Historically, sea freight shipping was a key driver of the development of international commerce. Shipping goods by sea is still popular nowadays due to low costs, high vessel load capacities, and minimal restrictions on vessel carrying capacities.
Sea freight services allow substantially lower transportation costs in case of long-distance goods carriage. The AsstrA-Associated Traffic AG international transport and logistics group encourages its customers to take full advantage of the containerized cargo transportation-related services on offer. This transport mode is reliable and efficient, especially in case of long-distance and multimodal solutions.
“Usage of containers provides added safety for transported goods, speeds up transportation of small-piece cargo, and makes it easier to perform loading and unloading. AsstrA helps its clients enjoy all the advantages of container sea freight. Our employees analyze clients’ needs and cargo characteristics, optimize shipping routes, and estimate sea freight costs. AsstrA offers the transportation of any container goods in strict conformity with timing and delivery location terms. Thanks to close cooperation with carriers, port authorities, and other reliable partners, we offer a flexible pricing policy and maintain a high level of service quality,” points out Luba Zakharava, AsstrA Italy Country Manager.
One of the biggest advantages of sea freight is the fact that cargoes can be delivered practically everywhere. Experts from the AsstrA Italia Branch Office put this advantage to work satisfying all clients’ needs.
“Italy is well connected with all key world sea ports. The most popular destinations we serve are the Americas, the Far East, the Mediterranean, where AsstrA offers direct services without transshipment, and India with delivery to the main inland terminals,” emphasizes AsstrA Sales Specialist Stefano Morlini.
Does sea freight make it possible to send everything everywhere? Marco Casali, Sea Freight & Project Cargo Division Representative at AsstrA, points out that AsstrA offers sea shipping of every kind of cargo, including chemicals, paper, machinery and spare parts, fabrics, and plastic products. Experts from the corporate group can also accept general cargoes and even ADR loads on brief notice. They also work with open-top containers and out-of-gauge (OOG) cargoes.
“In situations involving a letter of credit or any other particular requirements, we offer dedicated consulting services comprising the preparation of documents for the Bill of Landing, insurance, and certificates. Also, we always offer export customs clearance support. If required, we can provide the courier shipment of original documents to the consignee,” adds Stefano Morlini.
Sea transport is somewhat reminiscent of exotic and fascinating travels all around the world. Each transportation project is like a fresh journey.
“Every shipment is interesting. Let’s imagine our container traveling all around the world to an exotic destination like a village many kilometers from the port,” says Marco Casali. “Some months ago we picked up eleven containers from a village in China, sent them to Italy, discharged the goods, and then reloaded the goods into standard trucks for onward door-to-door service to Russia. AsstrA can send containers to the USA, Central and South America, China, Australia, the Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, Angola, Algeria, or North Africa and "inshallah" it all arrives without any problem!”
According to Stefano Morlini, the most interesting project is always the next one.
“AsstrA is ready for every sea freight challenge. We organize shipments to all five continents. No destination is too far away. No cargo is too heavy. The sky is the limit,” concludes Luba Zakharava.