Is working with your current shipping company or customs broker giving you constant headaches from surprise costs and endless mistakes and delays? Has your reputation been compromised because of who you have chosen to work with?
As film productions have increasingly become global projects, it is more important than ever to realize the need for a seamless global logistics partner. Of course, international transportation and logistics for film productions is a complex and delicate service with numerous moving parts, including regulations, security, capacity and legal considerations – all which can lead to a reliable and cost-effective shipment when tended to properly by the right logistics partner.
Whether you are shipping one container to Vietnam, or 10 containers to New Zealand per day, or have time critical film rushes or dailies, successful transportation and logistics companies are aware of global challenges, international rules and regulations, suitable shipping methods, customer service excellence, and the experience to get the job done safely, securely, and promptly within budget. To reliably and cost-effectively manage the creation of a global film production, it is important to know how to combat the top 3 international shipping challenges:
1. Know when to ask for help and leave it to the specialists. No matter how many or how few shipments you move globally, it doesn’t take much for a shipment to get complicated and costly, fast. There are many shipping companies out there, but few transportation and logistics companies will protect your brand and reputation with excellent service by experienced professionals. Packair has been the industry leader for over 43 years in this regard. Packair employs the best specialists who have been well-versed in international regulations and compliance since 1973. Focus on making the movie, and let Packair maintain control and visibility of your shipment the entire time. This includes organizing the bookings, handling the arrangements for your precious cargo, working with customs at origin and destination to assure all paperwork and information is compliant with rules and regulations, and be in direct communication with you at all times for documentation and information throughout the process.
2. Get your priorities straight to determine which transportation mode is best. When choosing which mode of international transportation to use for your shipment, be sure to know your timeline, budget, and any regulations associated with the materials or goods you are shipping. If cost is a primary concern, then ocean shipments, particularly Full Container Loads (FCL), are going to be best. If timeliness is key, then airfreight is often recommended. When shipping FDA approved goods, there are separate regulations and documentation that is required, and entrusting an experienced and licensed logistics specialist, like Packair, is often your best bet.
3. Not knowing what you are shipping to what destination. It is best to thoroughly plan at these two things prior to contacting your logistics partner – what you are shipping, and to where you need it shipped. Packair offers customized crating to securely and efficiently package your precious cargo that can save you money on your transportation costs due it being packaged economically, using less chargeable volume. Eventually, you must submit a packing list with number of items, descriptions, commercial values, and weights. Packair happily assists with this process. Knowing the destination of your cargo is essential for Packair to provide you with your optimal shipping options based on your criterion. Packair’s licensed and experienced professionals know how to save you money to keep your production within budget. Check out Packair’s Carnet services or weapons and ammunition shipping services, or car shipping services.
In short, due diligence is key, and when in doubt, turn to an experienced professional. It’s often the least hassle, and least costly route to take. Get your free quote request from Packair by calling (310) 337-9993 or via this form.