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What Is C-TPAT and How Can It Benefit International Trade?

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and What It Means For Your Shipping Business

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary program run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The name may be a mouthful, but the program works to make the shipping industry a safer place for everyone involved. Together with some of the major players in the shipping industry, such as importers, carriers, manufacturers, licensed Customs Brokers, and logistics agencies, the CBP works to combat terrorism internationally.

What Exactly Is The C-TPAT Initiative?

The CBP takes its responsibility to enforce border security and fortify international supply chains very seriously. The C-TPAT was originally launched in November 2001 and has grown exponentially since, with over 10,000 certified partners currently engaged in the program. This joint government-business partnership with the trade industry works to minimize security gaps and reduce the risk of terrorism and other dangers. Almost half of the participating members of C-TPAT are importers, as they can help to make the biggest difference to protect the supply chain and execute any necessary security measures.

Who Can Join the C-TPAT?

Almost anyone involved in some aspect of the trade community can be accepted into the C-TPAT program. There are currently 11,400 certified partners that include:

  • Air carriers
  • Consolidators
  • Cross-border highway carriers
  • Marine port authorities
  • Ocean carriers
  • Rail carriers
  • Terminal operators
  • Third-party logistics (3PL) companies

As of yet, the program is still unavailable to exporters. However, the CBP recently published the list of requirements for US exporters so they can officially participate in the program. In time, the C-TPAT initiative will expand to exporters as well.

Why Join the C-TPAT?

In addition to helping maintain the integrity of the trade industry and the shipping community everywhere, joining the C-TPAT can be beneficial for your company. Accepted members can enjoy a reduction in some fees, an increase in the speed of freight, and shortened wait times. Other potential benefits include:

  • Right to use the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) lanes at land borders.
  • Priority processing and the ability to skip inspections lines whenever possible.
  • Fewer delays and short wait times at land and ocean borders.
  • Access to C-TPAT Status Verification Interface.
  • Assignment of a C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS) to your company.
  • Reduced CBP inspections and exemptions from Stratified Exams (SEs).
  • Potential eligibility to partake in the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA).

Shaping the Shipping Industry

Keeping the trade community safe from terrorist threats and other safety concerns is incredibly important for everyone involved, including consumers. Without a secure supply chain, the shipping industry can see a hindrance to successful operations. By default, this can trickle down and affect customers that rely on imported goods to thrive.

As a certified global logistics company and a proud member of C-TPAT, we offer a wide range of services, including ocean shipping services, warehousing and distribution, and licensed Customs Brokers. Contact us at 1-877-776-6799 to receive your free quote today!

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Discover How Freight Containers Shaped Intermodal Transportation

The History of Containerization and Its Impact on The Shipping Industry

Have you ever wondered how the everyday shipping process used today came to be? 62 years ago, the modern shipping container was introduced, revolutionizing the freight industry and forever changing the way goods were shipped.

The idea of using some sort of box to hold items throughout their journey wasn’t exactly new; the idea started to arise around World War II when pallets were used to transport military resources. However, it was not until the 1950s when American trucking entrepreneur Malcom P. McLean introduced containerization, a method that changed the shipping industry forever.

The Birth of Containerization

In April of 1956, Malcom McLean made the first of many trips on the Ideal X, a converted war tanker that was equipped to hold over 50 metal container boxes. Over the years, this method of containerization would evolve to become the standard for intermodal transportation. In 1961, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) set the standard sizes for shipping containers that are still used today.

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This method of shipping quickly took the freight forwarding field by storm. With containers that could be seamlessly moved from truck to ship to train, it minimizes interruptions between shipping methods. This brought change to more than just the shipping industry. With a standardized method being adopted on a global level, it allowed the ships, trucks, and trains that transported these containers to be built around certain specifications.

Rather than having to take apart shipments and reload them into the next method of transport, containers could be stacked comfortably and moved from vessel to vessel without difficulty. In the 60 years since its introduction, containerization has helped shape the way bulk shipping is handled.

Influence on Intermodalism

Intermodal transport occurs when goods are transported to their destination using a number of various transportation methods. Most commonly, this includes some form of land and sea travel. While intermodal transportation was not a relatively new thing, it wasn’t until McLean’s introduction of the modern shipping container that it really took off. In addition to the standard size implemented by the ISO, shipping containers must be properly loaded as per the industry guide. This is to ensure the safety of the merchandise as well as the transportation systems and docks. The shipping containers themselves are constructed of highly durable materials such as steel to ensure sturdiness and longevity.

