CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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Avoid overspending on transportation when it is not necessary

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Determine what service level you need to meet your transit time and delivery targets.  Match your needs to the appropriate mode of transport and you can cut costs.

Look at more than one option: air or ocean; truck or rail; direct or by consolidation. 

Various modes of transport may offer different rates or services, depending on the day of your shipment.  For example, airfreight shipments from Hong Kong are typically cheaper mid-week than on weekends, when airlines have less availability.

Quick Tip #45
Secure written quotations for all traffic lanes and pay careful attention to the validity dates – Understand the assessorial charges right from the start

Freight rates can change frequently – sometimes every 1-2 weeks. It is important to pay attention to the validity dates to ensure you have requested an updated rate at the time of your shipment.

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