Industrial operators have had to adapt to unprecedented levels of change over the past year. The factors contributing to a continuing need to respond to change are still a key feature of market conditions across many sectors. Remaining agile in an environment like this is critical, which often means transporting heavy machinery, materials or products from one site to another. At AIS Vanguard, we are helping businesses across a wide variety of sectors to plan their logistics and ensure their assets are safely transported to where they need to be, on time and with all the correct paperwork.
Planning Logistics for Brexit Uncertainty
One of the biggest factors affecting operators’ logistics strategies over the next few months is Brexit. The end of the transition period on 31st December means there will be new rules in place for the transportation of goods between the UK and Europe, including both exports and imports. Alongside new compliance requirements and changes to paperwork for international logistics, there are a number of other ways in which the UK’s new relationship with the EU could affect logistics planning.
Even before the transition period deadline, uncertainty has prompted stockpiling of goods and materials, putting pressure on normal logistics networks, including vehicle availability, ports and ferry crossings, and warehouse capacity. This could result in backlogs for companies relying on their in-house fleet and warehousing facilities. It could also threaten business critical business transformation programmes, including machinery installation projects, factory relocations, asset rationalisation and asset realisation.
Realigning Capabilities after COVID
The other key factor affecting businesses’ logistics planning over the next few months is the impact of the pandemic on their operational requirements. In some sectors, reduced demand and a challenging commercial landscape is prompting rationalisation and asset realisation programmes. In others, there is an opportunity to capitalise on increased demand if new equipment and materials can be transported to the right location.
Where heavy machinery is concerned, specialist logistics capabilities are required in order to load, transport and offload the asset safely and efficiently. This may include gaining the correct approvals for the transport and putting support vehicles in place. Where machinery is being imported from abroad or dispatched to a buyer overseas, the logistics requirements also involve ensuring the correct paperwork is in place and liaison with the port authorities. And, of course, experience and the right skills for the job are important throughout the logistics planning and delivery.
Logistics You Can Rely on, Wherever Your Assets are Going
At AIS Vanguard, we have the fleet, logistics planning expertise and lifting and moving experience to meet all logistics requirements, including transportation of heavy machinery across borders. We work with our clients to understand their requirements and their deadlines to plan the logistics around their timescales. And because we understand the challenging conditions affecting the transportation of goods and assets at the moment, we can ensure that we factor any additional time or revised routes into the planning process to avoid unforeseen delays.
Our logistics capabilities encompass light commercial vehicles, including fully-equipped ‘tackle vans’, pick-up trucks and personnel vans, HGV vehicles including tractor units, HIAB trucks flat trailers and step-frame trailers and fork-lift trucks between 1.5t and 7t capacity. We also have eight large-scale warehouse facilities and an international network of storage provider partners.
Reliable logistics has never been more critical to business planning and performance, which is why our team is working hard to help clients get their assets to where they need to be.