Corsair Logistics is a leading land-side shipping, warehousing, and logistics solution provider based in Durban, South Africa. Logistics is an extremely broad field with many practices and regulations that tend to raise questions among the public.
Shipping Imported and Exported Goods To and From Africa?
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, and our answers to them.
What Can I Ship?
Anything really! We deal with large bulk shipments, so we handle all palletised and tank transport. We would be happy to discuss the details with you.
What’s The Difference Between a Freight Forwarder and a Broker?
The freight forwarder acts as an intermediary between shippers, freighting companies, and the recipients of shipments. Through a range of services, it organises shipments for companies to get their goods to its destination. A forwarder physically takes charge of shipments and arranges their further distribution. Brokers perform similar functions in some respects, except they never take possession of their clients’ goods, acting more as a facilitator between the various players in the supply chain. Forwarders generally provide end-to-end solutions, while brokers tend to be limited to arranging transport, connecting cargo owners to shipping lines, and outsourcing various transportation activities. Forwarders have their own bills of lading, while brokers generally don’t.
What’s The Best Way To Mitigate Risk When Shipping Goods?
This is quite a large question but we will try to answer as briefly as possible. There are several risks to consider as a shipper but these can be mitigated with the following steps: exercise due diligence when choosing a carrier (trust the experience of your forwarder or broker here as well); be a stickler for paperwork and pay special attention to bills of lading and waybills; communicate clearly with everyone in the chain, including the broker, forwarder, shipping company and recipient. Make sure you have sufficient insurance coverage and be aware of who is liable for losses and damage and to what degree.
What is Land-Side Shipping?
Land-side connections are simply the shipping, logistics and warehousing arrangements that are made to move cargo from ocean liners to destinations on land, whether by road or air.
Who is Liable When Goods Are Lost In Shipment?
This usually depends on the specifics of the shipment in question. For the most part, shipping companies have limited liability, meaning that only a portion of your loss would be covered by them. The best action to take would be to insure your shipment, which your forwarders or brokers would be able to arrange.
For Your Shipping Needs, Contact Corsair Logistics
We have no doubt that you have more questions about shipping and logistics and we would be happy to answer them. Read our blog or contact us to find out more about the industry in general and the specific solutions we can offer you.