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How to successfully import / export

Updated: Apr 11, 2023


International logistics is a complex task that can present numerous challenges for companies wishing to expand globally. From handling customs to coordinating shipments and managing suppliers, there are several obstacles that can hinder companies from operating efficiently in the international market. In this article, we will explore some of the most common challenges in international logistics and how to overcome them.


The complexity of the customs process

The customs process is one of the biggest challenges in international logistics. Regulations and customs procedures vary from country to country, making it difficult to navigate them. Companies that do not comply with customs requirements may face fines and delays in the delivery of their shipments.


Another complexity is the time the process takes. Customs paperwork can be very slow, and companies may face significant delays if they do not submit all the required documentation or if they encounter problems during customs inspection. This can result in additional costs and delays in the delivery of goods, which can have an impact on business operations.


In addition, the Mexican customs system is highly regulated and subject to frequent changes. Companies must be aware of current customs regulations and be prepared to quickly adapt to changes. It is also important to note that regulations may vary depending on the type of product, which can make the process even more complicated.


Recommendation

  • Work with international logistics experts who have experience handling customs. Customs agents can help companies understand the specific requirements of each country and prepare the necessary documentation for shipping goods.

  • Stay updated on customs regulations and conduct training for logistics staff. At Grupo Tramitaciones, we have extensive knowledge of foreign trade and offer customs brokerage services through more than 10 customs offices in Mexico and the United States. Some of our services include: tariff classification, end-to-end importing and exporting, virtual operations, duties drawbacks, among others.

Coordination of shipments

The coordination of shipments is another major challenge in international logistics. From collection and packaging to shipping and delivery, the coordination process can be complicated and requires careful management to ensure that shipments arrive at their destination on time.


Recommendation

  • Have a real-time shipment tracking and control system. Supply chain management systems can help coordinate and control all shipping processes.

  • Work with reliable transportation providers who have experience in delivering international shipments. At Grupo Tramitaciones, we have Mexican transportation, American transportation, cross-border, and air, maritime, and multimodal transportation.


Supplier management

Supplier management can also be a challenge in international logistics. Companies must work with transportation providers, customs agents, storage companies, and other suppliers in each country in which they operate. Managing all these suppliers can be difficult and requires careful coordination to ensure that all processes are carried out efficiently.


Recommendation

  • Establish strong relationships with suppliers and work with those who have a good reputation and experience in the international market.

  • Establish clear and detailed service agreements to ensure that all suppliers know exactly what is expected of them.


Communication and Coordination

Communication and coordination are essential for international logistics. Companies must communicate effectively with suppliers, customers, and other business partners in different time zones and languages. Lack of communication can result in errors and delays in delivery.


Recommendation

  • Establish a clear and effective communication system. Companies can use online communication tools, such as video conferences and real-time chat, to coordinate and communicate with suppliers and customers worldwide.

  • Have staff trained in foreign languages and cultures to facilitate communication with international business partners.


Cost management Cost management is another common challenge in international logistics. Shipping, customs, storage, and other expenses can vary from country to country, making cost management difficult. In addition, changes in exchange rates and fluctuations in fuel prices can have an impact on the costs of international logistics.


Recommendation

  • Perform a detailed cost analysis for each shipment and work with suppliers that offer competitive and transparent pricing. Companies can also consider consolidating shipments to reduce shipping and storage costs.


In summary, international logistics can present several challenges for companies, from handling customs to coordinating shipments and managing suppliers. To overcome these challenges, it is important to work with international logistics experts, establish strong relationships with reliable suppliers, have an effective communication system, and establish clear service agreements. Additionally, conducting a detailed cost analysis and considering shipment consolidation to reduce costs is essential. With careful planning and efficient management, companies can overcome the challenges of international logistics and expand their presence in the global market.


At Grupo Tramitaciones, we have over 26 years of experience in foreign trade and serve companies in all sectors. We have had the opportunity to implement technological tools to make our Mexican customs agency, transportation, storage, and distribution services more efficient.


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