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Our IFT staff has the capabilities of assisting our customers in various languages such as English, Korean, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Finnish, Spanish, Polish and Russian. We pride ourselves in being able to help our customers in their own language along with knowing the cultural background of different countries.
In the Industry
Trends In European Shipping
For the better part of ten years, European carriers weren't able to take advantage of the lower oil prices due to weak demand coupled with overcapacity that brought freight rates to record lows.
After six straight years of losses, 2017 finally saw container carriers post a profit. Unfortunately, the recovery of demand coincides with an increase in oil prices. Oil prices have risen to their highest levels in four years. Increasingly there is talk of the price reaching as high as $100/barrel, particularly with tensions rising between the US and Saudi Arabia.
Drum Roll, Please
IFT is currently in the operation of transporting equipment used in the food processing industry from the US to India.
The machines, drum dryers, are used for drying highly viscous fluids and pastes. The drum is heated on the inside to remove moisture in the process of drying products for packaging.
Such a large machines require special handling in the shipping. The dryers stands approximately 7 feet tall and has a length of about 24 feet. The formidable units also weigh in at over 50,000 pounds each. They were loaded onto flat racks for the journey that will bring them from the northwestern US to their final destination in eastern India.
New At IFT
IFT is currently in the process of importing a large piece of equipment originating in Italy. The cargo, a metal cutting shear, is marked for delivery to the State of Oregon in the US.
The oversized unit, an important machine utilized by the steel and associated industries, required some special planning and the experience that IFT always brings to bear was well up to the task.
The cutting machine, weighing in at approximately 80 tons, requires the use of a 40 foot open top container for transport. Due to these specifications, IFT needed to hire a trailer that would be able to handle the equipment, and a 350 ton crane to get the equipment seated on the trailer and aboard the vessel for the ocean going leg of the journey.
Once aboard the ship in Italy, the sea voyage will take it to the port in Corpus Christi for unloading. From Texas, the machine will make it overland on it's way to Oregon.
Joke of the Month
Sarah: "Whenever one door closes another one opens!"
Farrah: "That's nice, but until you fix it, I'm not buying this car."
Q: What's the saddest dog?
A: The melancollie.
Boss: "Wages are $12 an hour. After six months that goes up to $18. When can you start?"
Ross: "In six months."
Joe:"Somebody's been adding layers of dirt to my garden!"
Moe:"So...the plot thickens!"
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