TOP 5 TIPS TO REDUCE DEMURRAGE, Detention and Storage Charges
To reduce detention charges, make the most of the free time allowed by the equipment provider! Setting your shipment up for success starts before the empty container arrives at the shipper’s location. By making your cargo ready for pickup on time, the loading party can take quick action right when the container reaches the shipper’s location, and stuff the container more rapidly. That way, your container may reach port grounds before the free time has run out!
Pre-clear your cargo through customs if you can. By working with the right freight forwarder to manage your customs brokerage, the documents needed for import clearance are collected in advance, and all administrative steps are completed by the time the container reaches its port of arrival. This may allow for the container to be moved out of the terminal before the free demurrage time ends, thus also minimizing storage.
The documents you will need for customs clearance and handling
- Bill of Lading
- Commercial Invoice
- Packing List
- Arrival Notice
- If applicable: Dangerous Goods (DG) document
- If applicable: import license
Planning your shipment’s journey, sourcing the right ocean carrier and trucking companies for the right price, finding a competitive storage solution, handling documents and complete key administrative steps such as customs clearance… processing a successful ocean freight shipment can prove complex and time-consuming. And even for the most carefully planned shipment, any deviation from the initial schedule can result in unexpected demurrage or detention charges.
Easy Emperor’s close relationship to the ocean carriers allows us to offer extended free time to our customers, along with reduced demurrage and detention fees. And because Easy Emperor takes care of your cargo from door to door, managing its own storage facilities across its global network, you can save yourself the complexity of dealing with numerous stakeholders and handover points. That way, you can focus on what really matters: your business and your customers.
Sharing the right information requires to be correctly informed from the get-go. The cost of demurrage and detention, along with their respective free time, should be clearly indicated in your quotation. The demurrage and detention rates should more specifically be stated per day and per container. Get in touch with your Ocean Freight Experts now, to obtain a clear, comprehensive quotation for your shipment.
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The communication between broker, carrier, driver, shipper and consignee should be open and clear. In concrete terms, this starts by sharing the shipment delivery instructions with all parties in advance. As the shipment travels on its journey, regular updates must be received by all involved parties in order to allow them to adapt their schedule. You can track and trace your shipments 24/7 with us.
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