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10 Strategies for maximizing ocean transport

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Companies are expanding their supply chains to reach a worldwide audience because of the rise in e-commerce orders and the robust economy. A sophisticated kind of transportation, such as ocean transportation has special concerns.

Follow these steps to make your ocean freight procedure more efficient:

  • Begin Consolidation

Reduce shipments of less-than-container-load goods by combining several items originating from the same region into a single container. Single-container shipping is less costly than shipping several. Send a few bigger shipments if you can’t combine everything into one container to save money.

  • Analyze The Costs of Various Transport Modes

Find the most cost-effective shipping method for your goods while maintaining high levels of customer service. You could discover that you can deliver some of your over-the-road shipments or expedited air freight by sea instead.

  • Ensure accurate information is posted on your shipment

Your cargo may be delayed in Customs if there is a difference in the address, purchase order number, quantities, weights, sizes, or SKU-level information.

  • Present the appropriate documentation

You must comply with regulations for import/export documentation if you want to avoid paying any fines, which might be quite expensive. Customs is tightening up the enforcement of the rules, and if there are any discrepancies, your cargo might be delayed, or your company could be fined.

  • Verify freight bills for every shipment

Many freight bills have mistakes on them. You leave money on the table if you don’t audit. Occasionally, the carrier forgets to include shipping costs and returns to request payment. These might be expensive since clients might not agree to pay further fees once the sale is over.

  • Prepare beforehand

To minimize unforeseen extra expenditures at the last minute, provide volume and seasonality data in advance. For shippers with high seasonality and large volume, the appropriate amount of allocation is crucial. A 10,000 TEU ship has a fixed capacity and cannot carry even one additional TEU.

  • Put triangulation into place not to ship empty containers

Triangulation involves moving goods from point A to point B, then immediately moving those goods from point B (or a neighbouring location) to their next destination using the same container and carrier. Additionally, this avoids having to pay detention fees for a container that is not returned right away to the yard.

  • Analyze carriers

Given the turbulence in the ocean carrier industry, it seems sensible to review your carrier database and add more adequately qualified suppliers to your closed carrier pool. You might not be obtaining the best pricing if your carrier pool is currently less than desirable for tendering.

  • Take advantage of automated bid management solutions

An unprecedented number of mergers, acquisitions, and new alliances that have an influence on service in important lanes and lower carrier capacity have caused chaos in the ocean freight sector. The best prices and the least amount of time are provided by an automated solution.

  • Updating projected values

Update forecasted values using data collected digitally. As a result, you may get more specific data from other departments, which leads to new levels of insight and, for example, a realistic demand growth rate. Accurate forecasting enables you to recognize peaks and troughs, which facilitates negotiations with carriers.

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