Tips to Lower your Freight Costs

If you are looking at trying to save some money on your bottom line this year, one place to focus could be your shipping costs.  Chances are, the costs associated with your freight are a significant portion of your company’s overall expenses.  By understanding what type of shipping method is best for your company, understanding how your cargo moves through the supply chain before it arrives at its destination and improving this overall process will save your establishment money.

As the premier company for all your shipping and crating needs, we would like to offer you the following ways on how you can reduce your shipping costs.

Is it Urgent?

Regardless of whether you are shipping locally, nationally or internationally, it is important to be aware of your specific market and when or if there are any peak times.  If you can ship at non-peak times, you may be able to save money on your freight bill.  Some peak times you may want to avoid or prepare for include:

  • Chinese New Year – all ocean carriers are at full capacity during this time.
  • The holiday season (Christmas) – many local shipping companies are at capacity.

Maximize your Loads

The higher the volume (the more freight you ship) the less you will pay per item.  If you are using ocean shipping, you will pay the same for a full or half full container, so it is important to maximize your load whenever possible.

Here’s the Deal:

Decide what size container will best suit your shipping needs and always make sure that you fill it to capacity.

Choose the Right Method

Choosing the right shipping method or a combination of shipping methods can not only save you money, it may reduce your overall transportation time.  Make sure to look at all the possibilities or combinations before making a final decision.

Find the Right Partner

To find the best method of transportation, it is so important to have the right logistic partner.  The right partner will not only save you money, they will also work with you to better understand all the components that are part of the complicated shipping world.  Questions that you may want to ask your logistics partner include:

  • Do they have multiple ocean carrier contracts?
  • Do they have access to a combination of shipping and transloading methods?
  • Can they provide alternate options in case of strike or other unforeseen emergencies?

At Cratex, we understand how important reliable and cost-efficient shipping is to your company and bottom line.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff have been a major part of Vancouver’s shipping industry for over 40 years.  We can meet all your packing, crating and transloading needs and would love to be your shipping partner.  Please stop by or call us today, so we can get started.  We look forward to working with you soon.