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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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Shipping Overseas: Don’t Cut Corners

Shipping Overseas: Don’t Cut Corners Manufacturers and suppliers forced by tough competition to squeeze their quotes to win business may consider international transportation costs a minor aspect of their bid. But unless you have developed a shipping plan based on specifics, you could find yourself in the hole for freight costs you never expected. And that could cut deep into your margin. What can possibly go wrong? A shift in the value of currency, a labor strike, a political upheaval could make your quote out-of-date. You assume…

Think Globally, Act Personally

Think Globally, Act Personally Every salesperson knows it takes years to build a good reputation and seconds to lose it. That’s especially true of international business relationships in the logistics and freight business. “Strong relationships built on trust are fundamental to successful logistics,” says Dan Cser, agency owner ICAT Logistics DTW. “While building relationships that span the globe are more complicated, they still depend on the same behaviors: listening, understanding your client’s…

Moving Big Machines

Moving Big Machines Moving super-size freight across international borders is a complex proposition with many possible complications: special permits, government regulation, importing and exporting documentation and the limitations of carriers that are unable or ill-suited to handle one-of-a-kind big projects. “If it’s big, bulky, heavy and expensive and going half-way around the world, you’re going to need a great partner,” says Dan Cser, Agency Owner of ICAT Logistics DTW in Romulus, Michigan.…

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