Operations

A shared passion for logistics enables our in-house operations experts to tailor solutions to the needs of our individual business partners.

Logistics

Trammo’s experienced logistics team and unrivaled customer service have contributed significantly to our reputation as a trustworthy business partner. Our broad network of business partners, ranging from carriers and forwarding companies, suppliers of bags and equipment, to stevedores, inspection companies, financial institutions, and insurance companies, supports us in ensuring a safe and secure supply chain. We frequently send our own in-house port captains to oversee the handling of the goods in ports and terminals. Goods are closely tracked from receipt to final destination by our highly skilled operations team, whether shipped by bulk carrier, barge, container, rail, or truck.

Terminals

Over the last several years, we have strengthened our logistics capabilities by expanding Trammo’s storage network in the United States. Today, Trammo leases more than 20 dry and liquid storage facilities in the country with capacity varying from about 1,500 to 50,000 metric tons per location. These facilities are located throughout the Eastern and Central United States and are managed under multi-year lease commitments. Furthermore, Trammo owns a 56,000 short ton ammonia storage tank in Meredosia, Illinois, as well as a 30,000 short ton ammonia storage tank in Niota, Illinois, to complement the company's expansion of business in North America.

Trammo's warehouse locations in North America are shown below: 

  • warehouse locations

Trammo also leases storage facilities in Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Romania. Furthermore, we manage dedicated distribution operations in Asia and Africa, namely in Thailand, China, South Africa and Ivory Coast. Through our joint venture with Sudmetal in Chile, we provide logistics services for the transportation of sulfuric acid by truck, rail, and vessel, and operate a storage tank at Mejillones port with an annual throughput of approximately 400,000 metric tons.

Trammo’s wholly owned subsidiary, Sea-3, Inc. owns and operates a propane import and wholesale distribution facility with total storage capacity of more 23.5 million gallons. Located on the Piscataqua River near Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the terminal is capable of receiving or loading gas tankers with cargo capacities of up to 59,000 cubic meters. The terminals does not operate as a retail business but rather as a regional wholesaler with customers purchasing product by rack delivery into their own trucks and then delivering onward to their local customers. The Sea-3 terminal is one of only six active propane import terminals located on the East Coast of the United States.

In today’s challenging market environment, when demand is difficult to forecast over several weeks and months, warehousing and storage ensure just-in-time supply in an optimum way. Trammo’s dense network of terminals and warehouses makes the company the ideal business partner to satisfy product demand when and where it emerges.

Door-to-Door Transportation

When goods need to be shipped by sea, they will mostly be loaded onto large ocean-going vessels, for example, bulk carriers or large liquid gas carriers. However, the goods frequently also need to be forwarded further inland by barge, truck, or railcar. Trammo’s international operations team ensures a seamless process when it comes to moving freight over and within borders as well as across all modes of transport, focusing on nothing less than operational excellence.

Trammo owns and operates a fleet of railcars dedicated to the transport of molten sulfur in the U.S. domestic market, to bridge the gap between the production site and the location of end consumers. Also, in view of the importance of the United States as a distribution market, Trammo leases approximately 800 railcars for the transportation of both dry and liquid fertilizers, sulfur, sulfuric acid and ammonia.

When inland waterways allow for more efficient transportation, we readily contract river barges and tows to ensure that goods reach their destination on time. As such, to support its merchandising efforts in the U.S. domestic market, Trammo employs the largest independent fleet of fully refrigerated, inland waterway ammonia barge tows, on top of a fleet of around 100 pressurized railcars.

With the growth of Trammo’s land-based distribution system and desire to provide customer service and convenience, we are increasingly involved in securing truck transportation. As well as convenience, this additional service draws on our knowledge of the comparative rail and barge freight markets, providing an economic advantage to the buyer. Whether the need is for end dumps, hopper bottom, pneumatic, liquid tank, or even flatbed trucks, we have a growing network of relationships to accommodate customer needs. Trammo believes this service is a natural complement to and progression of our goal of being the just-in-time supplier.

Containers

Transporting goods in standardized containers offers numerous advantages over shipment in railcars or bulk carrier vessels. Not only do the goods undergo less handling, which is beneficial in maintaining product quality, but also the lot sizes can be as small as 24 metric tons. Containers allow for intermodal transportation, as they can be loaded quickly and easily from truck to rail to ship and back to truck. This reflects on the loading and discharging time, which for bulk products loaded in railcars or on bulk carrier vessels can often boil down to costly freight and demurrage. Furthermore, contracting products in container lot sizes reduces the price exposure that goes hand-in-hand with ordering large volumes. Finally, container shipments are the ideal way to prevent contamination of goods since they are not commingled with other substances en route to their destination.

Trammo has experienced personnel dedicated to the shipment of both solid and liquid products by container.

Other services

Sometimes, when covered storage space is scarce or because cargo needs to be protected from excess humidity or any type of contamination, it may make sense to buy cargo in bags rather than in bulk. Whether customers require small bags holding about 25 or 50 kg or prefer goods to be bagged in 500 or even 1,000 kg bags, or whether the design needs to meet regulatory requirements or the customer’s own sales and marketing efforts, our experienced operations team will carefully listen to the request and share their knowledge.

Of course, complete supply chain management does not end with the mere transportation of the goods. In specific markets including, for example, the European Union, Trammo readily handles customs clearance to help reduce paper work. Furthermore, our experienced compliance desks for VAT- and REACH-related matters make sure that the respective regulatory requirements are met. 

And lastly, upon request, we can provide insurance coverage as an incremental service to cargo purchases from us.