Everyone wants to get out and see the world, but some of us aren’t quite satisfied with the all-inclusive beach breaks that countless families across the globe have quickly become accustomed to. For those ‘some’, the thought of laying on a beach for a week or two can have us pulling our hair out before we even jet off, which is where cargo ship travelling could be the ideal escape. For a unique break that takes you away from the beaten track, jumping on board a cargo ship is the perfect break – here’s what you need to know to get started.

The Cost

The costs of travelling on a cargo ship can vary, but in general, they’re pretty affordable for what you get. It’s essentially a rugged cruise of sorts, without the pool or the cocktails, of course. But you’ll get a cabin, no one will flutter an eyelid at heavy luggage and you’ll be fed every single day. Of course, the shore excursions you take for yourself will be as free as you want them to be, but you’ll need to cater for any excess costs associated with visas where needed. The average cost in Europe can be around €100 a day, though certain coastal trips can be much higher. You can find trips for €80 or less but it ultimately depends on how long you’re going, where you’re going, and the quality of the ship you’re travelling on.

The Atmosphere

For the most part, you’ll be welcomed on board with open arms. For newcomers, getting involved with any of the daily work activity on the ship is probably a no-go – the staff will have their timetables, their routines and particular ways of working so getting in the way of such isn’t the best idea! However, after watching for a while and learning the way of a freighter, it’s likely that staff will welcome a helping hand from time to time. Of course, this can be hit or miss – some ships will live for the extra guests they bring, going out of their way to make you feel welcome, while others will keep their heads down to work. Read reviews where possible if you want to avoid the more abrupt of captains.

The Sea Sickness

Freight ships often don’t come with the same stabilisers that a cruise liner might, so those prone to seasickness might find it difficult on board. However, the general atmosphere tends to be one of relaxation and once you’ve had the opportunity to sleep off the sickness, the opportunity to write, stroll the decks or simply watch the water rush by can be great ways to sit back and enjoy your trip away from the bustle of everyday life.

The Flexibility

When it comes to booking your freight ship, you need to be flexible. Cargo ships have schedules to keep and are unlikely to delay to wait for you to board but on the complete opposite end of the stick, departure times have been known to change at the last minute. If you’re stuck on time off of work, travelling on a cargo ship might not be the best way for you to travel but for those with a little more flexibility, it can easily be a more adventurous way of exploring the world.

Book In Advance

Cargo ships are limited on the space they have and while freight cruises aren’t necessarily a popular holiday type just yet, they are still known to sell out quickly. Make sure you book far in advance. Remember, the prices aren’t likely to change at any off-peak or peak times, so the price you’re given is likely to stay the same regardless. Simply book in advance, and sit back and wait for the big day to finally roll around!

For something a little different, travelling on a cargo ship can be a great way to get a unique view of the world. Why not give it a try?

With millions of shipments travelling around the world on a daily basis, it’s statistically likely that some will go wrong. Whether it’s unavoidable issues like extreme weather or road accidents, or it’s a case of human error before shipment, there are some huge delivery fails that grace the industry each and every day. While there’s not much anyone can do about other people’s accidents or extreme weather, those looking to send shipments can avoid some common fails on their part! Without further ado, here is our guide to the biggest delivery fails you need to avoid when shipping.

Oversized Packaging

Not only does oversized packaging put your goods at risk, but it’s also a guaranteed way to spend much more than you actually need to. You wouldn’t put a mobile phone in a box big enough for an elephant, so why risk using something even a little too big? Without extensive knowledge, you’d be forgiven for grabbing the first box in sight, but by choosing the right sized box and packaging your items correctly, you can reduce the chance of your items knocking about, limit the amount of packing material that you need and you could save yourself a pretty penny in the meantime.

