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Rules for transport

Transport and loading are subject to stringent regulations, codified in what are called INCOTERMS 2010.

The INCOTERMS were drawn up by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in order to create a shared basis for international trade. They are used primarily to regulate the methodology involved in delivering goods. Their provisions lay down which transport costs must be borne by the seller and which by the purchaser, and who bears the financial risk if the goods are lost.

Notwithstanding all the regulations, GROSS sticks to a simple principle: everything is do-able, and the customer determines how to proceed!

GROSS tanks in the harbour at Antwerp

Special transport options and protection against salt water

The transport options are many and varied. Particularly large tanks are transported on special vehicles to the North Sea ports, where they are lifted onto storage cradles specially provided by us and then shipped .

In the case of sea transport, high priority is attached to maximised care, since salt water causes aggressive reactions on stainless steel tanks. Particular protection is accordingly provided by a wax coating of Tectyl, which is removed again on site using a high-pressure cleaner.

For some tanks, protection is applied only at sensitive components, since in the majority of cases they are provided with a salt-water-resistant paint coating.

 

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Proper packing

Careful packing is essential!

Examples of Incoterm Codes:

  • FOB (free on board):
  • DDU: free house, duty unpaid, not unloaded .
  • DDP: free house, duty paid, not unloaded .
  • EXW (Ex Works): ex works, packed and loaded .