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Brazil to Detroit: Right on Time

Brazil to Detroit: Right on Time How do you get from Bahia, Brazil, to Detroit? If you’re moving nine crates of vehicle side panels that weigh three tons, as ICAT Logistics DTW did in August, the answer is: Very carefully. That’s because moving such heavy material 6,000 miles isn’t only about getting the right trucks and airplanes. It’s about planning. In Brazil, and wherever ICAT ships industrial materials around the world, the company maintains a close working relationship with the agents who follow their…

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…

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Choosing the Right Freight Forwarder

Choosing the Right Freight Forwarder During a visit to one of our large OEM customers, we were introduced to a new program manager who was about to face his first big test — moving his operation’s capital assets from one country to another. “I’m going to need help,” he said, “but I don’t know if ICAT Logistics DTW is the right freight partner for the job I’m facing and I’m frankly not sure how to start looking for a partner.” How do you choose a freight forwarding partner…

How a Freight Shipping Budget goes Kablooey

How a Freight Shipping Budget goes Kablooey There’s a lot to consider when you’re moving heavy equipment halfway around the world. A wrinkle in your plan can eat into profits so deeply you’ll wonder if the deal was worth the effort, after all. How can logistics and transportation glitches make such a significant financial difference? Here are some familiar scenarios that illustrate how your budget can go astray: The time between an order for big equipment is placed and an actual delivery date can be many months. A lot can…

Shipping Internationally? Know the Social Customs

Shipping Internationally? Know the Social Customs Everyone in international trade knows it’s easy to make a mistake in a foreign country that could cost you a relationship. For instance, patting someone on the back for a job well done is offensive in one place and expected in another. Eating with your left hand in India or parts of the Middle East, or even waving with it is inappropriate. And in the Philippines, summoning someone by pointing and then curling your finger is so offensive you can be arrested for it. Such social misunderstandings…

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