The BCR Blog


Beware - Increased Infrastructure and Toll Costs are Here

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 17-Mar-2017 13:11:41

At BCR, as a freight forwarder, customs broker and 3PL provider, we understand how challenging it can be to stay up to date with the frequent changes that happen within the sea freight, air freight and freight forwarding industry. To assist Logistics Managers and Managing Directors, we regularly update the market on the most relevant and the most important changes. In this blog, we will update you on changes that start coming into effect 1 April. These changes, which relate to increased surcharges from container terminals and toll road operators, are likely to impact all freight forwarding customers, any company that imports/exports to and from Australia and any business that uses the road network in Sydney and Melbourne.

Read on to learn what is changing so that you and your business can be prepared.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies

5 Must Know Facts about 3PL for Business Owners

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 10-Mar-2017 13:50:47

3PL companies provide cost effective, end-to-end supply chain logistics services to businesses. The services offered by 3PL providers include warehousing, freight forwarding, domestic transportation, customs clearance and value-added services. Many business owners and CEOs in Australia get the most out of their logistics with the assistance of professional 3PL providers. However, before you first engage with a 3PL company, there are a few facts to be aware of and some misconceptions that need to be clarified. Some common misconceptions associated with aligning with a third-party logistics company include increased overall costs, more hectic work, business security breaches and losing control over logistics operations.

However, in most cases, outsourcing to a 3PL provider assists in making a business more organised, efficient and profitable. The expertise and resources available from a third-party logistics provider assist in reducing overall costs and free up your in-house resources which enables you and your team to focus on growth plans for your business.

Read on to learn 5 facts about third-party logistics providers and how they can enable the growth of your company.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

Improve Supply Chain Versatility Today with 3PL Brisbane

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 03-Mar-2017 10:00:00

Excellent customer service is vital for the success of any business today, whether in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or any city in Australia.

Fulfilment of customer expectations and needs alongside management of costs, inventory and operational issues are essential, and require a versatile supply chain. Versatility allows your business to shape and mould according to evolving customer requirements.

Managing and maintaining a versatile supply chain in-house can be a costly and challenging task. Providers of 3PL Brisbane have been long-trusted to bring business customers economic solutions. Outsourcing your warehousing and or freight forwarding to a 3PL Brisbane will bring versatility to your supply chain, including versatile warehousing, technologies, transport solutions and value-added services.

Read on to discover how 3PL Brisbane increases business versatility and customer satisfaction.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

Quick Freight Forwarder Update: Learn the Vital Changes to Packing Declarations and Container Damage Reports

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 21-Feb-2017 16:23:28

As an international freight forwarder and 3PL provider, we are focused on being a source of information on matters that impact our valued customers. In this short update, quickly learn about the new format for packing declarations (mandatory to use by June 2017) and a change in container damage reports.



Topics: Logistics Customs Brokerage

International Freight Forwarding Update: February 2017

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 14-Feb-2017 14:54:40

Chinese New Year 2017 is coming to a close and the international freight forwarding market is again in flux. For imports, blank sailings have been announced as the demand for sea freight space declines, and for exports, a lack of 20’ food quality (FQ) containers is frustrating exporters.  Read on to quickly learn about the international sea freight import market and export equipment.

Topics: Sea Freight

Can Air Freight Australia Assist You In Meeting Your Deadlines? Yes!

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 03-Feb-2017 10:30:00

Competition, globalisation and ease of substitution have increased the complexity for Logistics Managers in Australia. They know that every missed deadline has a direct impact on the sales, brand image and business growth. Therefore, they are always under pressure when it comes to the selection of the best transportation mode to deliver their cargo securely and within the deadlines. Of the options for the transportation of products, the use of air freight to and from Australia is the best option if the goods must be delivered in a minimum timeframe. It is frequently used for carrying urgent, sensitive and time bound deliveries. Also, consider that it is the most expensive option and hence has to deliver on the purpose, which is mainly to meet the deadline. Smart business managers know that with features like high reliability, a large network, high availability and the availability of professional air freight forwarders in Australia, airfreight is the ideal transportation mode to fuldeliver their cargo on time.


Read on to learn more about on the features and services available with airfreight in Australia and how this freight forwarding service can assist you in meeting your deadline.

Topics: Air Freight

Sea Freight: Blank Sailings Occurring Around Chinese NY 2017

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 02-Feb-2017 16:48:49

A frequent question we are asked around this time of year is about Blank Sailings. A Blank Sailing is when an organised group of shipping lines omit specific sailings in order to decrease capacity which increases demand and price. Many times, Blank Sailings are part of a larger program called a Slack Season Program. Will Blank Sailings be active during the 2017 Chinese New Year Period? Read on to learn more.






Topics: Global Trade, Duties & Taxes, Freight & Transportation

Top 5 Reasons for Sea Freight Failure and How to Overcome Them

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 19-Jan-2017 18:53:50

Sea freight operations allow businesses to ship their bulky cargo economically and with a lower carbon footprint. To capitalise fully on the benefits of this mode of transport, certain tasks need to be completed. If not, there is the potential they will lead to sea freight failure, which can stop managers from achieving their targets. Poorly defined incoterms, inappropriate documentation, deficient packaging, incomplete communication and spot dealing are 5 main reasons. These reasons increase cost, delay the shipment and have a negative impact on brand image. All these reasons have an individual impact on sea freight and need special knowledge and attention. Many CEOs and Operations Managers in Australia understand that these situational reasons occur frequently and outsourcing to a professional freight forwarder in Australia assists them in eliminating these reasons to avoid sea freight failure.

Read on to learn 5 reasons for sea freight failure and how a professional freight forwarder can assist your business to eliminate them.

Topics: Sea Freight

4 Vital Advantages Of International Air Freight Vs. Sea Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 12-Jan-2017 13:34:28

Business owners are continuously weighing up the pros and cons of each transport mode with an objective to achieve economical and efficient shipping with each transaction. In addition, factors such as transit time, product type (high value vs low value, hazardous vs non-hazardous), accessibility, cargo volume, and replenishment cycles need to be considered before business professionals choose an air freight or sea freight service. Industry knowledge and awareness about the impact these factors have on your business allows Operations and Logistics Managers to select either an air freight or a sea freight forwarding service. If fast availability, high security and reliability are the priority, international air freight services are the common choice of transportation.

Read on to learn about the advantages of international air freight services and how to approach the analysis whether this is the ideal service for your business.

Topics: Sea Freight, Air Freight, Freight & Transportation

4 Secrets To Make Your International Sea Freight More Economical

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 04-Jan-2017 10:34:00

Sea freight is the lowest price mode of international transportation. When it comes to bulky and regular large volume shipments, businesses mostly rely on sea freight over air freight due to economy and the flexibility that it offers. While many Operations Managers believe that they are maximising their spend on sea freight, there may be more that you can do to get more out of it. In this blog, we will share 4 lesser-known solutions for using sea freight. These secrets include opting for single-window services negotiation, using a well-drafted yearly contract, impeccable documentation and getting a door-to-door solution. Apart from making your sea freight more economical, these solutions will also assist you to make your sea freight faster, more reliable and more customer-centric.

Read on to learn about 4 secrets that may assist you to make your sea freight operation more economical.

Topics: Sea Freight, Freight & Transportation, Imports & Exports Australia, Freight Forwarding Companies