Container Loading Check
Container Loading Check. As an importer, there are key aspects to keep an eye on when your goods are ready to be shipped, for example, It is very easy and common to find inconsistencies in the number of boxes or individual pieces (depends on the item and its packaging) when the cargo has arrived at your warehouse. Or damaged goods is another problem importers around the world face very often.
Why container loading check?
When we are dealing with big suppliers, it is almost law that they do business internationally, meaning they have customers all over the world, hundreds if not thousands of employees and squared meters of warehouses, production lines, loading yards, raw material warehouse, immense parking lots capable to receive cargo trucks and space enough for maneuvering them and some times their warehouses are located in different spots, separated by several kilometers from each other.
If this is the case, it is very easy for managers and labor workers to lose track of the orders, keep punctually on their schedule and handle multiple orders from thousands of inpatient customers overseas, not to mention the usually work around the clock.
When the merchandise arrives at its final destination and the buyer realizes the order is incomplete or damaged, it almost impossible to recover the loses missing or broken products represent.
You must bear in mind, that the factory is not trying to “steal” from you, they are usually owned by very wealthy individuals and they don´t focus their business on micro profit derived from a few missing cartons per order, so for the factory it doesn´t really represent good business to charge for you 1,000 and deliver 970 boxes, it´s just not good business.
They don’t have the time or the patience to be dealing with angry customers, the products you ordered are most likely customized to your brand and specific market and cartons left behind are not going to be sold, they are just going to take vital space at their warehouse for fresh badges of merchandise that are, in fact, going to be sold and cashed in.
By this, we are not saying that factories don’t cheat, they do! They just do it in different ways and driven by different objectives, we´ll talk about that in a different post. What we are saying is that despite the fact that it is usually not the intention to cut your short or deliver damaged cargo, it does happen and as an importer, it is of the essence to keep a record of what are you buying and in what conditions that order was delivered.
A CONTAINER LOADING CHECK is a very useful instrument to keep you posted, informed in real-time, keep track of your shipments, take care of your relationships with your supplier and be a reliable player in the supply chain of your customers.
Container loading check is very important to start importing from Asia. The goal to pursue when performing this inspection (CLI) is to confirm the container´s physical conditions in which the goods will be loaded into, ensuring the merchandise won´t be exposed to humidity, excessive temperatures, abusive handling when loading the container or during its transportation on board the vessel.
In addition, a physical revision of the merchandise is conducted in order to verify the quantity of cartons being loaded, confirming the amount upon Packing List (PL) and Seaway Bill. Also we will make sure the loading plan is being follow as to avoid fragile cargo to be mistreated.
We will deliver a report of the loading process within 24 hours after the inspection was performed, emphasizing important information about your shipment, such as:
- labeling-subject to product´s customs regulation