AsstrA offers a full range of transport and logistics services related to organizing and executing the international transportation of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), including household chemicals, personal hygiene items, and other non-durable products.
Not long ago, the FMCG market was experiencing the negative effects of the economic crisis. However, by 2017 the amount of sales in this sector have shown growth. This recovery is thanks to everyday consumer demand for the aforementioned products and also their affordable price and wide selection. The FMCG market is characterized by stable demand, high competition, and ongoing development associated with the emergence of new brands and products on the market. Such a vast industry requires the implementation of an effective, clockwork-like system of logistics capable of managing growing amounts of supply.
AsstrA supports best-in-class international FMCG supply chains. Our experienced specialists organize freight transportation via all means of transport and combined schemes all around Europe, the CIS, Baltic states, and South Eastern and Central Asia. AsstrA specialists take into consideration the specific needs of every client and characteristics of their cargo, develop optimal transportation routes, and calculate the price of transporting FMCG goods. Our company can ship cargo of any kind according to agreed terms regardless of the order's destination and complexity. Thanks to fruitful cooperation with the most reliable transport partners, we are able to apply a flexible pricing policy and maintain consistently high service quality levels.
Conditions for the local and international transportation of light industry goods differ according to the type of cargo. AsstrA carries out transportation of the following types of FMCG goods:
- Household chemicals (including a wide variety of products for fabric maintenance, disinfectants, etc.);
- Products for personal hygiene (including products for women's comfort and the comfort of the disabled);
- Babycare products.
Usually, FMCG goods are characterised as "unpretentious” cargo which does not require specific storage conditions in terms of humidity or temperature. After long-term exposure to excessively high or low temperatures, however, some FMCG products – mainly household chemical and personal hygiene products – tend to lose their specific qualities and become unsuitable for further use. Reliable protection of cargo quality is ensured appropriate factory packaging, boxes, containers, etc.
Most often the complexity of the transportation of FMCG products lies in their vast diversity. Often, one cargo vehicle is to carry a variety of FMCG items that significantly differ in characteristics. Therefore, the transportation of such cargo requires a specially adapted vehicle suitable for the delivery of various products ranging from cleaning supplies like bleaches to baby care products.
At the same time, the diversity of FMCG cargo can complicate customs procedures. To ship FMCG products one must have not only invoices and financial documents but also certificates. Certification and marking are compulsory for the transportation of some FMCG cargo.
AsstrA specialists are always abreast of changes in national and international legislation as well as technical and sanitary regulations related to transportation. They rely on their personal experience and long-term involvement in the transportation of FMCG products. As a result, our company is able to provide fast and safe transportation suited to the characteristics of particular cargo.
Transportation of FMCG products by road is the most convenient and affordable option. Road transport shipments are independent of railroad station and air and sea port timetables. Hence, transportation takes the shortest possible time and may be carried out virtually around the clock. The benefits of transportation by road include the possibility of delivery as a partial load with consolidation and maintenance of the cargo at AsstrA business partners‘ warehouses in Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and other European countries. When carrying out the transportation of perfumes and cosmetics by road, our company offers the options of either vans or tented trailers.
The transportation of FMCG products by sea is a fast and effective option for long-distance deliveries. Intermodal containers used for transportation by ship provide for the necessary safety of the cargo. The benefits of transportation in containers by sea include the possibility to load the container to the appropriate level, the possibility to perform maintenance of the cargo at port, and simplified customs procedures around Europe and the CIS.
Transportation of FMCG products by rail is suitable in case of long-distance delivery. The benefits of delivery by train include high speed, the use of adapted carriages, platforms and containers, and rapid transshipment. AsstrA organizes delivery of FMCG cargo by rail from the EU and the CIS to China and from China via high-speed trains. Since trains follow strict timetables and schedules, our clients order the delivery in advance, and their cargo arrives according to the terms agreed. Delivery by railroad transport takes from 12 to 22 days depending on the delivery destination.
Transportation of FMCG products by air is a more expensive yet fast option for international delivery. Cargo planes have spacious dimensions enabling us to minimize delays during long-distance deliveries. The benefits of transportation by air include the possibility to deliver from any international airport, full cargo maintenance possibilities at port, and the ability to deliver the cargo directly to the recipient‘s warehouse.
AsstrA specialists rely only on trustworthy logistics services providers and select appropriately adapted means of transport for the delivery of clothing, other light industry goods, and perfumes and cosmetics according to the characteristics of the particular cargo. When necessary, our specialists are able develop multimodal schemes combining aviation, sea, road, and railroad transport.
