15 May

How To Choose A Shipping Company

Most people might say that cost should be the number one option to choose a shipping company. While cost should be considered, it should not be the sole reason based on which a shipping service provider is considered. There are other factors to consider when your vehicle or goods are entrusted to a service provider. The terms of service, coverage for damages that can be incurred, timeliness of service, reliable network of transport services and liaison with the authorities to ensure smooth transportation of goods are what separate an efficient shipping company from another.
Domestic VS. overseas shipping
If you are considering moving your goods from one part of a country to another, any local service provider can be considered with a good rating in the market. However, shipment to another country is another ball game altogether. There is additional paperwork necessary that needs to be cleared and only established international removalists service providers have a ready network to get all legalities cleared for shipment of goods of their customers from one country to another. Many domestic services also tie up with international shipping operators to provide international moving services.
Look out for scams
While the internet makes it easy to find relocation companies for moving your goods, you need to ensure reliability and authenticity of a service before you negotiate terms and make payments. Some companies ask for a non refundable deposit that needs to be paid upfront before the rest of the contract is drawn up. That should raise concern among customers. One should speak to the customer representatives of a shipping company and agree to pay a credit amount that should be adjusted with the final payment or deposit and a testimony should be provided in writing.
Inspection of goods
If you are shipping your car or other goods, you need to inspect the goods or the vehicle at the time of shipping as well as when the goods reach the destination. In case any damage is noted, the resprentatiuve of the shipping company should hand out a form which can be filled to note the damages seen and to seek adjustment for the damages against the insurance coverage paid for the same.
Look for business ratings

While every service listed online claim to be the best, you need an independent forum where you can find out the reality about a shipping company’s service and where it stands. The Better Business Bureau is one reliable forum where one can check the rating of a shipping company. If the company is listed and rated here, you can proceed with peace of mind, knowing the genuine existence of the company and that it will follow industry standards in the shipping industry.