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MarcoPoloLine 4th Annual Conference

As co-founders of MarcoPoloLine (MPL), Mercator Cargo Systems Ltd attended the fourth MPL annual conference in Sicily from 14th until 18th October 2011. Mercator was represented at the event by Paul, CEO; and James, Sales Executive.

Over 130 people representing 84 freight forwarding companies from 53 countries attended the event at the Etna Golf Resort hotel.

There were two full days of face-to-face meetings, one day playing golf and the last day was celebrated with a trip to the summit of Mount Etna followed by a party in the evening.

“This was a great opportunity to meet new business partners and cement relationships with established contacts” said Paul Goehlert, director of Mercator.  “There is a great family feeling amongst the members of MPL; we do business together, play golf together, eat together and have fun together”.

The MPL conference has become an established part of Mercator’s calendar and is a great opportunity to discuss anything from sales strategies to financial and operational matters.  Paul commented “We had the opportunity to meet partners from all over the world, so when one of our clients has a logistics issue almost anywhere in the world, we have a personal contact we can call on for local knowledge and help.”

MPL is a global association of small to medium sized freight forwarders committed to personal attention and professional customer service.

 

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Airport Cargo Scissor Lift from Heathrow to New Zealand

We were instructed to arrange the shipping of an Airport Cargo Scissor lift machine from Heathrow to final destination Christchurch, New Zealand.  Due to the extremely low ground clearance of the machine we had to position a mobile crane to lift the item up on the back of the trailer we had positioned. As we were operating within restricted airspace it was necessary to notify the airport authorities that there would be a crane operating with an extended jib in the air within close proximity to the run way.  Once the item was loaded to the trailer we had it delivered to our cargo handling partners in Southampton docks and it was then loaded to a 40’ Flat Rack container for export to New Zealand.  This whole process only took 4 hours to complete on a Friday afternoon, the key to a smooth operation is good planning.

If you have some bulky cargo or a project shipment of several items coming up be sure to give our experienced team a call us on 02392 75 65 75 to discuss your options fully.

 

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Mercator Cargo Systems Attending 4th Marco Polo Line Annual Conference: Italy

Mercator Cargo Systems will be attending the 4th Annual Marco Polo Line conference from the 14th – 17th October in Scily, Italy.

More details to be released soon. To find out more about Marco Polo Line please click here.

 

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MarcoPoloLine Success at Intermodal 2011

Paul Goehlert, Managing Director of Mercator Cargo Systems and partner in Marco Polo Line (our Global Network of freight forwarders) has just returned from the Intermodal exhibition in San Paulo, Brazil.

More than 45,000 visitors attended Latin America’s leading integrated exhibition and conference event for international trade and logistics handling held from 5th till 7th April 2011 at Transamerica Expo in Sao Paulo Brazil.

MarcoPoloLine (MPL), the fastest growing global network of small to medium size independent freight forwarders was amongst more than 450 exhibitors at the conference. Twenty members of MarcoPoloLine, including Mercator Cargo Systems from UK had representatives on the stand.

The MarcoPoloLine group, who only admits new members by recommendation and other strict criteria, made contact with more than 50 potential new partners from all over Latin America.

“It was a very productive three days meeting up with existing partners. There were also many companies interested in finding out more about MarcoPoloLine at their first ever exhibition. The investment was really worthwhile. New business enquiries are already coming in.”

Paul Goehlert, Managing Director, Mercator Cargo Systems 

 

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Your MarcoPoloLine Invitation to Intermodal 2011

The MarcoPoloLine Group was established to benefit the needs and requirements of small to medium sized freight forwarders.

In less than 5 years we now have
220 offices in 82 countries worldwide.

We invite you to visit us on Stand D9, so as to introduce you to The MarcoPoloLine Group, and answer any questions you may have.

