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”

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”

Changes to CIF and CIP in Incoterms 2020

What are Incoterms? Incoterms are a set of rules developed and published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) which define the moment of delivery of goods. Incoterms do not govern the transfer of property or title of goods. The latest version of Incoterms were released for use January this year – Incoterms 2020 CIF and CIPContinue reading “Changes to CIF and CIP in Incoterms 2020”

LCL Sea Freight Shipping

What is LCL? ‘LCL’ is an acronym for ‘Less than Container Load’ and is referring to the volume of the consignment you are shipping. If you are only shipping one or two pallets this is not enough to fill a 20 or 40 foot shipping container. Therefore your shipment would be packed into a shippingContinue reading “LCL Sea Freight Shipping”

IPR and OPR Customs Procedure Codes

Inward Processing Relief (IPR) and Outward processing relief (OPR) are Customs procedures for goods that are entering the country for a process or are returning to the country after a process has been completed. A ‘process’ could be service such an inspection, repair or modification. They are not a way of avoiding import duty andContinue reading “IPR and OPR Customs Procedure Codes”