Compromised Boxes

When transporting any box, you may be surprised to know that it’s likely your packaging will lose 50% of its strength throughout its journey. From bumps and knocks due to vehicle movement, to weather-related weakening, your box has the potential to go through a lot while protecting your goods! With that in mind, imagine if you were packing your goods in a box that already only held 50% of its strength – by the time of arrival, your box would only be 25% of its original strength, or less, which undoubtedly puts your items at risk. In order to give your box its best fighting chance, make sure you pick up the strongest boxes you can find and reinforce the corners and edges with tape before sending.

Autofill Forms

When you come to fill out our online quote form, be careful of any autofill! If you’ve filled in our form before or have been searching around, it’s possible that the form will autofill details that could be different from previous shipments. Not only will this give you an incorrect quote for your specific shipment, it could also mean that we don’t have the service you need when you need it. Take care when filling out forms online, especially if you ship on a regular basis!

Not Opting For Tracking

When shipping any kind of cargo, you and the recipient can benefit greatly from some kind of tracking system. Whether through contacting your freight forwarder for more information about important stages of the journey, or simply asking for regular updates than you can pass on to the recipient, keeping track can add something valuable to your supply chain.

Wrong Address

This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s vital to ensure you have the right address on the package, in the package, and that your freight forwarder knows exactly where it’s supposed to end up. Incorrect addressing accounts for a significant amount of missing or delayed deliveries, so make sure to take out the time to check up on your address before you send off your cargo.

If you’re looking to send cargo via international shipping, why not fill out our quick quote form today? We’ll give you a bespoke quote for free, or you can get in touch with us today for more information on your shipments.

The Top Exports Around The World

Every country in the world has an economy, and while some are certainly stronger than others, the imports and exports between countries can often make up for a good chunk of it regardless. With oil, petrol and transport-related equipment sitting high up as a globally traded product, knowing which countries specialise in which products in particular could help determine your next big international shipment business move. Here, we’ve taken a look at some of the top exports at various countries across the globe.

The UK

We couldn’t start any other way than with our home, the United Kingdom. While gold is considered to be the UK’s biggest export, when this is taken out of the equation, we can see that machinery, manufactured goods and transportation-related items are the biggest export for the UK. However, what’s also interesting is that this is also seen to be one of the biggest imports too.

Republic Of Ireland

You’d think that our neighbours would be exporting in a similar pattern to us, but the truth of the matter is very different. In fact, Ireland’s biggest export is actually Packaged Medicaments. Their imports are similar to ours, though their transport-related imports tend to be related to helicopters and spacecraft.

Europe

Europe are fairly similar to the UK and Ireland, with transport and packaged medicaments being the most common exports. However, refined petroleum, petroleum gas and gold are also common and make up a good chunk of Europe’s outgoing materials.

Australia and New Zealand

It’s without a doubt that Australia’s biggest export is currently Iron Ore. The country is huge and with fast mineable land, it’s no surprise that they’re utilising the materials that they have within the country. Their neighbours, New Zealand, have taken a more agricultural approach with their biggest exports being concentrated milk and non-fillet frozen fish.

China

China is a key location for exports across the globe and it may not be a surprise to most that their biggest export is actually computers and computer parts. With a country focused on manufacturing and leading technology, this is a fairly understandable focus for the country to take.

North America

Without a doubt, the biggest export for the USA and Canada is crude and refined petroleum, with Mexico’s biggest export being cars. It appears that the richer of countries have a significant difference to the poorer, with the biggest imports tending to be petrol, oil or transport-related manufactured goods.

South America

South America differs from its northern counterpart in that most of the exports here are agriculture or natural material related. Brazil’s biggest export is soybeans, an understandable export considering the biome of the country, while Argentina opts for soybean meal. Chile and Colombia are primarily refined copper exporters, with Peru exporting copper ore. Of course, there are gas and petrol exports here too, with Venezuela and Bolivia acting as the two main exports for these two materials in particular.

