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Hamburg branch expands its range of services

Worldwide transport through container logistics

Around 500 million people in Europe have to be supplied with food every day. Some of this food arrives by sea from distant countries, arriving in Europe via Hamburg.

This container ship enters the port of Hamburg fully-laden. A 30-day journey lies behind it, since it set sail from China. From Hamburg the journey will continue by HGV or rail to the customer in Germany or another European country - whether the goods are cocoa products from Columbia, sweets from China, Syrian specialities from Turkey or hempseed oil from Canada. A worldwide network of agencies, which the Hamburg branch of the Nagel-Group is currently building up, supports the process: “Say we have an agent in China, for instance. When we import goods from China, the agent books the sea freight in accordance with the relevant contract. The goods are then shipped and delivered to the branch, for example Nagel in Bochum”, explains Arne Runge, Director Seaport Import and Export at the Nagel-Group in Hamburg

And the Nagel-Group also provides these services the other way round in Hamburg for exports. “We stow the goods from customers delivered by HGV in reefer containers, and prepare them for maritime transport. We regularly deliver to Australia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, for instance” says Runge. The Hamburg branch works together with shipping lines, in the same way as for imports. The branch is licensed to receive and dispatch goods. Organic certification makes it possible for organic products to be transported, and thanks to its FDA registration, the Nagel-Group in Hamburg is also entitled to ship goods to the USA.

The process of loading varies according to customer requirements: the loaded containers are either collected from the customer by HGV, and then shipped, or the goods are delivered on an HGV and the containers are then loaded in Hamburg. Runge: “We either pack bulk goods in the container, or equip them with pallets which we secure with appropriate airbags or rods.” For bulk transport, this way of securing loads is not necessary, as the food would be packed to fit precisely, explains Runge. “We work out individual layout plans for our customers, and then stow according to customer specifications.”

Tamer Sertatas, Arne Runge, Beau Devin Pantel imd Stephan Klatt (from left to right). Missing on the photo: Esta Vossberg

Experts in customs clearance

As well as import and export, Nagel also provides other services, such as weighing containers according to SOLAS regulations. And the branch also runs a customs warehouse for cheese and dairy products. As experts in the field, the branch also offers its customers assistance in the customs clearance of goods, and the provision of all the necessary shipping documents. Services also include presenting imported goods to the veterinary or plant protection authority. And the branch also acts as a licensed storage facility for the Waltershof customs authority, and a licensed veterinary inspection site for the veterinary authority in Hamburg. This means that it can store goods not yet cleared by the veterinary authority. “This saves time and costs – costs which otherwise would be added to the goods,” is how Runge explains the benefit this brings to customers.

Beyond European borders

“Container logistics are an ideal addition to the Nagel-Group’s range of services, and at the same time a good opportunity to exploit synergies in the company,” says Runge. The Nagel-Group in Hamburg can, for instance, ship goods to Ireland for the Nuremberg branch. Nagel Hamburg exports to the USA for the Bremen and Wustermark branches, and handles imports for the Magdeburg site. The staff in Hamburg also work closely with Nagel Airfreight at Frankfurt Airport.

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