U-Freight Holland, the Dutch subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based freight forwarding and logistics company, has successfully handled the multimodal shipment of electricity power cables from Europe to Africa.
The 16 rolls of transmission cables were required urgently in Chad, where the country’s power utility, National Electricity Company (SNE) is rehabilitating generating assets to help improve supply.
U-Freight was contracted by Dutch transport group, Van der Vlist on behalf of its client SwitchGear Company (SGC), to expedite the shipment from Paris-Vatry airport direct to N’Djamena International airport, after they had been trucked from Greece on four separate vehicles.
With time of the essence, and limited cost-effective air charter options available, U-Freight worked with an air charter broker to secure dedicated space on board an Astral Aviation Boeing 747-400 freighter.
After U-Freight undertook all Customs clearance and freight facilitation operations, the 16 reels, which each weighed five tonnes and collectively amounted to around 16 km of cable, were carefully loaded at Paris-Vatry under the watchful eye of the company’s loadmasters, before the dedicated charter aircraft took off for Chad.
Simon Wong, U-Freight Group ceo explained that in its initial briefing, the client emphasised the urgency of this delivery, which precluded the oceanfreight option.
He explained: “Dedicated air charters can be extremely expensive and we had to reject offers from some airlines that we approached. Astral Aviation offered an option that was much more reasonable and cost effective.”