Ideal way to arrange the logistics for export

If you have decided that you are going to export, the product must of course also end up in the right place. Therefore, you also take logistics into account in your export plan. This involves much more than just transport; Delivery conditions, customs and freight documents, insurance, the design of the service equipment and return logistics are also affected.

Important points when transporting your goods abroad

Step 1: Choose the type of transport

For load boards transportation of your goods you can choose from road, rail, air and sea transport. Which mode of transport is best depends on the type of goods you transport. The fastest option is air transport. This is immediately the most expensive option, but often the best for perishable or seasonal products. The train is only profitable at longer distances because many companies do not have a railway connection nearby. As a result, the cargo often has to be transported by truck to and from the train. Transport by road is useful because you can then transport products from door to door. Most goods are transported by ship. You can distinguish between liner shipping and wild canal. The rates vary per category.


Transporting your product to the export country is work for professionals. So spend it on a good carrier or (re) organize your own transport thoroughly.

Step 2: Transport insurance

The chance of damage or theft during loading and unloading, entering and leaving warehouses and the transport itself is life-size. Therefore, take out a proper transport insurance yourself. If you regularly trade abroad, then an ongoing transport insurance is a good idea. Do you occasionally transport something? Then it is best to take out insurance for each shipment.

The ICC Incoterms specify for whom (seller or buyer) the risk of loss or damage to the goods is at a certain moment in the transport process. You can cover this risk by means of a goods transport insurance policy. The use of these ICC Incoterms prevents a lot of misunderstandings and therefore misery.

Step 3: Commercial agent or distributor?

You can transport your goods directly or indirectly. Direct implies that you deliver your products directly from the Netherlands to the foreign partner, possibly through an own representative or branch. In case of indirect export you sell your product through a commercial agent, trading house or importer.


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