The five benefits of freight consolidation services in Central America
Freight consolidation services in Central America consists of placing goods from several exporters within the same container to form what is known as “consolidated shipments.”
Cargo in such shipments must have the same destination or, at least, must have a delivery scheduled along the same route. When cargo transited by companies providing freight consolidation services in Central America reaches its destination, containers are deconsolidated, and the delivery of the goods is carried out individually.
There are five principal benefits to be gained by freight consolidation services in Central America. Among them are:
Lower Operating Costs
If a container is not full, companies and other shippers usually have to pay the full cost. Moving a less than container load costs the same as transporting a full load.
Consolidated freight services in Central America overcome this problem. Under this scenario, companies such as the Central American Group’s Loginter gather various types of cargo from different shippers. Doing this makes better use of available space and reduces transportation costs.
LCLs (less than container loads) and LTLs (less than truckloads) are charged by volume instead of by a flat container rate. In addition to cost savings, there is a reduction in the fuel used and logistics services procured. This benefits the functioning of the entire supply chain.
Lower Capital Costs
Supporting an independent process of shipping goods involves the undertaking of significant capital expenditures. The establishment of storage, distribution, and transport centers and facilities requires significant investments. These costs can be reduced by utilizing third-party freight consolidation services in Central America. Contracting with a company that is responsible for logistics and transportation that can move goods from several shippers together in one or more containers can minimize costs and save valuable financial resources.
When a shipper focuses only on his or her own logistics needs, the range of transportation options that are available is frequently limited. With freight consolidation services in the region, there are more possibilities. The conveyance of goods can be made using several different modes of transport. Having transportation options available is important due to the strategic importance of logistics activities. The optimization of efforts in this area can be a key component for the success or failure of a business.
Because small shipments involve multiple contact points, the distribution process for an LTL shipment involves much more risk than with consolidated transport. An entire container is much more secure than conveyances that are carrying multiple small shipments. The more times that merchandise is exposed, the greater is the likelihood that it will be, lost, or stolen.
Flexibility and Speed
A strategy for freight consolidation services in Central America provides the means for fast and timely delivery, without having to wait to gather more orders or merchandise to fill a container. With consolidated cargo transport, the shipper can expedite delivery to its customers. Load consolidation makes flexible and faster delivery more economical and helps to meet customers’ expectations for delivery.
A cargo agent that is able to provide freight consolidation services in Central America can be a valuable partner. The Central American Group’s member company, Loginter, is capable of assisting international shippers in this area as well can provide:
- Domestic and international air, sea, and land transportation;
- Receipt of goods services;
- Internet-based warehouse and inventory control:
- Regional and international distribution;
- Goods selection and shipment (pick and pack);
- Multi-modal transportation;
- Labeling and assembly of goods;
- Packing and repacking;
- Customs services.
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