How does a Pre-shipment inspection work?

 

One element in the supply chain is to verify what you bought before shipping it, which is called pre-shipment inspection (PSI). These examinations are made to be certain your products meet quality standards, technical specifications, contractual requirements and ensure they are ready to be sent to their destination market.

 

A pre-shipment inspection can be arranged at any stage: at the manufacturer’s warehouse, when the importer receives the items, or when the supplier prepares the final shipment for sale.

 

The procedure is simple, but there are many subtle points that we are going to take a look at to understand how a pre-shipment inspection works. 

 

What Is Pre-Shipment Inspection?

 

Pre-shipment inspection allows you to fix any problems before receiving or paying for the product; due to inspectors checking items before shipping. These procedures occur once 100% of the order is ready to eliminate the risks. This is the last opportunity to take corrective action before your product is shipped, making it an effective tool to protect your product against costly import risks.

 

A number of obligations were included in the “Agreement on Pre-Shipment Inspection,” based on  the World Trade Organisation (WTO); stating that pre-shipment investigations should be applied according to the following principles:

 

  • The procedure should be non-discriminatory
  • Avoidance of delays
  • Pre-shipment inspection should be transparent
  • Protection of confidential business information
  • There should be no conflict of interest between the parties. 
  • Price verification based on the price of identical or similar products in the country of exportation

 

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The purposes of a pre-shipment inspection 

The pre-shipment inspection usually covers functionality, performance, durability, overall appearance, and dimensions. Some of its purposes are: 

 

  • Examine the quality, quantity, and loading of the shipment.
  • Check products for any defects.
  • Ensure products meet the safety requirements. 
  • Dimensional inspection. 
  • Documentation review.
  • Packing and marking checks.
  • Visual inspection.
  • Witness sample measurements in factory.
  • Check for appropriate handling during loading.
  • Verify the stowing, fastening, and wedging on the mode of transport.
  • Issue report for import and billing.

 

In CARGO CARE SERVICES our pre-shipment inspection offers you independent and professional verification of the quality, quantity, marking, packing, and loading of your shipments, helping you meet quality standards, technical specifications, and contractual requirements.

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What are the best practices for Equipment Packaging and Crating?

 

Generally, when you deal with machinery or equipment there is also a considerable sum of money at stake. Therefore, it’s important that these valuable assets are packaged and crated properly and carefully. So, you should make sure to take into serious consideration this topic because due to this your items are going to survive the move without any consequences.

Therefore, we are going to take a look at the best practices of  Machinery/Equipment Packaging and Crating with you, in order your items can be in the appropriate condition before the move.

Assessing Your Machinery or Equipment for Packaging and Crating

A good starting point is to gather the people in your organization who understand the item best and consider these key aspects about the project. These includes:

  • If the item can be broken down into smaller components for shipping.
  • Which items you should crate or packaging and which ones you should not.
  • If the item will be disassembled and reassembled at the destination site, if you have staff to perform that work.
  • If the item needs to be transported in a closed container, or can it tolerate exposure to the elements.
  • The weight and the dimensions.
  • If the item’s dimensions determine that it is considered an “oversize load” by any of the states or countries through which it will be carried.
  • If there is anything else the crating, packaging company will need to know to safely transport the item. You should review the manual issued by the manufacturer.

As soon as you have this resolved, you’ll have a good understanding of the scope of your equipment project.

 

Before one of our jobs

Select a Specialty Crating and Packaging Company

Not every company with the capability to haul large assets has a background in machinery packaging, crating, blocking and bracing. The best piece of advice on this subject should come from specialists in the industry.

You should look for one that has expertise in some or all of these points, as needed for your project

  • Designing and building custom crates, pallets and skids
  • Use enough cushioning material
  • ISPM 15 export crates and container loading

You also want to work with a company that can assist you to issue insurance policy if needed.

 

After!

