This type of company is responsible for the entire goods supply chain

It is the highest level of response in the outsourcing sector. The name for it is “4PL Operator” (Fourth Party Logistics) and it offers the following services that form part of the goods movement process:

  • Consultancy
  • Planning
  • Management and coordination of all phases of the logistics project

MARTICO, as a 4PL provider, offers a comprehensive solution for all these logistics and distribution services. From the beginning to the end of the chain, we create complete and customised solutions for our customers. We take care of everything.

A Freight Forwarder is the person responsible for ensuring that each project is carried out under the best conditions, in the most financially efficient and safe way for the company using their services.

Their main duties are the design and planning of the best trade routes, negotiations with transportation companies, customs management and advising the customer on the best packaging options. They are also responsible for supervising all phases of the shipment, dealing with any possible setbacks and informing the customer of the steps that are being taken. At Martico, you will have your own freight forwarder at your disposal.

This is the Sea Freight Transportation services covering short distances. The saturation and congestion of road transportation has given rise to this sea transportation alternative between the different ports in the European Union or its neighbouring ports.

The main advantages offered by the Short-Sea Shipping service are high cargo capacity, improved energy efficiency, safer shipping, significant cost savings and a greater commitment to the environment. At Martico, you can have a specific Short-Sea service with different trade routes by sea across Europe. Ask us about it.

It is a logistics service or process that consists of minimising or even eliminating storage times. Its main function is to ensure that the unloading of a product, to the point of its exit on a new means of transport, is carried out as quickly as possible

Cross-docking is particularly useful for perishable goods, where the times must be as short as possible to ensure that the goods arrive in the best conditions. There are two types of cross-docking. Direct cross-docking is where the product arrives already prepared and only needs to be dispatched. Indirect cross-docking has an intermediate step of picking the goods before they are dispatched.

Dangerous goods or IMO goods are any product that poses a risk to both people and the environment and requires greater safety in their transportation. This must be clearly and visibly identified on the vehicle transporting them based on the existing legislation.

Dangerous goods can be transported in many types of containers and lorries, in tanks, in approved ISO containers or tank containers, etc.

The carrier and vehicle must also be duly certified for their transportation. At Martico, we can advise you on the best solution for transporting your dangerous goods.

Container sizes are 20, 40 and 45 feet, and as a general rule, 20 and 40 feet. Detailed below are some of the different types:

Dry Container: The most commonly used, suitable for a wide range of loads.

High Cube: Slightly higher than the standard model.

Refrigerated container: Equipped with a preservation system.

Open roof: For when the goods protrude from the top.

Side opening: For loads that do not fit through the front door.

Flat Rack: For transporting loads with special dimensions.

Tank container: With a tank for transporting liquids.

Ventilated container: With side openings to maintain a constant temperature.

Platform container: No walls. With the option to join several together.

Tell us about the type of cargo you wish to ship and Martico will provide you with solutions.

The name comes from “International Commercial Terms”. They are three-letter codes that represent a purchase and sale agreement between an originating company and a destination company, reflecting the conditions of delivery of goods.

The incoterm gives information about aspects such as transportation costs, delivery location, risks, insurance and customs procedures.

It specifies which party is responsible for what, who is taking on what costs and responsibilities, which of these belong to the seller and which belong to the buyer. Nowadays, they are essential in any international business relationship. They are divided into two types: For all transportation or by sea and waterways.

All goods logistics and transportation projects are carried out at Martico according to the incoterms and safety standards.

This is terminology used for the management of goods in warehouses: 

  • FIFO (First in, First out): The products that entered the warehouse first are the first to be removed. If there are several products with the same expiry date, priority is given to the first to arrive in the warehouse.
  • LIFO (Last in, First out): The last product to enter the warehouse is the one that leaves first. Applies to non-perishable products. In this way, efficiency is prioritised by taking the most accessible product.
  • FEFO (First expired, First out): Products closest to their expiry date are the first to go out. This avoids extra costs resulting from expired foodstuffs.

At Martico, we have a computerised system for managing our warehouses that allows us to be highly efficient in the criteria for incoming and outgoing goods.

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