Friday, 18 April 2014

Tips for a Flawless Global Supply Chain: Port Selection

Knowing how you use transportation and how it needs to work for you is essential. Working out the best use of transportation for your products and examining the position of the ports and how they interact and connect to the transportation modes you use will help you to select the right location of the port you use. The proximity is another area to evaluate. You could be wasting money by not using a port close to you or the trading partners you’re working with. Additionally, how much are you spending on transporting goods to and from the warehouse? Could you be making better use facilities that are closer in order to accommodate your cargo loads?

Working for Your Benefit
When selecting ports always evaluate the work force that will be working for your company though the services provided. Check the reputation they have regarding reliability and the customer satisfaction levels from other users of the port. The port management should have an excellent reputation and have a good reputation with their current work force.

The port restrictions should also be an important area for you to investigate. Know what the weight limits for the different cargoes and their end destinations as they do vary from city to city and throughout the different regions.

Making the Right Choice
Using the information available and asking the right questions is key to finding the right port for your requirements, once you’ve established those requirements. Always choose ports that have proven records and make use of the latest technology, such as container tracking tools and have processes in place that will save you money.

If the right choice is an inland port analyse the use of transportation so you know how much you need to spend. Investigate the carrier services that are provided at inland ports and compare the costs to discover if an inland port could save you money in the long term.

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