Can a 3PL provider be a 4PL?

This is an interesting question that has been put to me in the past – can a 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) company operate as a 4th Party Logistics (4PL) service provider? Lets look at how it might happen in the real world: Imagine your company approached your 3PL airfreight service provider and asked for aContinue reading “Can a 3PL provider be a 4PL?”

What is a binding tariff?

A binding tariff or binding tariff information (BTI) is a classification decision made by the local customs authority in UK and Europe on the classification of goods. The BTI outlines the commodity code or harmonised standard (HS) number the goods are classified under and the associated duty rate plus any required licenses, quotas or quantitativeContinue reading “What is a binding tariff?”

Which is the best Internationally – Air, Sea, Road or Rail Freight?

Part of being an International Logistics Manager is to ensure your company shipments are transported in the most efficient and the most cost effective way. High freight costs can very quickly erode the profit margin on your goods and, after all, the aim of business is to make a profit. Having the experience to knowContinue reading “Which is the best Internationally – Air, Sea, Road or Rail Freight?”

Shipping Consolidation services

Inefficient shipping can increase your company’s costs and have a big impact on your company’s profit. Using freight consolidation services to streamline your logistics within your supply chain can give you big rewards. What is a consolidation service? A consolidation service combines all your company orders into one shipment for accurate and efficient shipping. ThereContinue reading “Shipping Consolidation services”

How COVID-19 impacted airfreight rates

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has not only had, and continues to have, a terrible and tragic impact on life all around the world – its effects have also impacted and disrupted practically every industry and supply chain worldwide. At the start of the year as the pandemic grew, each country in turn implemented a protectiveContinue reading “How COVID-19 impacted airfreight rates”

Support Your Delivery Drivers

With the Covid-19 still raging worldwide each country across the world is trying to protect its population with various lockdown measures. Some workers can work from home and some workers have been furloughed. For key workers such as logistics workers and drivers this is clearly not an option – goods still need to move andContinue reading “Support Your Delivery Drivers”

Don’t let shipping surcharges creep up on you

As we enter the new tax year you may have received a rate increase from your logistics provider. Do you realise how you pack and ship your items can affect the overall cost you will be charged? Part of efficient logistics management is monitoring costs. Flat rate shipping costs are becoming rare – now youContinue reading “Don’t let shipping surcharges creep up on you”

Sea Freight Container Types

Most people are familiar with the ‘normal’ box-type shipping container – they are seen on container ships, lorry trailers, trains and stacked up at the ports. There are actually many different types of shipping container and the type you choose will depend on your specific requirement. Here is a summary of the main types andContinue reading “Sea Freight Container Types”

1PL 2PL 3PL 4PL 5PL 6PL – The Advancement of Party Logistics

Many people involved with logistics will have heard of the term ‘third party logistics’ or ‘3PL’ or ‘TPL’ but what are the others? There are actually several forms of ‘party logistics’ – here I will cover 1PL to 6PL and show how the systems integrate the supply chain. The more a company moves from 1PLContinue reading “1PL 2PL 3PL 4PL 5PL 6PL – The Advancement of Party Logistics”