The global apparel market is expected to expand in value from $1.5 trillion in 2020 to $2.25 trillion dollars by 2025. This trend shows the demand for clothing and shoes is on a steady rise across the globe. Businesses and professionals in garment export and import often prefer garment on hanger (GOH) options as this offers many benefits. The GOH containers may be available as dry cargo containers, reefer containers, and many more as per apparel shippers’ requirements.
But before implementing a GOH shipment, ask yourself the following questions:
What Type of Material Am I Selling?
If you are shipping fabric-sensitive fashion garments, GOH transportation ensures you receive wrinkle-free clothing with no or minimal rework. This not only reduces costs but lead times as well. Considering the type of material will also help determine how your garments will be affected by being on a hanger. Ideally, leather garments and bulkier garments are ideal for GOH movement as they typically travel better and require less rework in stores. Silky garments, however, tend to fall off easily, especially where they are not adequately secured on a hanger.
Will My Transport Partners Be Able to Handle GOH?
Find out whether your transport partners are well equipped to handle the needs of a GOH. For example, determining whether a factory can load goods into GOH units will help make informed decisions. Additionally, find out if your stores and logistic partners can manage GOH units. If the factory lacks the capacity to handle GOH units in the factory, the GOH option may not be the best. Besides, if your logistics partners cannot handle larger GOH units, it may result in additional handling and packing of the garments into smaller units. Packing smaller units increases the risk of damage, results in higher costs, and increases lead times. However, if your partners currently lack capabilities, assess the end-to-end impact to determine whether the benefits justify future development.
How Are the Products Being Shipped?
You also need to determine if the garments will be packed into cartons for the final mile or not and whether the products will need some in-store finishing. In most cases, garments that are packed in cartons require refinishing at the destination. If the products are packed into cartons for the final mile, it is best to ship flat-packed right from the origin.
What Sea Freight Options Are Available For GOH?
Sea freight options for a GOH may be full or less/partial containers that leverage bar or string solutions or a combination of the two. A full container load of garments is where a container is used exclusively for your garments. The less container load is where your garments share the containers with other less container load shipments from the other importers. If you prefer using a partial container load option, choose a shipper that can consolidate garment shipments from various suppliers into one container. This ensures your shipment is loaded into a single container exclusive to garments.
What Is the Necessary Customer Clearance Documentation That I Should Have?
To ensure your GOH shipment is released and cleared through customs, have the following:
- Bill of lading
- Commercial invoice
- Fumigation certificate
- Packing declaration
How TALG Can Help
TALG offers pre-configured GOH infrastructure design around apparel. The area is designed to hold over 200K of garments on hanger and is supported by over 2 miles of automated conveyor. TALG is also experienced in packaging GOH products so that it travels in proper condition on its way to the consumer.
TALG provides third-party logistics and warehousing services for all apparel companies of different sizes and scales. We focus on same-day shipping, fully integrated technologies, and competitive freight rates to domestic and international destinations. We boast of consistent, reliable, and available standardized GOH shipping units designed to offer optimal solutions.