5 Key Guidelines in Your Shipping Checklist

Whenever you send off a shipment, the overall experience is out of your hands, yet still your responsibility. It’s a bit of a stressful experience, understandably, but there are some ways to help your shipment’s chances of making the journey safely. You may not have control over the situation after the shipment is away, but you sure can control things before you send it off, and that is precisely the time to make the best decisions that you can.

What are those decisions, however? Well, in the guide below, you will find 5 important precautions to consider when you are preparing your shipment for departure.

1. Consider the Journey

Are you shipping internationally? If so, you should prepare your shipment for that type of journey. This includes packing it as best as you can, and insulating it properly enough to withstand the wear and tear of travel. The reason as to why you should do this is because you never necessarily know if the package will be shipped in its own private space or if it will be sharing room with other packages. This back up insulation will protect the shipment from other packages that may be tossed around during the journey.

2. Consider the Potential Damage

A bumpy ride is pretty much guaranteed, no matter which shipping option that you choose. If by sea, the waves will toss the shipment around. If by air, the turbulence will jostle things pretty well. Ground travel may be subjected to rough, bumpy roads. This is precisely why you must prepare for these possibilities. As mentioned in the previous entry, properly insulating the shipment will help prevent any shipping damage from occurring during its long journey. Of course, accidents do happen, but at least you will know that you did everything you could to prevent it.

3. Consider Documentation

As was said before, accidents do happen, even when it comes to documentation. If, somehow, the shipping labels and documentation necessary for your shipment to complete its journey is fouled up, then your package may be sent back to you, costing you time and money. There is also the risk of it potentially getting lost or delivered to the wrong place, in some cases, which is quite a bit worse than a return. Be sure to double and triple check your documentation before shipping!

4. Consider the Worst

Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best is a good plan for most situations. This is very true when it comes to shipping, as there are just so many ways that things can go wrong, but only a few ways that it can truly turn out right. Think about the well being of your shipment. Keep in mind the pick up and drop off times, as well as the fees associated with lateness and storage. Then you plan accordingly with the variables that you can foresee. As you are most likely not a fortune teller, there’s no way that you will be able to know exactly what will happen, but who needs a vision of the future when you already have all your angles covered in the first place?

5. Consider the Shipment

Think about what it is that you’re sending. Is it perishable? Then you will want to get it to the destination as quickly as possible. Is it a small product? Then you can probably send it in whichever manner meets your needs the best. If the product is fragile, then you will want to go that extra distance to protect it. There are many things to consider when thinking about the shipment itself, but at the end of the day, you are the one who will have the most knowledge about what your specific situation is.

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