When Edmund Burke, the Anglo-Irish philosopher, said that ‘the ocean is an object of no
small terror’ he was absolutely right.
Dealing with the sea or having anything to do with it does not pass as one of the easiest of human experiences. Whether for trade, for exploration or for adventures, the sea will literally put man out of his depths, except with a great mastery of what it takes to sail away on it.
And – yes – that is exactly why shipping of goods from country to country, continent to continent should not be left in the hands of people with half to little knowledge of what is required to do business with it. But not to worry, you are in good hands here, as this post provides reliable guide through the waves of complexity usually experienced with shipping goods from Canada to Nigeria or any other destination.
In no particular order, let’s count the factors you have to consider before embarking on that huge project so you can ship it like a pro with no margin for errors.
Cost is always a good place to start when it comes to most things in life and business – so, don’t take your eyes off the cost of shipment. And cost in this sense covers quality and time of service. Any temptation to compromise on these should be weighed against the values and vision of your business, and regardless of what those are, cost should not be caught up in such penny-wise-pound-foolish considerations.
An understating of the services a carrier offers
Clear all assumptions. Don’t make assumptions that might ultimately wreck your business, so it is best to get clarity on the range of a carrier’s services and review that against the needs of moving your freight. Shut your eyes for a second and imagine the nightmare if not horror of being stranded at sea simply because some factors were not clearly thought through.
Insurance and regulatory checks
That sounds like stating the obvious but check that the right insurance policies are in place, and while doing that, other regulatory issues should not be swept under the deck, if you get the point. Moving freight through the sea is highly risky regardless of the years of experience a carrier may pack into its profile. So? Yes, don’t lose sight of that: get the right insurance cover that covers your goods through the shipment.
Tracking system and technology
Always remember Edmund Burke’s observation that we started with about the terror of the sea. The average freighting may take up to several weeks at sea, and that means several weeks of having your heart in your mouth. To handle that, a carrier with a reliable tracking system will help you wait out and endure what is definitely out of your control. Again, a tracking system will help your business to make projections and estimations about arrivals and other business decisions.
What to do? Look for a carrier that has made good investments in tracking and other shipping technologies.
Safety and Reliability
The importance of a carrier with a well-known track record can never be overestimated. Recommendations could help here, so your choice of a carrier should be based on one that knows the route with all its inherent challenges and has recorded little to no accidents. In the same breath, knowledge of regulations and requirements at both Canadian and Nigerian ports will make for a good sail and trusted business at the end of the day.
Shipping like a pro does not happen by chance. Awele has mastered the ropes and so delivers a firm understanding of what it takes to do shipment from Canada to Nigeria with some knowledge to spare. So, be sure to clear all your doubts and assumptions with Awele, the next time you are shipping from Canada to Nigeria.