5 Tips for Good Exporters

Whether you are new to exporting or you just want some advice based on our experience gained in Freight Forwarding, we hope you find these 5 tips for ‘Good Exporters’ useful!

  • Make sure you understand under what Incoterms your customer wants to purchase the goods from you. There are subtle but important differences between for example: FCA & FOB, CFR & CIF and DAP & DDP. We can advise you on any queries you have with Incoterms
  • Make sure you send over any invoice / packing list as soon as you can for exports out of the EU. If your cargo has already collected and the paperwork hasn’t been completed and submitted, then this could potentially delay the customs clearance procedure
  • Make sure that you have correct details for the final destination. Sometimes your contact may be based in an office away from the delivery point or a reference may be required
  • Make sure you check any paperwork such as bills of lading for inaccuracies. Delays can sometimes occur on shipments where invoices are different from the bills of lading when it gets to the destination port
  • Do you know if you have all-risks insurance? We operate under BIFA 2005 Terms and Conditions which limit our liability under the event of loss or damage. If you do not have this in place we can offer this to you on a one-off basis