We provide a full range of logistics and transport services necessary for the international transport of steel, including sheet metal, steel coils, pipes, fittings, and metal cord. As a raw material, steel is widely used in various industries such as mechanical engineering, shipbuilding, and construction. We help customers establish regular flows of international steel transportation. Our company organizes cargo shipping by various modes of transport in the regions of Europe, the CIS, the Baltic States, the Balkans, and South-East and Central Asia.
Our experienced team takes into account each client's needs and cargo characteristics to develop optimal delivery routes that minimize the cost of metal transportation.We organize on-time delivery of any cargo regardless of its geographical destination. Thanks to fruitful cooperation with international transport companies, we offer flexible pricing and Swiss-quality service.
Carriage of steel cargo is associated with a risk of mechanical damage or oxidation under the influence of precipitation or high humidity. Under the influence of these factors, even treated metal can deform and rust, making it unsuitable for its intended use. The key factors influencing the effective transportation of metal products are its type and method of processing. For example, to ensure the safety of sheet metal during transportation, the bundles are tightly tied with fastening straps and fixed on the vehicle. Bottom and top packs are covered with sheets of cardboard or polymer film, which protect against precipitation, temperature, and humidity fluctuations.
Steel bars are transported in bundles wrapped with fastening belts every 2 to 3 meters. Steel coils are least vulnerable to mechanical influences, deformations, dents, or scratches. Lightweight packaging is used to transport the metal rolls for short distances. Coils are covered with cardboard or polymer film to protect against rain and attached with metal bands around the perimeter. If the international transportation of steel coils takes more than 24 hours, more reliable packaging is required. Several layers of packing material cover not only the outer but also the inner cylinder of the steel roll, with special protection installed on both ends.
We carefully monitor international regulatory changes concerning the transportation of steel coils and ensures safe and fast delivery appropriate for its specific properties.
The transportation of steel coils and sheet metal by trucks is a universal and economical way of delivery. Road transport scheduling does not depend on the timetable of ports, railway stations and airports, therefore transportation requires a minimum of time and is carried out practically around the clock. The advantages of road transport are extensive and include: the possibility of full loading, adherence to a special temperature regime, the delivery of large and heavy cargo, and the consolidation of partial cargo in AsstrA Partner warehouses in Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and other European countries.
For metal transportation by road, our company offers specially-adapted vehicles including:
- Standard trucks equipped with special equipment;
- Semi-trailers for the transportation of over-sized “mega-class” cargoes;
- Coil trailers with a closed gutter;
- Container chassis semi-trailers.
For example, coil trailers are used for the transportation of sheet metal, steel coils, sheets, rolled tin, non-ferrous alloys, metals bound in bundles, and pipes from 7 to 21 m in length.
Steel transportation by sea is an advantageous, fast, and effective way of delivering metal products over long distances. Shipping containers provide additional security for transported goods. Advantages of sea container transportation include the possibility of full or partial container loading, bulk cargo shipping, integrated cargo handling at a port, and simplified customs procedures in Europe and the CIS.
Railway carriage of steel cargo and other metals is also popular for transportation over long distances. Advantages of rail transportation include fast delivery, the possibility to use special wagons, platforms and containers, and the possibility to handle any cargo. We organize the transportation of steel coils by rail between Europe, the CIS, and China. As the trains depart and arrive in strict accordance with a fixed schedule, you can pre-order transportation and receive the goods within a specified timeframe. On average, train delivery takes from 12 to 22 days depending on the destination.
The transportation of metal coils and other metals by air is expensive but fast. Cargo aircraft are characterized by a high capacity allowing reduced transport costs over long distances. Advantages of metal transportation by air include: the possibility of delivery from all international airports, oversized cargo transport capabilities, the availability of charter flights, full cargo service at airports, and the possibility to deliver goods to a consignee’s warehouse.
Our team works with reliable transport partners and select appropriate transport for steel coils and other metals taking into account the goods’ particular characteristics. If necessary, we arrange combined schemes using air, road, sea and rail transport.
