the international markets.

While you may be very enthusiastic at the opportunity, it is important to avoid some of the most common shipping mistakes that many SMBs make, which could lead to loss and additional costs.

Common Shipping Blunders SMBs Should Be Aware Of

Not Researching about Customs Rules & Regulations – Customs clearance lets shippers send or receive goods from one country to the other. It is important to note that every country has its own rules and regulations of the products that can be imported or exported. While one particular product maybe permitted in one country, there is a possibility it could be prohibited or restricted in another country. Therefore, a thorough study of the import / export rules, regulations, taxes and customs duty of the concerned countries is of immense importance.

Improper understanding could lead your shipment to be in possession with the customs department, resulting in loss or additional costs in getting the shipment freed from the customs authority. Here are the top things you should keep in mind for a smooth customs clearance process –

Ignoring the Packaging Requirements – Your shipment goes through a long journey and is handled at multiple touchpoints, therefore using the right type and right amount of packaging will keep your cargo safe and intact in transit. However, many SMBs do not pay close attention to the packaging requirements and end up with lost, damaged or stolen cargo. It is also to be noted that several countries have their own guidelines and requirements for packaging of shipment when bringing in goods to the country or sending them out. Adhering to the standard packaging requirements as per your product is important to encounter any possible loss or additional costs.

Misjudging the Timing – Timing is critical for your supply chain to be running smoothly. Whether you are an importer of goods or export goods or raw material in the international market, accurately calculating the shipping time along with the cut-off and buffer period is vital. Miscalculating the timing when exporting goods or importing them could be a hindrance in your supply chain operations.

Ignoring Insurance of your Goods – Insurance plays a big role in shipping goods internationally. Getting your goods insured against damage or loss is a smart thing to do, several times SMBs ignore getting insurance to save costs, however, this could turn out to be a costly mistake. Another thing to note is that even after you do get your cargo insured, it is important to  

Complete Dependence on Shipping Providers’ Knowledge – While freight forwarders and third party logistics companies like ProConnect Integrated Logistics will go an extra mile to serve your need in the best possible manner, having basic or first hand knowledge about the freight forwarding and logistics industry will help you make informed decisions and could also lead to lower logistics costs.

Alternatively, reach out to us with any of your queries and we would love to be of help. We are a third-party logistics company with years of experience in the global shipping market, vast network and a quick turnaround time. Contact us for your enquiry today!

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