The team at Rhys Davies Freight Forwarding are no strangers to unusual cargos, but when the call came in to ship a family of woolly mammoths from Cardiff to Norway, even manager John Lyon was a little taken aback.
The hairy family of three had been commissioned by the Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjaerland and created using fibreglass by bespoke display fabrication company, Wild Creations in Cardiff.
The life-size exhibits – the largest is almost three metres tall – were carefully loaded onto a jumbo trailer (real name), for shipment via Tilbury to Gothenburg and onward by road to Fjaerland. All arrived safely and were later installed outside the museum by technicians from Wild Creations.
"The job was certainly unusual but the guys at Rhys Davies did an excellent job," said Wild Creations’ Managing Director Matthew Wild. "This was the first time we’d had items as large as this to send to Norway and we were unsure how to go about it and the paperwork involved. But despite the potential difficulties and the destination being very remote it was all in a day’s work for the guys at Rhys Davies and everything went without a hitch. Amazingly their forwarding manager John Lyon actually knew the area and had visited the museum a few years ago, so he knew exactly where they were going."
Rhys Davies Freight Forwarding has been operating for over 20 years and has developed close working relationships with trusted partners across the globe. Local knowledge and personal contacts are key to the company’s success.
Although transporting three woolly mammoths to a remote area of Norway may seem a little tricky, some shipments are even more challenging. For example, one customer regularly sends refrigeration gasses in 40 ft tanks to the Middle East, including Libya and Syria, so reliable contacts and an in-depth knowledge of the regulations is essential; especially in a war zone. Other contracts handled by Rhys Davies include shipping food ingredients from the Far East, skin and beauty products from India and transporting photocopy paper for offices throughout the world.