When transporting liquid cargoes, logistics should be carefully considered to optimize business growth for companies in the chemical, agricultural, and food industries. In addition, transportation must be carried out taking into account safety requirements, since damage to some goods may cause an environmental disaster.
For 25 years, clients of the AsstrA corporate group have been receiving optimal logistics solutions related to the international transportation of liquid cargoes. This type of cargo is delivered with special vehicles like tank containers, self-heated isothermal tank trucks, and tank trucks without temperature controls.
Liquid goods are transported in a liquid or liquefied state. There are thee categories of liquid goods:
- Oil products:
- petroleum oil;
- petroleum solvents.
- Chemical substances:
- liquid soap;
- liquid latex;
- concrete additives.
- Food products:
- milk products;
- vegetable oil;
- caramel dyes.
The first two groups are further divided into hazardous and non-hazardous substances. Hazardous products include flammable products as well as caustic, poisonous substances and liquid gases. During transportation, the type of goods must be taken into account along with their physico-chemical features, e.g. their density, fluidity, pour point, and corrosivity. Temperature and speed regime compliance is necessary, and the smoothness of movement is also taken into account. Some cargoes must be transported in a convoy or at a limited speed.
Delivery of liquid goods is carried out in strict accordance with sanitary and epidemiological requirements and legislation of the states through which the transport route passes.
The AsstrA corporate group works with liquid cargoes of various categories. We handle liquified gases, however, as part of another service offering.
- Careful consideration of cargo characteristics.
Corporate group experts carefully study liquid cargoes’ physico-chemical properties as these properties will influence the choice of vehicle. For example, the delivery of flammable substances is carried out only in special extra-strength, anti-corrosion, and fire-resistant containers.
Choosing a tank to transport liquid food cargoes also requires careful attention to detail. Some tanks are designed to maintain the temperature of liquids like oils or molasses. Others have a refrigeration chamber to store dairy products, for example. Before being filled, the containers are cleaned with special methods sometimes including steam, for example, to avoid further contamination or odors.
- Transport cost optimization.
AsstrA partners are fully licensed, compliant, and reliable carriers from Europe and the CIS. They deliver of goods on time regardless of external factors like market conditions, etc. AsstrA transports liquid cargoes to the CIS, the EU, and the Baltic and Balkan regions.
- Comprehensive logistic solutions.
At points of departure and destination, AsstrA offers a wide range of services covering everything from vehicle selection, storage and cargo loading to insurance, customs clearance, and obtaining permits. This way, our customers save time.
The corporate group has offices across the CIS, the EU, and Asia. AsstrA also has 8 of its own customs agencies. The company’s experts understand the regulatory details related to customs escorts, the knowledge of which facilitates and accelerates clearance through CIS and EU customs.
- Compliance with international law.
The drivers of vehicles transporting liquid cargos have undergone proper medical examinations, received adequate training, and obtained the right certificates.
There are also requirements for loading substances. For example, viscous products are heated before filling. And for the transportation of dangerous goods, the container must be not only cleaned but also disinfected. Liquid foods can be poured only into a carefully cleaned tank. Tanks are sanitized after each trip. Food delivery is carried out only in stainless steel tanks not subject to corrosion.
All tanks are inspected, and vehicles undergo regular technical inspections.
- Financial safeguards.
The corporate group guarantees the integrity and safety of the cargo we work with. Force majeure scenarios, however, must be taken into account. We protect our clients’ interests with a 3 million euro all-risks carrier liability insurance policy from Zurich Insurance Company Ltd (Switzerland).
- Comprehensive quality control.
The AsstrA team monitors each stage of transportation 24/7 – all day, every day. We also verify the status of tanks, cargo delivery, and drivers’ adherence to planned routes. Drivers stay connected on mobile phones around the clock regardless of time zone. Clients get detailed information about their cargo’s condition and location.
- Formation of cost-effective delivery routes;
- Guaranteed safety of liquid cargo;
- Partnering with trusted carriers;
- Comprehensive services supporting transport mode selection, loading/unloading, shipping, paperwork like customs documentation, and more;
- 24/7 product security and location monitoring;
- Cargo insurance from major European providers like Basler Versicherung (Switzerland), Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. (Switzerland), and Aktiv Assekuranz (Germany).