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Reaching New Heights for Project Cargo with Fracht’s Railcars
December 6, 2013

Fracht is the chosen logistics provider for the Siemens – ATCO / WATL projects located in Alberta (Calgary/Edmonton). The 4 substations are the start of a new transmission line project spreading through the majority of Canada by 2017. Besides 40,000FRT of cargo, the heart of the project are the 16 converter transformers which are built in Nuremberg, Germany – each unit weighs close to 300 metric ton and is shipped by heavy lift vessel into the Port of Duluth.

The 2 new generation railcars Fracht has designed for the past 2 years rolled out of the factory just in time to be ready for this major project. They can support the units perfectly and only 2 other railcars are available in North America which are now under contract with Fracht as well.

Port of Duluth is a major project minded port on the very western part of the Great Lakes. According to them this is the largest heavy lift project ever to go through their port which is why they have prepared the attached article which will be posted in the Heavy Lift and other related magazines.

Fracht’s project division is here to assist you with your next project in North America.

Source: Armin Frey
Fracht Netherlands has obtained the full Customs and Safety Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate and C-TPAT Registration
November 27, 2013

Fracht Netherlands ® has obtained the full; customs and safety Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certificate.

Wednesday the 6th of November 2013 Dutch customs has presented the AEO certificate to Fracht Netherlands® (Fracht FWO B.V.). Fracht Netherlands® has obtained the full AEO status; customs and safety.

In addition this full AEO status grants Fracht Netherlands® a C-TPAT certification as well.

Friday the 8th of November 2013 Fracht Netherlands® has been accepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (the C-TPAT Program) as per below message received:

"This is an automated message from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.

Our records show that you are the primary point of contact for EORI number NL815886974.

Your recent attempt to register your EORI number has been accepted."

Herewith Fracht Netherlands® can now offer fully validated AEO and C-TPAT shipments from the entire Benelux area (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg) through the airports of Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg and the sea ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam.

Source: Armin Frey
Fracht Chile SA - Open for Business
November 7, 2013

The new office in Chile is open for business. Contact details are as follows:

Fracht Chile SA
Antonio Bellet 444,
Oficina 1304,
Providencia – Santiago, Chile
Phone: +562 2 955 8307 / 2752 7920
Cell: +56 9 7887 9190

The focus of Fracht Chile is on projects in the mining business but it goes without saying that all of projects are of interest. Besides mining, Chile has major investments in the areas of power generation, renewable energy, desalination and general infrastructure projects.

Source: Corporate
New Address for Lyon, France Office
November 1, 2013

We are happy to inform you that we have moved:

New Address:

385 rue d’Islande
Batiment WFS – Entrée B2

Email and phone number remain the same.

Source: Armin Frey
Fracht Basel Airfreight Office is Moving
October 31, 2013

Our airport office will move to our headquarter in Birsigstrasse 79 in Basle as of 4th November 2013.

Their new address will be:

Birsigstrasse 79
CH-4011 Basel / Switzerland

Phone: +41 (61) 287 95 55
Fax: +41 (61) 287 98 60

Source: Armin Frey
Fracht France Expands by Opening a New Office in Lille
October 1, 2013

We are pleased to give you the full address of our new office in Lille (Northern France):

FRACHT France – Lille Office
Mr Fabien PITTEMAN – Branch Manager
Aérogare de Fret - Porte 502
59810 Lesquin

Tel : (+33) 3 20 90 79 88
Fax: (+33) 3 20 90 79 78
Mobile: 06 58 20 53 10

Source: Corporate
New Office in Lille, France
September 3, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Fracht France is opening a new office at the airport of Lille (LIL), a city located in northern France on Monday, September 16, 2013.

The office will handle airfreight as well as oceanfreight shipments and will be headed by Mr. Fabien Pitteman a 24 year industry veteran. He can be contacted at:
Cell : +33 6 58 20 53 10

Source: Corporate
New VP Business Development Midwest
August 7, 2013

We are pleased to inform you about the appointment of Walter Groeli as VP Business Development Midwest. Walter is located in Chicago, Illinois and will handle sales activities related to the Midwest Region (Illinois · Indiana · Iowa · Kentucky · Michigan · Minnesota · Missouri · Nebraska · North/South Dakota · Ohio · Wisconsin). Fracht USA has been interested to develop this key area for quite some time and we feel confident that Walter can help us to open a few doors.

Walter joins us from an international forwarder, where he held various positions in several different areas in the United States. Walter’s diversification coupled with his global expertise and contacts will compliment our worldwide network.

Source: Corporate
New Office Adress for Fracht Beijing
June 18, 2013

We will move this Sunday, June 23 to our new office and start working as usual from Monday.

The main direct phone lines will not change, neither do the email adresses:

21st Fl.-Room No. 2108 Beijing Jingtai Tower
No. 24C Jianguomen Wai Street, Chaoyang
B e i j i n g   100022, P.R.China

general lines +86 10 6515 6531 - 32 - 33
fax line +86 10 6515 6569

Source: Guether Liewald
Damage Collections for ISF Non-Compliance to Begin
June 10, 2013

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin full enforcement of the Importer Security Filing requirement on July 9, the agency announced Friday.

On that date, the agency will begin to issue liquidated damages for ISF violations, such as filing incomplete, inaccurate or late documentation. This is the latest step in a gradual implementation that started on January 26, 2009 when the ISF rule came into effect.

