Delivery times depending on the type of transportation
When ordering the transportation of goods, each customer wants to understand how long it will take for the transport company to complete the transportation. AF-Group builds logistics processes efficiently and strives to carry out each stage of transportation as quickly as possible. Clients of the company can always count on the deadline for the execution of the transportation order, which is fixed in the contract. But nevertheless, there are many factors that influence the formation of the delivery time of goods. In this article, we will cover the main ones.
The main factors affecting the timing
If a specific delivery time is not specified when concluding a contract, then you can focus on regulatory documents that are adopted at the state level or implemented within a specific logistics service. In this case, the time of carriage of the goods will depend on several circumstances.
Type of delivery vehicle
Naturally, each vehicle has its own speed of movement, which objectively determines the time to overcome a certain distance. Choosing one or another type of cargo transportation, you can make a preliminary calculation of the terms based on the regulations.
When ordering an international cargo transportation service, you can choose from the following transport options:
- inland water
The rules for calculating the regulated terms for each variety are fixed in certain documents. The preliminary calculation of the term is always based on such standards. Of all the above options, only vehicles are not tied to the departure timetable and the traffic schedule. However, when calculating, it is necessary to take into account the driver's rest time during long trips, traffic jams and the restriction of the movement of trucks on certain road sections.
What else affects the delivery time?
Even if you carefully study the regulations and find out the preliminary time of arrival of the cargo at the destination, you will need to recalculate the delay when performing certain processes:
- loading work at the place of departure
- acceptance of cargo upon arrival
- reloading from one vehicle to another (and unloading at intermediate warehouses)
- if there are ferry crossings on the way (of motor transport), then time should be allocated for this operation
- customs clearance of goods at the border (sanitary-epidemiological, veterinary, and other types of state control during crossing customs).
It is also worth considering possible force majeure situations arising from force majeure (breakdowns, traffic congestion, departure delay due to bad weather conditions, etc.).
What factors can be affected by the logistics company?
Often the carrier indicates the terms in the contract. The transport company takes into account, in addition to the above factors, internal processes and specific features of the work.
Time can be assigned to different tasks:
- order processing upon receipt of a request for transportation (this is affected by the load of operators and other employees)
- loading into transport upon departure
- unloading and acceptance upon arrival
- packaging and crate for fragile goods.
Often in difficult directions, where many circumstances affect the term, the carrier provides additional time in the terms of the contract. By specifying the maximum terms, the carrier is insured against receiving a claim in the event of a delay in the arrival of the goods.
Who will be responsible for missed deadlines?
In most cases, it is the carrier's responsibility to ensure that deadlines are met. Fines can be calculated based on the terms of the agreement. However, for the client there are also clauses of the contract that blame him for not meeting deadlines. This is usually due to the transfer of the goods at the specified time. If the customer observes all the conditions, the fault will lie entirely with the transport company. It is worth noting that there is a concept of force majeure, which can release the performer from responsibility for missed deadlines. These can be natural phenomena, military actions, blockades, epidemics and other circumstances of force majeure. Also, at the legislative level, penalties and fines are fixed for failure to comply with the deadlines in the absence of any objective reasons. It is these calculations that the court will be guided by when initiating a case, if the contract does not contain clauses on the amount and conditions of penalties.
How to avoid disruptions to the delivery time?
If the timing is of great importance, then you will need to delve into the intricacies of the formation of certain terms for the delivery of goods from point A to point B. Above, we talked about the number of factors that need to be taken into account. Only professionals can perform a preliminary calculation with the most realistic time frame. AF-Group specialists have extensive experience in the field of domestic and international cargo transportation, are familiar with the system of forming logistic routes, and can take into account all possible delays that occur along the way. Our clients can always be sure of the carrier's responsibility for compliance with contractual obligations. AF-Group is a reliable partner for your business. You can order cargo transportation on the website or by calling the hotline.
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