1. Ensure your container is ready for pick up and fully released at the port so you don’t incur added pick up charges.
2. Know how your shipment is loaded onto the container. Are they palletized pieces or loose cartons? This info is mission critical to getting an accurate cost for transloading.
3. Provide the piece count and total weight so your transloading partner knows if they have to use labor, forklifts, or a combo of both.
Advise the LFD – Last Free Day so you can avoid demurrage.
4. The cheapest option is NOT always the best, as you get what you pay for.
5. Be clear about your level of expectation in regards to service time frames and cost.
6. Partner with a logistics provider who truly understands your needs as they will provide the communication as an ongoing part of the transaction.
7. Supply and demand are the driving factor in every business vertical – logistics is no different. So plan ahead and book early in order to meet your specific needs.