Africa

Africa’s main exports undoubtedly depend on which part of the country you’re looking to export from. While the likes of Senegal, Guinea, Ghana and Burkina Faso are exporter of gold, the surrounding area also includes exporters of radioactive chemicals (Niger), rough wood (The Gambia), Diamonds (Sierra Leone) and agricultural exports like coconuts, nuts and cocoa beans (Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau). Of course, Crude petroleum is common in countries like Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Chad and Nigeria, but the Eastern African countries tend to focus on Agricultural exports once more. Ethiopia and Uganda’s main export is Coffee, Kenya’s is Tea, South Sudan specialises in oil seed flour and Somalia exports sheep and goats.

As we move into the southern parts of Africa, we’re met with further copper, gold, petroleum and other raw materials, with South Africa being one of the biggest exports for gold in the world.

The world is filled with unique exports, but each country has their very own speciality. Whether you’re looking for coffee from Ethiopia or packaged medicaments from Ireland, there are plenty of enriching locations for your business.

licences

Here at Barrington Freight, we offer international road haulage and as you may expect, there are certain licences, permits and other passes that we need to be able to get your goods from A to B. For drivers from the UK, the gov.uk website has plenty of information and guidance, but we’ve decided to sum it up in our brief guide to international road haulage licences.

Please note: All of the below count for all vehicles with a gross weight of 3.5 tonnes or above.

Standard International Operator’s Licence

This licence is the standard licence that all hauliers and delivery drivers will need within the UK or when overseas. If you’re transporting dangerous goods, you’ll also need an International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road training certificate alongside your Standard International Operator’s Licence, though it’s important to check shipping restrictions for your destination country too. To apply, all you need is to be ‘professional competent’ or have hired someone who is, and hold a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

Community Licence                                        

Community Licences are required for any haulier looking to make international journeys for hire or reward with the EU. These drivers will need both a Community Licence and a Standard International Operator’s Licence. This essentially gives you the opportunity to use a single permit for all trips between EU member states, and also allow cabotage (more on that later!) These are also open for use in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Bilateral Road Haulage Permits

These permits are for use in non-EU countries that the UK has agreements with, which are: Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, the Russian Federation, Tunisia and Ukraine. You can get this permit in single or multiple-journey form, with a single journey covering the outward and return trip, and multiple journeys only covering Morocco and for 15 return journeys only.

European Conference of Ministers of Transport Multilateral Road Haulage Permits

For journeys between the member countries of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (EMCT), hauliers have the opportunity to get a permit through this organisation. These permits can only be used between the member states of these countries and there are 43 to choose from. You can see these on the official government website. These permits are valid for a year, and allow an unlimited number of journeys but only between these states, and not for passing through. This permit can be transferred between vehicles but is only valid for one at a time.

ECMT International Removal Permits

For companies that are removing goods between or across ECMT member states, this permit is the right choice. They are for use for removal vehicles, and for laden or empty transit journeys. Like the above, they are valid for one year and can only be used on one vehicle at a time.

Own Account Traffic

Hauliers carrying goods for their own business, not through hire or for reward, are exempt from Community Licence but need to carry an Own Account Document in some cases. This permit must be carried for any journeys to Belarus, Morocco, Russia, Tunisia and Turkey, but not through Austria, Ukraine or Georgia. For the full list of requirements, visit the gov.uk website.

Delivering goods from the UK to EU countries and beyond requires the right permits and licences, but with careful research into which is relevant, driving through these countries isn’t as complicated as you may think. Here at Barrington Freight, we have all of the correct licences and permissions for our drivers, so why not take a look at our road haulage services to see where we’ll deliver to? If you’d like more information, please feel free to get in touch, or fill in our online form for a direct quote.

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Across the globe, millions of deliveries take place every day from postcards and letters, to mass deliveries and container movements. As a result, the supply chain is one of the biggest contributors to environmental issues of all the industries. However, we’re starting to see changes slowly being implemented across the world, with companies adopting eco-friendly policies for how they operate. From greener packaging, to improved warehouse management, here’s how the supply chain and logistic industry is starting to go green.

