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Lynden continues humanitarian work in South Africa

Posted on Tue, Oct 02, 2018

JPG -LAC_Kotzebue_155 smIn addition to handling critical samples for the Ebola vaccine in West Africa, Lynden International is supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by coordinating the transportation of HIV rapid test kits to Zambia.

Lynden International Business Development Director Dan Gotham has worked with the federal agency for many years and says Lynden is proud to provide a strong link in the global health supply chain. "In the past we've provided disaster assistance and rapid response with our Hercs and multiple transportation options," he says. Now, Lynden is supporting the test kit distribution as part of the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) established in 2003 to address the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and help save the lives of those suffering from the disease, primarily in Africa.

Lynden coordinates the shipments of temperature-sensitive, high-value kits to South Africa. "We may have 30,000 kits in one 34-pallet shipment and 18,000 in another shipment of 55 pallets," explains Eric Klunder, Senior Account Executive. "We recognize the significant health impacts of each shipment and use extreme care at every step of the process."

Lynden will handle the shipping through 2020 with destinations varying according to global health needs. "Besides delivering important cargo, we also serve as advisors to USAID," Eric says. "We have experience in the global health field and in serving challenging areas with developing economies. Our specialty is coordinating diplomatic clearance within those countries."

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping, Air freight

Lynden shipped cameras for World Cup in Russia

Posted on Mon, Sep 17, 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018Earlier this summer, the 21st FIFA World Cup 'kicked' off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. The international soccer tournament draws huge crowds cheering for their countries and teams. Lynden played a crucial role in the success of the 2018 games by shipping high-value, fragile camera rigs and equipment from New York to 12 Russian stadiums to ensure that the whole world could see the month-long competition. The camera rigs were controlled by smartphones for the most technologically advanced coverage of the World Cup ever.

According to Lynden International Business Development Director Dan Gotham, the project developed from a quote request Lynden received on its website. Customer Global Octagon asked for Lynden's expertise to guide the fragile electronics through customs by the deadline of the first game.

"We helped the customer choose the most effective import mode to Russia," Dan says. "By selecting a temporary import, we avoided potential duty and Value-Added Tax (VAT) for the import and eliminated the need to reexport the cargo. We worked daily with both shipper and consignee to troubleshoot during the customs import process in Russia, ensuring the cargo was released in time for the event." Lynden also handled the export packing and return shipment of the camera rigs after the event.

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping

Lynden handles critical samples for Ebola vaccine

Posted on Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Phil Maxson with map.jpgPhil Maxson recently returned from the EBOVAC-Salone Labs at Kambia District Hospital in West Africa. That's where Lynden's customer, Clinical RM, is working on a clinical trial of Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone. Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus species.

Lynden International has been assisting government and non-government organizations with transportation and logistics in West Africa since the Ebola crisis in 2014. "This particular project involves Lynden transporting human blood samples from the clinical trial to the U.S. and Europe for testing," explains Phil, Lynden International's Director of International Operations.

Due to the difficulty in keeping the samples frozen and stable during the long transport back to the U.S., Lynden is using Liquid Nitrogen Dry (LN2) shipping containers to maintain a temperature of minus 150C for up to 10 days. The containers are more commonly known as 'dewars.'

Sierra Leone lab team.jpg"Each LN2 Shipper can accommodate up to 405 2ml vials, and is equipped with a GPS-temperature sensor so at any time, (except when on an aircraft in the air), we can monitor the temperature and see exactly where the unit is anywhere in the world," Phil says. "First we ship the charged, but empty containers into Sierra Leone and then deliver them to the laboratory which is about three and a half hours from Freetown, Sierra Leon's capital city."

Once the lab has loaded all the samples into the special canister containers (see photo at right), Lynden handles the shipping of the units to various labs located in the U.S. and Europe.

Lynden International handles the transportation of over 400 shipments per year into and out of Africa for various organizations; many of these are temperature-controlled products requiring specialized handling.

Tags: Air freight, Lynden International, International shipping

It Takes a Village

Posted on Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Lynden supports Ward Village construction and other projectsWave desk for Hospitality Freight.jpg

Lynden International caught the wave—and made sure the wave caught the flight from London to Honolulu. A 30-foot-long custom desk designed to resemble undulating water, the 'wave' is one of countless items Lynden has shipped to Honolulu for the construction of Ward Village, a 60-acre master-planned community boasting 4,000 residences and more than a million feet of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.


