The current challenges for the modern freight forwarding services
Currently, the European logistics association is faced with a number of challenges and difficulties. The cooperation among the member companies of IFA allows the freight forwarders Europe to cope with these difficulties and to provide competitive European logistics services.
The difficulties which the international freight forwarders are facing
In modern times, the main difficulties for the freight forwarders network include:
- Unstable currency exchange values
- The dangers of forwarding risky cargo due to the current situation in Europe and the big inflow of refugees
- Delays due to problems at the EU borders and at the European ports
- The competition
The fluctuations of the exchange rates
The fluctuations in the exchange rates of the currencies of the countries which do not use the Euro have an effect on the prices for the freight forwarding services. When more expensive payment methods need to be used, such as bank transfers which involve substantial bank transfer fees, this has an effect both on the customers and the freight forwarders. The companies providing international freight forwarding in Europe cooperate with each other, so that such incompatible payment means are avoided and so that the share of bank transfer payments is decreased.
Special attention is given to the avoidance of the forwarding of risky cargo
In modern Europe with the big influx of refugees and the increased risk of terrorism and risky cargo, the European network for logistics services has invested resources into the purchase of tools and equipment for tracking and scanning used to prevent the forwarding of such dangerous and risky cargo.
Dealing with the problems of the European transport infrastructure
Not all sections of the road network used for the Europe-wide groupage transport service are in good condition. The cooperation between the forwarders throughout Europe allows for the sharing of relevant information regarding the problematic roads and sections, so that the optimal routes for future freight forwarding services can be provided. This also allows the logistics companies to plan the possible delays of the service due to such problematic sections of the route. Some of the problematic sections include the borders and the ports. Depending on the type of transport which involves passing the EU borders, as well as the freight forwarding which includes using the ports, the member companies of the association provide solutions to compensate the possible delays due to these problematic areas.
Communication helps the network of freight forwarders when dealing with such difficulties
The modern world offers the advantages of quick communication which is crucial for commerce as a main part of the European and global economies. The communication between the member companies of the freight forwarding association is essential for the best cooperation for the freight forwarding services provided. It helps for the provision of all types of freight forwarding services in the European countries, including: groupage services, complete loads, small shipments, and distribution logistics. The personnel of all member companies are trained to use the latest communication technologies and to utilize them in their daily work.
Cooperation for the use of resources
In order to deal with the challenges and difficulties associated with the freight forwarding service provided, the member companies of the network of freight forwarders pay great attention to sharing their resources, such as: vehicles, warehouses, containers and others. This allows them to save a lot of resources for the purchase and maintenance of such resources. The shared use allows the freight forwarders to offer competitive prices even in the modern problematic situation and despite all the difficulties they are facing.