AIRFREIGHT TO BRAZIL
Our LV shipping & transport office in Newcastle operates a weekly airfreight and ocean freight consolidation service to Brazil. In 2010 a blue chip customer asked us to move 40 tonnes of urgently required stock to Brazil in the most economical yet time efficient method possible. The urgency of the shipment meant that sea freight was immediately ruled out, due to a 17 day estimated transit period from the date of sailing.
In that period air traffic was heavily disrupted due to the plume of ash, which lingered following the April-May 2010 eruptions of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
This had a huge effect on our operations as flights to and from the UK as well as 19 other countries were grounded. Standard air cargo flights were not an option as everything was fully booked due to the back log of freight needing to be moved, and the fact that no guarantees could be made on delivery dates or flights being cancelled.
The solution was to charter a DC10 aircraft through one of our trusted suppliers. We organised swift collection of the stock and delivery to East Midlands airport for inspection and X-ray check, and then immediate flight to Rio as soon as the all clear was given.
The DC10 flew via Tenerife, Cape Verdi and Recife, North Brazil before touching down in Rio de Janeiro two days later, a complex charter. Our agents in Brazil acted immediately to customs clear the goods and deliver to our customer’s facility.
The stock was delivered on time and the client was extremely happy with the solution we had created and implemented, an excellent example of the dedication and hard work shown by all involved.