Why you should use a logistics company

Any business that indulges in the transportation of goods across great distances, within and outside the country, requires the services of a Logistics company.

With company operations itself a major task, managing the whole process of moving your goods can prove tedious and complicated.

Even with transportation a major concern, given its fluctuating rates per month, having an external entity handle company logistics can prove a time saver, with costs reduced greatly.

Here are five reasons you should allow an external company like ours, handle your logistics.

Increased productivity:

Considering how a company like BHL handles all the necessary bills (usually reaching hundreds, even thousands) and audits, clients will have more time to focus on other important operations in the company, creating more room for productivity and convenience.

Reduced liabilities:

We have a fully functional staff and workflow that helps us manage all safety ratings and contracts.

Our operations allow us handle invoicing variances, carrier vetting processes, ensuring there is less risk in shipping your goods to its destination.

Better Transport And Packaging Of Goods:

The chances are, your company is not invested in ships, and vehicles to move certain goods, as well as machinery to properly package them for shipping.

A logistics company like ours is fully fitted with vehicles and crafts to handle the packaging and movement of goods across great distances with minimum inconvenience.

This helps ensure you are more rest assured of your good arriving safely to its destination without any damage.

Easy monitoring:

Having to personally monitor goods your shipped out yourself can be a tedious task in itself .

 A company like ours provides real time location on all shipped goods and estimated time of arrival.

At BHL we will help provide the necessary information on where your goods are, and the estimated time of arrival.

Warehouse management is better.

The best logistics companies provide good warehousing for your goods, ensuring the safety of all shipped items pending transfer to recipients.

Improved Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed:

It is always better to use a logistics service like our because we fully understand the domain better than most clients and can creatively ensure we help them cut costs while offering topnotch services.

With a good logistics company, better business partnerships across great distances is guaranteed and consumer experience enhanced.

 Avoid Petty Expenses:

Logistics comes with a lot of annoying petty expenditures like insurance costs, warehouse costs, docking costs, etc. A good logistics company helps handle such, taking the weight and inconvenience from the clients.

This helps the clients’ accountants  keep the books tidier, according more time to focus on other important

5 Of The Best Container Handling Practises

Every shipping and logistics company knows it is important to carry out the best practices when handling containers at the warehouse and during shipping.

This is to guarantee the best customer experience for clients and ensure all crew involved are safe throughout the trip.

Below are some of the best container handling practices.

1. Thorough Inspection of the container:

It is best practice always ensure containers are waterproof, clean and not leaking. It is also important to check if these containers are leaking and ensure the doors are locked properly to prevent unwanted external elements from breaching.

Other things to inspect are the physical condition for holes, the date and integrity of its last repair and its ability to withstand the weather elements. Also the nature of the most recent cargoes removed from it to determine if there are chances it has holes.

Also, a proper check should be done on the weight of the container using belt scales or truck scales after all inspection.

2. Weighing all goods to be stuffed and un-stuffed:

Checking the weight of all materials to be stuffed and un-stuffed from the containers with reliable and well calibrated weights is a very important practice.

This will help ensure a container is only loaded within its capacity and ensure less damage in case of turbulence.

Among the machinery to be used for this process is shipping scales, floor scales, forklift scales, etc.

“Stuffing and un-stuffing” refers to the loading and unloading of cargo into containers.

3. Ensure all Containers are lashed properly.

To prevent damage of goods and the container itself, container lashing is very important.

This ensures the container stays static during transport and in tough weather conditions.

Depending on the nature of the lashing, a number of containers can be lashed to one block. In other cases where lashings are done singularly, secure them to the strongest parts of the ship’s structure and fittings.

The best kind of lashing is tight and short for a stronger grip.

4. Proper arrangement and stowage of Containers

One of the best practices that ensures containers reach their destinations safely is stowing them properly.

This is when containers are arranged safely and compactly so they endure the turbulence of sea transport with minimal damage.

During stowing, it is important to consider the features of the container and the nature of the goods in it (depending on the hazards they may come with).

Wet and dry cargo need different kinds of stowing. Not stowing cargo properly could lead to severe damage and losses incurred.

Bottom cargo will have to be the heavier material while lighter ones will stay on top.

Of course, the hazardous goods will be separated from others and placed in containers with compatible goods.

It is also important to ensure this separation is in compliance with segregation requirements.

Goods will be chafed if containers aren’t stowed properly, due to the motion of the vessel and sea vibration.

5. Ensure that all containers are secured properly.

The final practice to ensure your container is handled properly is ensuring that there are no spaces or loose packages on the top.

Securing the doors of all containers is important and ensure containers are arranged such that it is easy to identify the serial numbers for insertion on the bill of lading.

Overloading can be hazardous and reduce or totally avoid pressure on doors and from metals to other metals as this can cause a slippery environment.

Finally, proper documentation of the cargo is very important as it helps ensure all stuffed goods arrive in the same condition they left the port and there is no loss.

At BHL, our professional packing and container services, not only will you save time and energy, but can also rest assured your stuff will be correctly packed and labeled and that the space within your container will be efficiently packed.

Credits: Universalcargo.com