If your business needs to ship physical products to international customers, it’s essential that they get there quickly, safely, cost-effectively and, wherever possible, in an eco-friendly way.
There are a few things to bear in mind:
- Consider your minimum and maximum shipment sizes. Increased distances lead to increased costs and it is important to ensure that you will still be able to protect your profits.
- Identify the best mode of transport for your product to ensure it arrives safely, securely and on time.
- What would be the consequences of any delays in shipping? Are your products perishable or is there a specific reason why they might need to arrive within a certain time frame.
- It is also worth investigating whether other local companies are regularly shipping goods to your chosen market. A mutually beneficial partnership arrangement could lead to significant cost savings.
- Compare prices and conditions with transport companies / freight forwarders.
- Negotiate with clients regarding the frequency of delivery and minimum order quantities to ensure it is economically viable.