Top 5 advantages of booking ocean freight online

April 2020

Booking ocean freight online can help you to simplify and speed up the shipping process. When done right, there are 5 benefits of booking ocean freight online with eShipAsia

1.     Get instant quotes and have expired quotations automatically renewed

On eShipAsia, you simply select the origin, destination and the amount of containers you would like to ship.

Our platform will immediately show the available carrier options, ocean freight rates and vessel departure and arrival dates, allowing you to instantly perform ocean freight rates and schedule comparisons across various shipping lines in real time.

eShipAsia quotations not only provide you with the ocean freight rates, but also with a detailed breakdown of the applicable local charges. This will allow you to calculate your total landed costs (excluding tax and levies) instantly and avoid unpleasant surprises down the line.

If you find a product that you like, you can either proceed to book on your required vessel departure straight away or save your ocean freight rates and return to book at a more convenient time.

Upon expiration of your negotiated ad hoc rates, eShipAsia can support you to automatically get a new rate on the same port pair so you don’t have to worry about having suitable rates for future shipments.

Depending on your preferences, the platform will either quote freight rates based on the lowest freight rates, fastest available transit time or best value.

You will completely eliminate your time spend on the administration of obtaining freight rates, so you can focus on the things that matter most to your business. Now that’s convenience!

2.     Save time

Shipping lines and freight forwarders require basic information in order to be able to process your booking. Therefore, understanding what shipment details are required and submitting all required information during the time of booking is important if you wish to avoid a waste of time and effort in providing additional information retroactively.

We have kept our booking form at an absolute minimum so you can submit a booking in less than a minute. You can also save shipments as templates for future use to process your bookings even faster.

As the biggest Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) in the world, our system has interfaces with all main carriers. The moment you submit your shipment online all information is processed automatically in our backend and submitted directly to the shipping company without delays.

This means you get your booking confirmation a lot faster which will improve your service levels to both customers and internal stakeholders.

3.     Track the status of your shipment online anywhere, anytime

Shipment information is directly available through our online track and trace – anytime and anywhere.

Conveniently track your shipments, view their details and stay updated from pick-up to delivery. Depending on your preference, you can easily set up push notifications or share your shipment information with customers or colleagues via e-mail, SMS, WhatsApp, WeChat and many other channels.

4.     Avoid disputes

Invoice accuracy has always been a challenge for the shipping industry. Auditing freight invoices and handling disputes can take a lot of time and may affect your company’s profit margins.

Through eShipAsia, your bookings are directly linked to your quotation, so you can be assured that you always receive an invoice in line with the agreed quotation. Disputes will be a thing of the past.

5.     Offline support

Many platforms have a back office in a shared service center. Whilst cost efficient, we believe that such set-ups are not effective in helping you solve urgent issues with local parties.

Therefore, eShipAsia provides you with a local, dedicated shipping customer service expert to guide you through the shipping process or answer any queries you may have. You can contact our shipping customer service experts via email or phone.

Our team continuously tracks the progress of your shipment against critical milestones. Potential disruptions to your supply chain will be proactively identified and resolved, meaning you can relax knowing that your shipment is in the best hands

 

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