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Cheapest Ways to Ship Your Products Overseas

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With the help of the internet, the world is shrinking. A young boy from Japan can quickly purchase a comic book from the United States. At the same time, a young kid from America can purchase a popular Manga title. Currently, individuals offer various types of items online, from steaks to underwear.

Products of all size and shapes are now being offered online. It could be as small as a collector’s stamp. We have also seen a death ray marketed in Ebay. Whether it is a big or small product, your product should get to the purchaser. Otherwise, you could consider the purchase a failure.

One must not fail to remember that you are sending your item overseas and with the purpose of making a profit. If you pay a lot to send your products, then you might not make sufficient profit to promote your company. Raising your rates is a legitimate option. However, at a specific rate, you will certainly be too expensive for people to manage. An even more functional alternative is to reduce prices and delivery is an excellent place as any to begin.

To reduce the price of your shipping, you have to comprehend exactly how the industry works. Whenever you deliver items, you are buying area on the freighter. There is a restricted quantity of area and, certainly, the even more room you inhabit, the higher the price the air or sea freight company would certainly demand.

Among the means you could reduce the expense of your delivery is by utilizing boxes that are merely big enough to fit your item. A decrease of the box to give a tight fit will reduce the shipping price. But, be wary of making it too little because you do not want to damage the package, requiring you to send out a replacement.

The dimension of the box is also crucial. A square and a rectangular box is advised because it maintains its form better even if it is placed on top of each other. Circular boxes do not pile well, causing the cost for delivering to increase. Shaving off a couple of pounds in your delivery can also help lower your costs. You can lower the prices by choosing lightweight packing materials.

A great example of a company who ships all over the world really well is Essential Fitness and their main product are their top rated powerlifting wrist wraps. They have created the product to be highly durable but also lightweight and it ships very easily. They use rectangular packaging that stacks well and they are able to ship their products all over the world and do so at a better price than many other companies out there.

These are just some examples of how you can  lower the amount of money needed to deliver your products to your customers. The world is becoming more connected everyday and it’s a great opportunity to sell your products to people all over the world, but it’s important to get those products to them at the cheapest rate possible. You could learn more by talking to skilled customs broker and checking out these ideas as well as learning brand-new approaches.

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Specialty Shipping Series: Fitness & Supplement Products

Specialty Shipping

Today marks the first article in a series we are calling “The Specialty Shipping Series.” The point of this series is to highlight various products that are both lucrative to be a part of and also require special shipping and storage needs.

Being in the warehousing and shipping industry, we’ve stored and shipped just about anything you can think of. One of the most lucrative markets out there for any warehouse and/or shipping company is the fitness and supplement markets. These types of products are not only worth a lot of money to you as a warehouse/shipping depot, but it’s also a lucrative market because nutritional supplements are a product that people reorder often, meaning the demand stays high and there is business year round.

In terms of your role as a warehouse/shipping depot, you are to provide the best storage facilities that you can and also ship their products so that they arrive on time and in prime condition. This is something that isn’t as easy as it sounds at times when it comes to shipping supplements. Here are some things that you need to keep in mind when shipping both types of products.

Nutritional Supplements

The main thing to remember when it comes to storing nutritional supplements is that they need to be in an air controlled environment and stay dry at all times. This requires the product be stored or stocked higher than some products in case of an occurrence of a spill or flooding. Some manufacturers require certain specific needs that must be meet before they will even speak to you about storing their product. One of our customers makes a highly rated testosterone booster that requires us to not only keep it in a high place at our facility, but we also have to store it in airtight containers to ensure moisture stays out and the product stays good longer.

It’s also important to store the products where the older ones goes out first. This is necessary so that products don’t go bad simply because they weren’t shipped out when they should have been. This may seem like a lot of work to just handle one customer, but these customers have a potential to bring in a lot of money and recurring business, so it’s well worth it.

Fitness Products

We have many customers who make and sell fitness products like knee sleeves and ankle braces. One of our bigger customer’s claim to fame is that they make the best powerlifting wrist wraps in their industry. While these products don’t require as much specialty storage and shipping as nutritional supplements do, you still want to ensure that their product stays completely dry and the products are kept off the ground as well. This is because most of these products are made of cloth or cloth-like material. In the rare occurrence of a rodent infestation, you don’t want to report a loss on inventory because product was destroyed by rodents. That’s embarrassing for your company and a quick way to lose customers.

