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No Need for Big Headaches with Oversize Shipments

No Need for Big Headaches with Oversize Shipments An oversize freight load doesn’t have to cause oversize problems – as long as you have the right shipping partner. That was good news for a Michigan manufacturer whose experience shipping four-ton dynamometers to international ports had been so poorly handled by a previous shipping company, the freight was arriving in parcels and on different ships. That caused confusion, missed deadlines and unhappy customers. “There is a lot of detailed logistical planning that goes into shipments…

Lacking Papers, Overseas Freight was Dead in the Water

Lacking Papers, Overseas Freight was Dead in the Water A Pennsylvania electronics equipment manufacturer recently learned an expensive lesson about international shipping when it sent a $39,000 X-ray machine to a customer in China. The shipment made it to China, all right, but the freight carrier failed to follow some of the basic extra steps necessary to ensure that the machinery would actually reach its final destination. The Chinese government flagged the shipment and confiscated it. The shipper frantically tried calling us to fix the problem but…

ICAT Charters 747 to Deliver the Goods – and a 40 Percent Savings

ICAT Charters 747 to Deliver the Goods – and a 40 Percent Savings One of the world’s biggest auto manufacturers was staring at a costly production delay last month – until they called us. Their problem -- which we immediately took on as our responsibility, too – was that their assemblies for a prototype were in Spain while their manufacturing facilities were an ocean apart in Michigan. With the Spanish citrus industry hitting peak production and using nearly all commercial planes to ship their oranges and lemons around the world, regular air…

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Q&A with Dan Cser

Q&A with Dan Cser Success in International Industrial Logistics requires Cultural Awareness, Process Discipline & Attention to Detail When you consider how Dan Cser spent his formative years, you understand why he’s had 35 years of success in industrial logistics, including the past two decades as agency owner for ICAT Logistics DTW in Michigan. By living abroad as a child, learning about the importance of process and detail from a father in the Air Force, and having a mind for math, Dan was made for the…

The Canal Expands: What’s in it for You?

The Canal Expands: What’s in it for You? The long awaited expansion of the Panama Canal is complete and it is being hailed as a “game changer…a bridge between the present and the future.” The canal has been vital to international commerce for more than a century, but as the needs of global markets have grown, so have the ships that carry our freight. The expansion — the addition of mammoth locks — will now accommodate huge ‘neo-Panamax’ ships that could not reach the U.S. East and Gulf coasts…

Safety at Sea

Safety at Sea If you and your business rely on international ocean freight shipping, this is news you can use. Beginning July 1, 2016, all packed shipping containers must be accompanied by a shipping document that lists the verified gross mass (VGM) of a container before it can be loaded onto ships operated by flag states that are party to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, which flags approximately 99 percent of the merchant ships in the world. The new standard is designed…

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