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How to Choose a Transloading Partner

by dannyadmin on August 27, 2014

Unless you’re already deeply involved in shipping and the freight business, you may be unaware of the term transloading. If you’re aware of it, then you know it’s one of the most crucial aspects of freight transport – and one of the most frustrating to arrange for. Sifting through transloading companies is a challenge because there are several things you need to look for.

 

Experience

 

Your first box to tick is experience: Does the freight company you’re looking at have experience with transloading (or other related services such as break bulk services)? It’s a simple thing to require and yet many freight and trucking companies fail, listing transloading services as an afterthought or simply to be completist, not because they actually have experience and skill in the field.

 

Storage Space

 

Transloading usually requires ample warehousing space, and a split between dry warehousing and refrigerated warehousing. It won’t matter how skilled the company is at handling your cargo if they don’t have sufficient space to store it for as long as you need to make arrangements for the next leg of its journey.

 

Methods

 

Whether it’s break bulk services, warehousing or straightforward transloading, the key is always to minimize handling as a way to minimize breakage and spoilage. You’ll always want to ensure that your goods are handled as minimally and non-invasively as possible – and not all transloading handling policies and methods are created equal. Don’t hesitate to demand an in-depth explanation of how the company will handle your cargo so you can be sure it’s being handled as little as possible.

 

Transloading is almost always necessary at some point in your freight’s journey – but it can be a breaking point in the process if you don’t choose your partners carefully. Due diligence is always a must.

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