UK freight forwarders act as intermediaries between clients and various logistics and courier services. These companies offer you guarantees that your goods arrive by an agreed upon date to their destination.
Freight forwarding companies work with every kind of carrier, ranging from heavy haulage companies to air freight specialists. They can offer advice on which routes are the most cost-effective and also have the ability to negotiate for the best prices.
Before obtaining freight haulage quotes, here are a couple of important points for you to consider.
* Use The Least Amount Of Space Possible
A majority of freight forwarders charge for the amount of space you use. Therefore, it is very important that you pack your goods compactly and carefully. It is less expensive to ship one carton that is tightly packed than it is to ship multiple individual cartons.
If you happen to have one bulky item which can be taken apart, it may be worth dismantling it and then packing the separate pieces. Get advice from a freight forwarder before obtaining your packing materials as to what kind of boxes and cartons that might be able to supply. Many freight forwarders can also supply you with sturdy wooden pallets, You can bind individuals items together on a pallet so that it forms one unit. It will be a lot easier that way to measure how many cubic metres of space your pallet delivery is.
If you regularly ship the same kind of cargo, ask how the goods are normally stacked in the container. This will allow you to pack your cartons so they fit well. You may also be able to obtain a discount from the carrier.
* Consolidate and Plan Ahead
Another thing you can do to further consolidate your goods is to plan ahead. If you were planning to export the same amount of goods every week, you could decrease your delivery frequency and increase your loads instead.
It costs more to ship two loads than it does to combine them into one load. If you ship a full container or truck instead of a half or quarter, you also can negotiate better pricing.
This might take some time to get organized initially, in terms of the paperwork and forward planning. However, after you have sorted out the logistics, in the long term this option could save you time and money.
* Negotiate Extra Discounts
Even if you are just shipping one time, ask your freight carrier for a discount anyway. Many carriers do give discounts, particularly for LCL or LTL.
Less than truck load (LTL) or less than container load (LCL) means that you are filling the remaining gaps up. All you pay for is the space that you use instead of the entire load. Freight forwarders have a network of haulers and carriers that they work with and whom they can get freight haulage quotes from. They are usually able to negotiate cheaper prices.
Freight management helps with saving money if you are able to specify ahead of time what forwarding services you most likely will need during a certain time period. Frequent users can then negotiate for discounts.
* Pay Only What You Need
Don’t pay premium prices for air freight if your delivery is going to sit for weeks afterwards in a warehouse. Review all your delivery options, then choose the most appropriate one for the kind of goods you need to ship and within the needed time frames.
If the goods are not needed right away, the cheaper option is sea freight when compared to road haulage or air freight. This is particularly true when it comes to car shipping and bulky items. Sea freight, of course, is a lot slower. Therefore, if you are considering using it, you need to make sure the time frame works. The important thing to remember is to avoid paying for quick, short routes, when a cheaper, longer route will do.
Overnight freight also comes with a significant premium. Make sure you plan ahead to allow plenty of time for your goods to get delivered instead of waiting until the last minute. If you do that, you will end up having to pay overnight delivery charges. If you don’t have your goods ready at the time that you agreed for them to be collected, you will be charged a fee for that as well. If you stick with your schedule, you can avoid having to pay additional charges.
Make sure to closely work with a freight forwarder, they will be able to offer lots of cost effective solutions, I have found some options on the variations here, when they have all your delivery details, they will able to come up several different money saving options for you to choose from.
Amy Rice writes about sea transportation, when not writing I spend time with my daughter, visiting the cinema and playing adventure golf!