Cargo handling and forwarding in the port: more details about these stages of maritime logistics

Sea transportation of goods involves a complex of stages: from the delivery of the goods to the port to its unloading and further delivery after arrival. The key procedures in this process are regrinding and forwarding of cargo at the port. In this article, we will consider their significance and features in the framework of maritime logistics.

What is cargo grinding

Transshipment is the operation of transshipment of cargo from one type of vehicle to another, often with an intermediate placement in a warehouse for storage. For example, transshipment from railway wagons or trucks to sea containers or vice versa.
Special equipment is used for grinding: cranes, loaders, conveyors, etc

Types of products that are often subject to grinding:

  • bulk cargoes — such as coal, grain, mineral fertilizers;
  • bulk goods are goods that are not loose, but are loaded in bulk, for example, scrap metal or timber;
  • containerized goods — goods that are transported in standard containers;
  • liquid cargoes — oil, chemicals and other liquid materials;
  • specialized cargo — heavy equipment, cars, etc.
How to guarantee the efficiency and reliability of transshipment in the port? How to ensure that all port procedures will go through without delays? Forwarding services at the port help with this.

What is port forwarding and why is it needed?

Port freight forwarding is a set of services to ensure efficient handling, movement and delivery of cargo through the port. Forwarding is carried out by the forwarder at the customer's expense and on his behalf.

The main components of transport and forwarding services in the port:

  • search for a terminal to work with a specific cargo;
  • carrying out loading and unloading operations;
  • movement of cargo through the territory of the port;
  • processing of information, documents and information related to cargo;
  • registration of intra-port and intra-terminal documents;
  • cargo inspection;
  • preparation of documents necessary for the movement and storage of dangerous or oversized cargo;
    cargo consolidation;
  • overloading on other modes of transport;
  • work on accompanying and freight documents from all line agents.
Each stage of forwarding is aimed at optimizing the passage of cargo flows through ports.
The port forwarder always acts in the interests of the clients and ensures fast passage of cargo through the port

Why is cargo forwarding at the port necessary?

Delivery efficiency. Forwarding guarantees the continuous movement of goods from the seller to the buyer. Thanks to a carefully developed route and action plan, the cargo goes through all stages of its stay in the port as efficiently as possible.

Cargo security. The freight forwarder controls the selection of the appropriate terminal, compliance with storage conditions and carrying out all cargo operations. This guarantees the integrity and safety of the cargo.

Efficiency of transportation. Due to the constant monitoring of the cargo, the freight forwarder quickly resolves disputed issues during customs control, processing port documents or making payment and other fees.

Freight forwarding in the port requires in-depth knowledge of port logistics, infrastructure, work of various port services, legislative features, as well as skills in managing logistics processes. The specialists of the DiFreight company have all the necessary experience in international freight forwarding and will help you quickly and without problems organize the delivery of goods from another country to your warehouse or vice versa.
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