There are many factors to be considered when handling oversized shipments. This is why only logistics companies that have all the expertise in project cargo, such as GCE Logistics, are able to ensure a successful transportation of high value and critical items.
Project cargo requires special attention during the entire process, careful assessment and detailed planning of operations, seeing as the costs involved in the damage or loss for this kind of shipping can be very large, possibly millions of dollars. This is why it is so important that logistics companies offering this service take all precautions to provide an effective solution, which will attend your project needs.
Here is what you should ponder when planning your project cargo:
Find reliable partner
The first step to executing a successful project cargo is effectively aligning all parties involved in the transportation. In other words, all of them need to be connected in advance, establishing a detailed plan that englobes the entire freight process.
In order to ensure that, when seeking for a project logistics provider, consider factors such as financial stability, proper insurance and wide experience handling cargo projects, like GCE Logistics has. Some effective ways of finding reliable partners are using logistics networks, asking for references and joining organizations such as Project Professionals Group, whose members are known as qualified freight forwarders.
Customs and regulations
Traditional freight forwarding customs clearance can already be a hassle, considering the different regulations you will encounter, according to where you are shipping your load. When it comes to project cargo, this process can get even more difficult, because of the complexity of the cargo and need of attention to every detail.
Therefore, to ensure a smooth transition and meet your deadlines without any delays, it is essential to conduct local market research about inspections requirements and documentation, determining the financial implications of procuring particular components in different countries.
Oversized cargoes come in many different shapes and size, varying from heavy-lift, break-bull cargo and out-of-gauge, for example. The category of transportation applied to each one of these is based on what kind of product you are transporting.
Project cargo require clear positioning and stowage. Therefore, it is important to ensure you chose the right kind of vessel to transport your cargo and that all units in the stow can be properly secured. Consider the following aspects:
To protect the cargo from risk of damage, it must be supplied with appropriate lifting and securing points, especially when it comes to large and heavy items.
Regardless of its size, the cargo unit should always be carefully packed and covered fir its voyage to protect it from impact and corrosion. The cargo should be inspected at loading and any damage recorded and noted.
Every load must be accompanied by standard documentation, including information about what the cargo is, weight of cargo unit, its dimensions, center of gravity and safety details. Providing appropriate and accurate information is essential to ensure safe transportation.
Over the years, GCE Logistics have managed several high-value project cargoes, offering our customers world-class Project Cargo Services at minimum costs. Regardless of your shipping destination, our team is ready to handle it with innovative solutions as well as technical engineering services to manage the project completely from start to finish and ensuring timely delivery of your valuable goods.
Contact us for more information about our Project Cargo service!