Peak shipping season has arrived. Typically, the months of November and December are the two busiest months for shipping companies, regardless of whether you are shipping nationally or internationally. As your premier industrial shipping company specializing in packing and crating, we would like to offer you the following ways to beat the peak shipping season and ensure that your freight arrives on time.
Invest in …Time
Before hitting the panic button and scrambling to get your freight out the door, take a minute to ensure that all of your freight is properly packed and packaged, labelled and secured. A spilled pallet or an improperly filled out waybill can hold up your freight in any number of ways regardless of what shipping season it is.
Here’s the deal:
The adage – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – holds true when trying to ship over the busy holiday season. Be thorough, be proactive.
Know your Product
Knowing what you ship, where it is being shipped and shipping details are essential if you want to get your freight to its destination over the holiday season. What you are shipping:
- Food, dangerous goods, fragile electronics – each of these categories will need to be shipped under different circumstances – know your product.
- National, international, down the street – know the timeline and requirements for the type of freight and the carriers shipping it.
- Know the tariffs and be sure that you have taken precautionary measures to ensure that the proper paperwork has been filed and filled out. This is especially true if you are crossing borders.
Choose your shipping carriers wisely. The company that you ultimately decide upon should understand your shipping needs and even be able to offer advice on how to save you money and time on your shipments. They should also understand the shipping business and have the proper machinery to load and offload all types of freight. This combination and experience are necessary to ensure that your freight arrives undamaged and on time, regardless of what shipping season you are dealing with. Choose wisely.
By being prepared for the holiday shipping season, you should have no problems getting your freight to its desired location on time and undamaged. If you are interested in other ways of preparing your company for the busy holiday shipping season or would like to see how our shipping services can benefit you, please contact us today. We would love to be a part of your shipping team and look forward to working with you soon.
Happy Holidays from Cratex.