One of ICAT’s clients approached the team with a large project shipment that was a part of a $2 billion dollar defense contract. The client needed to have a complex and oversized fire truck transported from the U.S. to Iraq. The shipment required complex international trade compliance-related processes to be fulfilled prior to moving, including hazmat prep, in-depth international documentation, and a Diplomatic Note Approval that was a 3-month process to complete by government officials.
For months prior to sailing, ICAT provided both temporary indoor and outdoor warehousing and storage for the fire truck until it was ready to be shipped. The fire truck needed to be picked up on a certain day and by a specific time in order to get it loaded onto the next sailing at the Port of Baltimore. When the specialized truck arrived to the facility to load the fire truck, they realized the trailer was too short to fit the oversized vehicle safely and securely. Realizing there was minimal time to resolve this issue, the experts at ICAT immediately jumped into action to find the correct-sized trailer.
With the truck and step deck trailer in place, the oversized emergency vehicle was loaded, secured, and transported to the port. Additional documentation was required, but with a team of government and defense industry experts, the paperwork was handled and processed quickly.
Despite the challenges of on-time shipments during COVID-19 , ICAT was able to get the fire truck onto the ship utilizing RO/RO service and delivered in Iraq by the deadline.