Minimising Miles

The act of sourcing from local companies is quickly becoming commonplace across a vast range of industries. From manufacturers starting to bring in materials from local suppliers, to consumers searching for local freight companies as opposed to the bigger industry names, a current trend starting to emerge is a focus on minimising the miles spent on each delivery. When a manufacturer sources their materials from China, for example, this gives the resulting product a much larger ‘miles’ number than if it had been sourced locally. A company’s carbon footprint will grow with the more they ship their materials in from abroad. Through local sourcing, these miles are limited considerably, reducing that footprint and putting money back into a company’s local area.

Environmentally Friendly Packaging

Everyone from the average consumer to big brand manufacturers have been starting to adjust their packaging techniques and materials to be much more eco-friendly. Through the use of recycled or reusable materials, the potential for waste is reduced considerably which in turn, of course, makes it more eco-friendly. Similarly, reducing the amount of packaging you use to a bare minimum is another way to reduce waste. For example, if you’re sending something small, avoid using a box bigger than necessary, or an oversized postal bag. You’ll save yourself money through limiting the size of your final shipment and do your part for saving the environment too.

Warehouse Management Software

Warehouse Management Software has come on leaps and bounds over the years, providing logistics and stock managers with a much more in-depth insight into what is needed and when. Once again, this can reduce any excess of materials, improve efficiency when it comes to replenishing stock and ultimately help employees better manage their time, resources and assets. This software can create an eco-friendly mind-set, while reducing waste overall.

Driver Performance Improvements

More and more companies are implementing driver performance analysis to better understand how their drivers are working, the routes they choose and whether this could be improved to create better fuel efficiency. A businesses carbon footprint can be reduced considerably through better driving, the fuel put into every vehicle can be used more efficiently and high quality GPS systems could even help to reduce the amount of time sitting in traffic to improve fuel per mile ratios.

FCL over LCL

Finally, opting for Full Container Loads (FCLs) over Less Than Container Loads (LCLs) can work to reduce the amount of containers being shipped out at any one time. Whether you opt for bulk sending items, or sharing containers with other customers, by shipping more at once rather than less more often, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and ultimately improve supply chain efficiency overall.

The supply chain is quickly becoming more and more eco-friendly, but there’s still quite a way to go.  With the above changes and future improvements and innovations just on the horizon, however, an environmentally friendly supply chain could be just around the corner.

If you’re looking to send your cargo abroad, here at Barrington Freight we can offer efficient delivery services via road, sea or air. For more information, why not get in touch with us today or fill in our form for a direct quote?

 

pilots

Gaining the job title of ‘Pilot’ is the dream of countless children across the globe and only a few truly go on to follow that dream – but how do they do it? Becoming a cargo airline pilot is no easy feat. Between schooling, further training and logging up more flight time just to get a licence, knowing exactly what it takes isn’t exactly common knowledge. For those of you still holding onto that dream, we’ve decided to give you a head start with our quick guide to becoming a freight cargo airline pilot! Read on to find out more.

Schooling

As you might expect, becoming a pilot involves schooling. Looking for a flight school is the ideal place to start and thankfully there are plenty to choose from across the UK. Brunel University in London offers an Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies course as an undergraduate degree, opening prospective pilots the opportunity to get professional training after graduation. There’s also the option to get a year of work experience at Heathrow airport with their four-year courses.

Kingston University in London is another alternative that offers you training included. You’ll get a broad knowledge of the industry from experts and guest speakers, and in the second year, you’ll study at the Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training centre. Get in touch with your chosen university or school to find out more about this stage.

Training

The next step is to get the right training to obtain your Airline Transport Pilot License. To do this, you’ll need to have obtained your PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) and start training for the following: Instrument Rating, Commercial Licence, Multi-Engine rating and a Certified Flight Instructor Rating. These courses can be quite costly, though there can often be funding available for those who need it dependant on your financial situation.

