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Swedish Shipping Companies – 7 Questions To Ask

Posted by Liam Harrison on 09-Feb-2017 10:40:00

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Choosing the right company to ship your goods means choosing a partner who will get your products where they need to go, when they need to be there. This kind of partnership can only be fruitful if the company is professional and capable. One way to ensure that Swedish shipping companies meet your needs is to ask them the following questions:

1) Length of Time

A shipping company should be able to tell you how long it will take to get your freight to its destination. A professional Scandinavian specialist should be able to give you an accurate time and date for the arrival of your goods. How frequently the company ships to your desired destination will also play a role. Scheduled and express delivery timelines should be discussed with the company of choice prior to booking freight.

2) Tracking of Freight

You should ask your shipping company about who will be handling your items from the time they are dropped off to the time they reach their destination. The reason is because it is common for shipping companies to work with third parties during the shipping process, and it’s always a good idea to know who will be handling your freight beforehand.

Another question with regard to your freight should be whether or not your shipping company offers an option to track your shipment online.

3) Insurance

Another question to ask Swedish shipping companies is whether or not they provide freight insurance. European law requires insurance to be provided for each shipment. However, the details of policies can differ from one company to another. Request the details of insurance cover, and if dissatisfied with those terms, enquire whether additional cover can be purchased. Doing this will ensure that you’ll be compensated for any items damaged, lost or stolen whilst in transit.

4) Licensing

The shipping company being considered should either be a member of a recognised international freight forwarding association, or have a license obtained from an independent agency. These kinds of licenses and memberships are only presented to companies who have demonstrated their integrity, financial strength and operational efficiency, among other attributes.

A company having these memberships and licenses, such as NTEX, will have the proven ability to handle your items with the utmost care and diligence. It also protects you from any practices which may be deemed as deceptive or unfair.

5) Item-Specific Experience

The question of a shipping company in Sweden being able to effectively ship general items is one question to ask. The question of that company being able to ship your specific items, and to your desired destination, is another. Not all shipping companies will be equal in their proficiency to ship every item and remain within the shipping regulations of each group of items.

Therefore, it’s important to ask the company you’re considering about their past experience with shipping your specific item type. They should be able to reference several examples of similar shipments.

6) Agent Network

The presence of an agent network with your shipping company is a critical component of a successful partnership. A network of agents in the country to which your items will be shipped will ensure that any unforeseen problems can be resolved quickly and efficiently. Any shipping company should be able to get items to their destination safely, quickly and with as few delays as possible. Individuals in the agents’ network should be able to advise you of any import charges you may incur as a result of shipping your freight to Sweden.

7) Quotes & Currency

No professional company will charge you upfront to provide a quote. Instead, a free, no-obligation quote should be offered. The quote should be detailed in terms of what is being shipped, and all of the charges associated with shipping your freight as listed. Before signing the contract, it’s a good idea to request an itemised list of each charge. The quote should also include where your freight will be dropped once it reaches Sweden.

Currency is an important matter. Ask your shipping company what currencies they accept, as well as which currencies you can pay them in. You’ll also want to find out about any bank fees or admin charges that may be payable in addition to shipping fees.

Shipping to Sweden with NTEX

Many general shipping companies will offer you freight shipping to Sweden. When the right questions are asked, however, you can be even more assured of a safe, risk-free and affordable shipping experience. The local knowledge and infrastructure of Scandinavian specialists like NTEX offer an advantage over general haulage companies, in terms of flexible shipping options and lower costs. Shipping to Scandinavia and Sweden with NTEX provides you with unbeatable value and ensures your goods arrive with your customer on time. Book your shipment or request a free quote by clicking here.

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