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hazardous goods

EU Regulations regarding the Carriage of Dangerous Goods

Directive 2008/68/EC on the inland transport of dangerous goods governs the shipping of cargo by inland waterways, rail, and road. European logistics companies must comply with the directive’s provisions to meet the safety criteria for international and domestic shipments.   Scope The directive includes provisions regarding labelling, requirements for tank-containers, restrictions on grounds of safety, and third countries. The shipping of hazardous cargo between third countries and EU Member States is permitted subject to the provisions of ADN, RID, and ADR, concerning the movement of dangerous cargo by inland waterways, rail, and road, respectively. When it comes to restrictions on… Read more

EU Guidelines on the Carriage of Oversized Cargo

EU Guidelines on the Carriage of Oversized Cargo

EU guidelines specify the maximum dimensions and weights when shipping abnormal loads. Cargo that exceeds the specified limits requires special permits which are issued by national or regional authorities. The procedures and regulations regarding the issuance of permits vary by country, including details such as authorized speeds, time frames, and vehicle escorts. Nevertheless, the guidelines include useful recommendations on vehicle information, transport corridors, and more. EU Best Practice Guidelines The best practice guidelines have been developed and released by the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission. There contain provisions regarding escorts, lighting and marking of load and… Read more

Transporting Covid-19 Samples to Reference Laboratories

Guidelines for Transporting Covid-19 Samples to Reference Laboratories

The World Health Organization has developed a mechanism for transporting clinical samples from suspected coronavirus patients residing in countries that lack specialized Covid-19 laboratories and testing capacity. Local shipping agents working with WHO-approved couriers provide assistance to laboratories in completing export documentation, arranging sample collection, and providing all forms, labelling, and packaging under international transport regulations. This mechanism for transporting hazardous goods and biological substances is similar to the Shipping Fund Project and Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System. Services Offered by Reference Laboratories WHO-approved reference laboratories support efforts toward capacity building in middle- and lower-income countries so that local… Read more

Safe Shipping of Medical Supplies Aiding the Fight against the Global Pandemic

Safe Shipping of Medical Supplies Aiding the Fight against the Global Pandemic

Shipping medical supplies and equipment safely and quickly has become key to preventing the further spread of Covid-19 and compensating shortages in many countries. The proper packing of medical equipment is important, especially for non-standard and fragile items and when specialized transportation is required. Types of Medical Equipment and Supplies Medical supplies that are shipped to protect frontline healthcare workers include disposable gloves, N95 respirators, surgical masks, gowns, and foot and eye protection. Equipment is also shipped, including bulky devices such as X-Ray scans, MRI machines, ECG, and ultrasound. The World Health Organization also published a list of priority equipment… Read more

Shipping Pets

Regulations on Shipping Pets and Domesticated Animals Internationally

Many ask freight forwarders if they can safely ship pets internationally as this can be a stressful experience for cats, dogs, and ferrets. Depending on final destination, some countries allow pets after a quarantine period while others may not allow them at all. EU Member States also have special requirements when it comes to required information, vaccinations, and other specifics. Specialized transportation may also be required for some domestic animals, including road and air shipping. What Documents Are Required If you plan to import pets from non-EU states, they must come from authorized countries and territories. State authorities require an… Read more

Transport for Fish Products

Shipping Requirements and Types of Transport for Fish Products

Freight forwarders often transport fish products across Europe, including dried, salted, live, and fresh fish. Factors they need to account for include type of product, distance, and transportation costs. Products and Shipping Requirements Fresh Fish Different factors play a role when transporting preserved and fresh fish. Fresh fish must be shipped to a distribution or holding facility as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The goal is to deliver high quality, fresh products that meet consumer expectations. Some species require additional processing such as cooling, packing, and canning but the period from catching fish to delivery is important to preserving quality…. Read more

Logistics in the Healthcare Sector

The Role of Logistics in the Healthcare Sector

While healthcare has treatment and prevention as its main focus, hospitals, clinics, and other facilities need medications, syringes, gauzes, and other supplies to treat patients. Hospitals also need files, paper, computers, and other items for administrative purposes and keeping record of patients and treatment outcomes. How Hospitals Secure Supplies The two main ways in which hospitals secure supplies are by working with distributors and by buying directly from manufacturers. Purchasing supplies from distributors has many benefits, the main one being that they are able to ship multiple supplies. To this, logistics services providers cater to both large and small shipments… Read more

Shipping Liquid

Shipping Liquid and Food Products

Shipping liquids and food products safely can be tricky because of the risk of leaks and spills. Many logistics services providers ship liquids and food across Europe and overseas except for items that are considered unsafe or dangerous. IFA members strictly follow all relevant shipping regulations to ensure safety while in transit and at delivery. Liquids That Can Be Shipped Some liquids are safe to ship while others are prohibited or can only be sent in limited quantities. Alcoholic beverages, for example, are allowed to be shipped in some EU countries provided that certain criteria are met. Items such as… Read more

Oversized Cargo

Risks Associated with Handling and Shipping of Oversized Cargo

The handling and shipping of oversized cargo carry certain risks, including political, social, economic, and technical risks. Assessing potential risks helps logistics services providers to develop appropriate strategies such as disaster planning, protection against political risk, assessment of providers’ financial stability, and others. Types of Risks When offering international freight services and shipping of goods by air, sea, and land, logistics services providers face economic risk. Economic risk is mainly related to bank policies and financing available to shippers in different areas. Factors that logistics companies assess include labor costs, interest rates, and terms and repayment schedules. Forwarders also face… Read more

