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Cargo delays are, sometimes, truly unfortunate instances that interrupt your shipping process. They can occur for many reasons:
1. Bad weather. Like any transportation-based business, ships, ports
2. Labor (none or not enough). Having the enough of the right labor to move goods is foundational to consistent performance, so any strikes or labor shortages are a big problem. Consistent labor unrest has resulted in cargo moving from one terminal, port or area of the country so keeping tabs on labor availability and efficiency is critical to your supply chain.
3. Big ships and big demand. Cargo demand is not set. Ship size
4. IT upgrades equal risk. With the continued march of digitization throughout landside logistics comes
5. Holidays can cause unexpected delays. US holidays are less likely to surprise cargo owners, but international holidays can become an unforeseen delay. It is important to know exactly where your cargo will be traveling and ensure that there won’t be any unexpected delays due to a holiday.
6. Inefficient communication. Phone calls, emails and...faxes? Whether it is relying on dispatchers to manually book appointments or trying to pry up-to-date information from a 3PL or trucker, shippers may often experience delays because of poor communication practices. Hunting for the ‘real’ version of the truth, about the status of your cargo and where it is right now, takes valuable time. Consistent data visibility is a mission-critical must-have for progressive BCOs today. Having a direct API to integrate data and events into your host systems is always a more efficient process and should be part of your ask when negotiating with transport providers.
How to Get Ahead of Delays
You can’t manage what you can’t measure. The best way to prevent shipping delays is to plan carefully by relying on complete visibility to your container data as it moves from
Yes, weather, customs and holidays could cause unforeseen delays. But creating a mitigation plan for those events is easier than dealing with a lack of information access. Demanding transparent visibility, from each stakeholder involved, is key and the more tightly integrated that data is with your systems.
Tips and Tools to Help
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