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Freight Forwarders Strategies to Prepare for Climate Disasters

With global warming, supply chain networks face considerable risks due to climate disasters, severe weather, and the threat of future pandemics. When wildfires rage, ice covers the roadways, and high winds howl, many businesses are forced to shut down operations. Supply chains have to do the exact opposite and find alternative ways to ship commodities. Consumers expect small shipments to arrive on time even in harsh weather. What is more, shipping cardo is even more important during severe weather and climate disasters when essential goods are blocked in affected areas. As threats are constantly evolving, the shipping industry must find… Read more

Packagings to Ship Perishable Goods

Types of Packagings to Ship Perishable Goods

Plenty can go wrong when shipping perishables and trying to protect them against spoilage, staleness, humidity, and extreme temperatures. There are different packagings and packs to use when transporting perishable items, including cold packs, insulated food shippers, solid plastics, and foam brick.   Types of Packaging Cold packs are a safe and simple solution to ship perishables so that they stay cold during transit. They keep constant temperatures inside containers and boxes of pharmaceutical, beverage, and food products. When packing, it is a good idea to test the number and size of packs required. A larger quantity and large-sized packs… Read more

Import of Drug Supply

Over-Reliance on Import of Drug Supply and the Way Forward

The coronavirus pandemic hit vital industries across the globe and disrupted supply chains due to restrictions and stay-at-home orders. The pharmaceutical supply chain has also been affected by lockdowns and restrictions imposed in India and China where major pharmaceutical producers operate. Drop in Supply due to Over-Reliance Supply from pharmaceutical manufacturers in China has dropped significantly over the last couple of months. This is a source of concern in light of estimates by the WHO that China produces about 1/5 of active pharmaceutical ingredients used by producers.  The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency announced that this figure could… Read more

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Safety Practices to Follow When Shipping Medical Equipment

Shipping medical devices and equipment requires careful packing, crating, and unloading by following safety procedures as to avoid damage. European logistics companies often ship medical equipment for research and medical facilities, manufacturers, private practitioners, clinics, and hospitals. Types of Medical Equipment Hospitals and other healthcare facilities use different types of medical devices and equipment such as gastroscopes, ultrasound, X-ray units, oxygen concentrators, and patient monitors. Surgical units require instruments such as Bonney and tissue forceps, skin glue, rake and malleable retractors, and linear cutters and staplers. Hospitals need specialized equipment such as energy systems, clips and staplers, cystoscopic equipment, and… Read more

Safety Practices When Shipping High

Safety Practices When Shipping High-Value Items

Freight forwarders often ship valuable items that require special handling. From pick-up to transportation and delivery, valuables are made extra secure through digital video recording systems, armored transportation, extra insurance coverage, and security professionals. Factors to Take into Account Different factors should be weighed in when shipping high-value goods, including current events, customs, legislation, geography, and transportation infrastructure. Other factors that play a role are distance to the point of delivery, business practices, and the types of valuables to be shipped. Securing Cargo There are different ways and materials to secure valuable cargo as to protect items and ensure safe… Read more

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Logistics Risks That Freight Forwarders Face

Logistics providers face different challenges and operational and strategic risks due to factors such as instability, terrorism, conflicts, and economic downturns. Freight forwarders face logistics and transportation risks associated with increasing globalization, and it is important to develop and implement strategies to safeguard transports. Main Logistics Risks The main logistics risks that companies face include mergers and acquisitions, lack of safety and security procedures, theft and hijacking, and non-performance and carrier delays.  Logistics providers also face risks associated with bankruptcy of transport providers, liability for delays and loss, and new safety and security legislation. In general, operational risk refers to… Read more

Freight Transport

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Freight Transport

Logistics services providers offer and use different modes of transportation to move goods, including rail, road, air, and sea transport.  All modes have pros and cons in terms of safety, speed, reliability, cost, and risk of damages. Rail Transport Rail freight has benefits over other transportation options, one being that it is a cost-effective solution for long distance transits. It is also a green logistics solution in light of the fact that rail transport emits 77 percent less than road freight. It is also a more dependable transportation option in bad weather such as heavy rain or snowfall. On the… Read more

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Safety Measures and Precautions for Cargo Theft Prevention

With globalization and the ever increasing interdependence of European economies, cargo theft has become a real threat. Criminal groups often target high-value goods such as pharmaceutical products and mobile devices, and the number of incidents has increased during the last couple of years. Given that billions are lost to cargo theft each year, prevention is the key to ensuring safe transit. There are some proactive steps that IFA members can take to protect cargo from getting stolen. Who Is at Risk Forwarders that serve the textile industry should be extra vigilant because clothing and apparel are more difficult to trace… Read more

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Everything you need to know about Dry Vans

Dry van shipping remains the most popular and widely used freight forwarding method used for the international freight services provided by the members of IFA. The reason is that this type of transport where enclosed trailers are used for complete loads, pallet shipping, European groupage services and all kinds of other freight forwarding needs is so popular, is the fact that it is highly available and offers multiple benefits both for the companies from the European logistics network but for their customers as well. What exactly is a Dry Van? A dry van trailer is used for transporting large quantities… Read more

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The new See-Think-Act truck monitoring system will change international freight forwarding