Specialized Cargo

Types of Vessels Carrying General and Specialized Cargo

Logistics services providers ship cargo on different types of vessels based on the kinds of goods to be transported. Ships come in different sizes and include reefer vessels, livestock vessels, container carriers, tanker vessels, multi-purpose vessels, and others. Size Ultra large crude carriers weigh between 320,000 and 550,000 DWT and are used to ship hazardous goods such as chemicals, liquefied natural gas, and crude oil. Very large crude carriers weigh up to 320,000 DWT while Capesize are up to 150,000 DWT and can only pass through Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope but not through the Suez Canal or… Read more

European network for transportation FSMA

How IFA can be affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act

The International Forwarding Association has been steadily working on implementing various visibility tools in order to comply with international food safety regulations. Since there have been worrying signals for food getting recalled by the manufacturers and retailers, and for cases when certain foodstuffs have been found to cause sickness and other health problems, the companies from the European network for transportation have been working on limiting the risk of foodstuffs which are being transported getting spoiled or otherwise damaged or contaminated during their transportation, storage and distribution provided by the international freight forwarders. The adoption of FSMA In the US,… Read more

forwarding of live animals

Freight forwarding of live animals throughout Europe

The need of forwarding of live animals by air Live animals, including various types of livestock, pets, birds, reptiles or insects require special conditions when being transported. Most importantly, the forwarding needs to be as short and quick as possible in order to reduce the risk stress and physical harm to the live animals. This is why air transport is used for animal freight forwarding services. Also, air transport reduces the shaking and the commotion of the containers associated with road transport, which is also better for the animals being transported. This is why the network of freight forwarders offers… Read more

transport of agricultural production

Specialized transport of agricultural production

The forwarding of agricultural products takes up a large share of the types of cargo being transported by the forwarders throughout Europe. Large and small producers sell and deliver raw materials for the food industry as well as products for a large number of stores and retailers. Many of these products require special conditions for their transport in order to preserve their quality and expiration date. The companies in the list of logistics companies meet these requirements.   Cutting the time between the production of agricultural goods and its delivery to the consumers With the help of the logistics solutions… Read more

specialized transport in Europe

The development of specialized transport in Europe

The total volume of the cargo being shipped within Europe is enormous. The reasons behind this include the ease of transporting the cargo, the simplified customs and trade formalities within the European Union, as well as the globalization of the world economy, which allows for easy communication and development of the commerce as well as the mobility within the European countries. This is why the member companies of the European network for logistics are continuously working on increasing the number of service they offer and for cooperation when providing groupage transport service and complete loads.   Developments in the min… Read more

transport of machines

Specialized machine transport in Europe

The forwarding of machines is an important part of the service provided by the European network for logistics. Machines are essential for all modern industries and as such are subject of intensive trade.  IFA meets the growingly increasing demand for the transport of machines with its growing network as well as its individual solutions for normal and express machine transport.   Cooperation and experience – two important advantages of the network of freight forwarders The collaboration among the member companies of the European logistics network allows for providing combined efforts for timely offers and combined delivery routes for the delivery… Read more

Specialized forwarding services for the pharmaceutical industry

Specialized forwarding services for the pharmaceutical industry in the EU

The main type of pharmaceutical cargo being forwarded in Europe consists of medicines and other pharmaceutical products. Along with the various drugs, other pharmaceutical products which are at high demand in the European pharmacies, such as sanitary products are also being forwarded on a regular basis. The European network for transportation ensures that all countries in Europe receive regular supplies of all needed pharmaceuticals and sanitary materials.   Planning the logistics for the pharmaceutical industry Planning is crucial when it comes to the forwarding of pharmaceutical products, because it needs to ensure that sufficient supplies of the different pharmaceuticals and… Read more

textile freight forwarding services

Opportunities provided by the European textile freight forwarding services

The textile industry provides products which are under demand throughout Europe, and the European network for transportation carries clothes – both casual and formal, which reach the warehouses of the distributors and shops in excellent condition, thanks to the experience which the freight forwarders Europe have in transporting textiles and clothing via its groupage services и distribution logistics. The world’s major clothing manufacturers The European Union is the leader in the production and export of clothing. Bulgaria and Albania are the countries in the EU which are the biggest producers and exporters clothing. They are the main countries exporters of… Read more

forwarding of chemicals

The European requirements for the logistics and storage of chemicals used in the chemical industry

The forwarding of chemicals used in different industries, such as: chemical, pharmaceutical and other industries are a main part of the groupage services provided. Chemicals can be aggressive and often are toxic. This is why certain requirements for the safety of the personnel and the environment need to be followed during their packaging and forwarding.   The European Regulation No.1272/2008 for classification, packaging and labeling of solutions and mixtures When forwarding chemicals, the European logistics network acts in accordance with the European Regulation No.1272. This regulation includes the risks and hazards of inadequate packaging and labeling of chemicals, and thus… Read more

Logistics for the European textile industry

Logistics for the European textile industry

The products of the textile industry, including: textiles, samples and finished garments reach each and every point of Europe thanks to the logistics provided by the forwarders throughout Europe and the specialised services and vehicles for these types of products.   Logistics of ready garments, underwear, bed linen – a basic part of the services offered by the member companies of IFA More customers are looking for clothes which come with the convenience of being able to try them on and immediately determine whether the design and size are alright. The main producers of confection in Europe are located in… Read more

refrigeration transport services

European refrigeration transport services

Special vehicles are needed for the transport of frozen or chilled goods and cargo. They need to be able to maintain a temperature necessary to preserve the quality of the frozen or chilled goods. You can count on the freight forwarders network for refrigeration transport to every part of Europe.   The specialised refrigeration trucks   Each of the freight forwarders in the  European Logistics Network has special trucks with refrigeration equipment and a capacity of up to 20 tons. The temperature is controlled at all times during the transport by the drivers. They use the temperature loggers which are… Read more