Despite the much-discussed trade disputes (so-called Trade Wars) between the United States, Europe, and Russia, international transportation and logistics services provider AsstrA-Associated Traffic AG’s year-on-year Transatlantic cargo volume grew by 27% in 2018.
International trade never stops, and AsstrA is actively supporting it with single-source freight forwarding services. As a result, AsstrA Clients receive comprehensive assistance from the corporate group’s experts who take care of cargoes door-to-door: from the shipper's plant to the consignee's warehouse.
“The market for ocean and air freight transportation between Europe and the USA is highly saturated. But US ports are currently facing high congestion due to several factors such as lack of drivers and lack of container chassis. Nevertheless, AsstrA Customers overcome these challenges and have smooth delivery completion thanks to AsstrA’s well-established relationships with air and shipping lines serving specific Trade Landes (TLs),” points out Trade Lane Development Manager at AsstrA-Associated Traffic AG Vladislav Lagun.
In transportation on intercontinental Trade Lanes, the primary task is always to choose the optimal routing and delivery mode. Prices and transit times largely depend on delivery destination, subcontractor market conditions, and transport infrastructure available for loading and unloading. Also, Customer requirements concerning type of loading, transit time, and the cargo itself influence decision-making processes. AsstrA Trade Lane Managers (TLMs) use their market knowledge, advanced competencies, and network contacts to bring it all together and make the choices most beneficial for Clients. They have good relations with transport Partners and a good understanding of current market conditions. Thanks to experienced AsstrA TL experts, each corporate Client can learn up-to-date shipping rates, take advantage of the best opportunities at any time of the year, and have access to a wide range of alternative delivery options. Trade Lane Management guarantees an intelligent, thoughtful, and holistic approach to the organization of the logistics chain. As a result, deliveries are faster and all resources – human, transport, and logistics – are optimized.
The corporate group Clients receive assistance of a team of dedicated Trade Lane Managers and Account Managers in many ways.
As Vladislav Lagun highlights, “AsstrA Group Clients take advantage of air and sea freight services organized by our local staff at European ports and terminals and dedicated Partners in the USA. In addition to that, AsstrA Partners receive value-added services like customs clearance organized by AsstrA in Europe and all- risks insurance in cooperation with Zurich Insurance. But that is not all. Clients have access to project logistics services covering virtually every aspect of logistics such as risk assessment, preparation of necessary permits, and the organization of engineering measurements during transportation. KPI performance feedback and surveyor reporting are other great benefits for our Clients by our Project Logistics team.”
AsstrA-Associated Traffic AG’s European Clients operate in many sectors, including the automotive, chemical, fashion and beauty, FMCG, hi-tech, home and DIY, machinery, pharma and steel industries. They all have access to professional door-to-door shipping services between the US and Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. Thanks to AsstrA’s transportation bridge between all sides of the recent trade disputes, Clients can stay confident about their cargo flows.