Intermodal transport allowed shippers to send their goods long distances for a more affordable cost; the price of fuel for trains and ships is typically cheaper than other forms of long-distance shipping methods. In today’s world, it is an excellent choice for importers that are:

  • Sending continuous bulk shipments to the same location.
  • Shipping intermediate and finished goods in load units of less than 25 tons.
  • Shipping freight across more than 300 miles, or the equivalent of one day via truck.

The Future of Freight Forwarding

Without recognizing the history of global logistics, we would never be able to understand just how far we have come. Thanks to advances in technology over the last 50 years, we have been able to truly evolve the container and, in turn, how we do intermodal transportation.

At Promptus LLC, we have a number of dedicated services available to assist your importing and exporting business. To learn more about our services and to receive a free quote, contact us today at 1-877-776-6799.

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Understanding the Incoterms 2010: The Latest Rules and Regulations

Stay Up-to-Date with the Most Recent International Commerce Terms

If you have ever engaged in any sort of international commerce dealings, you are likely familiar with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The aptly named Incoterms are a regularly updated guide to the International Commerce terms that are used all over the world. The goal of the Incoterms is to avoid communication issues due to language barriers.

Instead, everyone who is involved in some aspects of the transportation or shipping of goods internationally can follow the same guide to understand the general rules. Originally published in 1936, they have been periodically revised to essentially make understanding important terms a little easier for everyone. The most recent edition was published on Jan. 1, 2011 and is dubbed the Incoterms 2010.

In the Incoterms 2010, the guide was updated to reflect a few changes. To read the text in its entirety, a complete copy can be obtained from the ICC Store.

Most Recent Changes to the Incoterms

The goal of the Incoterms is to help reduce confusion and miscommunications between importers and exporters from different countries. As such, the ICC is always looking for better ways to improve it and minimize confusions between parties. In the eighth and most recent guide, significant changes were made in two areas:

  1. How many categories the Incoterms are divided into. In the previous version, they were subdivided into four categories, but in the 2010 version, there are only two categories, separated only by the method of delivery.
  2. The number of rules. In the 2000 version, there were 13, which have been cut down to 11 in the Incoterms 2010.
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Brief Review of Incoterms 2010

Rules for Any Mode or Modes of Transport

  • EXW: Ex Works. This term refers to goods that are at the disposal of the buyer at a location determined or owned by the seller. The seller is not responsible for loading the goods or clearing them for export.
  • FCA: Free Carrier. This means that the seller is responsible for delivering the merchandise to the buyer (or an approved proxy for the buyer). The guide urges both parties to clearly specify the place of delivery, as the risk will be solely on the buyer.
  • CPT: Carriage Paid To. This term means that the seller is in charge of delivering the merchandise to a place agreed. The seller will be responsible for paying the costs of carriage and any relative fees.
  • CIP. Carriage and Insurance Paid To. Similar to the above term, this means that the seller is responsible for ensuring delivery and paying the costs of carriage to the carrier. In addition, the seller will pay for and contract insurance to cover damage or loss of the goods during delivery.
  • DAT. Delivered At Terminal. This term means that the goods are to be delivered, unloaded, and placed at the buyer’s disposal at the seller’s risk. A ‘terminal’ can be a place such as a warehouse, container yard, or cargo terminal.
  • DAP. Delivered at Place. Like the term above, this means that the seller is responsible for placing the goods at the buyer’s disposal upon import. The seller assumes responsibility for all risks involved.
  • DDP. Delivered Duty Paid. This term means that the seller is in charge of delivering the goods to the buyer after clearing them for import upon arrival and unloading at the agreed destination. The seller will be responsible for the costs and risks associated with delivering the goods and will be required to pay any import and export duty on all merchandise.

