FedEx Trade Networks Forwards Iconic Blackpool Boat Tram #233 to its New Home in San Francisco
I recently had the honor of addressing a gathering in San Francisco to discuss our role in a special shipment. When the non-profit organization Market Street Railway needed to move a historic boat tram (or trolley car as we refer to it in the U.S.) from the United Kingdom to the Bay Area, they came to FedEx Trade Networks for a solution.
Naturally, we were up to the challenge. Market Street Railway needed to bring this unique piece of transportation from a UK museum to San Francisco, where it will eventually become operational within the city’s famed streetcar network. While we’ve been a part of some very interesting shipments, Blackpool Boat Tram #233 was certainly a first for us.
Moves like these call for the global capabilities and multi-modal coordination FedEx Trade Networks specializes in. Because of the tram’s size and historical significance (only a handful remain worldwide), special considerations were needed on both the export and import sides.
In total, FedEx Trade Networks provided an end-to-end solution that included cargo insurance arrangements, surface transportation, ocean freight forwarding, U.S. customs clearance and multiple related services to move the tram from the UK to the U.S. successfully – and in time for the unveiling event last week.
As I represented FedEx Trade Networks at the event, I was proud to tell the story of how, as a team, we once again displayed that our special combination of global reach and local expertise can provide solutions to unique shipping needs.