If you regularly transport good to customers, you should consider the time each method of transportation will take and how much it will cost. You should find a reliable method that works for you so that your customers aren’t disappointed. In this post I outline Effective Ways to Transport Your Business Goods.
Effective Ways to Transport Your Business Goods
RailThe rail service is a quick way to transport goods so is ideal for perishable goods and it is environmentally friendly. There is little congestion on the rail but there can sometimes be delays. It can be quite expensive to transport goods on a train and timings are relatively inflexible, they are scheduled so you have to work around them. You will need a rail haulage package that can be purchased through a freight operating company, a terminal operator or a third party logistics company.
So, if your budget stretches and the timings suit you, the rail is a fast and efficient way to transport your goods.
AirIf your goods need to travel long distances, then transporting them by air is the fastest mode of transport and flights are frequent to major countries. However, you can expect delays every now and then due to uncontrollable circumstances. Also, it is not eco-friendly and can be expensive as it is usually charged by kilogram – perfect if goods are light, not so useful is they are heavy. There are other costs to consider too such as handling fees, custom fees, security fees, duty costs and VAT. Freight forwarders can assist by quoting a price and organising it for you but make sure they have experience shipping abroad and that they have insurance.
Again, if your budget can afford to use air transportation, this is a very fast method for goods travelling a long distance.
SeaThis method is great if you want a cheap way to transport large volumes of goods but it is slower and not as flexible as other methods. Liner vessels operate on a fixed schedule and use certain routes that may or may not suit you. If not, use a tramp vessel operates according to the demand of the person who charters it. If you do have a large amount of items to be sent, you will probably want to book the times that suit you.
This is the cheapest method of long distance transport, but it can be slow so would not be ideal for perishables or goods that are in demand.
RoadRoad transportation is one of the most common. It is used with goods that need to be transported short distance, urgently or before/after any of the above methods reach their destinations, for example, at either end when using rail or air, and especially when using the sea option as goods will often have to go inland from the ports. Using the roads is not always environmentally friendly however some companies use environmentally friendly vans like Niblock. Delays on the roads are common; try to avoid travelling in rush hours. Vehicles with tracking systems can be used to check where the truck is and to keep customers updated if need be.
It is possible to buy or hire a truck to transport the goods yourself from companies such as DGC in Surrey, but remember if you are using the roads to go abroad, you will need to have a CMR note to show you are allowed to transport goods internationally.
A courier is a reliable way to get goods to your customers securely. Courier Company A-B 24-7 and others offer urgent delivery and same day delivery, so if you need goods transported fast, then a courier is your best option. It can be costly but you are likely to get a personal service.