If you are a regular reader of our blog series, you might have read on the topic ‘Warehousing and Logistics’. It was one of the most generic blogs covering detailed information on the responsibilities of the logistics department. Today, we have come up with something more technical and straightforward.
The success of your import export business entirely depends on the transport of the goods or products from one country to another. Before reaching out to the transportation manager or logistics expert, you need to have the answers to the following questions.
Questions an EXIM Logistics Specialist Will Ask
1: Is your commodity perishable or non-perishable?
This is one of the basic things that an EXIM transport or logistics specialist will ask you when you approach them for the transport of your goods.
There is a difference between shipping a banana and a screwdriver. Some goods are perishable, whereas some are not.
You have to take care of the perishable items and have to ask for the frozen facility or deep fridge during the transport to make your goods reach safely the exporter’s destination.
In short, the temperature standards need to be maintained and discussed before shipping the goods from the origin.
2: What is the commodity number of your product?
The commodity number is basically the HS code schedule B description of your product. There is a handy diary available in the market regarding the updated 6-digit HS code of the import export products. The HS code is universal for all the countries in the world.
These codes are introduced for the easy classification of your products for the customs officer. The shipping quote of the transportation depends on the commodity number as there are different transport rates for different types of products in the EXIM industry.
3: What is your preferred shipping mode?
The EXIM logistics specialist will ask about the mode of shipment as per your product’s nature and priority. There is a huge difference in time when you choose the transport mode rail, air or ship.
Depending upon the requirement of your product type, i.e. perishable or non-perishable, you have to choose the transport mode.
E.g., if you are exporting fruits or vegetables, you got to choose the mode that helps your product in reaching faster without damaging the condition or freshness of the food.
Likewise, when you are exporting machinery or electronic items, there are no risks attached to it related to the perishable nature of the goods.
4: How many cartons are you shipping?
The EXIM logistics specialist will ask about the number of cartons that you wish to export from the origin. The numbers of the cartons are further tallied at the receiving port.
E.g., the numbers of cartons shipped from destination A must be received by the importer at port B in equal numbers.
5: What are the sizes of your cartons?
The size of the cartons includes the height, width, and length of the cartons that you wish to export from the origin. Some logistics expert also measures in cubic meters.
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