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Above and Beyond in Mongolia

Move One completes the impossible yet again to meet the demands of a growing mining industry

By Marko Lukic
May 9, 2012
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Move One recently completed a challenging shipment from the United States (U.S.) to Mongolia for a global manufacturer of industrial tools and equipment. The company entrusted Move One with the delivery of oversized cylinders, containers, and batteries to serve Mongolia’s rapidly growing mining industry. The purchase order, which included three shipments – normal container loads, individually loaded break bulk shipments by sea, and a dangerous goods (DGR) shipment of lithium batteries by air – required the Move One team to respond quickly and draw on years of experience in the field of global logistics.

As there are no direct flights from the U.S. to the Mongolian city of Ulaanbaatar, Move One secured a flight to Beijing, China for the DGR shipment of lithium batteries. Due to the extensive knowledge of Move One personnel, the operations team was able to foresee that land transportation would be the only solution to forward the cargo to its final destination. In fact, Move One was able to properly advise its customer ahead of time and included repackaging services upon arrival in Beijing in order to abide by land transportation regulations for this DGR shipment. This essentially saved the customer time and money as Move One coordinated the arrival of the batteries with the other freight arriving via ocean and consolidated all shipments for a single convoy of land transportation.

Move One arranges special packaging for cylinders to reduce shipping costs

“We also had a shipment of cylinders which consisted of delivering two pieces of 14.5 meter cylinders and two shorter ones,” explains Miroslav Georgievski, Move One’s Operation Coordinator for Mongolia. “For less experienced freight forwarding companies this may have presented a challenge which, if overlooked, could prove needlessly costly for the client.”

Georgievski points out however, that Move One avoided extraneous costs by repacking the two shorter cylinders onto standard European wooden pallets. “If they had remained packed in the containers, this would have significantly increased the shipping costs,” he points out.

According to Business Development Manager Karl Trottier, Move One is accustomed to exceeding customer expectations and delivering customised solutions. “Planning and foresight have been at the core of Move One logistic operations since its early beginnings 20 years ago,” he says. “Today we still operate under the same philosophy that we expect the unexpected.”

With some of the world’s largest untapped reserves of gold, coal and uranium, Mongolia is a growing market for Move One. This market includes the Oyu Tolgoi project, a mineral deposit large enough to produce a third of the world’s copper. This and other mega-scale projects in Mongolia have attracted foreign investors to the region’s rugged and often remote locations, investors who have since come to rely on Move One’s local expertise. With an office in Ulaanbaatar, Move One is actively involved in multiple aspects of Mongolia’s economic development, using all resources at its disposal to assist with freight forwarding and logistics services such as warehousing, purchase order management, and transportation.

For further information about logistics services in Mongolia, please contact Sean Kosa, Move One’s Country Manager for Mongolia at sean.kosa@moveoneinc.com.

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