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Tips for Effective Transloading

Transloading is a great way for a company to add flexibility and speed to their supply chain. It allows you to move your goods using different methods of transport in order to optimize your delivery times and locations. To get it done correctly requires some know how. Partnering with a quality transloading company like Cratex group is a good first step. Here are some other tips to keep in mind for your transloading operation in order to get the most out of it.

Plan for Additional Time

Transloading adds time to your shipping process, typically between 48 and 72 hours depending on the size of the shipment and how much it is being broken up (or consolidated) when it arrives. Failing to plan for this added time can cause you to miss shipping deadlines or not get your shipment to market on time. Factor in this added time to your shipping to ensure that you do not have to explain to your customers why they are still waiting for their goods.

Break Up Large Shipments

Transloading offers you flexibility on delivery. If you have a large shipment arriving by train or by sea, you can have a transloader split that large shipment up into several smaller ones that can be transported LTL or on smaller truck lines. This means instead of making one large delivery to one customer, you can spread your delivery over many customers who all get the amount that is right for them. This allows you more flexibility on where your shipments are going to go on the destination end while still getting bulk shipments to a general area intact.

Flexibility in Supply Chain Logistics

If you are sending supplies or goods to a market where the demand is high to maximize profit, one of the worst things that can happen is for the market to crash in transit. Transloading allows you the flexibility to change in route and move those goods to another area that might need them more instead of taking a hit on arriving to a market too late.

Multimodal Transportation of Goods

Using rail for cross country transport might seem like a good idea if you have a rail freight center nearby both you and your customer. If not, you may immediately think that your shipment is going to have to be taken by truck. Transloading changes all that.

Transloading offers you the ability to send a large shipment via train and then use trucks to get it where it needs to go on the other end. It is also great for overseas importing and exporting as you can use low cost sea carriers to get the goods to a port and then truck them to their final destination.

Transloading saves time and money and offers your business more flexibility on getting what you want where you need it. Consider Cratex Group for all of your transloading needs. Contact us today!


Transloading Basics

Nothing can get your goods from point A to point B faster than transloading. Transloading allows you to take advantage of several different modes of transportation in order to move your freight. If you have never used a transloading service before, you might be wondering what information you need or what the basic steps of the process are. Here are some simple steps to get your goods ready for transloading. Continue reading

Protect Your Cargo for Shipping

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Cargo that arrives at its destination in pieces, water logged, dented or scratched is the definition of an unsuccessful shipment. While most reputable shipping lines will insure your cargo, or at least pay for damages where they are liable, there are things you can do when shipping your items that will ensure a safe journey for them. Here are some general things to consider when packing your goods up to be shipped.
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What is Transshipment and Why is the Discharging Vessel Name Different?


Shipping large amounts of cargo overseas is a complex process. If it is your first time or you have shipped lots of items using a shipping line, there are some things that might be seem confusing. One of them is that when arriving at the destination port, the name of the discharging vessel is different than the name of the loading vessel.
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Transshipping, Transloading and Customs: When Will My Cargo be Inspected?

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One of the most challenging aspects of shipping cargo to another country is customs. Each country has its own, sometimes very complex, laws that require the right paperwork to be filed at the right times. But, if your cargo is being transloaded or transshipped to be moved to a different country, when will customs kick in and what customs paperwork needs to be filed?
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The Basics of Flexitanks

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So you need to ship a liquid but do not want the hassle of shipping it via tanker cars? Well then a flexitank might be right up your alley. Flexitanks are a new shipping technology for shipping non-regulated liquids that can fit inside of a standard 20’ shipping container.

They are not yet approved for shipping hazardous or regulated liquids, so make sure to keep that in mind. Here are the basics of just what a flexitank is and things to consider if you are going to use one.
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Things to Consider with Overseas Shipments

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Shipping overseas is not like shipping domestically, or even shipping internationally over land. There are many more points to consider when shipping to a country overseas.

Proper planning and thought about the things you need will ensure your shipments arrive on time and where you need them to end up. It will also help you predict the proper costs to charge for shipping your items overseas. Take a minute to consider some of the things listed below before shipping overseas.
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Tips on Importing – Part 1


If you are thinking of getting into the business of importing, you may need some ideas about where to start. Importing can be tricky. There are some initial things that you should look into before you begin.

This is a good guide of practical advice for first time importers or people who are new to the business.

Visit Your Customs Office

Customs are going to be the keepers of all the legal aspects of your cargo. Because of this, a visit to your local customs office can tell you a lot about what you need. This includes:

  • What sort of licenses or registrations you might require in order to import goods
  • What the Duty structure is
  • If there are any special permits required for the cargo you are thinking of importing
  • Is the cargo allowed to be imported at all? This can be very important for goods like food, lumber or wildlife.

Your customs broker should be able to answer all of these questions for you before you begin planning the next steps of your importing business.
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Industrial Shipping Tips

industrial harborImproper packaging of materials during shipping can result in loss of product inventory due to damage and replacement. This can place a financial burden on the industrial shipping chain. Even worse, when cargo arrives damaged it can harm the relationship between the shipper and receiver. This can be even worse than the cost of replacing an item.

Choosing the right options and methods when you prepare your cargo for shipping can mitigate these issues greatly. This can result in a smoother process all around and may cost a bit more up front, but will save a lot of money in the long run.

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