Express Global Logistics (EXG), member to the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) in India, executed a project to import 300 oxygen cylinders from China, for the Government of India. The shipment comprised a total volume of 108 ton of empty cylinders packed in 150 wooden boxes.
A Boeing 747- 400 F was chartered from Tianjin Binhai International airport to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport, for the first 252 oxygen cylinders weighing 77 ton. The remaining 48 oxygen cylinders were brought in on scheduled flights.
A spokesperson for the company explained:
“Our scope included receiving the 150 wooden boxes, packing and palletising them at our warehouse in China and obtaining export clearance. The export clearance included hazard clearance due to the batteries in the pressure measuring device on the cylinder. Post export clearance, we were responsible for hiring a charter from the Chinese authorities, receiving the cargo at the Delhi airport, streamlining import custom clearance, and loading the shipment on trailers for further transport.
It was critical to arrange a charter for the cargo to reach India on short notice in light of the COVID-19 second wave. We coordinated with various government agencies to ensure receipt of the cargo from the shipper in a timely manner. Given the crisis, we obtained permits in China under humanitarian aid and relief cargo.
Due to the original flight exceeding its allotted quota to fly into China, we rescheduled a new one without disrupting the original timeline. We ensured prompt import clearance at the Delhi airport to facilitate transportation of the cargo to its destination. All the cargo was cleared without incident, safely to meet the delivery deadlines. We are committed to provide any and all assistance to facilitate logistics of medical equipment in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.”