Transportation Management

Whether shipping by road, air, sea or rail, customer service needs to hum. Supply Chain Solutions brings together the experience, the capabilities, the resources and financial stability of a leading global logistics provider coupled with personalized service and a focus on delivering bottom line savings.

We operate on an open book, cost-plus operating model, and we deliver regular reports with key performance indicators. So you get a committed partner with a track record and a “client first” approach.

Meet Terry McCracken, Vice President of Customs Administration.
“A good transportation design makes all the difference when it comes to the cost and efficiency of any venture.”

Transportation Design and Execution

Cost-effective, on-time delivery of your shipments is critical to supply chain optimization. Because transportation design is inseparable from your organization’s business model, Supply Chain Solutions performs detailed analysis of your current shipping data then conducts interdepartmental interviews and business process analysis. Using this in-depth information, we determine the best mode and method of transportation to achieve success, from cost savings to improved delivery.

Supply Chain Solutions offers a full suite of transportation management capabilities including:

  • Carrier procurement: We orchestrate procurement of multi-modal, domestic and international transportation, including rate and service negotiation and contract management.
  • Shipment planning and execution: We manage the shipment process by building orders into loads, selecting routes and carriers, providing status, tracking goods in-transit with delivery confirmation, and management reporting.
  • Mode Optimization: We determine the most cost-effective mode(s) of transportation based on historical data and/or real-time data, taking into consideration volume, tariffs, and delivery constraints.
  • Freight Bill Settlement (FBS): SCS audits, processes and can pay carrier freight bills.
  • Freight brokerage: SCS facilitates procurement freight or freight capacity on the open market, and the subsequent contracting of freight movements on a transactional basis.
  • Global Trade Services: SCS provides services associated with facilitating the exit, movement, and entry of goods between countries in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.
  • Global Transportation Management System (GTMsys): We manage a suite of software tools to plan, procure, execute and monitor all transportation events in a logistics network.

Imports

The world is a big place, and to be a successful importer requires a plan and a committed partner.

Supply Chain Solutions can help you grow your import business and navigate a challenging environment.

Excellence in the import of goods begins long before the goods arrive – often with the consolidation of multiple vendors, the optimization of overseas warehouses and the management of container loads, among other challenges. It continues onshore, with warehousing and distribution challenges. You need a partner who has mastered the management of all these issues, and who has the global contacts to give you the benefit of the best people and organizations.

With the recent acquisition of the freight forwarding unit of England Logistics, SCS has offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai, Qingdao and Ningbo, China, giving customers a complete suite of supply chain services.

SCS also has a strong relationship with China International Freight, one of the world’s largest Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers, with major contracts handling 200,000 containers each year. From overseas warehousing to a whole host of other value-added services, we combine with CIF to steer our import clients through the maze of ocean and airfreight activity to bring their goods safely and efficiently to the United States.

Once in port, our West Coast facility becomes the heartbeat of a wide range of activity designed to steer your goods efficiently to market. Supply Chain Solutions helps you ensure optimal shipment visibility, proximity to your markets, Warehouse Management Services and Transportation Management Services.

Bring your goods ashore with the expertise of a dependable import partner.

Exports

Whether you are a small company or large, Supply Chain Solutions can help you with efficient, economical movement of cargo to foreign lands. We know the ins and outs of carrier selection, service requirements and the securing of competitive rates.

As an international freight forwarder, SCS is an agent for the exporter and can move cargo from “dock-to-door,” providing several significant services such as:

  • Advising on exporting costs including freight costs, port charges, consular fees, costs of special documentation, insurance costs and freight handling fees
  • Preparing and filing required export documentation such as the bill of lading and routing appropriate documents to the seller, the buyer or a paying bank
  • Advising on the most appropriate mode of cargo transport and making arrangements to pack and load the cargo
  • Reserving the necessary cargo space on a vessel, aircraft, train, or truck
  • Making arrangements with overseas customs brokers to ensure that the goods and documents comply with customs regulations

We can also help you secure the right kind of trade finance, whether that requires creative methods like the international import bank or a more conventional option. As an agent for Lloyd’s of London, the world’s largest marine cargo insurance provider, we can give you access to extremely competitive insurance rates. And whatever the documentation needs your situation presents, SCS experts know how to put you in compliance.

For efficient intermodal transportation, ocean contracting and the full array of services to take your goods anywhere in the world, export with the experts of Supply Chain Solutions.

Trade Management and Customs Compliance

Navigating the tricky waters of customs compliance is a core competency of Supply Chain Solutions.

The importer and/or exporter is responsible for using reasonable care to enter, classify and value imported merchandise, and provide any other information necessary to enable Customs to properly assess duties, collect accurate statistics and determine whether other applicable legal requirements, if any, have been met. The Customs Service is then responsible for fixing the final classification and value of the merchandise. The failure of an importer of record to exercise reasonable care can delay release of the merchandise and, in some cases, result in the imposition of penalties for acting without reasonable care.

The law encourages companies that do not have the requisite skills to ensure compliance with all U.S. and foreign rules and regulations to seek the assistance of experts to ensure that these requirements are satisfied.

A key component of trade compliance involves an assessment of current processes and gaps. Our trade compliance assessment is a detailed review of the company's internal controls for International trade transactions coupled with an audit of selected import and export transactions. The focus of the assessment is to determine the company's current level of compliance, and whether or not there are sufficient systems in place to ensure a high level of compliance with trade laws and regulations for future transactions.

After a focused assessment is conducted, the company is determined to be compliant or non-compliant. If found to be non-compliant, the company will be required to formulate a compliance improvement plan, and tender any revenue found to be owing.

The stakes are often high for a company found to be non-compliant, as U.S. Customs and other customs entities continue to measure company compliance through intensive cargo exams on a more frequent, ongoing basis. This process can significantly disrupt a company's "just-in-time" delivery program.

SCS provides you with the expert assistance necessary to classify and value merchandise, and develop systems and procedures to ensure customs expectations of informed compliance are met.

Whether you are importing, exporting, or both, we help you manage and comply with customs regulations.

To learn more about how you can achieve supply chain optimization by working with trading partners, turn to Supply Chain Solutions.