Are you thinking of working with a Vancouver transloading company like Cratex Group? You should be! Not only is transloading a great way to save on costs, it can also help to open up markets and increase your business’ flexibility.
Here are some things you should consider when you are looking for freight brokers or transloaders. These simple tips can help to ensure that you are picking the right company to work with and that you are doing the best thing for your business.
How often do you Ship?
Shipping frequency can help you choose who you would like to work with. As a matter of fact, some brokers actually work specifically with businesses that are only doing one time shipments.
Sit down and work out how often you plan on using your freight broker or transloader. Then when you begin talking with them ask how your shipping schedule will fit in with their services. If you ship too frequently (or not frequently enough) then you should consider finding someone who better fits your schedule.
What are you Shipping?
What you are shipping is as important as how often you ship it. Are you looking to ship bulk materials or very fragile electronics?
Depending on what you are shipping, some companies may be better suited to your needs than others. Make sure that your partner is capable of accommodating your shipping needs and has access to the right carriers.
Location, Location, Location
Where are you shipping to and from? Your shipping rates can vary greatly depending on where it is you are shipping from and where you are shipping to. The time of year can also have a huge impact on how expensive your shipping rates are.
Take some time to consider your typical freight routes. If you are going to be fully utilizing transloading, then make sure you can get bulk shipments close to their destinations. Remember that some brokers only operate in certain countries and geographical regions. Check that the broker you are selecting has access to all the markets you wish to ship to.
The Difference Between Value and Price
Everyone says that they are looking for the best value. Sometimes that means choosing something that is slightly more expensive. It is very important to know the difference between value and price. A cheaper quote doesn’t always translate to the best value. Making price your bottom line may lead you down a path to lost shipments, damaged goods and expensive insurance claims.
The right transloading partner will get your goods where they need to go for the best value possible. That may mean a few extra dollars, but consider how much that will save you in replacing damaged items or explaining delayed shipments to your customers.
Let Cratex Group handle your Vancouver Transloading
Looking for a transloading partner for your business? Look no further than Cratex Group. Contact us today to find out what we can do for your business.