In the period from August to December 2015 TELS Group of Companies carried out a project requiring shipment of special equipment for modernizing oil refinery in the Republic of Belarus.
To accomplish the goal, 89 shipments in total were made from France, Belgium and Poland.
Julia Ivanova, Chief of TELS Oversized and Project Cargo Transportation Department, commenting on the project:
Oil-refinery industry is one of the economic fields where we have successfully carried out a number of complex project transportations for our clients.
This project was notable for the fact that during 4 months we had to organize numerous shipments containing equipment of various size and functions from three European countries and provide with all the related services.
Naturally, we had to solve many organizational issues while realizing the transportation.
We were greatly surprised when the customs post suddenly closed, although since the very beginning of the project approximately 30 vehicles had arranged the documents there. The consignor learnt about this later, and at the Polish-Belarusian border, the officials were not aware of the closure of the post. Vehicles continued heading to the post that had already been closed. So we had to make quick decisions in defining the customs post and redirecting the vehicles.
Another peculiarity of the project concerned the fact that all the cargoes transported from Poland were “irregular” in terms of fastening, descriptions required for documents, etc. We had to send our employee to the supplier factory in order to take control over the loading process and shipping documents. This enabled us to eliminate all the possible risks.
In addition to that, we had to change some instructions to organize transportation of certain oversized units. Cargoes 4.7 metres wide can be transported from EU territory to Belarus only via Kamenny Log border checkpoint. However, on the way to this checkpoint we had to decide on the new bypass route due to unforeseen road works on the selected route.
We faced some other difficulties while accomplishing the project, yet nothing prevented us from fulfilling our obligations in time.
The Republic of Belarus will suffer negative economic consequences arising from the political crisis. This will affect both the republic and most probably the freight market between the European Union and the Russian Federation. At least, we should expect redistribution of transit cargo flows if Minsk carries out its threats in response to the restrictions introduced by Poland and the Baltic states.
Due to the increase of criminal incidents in the cargo transportation market, the Legal Department of TELS Group reminds its employees and partners once again of the importance of the rules preventing cargo theft and the procedures allowing to admit contractors for transportation.
TELS Marketing Department has reviewed its work with the customers during the first six months of 2020 and provided the details to company’s management. The overall results are as follows – the increase of freight orders by 5 % and the actual profit by 6 % against the same period in the previous year.