Flight Time

To be able to gain your Airline Transport Pilot Licence, you’ll also need to have at least 1,500 flight hours. To begin with, you’ll train as a co-pilot, assisting a fully licenced pilot on deliveries and flights to log those hours and get more and more experience of the industry as a whole. Once you’ve logged that many hours, you can apply for an ‘unfrozen’ ATPL. It’s important to note that you need to be at least 21 to get your full ATPL, though this is usually the case due to the sheer number of hours that you’ll log prior to being able to apply.

Apply For A Job!

Some airlines offer training programmes and you’ll find that you get a job straight after your training, however, if this isn’t the case, your final step is to start applying for jobs! After all of your training and once you have your full licence, you can start applying for jobs. In some cases, airlines might require extra training though this is entirely dependent on the job you apply for!

So there you have it, a brief overview of how to obtain your pilot’s licence and get to flying cargo planes. Your best bet if you wish to follow this career path is to talk to a university or training centre directly – good luck!

We’ve done movies, we’ve done a playlist and this time we’re taking a look at the top TV shows that celebrate the freight industry. While the large majority of the shows on our list are reality TV offerings, the realistic look at what the industry has to offer draws even those of us living the life daily into staring at the screen when we’re taking a breath from staring at the road. With an added splash of drama to enjoy within each of these offerings, we’ve pulled together some of the top TV series that celebrate and show off the freight industry for your enjoyment, below.

Ice Road Truckers

Ice Road Truckers is a favourite among avid truckers and general viewers alike. After premiering on History Channel in 2007, this show quickly gained traction as one of the most popular and much-loved reality TV shows of its time. Viewers get to follow truck drivers as they travel along harsh, icy roads and other extreme conditions as they risk cargo and limb on some of the deadliest ice crossings and frozen lakes in their heavy vehicles. This show gives a realistic and emotional look at what these large-as-life characters face on a daily basis and what they risk to do a job that they love. There are 10 seasons to date and a spin-off called Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads.

Shipping Wars

Shipping Wars premiered back in 2012 and works to show off the incredible challenges that independent drivers face. From extreme deliveries to long, harsh distances, Shipping Wars follows these drivers as they fight through auctions on the site uShip for ‘jobs’ that have been listed. Once that listing is won, the trucker can get to work delivering the shipment and it’s safe to say there has been some strange cargo including a giant popcorn ball (which, spoiler alert, was subsequently destroyed.)

Truck Stop USA

Truck Stop USA gives a new side to the life of a trucker. This show follows a Midway Truck Stop that runs 12 businesses all on one lot. This truck stop is more than just somewhere for drivers to rest, however. In fact, the stop features everything from your everyday amnesties, to a tattoo parlour. This show gives you a realistic look at what life is like at a Truck Stop and all of the strange characters that pass through them.

Truckers (BBC)

The show Truckers that featured on the BBC is the first on our list that isn’t a reality show. This drama series first broadcast in 2013 and follows fictional truck drivers working in Nottingham. With each episode centring on an individual driver, you’ll get to follow the daily life of Malachi Davies, Martin Banks, Steven Warley, Wendy Newman and more.

Trick My Truck

There’s nothing quite like a ‘pimp my ride’ type show, and Trick My Truck was exactly that for the trucking world. Drivers that couldn’t afford renovations were picked out one by one per week, given the opportunity to have their truck ‘pimped’ and redesigned with some incredible designs. They’re usually given a loan vehicle while it’s being done up, but the reactions on their face at the big reveal are definitely worth the watch.

Whether a driver looking for something to watch during breaks or an interested customer wanting to see more about the life we lead as delivery drivers, these TV shows can give an incredible insight into the life and how we get our road freight cargo from A to B. Why not give one a watch?

For the past year or so, drone technology has come on leaps and bounds, seeing everyone from the average Joe to Amazon’s own delivery team using the flying machines. However, did you know that they have already been used in medical services? While this hasn’t been on a large scale, the natural disasters of 2017 saw some companies using drones to transport medical supplies over dangerous terrain and this could one day become commonplace in the medical industry – but how?

