Manual Shipment Tracking, Here’s How To Work Around This

MANUAL SHIPMENT TRACKING PROCESS, OFFERING PURELY A LOGISTICS-BASED APPROACH

Manual shipment tracking

We’re all aware that coins are shaped with two sides, ironically, the same has eventually become the outcome of this subject. This is because manual shipment tracking is viewed in this sphere as a professional approach that ultimately offers an in-depth guide for the determination of a shipment position. In other words, a traditional approach. However, to ascertain its dimensional approach, the subject method promises a detailed logistics guide that will cut across companies to a person’s actions.

To drive all that we need to be driven home, efforts are made to shape this content in two dimensions. Let’s say, if we have to place things side-by-side, like persons to company’s point of view, it will turn out differently. For example, when a clearing agent or a consignee decides to track a shipment manually, it will turn out a different scenario should shipping companies take the same measure.

This approach is relatively different from a digital perspective, for instance, looking at this mode of tracking from a logistics point of view, the firm’s representative would have to do this with the aid of the instructions on the shipment bill of lading that will include the agent’s contact at the port of delivery, the shipper, with other parameters (shipment’s container number and the bill of lading number).

Once the consignee has received the shipment bill of lading from the shipper, which will, in turn, be given to his clearing agent at the destination, the clearing agent will be required to contact the shipping company at the port of destination identified to be contacted for the delivery of the goods, requesting the position of the shipment either via an email or based on direct contact (should email approach fail to yield result).

Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the structure of the email in this context. Aimed at drafting a proper mail, this should be structured in this form. The mail from the consignee or a logistics firm to the shipper or the shipping company should entail the description of the goods, the bill of lading number coupled with the name of the consignee while requesting the position of the shipment. But for a less-than-container load shipment, one would be required to contact the agent’s principal at the port of transshipment to figure out the status of the goods. Alternatively, this could be achieved via a phone call.

Tracking Parameters

Going forward, emphasis should be laid on how the subject mail is structured. Let’s say the mail is structured in this order. I wish to know if the subject vessel has sailed or berthed to ascertain the status of the shipment to enable us to proceed with the customs documentation process and the shipment delivery process, however, for a full container load, the terminal or port it’s to be unloaded should be the area of concern, while for a less than container load, the actual warehouse (CFS) where the goods will be unpacked should be contained in such mail.

On the other hand, when a shipping company is tracking a shipment, factors are to be considered because the act is carried out specifically for two reasons, to ascertain the vessel’s location and the shipment status solely driven by the client’s satisfaction. First, is to figure the vessel’s expected time of arrival (ETA) while declaring the manifest of that shipment with the customs and other government authorities, to generate the vessel or the shipment rotation number, hence, paving the way for clearing agents to access individual consignee’s shipment via customs portal. For less than container load freight, the shipping company is expected to run the tracking process through its principal to ensure prompt retrieval of the shipment to its container freight station. Deploying all the necessary parameters from the shipment draft copy bill of lading and the manifest.        

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