At AsstrA we offer a full range of logistics and transportation services supporting the international transport of tobacco products. We aid our valued clients by building conditions for an uninterrupted supply of tobacco goods. AsstrA delivers loads by different means of transport across Europe, including the former CIS countries, the Balkans, and the Baltics as well as in Central and East Asia. Our team of professionals build the most appropriate routes for tobacco transportation taking each valued customers’ needs and cargo properties into account while also cutting unnecessary costs. We handle tobacco imports and exports irrespective of shipment distances. Mutually beneficial cooperation with reliable partners is the basis for our reasonable pricing and the high quality of the services we provide.
*AsstrA does not promote the use of alcohol and tobacco products.
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 subject to the influence of 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 the strict observance of all conditions of tobacco transportation, including increased tightness of vehicle seals and cargo safety measures.
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 conditions for the transportation of tobacco products 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 legislation on the circulation of excisable goods. Guided by their long-term experience in the transport of tobacco products, AsstrA employees carefully ensure compliance with the requirements of all domestic and international legal regulations as well as technical and sanitary transportation standards. Thus may our company provide 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 a low level of humidity and a constant temperature.
Specific requirements are imposed on the transportation of tobacco as part of consolidated cargo. Tobacco is allowed to 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.
AsstrA cooperates 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 such as: tracking systems, alarm systems, additional locks, and electronic anti-theft devices like immobilizers. Experienced AsstrA specialists select purpose-adapted vehicles for the transport of tobacco depending on the properties of the cargo and the needs of the Client. If necessary, our employees 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 works focuses on the import and export of tobacco leaf and finished cigarette products.
AsstrA Drinks & Tobacco Logistics team members have an in-depth knowledge of the tobacco market and issues affecting transportation therein. Our specialists can therefore provide a maximum level of cargo security during transportation and storage, adhere to all sanitary and technical standards, and take into account the requirements of 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 any 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 leaf and finished products.
- Development of optimal transportation routes that ensure safe delivery conditions.
- Risk assessment.
- Complex cargo services at Partner 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.
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AsstrA employees are qualified to solve every issue related to tobacco export and import. Thanks to the well-coordinated work of our specialists, each AsstrA customer is guaranteed maximum cargo safety during transportation, a clear and well-organized delivery system, adherence the established terms of transportation, and fulfillment of all technical and sanitary standards.
- SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION
AsstrA carries out the transportation of tobacco products using specially-adapted vehicles. Our transport not only meets all sanitary and technical requirements but is also equipped with anti-theft security systems. Thanks to cooperation with reliable transport companies AsstrA guarantees high-quality services for each Client.
- CUSTOMS CARRIER STATUS
AsstrA has a CIS customs carrier license which allows us to transport tobacco and tobacco products without customs escort through the territory of the Customs Union. In addition, the license provides for exemption from customs payments transit territories thereby optimizing customs and transport costs.
- 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
AsstrA is one expert source for a full range of services related to the interstate transportation of tobacco: 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 which allow us to improve and develop innovative logistics and transport solutions on an ongoing basis.
- GUARANTOR SERVICES
In cases where tobacco products are transported through the EU, AsstrA acts as a customs guarantor, thereby helping to reduce costs and accelerate delivery.
AsstrA is 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 during the transportation of tobacco products. In addition, AsstrA has an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certificate, which confirms that our company is 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 services for the transport tobacco and tobacco products 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).
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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.