Brian Laung Aoaeh and Lisa Morales-Hellebo, co-founders of The New York Supply Chain Meetup LLC, operate under the mantra “the past ran on supply chains. The present runs on supply chains. The future will run on supply chains. The world is a supply chain.”
In their efforts to realize this vision, Brian and Lisa have joined with other supply chain professionals to curate and organize events that seek, find, encourage, and include a wide range of views and ideas on the most significant problems related to global supply chain networks.
Profitability in sea freight shipment is not a myth or a unicorn.. It is very possible.. Read how..
It is not a secret that ocean transportation and logistics is currently confronting immense change in terms of new technology, new markets, rising customer expectations, and new business models..
There have been a few articles on this blog about these advances like Blockchain based Bill of Lading, and other technologies that are shaking up the freight industry .. There are many ways the industry could develop to meet existing and new challenges, some of which are evolutionary and others are more revolutionary..
While cargo transportation is generally a complex business, in some cases it could be straightforward as well depending on how you manage it.. It is also a fact that in this high paced business environment it is not easy to follow every market trend and find answers on how to tackle the prevailing challenges easily..
Each customer and each shipment has its own issues, peculiarities, problems and characteristics.. But the main question that several shippers and services providers ask is “How to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment”..
More often than not, exporters, importers, carriers and logistics service providers experience loss due to poor planning, decision making and implementation..
A lot of people get into the industry sometimes without knowing even the basics relating to the business, the specifics relating to the business, the requirements and some of the vital information that can make or break the business.. I have even written a Beginner’s Guide to Importing for those who wanted to get into the importing business but didn’t know how..
Here are 11 steps you can follow to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment..
All of you have heard about a Certificate of Origin..
In this article, I will explain about what is a certificate of origin, why it is required, who issues it etc..
A Trade agreement is a contractual arrangement between countries concerning their trade relationships and how they conduct trade with each other..
Trade agreements may be bilateral or multilateral and could be in the form of Regional Trade Agreements (RTA) between two or more partners or a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) under which developed countries grant preferential tariffs to imports from developing countries..
Customs department in the importing country may require a proof of origin in order to determine whether or not the cargo that is imported may be subjected to certain trade measures such as the preferential duty tariff (for stuff that is imported from with the PTA bloc), prohibted goods etc..
Customs in the exporting country may also require this proof of origin in countries where such trade measures are applicable for exports..
As per WCO’s (World Customs Organisation) definition, “proof of origin” means a document or statement (either in paper or electronic format) which serves as a prima facie evidence to support that the goods to which it relates satisfy the origin criteria under applicable rules of origin. It includes a certificate of origin, a self-issued certificate of origin, or a declaration of origin..
Disruption, Innovation, Big Data, IoT, SaaS, Digital freight forwarders, Blockchain.. No its not a Thesaurus test..
These are just some of the big fancy words thrown around in the market and media currently in relation to shipping and freight..
These tools are all (or should be) designed to assist the customer, whether you are a buyer, seller, trader, forwarder, NVOCC or shipping line to conduct their business smoothly and efficiently..
Yet with all these advances, innovations, digitization etc customers still have problems with container shipments on a daily basis.. Whether it is with a shipping line, with a forwarder, with customs, with port, with hauliers etc etc etc, there are still many problems on a daily basis..
So my question today is, in spite of such advances in technology, communication, operations, trade documentation and accessibility why are many customers still facing problems with container shipments..??