Rules for Sea and Inland Waterway Transport

  • FAS. Free Alongside Ship. This term means that the goods are considered delivered by the seller upon placement alongside the shipping vessel decided by the buyer at the determined port of shipment. Once the goods are in the buyer’s possession, they assume all risks and costs associated with the goods.
  • FOB. Free On Board. This means that the seller must deliver the merchandise onto the vessel decided by the buyer at the predetermined port. Once the goods have been delivered on board the vessel, all responsibility shifts to the buyer.
  • CFR. Cost and Freight. This term means the seller must deliver the goods to the vessel determined by the buyer at the designated port. The seller is responsible for paying the costs and freight that may have been incurred to transport the goods to the port of destination.
  • CIF. Cost, Insurance, and Freight. Similar to the term above, this means that the seller is responsible for ensuring the goods are delivered on board the vessel at the port determined by the buyer. The seller will be responsible for contracting the transportation of the merchandise to the port and is in charge of paying any costs that may have been incurred. The seller will also be responsible for contracting and paying out an insurance policy in the event that the goods are lost or damaged. Once the merchandise has been delivered on board the vessel, the responsibility of any risk transfers to the buyer.

Need Help? Consider a Customs Broker

While the goals of the Incoterms are to help reduce any uncertainty and clarify any misunderstandings within the international shipping industry, we understand that it can sometimes be difficult to grasp their understanding. Promptus LLC is here to help!

We have a team of highly-trained and knowledgeable Customs Brokers available to help decipher any and all things related to the import and export field. While the Incoterms 2010 is not the law, they are internationally recognized and are widely used by importers and exporters all over the world. We are conveniently located just north of the bustling Miami Pier and have access to an array of dedicated global logistics options. Contact us today to learn more about our ocean shipping and freight forwarding services!

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How Severe Weather and Natural Disasters Disrupt Logistics

Minimize the Impact of Disruptive Weather Patterns

When it comes to climate patterns, nobody can truly foresee the damage that severe weather and natural disasters can inflict – especially when it comes to importing and exporting goods. Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can follow to help your business prepare for the worst, or better yet, plan for how to proceed during an emergency weather situation.

Assessing Weather and Disaster Risks

The UNSIDR (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) defines a disaster as “a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society at any scale due to hazardous events interacting with conditions of exposure, vulnerability, and capacity, leading to one or more of the following: human, material, economic and environmental losses and impacts.”

In layman’s terms, this means any devastating incident that disrupts everyday operation in any given area that cannot be resolved with local resources alone.

These disasters can occur due to a number of reasons, including geographical, meteorological, climatic, biological, hydrological, or even space-related. In most cases, a severe weather occurrence or a natural disaster will include disasters from numerous categories, such as a hurricane with severe flooding or heat waves with tornados. In any case, it is important to have systems in place that can be activated in case of one of these events.

Severe weather has been known to affect logistics, as well, with global supply chain management disruptions rising 29% since 2012. According to the 2017 Global Risks Report, extreme weather is considered a top risk. This may also be due in part to companies’ failure to properly prepare for the threat associated with severe weather warnings. TheStreet reports trucking companies in the United States lose an estimated $2.2 to $3.5 million annually because of weather delays. That’s a lot of money!

So what can you do to help your business be protected and prepared when severe weather or a natural disaster strikes? Discuss a plan of action.

Create a Contingency Plan

While there is very little you can do to sway the weather, you can take steps to ensure your import or export business doesn’t suffer too greatly from delays or damage. Take the time to develop a course of action that you and your employees should refer to in the event of a disaster or severe weather conditions. This arrangement is typically known as a disaster risk management plan. Here are some tips when creating your risk management plan that can help to minimize disruptions in your services.

  • Assess the Risk. While it is impossible to always plan for weather accurately, you can absolutely do your part to stay on top of potential impacts, like tornado, hurricane, or flood warnings by your local meteorologists. Determine where the risk is coming and what part of your logistics will be affected. Be aware of various threats and risks and have multiple ways to move forward in lieu of them.
  • Prepare in Advance. You should never wait until a disaster strikes to attempt to collect the supplies or materials you need. Instead, accumulate extra fuel, parts, equipment, and any necessary items ahead of time. You can always make additional preparations in light of any potential risks. For example, having copies of any important data either in the cloud or stored at an off-site location can help in the event of physical damage to your location.
  • Discuss a Plan of Action. The mitigation process will essentially decide how your company reacts to a natural disaster or unexpected weather. How will you communicate with employees if cell towers are down? How will you notify your customers of potential delays or complications? Will your supplier or your shipments be affected? Ask yourself questions that you may have to consider in a disaster situation so your operations don’t suffer.
  • Response and Recovery. Once the situation has been resolved or the disaster has been addressed, you will need to go into a recovery response mode. This means repairing any issues or services that have been impaired, doing any necessary damage control, and trying to maintain as many operational systems as possible. This process may involve repairs, especially if you have been personally affected by dangerous weather conditions. Consider the most cost-effective way to get your company up and running at its full capacity again as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Protect Yourself With Premier Logistics Services

