There are the obvious choices, the ones we’ll call the big three: FedEx, UPS and DHL. But are they the best choices available? If you automatically said yes, you’re selling yourself short.
International airfreight with the big three isn’t that bad, is it?
It was already expensive shipping international airfreight with the big three, and it’s only getting worse. On September 15, The Wall Street Journal reported that FedEx will increase its shipping rates, and that FedEx Express rates specifically will go up by an average of 4.9%.
The advantages always outweigh the small restrictions. A lot of the time they will only ship out of specific destinations, for example LAX to ICN (Korea), but overall working with a global supply chain company always saves you money; these companies get your product to where it needs to be for as little as half of what one of the big three charges.
Another big advantage is that you have more control over important details such as how the company deals with customs. Smaller companies are more responsive to individual needs and a routine can be developed between your company and the logistics provider. And it gets even better. The more you ship and/or the larger your load, the more overall negotiating power you gain.
So the next time you need to send an international airfreight shipment, contact a smaller global logistics company. It’s time to think outside of the (container) box!
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