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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 Logistics 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 Logistics, International

Lynden Transport delivers a great white wonder

Posted on Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Helicopter fuselage loaded on truck in AnchorageLynden Transport looked like it was carrying a giant white goose recently as it transported a 22-foot by 8-foot helicopter fuselage and spare parts from Anchorage to Tacoma. The shrink-wrapped fuselage required a 53-foot stepdeck trailer and permits as well as a crane to lift it on and off the trailer. No straps were allowed over the cargo and Lynden's driver had to do some careful backing to position the trailer under the big load while it was hoisted at the pickup location. The final destination is Australia.

Tags: Lynden Transport, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Truckload, Ground, International

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 Logistics 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 Logistics' 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 Logistics 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: Lynden Logistics, Grocery Chill and Frozen, Temperature-Controlled, Air, International

European shipment delivered in person

Posted on Wed, Jan 03, 2018

My Post - 2021-11-22T135059.333At Lynden, special handling can mean many things. In this case it involved a personal escort with special military clearance to accompany a shipment from Fort Dix, NJ to Moldova, a small land-locked country in Eastern Europe. "This particular project was a perfect fit for us," explains Daniel Gotham, Lynden Logistics' Director of Business Development for Western Russia/CIS. "The customer, DCMA Hartford Defense Contracts Management Agency, is part of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) shipping platform. Lynden Air Cargo is a CRAF carrier and Lynden Logistics is Lynden Air Cargo's exclusive forwarding partner for all CRAF shipments through U.S. Transportation Command.

Lynden Logistics QHSE Manager Gregg Bergstrom accompanied six pallets of cargo to Moldova for DCMA. "Our experience in shipping to U.S. military locations and points worldwide came into play for this project," Daniel says. Gregg learned about the project on a Thursday and needed to leave on Monday due to previous delays with paperwork and the original contracted escort.

"My first response was 'I've never heard of Moldova' followed by 'what can I do to help?'" he says. Gregg escorted the freight from Fort Dix to JFK Airport by truck then to Vienna by air. From Vienna, it was back to truck transport through Romania to the final destination in Moldova. "It was my first time escorting cargo. It was an interesting experience, and I'm glad I could help," he says.

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Logistics, Government and Military, International

It Takes a Village

Posted on Thu, Sep 14, 2017

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

Lynden Logistics 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: Hawaii, Lynden Logistics, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Multi-Modal, Ocean, International, Construction, 3PL

Charter delivery for reservoir project in Qatar

Posted on Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Lynden Logistics showed the Lynden 'can do' spirit by delivering 25 oversize, underground pipes and 11 crates of spare parts within 10 days to meet a customer's project deadline. Lynden's Brussels team chartered two Antonov AN-124 aircraft to get the job done.

"Our customer, Saint-Gobain, needed the pipe and supplies for a major project in Qatar to construct five potable water mega reservoir sites. The pipe will be used for an interconnecting network of large diameter water pipelines," says Dietrich Jacobs, Operations Manager at Lynden's Brussels Service Center. "We've been delivering freight for Saint-Gobain for years, but this was by far the largest shipment we have handled and the tightest deadline."Brussel charter - emps securing pipe inside C130.jpg

When finished, the reservoirs will each have capacity for 100 million gallons and the structure, called the Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project, will be the largest reinforced concrete reservoir in the world. It is scheduled for completion in 2018. Lynden will continue to support the project with freight forwarding, customs brokerage and any other services required.

Tags: Lynden Logistics, Charters, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Air, International

Rush shipment to Africa makes it on time

Posted on Fri, May 26, 2017

Intellectual Ventures Laboratory - Phil Maxson, Hans Jensen, Darina Sary.jpgLynden Logistics Customs Broker II Hans Jensen picked up the phone on a Saturday while he was in the Seattle office and helped customer Scott Bishop with an emergency shipment to shipment to Abuja, Nigeria that will potentially help African children.

