Essential Practical Tips

For Avoiding Shipment Delays

Essential Practical Tips For Avoiding Shipment Delays


Did you know that many delayed shipments are linked to missing consignee information, poor descriptions or other incomplete information?


Here are some top tips on how to avoid shipment delays. They can help businesses understand customs rules and keep their merchandise on the move:

1. Provide a detailed description on the shipping documents


The description must be detailed and accurate. For example, words like “computer parts” are required, but so is the brand name, model and serial numbers. Only using terms such as “gift” or “parts” is not sufficient and will cause delays.


2. Give complete shipper and consignee information


If any names or addresses are incomplete, such as a missing postal code, for example, the shipment could be delayed. Carriers need to inform customs exactly who is importing the goods and identify the commodity being imported.


3. Provide the correct quality or accurate value of your goods


Sometimes goods are deliberately undervalued to avoid duties or taxes. This can have legal consequences for the shipper, carrier and importer. Declare the true fair value of the products to avoid fines or the confiscation of your shipment.


4. Submit all documents requested by your logistics service provider


A lack of client master file data is the main reason for most shipment delays. Shippers often need to provide their carriers with documents, such as power of attorney, customs bond information and importer information, in advance of the shipment arriving. Once these documents are on file, future shipments may be covered and there will be fewer delays.


5. Avoid using outdated waybills


It is not uncommon to find shippers using outdated or even expired shipment air waybills. This practice leads to shipment delays. To ensure timely delivery, we suggest shipping your goods within seven days after your waybill has been created.