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Supply Chain: Finding Safe Harbor in the World’s Ports

By: Simon Kaye
Posted: September 5, 2008, from the September 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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For cosmetic companies that source globally, selecting a first class freight forwarder that has local knowledge and will represent its clients’ interests under FOB shipping terms is the essential ingredient to successful importing through ports anywhere in the world. It facilitates the movement of products around the globe—quickly, cleanly and without loss. Understanding the unique challenges of local sourcing markets, using modern tracking methods and shipping terms to ensure accurate and efficient product flow, and having a direct local presence through a freight forwarder of choice gives companies a far better chance of creating a supply chain with a minimal amount of inefficiency and maximum amount of flexibility—no matter how far-flung are the ports that it uses.

Simon Kaye is 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: simon@jaguarfreight.com; www.jaguarfreight.com; 1-516-239-1900