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21 Years on the Web – A History of SCL Web Design

Schumacher Cargo Logistics is celebrating our website’s 21st anniversary. Back in 1998, Schumacher jumped into the digital world and created our website. We’ve had the chance to try many site designs over those years. Today, we’ll take a look back at all of these designs from our long history on the web. Also, stay until the end for a look at our newest design.

A Trip Back to 1998

 

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Schumacher’s first website in 1998

After beginning business in 1977, we launched the first version of the website in 1998. Eventually, the creation of this website would lead the way for the future changes and designs. Interestingly enough, most of the main services are the same, although there have been many improvements over the last 21 years.

The Designs of the Early 2000s

 

Throughout the 2000’s, SCL made many changes in both location and website. The framework for the website used today was created during this time.These changes added many features to the site, allowing users to get more information for their shipments. Features like live chat, tracking, and online payments were added to further increase convenience for people. International shipping can seem daunting if never done before, so we needed to make sure people were properly informed. These websites accomplished their goals and users appreciated the clarity.

Moving to the Current Design

 

The last design before the new 2019 site

With our current design, we’ve been using the present framework since 2011. There is a vast amount of information built over the last 21 years. Navigation consists of both drop down and flyout menus in order to direct users to the right info. In this layout, users have access to tons of information really quickly. For the last 8 years we’ve used this design framework, and in 2019 we’re redesigning it.

New Site Design in 2019

Once the website launches, you’ll actually be reading this blog in the new design.

Our new design consolidates the large volume of information from the last 21 years and make it easier to navigate. Rather than showing tons of menus, we wanted users to be able to navigate without being overwhelmed. Each commodity has its own mega menu so users can get the relevant information for their particular shipment. Overall, the user experience should create a simple and clearer browsing session.

Visit the new site today!

 

A sneak peak at the new website design
A sneak peak at the new design

 

About Schumacher Cargo Logistics

Schumacher Cargo Logistics, Inc. was founded in 1977 and is an international vehicle shipping and moving company. Whether you are moving automobiles, motorcycles, boats, household goods shipments, or general cargo, you will be comfortable knowing that SCL will take care of all aspects of your relocation needs. For more information on our auto transport and international shipping services contact us today.

This year is the 31st Techno Classica Essen and Schumacher Cargo Logistics is here to cover the event in Germany. This is one of the premier auto shows with thousands of amazing cars to see. Check the 2019 Techno-Classica with SCL and enjoy some of our favorite items on display!

Black Classic Car at Techno Classica Essen 2018
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Kangaroos Next to a Shipping Container by Maersk line
Image by Maersk Line

The Australian government recently announced that they are bringing back their fumigation requirements for containers and cargo coming into the country.

So what does this mean for companies and individuals either moving to Australia or shipping vehicles/cargo? To start, let us first look at what the Australian fumigation requirement entails. Then we’ll look at how this affects those trying to bring goods and cargo into the country.

Fumigation is when chemicals are used to compound and eradicate any suspect insect or infestation within a container and its cargo.

The process involves “tenting” a container and releasing these chemicals into the tent. This then effectively kills off any prohibited worries that were the subject of the fumigation in the first place.

Australia and New Zealand’s Fumigation Requirements 2018-2019

In Australia and New Zealand, the port authorities work very hard to prevent any foreign inbound insects/bugs/bacteria and living organism from entering while piggy-backing on cars/boats/bikes and general cargo that is being shipped in via container or Roll on Roll off.

The “marmorated stink bug” is an organism that their governments fumigate for. This US bug does not live in Australia and New Zealand naturally. If the parasite passed through customs, it would affect the entire ecological balance in either country.

So to prevent this, all containers and RORO cargo from Sept 1st 2018 through end of April 2019 have to be fumigated within 72 hours prior to loading on the vessel.

Acquiring a Fumigation Certificate for Export

So what affect does this have on our operations in the US and how does it affect the individual?

Shipping companies and freight forwarders need tighter control on the pickup and return of containers from the terminals. There is only 5 free days with the container before it needs in-gating back to the terminal for loading on the next vessel.

We therefore need to coordinate the pickup, loading, then run the container to the fumigation yard for 24 hrs. Then we pick up again, to have the cargo back in time, along with the necessary fumigation certificate to accompany the shipping documents.

Once cleared, the fumigation certificate goes with all documents to the receiving agent in Australia or New Zealand. The certificate also goes by pest control certificate and confirms the shipments fumigation. Agents need these documents to prove to the quarantine officers that we followed all shipping procedures. As a result, we clear Oceania’s customs and the vehicle or goods are free to enter the country.

So essentially for the individual, the real difference comes in the cost and time frame. The fumigation process comes with additional costs and delays the shipment until approved.

Shipments to Australia and New Zealand are still very common and we complete this process with ease. Clients will just need to know about the fumigation when booking during this season for clearer communication.

Please see more information on this current issue by clicking the links below.

Australian Government Biosecurity Page

Update from Hamburg Sud and Australian Goverment

Fill out our Online Quote Form or call in at 1800 408-6677 to start your shipment to Australia today!

Front View of Old Yeller II

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most iconic events for motorsport lovers everywhere, and this year is the festival’s 25th anniversary. They plan on recreating some of their best motorsport moments from the past 25 years and have dubbed this event “The Silver Jubilee.”

Founded in 1993, the Festival of Speed is a premier hill climb event on the beautiful Goodwood House property. It has grown to include events such as a forest rally and the auto show, Cartier Style et Luxe. This year’s festival takes place Thursday to Sunday, July 12-15, 2018 and for more information visit the Goodwood website.

