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Day: January 21, 2018

Questions to Define Your Need Before Contacting A Freight Forwarding Company

When it comes to freight forwarding and third party logistics (3PL), selecting the right logistics service provider is no different than choosing the right supplier or your own employees for your company; you are choosing a partner that will help your business succeed. The company that you will choose should be a trusted partner for your logistics needs, and should have good track record in providing the best freight forwarding services. In this fast-changing world which is highly dependent on supply chain optimization, cost efficiency, timeliness, and unvarying service, shippers, importer, exporters and others involved in the supply chain must make an assurance on which freight forwarding company to choose for their logistic needs.

In selecting the right forwarding company for your business, the size of your company should not fix upon the size of your freight forwarder (a combination of volume shipped, revenues and # of employees are how the size of your freight forwarder is defined). There are large companies that chose small freight forwarders for their business as well as small companies that chose to have large freight forwarders. Therefore, there are many other questions that must be answered and other point of comparison that needs to be analyzed to conclude which freight forwarding company is right for you and your company.

Here are some questions that you need to answer for you to know which freight forwarding company to choose:

1. What mode of service do I need? Do I need port to port, port to door, door to port, or door to door services?

2. What is the origin address of the cargo, what is the final destination?

3. When you are having international freight forwarding, ask yourself What are my international commercial terms with my supplier or my buyer? At what point does my responsibility and liability of the cargo begin or end?

4. What is the size/weight/dimensions/value of my cargo? What is the value? Is my shipment considered oversized or out of gauge?

5. Depending on the mode of transport that you will be needing: what size ocean container, what volume of air cargo, or size domestic cargo will I be shipping?

6. How is my cargo packaged? Do I need additional packing or loading services?

7. Is my cargo considered hazardous? If so, do I have the material safety data sheet, which is required by my freight forwarder?

8. Is there any sort of import or export license required for the import or export of my cargo depending on the commodity and ultimate destination of the cargo? If so, do I know how to apply for that license?

9. Will I need any special services such as: documentary services such as document attestation or legalization services, drop and pull of a container (container left overnight at supplier), customs clearance and duties paid, CBP/FDA/USDA exam processing, in-bond entry, commodity classification (HTS codes), fish & wildlife license, prior notice, annual bond for imports, consolidation of cargo, deconsolidation or any other type of additional service?…

Save Your Data in Order to Prevent Painful Loses

AT the beginning of the 21st century, too much personal and vulnerable data is available in a digital form on our PCs. Music, videos, pictures, personal documents, private and business mail contacts – everything is stored on hard disks and other media. Since the storage capacity has increased dramatically during the last years, we store all information on a single place for easier access. The computer is not only a machine anymore, it is our digital memory. Nobody wants to imagine what will happen if he loses all the stored data. In the worst case, this can ruin your whole business or erase all pictures of you and your family of the last years. The only protection mechanism is a regular computer backup. There are some computer users who follow their own strict plan for saving their personal data. They copy their most volatile data to a second hard drive or other media. But the majority of users do not perform backups regularly. Anyway, there are some highly specialized programs that help you to save your private data.

There are several programs available that can be used for that purpose. They differ drastically in price and functionality. There are also several freeware and open source programs. Most of the programs can be configured in a way that the backup is made fully automatic. In most cases you can specify a hard disk, folders or single files that should be stored safely. After the setup of your program, you must check regularly if your program is working in the expected way. Do not trust any program until you are sure it works correctly.

Another important issue is the choice of the right storage medium for you backup. For most home users, a secondary (internal or external) hard disk is the best choice. Please, make sure that you chose a different hard disk and not a different partition on the same physical hard drive, otherwise you will use your data and the backup in case of a hardware failure. In addition, you can save very important data also on optical media like CDs or DVDs. There are also several online storage capacities available. In that case you will not lose your data even in the case of a fire at your office or home. Unfortunately, the risk of cyber attacks on your data has also increased. Before, you should encrypt your vulnerable data before online storage. For companies, advanced storage technologies are available like storage servers for the local network, or magnetic tape storage, or even tape robots.

Regular backups for your PC are absolutely mandatory. You can restore your system and data in case of a hardware failure or software problem, eg virus contamination of your PC. The setup of a modern software suite will not last longer than 30 to 60 minutes. This is nothing compared to a total loss of your data. A good backup program is like a good insurance – it is good to have it in …