The ISF rule allows for liquidated damages of $ 5,000.- per violation, which could reach $ 10,000 on a shipment if amendments to the ISF are filed with errors.

Source: Armin Frey
Cargo Release without Original B/L - Normative Instruction from Federal Revenue of Brazil No. 1.356/2013
June 6, 2013

Please be informed that the Normative Instruction from Federal Revenue of Brazil No. 1.356/2013 that came in force on May 6th, 2013, has made substantial changes in the procedures related to the Customs clearance and cargo release. It exempts the Importers/Consignees from presenting the Original Bill of Lading to Customs Authorities, Terminals and Bonded Terminals, for releasing of cargo.

As a consequence of this amendment importers/consignees will be able to obtain the release of cargo even if the Original Bill of Lading is in the shipper´s hand. Therefore we strongly recommend to all Port of Loading agencies to inform local customers and shippers of this new Brazilian Customs Procedure but also to remind them the Carrier will not be responsible for any claim due to delivery of cargo without original bill of lading.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this bill of lading Merchant is advised and agrees that according to destination country law and practice the Carrier has no control on the cargo' s release once discharged. Moreover Carrier has no interference on Consignee's decision to remove the cargo from one bonded terminal to another. Cargo is delivered through terminals to Receivers. This may be done without surrendering original bills of lading to the ship agent. In such case, the Carrier will not be responsible for any claim due to delivery of cargo without original bills of lading. Thus Shipper must ensure they are paid for their cargo prior to the beginning of the voyage.

Source: Armin Frey
C-TPAT Revalidation
May 21, 2013

Both the Frowarder and the CHB divisions of Fracht USA successfully completed the revalidation of their C-TPAT Certification.

C-TPAT is a program by the US Customs and Border Protection to strengthen the security of the worldwide supply chain. This revalidation means that Fracht USA meets or exceeds the security requirements that US Customs and Border Protection has set.

To find out more about this important program, please see our C-TPAT section under Company.

Source: Corporate
Fracht Brazil - New Address
April 12, 2013

Our office is moving to Sao Paulo downtown, where we will be operating from this coming Monday, April 15th. 2013.

Here below is our new address where we will have more space and adequate infrastructure for our activities.

ZIP CODE 01141-010

Source: Luiz Martini
Fracht Sweden - New Office Address and Telephone Numbers
April 5, 2013

As from April 5, 2013 we have moved to a new office.

Marieholmsgatan 46

Telephone +46 31 3377700
Telefax +46 31 3377702

Source: Corporate
Fracht Houston now ISO Certified
March 7, 2013

Fracht USA is proud to announce the certification of our Houston Branch as per ISO standards 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007.

ISO 9001: 2008 focuses on quality and vendor selection which will further strengthen our commitment to customer satisfaction and quality of service. ISO14001:2004 focuses on our environmental activities and impacts us as an organization to establish a positive change in preserving our environment. Last, but not least is OHSAS 18001:2007 which provides the framework to control health and safety risk as well as to improve the health and safety of employees.

Fracht Houston underwent a year long evaluation process to create the Integrated Management System (IMS) which consists of all three standards. A management committee was put together specifically for this project which was overseen by Dora Saldana.

As an international company, we want to demonstrate our commitment and be recognized as certified to international standards. This accomplishment will give us an edge to plug into the world wide market and set us apart from the competition.

In a second phase it is planned to have all the offices at Fracht USA certified.

Source: Reiner Wiederkehr
Strikes at ECT Terminals Rotterdam
February 7, 2013

Please note that negotiations between ECT and the port workers-unions have been stopped as parties could not reach agreement.

This resulted in an unannounced 24 hour strike, started this morning at 05:10 hrs at all ECT Terminals;

  • ECT City Terminal, Rotterdam Waalhaven
  • Uniport Terminals, Rotterdam Waalhaven
  • ECT Delta Terminals, Maasvlakte
  • Euromax Terminal, Maasvlakte

This implies that the only operating deep-sea terminal in Rotterdam is the APM Terminal (Maersk Line and UASC).

Backlog at the landside of the terminals is already estimated to +48hrs for barge delivery/collections and +24 hrs for truck and rail delivery/collections and backlog will further increase during the time that the strike continues.

At the sea-side of the terminals (vessels) operations are carried out normal but since containers cannot be collected from the terminals and storage capacity is not unlimited. Congestions at the terminals are expected.

Terminal operations will be disturbed for a longer period as the backlogs at the landsides of the various terminals will cause severe delays.

Also keep in mind that since barge operators, rail-operators and truckers cannot get rid or get hold of the containers transport capacity problems will occur.

Strike should automatically end at 05:10 hrs tomorrow (08-02-2013) but the effects will interfere with operations at the terminals at least through-out the weekend and coming Monday.

Please keep in mind (severe) delays for all containers import or export passing through Rotterdam for the coming days.

Source: Corporate
Fracht AG Rapperswil / Switzerland
February 1, 2013

In order to provide our customers in the eastern and central Switzerland an even better local service, we are very pleased to inform you, that we have opened a branch in Rapperswil in Switzerland. Mr. Daniel Fontana, a very well known customs and forwarding specialist in Switzerland will lead our branch and we are very happy to have him on board.

Alte Jonastrasse 83
CH-8640 Rapperswil
Tel.     055 210 65 90
Fax     055 210 65 91

Source: Corporate