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Post How to Choose the Right Company   Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:44 am

There are so many companies dealing with logistics and shipping services to both domestic and international destinations. Each firm has its own rules and regulations, cost, policies and methods; hence finding the right service can tend to be a little difficult. Here are a few points to be kept in mind while choosing a shipping company to transport your belongings or merchandise.

The first thing that you must find out before hiring any shipping or courier company is if the firm is licensed and bonded. Only shipping services which are licensed can give you the guarantee that your package will reach its destination safe and sound. And if does not, then the company is in a position to reimburse you for the losses. This is especially beneficial for business owners who are transporting merchandise to far flung countries like Spain, America, and Europe etc. Apart from being licenses, a company which is bonded can be trusted to offer good customer service.

It is best to choose a freight shipping company that is licensed by a governmental agency like shipping authority or maritime authority. This provides you with double assurance regarding the safety of your merchandise and also your investment. It is also important to find out the different policies, rules and regulations of the company. This includes the paperwork, insurance claims, fees and delivery charges. Some firms require a one-time payment which includes the cost of transportation, customs or duty charges, taxes and delivery charges. But some companies will let you make part payment while sending the cargo and the remaining at the time of delivery. It is best to talk about these beforehand so that there are no hidden charges or surprises later on.

It is also important to discuss with the freight company regarding delivery of your package or merchandise. While some firms will deliver the package right at your doorstep for an added cost, others will only keep it at their store house from where you will have to take the package. If you run a business where you will need to use the shipping service regularly, then it is best to establish a relationship with a reputed company so that you will be able to benefit from discounts and other offers.

And lastly, make sure that you read the agreement or contract well before signing on the dotted line. Keeping these tips in mind can help you immensely in your search for the best shipping services.

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