"We were contracted to provide furniture, fixtures and equipment for all the public space for Ward Village, including the penthouses and the pool area," explains Randy Gentz, President of Hospitality Freight Company (HFC) in Las Vegas. "The oversized desk for the lobby was a beast and one of the most difficult things we have ever asked Lynden to ship for us—in the dimensions, 30 feet by 8 feet, fragility and its value of $250,000." Designed in England and made of resin, the wave arrived in Honolulu in a special crate. Due to its size, it required a sky crane to set it in place and secure it into position. With Lynden's help, HFC this and other work for Ward Village by the deadline.

In addition to unique designer desks, Lynden ships flooring, appliances, furniture, bathroom fixtures and other freight to support the hotel industry. HFC is a freight company dedicated to providing its clients with the best possible freight rates and service on hotel furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E). The company has counted on Lynden to make good on its promises for 32 years. For Ward Village (pictured above), Lynden moved domestic freight to its Los Angeles warehouse where the team consolidated weekly air and ocean shipments to Hawaii as the construction schedule dictated. The pieces included unusual items like an oversized dining table that required removal of a window for crane placement inside an upper floor unit.

Late last year, HFC also completed the 38-story Ritz-Carlton Residences in Honolulu and is currently at work supplying materials for the Wilshire Grand project, a 73-story, 900-room hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. When completed, it will be the tallest hotel west of the Mississippi.

Lynden has provided warehousing, shipping and deliveries for the project from the beginning and will continue until it is finished this summer. "I choose Lynden because they perform," Gentz says. "From providing quotes quickly to all the weird stuff that comes up with international air and ocean freight, they are always flexible and creative. Looking down the road, we may be working on a years-long monster project 20 times the size of Ward Village. Lynden was the first company I thought of to ship the variety of freight needed."

Two years ago during the West Coast labor dispute, Lynden's creativity came into play. HFC was facing delays at U.S. ports and needed to move FF&E from Vietnam to Chicago for a hotel grand opening. "By routing ocean shipments to Prince Rupert, B.C. then rail, the less-urgent cargo was on its way and we avoided U.S. ports," remembers Dave McGeath, Ocean Operations Manager in Seattle. Commercial flights and a chartered 747-400 freighter from Vietnam were used for the hottest shipments and overflow.

"Our goal is to create partnerships that make our customers successful and allow them to get those 'heads on beds' by hotel deadlines," explains Charlie Ogle, Lynden's Senior Director of Global Sales.

Hotel-condo conversions, hotel renovations and construction of new condominium hotels with mixed use space are sweeping the U.S. In some markets, like Miami, there has been a 15 percent reduction in hotel rooms as they are repurposed for condos.

Whether condos or hotels, the freight deadlines are non-negotiable. "These projects are high touch and high pressure," Ogle says. "They are notorious for running late due to late signoff of designs, funding and manufacturing delays. Materials orders are often placed when projects are already behind schedule. Customers look to the logistics provider to save the day. That's when our multi-modal mix of transportation comes into play."

Lynden's array of air, sea and surface choices allows customers to create customized domestic or international transportation plans to accommodate a mix of slower moving freight as well as expedited cargo. "We often move furniture from the manufacturer's factory overseas all the way through to delivery at the project site or project staging warehouse," Ogle says. In the event of time critical FF&E air transport or expedited domestic shipments, trucking can be arranged so that hotel equipment installation schedules are kept on schedule.

The ramifications of late or missing freight in the hospitality industry can be serious business. Hotel owners cannot afford to turn away confirmed guests due to a renovation project running behind. "Our job is to make sure the FF&E is there on time. Since we are the last cog in the procurement wheel it's up to us to proactively follow the customer's shipments and make adjustments mid-stream if necessary to meet installation deadlines," Ogle explains. "We design the solution around the needs and desires of our customers."

Tags: Lynden International, Shipping to Hawaii, International shipping

New world to Alaska ocean service

Posted on Fri, Jul 08, 2016

World_to_Alaska_graphic_-_Summer_2016_WINGS.jpgThrough its worldwide network of international partners and sister companies serving Alaska, Lynden International introduced a new service this spring offering seamless Less-than-Cargo-Load (LCL) and Full-Container-Load (FCL) transportation to Alaska from foreign ports around the world. Whether it’s a pallet of fishing gear from China or a full container load of machinery made in Germany, Lynden can handle it all the way from origin to delivery in the 49th state.

“This product is unlike anything we have offered before and unique in the industry,” says Charlie Ogle, Lynden’s Senior Director of Global Sales. Working with its contracted ocean carriers and Shipco Transport, Lynden now provides port-to-door through ocean rates from more than 50 major ocean ports around the world to Alaska.

FCL customers save money, time and potential cargo damage by eliminating the transfer of cargo from one container to another in Seattle. LCL customers enjoy a single factor “all in” rate from the origin warehouse to door delivery in Alaska. Lynden can also handle all import requirements with U.S. Customs through its customs brokerage department in Anchorage.

