Effective Cross-Border Strategies For Logistics And Trucking Providers
The coronavirus pandemic has certainly created havoc on cross-border trade resulting to supply shortages that bottlenecked operations across the supply chain. However, there are numerous solutions and effective strategies that can be beneficial to cross-border logistics and trucking providers.
Cross-border strategies to seamlessly transport goods
Warehouses must be established near borders for greater flexibility in managing congestions, transit time and capacity. Border congestion can cause unnecessary delays that could limit the number of trips that a truck driver can make. If the warehouse is close to the border, drivers need not travel a considerable distance to and from the warehouse. Parts or materials from the United States that are needed in Canada or Mexico for post-production will be available within hours not days to improve lead times and overall efficiency.
Trucking providers would benefit from utilizing transloading services where trailers would be sent to a nearby warehouse to unload from one carrier to another from the destination country. Another option is the door-to-door model wherein a single carrier transports the trailer from end to end. For example, an underutilized truck that is bound to Canada or Mexico can use a warehouse as a consolidation point to combine cargo into a single trailer. For US bound trailers, products can be unloaded and placed on different carriers to create a hub-and-spoke model that could mitigate rising costs and tightening truck capacities.
A transportation management system can enhance visibility, monitor loads and KPI’s and find ways to optimize transportation across the network. With real-time information, trucking providers can easily identify opportunities that would significantly improve routes, costs and utilization of trailer space.
Bonded carriers have the advantage of streamlining the flow of goods because they do not need to pay duties on shipments. Neither do they need US customs clearance. Products tend to reach their destinations faster to save on time and costs.
The best logistics and trucking providers like Titan Transline implement the most effective strategies to optimize cross-border trade and ensure that goods will flow seamlessly across the borders. The company understands the importance of goods that is why every shipment is handled with care and personalized service.