Often acting as charters, brokers and bunkering agents, shipping agents in Malta and Gozo provide first-class service to importers and exporters, as well as individuals who are in need of a freight forwarding service, while they can take care of shipping companies' regular routine tasks in a quick and efficient manner.
Below are some of the main services provided by local shipping agents.
One of the primary services offered, agents can transport all sorts of items, while they can take care of all your general cargo logistics, whether this involves hi-tech products, retail goods or your personal stuff. Relocating to a different country and need to have your effects transported? Acting as a moving service, agencies can ship your stuff be it small precious possessions or a lifetime of accumulated assets.
Yet, these agencies also offer shipping services for commercial clients, where goods can be either palletised or non-palletised according to clients' needs. For instance, a pharmaceutical logistics service is on hand whereby clients' products can be handled and transported in a secure and temperature-controlled environment that abides with Good Distribution Practice (GDP). The same applies when it comes to food logistics. Both refrigerated and frozen goods can be transported via their reliable and efficient temperature-controlled delivery chain. At the same time, companies can also support their clients' incoming and outgoing container freight requirements, whilst offering port-to-port solutions, as well as inland transport services should the need arise.
Part of shipping agencies' services may also include husbandry. This involves the maintenance, cleaning and general upkeep of the ship, including its hull, rigging and equipment, as well as, the repairing and restoration when this is necessary. In addition, shipping agents can help with the provision of supplies, bunkering and crew changes. All of these services are offered both inside and off harbour.
Closely related to the above service, customs clearance can be quite challenging at times. Leave this to the experienced hands of one of these professional shipping agents who can handle all the necessary administrative tasks and documentation needed, ensuring that your shipment complies with all the rules and regulations, as well as customs requirements while accelerating, at the same time, the whole process.
Whether you have a single pallet or a full truckload of items, shipping agencies can provide groupage and less than load (LTL). Do you need to transport products that you'd like them to arrive at their destination as fresh as possible? With a deep understanding of how important handling and storage is, clients have the option to select temperature-controlled equipment for temperature-sensitive items. In addition, certain companies may be able to transport hazardous shipments by abiding to the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).
Although shipping agents' core activity lies in freight transportation via sea, a number of companies may also be able to offer air freight. This means that they can provide an efficient airport-to-airport service, at times, combined with a door-to-door one. As is the case with freight transport by sea, shipping agencies may also be able to accommodate your business' needs even if that means airfreight movement of temperature-sensitive shipments. Agents can also keep an eye on your cargo thanks to tracing and tracking.
Have your items arrived safe and sound, however, you are facing storage issues? Do you need to store your commercial consignments in between moves? The majority of companies can manage your warehousing needs by facilitating flexible warehousing options based on the capacity needed and your business needs, reducing unnecessary overhead costs. As a result, your cargo can be stored in a large, fully secured and dry environment.
Logistics and Courier Services
Having a wide network at their disposal means that shipping agents can offer international courier services to their clients. Whether you need documents or small parcels delivered, this service is also provided on an express and on a door to door basis, while making sure that delivery times are abided with.
How shipping agents will take care of your every need
Shipping agents will ensure that the service offered is of the highest standard, however, they will also provide an after sales service should customers request that. At the same time, they will be happy to offer a free consultation and quote. Irrespective of the service you're after, agents will ensure that this is tailormade to your needs and requirements.
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