“In this buy everywhere-sell everywhere world, Lynden’s new ocean product literally brings the world to Alaska customers,” Ogle explains.

Tags: Lynden International, Alaska, Ocean Service, International shipping

Lynden International sends classics across the pond

Posted on Wed, Jun 01, 2016

Gas tank drained. Check. Battery cables tied back. Check. Original Bill of Sale and shipper photo ID. Check.

After 18 years at Lynden International and countless global shipments, International Agent Colleen Delaney knows what is needed to ship just about anything overseas. Automobiles have become her specialty over the past few years as she handles the safe ocean transport of vintage automobiles from the U.S. to the U.K. for London-based American Legends, LLC. “We don’t typically ship vehicles, due to the extensive paperwork and customs requirements, but we will handle this type of shipment for customers who approach us with these special requests,” she says. So far, Colleen has handled the transport of Corvettes, Mustangs, Ferraris, a 1965 Buick Riviera and she is preparing to ship over a Trans-Am from the Smokey and the Bandit film and a replica of the General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger from the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard.

When it comes to loading and securing the valuable automobiles into containers Lynden turns to trusted partner SeaPac Transportation Services of Seattle. “We use SeaPac for all our ‘special needs and delicate handling’ FCL shipments,” Colleen says. President Paul Kimball was Lynden Transport’s Vice President of Administration in the 1970s and understands the Lynden brand of customer service and excellence. In addition to cars, engines and other specialty parts are palletized and shipped via ocean for the company. “SeaPac is the best of the beColleen__Jack_best_pic.jpgst in this area. We won’t partner with just any company – we require top notch service to keep our customers happy,” Colleen explains.

The export of vehicles requires an extensive amount of paperwork. The original title and Bill of Sale is required by customs to prevent stolen freight. Customs filing must also be presented 72 hours prior to the sailing of the vessel so that the vehicle is available for inspection by customs if they so choose. “Lynden International offers this premium service at reasonable prices compared to other forwarders,” Colleen says.

Most of the classics that Lynden ships for American Legends are headed to auctions in London or are sold to car collectors throughout Europe.

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping, Lynden, Lynden Transport

Lynden International and Hermes Transport Logistics strengthen global networks with collaborative agreement

Posted on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

SEATTLE/HAMBURG – Lynden International, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, has entered into an exclusive agreement with its German partner Hermes Transport Logistics to strengthen the company’s services between North America and Germany. The two companies will focus on developing new business in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Germany with a goal of providing both Lynden and Hermes customers an enhanced, premium service.

describe the image “Although Lynden and Hermes are based in different countries, we share the same corporate spirit and culture. This agreement will position both companies to enjoy greater successes and provide expanded services and products to our customers. The agreement strengthens Lynden’s capabilities in retail supply chain services, fulfillment and home delivery in new markets,” says Dave Richardson, Lynden International President.

“We are excited about the opportunities this agreement presents to us. Expanding our work with Lynden positions us as a stronger international logistics provider,” says Stephan Schiller, Hermes Managing Director of Sea and Air Freight.

Lynden International is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled barges to Alaska and Hawaii, charter barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden International was just voted No. 1 among air freight forwarders in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

Hermes provides international logistics services to the retail industry. Headquartered in Hamburg, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Otto Group. The company is a leading specialist for retail-related services and partners with numerous sellers in Germany and internationally. The range of services provided by the 12 Hermes companies embraces the full length of the supply chain: sourcing, quality assurance, transport, fulfillment, home deliveries and two-man handling. In 2014 the Hermes Group grew consolidated revenue to 2.230 billion euros and increased the number of employees to 12,470. Hermes operates worldwide and has established country companies in the U.K., Russia, Italy and Austria.

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping

Lynden International and Hermes Transport Logistics strengthen global networks with collaborative agreement

Posted on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

SEATTLE/HAMBURG – Lynden International, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, has entered into an exclusive agreement with its German partner Hermes Transport Logistics to strengthen the company’s services between North America and Germany. The two companies will focus on developing new business in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Germany with a goal of providing both Lynden and Hermes customers an enhanced, premium service.

“Although Lynden and Hermes are based in different countries, we share the same corporate spirit and culture. This agreement will position both companies to enjoy greater successes and provide expanded services and products to our customers. The agreement strengthens Lynden’s capabilities in retail supply chain services, fulfillment and home delivery in new markets,” says Dave Richardson, Lynden International President.

“We are excited about the opportunities this agreement presents to us. Expanding our work with Lynden positions us as a stronger international logistics provider,” says Stephan Schiller, Hermes Managing Director of Sea and Air Freight.

