Priority Freight transports 12 tonnes of machinery from UK to Germany and back – in just 96 hours

  • Two die-press pieces, each weighing over 5,500kg, transported to Germany and back for routine maintenance within one weekend
  • Priority Freight’s ‘Faster Clearance by Priority Customs’ service managed seamless customs clearance four times in 96 hours
  • Fast thinking and timely logistics saved costly production downtime by transporting machinery during Bank Holiday weekend closure

Priority Freight is an expert in providing the fastest, most cost-effective and reliable time-critical logistics solutions – with an industry-leading reaction time of under 15 minutes and an on-time delivery rate of 99.6%.

Priority Freight’s expertise was required by a mainstream vehicle manufacturer that needed to transport over 11 tonnes of die casting machines from its factory in the north of England to a facility near Stuttgart, Germany, for routine re-chroming. The parts then needed to be transported back to the UK for installation back on the production line before the factory reopened on Tuesday morning.

The expert team at Priority Freight considered the various modes of transport at their disposal and decided that shipping the parts by articulated lorry and trailer would be the most cost-effective and quickest solution.

Downtime was not an option given the manufacturer’s fast-paced production process. In order to exceed the client’s requirements, the team at Priority Freight worked over a Bank Holiday weekend when the car factory was closed, in order for production to continue uninterrupted once the factory reopened.

With additional post-Brexit regulations making time-critical logistics from the UK to mainland Europe a more complex challenge, Priority Freight used its team of in-house customs specialists to prepare for the four necessary customs stops in advance, sending paperwork ahead of the shipment to expedite the process.

This exceptional customs management process is thanks to Priority Freight’s ‘Faster Clearance by Priority Customs’ service. This simplification procedure has proven invaluable in risk mitigation post Brexit, and Priority Freight are one of only a few freight forwarders in the UK now qualified to provide this service whereby the Government permits goods to be cleared through customs without unloading saving valuable time.

In providing a complete end-to-end solution, Priority Freight is able to generate and control all customs paperwork from the outset. The German Transport Agent received the customs documents as soon as they were created, helping them prepare for the incoming shipment. The client was also given regular updates regarding the location of their shipment and when it would be arriving back in the UK.
The automotive client was so satisfied with the speed and agility of the shipment, it has since asked Priority Freight to conduct this route multiple times again this year.

With a team of experts available 24/7 and 365 days a year, Priority Freight can assist at every level of the supply chain, from shipping small components and fragile prototype parts, to arranging dedicated solutions to support movement of large volumes and weights. Its vision is to provide global time-critical delivery solutions to its clients, no matter what the geography, size, weight, distance or mode of transport.

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