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May 7, 2024

Empowering Farmers: The role of your logistics partner during harvest

In the agriculture industry, spare parts are indispensable for minimising repairs downtime and maximising crop productivity, particularly during the critical harvest season, where timely delivery is crucial to success amidst high demand and variable weather conditions

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The agricultural industry is vast, EU farms use 157 million hectares of land for agricultural production, 38% of the total land area of the EU. The size and scale of this industry reflects the industrialisation needed to produce crops on a mass scale, particularly during high priority harvest season. This is where time-critical logistics comes to the forefront, ensuring equipment is working at maximum efficiency and farmers can produce the greatest crop yield.

Spare parts are critical in the agriculture industry, where broken-down machinery can severely impact profitability. The timely maintenance of machinery and equipment reduces downtime so its seamless delivery is essential, ensuring machine parts arrive promptly and productivity is maintained. For farmers, there is no time more critical than harvest season. One of the primary challenges in agricultural logistics is the seasonality of crops. The harvest season is an extremely busy period with machinery in high demand, and this often puts a strain on resources. Farmers must be ready to harvest crops when optimum weather, humidity and temperature conditions align. With such a range of varied equipment used, a logistics provider who can provide flexible spare parts solutions that meet the unique needs of the agricultural industry is invaluable.

Logistics designed for the agriculture sector

A significant portion of agriculture is carried out in rural areas, and a logistics provider who can offer coverage even in remote areas is required. At Carousel, we ensure that wherever farmers are in Europe, they get the necessary components on time. We offer a comprehensive range of final mile options, and our in-night services provide flexible late collections and early delivery choices. This accommodates engineers and dealers who are dependent on products and parts being delivered on time to optimise and increase equipment uptime.

Whether its import or export requirements, the agriculture industry is subject to numerous regulations and standards, both at national and international levels. A logistics provider who can ensure its spare parts operations comply with quality, safety and environmental regulations will mean parts are delivered efficiently. Carousel runs operational customs clearance in all UK ports with a CCS Export Badge, managing full import and export declarations, CFSP and EIDR.

A reliable logistics provider that responds quickly to every need is crucial during the critical harvest season. Technologically-driven solutions are helping pave the way in the logistics industry, offering end-to-end visibility and comprehensive tracking. Our service and technology platform Gateway provides complete control over your spare parts logistics, so you proactively manage your spare parts inventory and avoid unnecessary delays before they have even happened.

Want to know more?

Logistical efficiency is vital to the ongoing health of the agricultural supply chain, especially during harvest time. Manufacturers must be able to keep up with equipment and spare parts requests, and dealers and service engineers must be able to keep up with repairs demand.

To learn more about the role of time-critical logistics in agriculture, get in touch with our team.

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