As much as we all hate to admit it, delays are here to stay. Strikes, bottlenecks, and container shortages have all contributed to delays becoming an everyday ordeal.
Still, as a 3PL, it’s essential for us to continue developing solutions to improve our customers’ supply chains. That’s why we’ve put together some information on how our customers can improve efficiency and minimize situations that could lead to increased delays in an already stalled supply chain.
Consolidate Whenever Possible
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, this one won’t be a surprise. TOC offers both buyer consolidation and shared consolidation programs to help our customers save money and transport cargo more efficiently.
By combining multiple LCLs into one FCL, organizations save space and also avoid extended wait times. Cargo in a single container often processes much faster than multiple individual containers, which will all need their own checks and stops along the way. To learn more about how consolidation programs benefit our customers, check out our recent blog.
Hit the Books (or Our Inbox)
For those who import or export goods, dealing with customs can cause a lot of delays. If items aren’t properly labeled, accounted for, and categorized, shipments could be stalled or even returned to the sender.
Organizations can lower the chance of these outcomes happening by digging into the details. Researching Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes, importer responsibilities, and updated customs regulations can equip customers with the information they need to avoid delays at the border.
When in doubt, our customs brokerage team can provide answers, resources, and advice to help streamline the process. In addition, TOC Logistics is a CTPAT partner, which means our customers can enjoy shorter wait times at the border, front-of-the-line inspections, and more.
Track Shipments in Real-Time
With the EU market being down to 80% capacity, experts estimate that volume is up 120%, meaning around every third shipment is left with no means for transportation. When conditions change quickly, it’s important to keep an entire supply chain updated. The updates allow other parts of the chain to prepare for incoming cargo as needed.
Full supply chain visibility allows for real-time analyses, accurate updates, and the ability to shift plans nimbly when necessary. Technological advancements like the Import Order Management System (iOMS) allow organizations to track every part of their supply chain, from the first mile to the last. Live data can make a world of a difference, especially when nothing about the current supply chain is certain.
Although some areas of the world are beginning to clear bottlenecks, delays across the industry will not be ending anytime soon. In the meantime, we encourage customers to take all the actions they can to set their organizations up for success. One of those tips is, of course, to reach out to our team. We’d love to help develop unique solutions for you.