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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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As Air Cargo Takes Flight, Happy Landings are Challenging

As Air Cargo Takes Flight, Happy Landings are Challenging It’s not surprising to people in the logistics business that the air cargo industry is expected to grow a robust six percent a year through 2019. The continuing expansion of the world’s air cargo industry – fueled by e-commerce, international trade and remote out-sourcing for manufacturers – creates headlines every week. There’s a new $11 billion air cargo facility under construction in Istanbul, Turkey. There’s also a new cargo terminal being built at the airport…

Getting ahead of Disasters: Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best

Getting ahead of Disasters: Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best The start of hurricane season is an important reminder: Advanced planning is an essential element of risk management when it comes to business shipping. At any time, for any number of unpredictable reasons, your ability to ship or warehouse freight or receive parts and supplies may be temporarily disrupted by the weather or other events you can’t predict. Do you have a contingency plan for shipping your goods? You should think about it if you are relying on a single source for parts that are…

The Right Price for Shipping is the One that Delivers Value

The Right Price for Shipping is the One that Delivers Value How do you know your company is getting the right price in shipping? In our view, it depends on your objective. If you are domestically shipping massive numbers of the same sort of product with the same kind of packaging – 10,000 TVs for instance – you might want a commodity shipper who wins your business through a competitive bidding process decided by the lowest possible price. If, on the other hand, your international shipping needs are more complex – a 100-ton metal press that…

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