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How to Streamline the International Logistics Process


Streamlining your company’s operations can improve efficiencies, reduce costs and increase your company’s growth.  In a competitive market, it’s crucial to stay on top of your operations so that you can better serve your customers.  The first step is analyzing your current operations and decide an appropriate plan of action. Managing logistics and carriers across countries, regions, and locations is no easy task.  Streamlining transportation operations is critical for businesses that ship.  There are several steps to creating better workflows and processes across all sites, automation, and outsourcing where it is best suited.  Here are some ways to streamline shipping logistics.

Automate Logistics Compliance

Whether you ship parcels, or containers by air, land or sea, all shipments must adhere to global trade policies.  Manual compliance requires hours of labor and reviewing each shipment, which for high volume shippers is almost impossible.

Automated trade compliance streamlines this process and eliminates missteps.  Integrating compliance with your transportation execution solution also shortens processing time.

Automate Documentation and Reporting

Global shipping requires massive amounts of customs and export reporting.  Manually creating the documents needed to complete a shipment is time-consuming and incomplete documentation or license errors can delay shipments.  Thus, automating documentation and customs reporting streamlines international shipping and reduces the possibility of delays.

Work with a Global Logistics Provider

The complexity of your transportation needs can be time-consuming and cut into the efficiency of your business.  A global logistics provider is beneficial for enterprises that ship high volumes of small packages and large pallets.  Global shippers can use one carrier to move a consolidated shipment into other countries and then a local carrier for the final delivery.  This lowers transportation spending, particularly on the international leg.

Shippers can manage consolidations in house and understand the best pricing and way to get your shipments out cost-effectively and on-time.  Furthermore, some logistics companies offer a software system to their clients, Transportation Management System (TMS) that gives the clients the fastest way to track shipments and have access to all paperwork for that shipment.

Carrier Compliance

When you use a global logistics provider, they can ensure that you are up to date with all compliance.  Which will significantly save your business any additional costs or fees for not understanding new freight regulations.

Centralized Management

As products are routed globally from starting point to ending point, they frequently travel a complex path, across a variety of carriers.  Thus, there may be delays along the way.  Ports back up, gridlocked land transporters and custom inquiries because of improper documentation on shipping containers.

Partnering with a global logistics provider, they can consolidate and make the process run more smoothly.  From ocean freight or air shipment, customs clearance, duties, taxes, and fees to rail or ground delivery, they are experts at streamlining the logistics.

Outsourcing with a Leading Company

Many businesses are better at handling the areas of your operations that require specific attending.  By hiring an outside experienced professional you’ll be reducing costs and improving efficiency.  Working with a company like PPLUS Global that is a leader in shipping and logistics, your business will be able to streamline your shipping and focus on other areas of the production line.

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