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Searching for a Shipping Company? Consider These 3 Tips

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Shipping goods is much easier to do today than it was in the recent past. Only a few years ago, for example, it was so difficult to track your shipped items that it could take months before you even knew they were lost or damaged. Today, as long as you are working with a professional shipping company, you can keep track of your items throughout the entire shipping process.

However, that does not mean that shipping goods is without challenges. Cargo theft in the US is the cause of approximately $140,000,000 in property damage annually and 1,382 containers are lost at sea per year, according to the World Shipping Council. On top of that, add cargo lost via other modes of transportation and goods that are damaged in transit.

It becomes quite obvious that even with utilizing modern transportation methods and technology, there are still many risks involved in getting a package from point A to point B. Consequently, if you are shipping any kind of valuable item, including diamonds, watches, expensive art, jewelry, or any other small and luxurious item, you are going to want to ensure they reach their destination in a safe manner.

Because these items are so expensive and so valuable to you and potentially your business, there are aspects you should consider before choosing a shipping company. And that is precisely what this article will discuss - the 3 main factors you should keep in mind when deciding on a shipping company.

What Is a Shipping Company?

To clear up any confusion, shipping companies are companies that govern the physical movement of goods. They often have their own shipping fleets that are solely used for domestic and international transportation of goods.

Are Container Shipping Companies the Same Thing?

Sometimes the term container shipping companies causes additional confusion, so that should be cleared up. A container shipping company is an international shipping company that utilizes container ships to transport cargo by sea.

Thus, every container shipping company is a shipping company, but not vice-versa. Most container shipping companies are large international/multi-national companies that transport huge volumes of goods, much more than shipping companies whose fleets do not include container ships.

3 Key Aspects to Consider

Safe and Secure Package Delivery

It is important that you are comfortable with the shipping company handling your valuable items. In some cases, these valuable goods are a vital part of business and could mean horrible things for certain companies if something were to happen to their packages. Having the peace of mind to check online and track your packaging throughout the entire shipment process is extremely important.

Insurance for Shipping

Although you should always work with a reputable company that offers quality shipping with a secure tracking program, package insurance is still a must. Even the most trusted companies in the entire world are susceptible to mistakes and happenstance.

You can not always fault a company for losing or damaging your items if you never got them insured. While searching online for a shipping company, make sure in addition to offering a secure delivery service, they also offer quality insurance.

Domestic Shipping Rates

Some box shipping rates could be extremely expensive and simply are not worth it. There are around 50,000 merchant ships transporting cargo across the globe and a lot of those companies charge all kinds of different shipping rates.

You should browse online to find domestic shipping rates that are both affordable and reasonable for the kinds of items you'll be transporting. Make sure that you are taking your shipping company selection process seriously. There is no reason not to find a good shipping company with reasonable shipping rates, if all it takes is some shopping around.

Looking for a Company that Will Make Sure Your Packages Are Delivered Safely?

Unival Logistics offers end-to-end shipping solutions at premium rates. You will be provided with full-value shipping insurance and real-time package tracking. If you want to make sure your packages are delivered safely and on time, contact Unival Logistics.

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