Cargo damage is always a taboo topic to discuss between vendors and customers. Not only does it increase overall transportation costs, but it could cause friction between all parties involved. Even with freight contracts set between the carrier and either the vendor or customer, someone is still left to pay for the damage.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to help prevent damage. Practicing great prevention procedures, saves you money in the long run by minimizing costs for expensive replacements, and builds a reliable reputation. Not to mention, if all parties involved work together, the process of packaging, shipping, and receiving becomes streamlined to guarantee that your freight is delivered in proper condition.
So what are great prevention producers? Listed below are some easy tips for both vendors and customer for preventing damage to cargo.
Tips for Vendors
The best and easiest way to prevent damage is to properly prepare your freight. This includes packaging, marking the package, and accurate descriptions on the shipping documentation.
Containers should be the appropriate size and suitable for its contents. Items inside should be wrapped individually with proper cushioning material. Labels should be used to mark the container that the contents inside need special handling.
When packaging, Vendors also need to consider different variables that can affect cargo while in transportation. These Variables include:
- The number, size and shape of other shipments traveling with it
- Road conditions
- Warehousing conditions
- Special loading and/or handling requirements
Remember to follow all existing tariff and shipping regulations related to freight. Publications can be found that outline minimum packaging requirements. For more packaging advice, check out 5 costly packaging mistakes and how to avoid them.
Tips for Customers
The best way to prevent damage on your end is to ensure you have qualified individuals to manage the process. One of the most important moments in logistics is change of custody when freight arrives. To prevent cargo damage, make sure you have trained and qualified employees to meticulously inspect and handle freight. You want to make sure your freight is properly moved and stored. When unpacked, use proper stacking and palletizing procedures as well as obeying special cargo handling labels.
Both vendors and customs should always remember to partner with a reliable carrier to minimize cargo damage. Frequently inspect your carrier’s vehicles to determine their conditions to better draw conclusions on their operation in general. A site inspection of your carrier’s operation and facility will allow you to see firsthand how your freight is moved.
Prevention of cargo damage is an important aspect in integrated logistics. While you may not manage the whole process yourself, proper preparation is one way to help prevent damage. By working closely with all parties involved in your logistics, is another way to help ensure your freight will be on time, on budget, and in proper condition.
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