Freight Forwarding News & Insights
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As of 1 January 2019, duty rates for all tariff categories covered under the ChAFTA agreement will be duty free.
In the global logistics environment, everyone is talking about supply chain visibility and control. Supply chain visibility simply means having the right information, when you need it, so you can act on it. Getting this information is a challenge, or near on impossible when you don’t have the right systems to support you.
Speed to Market has become so important that the cost to deliver has become a secondary consideration in supply chain logistics and specialist airfreight is now a critical component to delivering Fast Fashion. However, if you don’t have a partner with super-sized red tape scissors to help you cut through the complexities of Air, then you could be putting you behind your competition.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms in recent weeks have caused havoc across China, with floods along major rivers destroying bridges, blocking roads and railways and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. As a result, waiting times in impacted ports, including Shanghai and Ningbo, have increased considerably.
Fast food, fast internet, fast coffee … it seems everything needs to be delivered to us fast these days. We’re moving into an age where everything is driven by speed, and the Rag trade is feeling the pressure to deliver ‘Fast Fashion’ more than ever. With tech-savvy Millennials and time-poor consumers searching for more convenient ways to get what they want, when they want it, Speed to Market (STM) has become so important that Cost has become a secondary consideration.
How do you know if your Freight Forwarder is giving you the best possible service? There are a number of symptoms of freight & logistics stress. To get to the bottom of them you need only ask a few simple questions:
Supply chains today are incredibly complex. The need for trust and confidence between the people and organisations involved has never been more important. That’s why we sought and attained Australian Trusted Trader accreditation.
Getting the right deal is based on your point of view and the importance you place on your supply chain. It depends on the nature of your supply chain, what type of service you need and the focus and attention you place on supply chain optimisation. In short, it depends on you. The saying “you get what you pay for” has never been more relevant than in the current market conditions. The costs and business consequences of something going wrong can far outweigh a minor saving in rates.
Finding a happy medium between price and service is the Holy Grail when it comes to most things. Cutting supply chain cost and optimising your logistics service is no exception. Ideally, logistics partners should do more than simply move the freight. They should be extension of your organisation, guiding your supply chain operations in line with your strategy. In short, they should ‘have your back’.
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has again changed the format of packing declarations as a result of bamboo being classified as an acceptable packaging material. Bamboo packaging is now acceptable provided it is treated by an approved method prior to export or on arrival and does not need to be declared as unacceptable packaging.
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