At Promptus LLC, we are a multi-industry logistics company that works with a number of importers and exporters all over the globe. This requires us to stay on top of weather patterns in various areas throughout the world and to have multiple disaster management plans in place in the event that weather catastrophe occurs unexpectedly.

For the 15 years we have been in service, we have made it a point to employ the most advanced technology available to maximize efficiency for both our clients and us. Our headquarters are located in Miramar, FL, an area prone to hurricanes, so we are well experienced and wholly prepared to withstand powerful nature storms and weather disasters. We have plans of action in place to help minimize the risk of damage during weather emergencies. Call us today to get your free freight forwarding quote!

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Hazardous Materials: What They Are & How to Handle Them

Properly Prepare Handling Instructions, Labeling, and Documentation

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When many people think of hazardous materials, they picture radioactive liquids and dangerous materials. While these are definitely proper examples, they also include materials and goods that most people don’t think to consider – we will address these below. Because of this, many shippers find that they incur safety violations and costly fines because they did not comply with the necessary paperwork or labeling requirements.

In fact, one of the most frequently cited safety violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations is the shipper failing to accurately declare the hazardous material on their associated shipping documentation.

What are Hazardous Materials?

Hazardous materials may sound intimidating, but they are made up of items that are essential to our economies, such as batteries, paint, and even perfume.

Following proper protocol when shipping hazardous materials is important not only to avoid hefty penalties but also to ensure the safety of all the parties involved in transporting, packaging, and handling the items. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in accordance with a number of other transport and travel authorities across the globe, have deemed the following items as hazardous, classified in various levels by threat and danger level.

  1. Explosives
  2. Gases
  3. Flammable Liquids
  4. Flammable Solids
  5. Toxic & Infectious Substances
  6. Radioactive Material
  7. Corrosives
  8. Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

Within each classification are three packing groups: I, II, & III.

  • Packing Group I hold the HazMats with the greatest risk and therefore the most regulated.
  • Packing Group II presents items with a moderate risk and moderate regulation.
  • Packing Group III has the least risk and is the least regulated.

No matter what the use or type of hazardous material, they should always be handled with care. This means carefully complying with any necessary special regulations and procedures.

Proper Packaging and Paperwork

Naturally, hazardous materials pose a general risk, as the materials within are, after all, hazardous. The idea behind such stringent packing requirements is to help minimize the potential hazard of the materials being transported. UN-certified packaging is available to make the lives of shippers and freight forwarders everywhere a little easier. These shipping materials are subjected to extensive testing, including drop tests, stack tests, vibration tests, water absorption tests, and pressure differential tests. However, in order to know what type of packaging is required, you will have to know more about the materials inside.

Packaging

On the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) website, improperly secured packages are listed at the number one HazMat violation in roadside inspections. In order to determine the proper packaging, you will need to have information on the method of transport being used. For example, copies of International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations if the HazMats will be shipped using air transport. You can refer to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for ground transport information. Be sure that any necessary hazard statements, pictograms, or descriptions are clearly visible and that all of the materials inside were properly stored and packaged in the appropriate drums, shipping canisters, or leak-proof bagging.

A packaging construction system developed by the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods is available, known as the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). To ensure that a HazMat shipment is not subjected to any fines or violations, the shipper must be responsible for guaranteeing that the merchandise has met all applicable special requirements and that the goods have been produced, put together, and marked in compliance with the HMR.

Paperwork

In 2012, the Hazard Communication Standard was revised to require that all manufacturers, distributors, and importers include a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each hazardous material included in a shipment. An MSDS includes a number of necessary information, including what is commonly known as the Basic Description.

This is very important and it should include the proper shipping name, an identification number, hazard class, and the packing group in that specific order. Listing this info in a different order can result in a violation. The MSDS or shipping papers should contain the following up-to-date information, located conspicuously in a central location.

