I wanted bring you guys along on my journey to picking up the first production of cat egg molds!
I have been anticipating for this day for months now. Finally, I get to pick up our first production of cat egg molds. Whoo-hoo! It took months of planning, preparations, scheduling, and it was no easy task. Ultimately, it was all worth it!
The past several weeks have been a hectic process of back and forth calls betweens customs brokers, manufacturers, and logistics companies. Once our shipment landed at Oakland port last week, I wanted to expedite the process as quickly as possible. The container went through customs examination and was processed within 5 days. Following, it was trucked to St. George's Warehouse in Oakland. St. George basically held shipments from all over the world for businesses to pick up. They make sure all the customs and logistics payments are free and clear before releasing the shipments. Once containers arrive and are unloaded at St George, they pend finalization of documents from all parties. In my case, everything went smoothly as I had everything prepped and ready to go weeks in advance.
Once I received my Delivery Instructions and Customs Release form, I arranged for pick up at St George in Oakland. I had weighed out all the options for trucking as the going rate for trucking and releasing 8 pallets of goods currently was about $1,300, not including ocean freight. My customs broker, James, informed me that it was probably a better idea to go pick up the shipments myself from the holding warehouse. I literally knew nothing about logistics, customs, container delivery, etc.... I had to learn everything one step at a time and I'm so glad I did.
The first thing I did was to rent a 16 foot truck. LOL A 16 foot truck?!?! I have never even driven my dad's Toyota Tundra! Welp, I guess theres a first time for everything! Surely, I yelped some local truck rentals and stumbled upon Coastal Truck Rentals in San Francisco. I figured, how different can it be in comparison to driving a normal car? Just a bit higher and a bit longer right? Once I rented the truck, I was off to Oakland.
I had to transport 79 cartons of cat egg molds with the net weight of 774 kgs (gross weight of 1,012 kgs) that measures a total 8.57 CNB from Oakland Port to San Francisco. As you can see in the video, I was a little nervous because I have never driven a vehicle larger than a Toyota Corolla before let alone a 16 foot truck. But after a while, I started to really enjoy driving that humongous truck. I know in the video it looked like I moved all the boxes by myself. But I have to confess, I had a little bit of help. Just a little. ;) The guys at the loading docks were kind enough to lend a helping hand when they saw that I was resting after moving the 5th pallet. Plus, I was holding up the line for other drivers to pick up their shipments. At the end of the day, I was completely exhausted. But it was all worth it!
I plan on prepping the shipments the next coming days and start shipping by late next week! I can't wait to get these into the kitchens of thousands of people all over the world.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Egg Addiction. It's been an awesome journey and I am so excited to share it with all of you! Can't wait till the next vlog!
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Until next time!