1. Does your logistics partner have control over the shipping environment?
To successfully make a shipment of alcohol you need to know the different ways of transport i.e. the shipping environment. Alcoholic beverages can be shipped in different ways. It can be shipped in containers, on trucks, transported as bulk using ISO tanks or Flexibags which are disposable plastic bags loaded into standard container. Regardless of shipping method you and your carrier need to have control over the shipping environment.
Alcoholic beverages are temperature-sensitive products. The alcohol lowers the freezing point, so when wine or beer freeze the water begins to crystallize, and the products are destroyed. Vice versa, alcohol that is left in heat for too long will begin to ferment. As elevated temperatures can cause drying out of wine corks and damaging oxidation, temperature swings should also be kept to a minimum. The same applies to sunlight, which can accelerate the oxidation process, and also the humidity of alcoholic beverages needs to be right to avoid contamination.
So, depending on the seasonal differences and weather conditions you have to make sure your logistics partner has the knowledge and experience on how to handle your valuable shipment.
2. How well is your logistics partner protecting your cargo?
As alcoholic beverages are relatively valuable goods, there is a considerable risk of theft especially on road. But there are many ways for carriers to protect the shipments in-transit and avoid losses. By using devices like GPS receivers carriers are able to directly pinpoint the location of the shipments. This helps them know exactly where the cargo is at all times, making it very easy to detect if something goes wrong.
So, make sure your logistics partner asks you about the content and value of the load. Everyone involved, from the driver to the receiver, should have the knowledge about the nature of the goods and the special attention it requires. Communication and information is a key factor for a safe and secure transport.