Truck transportation is a common and economical option for delivering steel coils and sheet metal. Road transport scheduling does not depend on the timetable of ports, railway stations and airports. Therefore, road transportation typically requires minimum time and is carried out practically around the clock. The extensive advantages of road transport include the possibility of loading the whole truck, the possibility to adhere to special temperature regimes, delivery capabilities for of large and heavy cargo, and the consolidation of partial cargo in our partners’ warehouses in Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and other European countries.
AsstrA organizes steel coil and sheet metal transportation in the following areas:
- We organize steel coil and sheet metal transportation in the following areas:
- Metal transportation within the European Union;
- Metal transportation between the the European Union and the CIS;
- Metal transportation within the CIS;
- Domestic Russian metal transportation;
- Metal transportation between the European Union, the CIS, Southeast Asia, and China.
Our team is highly qualified and have many years of experience in the field of metal and metal products transportation. Experience and qualification help us find tailored solutions for each client’s requirements and cargo characteristics. 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. Our services related to steel transportation in rolls, and other metals, include:
- Drafting transportation schedules.
- Development of optimal routes.
- Risk analysis.
- Selection of specially adapted transport taking into account the dimensions of the cargo.
- Organization of loading and unloading operations with observance of necessary safety measures.
- Complex cargo services at partners’ warehouses in Europe and the CIS.
- Integrated customs support and assistance in the completion of customs procedures.
- Coordination of transportation of oversize with competent state bodies and the obtainment of all permits.
- Organization of all procedures necessary for the prompt and unimpeded transport of oversized and heavy cargo.
- 24/7 monitoring of the safety and location of cargo during transportation using navigation systems.
- LONG-TERM EXPERIENCE
We have been working in steel logistics for over 20 years and have gained a thorough understanding of the industry. As a result, each client receives a proven and effective solution for each specific requirement.
- MARKET KNOWLEDGE
We can solve every issue related to the international transportation of steel coils. Thanks to our well-coordinated work, each AsstrA customer is guaranteed maximum cargo safety during transportation, a clear and well-organized delivery system, adherence the established terms of transportation, and compliance with all applicable technical and sanitary standards.
- COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES
We are one expert source for a full range of services for heavy metal transportation: freight forwarding (including intermodal schemes), customs and documentation support, insurance, warehousing, consulting, and project logistics. In addition to a global presence in 22 countries, our company has 8 in-house customs agencies helping us continually improve and develop innovative logistics and transport solutions. We organize delivery of cargo through European ports, Russian ports (Nakhodka, Vladivostok, Tuapse, Novorossiysk, Temryuk, Rostov, and St. Petersburg), Baltic ports (Riga, Klaipeda, Ventspils, Tallinn, and others), and Ukrainian ports (Odessa, Black Sea).
We organize sheet metal transportation and that of other steel products with reliable transport service providers. Our transport partners work with us on the basis of long-term contracts which guarantee top performance regardless of market conditions. Our transport partners all have the necessary licenses, permits, and carrier liability insurance coverage.
- FINANCIAL SAFEGUARDS
We focus on providing safe, innovative, efficient services for the international transportation of steel coils that meet the requirements of international law. We are insured for EUR 3M per incident with our reliable partner, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd (Switzerland).
- LONG-TERM EXPERIENCE
The rules for the carriage of steel cargo are determined on the basis of several criteria including the type of transport used for delivery, the weight and dimensions of the cargo, and where the transportation takes place. In each specific case, carriers refer to the rules for metal transportation by road, rail, air or sea transport. It should also be taken into account that the legislation of many states establishes special rules for the circulation of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and also penalize for non-compliance with these rules.
The rules for the transportation of steel coils are diverse, as are the types of documentation necessary for carrying out such transportation. For example, packs of sheet metal and coils of steel often exceed the permissible standards of overall dimensions and weight and are categorized as oversized. For the transportation of oversized metal, a special permit, coordination of the transportation route, and other formalities are required. Norms governing the process of carriage of steel cargo are contained in a number of technical regulations. All these documents establish complex and detailed rules. We not only monitor compliance with all relevant rules and regulations but also advises on the preparation of related documentation, including shipping documents, invoices, customs declarations, permits, etc.
We look forward to cooperating with you! For more information on our services, carriage of steel cargo, please contact us via our website or at our nearest AsstrA office.