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Do you have unique and high value goods? If so, special carriers need to be considered to deliver the goods safely to their end destination. Have you created a checklist of what qualities need to be considered prior to shipping? Doing so can save time, money and frustration before transporting. Create a checklist by identifying different goods’ characteristics and processes in transporting your specific items.

Special Carriers Idea Checklist for Unique Goods

Before shipping your unique and/or high value goods, think about these particulars:

1. People who will or may need to handle your goods.

2. Any necessary processes involved in the transportation journey for your products.

3. Safe handling necessities and the steps to that handling.

4. Security to avoid/prevent loss.

5. Background checks for specialized carriers; research specifics most important to you.

6. Look for carriers with reliable, dependable reputations for safely transporting goods and for providing a high percentage of on-time delivery. Also research insurance claim incidents; professional shippers should move freight without needing to file excessive insurance claims.

7. Research company drivers’ driving records. These records should ideally be near spotless. The assigned driver also needs to show training and expertise for effectively handling your company’s specific goods.

8. The transport company’s staff should be knowledgeable about planning the route including any necessary permits and the procedures to obtain them as well as potential road/weather conditions. Each state’s rules and regulations also need to be known and accommodations provided for all your product specifications including but not limited to weight/dimension limitations, drive-time restrictions and escort requirements.

Of course, more ideas can be added to your special carriers’ checklist. What other ideas would you add to the ones listed?

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