Making mistakes is inevitable, they come with being human. However, it is also general knowledge that some mistakes are avoidable. Below are some mistakes that shippers must avoid.
Inadequate protection of cargo.
It is very important to prepare and adequately protect your goods prior to shipping, to minimize the risk of loss or damage. Fragile goods need to be packed protectively to minimize movement and possible breakage. Moisture sensitive goods will require ventilated containers to prevent moisture build-up and moisture damage. About 10% of containerized goods end up being discarded due to avoidable moisture-related damage. This amounts to a lot of economical loss and wastage. Therefore, it is important that adequate measures be put in place to protect the cargo in transit, such as the use of suitable packaging materials, and ensuring that goods shipped in containers are properly sealed.
Incorrect labelling of goods.
A shipper needs to follow precautions, regulations, and guidelines when preparing goods for shipping. It is the responsibility of the shipper to ensure that goods are properly and correctly labelled. Depending on the nature of the goods being shipped, different labels will be required- such as “fragile” for fragile goods, together with handling instructions and a description of what is being carried. Correct labelling should include the following: the port of origin and destination, weight, shipping mark, number of items, as well as international symbols for handling the cargo. Proper labelling helps to ensure that the cargo is properly handled and meets shipping regulations.
The wrong transport solution.
Goods can be shipped by sea, road, air or rail. Each of these modes has its advantages and disadvantages. To use the right transport solution, it is necessary to consider the type of goods being shipped, the distance, where they are being shipped from and to, the volume of goods, etc. Airfreight is beneficial for shipping high value and low volume shipments; road freight makes for better accessibility to most rural areas and better for short distances; sea and rail freight are beneficial for cost-efficient and eco-friendly shipping. It is important to prioritize using the right transport solution for shipments.
We are very aware of these at AMG logistics. Efficient service is our priority, and therefore, we make sure to cross our ‘Ts’ and dot or ‘Is’ in delivering you top-notch logistics services.
A sure way to avoid these shipping mistakes is to choose AMG logistics.