The obligations of the European freight forwarders when providing international logistics services
When forwarding cargo within Europe, the European network for logistics strictly follows its obligations in regard to the condition of the vehicles, the qualification of the personnel and the requirements for the European logistics companies for international transportation.
The intensity of the freight forwarding services has resulted in new requirements
With the growing intensity of the freight forwarding services in Europe, new requirements for the logistics companies have arisen. When forwarding cargo, the effect the transport has on traffic congestion, the pollution and the occurrence of accidents must be brought to a minimum.
Avoiding traffic jams and accidents
Forwarders throughout Europe have joined forces to plan optimal routes as to avoid traffic congestion. By coordinating their efforts efficiently, each member company can ask another company to combine efforts and thus take advantage of the knowledge of the local routes and traffic condition in each country in Europe.
Minimizing the environmental pollution from the fuel used for transport
Pollution is a major challenge which the international freight forwarders are facing. With the increase of the demand for freight forwarding, this challenge will also intensify.
Creating optimal routes, which are at a shorter distance, as well as the use of vehicles with a lower fuel consumption result in lowering the pollution resulting from groupage services. Implementing intermodal routes and combining freight forwarding with other member companies can also help reduce the pollution.
Fossil fuel is one of the main sources of environmental pollution. Using alternative energy sources in the offices of the member companies of the network of freight forwarders can also help reduce the pollution. The member companies of the European logistics association are all striving to implement the use of renewable energy sources in their offices and branches.
Optimization of the use of packaging
Another action which the member companies of IFA are taking in order to reduce the negative effect on the environment is the use of lighter packaging materials for inner packaging and solid packaging for outside. With the optimization of the packaging system, the international freight forwarders network has reduced the quantity of the waste and thus is helping reduce the pollution.
The optimization of the freight forwarding services also leads to a decreased cost of the end products being forwarded
According to statistics, the logistics services make up 10 to 15% of the final cost of the forwarded goods. Every reduction of the price for forwarding leads to the reduction of the price of the end product as well. The transport of cargo by using the shortest routes as well as the combination with water transport which is the least expensive form of transportation can lead to a decrease in the cost of the international freight forwarding services.
Methods for dealing with the transport network difficulties recommended by the European Commission
the European Commission recomends the following measures for dealing with the problems in the European transport network, which the freight forwarders Europe follow and use in their daily work:
- Monitoring the condition of the transport network in their country and informing the partners from the other countries about problems, congestion and other relevant information
- Intensive communication with modern communication means, and communication systems
- Optimization of the use of resources