A new system for the blind zones of the trucks, which are not visible in the rear view mirrors was presented during the IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2018 event. The German producer ZF Friedrichshafen AG introduced its innovative monitoring system in Hannover. It will help the truck drivers to prevent possible collisions with other vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians during turns. This system can help make the trucks used by the forwarders throughout Europe safer for the other members of the traffic, especially in urban settings.   The system includes sensors which are placed on the right side of the vehicle which will… Read more

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Benefits of freight transportation provided by Forwarders throughout Europe

One of the main tasks international freight forwarding has is the crescent necessity of high quality in logistics services. The customers’ expectations and requirements increase all the time and European logistics association is supposed to respond to these requirements. The high quality is achieved thanks to the full customer’s awareness, the availability of detailed information about the shipment status in case of transportation of complete loads, small shipments and distribution logistics. Another factor for high quality achievement is the strict adherence to the deadlines for the delivery and offer of both: traditional and express fright. Here we will also review… Read more

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Utilizing drones for storage and for regional deliveries – another innovation in the activities of the European freight forwarders

Following the long-distance freight forwarding, the final stage of each shipment is from the central or regional office to the end destination. This is the stage in which the use of drones has been widely discussed recently. The international freight forwarders consider every new technology as potentially useful when it can be used for shortening the delivery time and lowering the prices for the services. The drones can also be used in the warehouses of the freight forwarders which also can help improve the speed and limit the need for personnel which again helps reduce the final price for the… Read more

Incoterms or International Commercial

Incoterms are used for defining the responsibilities of the customers and sellers

Incoterms are used for the preparation of international freight forwarding of goods and cargo by the freight forwarders Europe for commercial purposes. These rules are defined by the International Chamber of Commerce. It is essential to know all these terms as well as the basic conditions in order to formulate the contractual agreement, the terms and conditions of selling and buying properly. These terms allow for precise definition of the responsibilities of both parties involved in a commercial deal, as well as the ownership of the goods in different geographical regions.     All parties involved in the commercial deal,… Read more

Supply chain management

Supply chain management

Supply chains cover the entire movement of the goods to the customers and include the transport and storage of the raw materials, as well as the forwarding and storage of the ready products. The International freight forwarders work together for creating interconnected networks for product supply and delivery which are in demand by the end customers of each supply chain.   Definition for supply chain management The definition of this type of management includes the planning, the implementation and control of all activities in the supply chain. The goal is to create a competitive infrastructure for the international freight services… Read more

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Freight forwarders Europe are not simply forwarders but also partners and assistants for their customers

The timely and proper forwarding of goods and cargos is essential for any business. It is crucial for timely delivery of goods and cargo in good condition. During the forwarding services provided by the European network for logistics all aspects of the service including the packaging, loading and the transport itself is treated with special attention and car. This leads to the high quality services for all customers of IFA and care for their goods and cargo, no matter whether they are big retailers or private individuals with personal shipments.   What the companies from the international forwarders network can… Read more

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What the companies from the international forwarders network can offer

The unification of the separate forwarding companies in one united European network of freight forwarders allows for constant communication and cooperation among them. This allows for much faster reactions when the forwarding of goods to various European destinations is required.   If the companies providing forwarding service do not work together this can lead to a number of problems and differences among them. This can lower the quality of forwarding services provided. The companies from the European network for transportation are in constant contact among each other when they need to transport cargo at longer distances with loading and reloading as… Read more

Reducing freight forwarding costs

Reducing freight forwarding costs is a major goal of all modern businesses

Many companies rely on logistics services for their business. Since freight forwarding is a part of modern business it is not surprising that one major goal for the businesses is lowering the costs for these services. There are several ways which such a reduction of the costs can be achieved by the international freight services. These include: optimizing the inventories and storage services as well as improvement of the branches of the companies and better cooperation with the suppliers.     Optimization of the accounting operations and the reporting The optimization of the accounting operations and the reporting helps improve… Read more

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The general terms and framework agreements which cover all conditions for freight forwarding

Along with the general terms for forwarding and cargo outlined by the World Road Transportation Organization (IRU), there are other additional framework agreements for logistics services such as the freight forwarders network.   The purpose of the framework agreements Framework agreements serve the purpose of defining all additional conditions and terms. These agreements are developed based on the general terms as well as on the existing international conventions valid for the forwarding of cargo. Through the framework agreements, the shipments provided by the freight forwarders are properly regulated based on the geographic regions, the seasons as well as on other… Read more

TIR system for forwarding

How the TIR system facilitates the transit forwarding of goods

We at the international freight forwarders association offer our customers to transport your goods from one country to another including transit through third countries. Your goods will be transported via the TIR system. With it, the entire route is accepted as custom controlled due to the fact that the shipments are sealed.   How to check whether your country is a side in the TIR system In order to take advantage of the TIR system for transporting your goods, it is necessary that the country of the sender and the country of the recipient are members of the TIR system…. Read more

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Securing the freights during European shipments

Securing the cargo and shipments during the freight forwarding services provided by the freight forwarders network is a main part of the logistics services provided. Unsecured cargo can become damaged, get spilled and can also cause damage to the vehicles and injuries to the personnel providing the forwarding services. The regulations and rules in regard to securing the freights are different in different countries. But complying with the regulations of just one single country when the transport provided by the international freight forwarding services passes through that specific country could lead to a number of problems for the logistics companies…. Read more