For companies to survive this uncertain period, and consequently for professionals to remain in their jobs, it is necessary to adopt some strategies, such as cost reduction. For this reason, this article will address some ways to reduce or eliminate unnecessary costs and fees in international logistics operations.
In addition to the imbalance between supply and demand, international trade players around the world are facing the same challenges:
In recent months there have been several instances of Blank Sailing, i.e. the omission of ships in certain ports. In the air sector, it was noted the reduction and cancellations of flights and consequently the increase in freight rates and fees.
Several ports in China have suffered from container congestion, generating operating surcharges and also a lack of refrigerated containers
The United States and Europe are retaining products that transit through their countries to help in the internal combat of the coronavirus, but this generates logistical costs to the real importer and wear in the commercial relations between buyer and seller.
As a strategy, the Brazilian government, when importing personal protective equipment, evaluated routes by different continents to define the shipment, it was defined that will be tested scales in New Zealand and Middle East countries.
For these reasons, it is important to evaluate the best routes for each shipment, as well as the most appropriate modal, evaluating factors such as urgency, cost, peculiarities and geographical limitations, in order to avoid any of the problems listed above and generate extra costs to the shipment or even the retention of the cargo and a great loss.
The packing and preparation of the goods is very important to ensure that the cargo completes its journey without damage and safely to its destination, avoiding damage to the operation. But there are ways to reduce costs when preparing the packaging of goods, the first step is to analyze surcharges that are being charged for handling.
When there are difficulties in handling the packaging or there are special storage precautions, for example boxes that cannot be stacked, transport companies and logistics complexes charge extra costs for storage and surcharges for such precautions.
For this reason, factors such as the preparation of the goods must be analyzed:
By analyzing all these factors it is possible to integrate them and find the packaging that best suits the shipment, making the cargo arrive at its destination safely and at reduced costs.
The information flow in commerce is large, so technology is a great ally of operations, because it optimizes the time used in different functions, in addition to integrating different sectors and stages of the supply chain and allowing the integrated view of the operation as a whole.
Technology is only efficient within a company if used correctly, so it is necessary to ensure that professionals have access to it and know how to use it, thus ensuring agility in the execution of their activities and reducing the operating costs of the company.
How about you, reader? Do you have any tips to reduce costs at this time? Leave it in the comments.