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Ocean Freight

Columbia Transport operates from all the major Italian ocean ports. Working with our worldwide network of agents, we can arrange each step of the maritime transport chain, from loading to unloading, up to customs clearance and distribution at the ultimate destination.

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Air Freight

Thanks to an excellent selection of airlines and our strategic location between the two Milan Airports of Linate and Malpensa as well as most major European airports, Columbia Transport is able to guarantee a high level service for every kind of cargo to any worldwide destination.

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Import

Through our worldwide network of agents Columbia Transport offers complete air, sea and combined import freight services. We are constantly following the changes of the global economy and we are always sensitive to our customers’ requests.

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Our History

Columbia Transport started on February 8th 1982 with one specific goal: to provide the highest quality international transportation services to our worldwide clients. Our company was founded by Mr. Giovanni De Luca, who was inspired by the Columbia Space Shuttle, the first orbiter to fly into space in 1981.

Why Columbia Transport

Because we are really keen on what we do for you. Because your satisfaction becomes our priority when you contact us. Because we find solutions before the problems occur. Because, at Columbia Transport, our clients’ needs always come first! 

Worldwide Coverage

Columbia Transport works with a network of selected partners that have been qualified from us over the years allowing us to provide worldwide the same level of service we offer locally. Thanks to our International Network, we can guarantee a total control of the shipments door to door.

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Our Services We Serve All Industry

Ocean Freight

Columbia Transport operates from all the major Italian ocean ports. Working with our worldwide network of agents, we can arrange each step of the maritime transport chain, from loading to unloading, up to customs clearance and distribution at the ultimate destination.

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Air Freight

Thanks to an excellent selection of airlines and our strategic location between the two Milan Airports of Linate and Malpensa as well as most major European airports, Columbia Transport is able to guarantee a high level service for every kind of cargo to any worldwide destination.

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Import

Through our worldwide network of agents Columbia Transport offers complete air, sea and combined import freight services. We are constantly following the changes of the global economy and we are always sensitive to our customers’ requests.

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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Freight forwarder is a company that arranges transportation of cargo from suppliers to importers and consignees around the world.  Freight forwarders provide all the transportation and much of the customs and carrier documentation required to provide these services.  

Carriers have significant limitations on the amount of compensation they will offer you should they damage or lose your cargo. According C&F, insurance is not mandatory, but we highly recommend it. We can provide complete insurance coverage. 

Generally, ocean freight is shipped either via Full Container Load (FCL) or Less-than-container Load (LCL) Shippers with large volumes of cargo will fill either a 20 or 40 FCLSmaller shipments are more economically handled via LCL. 

Incoterms are a series of standard trade definitions or international sales terms, published by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and establish which party is responsible for costs and risks such as transport costs, insurance, duties payable and customs clearance. 

Shipping rates respond to market conditions, they are a function of the relationship between carrier capacity and shipping demand, they are also linked to the cost of fuel, and frequently adjusted up and down based on the world cost of oil. 

Carriers may apply their rates to your shipments based on “volumetric weight,” rather than actual weight.  This is a calculation based on a factor of 167 KGs per CBM for the airfreight, 333 KGs per CBM for trucking and for Ocean LCL the factor is Ton per CBM 

Most containers are either 20-feet long or 40-foot long.  Their capacity for cargo is approximately 33 cubic meters (CBM) for a 20-foot container and 67 CBM for a 40-foot container.  Weight limitations are different in most countries. 

Dangerous Goods are items that may endanger the safety of an aircraft or persons on board the aircraft. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) or the local Civil Aviation Authority Regulations govern their carriage onboard aircraft. 

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