Dimerco saves fees on heavy cargo shipment

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International freight forwarding and transportation specialist Dimerco has leveraged its global network and long-standing strategic partnerships to manage the transportation of heavy equipment from Germany to Shenzhen in China, via Hong Kong, without incurring high storage fees or delay.

The shipment including 17 cases of PCB (printed circuit board) manufacturing machines, which weighed nearly 70 tonnes, was dispatched from Hirschhorn in Germany with the support of Dimerco’s German JV company, who worked with local partners to ensure seamless shipment within a week, coordinating split flights, facilitating customs clearance and timely delivery to final destination by flatbed truck.

A spokesperson for Dimerco explained: “Our partnership with the airlines enabled us to book space for this significantly oversized cargo, and Dimerco followed the flight loading time closely to avoid any delay in pick up, as this would have incurred a penalty. We continued to monitor the status of the cargo throughout the process as it was split into two shipments on separate flights, which were scheduled to arrive on different days, and advised our customer on the most effective course to avoid the high Airport Storage fees that potentially could be applied to the first partial shipment pending the arrival of the second.”

Dimerco’s cost-effective solution was to unload and hold the first partial shipment on a truck overnight, arranging for the considerably lower Pressure Fare to be applied instead, saving the customer substantial storage costs.

Further potential costs were saved by efficient control of the delivery schedule. Dimerco organized both shipments to be delivered same day from Hong Kong to Shenzhen on seven flatbed trucks, which had been booked three days in advance, so avoiding a delayed loading fee of 50%, despite the second partial shipment arriving two days later than the first.

A hold up in Customs Clearance was also averted by quick action from Dimerco. Despite over-3% discrepancy in the customer’s declared cargo weight and the actual weight, Dimerco’s rapid response in revising and submitting the necessary paperwork allowed all of the cargo to cleared on the same day, rather than the usual additional day to check and release.

Dimerco’s spokesperson concluded: “Our experience in global transportation, spanning nearly fifty years, puts Dimerco in the perfect position to provide exceptional support to our customers, working with well-established strategic partners and implementing latest technology to provide flexible, customised solutions that enable us to monitor all journeys and keep customers informed throughout with up-to-the-minute shipment status information.”