Here a few tips on how it may be best to plan your shipments and requesting quotations.
ESTABLISH TERMS OF SHIPPING (INCOTERMS)
It's important to establish what shipping terms you are dealing with. Best to check with your overseas suppliers (Imports) and overseas customers (exports). For example a supplier may be providing you with a purchase price under "FOB" terms which means you are responsible for shipping from port or airport of exit. If you are not sure please feel free to contact us to discuss the Incoterms 2020 applicable.
OBTAIN ALL DETAILS OF YOUR SHIPMENT
The starting point on any shipment is to provide us with as much information as you can. Number of packages, weights, dimensions, terms of shipment, collection & delivery addresses, description of goods and ready date is a must to be able to quote you accurately and offer the best solutions for any planned forecast or deadline. We can assist with shipping transit times to ensure you have all the information.
DOCUMENTATION & CUSTOMS
Shipping into most international countries require customs clearance, we can help you with that. At the time of shipping we can help you to check that all the documents are prepared in advance to ensure paperwork can be presented to customs so that it makes it easier for you when goods arrive in.
COLLECTION & DELIVERY
We always ask our customers to check if there are any special requirements on collections and deliveries. For example if a warehouse can not handle pallets then sometimes it is best to collect / deliver on a tail-lift vehicle. We also ask you to check if there are any road restrictions to avoid any issues.