  • Seller/shipper’s name and address
  • Consignee’s/buyer’s name and address
  • Basic description
  • Total quantity, type, and kind of package
  • Weights and volume
  • Shipper’s declaration
  • Emergency Response Information, including a 24hr emergency response phone number
  • Page numbers
  • Title and signature

Save the Hassle, Trust the Experts

Sound like a lot? Not to worry, we have you covered! At Promptus LLC, we offer clients full-scale air & ocean freight forwarding services, including the ability to safely, securely, and legally transport hazardous materials. In addition, we have Licensed Customs Brokers available to help you handle all the necessary paperwork and duty payments to ensure that no mistakes are made. Contact us today at 1-877-776-6799 to speak to one of our Global Logistics Experts and learn what services may be right for you!

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Exploring Freight Forwarding Solutions: Bonded Warehousing

What Is Bonded Warehouse and When Is It Useful?

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In the world of freight-forwarding and import/export services, many companies will find that one of the biggest challenges will be in finding where to store your goods. While you are, in fact, free to store them wherever you see fit, you may find that many locations lack the safety and security that you need. Additionally, you will be required to pay the duty tax required by the Customs and Border Protection once your goods have been imported (or exported) to their destination.

Instead, many businesses rely on bonded warehouses, or bonds, to safely and securely store their goods. This is especially true for companies that regularly export merchandise internationally to foreign countries. Why? Well, bonded warehouses offer a number of convenient solutions to suit a variety of logistics needs, including duty-free storage for up to five years. Additionally, in the event that no domestic buyer is found or the initial buyer withdraws, you can repackage and resell your goods to thereby eliminate your obligation to pay a duty tax.

As defined by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a bonded warehouse is a secured building or similar facility wherein taxable goods can be “stored, manipulated, or undergo manufacturing operations” without being subject to duties or applicable fees.

In most United States bonds, clients can store their goods without penalty or duty payment for up to 5 years. This allows importers to enjoy a bit of flexibility in the event that they must store their items for an extended period of time. Upon removal of the merchandise from the bonded warehouse, the importer will be responsible for taking care of any necessary payment or paperwork required by CBP or their client.

Types of Bonded Warehouses

According to CBP, there are currently 11 different classes of bonded warehouses. The types of requirements for each will vary depending on the country or region of its location. There are various options of storage depending on your particular needs. Here are the designated classifications:

  1. Locations that can be owned or leased by the Government when certain circumstances decided by the port director dictate the necessity. The can be used for the storage of merchandise that is currently undergoing examination by the CBP, has been seized, or is pending release from CBP custody. Goods stored in these warehouses are done so as per CBP’s discretion and will be held under what is known as “general order”.
  2. A private warehouse that is used only for the storage of goods that are the property of or have been consigned to the owner. A class 4 or 5 warehouse can be deemed a private warehouse in certain instances.
  3. Public bonded warehouses available to importers to the storage of their goods.
  4. Bonded yards or sheds that are used exclusively for the following: storage of large and cumbersome materials, building, or enclosures intended for the storage of animals, and tanks to store liquids in large quantities.
  5. Bonded bins, parts of buildings, or elevators used for the storage of grain.
  6. Bonded warehouses used wholly for the exportation of merchandise subject to internal revenue tax, and for the manufacture or distribution of cigars imported from another country.
  7. Bonded warehouse used in the smelting and refining of metals used for exportation or domestic use.
  8. Warehouse and buildings used for the cleaning, sorting, repacking, reconditioning, and packing changes of any imported merchandise under CBPO supervision.
  9. Bonded warehouses known as duty-free stores used exclusively in the distribution of duty-free merchandise outside of Customs territory. Class 9 goods must be owned or sold solely by the proprietor and delivered directly to an airport or similar exportation point.
  10. Warehouses bonded with the intention of storing international travel merchandise, including goods sold duty-free on aircrafts rather than in a duty-free store. The regulations on this class are still being written.
  11. Bonded warehouses intended for the storage of general order (GO) merchandise, which is considered any good that has not be claimed for 15 days following arrival in the US.

Benefits of Using a Bonded Warehouse

Of course, opting to store your goods in a bonded warehouse isn’t required. Rather, it is a service offered by logistics companies and importers/exporters as an option that allows more financial freedom and offers a reliable level of security. Bonded warehouses can be beneficial for a number of reasons.

