Every second inhabitant of the planet uses a mobile phone. Every fifth has access to the Internet. The progressive development of telecommunications is a feature of modern society. Over the past decades, there has been continuous improvement in signal transmission technology. Insight Research predicts that global communications revenue will grow 8.3% over 5 years, from $ 2.2 trillion in 2015 to $ 2.4 trillion in 2020.
Since 2004, the People's Republic of China has been a top global telecommunications equipment exporter. The communications sector is developing dynamically in the Chinese electronics market, with mobile communications equipment accounting for the majority of sales growth.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, the fixed-line revenue of the three largest Chinese operators – China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom – amounted to 383.4 billion yuan in 11 months of 2019 This is 9.4% higher than the same period a year earlier.
Customers from the telecommunications and electronics sectors regularly contact the AsstrA corporate group for transport and logistics services. Over the past year, the AsstrA team has been working on multiple projects involving the transportation of mobile sector equipment and parts from China.
The primary route for transporting network and server infrastructure elements from China to Europe runs through Hungary. In Belarus Brest, the AsstrA team receives cargo like processors, power cables, switches, and servers. At the railway terminal, the goods are loaded into containers and delivered through Western Ukraine to Hungary.
“We started cooperation with one telecommunications systems manufacturer by supporting the delivery of one container. Today, we have transported 50 Our experts organize the delivery of 10-15 containers every month. And this number is constantly growing. The client plans to increase cargo flow to 350-400 containers per year,” says Vladislav Martin, China Division Specialist at AsstrA.
Unloading several containers, simultaneously providing the required number of vehicles, and promptly preparing customs documents are all tasks involving many details and a lot of fine print. In addition to picking up goods and delivering them, for the last mile AsstrA experts fill out and submit transit declarations. Relying on its own customs office in Brest and a well-developed partner base, the corporate group’s team competently handles all requirements, even as cargo flows continue to increase.
“For this client, the speed and safety of cargo delivery were top priorities. For this reason, a security escort was organized for the delivery of easily resellable goods in Ukraine,” says Vladislav Martin.
Another example of how AsstrA provides transport and logistics service for telecommunications industry clients was the delivery of antennas for a mobile operator. The client visited the AsstrA Shanghai office with a request for arranging door-to-door delivery from China to Ukraine.
The project involved AsstrA teams from the company’s branches in Shanghai and Warsaw. After delivery by high-speed container trains to Malaszewicze, Poland, goods are loaded onto road vehicles at the railway terminal and delivered to their destination in Ukraine. AsstrA's own customs agencies help prepare documentation for export and transit clearance.
“Teamwork enables our comprehensive range of transport and logistics services for companies from the telecommunications and electronics industries. As a rule, Chinese shippers prefer to work with Chinese logistics providers. Thanks to our large network of offices around the world, AsstrA is becoming ‘local’ in every country where we operate,” summarizes Vladislav Martin.