Are you ready to start shipping your goods to Indonesia? Maybe you still have some questions in the back of your mind that need to be answered or still not sure are doing packing properly? Or still not sure are the everything is in place?
In shipping business like any other industry, there are might some risk involved. Customers sometimes need to understand on how the shipping service provider always trying to the level of customer expectation or providing more above expectations.
There are majors or minors incident might happen during the transit to the customer goods but most importantly all of the stakeholders need to make sure any preparation is needed if any unexpected happened.
From the service provider side, the service provider needs to make sure the goods are safe at all time and the goods that shipped is in perfect condition during transit and need to keep updating the customer in regards of the location or any changes before customer expectation.
From the customer side, the customer needs to make sure that the goods properly package, properly labeled, administration process is settled and properly declare the goods shipped to avoid any delay during shipment and make sure the process goes smoothly until the destination.
Lastly, from the regulatory side, the stakeholder involved need to able to expedite the process of legislation, rules, or measurement needed to make sure the industry won’t suffer if there are any changes of rules or regulations that can affect the market.
Here in this article, a few things that some of our staff gather to help you which maybe you might forget something while packing your goods. Please be reminded that some prevention and planning needed before you ship your goods to Indonesia.
Few steps that you need to prepare as this some situation that might harm your package on its way from you to your customer:
- Dropping. Packages might fall and the shipper needs to prevent any damage to the goods by cushioning their contents against impact. The step of cushioning and properly packaging your goods can be read in this link. It is important to know how to pack properly and fill some cushion inside the box as prevention measures.
- Vibration. Conveyor belts, trucks and aircraft vibrate packages — often with surprising results. Jars can be open, screws loosen, components unplug, edges come apart and soft material can rub to dust. Once again, it is important to know on how to make sure your goods and parts do not move inside the packages during transport by creating a cushion around the goods or if possible stick the goods to one side of the boxes to make sure no movement will happen.
- Compression. Packages must be able to stand the pressure from the top and sides as loads shift. As the goods might be stack up during delivery, warehouse, or transporting, do make sure that the cushion and boxes supporting each other. Put some solid material around the box if possible to avoid the box pressurized from outside.
- Temperature changes. Season, geography, mode of transport and destination can mean dramatic temperature fluctuations. This can change the chemistry, bonds, contents and more. It is important to understand how sensitive your content to the change of temperature. Bear in mind that goods sensitive to temperature changes must be treated differently and have special attention. Please kindly inform your shipping agency properly before commencing the shipping.
- Humidity. Humidity can weaken boxes as they absorb moisture, and may cause condensation during environmental changes. The worse it able to damaged your content if not properly packages. Corrugated carton is very sensitive with liquid and it is important as well to package your goods before delivery and insulate the content from any possibility of humid or liquid seeping into the package.
- Air pressure. Packages that move through elevation changes (by air shipment or through ground transit from low to high elevation) undergo pressure changes with unusual results. For example, a sealed bag of potato chips may inflate and pop at high elevations. As with this measure, we always inform the customer in regards to the change of air pressure which affects the shipment as air pressure during the flight can affect any pressurized air content.
Consult early to save money
The most important rule of thumb: Get your shipping provider involved early. Consult a packaging engineer before investing in packaging materials, settling shipping rates, determining price points and making other decisions that affect your profit margin.
Consulting is free with SindoShipping and we always encourage our customer to understand the knowledge before doing shipping with us. The risk involved, the best way to ship and understand customer expectations before shipping.
By understanding our customers, we able to understand as well the need, the expectation, and the purpose of shipping and with more complete data that we have, we can help the customer to make the important decisions for the shipping even before the shipment commence.
At Sindoshipping, we offer a free advising service that helps customers develop appropriate packaging. Customer service offered these money-saving tips on shipping:
- Plan ahead — far ahead. Weight, dimensional weight, oversize charges, and special handling affect the cost of shipping your product. Dimensional weight and oversize charges relate to the size of the package itself. If you are developing a product now, it’s not too early to consult with a shipping engineer to consider minor changes that could reduce your shipping charges; a change of even a few inches can save $50 per shipment. Some products can be redesigned for easy shipping and partial assembly by the consumer.
- Don’t assume the original package suffices. Many businesses buy products for redistribution. These may be mass-produced and shipped safely enough to the distributor on pallets, but once off the pallet, single boxes may not withstand the rigors of transport.
- Cushioning is king. Understand and protect the most fragile part of your product. If you ship multiple goods in a single box, explore the use of compartments, box-in-a-box packaging, the organization of products in the box and split shipments. These may reduce costs and damage.
- Don’t “ship air.” Minimize the empty space in the container. For example, if you ship gift baskets, choose a basket without a handle; it will take up less space. Shipping air really affects your charges as best to find a box or package that can function fully with fewer charges.
- Don’t scrimp on packing materials. The quality of the box, cushioning and packing tape matter. It’s acceptable to reuse boxes, but inspect them and be sure to re-tape the box. Better be safe than sorry, that is some golden rules of shipping.
- Pack like a pro. Cutting corners can result in damaged goods and unhappy customers. Understand how to pack the goods with sharp corners properly and make sure the goods are well protected from any sharp objects from outside of the content as well.
- Label clearly. Follow your carrier’s instructions. Usually, the label goes on the largest surface of the container. Avoid the edges of the box, since they can cause misreading during scanning. Put special instructions on the box (fragile, this end up, etc.) but never assume that these instructions will protect the contents. Most boxes receive mechanical transport at some point, and most boxes will rest on their largest surface regardless of written instructions.
- Understand the regulatory environment for your product. A host of regulations shape shipping processes. As an example, if you ship your goods to Indonesia, ask more to your shipping agency in regard to any rules relating to your goods that you might need to understand to ease the shipping process.
- Monitor and adjust. Track shipping costs and damage rates, and then revisit all of your processes to find out how you can improve. If you build monitoring into your product cycle, you can improve your outcomes while keeping costs low.
Shipping is like any other part of your business process. Risks come with the package, and you need to plan for and mitigate them cost-effectively. The goal is to minimize risks to products while ensuring customer satisfaction with the purchase — and to generate a profit. It’s never easy, but as with everything else in life, planning pays off.
Contact one of our staff for further info in regards of shipping to Indonesia or preparing for commencing shipping to Indonesia the best way, Email or WhatsApp for quicker response.