Do you have any suggestions on how to manage international shipping during the pandemic?
Can you share any of your experiences?
Are there any tips you can give me?
I know one is: stay in tune with the market
Another: Avoid air shipping because it is costly.
Any others to add?
Book your freight as early as possible
Booking your freight date early is one way for you to maintain control. Advance bookings allow you to secure air cargo or ocean vessel space in line with your supply chain planning. When shipping by air or ocean freight, it is recommended to book your shipment 10-14 days prior to the cargo ready date. This will help you better manage your supply chain and build in a buffer for any possible delays at the shipping origin or destination.
4. Account for changing import/export requirements
Some goods shipped to the US are subject to stricter laws and regulations, even during normal market conditions. These include goods inspected by several government agencies, like the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). These already heavily inspected goods may be subject to even greater inspection because of COVID-19. Stricter policies for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies sourced from China were also instituted this month. Keep track of any changing import/export requirements so you can stay in front of possible delays.
5. Explore new warehousing and fulfillment options
Many suppliers are seeing upticks in demand for their goods due to COVID-19. To meet this greater demand, you will want to fulfill and dispatch orders faster. Using warehouses or third party fulfillment centers closer to your main market is one way to do this. Find a location near the region you are looking to serve to ensure prompt delivery. This helps you take advantage of the greater demand for your goods while saving on final shipping costs.