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Digging up into logistic plan for importing goods is the important step, once you're ready with your business plan. Successful logistic management requires proper documentation and physical presence when arriving the merchandise. That's also the reason for which many businesses choose a third party who manages logistics related activities like freight forwarder or customs agents.
The establishment of standard terms and conditions related to import of goods is mandetory which shows the pricing, quantity of shipping. A sales confirmation/proforma invoice is drafted by the seller, once the both parties become agree upon the terms and conditions. This sales confirmation is signed by the importer and functions as legal contract between the two. It can be lengthy as per the stipulations between exporter and importer as well as per the size of order. What exactly details it should cover-
The destination port
Country of shipment origin
Names and addresses of exporter and importer
Mode of dispatch
Date of invoice
Products quantity either in number of packings, volume or weight.
Description of the products including quality.
Price of products in currency used during exchange.
Other documents used-
Invoices from exporter like commercial
Invoice and consular invoice
Certificate of origin
Certificates of inspection
A detail about various types of documents used during import, is given here.
There are some online web-applications which helps in submission of import documentation to customs and are used by freight forwarders and customs brokers. These resources can be used by the companies who will to manage the logestics by itself.
Important Logistic Considerations
Special economy zones
Products imported maybe for different end uses like it maybe manufacturing components or already end user product. As different route may require a different economy zone for import, determining this factor before the import, is necessary. Using such 'zones' can save the importer from many tariffs assessed on their products.
Packaging of products
There are certain packaging rules that should be followed for on time import. As shipment with incorrect packaging maybe stopped by customs and can cause the delay in clearance. Best help regarding packaging guidelines can be given by the third party or customs authorities.
Importer must be sure about the insurance and correct packaging of goods. A nice chain of communication with exporters will be very helpful. Make them know about all the requirements of customs in your country. Clear marking on products helps customs officials in identification and being sure about the proper processing of goods. If there's any error in marking it could cause delay your shipment.
Mode of Delivery
Depending upon the size of order, shipment can be done either by air, ocean, rail or road. Also it's depends on the origin of shipment. Smaller shipments can be made by air, while larger shipment can be made by sea or other mode. There is variety of modes for large shipment. Customs agents track the shipment and take charge of cargo when its arrived at destination port. All documentations of import and other shipment details are arranged by such brokers. They also handle any packaging requirement occurs at customs.
Different insurance options are available in each transport mode. It depends on route you take for import. There are different qualified companies in the market who provide marine insurance. You can reach them through Tradeport service center.
Third party like freight forwarder are very helpful in tracking the shipments if there's delay in shipment.