Lynden International is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled barges to Alaska and Hawaii, charter barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden International was just voted No. 1 among air freight forwarders in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

Hermes provides international logistics services to the retail industry. Headquartered in Hamburg, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Otto Group. The company is a leading specialist for retail-related services and partners with numerous sellers in Germany and internationally. The range of services provided by the 12 Hermes companies embraces the full length of the supply chain: sourcing, quality assurance, transport, fulfillment, home deliveries and two-man handling. In 2014 the Hermes Group grew consolidated revenue to 2.230 billion euros and increased the number of employees to 12,470. Hermes operates worldwide and has established country companies in the U.K., Russia, Italy and Austria.

 

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping

Lynden Air Cargo flies aid to Vanuatu after cyclone devastates islands

Posted on Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Lynden Air Cargo HerculesLynden Air Cargo’s L-100 Hercules aircraft is being put to use flying relief supplies to Vanuatu after Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated the South Pacific Islands March 13. Communications company Digicel Fiji chartered a Lynden Air Cargo plane from Nadi, Fiji, to the capital city of Port Vila within days of the cyclone. It was loaded with food rations and technical equipment to repair towers and networks to restore communications throughout the islands. Now working with the World Food Programme (WFP), Lynden continues to pick up more supplies from Brisbane, Australia, for air delivery to Port Vila in support of humanitarian efforts.

“We are coordinating flights as quickly as possible in cooperation with government authorities,” says Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. “With 65,000 people left homeless from Cyclone Pam, there is an urgent need for relief supplies. We are committed to helping in any way we can for as long as our services are needed.”

Lynden Air Cargo Disaster ReliefLynden operates a fleet of six Hercules around the world specializing in remote site services and requiring minimal equipment for loading and offloading. The unique features of the aircraft make it ideal for flying aid into isolated disaster areas. Lynden Air Cargo has provided disaster relief assistance at some of the world's worst disasters, including the Haiti earthquake in 2011 and the Indonesian earthquake and Samoan tsunami in 2009. Working with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), the Red Cross and the U.S. Military, Lynden has delivered emergency vehicles, portable hospitals, food, water and relief workers to ravaged areas across the globe.

Lynden Air Cargo is one of the Lynden family of companies, whose combined capabilities include shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, barge service to Hawaii and Alaska, charter barges, worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

 

Tags: Community Service, Lynden Air Cargo, International shipping, Disaster Relief

Lynden doesn't miss a beat moving sacred Grandmother Drum

Posted on Tue, Oct 07, 2014

drum1 resized 600“When people of diverse cultures are beating together around a thundering seven-foot heartbeat, they get it,” explains Drumkeeper White Eagle Medicine Woman. “They remember who they are and what is really important – caring, sharing and respecting one another. Grandmother Drum is absolutely contagious!”

White Eagle Medicine Woman (Suraj Holzwarth) and the Grandmother Drum Ensemble have traveled a half million miles through 15 countries over the last decade drumming up support for world peace, tribal unity, reconciliation and earth sustainability. Lynden International has played a vital part in the Grandmother Drum International Peace Project by making sure the seven-foot, 1,660-pound crystal inlaid drum and over 1,000 pounds of performance equipment arrives safely and on time from one international stop to the next.

Grandmother Drum is the largest healing drum of its kind in the world. “We’ve been moving this drum and handling customs for The Whirling Rainbow Foundation for several years,” says Licensed Customs Broker Keith Hall of Lynden International in Anchorage. “The drum was made in Alaska in 2001 and is used in ceremonies to promote world peace and understanding. We’ve moved it via air and ocean to and from California, Hawaii, Peru, the U.K., Israel, Australia and Austria. The drum recently toured eight countries in Europe, launching from Anchorage to the U.K. and returning via Vienna, Austria, which is where we arranged the cargo flights. Grandmother Drum had to be back in Homer, AK from Austria for an event on June 21.”

drum2 resized 600The main challenge, Keith explains, is ensuring the drum clears customs and is delivered to its destination on time since the Foundation has performances set up months ahead of time. “The drum is the main event so it’s absolutely critical that it arrives when needed. Additionally, this drum is huge and has a great deal of ceremonial value; it must be kept safe,” he says. “We move it in a large custom-built crate.”

The Whirling Rainbow Foundation is an international spiritual and educational non-profit organization. “We are very happy and in deep gratitude that Grandmother Drum arrived home to Alaska safely once again from her amazing 2013-2014 World Tours,” says White Eagle. “We picked her up from the Lynden warehouse in Anchorage and headed home to Homer. Please know each time she is freighted, we have people praying worldwide for her safe care. We appreciate working with Lynden to get our sacred drum safely around the world.”

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping, Shipping and project logistics, Lynden, Unique freight

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