The First Routine Drone Deliveries Could Start With Medical Supplies

While drones have been used as a delivery method in the past, especially where Amazon Prime Air is concerned, this hasn’t been seen on a routine scale as of yet. However, with the constant need for medical supplies, it’s this industry that could change that. In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing around 149 proposals that have been submitted under the UAS Integration Pilot Program, and a good chunk of these have medical-related support in them. This is just the start. John Walker, an aerospace consultant who has spent over 30 years within the FAA, claimed that he believed the public will be more willing to accept investments in drone technology is they believe it’s going to help.

Drones would be used as a way of delivering blood and other medical supplies to those that need them either in hospitals, or out in public and by opening up the air space to these medical drones, it could only be a matter of time before it becomes available to all kinds of companies.

The Time-Saving Opportunities Aren’t To Be Overlooked

Drone delivery of medical supplies could make the entire process much, much faster. Currently, supplies are sent by car for miles, especially where blood tests and urine samples are concerned, but with a long-distance drone, this could be made a whole lot faster. While driving on an empty road might not be much slower than a drone if it’s a direct route, overseas travel to surrounding islands, or busy, winding or traffic-filled roads can certainly slow down the process where a drone could soar above without an issue.

Global Adoption Is Already Underway

America have been at the forefront of drone technology for years and of course, they’re far ahead in the medical drone game. However, the rest of the globe is definitely starting to catch up and in particular, this is true of Africa. Zipline, a Silicon Valley-based company, launched a movement designed to offer instant delivery on-demand of essential medical supplies, and are looking to launch a service in Tanzania in the near future. What’s more, the country could even see drones in South Africa and Zimbabwe being used to fight poaching and improve agriculture, so there’s no reason as to why drones can’t become commonplace within the delivery industry.

While we may not have drones at our disposal, here at Barrington Freight we are proud of our efficient next day delivery service. If you’re looking to make a quick shipment, why not use our quote form to get your bespoke quote today?

Since late 2017, there has been an ongoing worry within the logistics industry regarding a shortage of truck drivers. Given that drivers are arguably the core of the road freight industry, a shortage could see reduced capacity, a slower industry as a whole, and risks of supply chain clogs during peak delivery times. Given that discussion began before Christmas but is still ongoing, any speculation as to whether this was just a concern for the peak season has long been overridden. Below, we’re discussing the driver shortage and whether it’s as bad as we may have first thought.

Christmas Worry

The biggest concern within the freight industry throughout the entire year will always centre around the Christmas period. From Black Friday through to the January sales, these months are the busiest of all for freight forwarders and retailers alike, and a shortage in drivers has obviously set people on edge. With Brexit also causing an unprecedented level of stress for these companies, it has been suggested that the shortage isn’t actually a shortage at all, and is in fact just an unnecessary worry. But with concerns of extreme delays and undelivered parcels, what could be the reason for the shortage and can we fix it?

The Causes

  • Demographic

Did you know that the average age for a truck driver is around 45-55 years old? With many of the current drivers due to retire in the next 10-20 years, it’s vital that we get hiring and we get hiring fast. Attracting younger employees is a must, but it can also prove to be difficult. While it isn’t exactly unheard of for younger drivers of both genders to pick up the career, encouraging this is a must.

  • The Lifestyle

The lifestyle of a truck driver has been described as being a lonely one. From long hours in the cab alone, to overnight driving that can mean you don’t see your family very often, the on-the-road lifestyle just isn’t for everyone. With technology, keeping in touch with your family is easier now than before, but it still isn’t something that many seem to want to pick up. However, there are as many pros as there are cons of being a truck driver to consider, so it’s important to promote these pros as opposed to allow the cons to prevail.

Can It Be Solved?

