The logistics of marble
DACHSER Brazil supports local marble producers with comprehensive logistics services that pay attention to every detail
From ancient Greek halls and temples to nowadays’ magnificent staircases and imposing ballrooms, marble has been used for almost 5,000 years in man-made constructions.
Due to its widespread use around the world, attention is needed not only in its extraction, but also in its transportation, since the improper movement can jeopardize the material’s integrity and delivery time, mainly due to its extraordinarily heavy weight.
An efficient heavy cargo project, developed and executed by an experienced transportation company is of paramount importance. The entire supply chain for this type of material goes through several steps that must be carried out with precision, such as loading the material in special and properly equipped vehicles, organizing the safest routes to the ports, the right choice of cranes, and finally the weight distribution on the ship.
For good performance and smooth travel, extremely robust vehicles with high traction capacity are chosen, such as the flatbed trailers.
At DACHSER we have all the necessary parties involved at every step of the way, from license providers to brokers, local authorities, and partners.João Caldana, Managing Director of DACHSER Brazil
The market for importing and exporting marble and rocks is also very profitable. According to the Brazilian Association of the Ornamental Stones Industry, exports to Argentina, a major commercial ally, represent about US$ 9 million. Also according to the association, when we talk about granites, Brazilian products represent 55.7% of all imports to Argentina.
An efficient plan
Transporting heavy loads requires special planning, especially since this type of load can only be transported during the night on the roads of Brazil and with the compliance of several regulations that impose the avoidance of specific roads and require an escort of the main transportation vehicle. In the logistics planning, several aspects need to be considered, such as the type of ship, which container is the best to be selected, the best crane and also how the container will be allocated on the ship, since heavy loads have the risk of disturbing the balance of the vessel.
Logistics providers with expertise in project cargo, such as DACHSER, pay attention to every detail of the entire supply chain to ensure that the marble reaches its final destination safely and in perfect conditions.
“There are many factors to consider when planning the handling of this type of cargo, but we know that the most critical element for successful and punctual transportation is professionalism. At DACHSER we have all the necessary parties involved at every step of the way, from license providers to brokers, local authorities, and partners. We understand that keeping everyone up to date and fully engaged is always the key to a smooth and successful execution”, says João Caldana, Managing Director of DACHSER Brazil.