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Local support for your global project cargo requirements

When moving valuable and complex cargo, planning ahead for your transportation needs can help avoid unnecessary costs and risk. Rely on the global expertise of C.H. Robinson to simplify your complex project logistic challenges. Our local experts speak your language and have access to an extensive network of specialized equipment. With a single call, you can coordinate even the most demanding projects, with execution plans that are designed around your unique project requirements. Get complete project management, including the delivery or receiving of cargo to meet ongoing construction or assembly processes and onsite supervision.

C.H. Robinson specialists are dedicated to customer satisfaction and have a proven reputation for delivering your project freight on time and on budget. Coordinate with project logistics professionals for your heavy lift freight, oversize loads, and breakbulk cargo via land, air, or sea. Manage your costs with pre-project estimates that include details on infrastructure requirements and potential obstacles, and special planning for easy customs clearance.

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4 best practices for transporting project cargo

  1. Seek out transportation advice before making an engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) project bid, or before moving over dimensional or heavy lift cargo. Hire a team of transportation professionals, a consultant, or a transportation provider with a proven track record in large infrastructure projects to provide expert advice. If choosing a consultant or provider, make sure they have knowledgeable staff who communicate proactively and promptly, the financial strength needed to undertake a reasonable amount of risk, and intimate local knowledge. They should also have access to equipment and local haulers to get you the capacity and flexibility you need, and be honest and forthright in their estimating.
  2. Allow sufficient lead time to coordinate transportation details. A good transportation adviser does research before they commit to a project, so they already know what needs to be done and have a good plan for execution. They can help determine whether it's most advantageous to buy a unit and ship it intact, or break down the piece for shipment and rebuild the unit at the site. Developing route surveys, detailed bids, execution plans, documentation, and onsite project management details in advance can help preempt issues, prevent cost overruns, and maintain the integrity of the cargo.
  3. Develop contingency plans. A hurricane can make it impossible to utilize a specific port. Community concerns can result in a need to reroute or develop special plans for transporting heavy machinery, or can even stop a project through legal injunction until an environmental impact study is done. Access to the construction site may be too narrow, improperly prepared, or otherwise unsuitable to accommodate moving wide or long equipment in and out. When the unexpected occurs, a transportation expert should have an alternate plan for every key juncture of the project, and for every product that cannot be easily or quickly remade or replaced if the original plan goes awry. They should be ready to provide innovative thinking to quickly minimize and resolve delays.
  4. Incorporate past experience. Project managers must be skilled at moving oversized and expensive shipments through many different regions or markets and should have the past experience to understand specific challenges associated with those markets. A transportation expert can measure and track what happened during a shipment compared to the plan (e.g., actual transit time vs. proposed and actual costs vs. budgeted). They can provide an analysis of how quickly documentation was turned around, how accurate documents were (a factor that affects customs clearance), and how effectively claims were handled. The expert can also suggest ways to improve the shipping process and find the most cost effective, efficient way to move specific commodities around the world.

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