Since it has become more affordable to obtain a shipping container of any kind, there are many businesses (and even ordinary people) who purchase these and then rent them to people who need something shipped. Now, even though containers have become significantly cheaper, they are still a big investment for anyone. Investing in such a thing is a serious endeavor and it definitely has to pay off. If, God forbid, something happens to a container before it has paid off its price, things will not be blooming for that business. This is why services like container tracking exist.
People who rent containers or have something shipped to them have always had a problem because many things can go wrong at sea. If something bad happened to the container, it was usually rendered useless and the biggest problem was that there was no one to blame. With the introduction of container tracking, checking up on your cargo has been made much easier. Also, this service provides a few other benefits that are concerned with paperwork and proper delivery, which can save a lot of trouble and time for the person who is on the receiving end.
Know where it is
This is, perhaps, the greatest benefit of the tracking system. Once your container leaves port and starts heading towards its destination, you (or anyone else for whom this information is vital) can check up on its whereabouts at any time. It is relatively easy. All that you need is the internet connection and you can keep track of the progress online. It usually involves using basic tools, like Google Maps, to view the progress in real time. The system uses RFID microchips, combined with GPS satellites. This also makes it easier for sending any digital data that is of importance.
If you are shipping things overseas, then, by all logic, you will be sending it to another country. International shipping is something that requires a lot of paperwork and is, generally, a large procedure. The tracking system used for monitoring these containers incorporates all of this necessary paperwork and has all the required audits, both external and internal. This is important for two reasons:
- The paperwork will no longer be a hassle, since it is completed through an automated process;
- You will be aware when the shipment reaches its destination, which will minimize the chances of any errors occurring.
The second thing is vital. Until this system, the paperwork was all that guaranteed that the shipment will reach its destination. As we all know, bureaucracy is full of errors and, if something goes wrong, it is three times the hassle to set things straight. With this system, all the unnecessary paperwork is eliminated and you will be able to set things straight more directly and, thus, more easily.
All the data
Some people have a need to know many other things about their possessions, aside from its whereabouts. This is understandable because sometimes the shipment is very fragile and needs to be handled with care. For example, if someone has ordered a large collection of original music CDs or a pack of highly valuable paintings, he definitely wants to make sure that, throughout the journey, his goods are handled with care. The tracking system can provide the sensitive and vital information for these goods. It can, at anytime, give you feedback about the humidity, temperature and any other environmental properties of the container. You can also have access to the video feed from inside the container and check whether everything is alright with your own eyes. This way, if something starts to go wrong with your shipment, you can instantly notify the people on the carrier to go out there and have a look. This means that any mishaps with the goods can be instantly solved, without any permanent damage.
In the end
Working with shipping containers is something that requires serious investment, but, if handled properly, can bring great profits. Since properly handling this investment means that you have to be informed of the state of your container, the container tracking system is a great tool for handling this over long distances. Everything is done online and any changes are instantly shown, so you can be informed in a timely manner. If you buy a shipping container (for whatever reason), be sure to use this service, because it will save you a lot of time and nerves.