AsstrA employees are highly qualified and have many years of experience in the field of cargo transportation in general and in the transportation of FMCG products in particular. Experience and qualifications help us take an individual approach to each order that is appropriate to the specifics of the cargo involved and the wishes of the client. Cooperation with reliable transport service providers allows us to develop and select optimal delivery routes, clearly coordinate all stages of delivery, and transport any cargo in a timely manner.
AsstrA is able to offer favorable pricing in the autumn-winter period for a variety of services related to the transportation of fast moving consumer goods. At this time of the year, the demand for such products is sharply increasing, and as a result, transportation rates rise. AsstrA offers its customers the most favorable financial terms of cooperation regardless of the situation on the market.
The suite of services AsstrA provides in relation to the transportation of FMCG includes:
- Integrated customs support and consulting on customs clearance.
- Facilitating prompt passage through sanitary and epidemiological customs control.
In addition, our company provides the following services:
- Organization and provision of the transportation of FMCG by different modes of transport. Experienced AsstrA specialists select a vehicle specially-adapted for the transportation of FMCG products depending on specific cargo properties and customer needs. If necessary, our employees create multimodal shipping schemes using air, road, sea and rail transport.
- Organization of a customized plan to ensure cargo safety during the loading process. To determine the necessary safety measures, specialists take into account the requirements and wishes of the customer, the properties of the cargo, the distance to destination, and road conditions.
- Warehousing services and the organization of other partners involved.
- 24/7 cargo safety control during all steps of transportation, as well as loading and unloading operations.
- Comprehensive customs support.
- Consulting on transport, logistics and customs procedures.
- MARKET KNOWLEDGE
AsstrA employees competently solve each issue related to the international transportation of FMCG cargo. Thanks to the well-coordinated work of our specialists, each AsstrA customer is guaranteed maximum cargo safety during transportation, a clear and well-organized delivery system, adherence the established terms of transportation, and fulfillment of all technical and sanitary standards.
AsstrA is a member of the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), participation in which provides additional opportunities to minimize the risks of damage and loss of cargo during the transportation of fast moving consumer goods. In addition, AsstrA has an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certificate, which confirms that our company is a reliable and solvent partner complying with safety standards and all legal requirements during transportation.
- COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE
AsstrA is a single expert source for a full range of FMCG transport support services, such as: international freight forwarding, intermodal scheme development, customs and documentation support, insurance, consulting, project logistics, and logistics. In addition to a global presence in 18 countries, our company has 8 in-house customs agencies allowing us to improve and develop innovative logistics and transport solutions on a continuous basis.
- EXPERT PARTNERS
AsstrA organizes the transportation and storage of FMCG shipments with reliable suppliers of transportation services. Our transport partners cooperate with us on the basis of long-term contracts which guarantee the achievement of high KPIs regardless of market conditions. AsstrA’s transport partners have all necessary licenses and permits and carrier liability insurance contracts.
- FINANCIAL SAFEGUARDS
We focus on providing safe, innovative, efficient services for the transportation of FMCG and the transportation of food products that meet the requirements of international law. AsstrA’s liability is covered for EUR 3,000,000 per insured event. Insurance coverage is provided by our reliable partner Zurich Insurance Company Ltd (Switzerland).
- MARKET KNOWLEDGE
The rules for the transportation of fast moving consumer goods are contained in regulatory acts concerning the carriage of goods by road, rail, air or sea transport, in international treaties, and in customs legislation acts covering sanitary-epidemiological and phytosanitary safety. Norms governing processes for the transportation of food products, drinks, fruits and vegetables are contained in numerous technical regulations, certification rules, and documents establishing sanitary, hygienic and technical standards for the transportation of food products. All of these regulations establish a complex and detailed procedure for the transport of FMCG.
Before executing transport, the consignor or other interested person has to receive a number of certificates such as: a declaration or certificate of conformity, a veterinary certificate, and other documents regarding environmental safety and the prevention of epidemiological threats. The listed documents are subject to verification during the passage through sanitary and epidemiological control at customs border crossings. AsstrA monitors compliance with relevant rules and regulations and advises on the execution of shipping documents, invoices, customs declarations, etc.
We look forward to cooperating with you! For more information on our services, please contact us via our website or at our nearest AsstrA office.