Things to Look for in a Logistic Service Provider

Logistic and transportation industry is growing at constant pace. Due to globalization, the scope of business has increased in different domain areas. Exporters / Importers have benefited from import-export transportation. They can now easily transfer goods from one place to another and that too at economical prices. Seeing the demands of international community, logistic management companies or freight forwarding agents/ companies have improved their services. They have improved return on assets, minimized costs of operation, and promotional operational cost. All this helps in eliminating the inefficiency, save the cost and increase the revenues.

Unlike few years back now the logistic and transportation UPS provider has started integration of information, inventory management and transportation. Almost all of them have gained the experience in warehousing, material handling and packaging. Depending on the product to be transferred they offer the best storage facility. This varies from order to order and where the products are to be sent. To deliver the goods from one country to another, the climatic conditions prevalent there are seen and packaging rules and regulations followed there. For storing and delivering perishable items, they follow different procedure transporting them. Whereas for items like cloth, furniture, and others, they have different packaging and storing procedures. As there services vary, the charges would also differ. Here is a small checklist that will help you in selecting one of the right freight forwarder:

* If you are looking for someone with competent services to deliver goods in the international market then go in for International freight forwarders. Check out their credentials and see whether they have tie up with the domestic freight operators? Or how will they transfer your consignment? If you want the goods to be transferred locally, then do they have appropriate Vehicle for Transportation? For example if you want to get the range of new pianos transferred and they don’t have a truck, then there are chances of it being damaged. So you have to bear the loss.

* Check out the mode of transport they would be using for delivering the goods. If they are using international freight shipping services, then are they well versed with the laws and culture of the country where the goods are to be transferred?

* Check for cross references. Ask their clients about the quality of services they have rendered. Were they timely or not? Were the goods delivered in good condition or not?

* Ask the company for international freight rates. Ask them what does price includes or excludes of. At times companies provide with insurance services and get custom clearance also. So get that done.