"It was very last-minute," Hans explains. "I found a flight that was leaving Seattle in two hours so we had to move quickly. We shipped a time-sensitive product to Africa used in a one-time field research study of children's nutrition programs. We were able to get the product into their research partner's hands just in time for  them to take it into the field. Our client was very pleased with our service."

The client, Intellectual Ventures Laboratory based in Bellevue, WA, invents technology to solve some of the world's most difficult problems for the poorest people in the world. Lynden has handled its shipments for several years.

According to Hans, Lynden Logistics' Nigerian partner Alov Air Sea, Ltd., also played a part in the success story. "Our agent in Lagos pushed the customs side to get the shipment over there, cleared and delivered to the staging area. It was at least as difficult on that end as on our end. Kirk Schweikart also deserves recognition," Hans says. "After I was told we missed the cutoff on our planned flight at SeaTac, Kirk immediately got on the phone to his contact at the airline and started pushing them to move it on flights that would get it to Abuja by the deadline. His efforts helped to elevate the visibility of this shipment within the airline's system and it was treated with the level of priority that it required."

Pictured from left: Lynden’s Phil Maxson, Hans Jensen, Darina Sary and Nicole Smith of Intellectual Ventures.

Tags: Lynden Logistics, Air, International

Lynden goes above and beyond for Star Trek Beyond

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Earlier this year, the Lynden Logistics San Francisco team boldly went above and beyond to support customer Barco Escape in equipping theatres for the screening of the film Star Trek Beyond.

According to International Manager Craig Shear, Lynden handled 25 white glove deliveries to theatres in the U.S. and Canada for the premier of the latest Star Trek movie. Customer Barco Escape asked for Lynden’s help to transport and deliver its new Escape cinema product; two wide-screen panels and equipment to upgrade movie auditoriums (above). A typical shipment was 14 pieces weighing a total of 4,700 pounds.

“The product mostly shipped from Barco’s North American logistics center in Atlanta,” Shear explains, “however we also handled drop shipments from several vendors in the U.S. and trusses which arrived on a ship from China. The trusses were shipped from our warehouse in Hayward, CA. Shipments to Canada required a customs clearance with some last-minute items requiring a “wheels up” clearance to ensure the quickest delivery upon landing.”

Lynden’s white-glove delivery service consisted of a team of four carrying the product into the theatre, unpacking the pieces and removing the debris. “The logistics of each delivery were unique depending on the particulars of the site. In some instances the crates were too large to maneuver so we had to open them on the truck and hand carry the individual pieces inside,” Shear says.

The three-month project was completed in time for the new film rollout, which pleased Barco’s Kathy Kleats. “Thank you so much for all your help,” she writes in a thank-you letter. “We couldn’t have done it without you.” Lynden also supported Barco for The Maze Runner movies.

Tags: Lynden Logistics, International, 3PL

Retailers rely on Lynden

Posted on Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Lynden supported several retail customers opening new stores at the Ala Moana Mall in Honolulu this spring. David Yurman Jewelry built a new location with Lynden exporting all store fixtures, lighting, flooring and an angel statue designed by Yurman himself for the exterior entrance.  Lynden’s Chicago District Operations Manager Jason Hiti Shannon coordinated pickup and deliveries from Yurman’s New Jersey distribution center to the island which included warehousing the material and coordinating deliveries with the construction team to keep the project on schedule. According to New York Senior Account Executive Giovanna Aquilino, everything arrived on time with great care from Lynden.

In addition, Lynden provides transportation services for L & J Interiors of jewelry and cosmetic fixtures for new retail store openings including the Bloomingdale’s anchor store at the Ala Moana Mall.  Lynden also supports L & J Interiors’ remodel and new store openings for Macy’s Inc. in Hawaii, San Juan, Guam and Lower 48 locations.

Tags: Hawaii, Lynden Logistics, United States, Retail, International, 3PL

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 Logistics 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: Alaska, Lynden Logistics, Ocean, International