Hire experts to take care of this job properly

You should go on and call a professional packing and crating company for help.The fact is that no one is going to do a better job of packing your items than the professionals  who do it on a daily basis.  They know how to go about this business and they will also have an unlimited supply of packaging and  crating material on their hands. So, they will surely be able to handle with packing & crating equipment easily.

Packing & crating your machinery / equipment is the way to make sure that it will arrive in great conditions. It is important to do this  in the proper  way. If not, you are probably going to waste time, money and energy, but will not achieve anything. Therefore, if you realize that you cannot cope with the load, at CARGO CARE SERVICES we have 12 years of experience, in packaging and crating, we can help you just…

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FTZ vs Bonded Warehouses: which one is the best for you?

 

For some businesses, it is better to store the merchandise in an FTZ while others will benefit from a bonded warehouse. Even though these facilities are similar, they have differences, such as the purpose of each warehouse, what you can do with the goods and limitations on storage.  So, there are a few key points to consider before making your decision, as below: 

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)

A foreign trade zone is an area located in or near US ports of entry.  FTZ is considered to be outside the customs territory of the US for the purposes of duty assessment and entry. 

These areas are excluded from paying duties when the shipment arrives. Furthermore, there are also no duties payable on re-exported products. Manufacturing is also authorised within an FTZ with no immediate duties or taxes payable. Payment of duties is only due when the merchandise enters into US territory. 

 

The benefits of using FTZs are:

 

  • Merchandise is not subject to U.S. duty or excise tax, they are paid when the goods are transferred from the zone for consumption.
  • There is an unlimited amount of time that the goods can be warehoused in a foreign trade zone, whether or not subject to duty.
  • Some tangible personal property is generally exempt from state and local ad valorem taxes.
  • Goods may be exported from the FTZ free of duty and excise tax.
  • CBP security requirements provide protection against theft.

 

bonded warehouse Work photo created by freepik – www.freepik.com   If you are storing foreign goods for export, Customs bonded warehouses could be the best choice.

Bonded Warehouses

Bonded warehouses are a building or other secured area in which imported dutiable merchandise may be stored under the direct control and supervision of the US customs officials. As with a FTZ, duties are not charged until the goods are removed for consumption and the export of the items is also duty-free.

Bonded warehouses are only allowed to hold foreign goods and manufacturing is not allowed. Under this kind of program, each product must have a customs entry filed and duties and tariffs are assessed upon entry. Moreover, customs maintains primary control of all products and determines where, when, and how they can be moved. Unlike FTZ, there is a five-year limit on products being stored in this kind of warehouse.

There are 11 different types of bonded warehouses, as well as premises that are owned or leased by the government; private warehouses for the storage of imports; and public-bonded warehouses for the storage of imported products. 

 

The benefits of using a Customs Bonded Warehouse are:

 

  • Goods stored there can be transferred between other bonded warehouses.
  • In the U.S. imported goods are permitted to be stored for up to five years. This creates a chance to delay the introduction of a product to market until there is greater demand.
  • Importers have greater control over their finances because no duty is collected until the product is withdrawn for consumption. If an importer is unable to find a buyer in the U.S., the products can be exported without paying duty.
  • Duties owed on products that have been manipulated are decided at the time of withdrawal from the bonded warehouse.

Which one is the best for you?

 

The difference between bonded warehouses and FTZ warehouses essentially is based on how much control you want over the customs process and your products. 

Bonded warehouses may look like with too many restrictions, but importers who want to sell goods domestically won’t benefit much from using FTZs.The advantages of FTZs mainly apply to shipments that will ultimately end up back overseas for sale. Shippers who depend on the domestic marketplace for retail will need to study the pros and cons of bonded warehouses.

Also if you are storing foreign goods for export, Customs bonded warehouses could be the best choice. In CARGO CARE SERVICES we count with Bonded Warehouses overall the US, contact us and we will let you know our best rates available. 

 

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How to run your warehouse efficiently?

