Tips When Looking for International Freight Forwarders in Canada
January 21, 2016
When looking for freight forwarders in Canada, the wealth of options can make things a bit difficult, especially if you’re a new business owner unfamiliar with the process. At EKO Freight, we understand what it takes to run a successful freight forwarding business and have listed some tips to help you choose a quality forwarder below.
Look for a freight forwarder that has a wide range of experience with both big and small businesses and a network of carriers to ensure that you have access to air, sea and ground partners. The higher the experience level and the more comprehensive the services, the more confidence you can have in the company’s abilities.
Overseas Shipping Agents
One of the keys to being a successful freight forwarding company is having a solid network of overseas agents to ensure open and timely communication between all parties involved in the process. Furthermore, it also means more effective worldwide freight tracking, which enables you to check on the status of your product throughout the shipping process no matter where it is.
Investigate how financially strong each company is – that last thing that you want is to pay your freight forwarders only to find out that your cargo can’t be released because the forwarder has insufficient funds to pay the ocean carrier. Again, companies with lots of experience and solid networks of connections are more likely to be financially stable and reliable.
Some industry certifications to look for include Partners in Protection (PIP), which is a program under the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and registration with Transport Canada as a part of the Air Cargo Security program. Furthermore, although not necessary, companies that are a part of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) are much better bets to work with.
At EKO Freight, we understand the challenges of finding reliable freight forwarders in Canada. If you’re looking for a company with years of experience in the field and a strong focus on customer interaction, our experts can help guide you through the difficult freight forwarding process. For further questions or to book a free consultation, give us a call at 1-514-293-5491 or visit our online form.
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