When a cargo delay happens, it can range from being a mild inconvenience to being quite the problem. Some of the shipments may be incredibly important to the people receiving them, and a delay can have a negative impact on their plans. If you’re in an industry dealing with these kinds of scenarios, such as maritime shipping, you know it can leave a dent to your business if it occurs regularly.
With this, it’s best to know what exactly can cause your shipping to be late so you know what to prepare for in the future.
With travel at sea, there are lots of environmental factors that can delay your shipment. From storms in the middle of the ocean to strong waters to collisions, there are lots of possible disasters a ship must weather or avoid to get there in one piece. If there’s inclement weather in their usual route, for example, they have to find a new one to navigate, which will ultimately take time. It’s also possible to have technical problems because of said disasters. For this, it’s wise for companies to invest in marine insurance so they’re financially protected in case of any accidents.
Issues at ports
Another reason for late deliveries is that several issues can happen at the ports. They can be congested, which means that cargo have to wait before they are turned over to another ship for its final trip. This process is called transshipment, and the delay happens when the cargo misses a vessel movement in said process. This means that because a ship didn’t arrive on time, the load isn’t there to be transferred to the next one. The journey then has to be made without the package on the new vessel.
If your shipment has been rescheduled at a later date, this means that it has been rolled. This usually happens when a ship is overbooked or doesn’t have the space to accommodate the containers you need. One way that your shipment is more likely to be rolled is when you don’t file your documentation properly, so do make sure it’s all documented correctly and on time before anything else.
Inspections upon entry
Like any other package or delivery coming in from overseas, they have to be checked by customs and border control to ensure it passes their standards and the regulations of the receiving country. If they see something that doesn’t, it may lead to more inspections, which in turn leads to a longer time on the port instead of going directly to the designated receiver.
At this point, piracy has become quite a common problem for all kinds of ships. As this activity often involves security breaches and theft, it’s definitely going to cause delays as the people on board the ships deal with the pirates as well as the losses they incurred (if any). They also have to avoid routes that are commonly attacked by pirates, which requires rerouting which increases the time exerted by the navigators.
There are lots of other factors responsible for hindrances in the delivery of several marine shipments. Some we can help, but others are out of our control. What’s important is that you know of these possibilities so you can adequately prepare for when it happens to your cargo. It’s also best if you get marine insurance to be your financial net for any damages and concerns your cargo sustains during its way to you.