AsstrA provides a full range of logistics and transport services necessary for the international transport of bulky and heavy cargo. Both unimodal and multimodal schemes are used for delivery. Road transport has the largest share in this segment due to its high speed and relatively low transportation costs. In general, the market for outsized cargo and equipment transportation shows active growth between 5 to 15% per annum.
Positive dynamics are associated with economic growth and the development of new markets. Large industrial enterprises establish trade relations with foreign partners to ensure their presence abroad. Therefore, the demand for the transportation of large equipment and machinery classified as oversized cargo is constantly growing.
AsstrA helps its customers to arrange regular flows of international transportation of outsized cargo. Our company organizes cargo transportation by various modes of transport in Europe, the CIS, the Baltics, the Balkans, East Asia, and Central Asia. Our experienced employees take into account each client's needs and cargo characteristics to develop optimal delivery routes that minimize the cost of heavyweight cargo transportation. AsstrA organizes on-time delivery of any cargo regardless of geographical destination. Thanks to fruitful cooperation with international transport companies, we offer flexible pricing with Swiss-quality service.
Oversized cargo includes a wide range of freight types that differ in their technical characteristics, configuration, and scope. They include mining and quarry equipment, vehicles, special equipment, construction equipment and much more. The criteria for assigning goods to this category are established by the road traffic rules of each state.
The following standards are established for road transportation: the dimensions of a vehicle with a load can not exceed 4 meters in height, 2.55 meters in width, and 20 meters in length. The maximum permissible weight varies, depending on the number of axles, from 18 to 32 tons for a single vehicle or 28 to 44 tons for road trains. If at least one of the above parameters exceeds the norm, the transportation is qualified as oversized and subject to special regulations.
The need for special regulation is due to several reasons. Firstly, the transit of a vehicle with oversized cargo is associated with technical limitations of the road. Therefore, when undertaking outsized cargo and equipment transportation it is first necessary to coordinate the route to avoid roads with damaged paving, roads and bridges with low payload, and narrow or low tunnels.
Secondly, the structural features and sizes of oversized cargo often create obstacles for traffic and increase the risk of accidents. Therefore, in certain cases, the transportation of outsized and heavyweight cargo is accompanied by special cover cars. Guided by their own long-term experience in the transportation of bulky and heavy cargo, AsstrA employees carefully ensure compliance with the requirements of international regulatory, technical, and sanitary transportation standards. Our company can thus ensure safe and fast delivery based on the characteristics of each particular product.
- WIDE GEOGRAPHICAL REACH
AsstrA has developed a wide branch network in 18 countries of Europe, the CIS and Asia. Our employees speak many languages and always maintain contact with clients, regardless of location or time zone. This geographical presence considerably simplifies oversight of processes related to the transportation of outsized and large-sized cargoes.
AsstrA arranges the transportation of heavy cargo and oversized cargo and cooperates with reliable transport service providers. Our transport partners work 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, permits, and carrier liability insurance contracts. Our security department carefully checks each transport provider for the availability of relevant documents.
- CUSTOM TRANSPORT SCHEMES
Before each shipment, AsstrA employees analyze cargo properties and take into account the customer's requirements for the terms and cost of delivery. Our specialists select appropriate transportation schemes and adapted vehicles for operationally safe heavyweight cargo transportation
- LONG-TERM EXPERIENCE
AsstrA has been organizing outsized cargo and equipment transportation for more than 10 years. During this time, our company has studied the key characteristics of various industries and spheres of activity. Therefore, each client receives a proven and effective solution for each specific requirement.
- COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE
Experienced AsstrA specialists provide a full range of services from one logistics operator: freight-forwarding services, customs and documentation support, insurance, warehousing, consulting, and project logistics. In addition to a global presence in 16 countries, our company has 8 in-house customs agencies which allow us to improve processes related to the transportation of outsized and large-sized cargoes and develop innovative logistics solutions.
- HIGH FINANCIAL SAFEGUARDS
We focus on providing safe, innovative, efficient services for the transportation of outsized and heavyweight cargo 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).
- WIDE GEOGRAPHICAL REACH
For the transportation of outsized cargo, specially-adapted vehicles are used, and to a lesser degree, rail, sea and air transport. Oversized cargo transportation by road is the most common transport mode due to its versatility and efficiency. Road transport makes it possible to deliver goods from the point of departure to the destination without additional overload. In addition, road vehicles are widely used in combined transport schemes where it is necessary to bring cargo to the railway station or to the port of departure.
Rail transportation of bulky and heavy cargoes is advantageous for shipments over long distances. However, the use of rail transport leads to higher costs and does not allow the delivery of goods "door to door."
The advantages of sea cargo transportation of oversized cargoes include high carrying capacity. However, sea transportation is not operationally efficient and depends on many external factors including weather conditions.
Air transportation in this segment is not popular due to high cost.
AsstrA uses its own facilities and cooperates with reliable transport partners. All vehicles have a complete set of technical documentation and are equipped with additional security equipment such as: tracking systems, alarms, additional locks, and immobilizers. Experienced AsstrA specialists select purpose-adapted vehicles for the transportation of outsized and large-sized cargoes depending on cargo properties and customer needs. If necessary, our employees arrange combined schemes using air, road, sea and rail transport.
Heavyweight cargo transportation has been one of our company's priority service offerings for many years. To provide dedicated transport and logistics services in this sector, the AsstrA Heavy Lift department was formed. The main focus of this department is the carriage of goods exceeding the normal parameters of width, length, height and weight.
Employees of AsstrA Heavy Lift have a thorough understanding of oversized cargo and the issues related to its transportation. Thus our specialists can ensure the maximum safety of cargo during transportation and storage, adhere to all sanitary and technical standards, and take into account the requirements of legislation governing the transportation of oversized cargo. Cooperation with reliable transport service providers allows us to develop and select optimal routes, clearly coordinate all delivery stages, and transport any cargo on time.
The suite of AsstrA services covering the transportation of outsized and heavyweight cargo includes:
- Development of detailed transport plans.
- Development of transport schedules.
- Consultation regarding the choice and selection of required transport.
- Checking routes in accordance with the transportation plan.
- Risk analysis and assessment.
- Registration and obtaining permits required for the transport of heavy goods and oversized cargo.
- Organizing civilian or police escorts for the transport of heavyweight cargo and oversized goods.
- Assessing road infrastructure for transport free of warrant problems.
- Logistics support at sea and inland ports (loading, unloading, storage, etc.).
- Organization of crane loading and unloading or other special purpose equipment like hydraulic jacks.
- Cargo arrangement in accordance with international and local standards and regulations for the transportation of outsized and heavyweight cargo.
- Warehouse services.
- Integrated customs support.
- All Risks cargo insurance.
- 24/7 monitoring of the safety and location of cargo during transportation using navigation systems.
- Direct control of the cargo handling process.
- Reports and protocols of transfer and delivery, as well as direct supervision of transshipments.
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.