Customs Clearance and delivery of a Cross Laminate Timber Plant to Rural Victoria.
The project comprised 17 shipments in total;
- 2 airfreight shipments,
- 14 sea freight shipments of 57 x 40ft containers arriving in a space of two months and a 1 x 30m long break bulk shipment that was received on a Saturday and had to be store and ready for delivery before sunrise on the Monday.
All containers required mandatory Rural Tailgate Inspection before being delivered 300km outside of the Port of Melbourne precinct and it had to be return to the shipping line at the Port of Melbourne within their demurrage (free time) period that are always very tight. – On top of this, the client could only accept up to 4 containers a day making the planning even more meticulous. We were also looking at an Out of Gauge cargo that had time restrictions due to the length of it.
Due to the importance and promptness required on this project, the CFS team needed weekend and overnight work 24/7 capabilities.
How was the challenge addressed or planned for?
CFS team liaised with shipping lines, stevedores, Customs and Quarantine to accelerate the containers collection from wharf precinct in minimal time to ensure the containers were not sitting idle at the wharf.
The planning of the reception of the containers was done months in advance and the delivery schedules were to be set days in advance so the receiver in Rural Victoria could confirm equipment requirements and teams in advance to minimise container time on site.
The project was completed successfully in the timeframe stipulated and within budget. To this stage CFS is still completing day to day work for this client.