Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

While Hurricane Sandy is not directly affecting the Houston Port,  it does affect many of our customers so we wanted to be sure to share the below information with you.

There are  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) updates reporting that ports between Virginia and New York have suspended operations. Members of the trade community are encouraged to monitor CBP.gov for updates on port operations and on CBP’s efforts to minimize disruptions.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fact Friday: Flat Racks ~~ There are Rules.

Fact Friday:

While attending the Break Bulk Conference,  one of the topics of discussion was the lack of understanding of the "RULES" of Flat Racks,  at least here in Texas as they do differ from State to State.  JETCO Transportation did a great job in explaining  "Flat Rack" cargo in the October newsletter.
  • Flat Racks are designed for oversize cargo that will not fit within the confines of a standard or open top container.
  • Flat Racks  are 20 foot  and 40 foot lengths  and weigh  EMPTY  6,600  and 13,000 pounds respectifully.
  • Flat Racks will ADD and average of 2 inches 
  • Legal weight for tractor, trailer,  flat rack and cargo is 80,000 pounds.  Anything over that you will need an overweight permit.   HOWEVER  in order to obtain the overweight permit  it MUST BE ONE PIECE plus the flat rack.
  • You must check with the liner to be sure that their specific weight restrictions are to be sure they will accept the cargo.
The important thing to remember is that if you're permitting for width, weight or even length the load CAN NOT be divisible.

The Shaker Drum in this picture was overheight,  slightly overwidth and  weighed out at 96,000 pounds

Thursday, October 04, 2012

We're MOVING!!!

We’re Moving!!!!
300,000 square feet
Easy Highway Access
I-10 and Loop 610 – East Side
Humidity Controlled Space Available
Heavy Overhead Lift Capacity
Rail Siding
Coming in the immediate future
Outside Storage Space 

We are excited and pleased to share our GREAT NEWS with you,  we’ve been looking for just the right facility.  Our “NEEDS”  did not make the search simple, but we finally found what we were looking for . . . . 
·         To be closer to the port facilities
  •  Wanted easier truck access
  • Rail Siding
  • Enough overhead height to allow for installation of overhead cranes,  we now have 32 to 40 foot truss heights
  • To keep our operations under one roof, avoiding wasted space
  • Wanted to be able to increase the amount of space available for Humidity Controlled Storage
  • Wanted enough space to be able to add “Bonded Storage” to our services

Do keep us in mind for any future temporary or long term storage, transloading and export preparation needs that you may have in the future.

Please feel free to contact us for a tour of our new facility when you’re in the area.