While the argument as to whether there is a driver shortage is certainly up for debate, there are still changes and adjustments that can improve the overall intake of staff in the industry and we’ve collected just a few:

  • Lower The Driving Age

The regulated driving age in the UK is 18, but abroad it isn’t quite as low. In the US, for example, the age is 21 and by this point, most young people looking for employment will have already set themselves on the path of a different career. Lowering the regulated driver age and making training more accessible could mean that young people will be more inclined to consider taking up a career in the freight forwarding industry.

  • Autonomous Trucking

The discussion around autonomous technology within the freight industry is certainly a hot one, and the industry has already seen this technology within warehouses. There have even been tests on driverless vehicles. While we aren’t expected to be driving alongside lorries without a human inside anytime soon, the investment and development of this technology could see it become commonplace sooner than we think.

  • Target Minorities, Women, Veterans and the Unemployed

Truck driving comes with its stereotypes, and so avoiding these stereotypes completely and targeting those who are seeking work, who may not be able to get work elsewhere and increasing the volume of women in the industry can not only benefit the logistics market as a whole, but will encourage more and more of these people to join the career. While experience is certainly something that a lot of companies are grateful to see in their prospective employees, taking out time to train new staff who may not have the same level of experience will ensure that they aren’t excluding anyone from an industry desperate for staff.

Every freight method has its pros and cons, its arguments for and against, and its strengths and challenges – and the air freight industry knows this better than any. 2017 saw struggles and triumphs, and it’s no secret that 2018 is going to bring just as many, if not more. With technological advances and talks of capacity strain, keeping up with trends is more important than ever, and so we’re taking a deeper look into just what 2018 could bring for the air freight industry. Read on to find out more.

Capacity Could Reduce

It’s a simple fact that there is only so much space available on a plane, and only so many planes that can fly at any one time. The skies are already filled with this mode of transport, but the increased demand for this speedy method of delivery is meaning that it isn’t actually as speedy as expected. Without the right engagement between shippers and their air companies, packages can sit in airports for days before they’re even put onto a plane. Relationships are going to become more important than ever as space availability reduces.

Peak Seasons Could See Higher Strain                      

Continuing on from our previous point, these space restraints could see peak seasons become a real strain for companies and airlines alike. Peak seasons already see delayed freight, lost packages and many more issues, and with increased volume but reduced capacity, this could become much worse. Shipping earlier to take away the strain will not only ensure your delivery is made on time, but will also help reduce the stress on you freight forwarder. We will always do our best to ensure that your air freight is delivered on time and we have valuable relationships with air carriers across the world, but there is only so much space available, and it always better to be safe than sorry.

Blockchain

Blockchain has been a buzzword in countless industries, but none more than the air freight industry. This technology has increased the potential for automated processes, a far more secure supply chain, and increased visibility for companies and clients alike. While we may not see blockchain actually being implemented in air freight this year, the talk around it is certainly heating up. We could see discussions becoming ideas, and ideas becoming prototypes and implementation might not be quite as far away as you may think.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is another hot topic in the world of logistics as of late and rightly so. The potential behind this technology could revolutionise the industry altogether. Machine learning, crossed with the ‘Big Data’ trends that have swept the industry for the past year will mean more streamlined and intelligent services. Predictive technology could see deliveries made long before a human has noticed that they’re in need of items and we could even reach a point in which freight forwarders are anticipating issues like weather evens, traffic issues of other unforeseen circumstances before they happen.

Drones – But Bigger!

Drone technology has come on leaps and bounds as of late on both a commercial and industrial scale. From medical supplies, to simple amazon deliveries, there have been a whole host of uses for these devices but 2018 could be the year where they start to become far more common. Okay, so a small drone isn’t likely to keep the supply chain running alone, but larger UAVs (or unmanned aerial vehicles) could see the freight forwarding process become much more streamlined. With a longer available distance, and a better capacity, we could see these automated machines in our skies – at least on a testing scale – in the next year or so.

Air freight is a valuable process that we have access to as freight forwarders, and that can provide faster, more streamlined delivery for you as a customer. If you’re looking for an air freight forwarder, why not fill in our quote form today for a bespoke quote for your shipment?

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