Logistics and transportation services for the international delivery of fruits and vegetables, including the shipment of olives, are among AsstrA’s main areas of expertise. The food security of any nation is highly dependent on the state of its food industry and agriculture. Yet there are cases when a specific place’s weather conditions or its location prevent consumer demand from being fulfilled, thus hindering the choices available on the food market. This issue can be solved by substituting the missing home-grown goods with those imported from outside the country.
AsstrA handles the organization of reliable logistics schemes for the overseas transportation of fruits and vegetables. We arrange shipments of olives and other agricultural goods by air, sea, rail, or road in Europe, including the former CIS countries, the Baltics, and the Balkans, as well as in various regions of Asia. AsstrA’s staff is skilled at finding the best solutions that meet every client’s requests and are suitable for the load properties. We come up with precise, reasonable prices for delivery and storage of the goods. Our shipments are always timely, whatever the final destination is. Thanks to our close partnerships with the most reliable companies on the transport market, we are able to offer our valued clients Swiss-standard services at reasonable prices.
The transportation of fruits and vegetables requires thoroughness and strict compliance with all sanitary-epidemiological and phytosanitary requirements. The unique requirements of fruit transportation are largely explained by the fact that fruits are seasonal products. Turnover in this segment peaks from the end of November to the end of February. This phenomenon is due to the increased demand for seasonal oranges, tangerines and other fruits during the holiday season. During this period, low temperatures and consistently high air humidity adversely affects the state of the transported fruits. Temperature during the transportation of fresh fruit and vegetables should be not lower than the established standards.
To avoid spoilage and loss of goods, AsstrA organizes refrigerated transport and ensures optimum temperatures for the transportation of fruit and vegetables. Another aspect affecting the conditions of transport is that vegetables and fruits are classified as perishable goods. Therefore it is important to carry out transportation as soon as possible. To ensure efficiency, AsstrA contracts a two-driver team to handle the transportation. The drivers take turns so that the transportation is carried out practically around the clock, without stopping.
The transportation of olives does not involve seasonal considerations and can be carried out at any time of the year. As a rule, peak cargo turnover in this segment falls during the autumn period. Olives are largely unaffected by temperature fluctuations, but a decrease in air temperature below zero degrees Celsius, typical for autumn, leads to spoilage rendering further use impossible. In the cold season, the international transportation of olives is carried out with strict observance of the temperature regime. The transport used for olives must meet certain criteria: it must be dry, cool, and ventilated.
Conditions for the transportation of olives include special requirements and procedures for their processing. For example, loading and unloading equipment which can damage the cargo boxes should not be used. A special procedure for carrying out loading and unloading operations is established in case of unfavorable weather conditions such as cold or high humidity.
An important requirement for the transport of olives is the fastening of the cargo on a vehicle. Boxes with the goods are fixed in such way as to avoid displacement or slippage during all steps of carriage. Secure fastenings help avoid the loss of volume or deterioration in the quality of the goods or deformation of olive boxes and cans.
The transportation of olives involves a special requirement at customs border crossings. Olives must undergo sanitary and epidemiological control. Representatives of customs authorities, i.e. customs inspectors, take samples of the goods in order to verify their compliance with shipping documents. In doing so, inspectors open boxes and individual packaging with olives. Only after the completion of the sanitary and epidemiological inspection of the cargo can it be admitted for import. AsstrA carefully monitors the changes in the international regulation of food products transportation, as well as those in the regulation of sanitary and epidemiological customs, and ensures safe and fast delivery based on the characteristics of a particular product.
AsstrA employees are highly qualified and have many years of experience in the field of cargo transportation in general and in the transportation of olives, vegetables, and fruits in particular. Experience and qualifications help us take an individual approach to each order that is appropriate to the specifics of the cargo involved and the wishes of the Client. Cooperation with reliable transport service providers allows us to develop and select optimal delivery routes, clearly coordinate all stages of delivery, and transport any cargo in a timely manner. The suite of services AsstrA provides for the transportation of fruit and vegetables includes:
Favorable pricing in the autumn-winter period for a variety of services related to the transportation of fruit, vegetables, olives. At this time of the year, the demand for such products is sharply increasing, and as a result, transportation rates rise. AsstrA offers its customers the most favorable financial terms of cooperation regardless of the situation on the market.
The suite of services AsstrA provides in relation to the transportation of olives, fruits and vegetables includes:
- Integrated customs support and consulting on customs clearance.
- Facilitating prompt passage through sanitary and epidemiological customs control.
In addition, our company provides the following services:
- Organization and provision of the transportation of olives, fruits and vegetables by different modes of transport. Experienced AsstrA specialists select a vehicle specially-adapted for the transportation of fruits and vegetables depending on specific cargo properties and customer needs. If necessary, our employees create multimodal shipping schemes using air, road, sea and rail transport.
- Organization of individual measures to ensure cargo safety during the loading process. To determine the necessary safety measures, specialists take into account the requirements and wishes of the customer, the properties of the cargo, the distance to destination, and road conditions.
- Warehousing services and the organization of other Partners involved.
- 24/7 cargo safety control during all steps of transportation, as well as loading and unloading operations.
- Comprehensive customs support.
- Consulting on transport, logistics and customs procedures.
- MARKET KNOWLEDGE
AsstrA employees competently solve each issue related to the international transportation of olives and for the transportation of fruits and vegetables. 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.
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 fresh fruit and vegetables, olives. 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.
- COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE
AsstrA is a single, expert source for a full range of services supporting the transportation of olives, fruits and vegetables, such as: international freight forwarding, intermodal scheme development, customs and documentation support, insurance, consulting, project logistics, and logistics. In addition to a global presence in 22 countries, our company has 8 in-house customs agencies allowing us to improve and develop innovative logistics and transport solutions on a continuous basis.
- EXPERT PARTNERS
AsstrA organizes the transportation and storage of fruits and vegetables with reliable suppliers of transportation services. Our transport Partners cooperate with us on the basis of long-term contracts which guarantee the achievement of high KPIs regardless of market conditions. AsstrA’s transport Partners have all necessary licenses and permits and carrier liability insurance contracts.
- FINANCIAL SAFEGUARDS
We focus on providing safe, innovative, efficient services for the transportation of fruits and vegetables and the transportation of olives 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).
- MARKET KNOWLEDGE
The rules for the transportation of fruits, vegetables and olives are contained in regulatory acts concerning the carriage of goods by road, rail, air or sea transport, in international treaties, and in customs legislation acts covering sanitary-epidemiological and phytosanitary safety. Norms governing processes for the transportation of fruits and vegetables and olives are contained in numerous technical regulations, certification rules, and documents establishing sanitary, hygienic and technical standards for the transportation of food products. All of these regulations establish a complex and detailed procedure for the transport of olives, fruits and vegetables.
Before executing transport, the consignor or other interested person has to receive a number of certificates such as: a declaration or certificate of conformity, a veterinary certificate, and other documents regarding environmental safety and the prevention of epidemiological threats. The listed documents are subject to verification during the passage through sanitary and epidemiological control at customs border crossings. AsstrA monitors compliance with relevant rules and regulations and advises on the execution of shipping documents, invoices, customs declarations, etc.
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Loads in the volume from 1 pallet and/or heavier than 500 kg are accepted for transportation. For transportation of cargo with weight of less than 500 kg, use the services of LTL shipments or air freight. AsstrA company does not perform shipments of personal belongings.