This year, the Festival of Speed invited Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu and his legendary Old Yeller II to participate in the event. The car appeared in the festival two times previously in 2000 and 2005. This year the Old Yeller II will  be returning for its third appearance in 2018. Schumacher Cargo Logistics is proud to be shipping this car to England from the US through our professional air freight service.

Old Yeller 2 receiving a new engine
One of our auto shipping experts Filip Michelet (left) and Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu (right) next to the Old Yeller II as it receives a new engine for the upcoming Festival of Speed.

Ernie Nagamatsu and his Old Yeller Mark II

Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu DDS, now retired, is a legend in Los Angeles and has the spirit of a true cosmopolitan. He’s practiced dentistry in LA for over 40 years, but his mastery goes beyond just his primary occupation. No skill seems to elude the doctor, with experience as a lecturer at USC, a collector of fine Asian art, a writer of an award winning cookbooks, and of course as a race car driver. He has won many awards and accolades racing the his current car, the legendary Old Yeller II.

The Old Yeller II was created by Max Balchowsky in 1959 for Hollywood Motors and is still being used to race today. There have been many drivers of the Old Yeller II, and in that list includes Max Balchowsky, Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, Billy Krause, Bobby Drake, Paul O’Shea, and its current driver Ernie Nagamatsu. The car has gone through many owners in the past 60 years and finally became Nagamatsu’s in 1991.

Since then, Nagamatsu has fully restored the Old Yeller II to its previous 1959 glory and brought it back into the spotlight of the automotive world. Don’t forget to see him and Old Yeller II at their next stop: The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018. For this event, they had to install a new engine into the car. This is due to it suffering an engine failure in its last race. In order to have more control over the timeline of this international shipment, Dr. Nagamatsu is using our specialty air freight shipping to bring his car overseas in the fastest way possible after the repairs are complete.

To learn more about Dr. Nagamatsu, Max Balchowsky, and the Old Yeller II visit their website at oldyeller2.com.

Shipping a Classic Car by Air Freight

Schumacher Cargo Logistics has over 40 years of experience shipping cars all over the world. Shipping classic cars internationally requires precision and skill to make sure the vehicle arrives in pristine condition and on-time. We offer a specialized air freight service for when a vehicle needs to arrive at its destination as fast as possible. Our Airfreight Division’s goal is “To deliver a competitive advantage to each customer” and they provide our fastest way to ship internationally. If you need to move your goods overseas quickly, get your free air freight shipping estimate today.

See More of Our Interesting Shipments

Check out the some of our posts on the other interesting and crazy vehicles we’ve shipped over the years below.

Additional Photos of Old Yeller II

Old Yeller II Side View

Old Yeller II Interior View
A look inside of the Old Yeller II. The name of some of its most famous drivers, Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby, are on the side.
Old Yeller II Drivers Plaque
A plate on the inside of the Old Yeller II with a list of all of its previous drivers.

1951 Vincent Black Lightning in Schumacher's Warehouse

A world record was set when a 1951 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle sold for $929,000 at the Bonhams’ Las Vegas motorcycle auction in January. It’s the most expensive motorcycle to ever be sold at an auction, and Schumacher Cargo Logistics shipped the bike to its new home in Australia after the auction.

The previous record for the most expensive motorcycle sold at auction was set by a 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer that sold for $825,500 in March 2015. The record for the most expensive car sold at auction also belongs to Bonhams, for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $38.1 million in August 2014.

The Most Expensive Motorcycle Sold At Auction

Ben Walker, Bonhams Head of Motorcycling, recalls an electricity in the air as the competition at the auction took off.

“We had guys from the UK, America, Australia, mainland Europe all interested in acquiring this motorcycle,” Walker says. “It really came alive around the $550-600,000 mark because that’s where the real bidding battle started to take place between a gentleman in the audience and a gentleman on the phone.”

As the bidding price raised, so did the stakes.

“When it got to around $790-800,000, the guy in the room was shaking his head,” Walker says. “The auctioneer said, ‘Just one more, sir?'”

And finally, the total came out at a whopping $929,000. The Australian man on the phone won the bidding war. The 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, in its original, unrestored and running condition, returned to the country where it got its fame.

About Vincent Black Lightnings

This particular bike, dubbed the “Ehret Lightning,” already made its own record in 1953 when Jack Ehret broke Australian speed records after riding it at an average speed of 141.5 mph. The pair continued to win races around the world until 1993.

It’s one of approximately 30 other Black Lightning motorcycles manufactured by Vincent HRD, and only about 19 “correct” bikes are still in existence. When built, the Black Lightning was the fastest production motorcycle in the world.

Vincent motorcycles have been known to win speed records across the globe, more than any other manufacturer. David Lancaster’s documentary SpeedisExpensive highlights the history of these motorcycles and the family behind the company.

“When Philip Vincent [founder of Vincent Motorcycles] passed away in 1979, he didn’t think these motorcycles would be forgotten,” says Lancaster. “I don’t think he could’ve predicted the sort of prices that this motorcycle’s fetched, but he did know that these things were special.”

In September 1948, Rollie Free gained the motorcycle speed record for the United States while riding the first Vincent Black Lightning at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. During test runs, he had average speeds of 148.6 mph.

For the final run, he stripped down to his swimming shorts to reduce the drag, laying flat on the seat with his legs stretched out and his head low. He reached a record 150.313 mph, following a black strip painted on the ground and completing a mile in 23.9 seconds.

Shipping Your Motorcycle to Australia

Schumacher Cargo Logistics is proud to have shipped this incredible, record-breaking Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle from the United States to Australia. We’re experts in shipping motorcycles to Australia and around the world. If you have a motorcycle, vehicle or household goods that you need to ship internationally, get your free shipping estimate today.

Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.