Smart Logistics Moves Steel Treatment Plant 5,600 Miles - Global Trade Magazine
  May 25th, 2017 | Written by

Smart Logistics Moves Steel Treatment Plant 5,600 Miles

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  • Forwarder moved four huge pieces on a breakbulk service of 25 40-foot open top containers.
  • Biggest pieces in project move were four machine beds or platforms used for cutting and folding steel bars.
  • Project shipment required special vehicles, clearances, and escorting.

Smart Logistics Group recently completed a project in which it moved four huge pieces on a breakbulk service of 25 40-foot open top containers.

First their planning and pricing team did an in-depth analysis, comparing different modes of transport. After much discussion, they decided to move the breakbulk cargo through the Port of Bilbao and the open top containers via Port of Valencia.

The biggest pieces among the lot were four machine beds or platforms that were used for cutting and folding steel bars, with 17.5 meters length, 2.6 meters width and 2.2 meters height. In order to move the shipment from Madrid to Bilbao, the project required special transport vehicles, clearances, and escorting at all times. Upon arrival in Bilbao, the pieces were carefully packaged and secured on vessel to prevent any damage caused by maritime transport and weather conditions.

The 40-foot open top container required coordination between the operations team and the shipping lines to keep bookings of the equipment and ensure availability of space on the vessel. On the first shipment 10 open top (OTIG) and two out of gauge (OOG) containers departed while the other 10 OTIG and three OOG containers departed on the second shipment.

The breakbulk shipment arrived at the Port of Veracruz from Bilbao after 22 days without any delays or any kind of damage. The shipment was unloaded at the port and delivered to the warehouse in Veracruz.

The second shipment arrived a few days later, meaning that Smart Logistics delivered the project seven days earlier than the date indicated by the client on the original application.

Formed in 2012, X2 Logistics Networks is a global logistics network of independent freight-forwarders, allowing small and medium size freight forwarders to compete with multinationals in both capability and presentation.

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