What SMEs and Startups Should Know About Freight Forwarding
As the world gets smaller and smaller through globalization, more businesses are beginning to adapt by opening their businesses to international deals. After all, if a business can get a better deal or make a profitable sale internationally, distance should hardly be a problem in this day and age. And according to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the Philippines made US$5.51 billion in export sales in April 2019.
But it’s not just the corporations and companies that can profit from exports and imports. Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups can also benefit from international trade. Unfortunately, aside from not having the financial capacity to have their own dedicated shipping, not all SMEs have the network, know-how, and time to handle all the documentation and processes to get their products shipped.
Luckily, this is where our freight forwarding services in the Philippines come in. Here’s what small businesses can expect when they work with us.
We Deal with the Entire Process (So You Don’t Have To!)
Avoid the headaches of paperwork and complex documentation, the long trips to various government offices, and the time-consuming negotiations with shipping companies by leaving everything to us. As a freight forwarding company, our job is to be your business’ outsourced help for everything shipping related.
The shipping process is a long and winding and takes time, time that you could be using to focus on your actual business. We take care of the customs documentation, insurance forms, export declaration, Bill of Lading, Letters of Credit, and appointing a licensed customs broker. If you don’t know what some of these things are, we’ll be glad to explain the whole process to you and why you’re better off leaving the job to us.
We’re not the company that’ll ship your freight, but we’ll be the middle man between you and the cargo carrier we’ve found to best handle your goods for the lowest price. So whether you’re importing or exporting foods for your business, we’ll be responsible for getting your cargo from dock to door (and vice versa) so you don’t have to.
We Leverage Our Network and Relationship with Government Agencies
There can be a lot of red tape when dealing with local customs. This means that some products that are shipped or have been shipped to the Philippines may experience some delays. Delays could mean income lost for your business, so you’ll want your freight forwarding to be fast and efficient.
Our freight forwarding company boasts speed and efficiency. Over the years of our operations, we’ve built close professional relationships with carriers and officials not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well. This allows us to provide seamless and on-time shipment for all our clients.
We Save You Money
By outsourcing your shipping needs to us, you can save your business a lot of money compared to doing all the work on your own. Our team compares your available shipping options, negotiates with our partner carriers for you, and determines the most cost-effective solution for your business.
So, compared to the time you’ll spend going through the shipping process plus being unable to negotiate a much better deal with our partners, we can offer you better rates for your business.
Let us take care of this part of your business operation. We’ll do the legwork, but you’ll be in control over your shipments every step of the way.