Choosing an international freight forwarder is crucial to the ultimate success of any business that has to import or export cargo on a regular basis. The last thing any business needs is for shipments to be late, get lost or arrive in poor condition. The only way to ensure that your shipping needs are met is by hiring a competent freight shipping company best suited to your needs. Whether your firm is just starting up, branching out into a new sector or simply looking for new freight forwarders with whom to do business, there are some very important questions that need to be answered before you can tell if you are a good match.
An air waybill (AWB) or air consignment note is a receipt issued by an international airline for goods and an evidence of the contract of carriage, but it is not a document of title to the goods. Hence, the air waybill is non-negotiable.
The air waybill is the most important document issued by a carrier either directly or through its authorised agent. It is a non-negotiable transport document. It covers transport of cargo from airport to airport. By accepting a shipment an IATA cargo agent is acting on behalf of the carrier whose air waybill is issued. Continue reading “Air Waybill (AWB), a definition”
As Logistics Management has been reporting, the global outlook for the airline industry in terms of profit and revenue has recently brightened—just a little—according to reports form the International Air Transport Association (IATA). And even while margins remain razor thin, 2013 is projected to be the third strongest year for the airlines since 2001.
“This is a very tough business,” says Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO. “The day-to-day challenges of keeping revenues ahead of costs remain monumental.” Macroeconomic factors have also contributed, Tyler adds. Oil prices are expected to average $108 per barrel, a little below the $111.8 average for 2012 due to increasing supply from North America. Meanwhile, the outlook for global economic growth has deteriorated slightly since March as the recession in Europe proves to be deeper than expected. Continue reading “Quest for Quality Air Carriers/Freight Forwarders: Service improvement story in the air”
Air freight is a perfect solution for transporting low volume and high value shipments. This type of transport is a practical choice for goods of all shapes and sizes, such as manufacturing machinery, automobiles, furniture, appliances and electronics.
Here are six benefits of using air freight:
Fast and efficient method
When you are looking to have goods shipped quickly to another destination, air freight is able to provide the best possible solution, and is significantly faster than road transport or sea freight.
Whatever you might be looking to ship, it’s important to go beyond simply searching ‘freight forwarders Bali’ and actually thinking through what each company can offer you at what costs. Finding the best forwarder will ensure you the best fit for your requirements, but where do you start when it comes to searching?
Work out what you need.
Working out what you need from a company before you go searching will make your search a lot easier. Try and determine to the best of your ability what type of transport you will need, which service or delivery type you might need, and just how much you plan to ship. Working this all out, or forming the questions you need to ask before you contact a forwarder can save time and keep the whole process far more efficient – and often get you better deals!
If you want to ship goods to a customer in another country or even another continent quickly, then air travel is the way forwards, with only very heavy goods being forced to be sent by road or sea.
Yet it is not always simple to send a cargo abroad by air. Firstly there are the local export laws that you will have to comply with, for example you cannot export key works of art out of the country without an export licence, nor as another example may you export certain forms of technology such as military related electronics.
However when sending a cargo abroad by air you may not even know that it is a restricted item that will not be carried by certain airlines, the problem occurs when, whilst you may have done some research and find that the airline shipping it from your country is fine to carry your cargo, you may not realise that this is only one part of the puzzle. The next airline in the delivery chain may not be prepared to take your goods, either due to their own regulations or country specific regulations.
A freight forwarder is an agent that arranges logistics and organises the transport operations for the shipments of consignments globally for companies or individuals. A freight forwarder is often not directly responsible for the cargo itself, but instead uses their specialist knowledge to arrange several haulage or transport companies and global shipping lines to transport the freight from A to B. Typical modes of transport a freight forwarder may use include ship, plane, truck or train transport. When planning to use a freight forwarder, there are several factors you should take into consideration before making your choice.
Air freight appears to be under a greater ‘threat’ for traditional forwarders than sea freight, where only half of the respondents to the survey thought traditional forwarders would lose market share.
The reason, says Ti, is the growth of the integrators in recent years and Amazon’s highly publicised shift into air freight. It could also be, of course, that despite far lower volumes, air freight makes up some 52% of the forwarding share in monetary terms.
Whether you are shipping goods or starting an exciting life adventure as an expat, the decision between air and ocean freighting is crucial. Here are three keys to choosing your delivery method when deciding what’s best: an air freight forwarder vs. ocean cargo shipping.
More likely than not, cost is going to be your deciding factor and determining resource no matter what you read in this article. As an individual moving internationally, you very likely will have a budget you need to stick to, even if your employer is paying for your move. As a business, anything that eats into your profit must be remedied. So naturally, the method you want to choose, all other factors being equal, is cost.
Does your company avoid air shipping because it seems too expensive? For many companies, moving freight in all ways but through the sky results from insufficient information about shipping by plane. To get sufficient information, shippers must implement a logistics department, which is costly; consult logistics software, which identifies solutions but doesn’t implement them; or retain third party logistics (3PL) agents that identify the timeliest, most cost effective shipping options using shipping logistics.