Written by: CubiQ

 

The optimization of space and processes in a warehouse is a priority aspect, which directly influences operators’ productivity, operating costs, and the time required for the execution of tasks such as the reception and dispatch of goods.

 

For this reason, new technologies that emerge as solutions for the logistics industry come to support this process to increase its efficiency and productivity. The company that implements these technologies obtains better results and can assume a greater demand for orders without affecting delivery times and customer satisfaction.

 

An optimized warehouse is the first of the necessary steps to guarantee that the supply chain system works efficiently. It is also essential to consider that companies lose large amounts of money every year due to a lack of stock, returns, and human errors.

 

According to the magazine “Logística Supply Chain” these are some of the main technological trends for the optimization of storage in warehouses:

1. WMS (Warehouse Management System)

This technology is beneficial for the management of warehouses. It allows precise and real-time control of the operations, allowing the logistic chain to have more accurate traceability and be more agile and efficient.

It is worth noting that this tool can identify the goods and show their identification and manage the resources when they are being moved. Therefore, it allows to regulate the labor force, eliminate empty movements, and reduce operation times.

2.  SGA Systems

It is a tool that allows you to have the inventory updated and to know the quantity and exact location of each of the products stored in the warehouse in real-time. This allows for greater traceability of the existing inventory and contributes to timely decision making.

 

Technology in warehouses

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3. Voice Picking

This feature allows the operator to receive instructions through a headset and a microphone, allowing them to have both hands available to complete other tasks, improving order preparation times in the warehouses.

Additionally, from CubiQ we highlight the entry of two new technologies that revolutionize warehouse management when implemented.

4.Drones

These devices are used in storage centers for stock control since it allows the reduction and optimization of the costs involved in performing a physical stock control

The use of drones achieves a reduction in operating costs, increases the activity’s productivity, and reduces the time needed for its completion.

5. Automated measurement and cubing systems

This equipment allows the automation of a process as repetitive as the sizing of goods, allowing companies to optimize operating costs and increase its logistics chain’s productivity.

 

In CubiQ we design technology solutions that go beyond the sizing of goods, achieving a quick transcription of the label’s information using modern technologies such as OCR, contributing to the digitization of information in the warehouses of transport and logistics companies, freight consolidators, and retail operators.

 

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It is worth mentioning that significant benefits have been obtained in the retail companies that have installed CubiQ solutions in their warehouses. Among the benefits that stand out in this industry are:

 

– Optimization of storage space by an additional 25%.

– Reduction of the amount of freight by over 8%

– Reduction of up to 160% in data capture and incorporation into the WMS system times.

 

Additionally, in the cargo consolidation companies that have CubiQ in their warehouses, the processes have been optimized and costs reduced in the following way:

– Reduction of labor costs by more than 150% generating savings of approximately  USD 800.000.

– Increase in operator productivity by up to 200%.

 

Now, don’t forget! The automation of processes logistics chain’s optimization, especially in warehouses, is a must-do project because if the warehouse storage is optimal, your company can reduce unproductive time, increase operators’ productivity, reduce labor costs, and meet increasing product demands.

Now, what do you think about the automation of the logistics chain?

 

Written by: CubiQ

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Benefits of a Temperature Controlled Warehouse

Are you struggling to ship your perishable goods with complete efficiency?

If you or your customers trade products that are temperature sensitive, the assistance of a specialized company with a temperature-controlled warehouse is essential, either freezer or cooler, their importance is stronger than ever.

Without the services of such warehouses, it becomes very difficult to ship goods from one site to another. Temperature-sensitive products are mostly perishable and require a suitable environment. This may mean investing in short and long-term temperature-controlled warehouse storage, which can help to protect certain items.

What is a temperature controlled warehouse ?

