We provide a full range of logistics and transport services supporting the international transport of tobacco products. We help our customers establish regular flows of tobacco and tobacco products. Our company organizes cargo transportation by various modes of transport in Europe, the CIS, the Baltics, the Balkans, Central Asia, and East Asia. Our experienced employees take into account each client's needs and cargo characteristics to develop an optimal delivery route that minimizes transport costs. With us, tobacco imports and exports arrive on time regardless of their destinations. Thanks to close cooperation with international transport companies, we offer flexible pricing and Swiss-quality services.
*AsstrA does not promote the use of alcohol and tobacco products.
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There are various types of tobacco products, including smoking tobacco, snuff, cigarettes, and cigars, among others. The raw materials for the manufacture of these products are tobacco leaves and shredded tobacco. Raw materials and ready-made tobacco-based products are among the most "sensitive" goods vulnerable to unfavorable external factors.
Tobacco products are hygroscopic, i.e. they absorb moisture and water vapor from the air. They also absorb extraneous smells and are subject to autolysis (self-dissolution of tissues under the influence of special enzymes), self-heating, rotting, and mold. The sensitivity to external influences and the properties of this product necessitate special measures like extra-tightened vehicle seals.
In particular, tobacco leaves are packaged in bales, each of which contains leaves of only one grade with identical processing. The bales are pressed and lined with dense packing cloth that ensures tightness. Cigarettes are usually transported in boxes of plywood or multi-ply corrugated cardboard. These boxes are stacked in multi-turn boxing with cushioning material.
Failure to observe or improperly adhere to the necessary conditions for tobacco transportation may lead to cargo damage, loss of consumer properties, and granary pest contamination. Certain requirements for the export and import of tobacco are established by countries’ legislation on the circulation of excisable goods. Guided by their long-term experience in the transport of tobacco, our team carefully ensures compliance with the requirements of all domestic and international legal regulations as well as technical and sanitary transportation standards. This way our company provides safe and fast transportation suited to the characteristics of each particular product.
Since tobacco, cigarettes, and other tobacco industry products are highly sensitive to external factors, specialized vehicles are used for their transportation. Transportation of tobacco products is carried out using sealed, clean, and dry vehicles. It is important prevent the ingress of foreign smells while maintaining low humidity levels and a constant temperature.
Specific requirements are imposed on the transportation of tobacco in consolidated cargo shipments. Tobacco may be transported with other goods, but the list of such goods is limited. It is forbidden to transport tobacco products together with such cargoes that can lead to the formation of condensate inside the vehicle or otherwise affect the level of moisture. Transportation with food products is also not permitted. Tobacco and tobacco product packaging must be marked with a special label.
We work exclusively with reliable transport partners to ensure that all vehicles and trailers used have complete sets of technical documentation. In addition, all transport is equipped with additional security systems like tracking systems, alarm systems, additional locks, and electronic anti-theft devices like immobilizers. Our experienced specialists select purpose-adapted vehicles for the transport of tobacco depending on your requirements and the properties of your cargo. If necessary, our team arrange combined schemes using air, road, sea and rail transport.
The transportation of tobacco products has been one of our company's priority freight transport offerings for many years. The AsstrA Drinks & Tobacco Logistics department was established to provide transport and logistics services for companies in the tobacco industry. This department primarily provides services around the import and export of tobacco leaf and finished cigarette products.
AsstrA Drinks & Tobacco Logistics team has an in-depth knowledge of the tobacco market and the transport issues it involves. Our specialists can therefore provide maximum cargo security during transportation and storage, adhere to all sanitary and technical standards, and take into account any applicable legislation on excisable goods. Cooperation with reliable transport service providers allows us to develop and select optimal routes, clearly coordinate all stages of delivery, and transport all cargo on time.
The range of AsstrA's services related to the transportation of tobacco includes:
- Drafting detailed project and schedules for transportation.
- Selection of a specially adapted vehicles taking into account the properties of the tobacco leaves and finished products.
- Development of optimal transportation routes that ensure safe delivery conditions.
- Risk assessment.
- Complex cargo services at partners’ warehouses in Europe and the CIS.
- 24/7 safety monitoring during the process of transportation, as well as during loading and unloading operations.
- Integrated customs support.
- Consulting on transport, logistics, and customs procedures.
- MARKET KNOWLEDGE
Our team is qualified to solve any issue related to tobacco exports and imports. Thanks to the well-coordinated work of our specialists, you are guaranteed maximum cargo safety during transportation, a clear and well-organized delivery system, adherence the established terms of transportation, and compliance with all technical and sanitary standards.
- SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION
We use specially adapted vehicles to transport tobacco products. Our vehicles not only meet all sanitary and technical requirements but are also equipped with advanced anti-theft security systems. Our cooperation with reliable transport companies guarantees high-quality services for each client.
- CUSTOMS CARRIER STATUS
We have a network of security companies that closely cooperate with us in the EU, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Armenia. This way we provide safety for both tobacco exports and imports.
- SECURITY ESCORTS
We have a network of security companies that closely cooperate with us in the EU, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Thus, AsstrA provides safety in both the export and import of tobacco.
- COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES
We are one expert source for a full range of services related to the interstate transportation of tobacco. Services include freight forwarding (including intermodal schemes), 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 helping us continually improve and develop innovative logistics and transport solutions.
- GUARANTOR SERVICES
In cases where tobacco products are transported through the EU, we can as a customs guarantor, thereby helping to reduce costs and accelerate delivery.
We are a member of the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), participation in which provides additional opportunities to minimize the risks of damage and loss of cargo when transporting tobacco products. In addition, AsstrA has an Belarusian Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certificate, which speaks to our status as a reliable and solvent partner complying with safety standards and all legal requirements during transportation.
- FINANCIAL SAFEGUARDS
We focus on providing safe, innovative, and efficient tobacco and tobacco product transport services that meet the requirements of international law. We are insured for €3M per incident with our reliable partner, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd (Switzerland).
- MARKET KNOWLEDGE
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.