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A Guide to Selecting a Bulk Carrier

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Shipping bulk cargo entails considering a number of factors. You have to be vigilant about your choice, as you cannot afford to go wrong. That said, keeping a few simple pointers in mind can point you in the right direction. Do keep in mind that you will an increasing number of large shippers available for transporting your cargo today. That said, you could end up spoilt for choice and this might lead to confusion. To make things easier for you, here’s a brief guide that you can follow when selecting a bulk carrier:

Destination

This one is a no-brainer. You have to pick a carrier based on the destination you will be shipping items to on a regular basis. Depending on your requirements, you may find that working with the largest company might not prove to be the ideal choice for you. Often, a small shipper can carry out the task for you in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. You should start by creating a list of destinations that you want to ship goods to. Based on this, you can then shortlist bulk carriers that transport there.

Cargo

The type of cargo you want to ship also determines your choice of bulk carrier. For instance, the requirements for shipping dry cargo in bulk quantities are different to say shipping non-perishables. Therefore, you have to select a carrier who has experience of shipping the type of cargo you send to your locations regularly. Always discuss your cargo with the company you are considering hiring. Not every service is equipped to transport delicate items or any other specific type of cargo.

Quantity

The average size of your shipments can also guide you towards selecting a bulk carrier. Depending on the size of your cargo, the shipper might offer you a discount, particularly if you will be sending regular shipments. You need to have a clear idea of the quantity of items you plan to send with each shipment. Since the size affects weight and packaging needs, keeping this factor in mind is important. Also, bulk carriers don’t cater to shipments below a certain weight level.

Tracking

You should never work with a shipper that doesn’t offer some form of tracking. In fact, the leading companies in the industry are offering real-time tracking, allowing you to keep an eye on your shipment while it is in transit. You can rest assured that the cargo will reach the destination on time and without any unexpected delays.

These are a few factors that enable you to select the right bulk carrier for your requirements.

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