To Namibia and back again
DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics organized the transport of vehicle prototypes to and from Namibia. The cars traveled to Africa on a specially chartered Boeing 747-400F to take part in a round of testing; DACHSER took care of customs clearance and security checks. On the outward journey, there was a narrow time window of just 72 hours between pickup in Berlin and delivery in Walvis Bay.
This was no mean feat: The 20 vehicle prototypes had to get from Berlin to Namibia so they could be part of vehicle tests taking place in Walvis Bay. To make sure they could complete the meticulously timed test schedule, the cars had to arrive on site at the agreed time.
DACHSER’s Key Account Management team in Munich and the DACHSER ASL branch in Berlin organized end-to-end project transport and made sure the vehicles made it to Walvis Bay no later than 72 hours after being picked up. The cars then spent two weeks being put through their paces in the heat of the Kalahari Desert.
Trust is everything
Marc Eigel, Key Account Management Automotive/Projects from DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics at Munich airport, was part of the team that organized the project: “For such a special transport, trust is everything. Not only does DACHSER have a wealth of expertise in transporting top-of-the-line vehicles, we also provide each customer with a dedicated point of contact throughout the transport.”
DACHSER arranged for the vehicles to be picked up from the customer in Berlin on a special car transporter and brought to Liège, Belgium, where they went through customs and security checks. The vehicles were then loaded onto a specially chartered Boeing 747-400F that would take them to Windhoek in Namibia. After clearing customs at Windhoek airport, a DACHSER partner organized for the vehicles to be transported 450 kilometers through the Kalahari Desert to Walvis Bay. Two weeks later, the vehicles set off on their return journey aboard a full charter from Windhoek to Liège and then on to Berlin.