IFLN News 2017
Aries and Sharp Collaborate with Spinning Success
The shipments consisted of more than 150 tons of spinners and were an extremely time-perishable commitment.
Two IFLN cargo agents, Aries Global Logistics (AGL) of the US and Sharp International Cargo Services of Hong Kong, worked closely together to ensure the successful transport of more than 120 individual cargo shipments to a large number of different destinations.
In fact, the shipments – totaling more than 150 tons in weight, the heaviest individual consignment of which was 30 tons – were flown to 22 different destinations from China’s Shenzhen Bao’an International, Ningbo Lishe International and Hong Kong International airports over the course of a month earlier this summer. The cargo consisted of widget spinners, the toys that became very popular very suddenly; as a result, the shipments were extremely time-sensitive, with there being a possibility of cancellation of the order if delivery was not made by the given deadline.
AGL president Frank D’Ambra takes up the story: “The client of ours for whom we regularly handle sea freight had these urgent shipments that needed to travel by air because of the time-sensitive nature of the cargo. We always receive very good prices and service from Sharp, so we enlisted them as origin agent for these shipments.”
Compounding the challenge facing the forwarders, D’Ambra explains, was the fact that the airlines restricted the quantity of spinners they would load per aircraft because of the high density of the cargo.
Moreover, D’Ambra continues: “The moves required adjustment after we saw that the airlines could not provide timely on-carriage via truck, so after several moves, we had Sharp change from an on-carriage scenario to using only New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles as destination airports. AGL took over from there, arranging on-carriage to the consignee at final destination.”
Kenny Wong, Sharp International Cargo Services’ vice president, explains that – in the space of just two days – “We successfully planned and arranged 20-30 ton cargoes that were uplifted by several airlines and arrived at destination at the same time.”
Staff from both Aries and Sharp worked long hours, including at weekends, in order to successfully book the cargoes, ensure their pick-up, shipment, clearance and delivery.
All of which led to a “highly satisfied” consignee, D’Ambra confirms. “All shipments were executed to perfection with zero cancellations by any of our clients’ customers.”
Both forwarders also note how valuable it was to work with a fellow IFLN member on such a complex job. Wong points to how enjoyable the experience was working with Aries, while D’Ambra remarks that the co-operation with Wong is “always good”.
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