Archive for April, 2009

Transportation Brokerage

This post here at Transport will take a look at the office bound side of the transportation industry with some information regarding the the workings of a transportation brokerage.

First of all, what exactly is a transportation brokerage?

Well, this is simply a person, or office that deals with clients and transport companies in the manner of a go between. A broker is simply that, a conveyancer of important information that must flow between the company undertaking the transportation and the individual who is in need of goods being transported.

Indeed, some of the larger transport companies will only deal with individual clients via a recognized brokerage and these companies will generally have an itinerary of brokers they do business with on a regular basis.

This is good for the individual as it means they get to deal with a human being face to face rather than a faceless clerk at the end of a telephone, or worse a website with no form of personal contact whatsoever. After all, we still prefer the human touch and its easier to deal with a professional transportation broker who knows what they are doing and can iron out all difficulties there and then saving a lot of worry and stress later on.

The transport company similarly benefits by dealing directly with a broker whom they trust and know will have all the necessary information to ensure the shipment is seamless.

There is a pretty good and rather specialized website that provides a clearer insight into the inner workings of this side of the freight industry called Transportation Brokerage. Pay it a visit and see what else you can learn there.

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Additional Transportation and Logistics Requirements

In the last post here at Transport, we looked at the main requirements of cargo freight transportation and logistics. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the peripheral requirements of the cargo freight transportation and logistics business.

Other services offered by transportation or moving companies will include the following points:

Transportation of Non-Standard or Heavy Cargo

In this case you’ll need special documents and authorizations for transportation.

Dispatcher Services and Cargo Monitoring Services

These services are important in case of long-distance moving

Global Positioning Systems

New technologies allow monitoring of your cargo and to control cargo shipment with maximum precision.

Transport Agreement

In the case of setting up a transport agreement, it is important to address a professional lawyer to have the necessary documentation drawn up to avoid problems later.

Intermodal, Multimodal and Container Transport

This involves large volumes of cargo and requires the use of containers to pack and store the goods for the time specified by the client.

Transportation of Dangerous Cargo

In the case of transporting dangerous cargo, such as chemicals, fuel, explosives, military equipment, dangerous animals etc you’ll need special equipment.

Services Rendered to Exhibitions and Presentations

In the case of services rendered to exhibitions and presentations, there are several aspects that will need special attention, such as movement of advertising boards, scaffolding, display units and stationery.

Transportation of Joint Cargo

When you think of joint cargo, you think of shipment of smaller parcel of a client’s cargo together with those cargo items belonging to other owners. This type of cargo transportation allows both parties to save money.

Cargo Storage Services

Secure cargo storage services are usually offered by most large transport companies for the storage of a client’s goods for a specified time. Full insurance cover against damage or theft is provided for the duration of the storage.

Transportation of Strongboxes and Automated Teller Machines

In the case of transportation of strongboxes, automated teller machines and other sensitive equipment, it is necessary to assure cargo protection at all times and provide full accidental damage and theft insurance.

Armed Security Services for Cargo Transportation

In the case of armed security services for cargo transportation, it is necessary to address the appropriate protection agencies.

Transportation of long-length Cargo

In the case of the necessity of transportation of long-length cargo, it is important that the respective police and road authorities en route are alerted prior to setting off.

Transportation of Food Products

In the case of transportation of food products, the necessary vehicles and equipment must be arranged beforehand.

Cargo Transportation Using Refrigerators

In the case of cargo transportation using refrigerators, again special equipment is necessary to ensure the cargo is kept at a stated temperature for the duration of the move.

Cargo Receipt and Consignment Without Client’s Participation

Cargo receipt and consignment without client’s participation means that the freight forwarder takes on all responsibility for the cargo’s transportation. The only thing client needs to do is to conclude any agreement and pay for the services.

Freight Forwarders

Freight forwarding companies will provide the services of personal manager who is responsible for cargo transportation. All aspects of transportation are generally covered in their entirety and this is the most effective method of ensuring transportation requirement are met in full. Customs support services are covered in case of international cargo transportation and all documentation is catered for.

Certification of goods, which is necessary in case of import-export operations is also covered Logistics, development of cargo transportation schedules and optimal routes are all provided for as part of the service. You can read more about freight forwarders here: www.forwardersins.com

That concludes our look at the main requirements of freight transportation and in future posts we will look at other aspects of transporting cargo from one place to another. Until then…

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