Please make an appointment here: http://www.marcopololine.com/onetoone. Your password is guest2011

 

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Mercator Cargo Exhibiting at Intermodal South America

Mercator Cargo will be at the Intermodal Exhibition from the 5th to the 7th April 2011 in Brazil. The Latin American market is currently the fastest growing economy in the world. The conference is held in São Paulo, the business capital of South America.

This is Mercator Cargo System’s first exhibition and we will be exhibiting on the Marco Polo Line stand D9.

Marco Polo Line is a network of small to medium sized independent freight forwarders under one global banner, who offer a real alternative to the giant forwarders, offering specialist local knowledge and a comprehensive service in almost every corner of the world.

Mercator Cargo will be the only UK agent on the Marco Polo Line stand (D9), along with partner agents from the Middle East, Far East, Europe, Africa, North America and India.

Look out for Paul Goehlert, Managing Director of Mercator Cargo Systems in his Union Jack waistcoat!

Mercator Cargo is an established freight forwarder in the UK. Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011 it is a long standing member of the British International Freight Association.

With extensive experience in all aspects of freight transport, customs clearance and international shipping, the companies dedicated team of freight forwarders are able to find you the most reliable and cost effective international sea, road, air and rail freight forwarding services for your cargo.

Request a quote online today or contact us on 02392 75 65 75.

 

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Mercator Saves Clients Money by Thinking Outside the Box

Mercator Cargo Systems were recently instructed to organise the shipping of a large crane from the UK to Thailand. This project required substantial planning and pre-shipment organisation to ensure the most efficient transit cost and speed.

We shipped the boom sections, counterweights, winching system and hooks in multiple containers whilst the main crane body was shipped on MAFI trailers using roll-on-roll-off (RORO) cargo vessels.

The total weight was approx. 152,000kgs. We had to carefully plan every stage from arrival at the load point, to handling into the containers and then moving the laden containers and platforms to ships side. The cargo was then transported by sea from the Port of Southampton to Taichung, Taiwan.

The cargo was a tricky mixture of voluminous pieces and smaller denser pieces (for example, the 14m long section of luffer was only 1.5t in weight, whereas the counterweights, although only 25cms thick were over 12t each).

This meant we had to carefully plan which containers we would require, where in a container the components would sit (taking into account weight distribution and floor strength), what we could load with what based on the shape of the cargo, and how to secure the cargo once manoeuvred in to the container or on to the platform.  It was a challenge to get it right.

We were successful first time round and even managed to consolidate the number of containers required down from 8 to 7, meaning we saved our clients even more money. By sending the boom sections, counterweights, winching system and hooks in containers rather than with the main crane body as part of the RORO cargo, we managed to save our clients a substantial sum of money.

If you are looking for a freight forwarder who looks outside the box and can think their way around problems like this, call us on 02392 75 65 75 or request a quote online.

Mercator Cargo is an established freight forwarder in the UK. Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011 it is a long standing member of the British International Freight Association.

With extensive experience in all aspects of freight transport, customs clearance and international shipping, the companies dedicated team of freight forwarders are able to find you the most reliable and cost effective international sea, road, air and rail freight forwarding services for your cargo.

 

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Ferrari Shipped to Australia

Mercator Cargo Systems was recently instructed to arrange for the transportation of a Ferrari to Australia. Our experienced freight forwarding team decided that the safest way to do this would be to ship the Ferrari in a standard 20ft shipping container and ship the car using road haulage and ocean freight services.

Great care had to be taken to ensure that the car was not marked or damaged in any way whilst being loaded into a container, and that it was sufficiently secure for the transport around the world by both sea and road freight.

The Ferrari was carefully driven up a ramp and strapped into a 20 foot container by our packers. It was secured into place using special soft webbing and lashing that wouldn’t leave marks/rub on the tyres, with further padding provided by cotton wool around the alloy wheels to ensure that even with a lot of movement the lashing would not mark the car.

Special wheel surrounds were also made and secured to the container floor that fitted around the wheels to ensure the Ferrari couldn’t roll forwards, backwards or even sideways towards the edges of the container, whatever the conditions were like at sea or on the road during transit to Australia.

