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Planning of an airfreight shipment

In our last blog we have discussed the elements of the freight quote. Today we will move forward. Assume the quote is accepted and load is tendered to the shipping agent. What happens next?

I would split air shipping in three main stages:

1.    Before arrival at origin airport
2.    Between origin and destination airports
3.    After arrival at destination airport

Nevertheless type of goods – flippable bars or live elephant the first thing the forwarder does, after your confirmation call is a routing plan.  This plan includes

•    How and when to arrange pick-up
•    What paperwork is needed
•    Which airline shall be used
•    Booking with the airline
•    Organizing of the destination service
•    Scheduling all of the above

Though the steps seem equal the details make the whole difference.

We can schedule pick-up of our two flippable bars easily with consolidation service or with a dedicated loading depending only on the urgency of their shipping. From the other side planning for movement of the elephant includes always special transportation from its cage in the circus to the airport. And this transportation should respond to very specific requirements taking into consideration such factors as type of the elephant, its size and weight, its training and acclimatization, length of travel, drainage for the urine and I am sure thousand of other factors.

Paperwork needed for our bars is only one commercial invoice and eventually a packing list but for the elephant we need a whole War and Peace trilogy of paper in order to be able to move our friend to fly to the place of its performance.
Booking an airline for the bars will take only two considerations – does the carrier operate to the country where we want our bars delivered and what is the price.  Elephant shipping requires that we firstly find an airline which is specialized in transportation of live animals and not every airline does this.  And this airline might not be near us. Imagine the elephant is in Sofia, Bulgaria and this airline can move from Frankfurt only.  Than the pick-up becomes very complex issue which should take into consideration many factors including crossing several countries with differences in their regulations for transport of live animals.

Organizing of destination service means that someone should meet your load in the destination and arrange all of the formalities as well as physical delivery of the goods to the final destination.  In any way the origin forwarder should previously know what the destination organization will be.  Is it the consignee who will take care for destination airport processing or it will be another forwarder who will be operating on behalf of the consignee.  And if for the flippable bars it can be decided on the move the destination organization for the elephant should be put in place well in advance before elephants departure from the origin.

And at the end – all of the above tasks – no matter it is about movement of nice logo printed flippable bars or a live elephant in order to have perfect service – we need to have perfect timing of performance of the above procedures. And perfect timing actually makes the difference.

If you care how your loads will move, no matter what is the commodity , please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information on KG CARGO freight forwarding service please contact us.

Airfreight to Russia

Russia is the biggest country in the world. It encompasses one sixth of the world’s land spreading in eleven time zones. Add to this heavy customs procedures and you will realize what challenge is to send shipments – especially small ones to places within Russia away from the big cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

We in KG CARGO however have solution for your small shipments which need to reach remote areas of this country.

Enjoying contacts and contracts with several airlines who deliver freight to Russian Federation, we are able to arrange transportation of your goods not only to Moscow and St.Petersburg but also to cities of Ekaterinburg, Nizhni Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Krasnodar, Kazan, and many other.

For quotations and requests for airfreight rates from Bulgaria to Russia please do not hesitate to contact the Bulgarian freight forwarder KG CARGO.

For more information on KG CARGO freight forwarding service please contact us.

Courier or freight forwarder ?

What is the difference between freight forwarder and a courier?  I have been often asked that question. Well, from operational point of view the difference is tremendous but from customers point of view the difference is none. Why?

The customer perception is that both couriers and forwarders offer the same service – delivery of shipments from one point to another. And this is really the case. But the courier does it one way and the forwarder does it in another.

Normally couriers supply door-to-door services and they operate in their own systems or connect to specially organized systems.  This networks, are integrated and in-separable as processes. That is why couriers are often called integrators.
Once your shipment gets in this network it is delivered to the address shown on the airwaybill and the customer has no control on it. This appears to be very economic and efficient way for smaller shipments because there is no accumulation of all minimum rates which the forwarder should charge if the same service is offered through forwarder. Actually for small shipments, couriers benefit from the change of fixed cost involved into variable – per kilo or per shipment cost.
This is one of the reasons why couriers have tarrifs which show cost country to country.

From the other side, if your shipment is relatively big the courier networks are not suitable because then the variable costs involved become higher compared to the cost which forwarder calculates for separate shipment. Also if customer’s terms of trade are different from CIF, DDU or EXW than the couriers are unable to separate which at the end in practice changes the delivery terms. If you have sold small commercial shipment on terms of delivery FOB Sofia airport and have moved it with a courier from Sofia to Sao Paolo for example in practice you cannot split the cost from your warehouse to the airport through which the courier operates (it might be not Sofia) and which is more important you cannot split the liabilities caused from the terms of delivery.

Here we have the forwarders involved. The forwarder will consider your specific shipment with its specific parameters – weight, commodity, dimensions, stackability, customs value etc. and will move it in the most appropriate way taking in consideration all of the peculiarities of your freight.  Forwarder can build you routing or package of interrelated services which will respond to customer’s terms of sale and if the shipment is bigger forwarder will offer the benefits of moving bigger shipment on specially dedicated routing for this particular shipment.

This way of operations is reflected in the way forwarders provide their rates – per kilo, per weight break per CBM very often quoting the taxes for handling, customs processing etc.

So from one side we have couriers, with their integrated but also encapsulated networks – effective for smaller parcels and expensive for bigger and from the other side we have freight forwarders with their flexible systems – more expensive for smaller shipments but providing flexibility for bigger or special freights (like hazardous material for example)

Whom to choose?  Here is a short advise which may assist you when you take decision.

If you have shipments which is considered as general cargo and weights less than 10 kilos – couriers in 90% of cases will provide more effective service.  If you do not have special requirements for delivery to the final destination, if your shipments is not valuable, if your shipment is not considered dangerous goods – with few exceptions – yes, take the courier.

However if your have some specifics in the terms of delivery, your shipments is considered hazmat, or it weights more than 20 kilos. If you want some one to make very special delivery outside the operational window of the courier or if you are moving valuables or live animals – than forwarders are your choice.

In order to satisfy this wide range of requirements and specifics we in KG CARGO have special contracts not only with leading air and ocean carriers but we have good relations with couriers like DHL such being able to satisfy often contradicting requirements of our customers and partners providing the benefits of the two approaches – the courier and the forwarder’s

The Bulgarian freight forwarding company KG CARGO considers any and each of your requirements for reliable delivery on acceptable cost and tranzit time.  If you want to ship a load from Bulgaria or if you want your loads into Bulgaria properly handled please contact us and we will come with  a solution to you.

You can also use our special air freight transportation rate request form which is designed in a way to lead you in the process of providing proper information for your intended shipments which results in better prices and more appropriate handling and routing.

For more information on KG CARGO freight forwarding service please contact us.