While the advantages are significant and build a powerful case for shippers to opt for consolidated shipment methods, there are a few risks involved too3
• In some cases, shippers may need to find resources to consolidate shipments – whether that means finding crates to put their goods in or following prescribed packaging methods
• If there are multiple pickup and delivery points, there are chances that your cargo will have to be loaded and unloaded many times. Consolidated shipment is safe when all the goods have a common loading and unloading point. This is usually the case with ocean and air cargo, but land cargo is likely to have multiple touchpoints.
• Communication can become an issue if shippers, consolidators and carriers do not have a strong relationship. Poor transparency and even lack of knowledge can lead to a poor experience for parties involved. This can be overcome by relying on trusted consolidators and carriers.
• A delay in consolidation or deconsolidation for one shipper can cause a ripple effect and impact all the shippers. This means that delivery might be delayed.