Construction Logistics – 3000 tonnes to Germany

Construction Logistics – 3000 tonnes to Germany

A UK based mezzanine flooring company appointed Espace as their preferred construction logistics provider in January 2019 and we’re proud to have developed a strong partnership providing high levels of service. This project for a major e-commerce player was very important to them and required careful co-ordination.

Sector Construction  Value £5.6M  Timescale 12 weeks

Over 3000 tonnes of product needed to be delivered to a new warehouse construction site in Germany in line with their customers build schedule. For large projects, build schedules are pretty much set in stone so hitting the delivery deadlines was vital. Espace was entrusted with getting every delivery to its destination on time.

KEY DELIVERABLES

  • 150 full load trailers of mezzanine flooring systems to be delivered from the UK to a huge e-commerce site for a major brand near Magdeburg, Germany
  • 24/7 liaison with lead mezzanine installer on site
  • AM collections from 9 different UK sites
  • AM deliveries to the German construction site
  • Driver-accompanied trailers via Dover to achieve required transit times
  • Contingency plans in place in the event of a No Deal Brexit in January 2020

CHALLENGES

European construction site deliveries can pose issues as far as delivery slots and congestion are concerned. Combining this with the size of the delivery as well as the multiple origin points made this a complex job

SOLUTIONS

Over the course of a few meetings, we discussed the various transport options available for a project of this size. We agreed a preferred option and placed 20 trailers in the first two weeks to complete stage one of the project.

In the end all deliveries were collected and delivered on time, in full and with no damage.

We would be happy to discuss logistics requirements for any small or large construction projects that you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us. Email sales@espaceglobalfreight.com or call us on 01543 412348

12 Point Brexit Logistics Planning Checklist

12 Point Brexit Logistics Planning Checklist

Extension, Election, Revocation, Referendum, Resignation, Deal, No Deal.

The list goes on. Who knows where we will be with Brexit tomorrow?

As you’ll have seen, the Government No Deal awareness campaign is in full swing but still lacks clarity and concise information on their website www.gov.uk/brexit for Importers and Exporters.

The 12 Point Importers and Exporters Checklist

We believe we have all bases covered here with customs software and training both in place.

To help our customers, many of whom have been going around in circles over the last few months, we’ve researched created 12 point exporter and importer to-do lists.

Have you and your customers and suppliers got all the boxes ticked? Download the Checklists below.

What Brexit help and guidance can Espace offer?

On our website our MD, Tony Shally has highlighted many of his current concerns and the predicted effects of a No Deal exit on the European road freight market. His letter to customers, the checklists and other useful information for Brexit planning can all be found in our dedicated Brexit Section.

We’re ready with our customs software, training and Dover based customs clearance agent to assist with additional declarations and transit documents.

If you have any specific Brexit questions, just email brexit@espaceglobalfreight.com or give us a call on 01543 418700.

How To Move An Abnormal Load

How To Move An Abnormal Load

Do you have an abnormal load that needs moving? Here at Espace we have experience organising the movement of all sorts of things from the urgent to the downright strange. Here are some of our favourite weird shipments!

Ferrari car shipment

It wasn’t Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari but it was a £100,000
Ferrari California on board our car transporter on route
to the south of France.

Our car transporter driver collected the car at the Ferrari
dealership in Leeds and delivered it next day to Nice, France.
He met the lucky recipient, an American business man at Nice
airport and handed over the keys.

Pizza Oven

In April this year, we were contacted by a restaurant
owner in Barnsley with a big problem.

He’d been let down by a transport company bringing in a 2600 kilo pizza
oven for him from Naples. The oven installation had to take place on
Tuesday 10th April. It was still sitting in Naples at 11am on Friday 6th
April when he got a call to say “sorry no can do”.
In a panic he Googled “emergency freight “, found and called us just
before midday on the Friday. By 4pm we had a 7.5 tonner loading at
the factory in Naples and at 8am on Tuesday morning the driver was in
Barnsley in time for installation before the grand opening.

The turret loaded vertically

In September last year, we moved this turret on a low
loader from Tonbridge in Kent to Valencia. Initially we
were asked to move it as a 4m wide piece.

We suggested that the piece could be moved a lot cheaper as a
4 metre high rather than wide piece. After passing the drawings
onto our trusted abnormal supplier in Spain, they suggested
suitable restraining points and sourced the correct length chains
for their driver. Goods were collected and delivered on time and
in budget.

Festival Stage

In June last year, we were contacted by a specialist events
management company to quote for a UK logistics contract.

It included the storage and transport of a large mobile
stage around the UK to 7 food and drink festivals they were
organising. We started working with The Fair back in 2014 as
their preferred logistics supplier for a large number of music
festivals they were involved with.

Catamaran

This catamaran needed to be transported from Bordeaux to Perpignan.

We organised its shipment with our preferred abnormal agent in france. They’re specialists in boat transportation as you can see.

13.3m x 7.4m x 4.4m and weighed 15 tonnes.

With the assistance of this agent and a number
of other specialist European abnormal load
agents, we can get pretty much anything
delivered,

Fighter jet

we were asked to quote for the movement of a fighter jet.

With the help of our abnormal haulage partner in Holland, we quoted on the cranage, cocooning and transport of the jet from a naval base in Milan to one in Lyon. With an overall width of 4.1 metres, the jet was accompanied all the way by an escort vehicle. It arrived on time and in budget.

For more information about our abnormal load movement, visit our oversize page Here.

European Truck Driver Shortage Update

European Truck Driver Shortage Update

Best estimates put a figure of 20% of tractor units standing empty all over Europe.

Why? We simply haven’t got enough European HGV drivers. In the U.K and Germany alone, a shortage of 300,000 HGV drivers is predicted by 2020.

With e-commerce having an increasing share of all retail sales in the uk, up from 16.4-18% between 2017 and 2018, the demand for transport services is growing rapidly. Supply of transport on the other hand, is falling.

Basic economics has kicked in. The days of a forwarder or logistics company dictating rates to European and UK hauliers are long gone. UK and European haulage rates have been steadily increasing throughout 2017 and continue to do so.

To add to the existing crisis, the Freight Transport Association fears that the UK’s impending departure from the European Union will greatly exacerbate the problem of driver shortages and shortfalls of staff within the wider logistics sector, with concerns that this is already beginning to happen.

For more information about how Brexit will affect your shipment visit our Brexit page Here.

Brexit Update

Espace Freight Forwarders

BREXIT UPDATE 28th February 2019

No doubt you will have had a barrage of emails from freight forwarders over the last few months telling you what steps you need to take now in the event of a ‘No Deal’ on 29th March.
If Parliament cannot agree on a deal, it now looks like we will be heading towards an extension as it’s clear that there is a Parliamentary majority for not crashing out without a deal. Needless to say at the end of any extension period, if an agreement cannot be reached, the default position would still be ‘No Deal’ so we all still need to be making plans to deal with this eventuality.
Whatever happens; deal or no deal, how we trade with the EU will change in the future when we exit or get to the end of an agreed transition period. Customs intervention will be needed. Things cannot stay as they are as we will be out of the single market the Customs Union.
There is a possibility of an extension to Article 50 and transition period if we get a deal agreed. However, at some point export and import declarations will need to be made and new procedures in place for the collection of any UK import VAT and duty.