Long-Term Storage Options

In many cases, sellers are left with goods that have been abandoned by the original buyer or have a lot of goods that have seen a significant decrease in demand. The smartest decision financially would be to store them in a bonded warehouse. In the US, most bonded warehouses will allow you to store your merchandise in their facility for 5 years max.

Recommended for Restricted Goods

If you are in the business of dealing with restrictive materials, you are familiar with the necessary paperwork and delicate procedures required to legally import them. Since a bonded warehouse allows you to defer taxes while in storage, you can take care of all the necessary legal work without having to pay an arm and a leg.

Duty Deferment

This may be the most popular reason to choose a customs bonded warehouse: duty deferment. This means that you will not be subjected to any applicable taxes or duty costs unless your goods are withdrawn for consumption. This gives you the freedom to manage your money as you see fit until the next step is made.

Secure Storage Solutions in Miramar, FL

Promptus, LLC owns and operates a a Class 2,3 and 8 Bonded Warehouse that stores the goods of import companies from around the world. Our state-of-the-art warehousing & distribution facility licensed to store bonded cargo with 24-hours surveillance and protection against natural disasters such as hurricanes or flooding. The convenience of choosing a privately operated warehouse is that you can rely on the expertise of the company to maintain the requirements and expectations of CBP. Turn to the experts at Promptus, LLC for all your global logistics needs. Contact us for a free quote today!

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How 3PL Can Help You Maximize Efficiency with your E-Commerce Company

Operate More Profitably By Outsourcing Online Sales to Third-Party Logistics

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E-commerce is a broad term that refers to business transactions that are conducted exclusively on the Internet or via electronic devices or applications. It can range from a multitude of business types, with some of the most common being electronic retail sites. This means businesses selling physical merchandise through electronic means. Additionally, many of these electronic retail sites have completely abandoned the traditional brick-and-mortar shopping experience to instead provide twice as much merchandise to three times the customer base.

But where are you putting that inventory? After all, e-commerce sites tend to have a wider range of purchasable merchandise than a physical storefront. Well, this is where a third-party logistics team comes in. Rather than finding multiple warehouses, distribution centers, commercial transportation services, and various different ways to meet your company’s fulfillment needs, you can turn to one full-service company who will take care of all those logistics needs.

Boost Efficiency With a 3PL

No matter what your business is, the most important aspect is to ensure you are maintaining efficiency and keeping customers happy. With a physical retail store, this is much easier to do, as clients are simply walking in, purchasing items, and leaving satisfied. When you switch it up to electronic purchasing, you have to be able to provide the same satisfying experience without the personal interaction with your customers. This means having a user-friendly interface, multiple trustworthy, fast shipping options, and exceptional customer service while also maintaining inventory, warehousing, packing, shipping, and tracking.

It might sound like a lot of moving parts. There are, after all, many aspects that go into maintaining a successful logistics service. If you aren’t sure of where to start, you can end up spending lots of money, time, and resources trying to set up appropriate delivery costs, options, ordering systems and making sure that they can all work in harmony with each other. For small and large business owners alike, this can mean taking time from working on additional projects or important aspects of the operations of the company.

A 3PL such as Promtpus LLC can integrate advanced technology solutions on both the front and back of your e-commerce site to maximize the experience for your customers and ensure smooth inventory management. We take care of:

  • Calculating shipping fees
  • Finding the best delivery companies
  • Securing cargo via customs
  • And any other necessities to ensure that your fulfillment service run without a hitch

We can offer you an affordable rate to streamline and maintain your e-commerce needs so you don’t break the bank!

Work Smarter, Not Harder

With over 15 years of experience, Promptus LLC knows in the inner workings of third party logistics and can analyze your company’s unique needs to ensure you get the best service for you and your clientele. We stand at the forefront to ensure that all of our clients have the first knowledge of new technology or techniques to boost growth and maximize efficiency.

We operate a warehouse and distribution center and hold service contracts with more than 15 ocean shipping lines with regional and worldwide coverage. Promptus LLC also provides all on-land freight forwarding solutions, including our team of Licensed Customs Brokers that can take care of submitting paperwork and meeting necessary regulations with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Contact us to get your complimentary quote today!