Temperature-controlled warehouses are specialized in maintaining a specific temperature by incorporating a method of cooling or heating. The temperature maintained in these warehouses is approximately to be around 60-75 °F. These temperature-controlled warehouses are used to store products that need refrigeration to conserve the quality and ensure that the shelf life of the product line is maintained and reaches the final customer in perfect conditions.The types of products that require cold storage warehouses are Perishable Food and Beverages, Supplements, Makeup, pharmaceuticals, and others.

Cold Storage

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Advantages of a Temperature Controlled Warehouse

We’ve listed some of the main advantages of temperature-controlled storage and how it can benefit your business. These include:

1. Protects goods and increases shelf-life

These warehouses enable the stocking of products even during unfavorable conditions. The services offered by these warehouses ensure that the product quality does not degrade even during harsh conditions.

Moreover, other products that may need higher temperatures for storage can also need the services of temperature-controlled warehouses. The storage cells can also accommodate products that do not need refrigeration also.

2. Experienced professionals and safety

The professionals that operate these temperature-controlled warehouses have years of experience in this field. The environment inside these warehouses is very different, due to the temperature, it is not always safe or ideal to work in. However, special measures are incorporated to ensure optimum safety for the employees and for the products stored.

3. Peace of Mind and Customer Satisfaction

Shippers can now rest assured that the quality of the goods produced is maintained at all times. The final consumers also attain complete satisfaction as quality products are delivered to them.

When your supply chain has temperature-sensitive products must be functional as there is limited time to meet consumer demands. Assistance from temperature-controlled warehouses helps shippers to not worry about damages and spoilage. In this way, the risk of incurring losses is significantly mitigated.

Be sure to seek assistance from an expert third-party temperature-controlled warehouse, that’s why CARGO CARE SERVICES can help you to find overall the USA the best temperature-controlled warehouse for your needs, your products will be kept secure and in optimal condition even in adverse conditions.

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Bonded Warehouse: does your business need one?

As a freight forwarder, you may be heard about bonded warehouse. The textbook definition is ” a building or a custom-

controlled warehouse where goods are kept for processing before delivery “. It is in other words a government or private

facility previously authorized and certified well prepared to handle and keep import goods until duty taxes are paid in full.


In this opportunity, we want to talk about what is a bonded warehouse and benefits to storing your goods on them.

What is a bonded warehouse?

Also known as custom warehouses, is a highly secure facility that allows mostly importers, to store and keep their merchandise without paying customs until the goods are ready to be deliver.

 

So a bonded warehouse is a duty-free zone where your goods are store and stock in the country without formally enter to the market, so you do not have to pay import taxes or value-add taxes (VAT) until the goods are sold or markets demand it.

Benefits of the bonded warehouses

If you are not sure which warehouse is a good option for your business, we want to share some of the major benefits to store your merchandise in one of them.

Save money on taxes

As we mentioned before, the main benefit of this warehouses is its duty-free zone that provides to your goods, they will be cover for any risk and you only need to worry about the taxes when they are sold.

Excellent location

The majority of bonded warehouses are near to ports, meaning a reduction of cost of transportation, lower the chances of damaging your goods while in transportation, and save time that can be invested in other activities.

Equipped to handle any merchandise

One of the reasons to store your merchandise in a bonded warehouse is because they are designed to handle and protect any kind of product. They have different spaces with different security features, so you can store huge products, delicate product, and even the most expensive products.

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A bonded warehouse is a great option to reduce cost while your store your merchandize | Photo taken from Freepik

As you see, a contract with a bonded warehouse is a safe move to store your merchandise, it provides you with the necessary space and security features to protect.


But the most important thing is that it allows you to control your financial assets to the duty-free zone that they offer, you only need to pay the taxes of your product when they are sold.


In Cargo Care Service we have warehouses in most major US cities and near main ports/airports to offer a time-effective alternative in case of emergency and excellent service.


We know the logistics industry and we understand your issues, so we can assure you the safety of your cargo! Contact us here if you are interested in having a quote for a bonded warehouse.

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