Have you ever experienced delays in getting your shipment from A to B? Who hasn’t? Delays are, unfortunately, nearly inevitable for businesses that frequently transport goods – whether across town or halfway around the globe.
Although they’re not all preventable, understanding the common causes of delays can help businesses be as prepared as possible. The trick is to know they can happen – and to be prepared to weather any hiccups if they do occur.
Being prepared can help you feel in control – even when things don’t go as planned.
What to do?
Many causes of transportation delays can be managed before a package even goes out the door. Accuracy, clarity and effective communication should be top of mind when preparing every shipment. Being ready for hang-ups along the way will enable a quick response and ensure business stays on track.
Documentation errors are a common reason for delays – but they’re also the most preventable. Businesses that devote sufficient attention to the details and correctly document their shipments – from customs documents to bills of lading – will be well prepared for smooth sailing along the supply chain. Your logistics provider can act as a “second set of eyes” for reviewing documentation before the goods even go out the door to give you the best chance at getting it right, right from the start.
Systems efficiencies. It’s worth Investing the time to develop effective policies and systems for all aspects of your business – including shipping. If you use a consultant or freight forwarding partner, they can help develop the systems and processes that will most benefit your business. The effort will pay off down the road when you know all possible efforts have been made to ensure smooth transit of your goods.
Being mentally prepared can go a long way to avoiding major frustrations if something outside of your control causes a delay in your shipment. Be aware that the following types of problems could occur…
- Technology and communication errors
- Carrier schedule changes
- Mechanical breakdowns or delays
- Carrier equipment availability
- Weather delays
- Inspections by Customs and other government agencies
Understanding the realities of shipping and being aware of the factors that could cause delays helps to make international shipping as stress-free as possible.
We can help
Partnering with a knowledgeable freight forwarder, experienced in local, regional and international shipping, helps take the headache and guesswork out of your shipping experience. For detailed information, contact your Logistics Coordinator. For more general information, email us today to discuss the best way to ensure the safe shipment of your goods.
Information provided by: Freight Dept. - Cole International