Know the weight and dimensions. Estimates are ok, but not optimal. The more you can tell your carrier; the more accurate your price quote will be.
Be sure the consignee can unload. Do they have a loading dock? Proper lifting equipment? Need an appointment delivery? Is an inside delivery needed?
Understand the paperwork. Proper completion of the Bill of Lading can prevent confusion and unforeseen costs. Work with your forwarder to be sure you’re completing the BOL properly.
Do you know the ready date and time? This helps your forwarder find a better solution to your specific shipment and secure space on the truck, plane or steamship.
Do you need coverage? Consult with your forwarder to determine whether standard liability is acceptable or if Declared Value coverage or all-risk coverage is desirable.
Secure the cargo. Is it properly boxed or crated to arrive safely at the destination?