by Diana Bradley
, Staff Writer | December 28, 2011
From the December 2011 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
“Requirements can range from a simple commercial invoice prepared by the shipper to complex documentation requirements and inspections performed in the origin country, followed by intensive examination of the documentation and cargo at destination,” he said.
International and domestic shipping challenges mirror each other, according to Jeffrey Rodriguez, Craters & Freighters’ senior operations manager. Different regulatory agencies, compliance characteristics, documentation requirements, transport modalities and proper packaging all come into play.
“These points make the importance of partnering with a knowledgeable transportation partner vital in transport and delivery,” said Rodriguez.
Desired de-installations, crate expectations and big rigs
Companies in this sector are getting used to international challenges, as more used medical equipment is being de-installed and sold overseas.
“This year, we are moving a higher percentage of used equipment and have seen an increase in used gear trading hands,” said Barenberg. “Older technology is being sent to developing countries.”
In the past year, various companies including Professional Installations have seen an increase in rig-outs – specifically, MRIs being de-installed from closing facilities and sold overseas.
“This increase, to us, shows that more businesses are closing and that there is a lack of new facilities being opened or built in the U.S.,” said Toni Mansfield, administration assistant at Professional Installations.
Further evidence of this trend is backed by Holman, which recently transported an entire lab overseas to Spain.
South said although his company hasn’t been affected by any new international regulatory changes, they have been affected domestically by the California Air Resources Board’s new Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations, in effect since January. Main aims of the regulations are to reduce dependence on petroleum, market clean transportation technology and stimulate the utilization of low-carbon fuels in California.
“In the transport industry, just trying to comply with the CARB laws has been the biggest change,” said South. “These regulations make it more expensive to transport stuff in and out of California.”
Another recent change has been in the levels of scrutiny applied to international and domestic cargo. The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Act of 2007 required TSA to develop a system to screen 100 percent of cargo transported on passenger aircraft by Aug. 1, 2010.