Also, keep in mind that sometimes when you are shipping nutritional supplements, they will also have to be shipped in a certain type of container. This is because of the chance of moisture effecting the product and ruining an entire batch if water begins to seep into them.

Hope you found these tips helpful. Stay tuned for more in our this series and good luck in your shipping endeavors.

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What Can Affect International Shipping Times

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When it comes to shipping all over the world there is no getting around having to ship many things via boat. It’s not the most efficient method of shipping as it is prone to more delays and things that can happen out of your control compared to shipping via air. Given that there is no getting around it there are some important things you should be able to tell your customers about their shipments. This is a handy guide that we have used for years that helps us determine shipping times depending on the season and let’s us be able to communicate shipping times more effectively to our customers

TIDAL INFORMATION

The dominant tide in the Mumbai Harbour is the semi-diurnal tide with a period of 12 hours and 40 minutes. The following are the particulars of tidal levels related to Chart Datum.

Tide Above(+) or Below(-) Chart Datum
Highest High Water recorded + 5.39 m
Mean High Water Spring Tides. + 4.42 m
Mean High Water Neap Tides. + 3.30 m
Mean Sea Level. + 2.51 m
Mean Low Water Neap Tides. + 1.86 m
Mean Low Water Spring Tides. + 0.76 m
Lowest Low Water recorded. – 0.46 m
Highest Low Water + 2.74 m

Statistical studies made indicate that :-

  1. All high tides exceed + 2.70 m.
    2. About 5% of all high tides would be less than + 3.20 m.

 

WIND

General direction of wind is from the North to the West quarter, with seasonal variations as shown below :-

SEASONAL WIND VARIATIONS

Months Directions Speeds
1. Feb-May Mainly from N.W. (Max. 8 to 10 Beaufort
Substantial 4-6 Beaufort)
2. June-Sep Mainly from W.N.W. (Max. 8 to 10 Beaufort
Substantial 6-8 Beaufort)
3. Oct-Jan Mainly from N.N.W. (Max. 6 to 8 Beaufort
Substantial 2-6 Beaufort)

CYCLONES

These may occur in the period of May/June or October/November. The last severe cyclone off the coast of Mumbai was experienced in June 1996. Prior to this the earlier cyclone occurred in 1992.

CURRENTS

The currents in the harbor are essentially caused by the tides and are not influenced to any extent by monsoons etc. The tidal flow is unsteady and the magnitude and direction of the current varies with respect to location, time and depth.

WAVES

The predominant waves are the swell waves generated by deep sea storms. These mainly arise just before and during the South West monsoon. The statistical analysis indicates that most wave periods fall between 6 seconds and 10 seconds.
During the continuance of the North-East monsoon, North-Easterly winds known as “Elephantas” blow for short durations during the months of October-November. As the fetch and duration of these winds are limited, the “Significant height” of the resulting waves is not likely to exceed 1 meter with period ranging from 3 to 5 seconds.

RELATIVE HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE

Relative humidity ranges from 61% to 87% being the highest in the monsoon period. During the winter months (Nov-Jan) relative humidity ranges from 61% to 72%. Mean daily temperature ranges from 24 Degrees C to 33 Degrees C except during the winter period when the minimum temperature may fall to about 19 Degrees. The hotter months are March, April, May and June.

VISIBILITY

In general, on the West Coast, above latitude 16o N mist sometimes develops during sunrise but disperses thereafter.
At Mumbai from November to March smog hangs over the land, obscuring everything in view. This happens only for short periods most often shortly after sunrise but also occasionally in the evenings. Visibility is generally good for most part of the year.

RAINFALL

The climate of the region has a regular seasonal variation determined by the occurrence of two annual monsoons. The South-West monsoon period extends from June to September. Most of the annual rainfall occurs during the South-West monsoon, the average monthly rainfall being about 45 cm.Rain during the North-East monsoon is slight. The average annual rainfall over 20 years is 193 cm.