While deciding on the right logistics provider to outsource your shipping operation to – whether for freight to Europe or further afield – is an important part of the decision making process, there are also a number of responsibilities that companies should be mindful of even when they have an external specialist handling their shipping. That’s because logistics is very much a partnership, and in this list we look at four important responsibilities that companies need to consider when it comes to getting logistics right:

1. Be on weight, every time

New regulations brought in by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organisation require an accurate estimation of gross container weight before an item is shipped, guarding against misdeclaration. This is no surprise, considering it is estimated that 20% of all shipments are misdeclared. That makes it even more vital that you know exactly how heavy your shipment is before it reaches your logistics provider, and also that you have the right equipment to carry out the weighing.

2. Package carefully

The onus is on you to make sure that you package your goods correctly for delivery. Some logistics providers will decline goods which aren’t packaged to their satisfaction, but with Ceramic Logistics’ express delivery to Europe you can rely on friendly advice on the best way to package goods. Just speak to our friendly team for more details, and ensure your items are properly protected for their journey.

3. Verify your address

It might sound obvious, but even a simple error such as an inaccurate post code can prove disastrous when it comes to logistics. Particularly in the case of new clients, it is absolutely essential that a consignee’s address is checked on multiple occasions and verified for its accuracy before being provided to your logistics specialist.

4. Understand consignee requirements

What happens at the other end – for example, when your recipient or consignee receives a shipment – is important to understand for companies that are shipping items. It is down to you to inform your shipping providers of any conditions which may impact on the receipt of the freight. For example, does the consignee have a lift gate if needs be? To avoid the nightmare scenario of your freight to Germany or elsewhere being returned, and the potentially high costs associated with it, you should have a full knowledge of consignee requirements and how these must be met.