| As the project forwarding industry branches out into new
markets, logistics providers have nurtured new found relationships and distribution channels throughout theworld.
And as the nature of the cargo expands beyond Just having heavy-lift resources and equipment, the non-asset based logistics providers are of necessity also acquiring additional expertise in turnkey project management, and forging global alliances with their capital-intensive operators, carriers, and 2PLs.
Logistics providers are realizing that if they want to compete in today's global marketplace, they need to keep pace with the demands of clients, who require complete turnkey services applications and 4PL-management processes which are outsourced by the end-user or contract holder.
DDU or DDP-terms mean in the project context, delivery per contract, which may encompass most if not all aspects of the shipping process. Demand for delivery from door to job-site means extensive PLANNING and ANALYSIS, route and site surveys, port/airport/road/river analysis in the review of transport options; managing the purchasing and quote process, expediting of purchase orders and delivery orders, temporary marshalling at remote or off-sites for repositioning, warehousing, full and or part charters on a multi-modal basis, insurance, export packing, customs clearance, trade documentation and more!
Creativity and a sense of urgency! Time is money and getting the equipment on site and set-up and ready for operation is part of the challenge.
In more recent times, global awareness, accompanied by contract performance issues has led to a heightened requirement for ability to comply with corporate, local, regional, and/or governmentally decreed Health, Safety, and Environment and Security (H.S.E.S.) schedules. All are paramount factors in the risk assessment and management taken by the logistics provider.
Meeting the Challenge