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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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Packing Freight for the Long Haul

Packing Freight for the Long Haul Whether you are shipping internationally or domestically, by truck, train or ship, how your goods are packed can make all the difference between freight that is damaged or good-as-new. Consider the packing challenges before choosing the ideal method of securing cargo for its journey. Damage from moisture (including condensation from temperature changes), breakage and theft are all considerations. Adding unnecessary excess weight can drive up costs and insufficient or improper labeling can mean the…

How to Squeeze Cost out of Your Logistics

How to Squeeze Cost out of Your Logistics When manufacturing orders are down and competition for a smaller market puts pressure on margins, a company’s natural response is to squeeze suppliers to reduce their prices. That’s a reasonable response, but you can do more. In times like these, your logistics and freight shipping partner can be your best friend. For instance, firms such as ICAT Logistics DTW can help you with: Controlling Inventory. The more familiarity we have with your production schedule and the expectations of…

DIY Shippers’ Freight is Often DOA

DIY Shippers’ Freight is Often DOA After a brief introduction over the phone, a caller who has since become a regular ICAT client got right to the point: “My shipment is stuck in a warehouse in China and I don’t know what to do. Can you help?” The problem was that the caller had shopped online for the least expensive option to ship his custom-made products to one of his most valuable customers. Turns out the no-frills shipper was unwilling to get involved when the first sign of trouble appeared. “They left…

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