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The Benefits of Outsourcing Your Logistics to a 3PL

Save Time, Money, and Resources By Switching to a Third Party Logistics Company

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As technological advances are made in the world of supply chain management, business owners are starting to recognize the advantages to abandoning the traditional in-house warehouse and delivery fleet. Instead, they are opting to outsource their logistics needs to 3rd Party Logistics companies, or 3PLs, such as Promtpus, LLC. Trusting an experienced global logistics provider can mean you have more time, money, and energy to dedicate to what’s truly important: running a business.

When it comes to providing your customers with the highest quality services and products, you may not always factor in their experience after they finalize their transaction.

  • How reliable is the shipping information?
  • How well was the item packaged?
  • How quickly did it arrive?

These are all questions that must be taken into consideration when running a company that offers delivery, as they will reflect directly on your logistics services.

For example, a high-functioning warehouse will need a solution for assembly, packaging, warehousing, and distribution. This will require time, money, and manpower that you may not have readily available or simply can’t afford to factor out. This is where a 3PL comes in. They can help you by offering an all-in-one solution while helping to ensure your company still provides excellent care and attention to all their products or services.

Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs

Get Back Your Time

In most cases, opting for a 3PL can be a much smarter and more cost-effective option for your company. For starters, it allows you the freedom to dedicate your energy into the products or services you are offering. Day-to-day logistics can be tedious, since it requires a constant supervision of your operations, preparing and submitting documentation to different government agencies, plus overseeing your staff, among others. Using an outsourced 3PL such as Promptus LLC means you don’t have to worry about any of this because we do it for you!

Cut Back on Costs

Rather than paying for the rent of a warehouse, the salary of a logistics team, regular maintenance on fleet vehicles, and all the necessities of running a logistics operation, invest that money into yourself! For a fraction of the cost, you can invest in a 3PL that works closely with you to understand your company’s needs and provide them as best as possible. That means no warehouse space, no additional employees, and no need to worry about billing, audits, training, or in-house supply chains.

Stay in the Know

As a leader in the global logistic industry, we find it crucial to stay up-to-date in regards to technology and product advances. With over 30 years of experience, we have managed to stay on the forefront of the industry, which allows the opportunity to share our resources with our clients. When you are operating supply chain in-house, you may not have access to the same network of information as a certified global logistics company, such as Promptus LLC.

Focus on What You Do Best

By using our numerous resources, extensive knowledge, and advanced technology, we can confidently offer our client the very best in global logistics services from Miami all over the world. Promptus LLC specializes in warehouse and distribution, ocean shipping, and all your freight forwarding needs. Contact us today at 1-877-776-6799 to get a personalized quote for our services.

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What is Distressed Cargo and When Does it Occur?

Learn the Truth About What Distressed Cargo Means For You

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Whether you are new to the freight forwarding field or have years of experience, the term “distressed cargo” has probably come to your attention at least once. Put simply, cargo is categorized as distressed when the buyer abandons the goods.

This occurs when the buyer is no longer willing to honor the original contract agreed upon due to unfavorable or unexpected changes. The cause of these changes can vary greatly and oftentimes is the result of unavoidable weather or travel emergencies. Regardless of the reason, distressed cargo poses a special case for international shippers. Promptus LLC wants to help any potential sellers or buyers understand exactly what it means when cargo is pronounced distressed.

Anyone who has experience with international shipping understands that it can often be a finicky situation with many external factors that are sometimes out of your control. Distressed cargo occurs for a variety of reasons and will typically cause the goods to become unsellable or drop significantly below their original retail price. Understanding why this happens and if the distressed cargo can be salvaged can help you understand what you can do next and, better yet, how you can prevent or minimize the risk of it occurring again!

In most cases, cargo being shipped overseas can become distressed for one of two reasons:

  1. The buyer refused to pay for the cargo that they requested. This most commonly occurs when the goods being shipped to the buyer have dropped significantly in commodity value while in transit, causing the buyer to default on the shipment and the shipper to be left with distressed cargo. It can also occur when a seller takes too long to complete a trade, thereby expiring the contract’s time frame and causing the contract to be nullified. The Your buyer may then refuse to pay, leaving the seller with unpaid goods that are now considered distressed cargo.
  2. The cargo was forced to dock at a port other than the one designated in the contract during the scheduled time frame. Sometimes, unforeseen weather conditions like a severe storm or similar conditions can force a cargo ship to dock at a port other than the one specified in their contract or bill of lading. The cargo will be offloaded at the port, where it will be marked distressed and lose much of its value. If this occurs, whoever has ownership of the cargo at the time may consider auctioning off the goods to help cover the losses.

