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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…

Meeting the Greatest Challenges with Confidence and Professionalism

Meeting the Greatest Challenges with Confidence and Professionalism The ICAT Logistics DTW team never ducks a challenge, and this one, from a loyal Detroit-based customer, was a doozy: Organize and secure the safe delivery of 295 test units — totaling 47,000 individual pieces from nine countries and 29 suppliers. Some parts in India and Brazil wouldn’t be ready until two days before our deadline and normal lead time is 10 days. Many parts required custom crating or special packaging. Some needed to be sealed from the elements so they wouldn’t rust.…

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Standing Up for a Strong Infrastructure

Standing Up for a Strong Infrastructure As the candidates get down to the real domestic issues in this presidential campaign, the state of our nation’s infrastructure and how we’re going to fix it should be at the forefront. In the grand view, transportation infrastructure is the basis for a productive and competitive economy. And closer to home, we see that the deterioration of our nation’s infrastructure is hurting business. We can no longer depend on a smooth road for freight delivery. U.S. highways, bridges, railways,…

Sleepless in the Supply Chain

Sleepless in the Supply Chain In a recent study conducted by APICS and Michigan State University, supply chain leaders were asked to comment on the challenges that worry them most. The result of this survey is an interesting report, “What’s Keeping Supply Chain Managers Awake at Night?” If you are a supply chain manager, and you read the report, it probably explained some of your tossing and turning. But at ICAT Logistics DTW, where supply chain managers are valued clients, we read the report with one question…

ICAT Team Eases Burden of International Shipments

ICAT Team Eases Burden of International Shipments Shipping freight overseas can be complicated and confusing, but at ICAT Logistics DTW our job is to remove many of the burdens of shipment preparation and export documentation for our international customers. When we are involved early — knowing what you are shipping, where it’s going and your detailed delivery expectations — we will start by helping you prepare your price quotation. The ICAT international team can advise on freight costs, port charges, consular fees, as well as…

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