Multinational transport and logistics provider AsstrA Associated Traffic AG successfully completed a heavy-lift project involving the air transport of oversized cargo – a line of tobacco packaging equipment weighting 37,500 kg – from the British American Tobacco factory in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to Incheon, South Korea.
This logistically challenging shipment took place last month. For such heavy cargo, a plane is not usually the first choice for transport, but in this case it offered the fastest route to South Korea. AsstrA provided the necessary expertise and oversight at every transport stage, including packaging, load collection at the factory, delivery to the Sheremetyevo International Airport cargo loading area, handling, customs duty documentation, and the flight to Incheon International Airport.
The most challenging part of the project was its beginning, when AsstrA received preliminary information containing only the cargo’s approximate dimensions without packaging. It was not clear whether the cargo would fit in a regularly-scheduled, standard-sized B747-8 cargo plane or would require a specially-hired IL-76.
Eventually, after exhaustive research by experts from both AsstrA and the airline, the decision was to use special packaging allowing the cargo to fit into a standard B747-8 aircraft.
“We loaded the cargo and shipped it via an Air Bridge Cargo Airlines flight on April 18th of this year. Sending all the equipment at once helped save our client from the unnecessary expenses of airport storage and hiring an IL-76 freight plane. Completing this heavy lift shipment by air took significant expertise that we have managed to build up over the years,” says Anton Sejchasov, Head of the Air Cargo division at AsstrA Associated Traffic AG.
AsstrA formed an Aerospace project team to ensure the highest standards of service and meet the individual needs of customers in the industry. Managing air transport, especially involving heavy lift projects, requires a deep understanding of its regulations and special industry characteristics.
“Our aerospace and aviation customers often have time-sensitive requirements for unique aircraft components or critical spare parts, which now account for more than a half of the shipments we complete on their behalf. This project for British American Tobacco is a good example. Currently, we are the only International Freight Forwarders Association Aerospace Logistics Group member present in the CIS. Our participation in this network allows us to provide our aerospace and aviation customers with the most reliable service at the best prices,” says Mr. Sejchasov.