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Supply Chain: Distributing in China
By: Simon Kaye, Jaguar Freight
Posted: April 2, 2008, from the April 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.
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Therefore, it is imperative to find people who know what they are doing and to rely on them for advice, help and leverage. A logistics organization won’t just be representing the interests of a single company, but the interests of an entire vein of cargo and supply chain nodes. The government agencies responsible for customs and clearance are more sympathetic to broadly-backed organizations.
It is almost certain that China will continue to grow in ways that are difficult to foresee. But laying the groundwork now for a self-correcting, modular, electronically-tracked freight-forwarding system will put a company on the road to a degree of control that will allow it to react quickly, effectively and decisively to any problems that may arise.
Additionally, taking advantage of the know-how of established freight-forwarding companies will provide an advantage over those who are going it alone. There is money to be made, and it is worth the risks. But that doesn’t mean that a company shouldn’t take advantage of all the precautions and help available to ensure that goods are protected and the supply chain remains stable.
Simon Kaye is the founder and CEO of Jaguar Freight Services, with operations and fully integrated door-to-door freight solution networks in Europe, North America, South America, Australasia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.jaguarfreight.com; 1-516-239-1900