Specialty Freight Services don’t always walk a straight line
There are many universal truths to consider when shipping internationally, especially when trying to figure out how to get the cheapest rates. We have to think about the ever-changing landscapes with logistics networks, customs, rules & regulations, and the perceptions of those using our services.
To keep it straight, I came up with a list of 3 things to always be thinking about.
1) The Evolution of Custom Global Logistics
The logistics strategy to your shipments will typically finish somewhat differently from an original projection. We recently had a shipper that needed to air freight a wooden crate with a variety of tools all the way to a foreign airport to be used in the dismantling of an American made wrecked aircraft, which was not fit to fly, and was sitting at the foreign airport incurring obnoxious storage fees.
Air freighting tools for the purpose of dismantling a used American-made aircraft to be returned into 2×40′ containers required the use of an ATA Carnet & according the the overseas agent that departed from a possible temporary entry.
The shipper flew a crew over & their first priority is to work under a reasonable schedule getting the salvaged aircraft into loadable pieces on the tarmac before positioning the containers sitting on the truck chassis 4′ off the ground.
2) The unknown
Customs wanted to know the details of the story of the American made wrecked aircraft before allowing the loading of the containers. It is being settled with attorneys & insurance carriers here in the US with all parties agreeing to let our shipper repatriate the salvaged aircraft & dispose of it to stop the ever mounting storage fees.
3) Customs Clearance Process
Customs requires letters from the parties in the States to establish the relationship with the shipper before deciding to release the craft for loading & shipping. They are imposing a different routing for their expert to review the paperwork & all of it at the eleventh hour
When working with overseas freight companies, you may find yourself up very early or rather late, so the use of digital phones after hours becomes a necessity. This process of getting several parties to write their connections with the used aircraft & allowing the shipper in the United States taking possession of it overseas is daunting & time consuming. Other documents, such as the bill of lading, 10+2, ISF, commercial invoice & the packing list are also required. Shippers may have trouble understanding why an American, used aircraft that is non-hazardous is being held by customs to show ownership proof & details of the story of this aircraft, the crash, the lawsuit, the insurance & tying everything together have any bearing on a simple import to return a salvaged aircraft back to its country of origin.
No two shipments are alike
Early on & prior to shipping the tools, we had questions posed to the shipper & alerted them about possible customs issues to help them avoid headaches tied to the unknown. Forwarders do not control customs & the shippers need to have a strong knowledge of the intended product they wish to import to allow enough time to get the forwarder and their agent answers to questions that an overseas customs agent may have. As we speak, we are gathering evidence on this salvaged aircraft to produce the document to customs & hope that no extreme delays accumulate, which would compromise the transaction from happening.
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