As China-US trade tensions continue to rise, Taiwan-based transportation and freight forwarding specialist Dimerco has supported its customer―a world leader in mechanical steel for renewable energy solutions―in establishing a new manufacturing base in Malaysia, enabling their customer to import equipment, raw materials and produce finished goods for export directly to the United States.
Dimerco planned and managed the entire 6-day logistics process to ship the first 122 steel coils weighing over 3,000 metric tons from port to warehouse, including storage, sample cutting, re-wrapping and packing, as well as handling customs clearance and distribution to the consignee. Since the first shipment in March this year, Dimerco has now shipped approaching 10,000 metric tons of steel coils, with more scheduled. Based on this successful project, Dimerco secured a further contract with this customer for a different product in a second newly built factory last month, in May 2019.
According to a spokesperson from Dimerco, the company previously shipped heavy production equipment for the customer from Suzhou in China to Malaysia. And, in the light of the China-US tariff stand-off, the customer has decided to not only build a new factory in Malaysia but also ship raw material from South Korea/Taiwan to Malaysia via ocean freight, with Dimerco handling all operations from the destination port. “Our experience and deep market knowledge in this region enabled us to provide a comprehensive and seamless service to our customer who is operating in an unfamiliar market to them,” the spokesperson said. “We transferred the cargo to a warehouse in the Free Zone Authority and worked through the night to achieve a rapid transit time, as well as liaising with trusted partners on utilizing specialist equipment required to handle the heavy freight and dispatching local transportation with low-bed trailers.”
In order to achieve smooth customs clearance, Dimerco’s dedicated team also arranged sample cutting for SIRIM (Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia) Inspection, arranging for a subcontractor to slight 3 baby coils from the 25 tons mother coil and ensuring each coil was labelled accurately on arrival at port, before inspection.
“This project has allowed us to demonstrate our breadth of services and our commitment to teamwork,” Dimerco’s spokesperson concluded. “We were able to advise our customer on the specific requirements of coil import and transfer in Malaysia, particularly with regards to warehousing, inspection and customs clearance. In addition, we provided onsite monitoring and 24 hour live updates to our customers, as well as delivering basic training on the FZA regulations and SIRIM inspection. Dimerco is delighted that our expert heavy freight handling services have been recognized with a further contract in Malaysia from our valued customer.”
Photo Caption: Dimerco coordinated to load on low-bed trailer (left) and Sample Cutting for SIRIM Inspection (right).
Cloud and mobile technology specialist Car Delivery Network (CDN) has made history this week, winning the coveted Automotive Global Award for IT innovation a third time.
The award recognises ground-breaking technology, design and service, which demonstrates innovation that has delivered meaningful solutions to the automotive industry.
This year, CDN’s success is based on the roll out in 2016 of its new eOUTGATE solution for rail in the US, which was designed to facilitate the electronic release of vehicles from Railyards for onward delivery to dealerships, removing the need for paperwork and automating the process of information transfer between all parties involved in the interchange.
Rail companies have been quick to welcome the innovation, with 22 railheads serviced by Class 1 rail companies, Union Pacific, CSX, FEC, BNSF, CN (Canadian National) converting to the eOUTGATE solution to date.
According to co-founder and director of CDN Wayne Pollock, the expectation is that the majority of rail heads will move to eOUTGATE over 2017/18.
“Our mission is to help connect all parties in the automotive logistics supply chain using cloud and mobile technology. Our mobile ePOD app VinDELIVER, which won this Award previously, started the transformation from paper to electronic data capture for many US Auto Carriers; now the introduction of eOUTGATE, an electronic gate exit enhancement, further extends the capabilities of vinDELIVER to the ‘final mile’ between railyard and dealership, allowing truck carriers and subhaulers already using the app to exit rail facilities quickly and efficiently with 100% paperless movements,” he says.
eOUTGATE connects the driver to the railway system with a simple ‘click and comply solution’ This helps all parties increase supply chain velocity of vehicles from factory gate to dealer. It is a straightforward ‘Out of Box’ solution for all rail companies and is included with CDN’s ePOD solution, vinDELIVER.
“The benefits are clear, not just for rail companies, but for OEMs, carriers and dealerships too,” Pollock explains.
“eOUTGATE delivers a single interface for all carriers, irrespective of what railway or rail ramp they are hauling from. Drivers are able to exit rail heads faster and overall customer service is improved as more and better information is received paperlessly and in real-time by all stakeholders, bringing greater efficiency and reducing costs. In short, eOUTGATE has simplified gate release, speeding up the process and delivering higher accuracy of data to the rail companies, carriers, dealerships and OEMs.”
eOUTGATE also enable users to electronically capture and transmit load data, damage codes, and related photos directly to the rail company’s own system. Uniquely, this system enables inspection agents to gain direct and immediate access to the damage write-ups, facilitating rapid and seamless release of vehicles at all locations.
Currently, over 3 million new vehicles – approx. 1 in 6 – of all new vehicle deliveries in the US are completed using CDN’s cloud and mobile technology.
Picture: Derric Hicks, General Manager US for CDN celebrates success with fellow award winners
23 Sep 2016
Automotive logistics cloud-based software specialist Car Delivery Network (CDN) is rolling out its electronic gate exit enhancement in cooperation with the CSX Railroad, further extending the capabilities of its market-leading ePOD application, vinDELIVER.
Having recognized the benefits of going paperless, many automotive OEMs and rail carriers are moving forward with the implementation of CDN’s electronic gate exit service offering ‘eOUTGATE’, which allows truck carriers using the vinDELIVER ePOD app to exit rail facilities quickly and efficiently with 100% paperless movements. eOUTGATE will also enable users to electronically capture and transmit load data, damage codes, and related photos directly to CSX’s system. Uniquely, this system enables inspection agents to gain direct and immediate access to the damage write-ups, facilitating rapid and seamless release of vehicles at these locations.
Greg May, CDN President and CEO, commented “We are very pleased to have successfully integrated with the CSX system, thereby enabling our carrier partners to move another step closer to a paperless environment. It is our purpose to support, connect, and simplify.”
CDN’s eOUTGATE enhancement is now live at the CSX Lawrenceville and Birmingham rail facilities. Carriers using the CDN app at CSX ramps include Supreme Auto Transport, Hansen & Adkins Auto Transport, and JMN Logistics and Transportation. It is estimated there are approximately 105 rail ramps handling finished vehicles in the US and to date 21 are now live with eOutgate.
CDN has already implemented eOUTGATE at a number of UNION PACIFIC rail facilities and work is underway to develop interfaces to many other US and Canadian railroads.