Global freight and transportation specialist Dimerco has turned around an urgent request from a long-standing, well-known aerospace customer in China to deliver two civil helicopters from Tennessee, US to Guangdong in China, via South Korea, in just five days.
The process of moving the oversize cargo, which comprised 12 pieces weighing over 4.0 tonnes, was managed end-to-end by Dimerco, from overseeing packing at origin, pick-up and delivery by air suspension trucks to Atlanta airport (ATL), through to booking space at short notice on a B747 freighter, then transporting the cargo to Dongjiang Free Trade Port (DFTP) near to Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN) terminal for clearance, and on to final destination for unpacking.
A spokesperson for Dimerco explains: “This was a complex solution and comprehensive service requiring coordinated teamwork on the part of Dimerco’s US and China based operations, with constant real-time communications with our customers and every partner across the supply chain, including the partner airline and trucking vendors at both origin and destination.”
The consignment included a fuselage, which is categorised as class 9 Dangerous Goods (DG), which Dimerco needed to get certified on the customer’s behalf and, by utilising the DFTP, the Dimerco team were able to ensure that the customer benefited from the preferential policy for aerospace import shipments.
“Dimerco’s global network and established strategic partnerships meant we were able to meet our customer’s requirement for a single air shipment, with airport to airport transit of just three days,” the spokesman adds.
“Although Dimerco offers the option of air or ocean transportation, our advice on this occasion was that air shipment was the most cost-effective solution in the light of the tight timescales we were working to.”
All told, Dimerco provided a tailored one-stop end-to-end full-scale service, including communication with the shipper with details of dangerous goods, as well as consultation with supply chain vendors for packing and delivery.
“We arranged for storage at a bonded warehouse with preferential rates, customs clearance and timely status updates throughout.”