AsstrA provides a full range of logistics and transportation services necessary for the international transportation of chemical goods and non-hazardous chemical substances, substances in various aggregate states, and hazardous materials. Since its establishment, our company has been cooperating with well-known chemical companies and suppliers of raw materials, while continuously paying special attention to safety, personnel health, and environmental protection.
AsstrA's quality management system is certified according to the ISO 9001:2008 international standard, and its environmental management system is certified according to ISO 14001: 2004. AsstrA helps its clients to establish a continuous supply of chemical products internationally and over long distances.Our company organizes cargo transportation by various means in the regions of Europe, the CIS, Asia, and the USA.
Our experienced staff optimize existing delivery schemes and develops customized logistics solutions tailored to the needs of clients and the characteristics of their cargo. AsstrA will arrange transportation of any cargo within specified terms regardless of the transportation route. Thanks to cooperation with international transport companies, we are able to provide a flexible pricing policy and Swiss-quality service.
Methods employed for the international transportation of chemical goods vary depending on the specific type of cargo.
The first type of cargo is hazardous chemicals.
Generally accepted ADR dangerous goods classifications define the term "dangerous goods" and nine categories (classes) of substances according to the source of danger, such as: flammable, toxic, explosive, corrosive, or radioactive.
Some classes have more detailed subclasses. For example, goods classified as class 6 are further classified as toxic (division 6.1.) or infectious (division 6.2.) substances. Violations of the rules governing storage and transportation of hazardous chemical materials can cause serious harm to crew, the vehicle, and the environment. Therefore, the transportation of toxic chemicals goods often require measures involving special markings, packaging, fastening the goods to a vehicle, extra safety precautions, and special temperature, humidity, and lighting requirements.
Additionally, special requirements may apply to vehicle drivers. In order to deliver some chemicals, special training is required. Moreover, the classification of certain substances under particular ADR hazard class affects the mode of transport used for delivery.
The second type of cargo is non-hazardous chemicals.
These chemicals include, in particular, pharmaceutical materials, mineral fertilizers, disinfectants, technical and edible oils, surfactants, and other similar materials and compounds. The transportation of non-hazardous chemicals involve steps aimed at preserving their performance properties, regulating temperature and humidity, and protection against mechanical impact.
In addition, methods used for the transportation of chemicals depend on the aggregate state of a particular substance, with the transportation of liquid chemical goods differing greatly from the delivery of solid and gaseous materials.
AsstrA carefully monitors changes in domestic and international legal regulations governing cargo transportation and ensures safe and fast transportation of chemicals tailored to the characteristics of each product.
Transportation of chemicals by road is a universal and economical way of delivery of such sensitive cargo. Road transport does not depend on the schedule of ports, railway stations or airports, so transportation takes minimal time and is carried out almost around the clock.
Advantages of transportation of chemicals by road include:
- Possibility of full container loading and compliance with special temperature regimes,
- Delivery of oversized and heavy cargo,
- Consolidation of groupage cargo at AsstrA partners’ warehouses in Europe, Asia and the CIS.
Transportation of chemical goods by sea is a cost-efficient, fast, and effective method of cargo delivery over long distances. The shipping containers used for sea transportation provide additional security for the transported load.
The advantages of transportation of chemicals by sea:
- Full and partial container loading,
- Transportation of bulk cargo,
- Comprehensive cargo services a ports and simplified customs procedures in Europe and the CIS.
Transportation of chemicals by rail is also in high demand as transportation option over long distances.
Advantages of rail transportation of chemicals include:
- Fast delivery,
- Possibility to use special wagons, platforms and containers,
- Possibility of transshipment of any cargo. AsstrA offers the transportation of chemical goods by rail from Europe and the CIS to China and from China. Since trains depart and arrive in strict accordance with a schedule, our customers pre-order transportation and receive the goods within a specified timeframe.
Transportation of chemicals by air is an expensive but fast way international delivery method. Cargo aircraft have high load capacities which reduce costs when transporting goods over long distances.
Advantages of the air transportation of chemicals include:
- Possibility of delivery from all international airports,
- Possibility of transportation of oversized cargo,
- Use of charter flights,
- Full cargo services at airports,
- Possibility to deliver goods to the consignee’s warehouse.
AsstrA specialists cooperate with reliable partners, select transports options specially adapted for the storage and transportation of chemicals and materials while taking into account the characteristics of particular cargo. If necessary, our employees structure combined schemes using air, road, sea and rail transport.
AsstrA's route network expands every year. Our company organizes the safe transportation of chemicals in the following areas:
- Transport within Europe;
- Transport within the CIS;
- Transport between Europe and the USA;
- Transport from/to China and the countries of Eastern and Central Asia.
Our employees' extensive experience, professionalism, individual approach to each client, and cooperation with reliable partner-carriers allow us to guarantee our customers selection of the most optimal route, clear coordination of all stages of the transportation of chemicals with various physical and chemical characteristics, fast delivery at a specified delivery time, and cargo safety throughout the entire shipment.
- EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE
For more than 20 years, AsstrA has been helping companies around the world to develop in the chemical industry. The reliability and rich experience of our employees have boosted demand for our services, and today more than 20% of goods transported by the company chemicals, both hazardous and non-hazardous.
- SPECIALLY ADAPTED VEHICLES
AsstrA offers specially equipped vehicles certified for the transportation of ADR cargoes. AsstrA transports cargoes classified in the following hazard categories: 2, 3, 4.1, 4.3, 5, 6.1, 8, 9.
- COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES
Our highly qualified specialists guarantee the necessary and optimal range of services, including transportation by all means of transport, transit warehousing, customs clearance and insurance of transported chemical products. Representation in 18 countries and our 8 in-house customs agencies allow us to continuously improve our cargo transportation and customs clearance processes.
- ON-TIME DELIVERY
Many years of experience, our own vehicle fleet, and cooperation with trusted transport service providers on the basis of long-term contracts make it possible to guarantee the transportation of chemical goods according to specified terms, even in difficult market situations.
- ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The transportation of toxic chemicals is carried out in accordance with all environmental standards.
We concentrate on providing safe, innovative, efficient cargo transportation services that meet the requirements of international law. AsstrA's shipment liability is insured for 3,000,000 euros per case. Insurance coverage is provided by our reliable partner, Zurich Versicherungs-Gesellschaft AG (Zurich Insurance Company Ltd).
The rules for the transportation of chemicals are determined on the basis of several criteria:
- The mode of transport which is used for the specific cargo,
- Weight and dimensions of the cargo,
- Cargo characteristics,
- Transport route.
In each case, carriers refer to the rules governing safe transportation of all types of chemicals and materials by various modes of transport. It should be also borne in mind that the laws of many countries include special rules covering the movement of chemical substances and also assign legal liability for non-compliance with these rules. The rules for the transportation of chemicals are diverse, as are the types of documents necessary for carrying out such transportation.
Accompanying documents for the transportation of chemical goods include: a permission for cargo transportation, documentation for the specific vehicle, waybills with information on the cargo classification under the ADR system, as well as other documents. It should be noted that some chemicals are ADR classified as dangerous goods.
The transportation of dangerous chemical goods requires a special permit, specially adapted transport modes, and other formalities. Norms governing the process of transporting chemicals are contained in technical regulations. All these documents establish complex and detailed rules for the delivery of chemical materials. AsstrA not only monitors compliance with relevant rules and regulations but also advises on the preparation of related documentation, including shipping documents, invoices, customs declarations, and permits.
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.