The BCR Blog


Will the 2017 Peak Season Hit Importers and Freight Forwarders Early?

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 17-Aug-2017 12:04:13

Welcome to the August edition of the BCR Global Market Update. BCR is an international freight forwarder and 3PL provider located in Australia. Regularly we provide an update on market conditions for companies importing goods into Australia from around the world.

Read on to learn about import sea freight market conditions to Australia for major lanes including North East Asia, South East Asia, the United States and Europe. In addition, learn about the restricted shipping controls ahead of the BRICS Summit in Xiamen and changes to import conditions and documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies

6 Ways Logistics Managers Can Reduce 'Busywork' and Regain Time for Core Tasks Again

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 03-Aug-2017 15:56:18

(5 min read)

For the busy operations or logistics manager of a growing company, there never seem to be enough hours in the day. Managing a team and constantly juggling challenges like fluctuating shipping schedules, increasing freight forwarding costs, meeting business targets and many more may leave you stressed out and not see the light at the end of the tunnel any more.

There are ways to reduce the amount of “busywork” that constantly takes away attention from more important, core tasks.

Understanding the challenges of logistics and operations managers we gathered six strategies successful managers have used to reclaim valuable time and reduce their stress levels.

The aim is to free up time and use the newfound focus and drive to pour into the business.

Read on to find out how you can cut through the static and regain time for core business activities.

Topics: Freight & Transportation

5 Secrets For Cost Savings On International Air Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 27-Jul-2017 15:52:54

(3 min read)

Mike has been using air freight regularly to ship more competitively priced products from global manufacturing hubs. However, on calculating the landed price of the goods, he wondered why the total cost per item always exceeded the budget.

When Mike looked into the finer-grain detail, he discovered he had been missing a few important factors because he’d just focused on negotiating costs direct with the airlines.

Read on to learn about these factors that can add or subtract hidden costs to your consignments including the applicable International Commercial Terms (Incoterms), pre-cargo planning, proper packaging, CAT [complete-accurate-timely] documentation and alignment with a resourceful freight forwarder.

Topics: Air Freight

How Logistic Managers Can Control Their Sea Freight Shipping after Major Incidents Like the Maersk Cyber-Attack

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 18-Jul-2017 12:34:01

(4 min read)

In a digital age, where everyone’s systems are connected and data exchanged electronically, an incident like the Maersk cyber-attack generates a sea of concerns. From shipping giants like Maersk to the Operations Manager of a medium-sized business, everyone is buckling down to keep or regain control of sea freight shipping schedules.

For Operations Managers, risks seem high and they are aware the shipping industry will take time to get back on track. Ensuring this does not disrupt the company’s supply chain or impact growth and profits is crucial. 

Read on to learn how you can keep or regain control of your sea freight shipping schedules after major incidents like the Maersk cyber-attack.


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

How Can Australian Sea Freight Companies Handle Shipping After Incidents Like The Maersk Cyber-Attack?

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 11-Jul-2017 15:03:27

Incidents like the Maersk cyber-attack raise serious concerns for many businesses. Max, a business owner and CEO of fast-growing, medium-sized business, is not only worried about his own systems but also the vulnerability of such attacks on their partners’ systems. He knows any such attacks can have a huge impact as he is shipping globally. Any subsequent delay can mean the loss of thousands of dollars due to cancelled orders and loss of sales.

Uncertainties around safety, security and timely deliveries of goods for those engaged in global shipping provoke questions around what needs to be done immediately to minimise the damage caused by cyber-attacks. Sea freight partners are also questioned so a business can ensure they understand the importance of being prepared for these situations.

For Australian sea freight companies, robust contingency plans are the key.

Read how Australian sea freight forwarders manage shipping after major incidents like the Maersk cyber-attack and how they can assist in keeping the flow of your goods uninterrupted.

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

5 Disastrous Mistakes With Air Freight And How To Avoid Them

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 06-Jul-2017 12:23:33

When you are an Operations Manager for an international business, air freight will usually be part of the equation for ensuring supplies reach the factories and goods reach your customers. However, there are some important considerations to keep in mind to ensure cost-effective results, customer satisfaction and a supply chain that works like a well-oiled machine.

Some major pitfalls can derail your schemes. These include poor planning, incomplete documentation, inefficient packaging and lack of effective communication with service providers.

Let’s fill you in on the five most disastrous mistakes that can happen with your air freight, and how to avoid them.



Topics: Air Freight

Global Sea Freight Market Update For June/July 2017

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 29-Jun-2017 17:08:00

This is the Winter edition of the BCR Global Market Update with valuable information international freight industry specifically composed for our Australian readers. We understand it is important to stay informed on changes so that you can plan your cargo movements with your freight forwarder and know in advance when rates will be changing. 

Read on to learn more on the import sea freight market conditions to Australia for major lanes including North East Asia, South East Asia, the United States and Europe. Also included are details on the introduction of Infrastructure Fees and increases to Australian Local Charges effective 15 July 2017.


Topics: Sea Freight

How Australian CEOs Can Manage Business Growth With Sea Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 28-Jun-2017 15:07:15


Topics: Sea Freight

Australian Trusted Trader Status a Major Milestone for BCR

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 21-Jun-2017 15:00:32

Leading Australian-owned freight forwarder and 3PL provider BCR has achieved a major endorsement of its compliant practices and supply chain security, gaining accreditation as an Australian Trusted Trader (ATT).

The ATT program is a voluntary trade facilitation initiative that was launched by the Australian Government in July 2016.  ATT brings Australia in line with key international trading partners, joining over 70 countries with similar Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programmes.




Topics: Global Trade, Duties & Taxes

Australian Freight Forwarder and 3PL provider BCR turns 125

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 01-Jun-2017 16:05:44

Becoming a leading provider in the freight forwarding, customs and third-party logistics (3PL) industry has been a 125-year long journey for BCR. The company’s focus on customers, performance, collaboration and continual improvement has been part of its success from the very outset when it started as literally a one-horse operation in Sydney. 

In this blog, we share a brief summary of how 3PL provider and freight forwarder BCR started and evolved to respond to customer needs within the country’s ever-changing corporate landscape over the last 125 years of Australian history.




Topics: Company announcements