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International Shipping - Making Trade in the 'Global Village' Possible

Nov 19th 2015 at 12:06 AM

A lot has been said and done about creating a global village where people can exchange goods and services without the limitations posed by geographical boundaries. Although the concept is great, making it possible involves a number of aspects. International shipping is one of them. It provides platform for people to trade, move or gift things across the globe, thus providing a strong backbone to the concept of global village.

Shipping or logistics, as it is otherwise known, is a very complex operation that flourishes only when the process is carried out with a lot of responsibility and efficiency. There are two things that people look for when they choose an international shipping company - transporting goods safely and doing it on time. Cost, in fact, is not the first priority because safety of the goods and timely delivery take precedence. It really depends on the efficiency of the logistics company to ensure that customers are satisfied. Another important factor that people look for in a shipping company is the reliability quotient, which strengthens over time.

In addition to the normal charges that are levied on shipping of goods, an efficient logistics company can reduce the costs incurred by adopting certain methods such as consolidation of cargo by means of packing, bracing, securing, locking and plat forming, depending on the shipment size.

Insurance is important for all international shipping operations. It goes a long way in building trust in customers. Besides, a number of things can go wrong when goods are shipped across long distances. Insurance during transport covers any damage caused to the goods. This is also one of the major things that customers look for and one that any international shipping company needs to provide.

It is crucial for an international shipping company to abide by international freight transport norms. Every country has its own rules and regulations that need to be followed. For example, when shipping to Nigeria, custom rules of Nigeria have to be adhered to. Here, a very important aspect known as Customs Brokerage comes into the picture.

In fact, shipping a particular good to one country can cost you much more than delivering the same good to another country even when there is not much difference in terms of distance, due to the custom charges of the destination country. Shipping to Cameroon might be more expensive than shipping to its neighboring country. Besides this, the charges of international shipping depend on type of goods transported, its weight, volume and size. A good international shipping company needs to make these norms clear to its customers.

Other important services that a good international shipping company provides are doorstep pickup and delivery, regular tracking of the goods in transit, warehousing, a choice of containers and expert packaging. With such efficient comprehensive services, transporting goods across the global village can definitely be stress-free.

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