Over the previous ten years, exporting has grown into a multi-billion dollar market. Technological advancement in a variety of areas of logistics has made it simple for businesses of all sizes to get involved with the exporting business.
Africa is largely a growing continent, also due to its geography and size it relies extensively on heavy duty machinery such as trucks to haul large loads of products from 1 part of the country into another. Since the African terrain can be very demanding and rugged, trucks are known to break down quite frequently, and this requires a large volume of exports of truck spares and replacements into the continent.
While a few African truck repair stores carry all the essential truck components to get the truck ready to go, sometimes, the components aren’t in stock and have to be imported from the other country. Below are two ways that we export custom truck parts to Africa with comparative ease. I say relative, because some areas and shipments have been fraught with difficulties, so we will also cover some of the potential issues you might encounter when exporting to Africa.
Technological advancements and the diminishing cost of air transport have enabled exporters of truck parts to easily send the ordered parts from 1 nation to another within a few days. Buyers shouldn’t wait for months on end to get the parts they require, they could simply ask the seller to send the parts via air and receive them in three or four days.
While utilizing air cargo as a primary mode of transport is a good way to export, it’s also an extremely expensive one, particularly as compared to utilizing land and sea cargo. Sending something through air cargo can run up hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in transport costs. Because most truck components are rather heavy, be prepared to pay a large quantity of money to send the component via air.
Since the exporter, you are always able to charge the purchaser for the air shipment; nonetheless, be sure that they are given the choice of getting the component sent through an alternative method.
Exporting goods through the sea is perhaps among the oldest modes of international transportation. It is because of ship routes based back in history which we are able to so easily browse the seas.
Most exporters send very heavy truck components via boat freight. Ship cargo can be used if there are quite a few truck parts being exported (in bulk). Sending truck parts via boat cargo is generally less expensive than sending it through air cargo, however; it will have its downsides.
While technological advancements within the field of logistics have enabled sea shipment companies to buy fuel powered ships to transport products, the shipments can still take a lot of time to reach their destination. Based on the country of export, a dispatch via the sea can take anywhere between a week and three weeks to reach its destination.
Sending truck parts via boat cargo can also increase custom costs. Since Africa is still a developing country, there may be a whole lot of customs problems at its ports, as well as corruption, which can result in expectations of bribery, among other issues: The truck components may sit in the docks waiting clearance for days in the event the procedure isn’t sped up using a little “persuasion”. Because of this I would try to choose your destination, and indeed entire delivery route, attentively when you’re making structures to export to Africa, as some countries are more vulnerable to corruption than others.
There is also the dilemma of instability, be it social, economic or ethnic strife and conflict that can affect the price of exporting into a given nation, and this should be regarded cautiously. Bad social conditions or conflict can freeze cargoes in place, incur unforeseen expenses, slow distribution lines, or even cause cargoes to ‘disappear.’ Because of this, try to plot an export path through stable countries where possible.