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4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Relation With Freight Forwarders in Sydney

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 22-Feb-2018 15:25:42

John, a CEO of an SME often feels that he is not getting the most out of his freight forwarder in Sydney. Without investigating in depth and assuming this as the freight forwarder’s performance lack, he has changed several freight forwarders and always felt the similar issue with everyone.

Like John, many other CEOs in Australia feel the similar kind of situation and believe that switching the freight forwarder is the only solution. Whereas improving relationships and maintaining it professionally may help CEOs to get the most out of their current freight forwarders. To be strategic, documenting the things, believing in your freight forwarder and avoiding misconceptions are the ways that make the relationship healthier and increase the trust level. Therefore, even if everything is going well, CEOs must try these effective ways as a diagnostic tool to make sure you and your freight forwarder are on the road to relationship bliss.

Read on to know the 4 ways to get the most out of your relationship with freight forwarders in Sydney or other cities in Australia and how this can enhance your overall freight forwarding performance.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies, International Freight Forwarding

[Update] International Freight Forwarding to/from Australia

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 15-Feb-2018 15:50:05

(5 min read)

Welcome to the February 2018 edition of the BCR Market Update.

With Chinese New Year taking place this week, the freight forwarding industry is slowly moving into 'post-peak season' and we can see its impact by the easing of pricing. 

In this update, we focus on the current conditions of the international freight forwarding market for the Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia trade lane, announced blank sailings and the reduction of rates typical for this period.


Topics: Sea Freight Australia, International Freight Forwarding

The Benefits of a Great Relationship with Your Australian Freight Company

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 08-Feb-2018 13:03:00

(4 min read)
Are you like John, a CEO of an SME in Melbourne, and prefer immediate cost benefits over relationships? Neglecting the importance of building relationships with service providers and switching around to obtain cheaper solutions is a fairly common practice in business. While this can offer instant bottom-line benefits, it does deprive you of some important long-term paybacks.

Building strong and productive relationships with freight companies can enhance your entire supply chain operation. The best ways to achieve this include exchanging information, regular meetings, showing trust and understanding each parties mutual requirements. By incorporating building relationships in your strategic plan, you are ensuring flow-on benefits in terms of ensuring your can keep your customers happy in the long run.

Read on to know how CEOs can benefit from a better relationship with their freight forwarding companies.


Topics: Freight & Transportation, Freight Forwarding Companies

The Impact of Chinese New Year on Freight Forwarding and How You Can Prepare Yourself

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 01-Feb-2018 14:00:34

(7 min read)

Every year, the freightforwarding and logistics industry is impacted by a number of events, incidents, seasonal changes and other disruptions. While some are rather unpredictable, the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations and its extensive impact on the global logistics industry can be experienced every year.

With China's economic power constantly growing it is not hard to predict that this will only further increase in the years to come. And the shipping lines are even adding to the bottleneck by implementing blank sailings and GRIs.

Read on to learn about the Chinese New Year, its impact on the freight forwarding industry and how you can prepare yourself.


Topics: Freight & Transportation, Sea Freight Australia, International Freight Forwarding

5 Ways To Turn Your Losses Into Profits With an Efficient Freight Forwarding Partner

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 23-Jan-2018 12:58:00

(6 min read)

Man with umbrella_turning losses into profits with a freight forwarder_BCR_333.jpgAs the CEO of an Australian organisation in Sydney, Jason is answerable for any losses the company incurs. This makes higher freight forwarding costs tipping operations into the red a real headache. Not only can this erode the company’s overall profits, it can also call into question the company’s logistics management skills.

Steve is well aware of what’s going wrong, but fixing it is a challenge. It’s a situation many Australian companies have faced, and have resolved through partnering with a professional freight forwarder. Freight experts are your ally, bringing a professional team and specific expertise that can assist to turn that profit-loss curve back in the right direction.

Read on to learn five ways they make this happen.

Topics: Freight & Transportation, Freight Forwarding Companies, International Freight Forwarding

January 2018 Market Update on International Sea Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 16-Jan-2018 12:29:00

(3 min read)

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Welcome to the first edition of the BCR Market Update for 2018.

2017 has seen the worst peak season since pre-GFC and we are still feeling the aftermath. With only 4 weeks to go until Chinese New Year (CNY), sea freight carriers are trying to maintain high rates and keep implementing GRIs resulting in record rates for this time of the year.

Read on to learn about the current condition of the International sea freight market. For this Market Update we put our focus on the North East Asia and South East Asia trade lane, as these will be severely impacted by CNY.


The 5 Best Articles About Air Freight In 2017

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 11-Jan-2018 08:21:07

(4 min read

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2017 had been a great year for the international air freight industry after its drought in 2016. The demand has grown more than expected. Airlines had to use the holiday weeks to clear up all the backlog of freight from the months before. And the forecast for 2018 looks just as bright.

At this point though, we want to see what our readers considered most important in 2017. What air freight topics were of interest, what headlines drew readers' attention?

Read on to get more insights into the best air freight articles of 2017.


Topics: Air Freight, Freight & Transportation

The Top 5 Sea Freight Articles in 2017

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 04-Jan-2018 12:53:00

(4 min read)

What happened in 2017? What had an impact on the sea freight forwarding industry and how did it change? 2017 only just came to an end, so we thought it is time for a recap of the articles our readers and customers had been most interested in.

The articles deal with major incidents in the sea freight industry, give detailed information on major events of the freight year like peak seasons, slack season and GRIs for trade lanes to Australia. Also, an article on common failures in sea freight processes is included in the top 5. 

Read on to get more insights into the top articles of the last year.


Topics: Sea Freight, Sea Freight Australia

How Sea Freight Forwarders in Melbourne Increase Productivity With Efficiently Managed Systems

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 21-Dec-2017 13:00:00

(4 min read)

Sea freight is an ideal transportation medium for companies needing to ship bulk cargo and products with non-standard dimensions. Not only does it offer ease of shipping, it also helps logistics managers to keep per product shipping cost low. The major concern logistics managers face with sea freight is the long transit time. The mismanagement of sea freight services can make the situation even more challenging, increasing transit time and delaying deliveries. So it is important to have an efficiently managed sea freight system. This assists in avoiding delaying factors such as incomplete documentation, cargo detention and unavailability of services. Melbourne sea freight providers offer efficient services as well as continuously refining their systems and processes so that logistics managers can experience smooth shipping and increase their productivity. 

Read on to know how sea freight companies in Melbourne are assisting hundreds of logistics managers to meet their delivery timelines.

Topics: Sea Freight, Freight Forwarding Companies, Sea Freight Australia

Market Update on International Freight Forwarding To/From Australia and 2018 Forecast

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 15-Dec-2017 13:52:44

(8 min read

Welcome to December and the final edition of the BCR Global Market Update for international freight forwarding to and from Australia in 2017.

With the worst peak season seen since pre-GFC, it is clear that space remains tight and rates are on a continual rise for many trade lanes.

In this update learn about the current conditions of the international freight forwarding market for major trade lanes including Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, the United States and Europe. Further, we will give more details about the Australian export market as well as local charges. In addition to the current situation, we will give you a detailed forecast on what to expect in 2018, which peaks you need to consider and how to prepare yourself for them.


Topics: Freight & Transportation, Freight Forwarding Companies, International Freight Forwarding