How to manage your cargo during the COVID-19 outbreak

Many months have passed since the COVID-19 outbreak started, every aspect of our living has been changed to preserve our safety, but also, to give us the suitable conditions to continue with our normal basis.

 

Governors, following the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), have developed severalconditions and regulation to stop the spreading of the virus, but also to allow people to do their jobs in the safest way possible.

 

Speaking of the cargo industry, the lockdowns and movement restriction have affected the entire supply chain, causing massive losses for the shippers. The new challenge facing the cargo industry is to continue with the work to minimize these losses, while protecting people’s lives.

 

It could take months or years to normalize the situation, but for now we must adapt to the new way of living. In this article, we want to give you some advice on how to manage your cargo during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Keep in mind the state of your cargo

As we said before, the entire cargo industry supply chain has been affected by the outbreak, so it is important to investigate the state of your cargo and verify if it is in a good condition.


If your cargo is in storage, you need to consult the general state of the warehouse: if the protection system is operative, the fire and anti-intrusion alarms are operative and if the humidity and temperature levels are optimal to your goods. If your merchandise is perishable, you need to be extra careful with the correct store management of your goods to prevent its deterioration and a potential loss.

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With good hygiene and disinfection plan, you can return to your work place | Photo taken from Freepik

Consult the transportation

With the lockdowns of the countries, there have been a lot of delays in the shipment schedule, increasing the cost of storage and the potential damage of accumulation cargo on the warehouse. On the other hand, some shippers offer you the possibility of deviation as an alternative to accomplish the shipment schedule.


Evaluate these two scenarios and decide what benefits you prefer and minimize the potential of a loss. Whether you want to maintain your goods store or take the alternative route to complete the shipment, consult your cargo insurer about the coverage that your goods have.

Implement a good hygiene and disinfection plan

To prevent the spreading of the virus on the cargo industry, every step of the supply chain need to follow a serial of hygiene and disinfection plan. The WHO gives us some recommendations that we must follow to protect yourself and others.


  • The use of masks is vital to stop the speeding of the virus.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water every 3 hours, when there is visible dirt or when you touch a surface.
  • Disinfect all your work implements with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you receive your cargo, perform a disinfection plan on every item. Later on disinfect the workplace and finally yourself.
  • As a worker, if you feel sick, stay at home.

Communication is a must to successfully reactivate the economy, consult to your freight forwarder and cargo insurer about the state of your cargo and some recommendation to protect it. In Cargo Care Services we constantly monitor the outbreak situation and we help you to prevent any damages or losses that may affect you.

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What does a Freight or Cargo Inspector do?

Cargo transportation requires a lot of planning and logistic development to achieve its objective: transport cargo from point A to B without compromising the safety and integrity of the goods.


From the packaging, checking the condition of the goods to the verification of laws and regulations and the correct handling, block and bracing in the transport, it is required for a specific person to inspect all of these requirements.


The qualified person to handle this important job is known as Freight inspector (also known as cargo inspector). In this blog we want to talk about this job, who is, what does, and the importance of the Freight inspector.

What is a freight or cargo inspector?

A freight or cargo inspector is a person who is in charge of analyzing and verifying quantity, quality, packaging, serial or reference numbers, marks, and the overall condition of the merchandise to fulfill customer requirements besides local, national and international transport laws regulations.


A freight or cargo inspector can be specialized in a certain type of freight, for example, food or technology; meanwhile, another inspector works with a variety type of freight. In any case, both freight inspectors are capable of handling your cargo.

What does a Freight or Cargo Inspector do?

There are a lot of activities that a freight inspector needs to do, to guarantee the successful transportation of the cargo.


  • Inspect the packaging and crating of the merchandise.
  • Record all the characteristics of the cargo: type, quantity, serial number, dimensions, weight, status, and if any problems have been encountered with it.

  • Guide the crew with the management and stowing of the cargo, especially if the cargo is hazardous or delicate and going overseas.
  • Certificate that the merchandise fulfills the customer requirements.
  • Make sure that the transport conditions are good enough for the goods, such as temperature and humidity levels.
  • Make sure that the cargo is well accommodated and balanced on the transport.
  • Give solutions to any inconvenience that may occur.
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It is very important to check every specification of a cargo to successfully shipment | Photo taken from Freepik

Why is the Freight and Cargo Inspector job important?

Any violation or failure to fulfill the transport law regulation, can result in penalty for the company, making them lose a large amount of money. Also, a correct inspection can guarantee you that your merchandise does not lose, get damage or deteriorate during the shipment. Finally, the record and certificate issued from the freight and cargo inspector, can help you during the cargo insurance claims.



A good logistic team is the key to successfully ship your cargo, and the freight and cargo inspector job is essential to achieve this. It’s better to invest a small amount of money in contract freight inspector’s service, to make sure that you fulfill all the law regulations and your cargo will ship accordingly that pays a huge amount of money in penalties.


If you need an inspector for your cargo, in Cargo Care Services we can help you. We can inspect your cargo in the United State and Canada, but also, we have partners worldwide that allow us to provide this service anywhere it is needed. If you need a quote, please contact us here.

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