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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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A Case for Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

A Case for Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure Early in February the American Trucking Association’s Infrastructure Task Force met in Washington with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to press for a long-term solution to the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. We applaud the effort. The association’s plea for infrastructure improvements comes shortly after a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Transportation showed that nine percent of the nation’s bridges are structurally deficient and highways and transit systems…

The Best Freight Forwarders Always Look Ahead

The Best Freight Forwarders Always Look Ahead More than ever, companies in every sector of industry are finding that the complexity of transporting goods in the world’s markets requires the expertise of a shipping partner who does far more than book freight on a ship or a truck. Increasingly, companies are reaching out to new markets and drawing their parts and supplies from distant global partners, who, thanks to the internet, are more accessible. More firms are building and marketing customized goods, offering just-in-time delivery…

Gas Hikes Cause Some Shipping Delays in Mexico

Gas Hikes Cause Some Shipping Delays in Mexico Heads up for companies moving freight in and out of Mexico. As a result of deregulation, on Jan. 1 gasoline prices across Mexico jumped as much as 20 percent overnight, and as they rose, so did the anger of Mexican citizens. The price increase has caused riots, blockades and the hijacking of fuel tankers near Mexico City. In some areas of the country, traffic has been at a standstill, limiting freight truck accessibility in, out and around the country. If your company relies on freight deliveries…

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