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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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Planning for a Good Year

Planning for a Good Year No matter what business you’re in, as competition, economic conditions and market trends change — and they always do —it’s always helpful to find time periodically to reevaluate your strategy, anticipate the emerging needs of your customers and ensure your team is aligned so that every employee can contribute to your success. During the past two decades at ICAT Logistics DTW, we’ve learned to begin each year by asking ourselves a series of challenging questions that…

New Year’s Resolution: Control Your Imports

New Year’s Resolution: Control Your Imports If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that will impact your company’s bottom line, resolve to take control of your imports. With a little effort and advanced planning, you can establish and follow a checklist to ensure that you avoid delays, keep import costs down and increase the visibility of your goods and services during shipment from overseas markets. To begin, communicate your basic expectations with your importer and your shipping partner. You’ll want them…

Manage Risk through Cargo Insurance

Manage Risk through Cargo Insurance If you are concerned about managing risk in your business, consider the value of cargo insurance for the basic protection of your goods when they are in transit. With every shipment you make — after you pack correctly, hire a reliable shipping partner and double check your documentation — your goods are most vulnerable between the point of origin and final destination. It is during that time you must rely on a host of strangers who are handling your cargo. And although it is generally…

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