What Could Go Wrong with Shipping Your Cargo?
Prompt and efficient cargo handling — this is what you would want for your shipments. Whether it is for domestic or international shipping, your business relies on a professional cargo handling and delivery service in the Philippines to get your goods to market and your consumers.
What could go wrong with this process?
Your goods might not reach their destination.
There are many reasons that your goods didn’t arrive at the right destination, with an inaccurate label being one of them. Apart from choosing the right mail class for your shipment, it is important that you use the correct shipping label. This indicates details, such as the weight and size of the shipment, as well as the shipping zone; a wrong label could halt your shipment’s delivery status.
Another easy mistake that you can make is to print a label with the wrong zip code/s. Typographical errors are fairly common; one wrong number and your shipment may arrive somewhere else.
The items might arrive damaged.
Once your shipment gets to its destination, there is an off-chance that some of it may get damaged during its journey. Why does this happen? Here are a few things that may affect the shipment:
- Method of loading
- Road conditions
- The dimensions of other objects shipped along with it
You can try to prevent damage by making sure that your goods are secured properly inside the container. Go the extra mile and ensure that your cargo is packed tightly before it gets shipped so as to avoid damage. To do this, you need to be aware of the basics of loading a container.
Your shipment may get stuck in Customs.
Your shipment may get stuck in Customs for various reasons, ranging from the severe (your goods are prohibited for import or export) to the minor (having the incorrect paperwork).
To avoid getting stuck in Customs, you should get customs documentation services, as well as ensure that your goods aren’t prohibited in your destination country. Do some research on what can and cannot be shipped. Additionally, never under-declare your items’ values. If Customs suspect that your cargo is more valuable than you claim, they may confiscate it or take a long time processing it.
If you’re already stuck in Customs, you should contact your courier directly; some premium couriers are also Customs brokers so they can help clear your shipment. You can also ensure that you have no incorrect or missing paperwork. Procure the correct paperwork required by the Customs officials so that they can process your shipment quicker.
You may get surprise shipping fees.
Different postal couriers have different pricing structures. You should familiarize yourself with the common surcharges that some postal couriers charge so that you won’t be surprised by sudden or “hidden” shipping fees.
Among the unavoidable surcharges is the fuel surcharge, which varies depending on the country and which can have a significant impact on your shipping bills. Another one is the remote area/extended area surcharge. You may incur the remote area surcharge if your delivery destination is far off from the courier’s usual collection path.
Steer clear of additional surcharges by ensuring that you have valid and correct contact and address information. This is so that you can avoid failed deliveries, delivery re-attempt fees, address correction fees, and return fees.
Your shipment may be delayed.
Various factors go into a delayed shipment. One of them is incorrect or missing Customs declarations, paperwork, documents, licenses, and certificates. Inaccurate documentation can cause massive delays so make sure that all of your paperwork is correct, accurate, and complete.
Another factor is the holidays. National holidays and festivities differ from country to country, and you should be prepared for any port or terminal closures at origin and destination during the holiday seasons.
Many things can go wrong during the shipping process. Choosing the right cargo forwarder is important, then. Here are key aspects to consider:
Regular updates are essential when it comes to freight forwarding, as it gives you peace of mind, knowing that your shipment is in good hands and that everything is in order. Cheska Freight staff members will provide real-time updates until your shipment reaches its destination.
Smart IT systems always provide enhanced services to meet customer demands. Just like offering constant communication, hiring a cargo forwarding service ensures efficient tracking by giving you unparalleled transparency and accountability for the shipments.
You may find it challenging to look for shipping lines that are affordable and competitively priced. A forwarding agent can help you look for the most efficient shipping lines at affordable prices. An agent can also assist in looking for routes that will bring your goods to its destination faster.
Here at Cheska Freight, we have the manpower, the expertise, and facilities to ease the shipping process for you. With our experience in freight forwarding, we can handle the shipment of your goods with care and process the necessary customs documentation.
We provide quality service with care. With 20 years of industry experience under our belts, our forwarding solutions a valuable asset to many businesses. Do not hesitate to contact us today for more information.