Mercator Cargo is an established freight forwarder in the UK. Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011 it is a long standing member of the British International Freight Association.

With extensive experience in all aspects of freight transport, customs clearance and international shipping, the companies dedicated team of freight forwarders are able to find you the most reliable and cost effective international sea, road, air and rail freight forwarding services for your cargo.

 

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Antique Ball is Returned to China

A bell from a picturesque miniature Chinese Temple in Portsmouth’s Victoria Park has been recently returned to China by Mercator Cargo Systems. The traditional style temple built commemorates the Far East commission of HMS Orlando (1899-1902).

The bell was taken from China during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900.   The bell was captured at the North-West Fort of Taku, which guarded the mouth of the river to Beijing.

After it’s capture the bell was hung in Portsmouth by the crew of HMS Orlando in honour of their fallen shipmates, lost during the campaign.

In a letter to the Evening News in 1993 it was suggested that it was an inappropriate artefact for a Naval Memorial and that it should be returned to the temple which it came from.

On the 13th June 2005, The News reported that a Chinese delegation had arrived in Portsmouth to take possession of the bell.  A replica bell was donated by the Chinese authorities and placed in the memorial in 2007.

Mercator Cargo Systems, a freight forwarding company in Portsmouth was instructed to arrange for the safe shipment of the antique bell from the UK to China by the Chinese delegation.

Mercator Cargo is an established freight forwarder in the UK. Founded over twenty years ago, it is a long standing member of the British International Freight Association. The company offers reliable and cost effective international sea, road, air and rail freight forwarding services to and from the UK.

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It’s Rugs to Riches

Published in Portsmouth News Mon Feb 09

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A 2,600-year-old work of art is to be brought back to life with the aid of a Portsmouth firm. Iraq, devastated by war, is gradually beginning to rebuild its industries, and one of its core traditional crafts is making some of the world’s finest rugs and carpets.

Now, thanks to a delivery of finest sheep’s wool to Baghdad from across the border in eastern Turkey by Portsmouth shipping specialist Mercator Cargo Systems, work is under way on reviving this ancient craft.

The Iraqi labourers have begun a project to produce replicas of the Pazyryk Rug, the world’s oldest surviving carpet, believed to have been made in Mesopotamia in around 600BC and now preserved in a museum in St Petersburg.

Previously, the factory had been reduced to making tacky designs from poor quality fibre mixed with nylon, many of which ended up in Saddam Hussein’s tasteless palaces.

But a top-grade Kurdish sheep’s wool has now been sourced capable of doing justice to the millennia-old Pazyryk, and with its history of carpet expertise Mercator Cargo was chosen to deliver the raw materials – and may get the chance to deliver the finished articles to the West.

Paul Goehlert, managing director of Mercator, based at St George’s Square, Portsmouth, said: ‘The Pazyryk was found in Siberia. It was frozen and they actually managed to work out, don’t ask me how, that it was made in Mesopotamia. And when they gave the Baghdad factory a project, they thought they’d do a copy of it.

‘All the skills were there, all the workers were there, the loops were there, but they just had rubbish wool, so the products they were making weren’t very clever.’

The operation is headquartered in the Kadhimiya district of the capital, and employs around 750 staff.

It is run by 60-year-old English businessman Richard Ringrose, under contract from the US Department of Defence.

He has worked with Mercator for many years, and although Mr Goehlert said the project would have got off the ground even without Mercator’s help, it was especially gratifying to be involved – for sentimental reasons.

‘I started, aged 10 or 11, running around the City of London as a messenger boy during the holidays. One of the warehouses I went to one day was full of all these Oriental rugs, and I’ve just been gobsmacked by them ever since,’ Mr Goehlert said.

‘Every business has their own particular language. Ours is carpets. We’re probably about the only shipping company in the UK where you could say “40,000 sq ft of Tientsin full cut”, and I’d actually know what that would look like as a cargo.’

 

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