Top-Notch Freight Forward Solutions

Distressed cargo can mean thousands in losses because cargo must be sold well under value. Not to mention the added costs of any repackaging, customs fees, or fines that it may have incurred. Thankfully, our company can assist both buyers and sellers in understanding the risks and create alternate plans to minimize the potential loss.

With over 15 years of experience, our clients feel secure in putting their trust into our freight forwarding services and knowing that we are dedicated to providing them with the highest quality commitment and technology towards business growth. Contact us today at (305) 687-1405 to receive a free quote from one of our experts. We will help you get the best deal, plan the best route, and maximize efficiency!

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4 Tips for More Successful International Shipments

Eliminate Mistakes to Help Boost Your Company’s Efficiency

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When it comes to providing your customers with the best services possible, one of the most important aspects is ensuring safe, efficient delivery of all your goods. Too often, mistakes are easily overlooked, which can mean returned goods, wrong deliveries, late shipments, and more. Not to mention, all of these can mean extra in fees and costs for you. Thankfully, avoiding these oversights can be as simple as following these tips and dedicating extra care and attention to your freight forwarding services.

Enhancing Your Shipping System For Better Results

The most important thing to your clients is receiving their merchandise in a timely and cost-efficient manner. This is especially vital when it involves international shipments. Regardless if you are a large corporation or a small business owner, one of the best ways to reduce the risk of costly mistakes is to enlist the help of an experienced third-party logistics company, such as Promptus LLC. We will dedicate ourselves to meticulously handling your fulfillment operation, including everything from warehousing and distribution to ocean shipping and consolidation. You can also read through these tips to help you maintain your business’s current shipping services remain efficient – or better yet, increase their efficiency.

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  • Triple-Check Your Packaging and Labeling

    Sounds simple enough. However, this is a leading reason why shipments get held, fined, or returned. When you factor in the taxes and fees you have to pay for an international shipment to go through customs, making mistakes can be quite costly. This means ensuring that all goods are correctly packaged, labeled with any necessary markings or stickers, and loaded onto the appropriately sized containers. This also means assuring that the dimensions and weight correctly reflect what is being shipped. It may seem easier to estimate based on box sizes and past shipments, but even a minimal difference could cost you.

  • Improve Shipping Accuracy

    Shipping labels to the wrong address or with incorrect customer information can force your freight forwarding company to send the merchandise back, meaning another round of International shipping costs and Customs Fees for you. Additionally, it causes your customer to suffer a shipping delay and it reflects poorly on your business as a whole. Taking the extra time and effort to upgrade your shipping technology’s accuracy to detect undeliverable addresses could results in thousands of saved dollars at the end of the year.

  • Choose the Most Reliable Transportation Company

    The company that you trust to transport your goods will ultimately be a reflection of your business in the eyes of your consumer. After all, they will be the ones putting your client’s goods in their hands. It is crucial that you take your time and do adequate research to find the most reliable, cost-efficient company that you can trust to provide you and your client’s with the highest possible customer service and business ethic. Many third-party logistics companies like Promptus LLC offer their own fleet of transportation services so clients can feel confident with only having to work with one company to handle the entire shipping process from start to delivery.

  • Offer Dedicated Customer Services Every Step of The Way

    Customer Service may arguably be the most important aspect of any customer-oriented business. This is because providing your client’s with the care and attention they deserve will make all the difference in the experience they have with your company. This means providing your clients with details and keeping them in the loop via convenient communication methods.

    For example, introducing mobile technology to provide automated updates or increase responsiveness can help your customers feel more comfortable trusting you to deliver their goods. When you’re transporting goods overseas or to a different country, this can make a world of difference to your clients.

Don’t Fret – Trust the Experts

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t worry! Promptus LLC has been in the business of global logistics for over 15 years, and we have assisted importers and exporters with all sorts of transportation and distribution needs throughout that time. We provide quality services that have a personal and professional touch. To learn more about what we offer or get a free quote for our services, contact us today at 1-877-776-6799!

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