When a company needs to move its goods from a manufacturing facility to retail outlets, the logistics of getting those products to their final destination can be complicated, especially if they are being shipped internationally. In many cases, the sort of attention to detail it takes to track products from the manufacturer to global retail outlets can be a significant investment for a business. In some instances, the investment may not make much sense. In these situations, many businesses contract the services of a freight forwarder.
These sorts of contracted services deal directly in the transporting of goods from a manufacturer to retail outlets throughout the world. However, it’s important to understand that a freight forwarding agent doesn’t actually handle the transportation of products from one place to another. These contracted services coordinate the various types of transportation the products will need to get to the retail outlets they were intended for.
What has to be understood is that sometimes, transporting products from a manufacturing facility to global retail outlets can take a lot of planning. Multiple forms of transportation will be needed. Products may initially be loaded on a truck and may end up at a shipping port. From there, the products will be loaded onto a container ship and transported – sometimes to the other side of the globe. Once the products arrive at another port, they are unloaded, put on trucks or trains to be delivered to a distributing facility where the products are then finally delivered to the retailer.
This sort of process is extremely complicated and involves a great deal of planning. It also requires the right type of documentation to ensure that products don’t get held up in customs either from the country they’re being delivered from or the country that is receiving the products. This is where freight forwarding is helpful for businesses sending products throughout the world.
If your company has had products held up because of difficult to follow travel arrangements or not having the right documentation, the services of a freight forwarding company may be helpful. They can help with all of the logistics, make all the arrangements necessary and have the proper documentation so that your products reach their final retail destination quickly and conveniently.