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Inbound export Brazil: a case study at Volvo Logistics Corporation
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Volvo Logistics Corporation (VLC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary within the Volvo Group who designs, handles and develops business logistics systems for the automotive and aviation industry worldwide. They are represented in Europe, North and South America and Asia, close to customers' largest plants or logistic hubs. VLC have around 900 employees and their turnover during 2005 was SEK 8 billion. At the department Volvo Logistics Inbound Export Overseas in Gothenburg, they manage the shipment of production material from suppliers in Europe to Volvo do Brasil (VdB) in Brazil. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate if the VLC/VdB information set- up is advantageous and provide recommendations for an improved information set-up for the inbound material flow to Brazil from the European suppliers. In order to fulfill this purpose the author has performed a literature review about relevant areas involved in the field of international inbound transportation. The costs for two set-ups within VLC have been mapped and the possibilities given from Volvo Logistics do Brasil’s (VLdB) received status as freight forwarder have been investigated. Further the author has performed benchmarking studies against other companies working with export to Brazil. In the thesis it is concluded that VLC/VdB should include more containers to each Bill of Lading (B/L) since the costs related to customs clearance in Brazil is related to the number of B/Ls and not invoices. VLC should also, based on the findings from the cost mapping in this study, welcome VdB for a discussion whether the consolidation of invoices is to prefer. There is no cost saving potential from this at the customs clearance. If this is agreed upon it is recommended that VLC should make use of VLdB’s freight forward status in order to facilitate the debiting of their logistics services performed for VdB. Further it is recommended that, if the consolidation of invoices will continue, VLC should propose a change of responsibility in the VLC/VdB agreement. VLC should issue a consolidated invoice only based on information from the suppliers’ delivery note/invoice. All deviations should be handled by VdB since this would provide economies of scale and a more effective and clear communication within the inbound supply chain.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-56609ISRN: LTU-EX--06/309--SELocal ID: d5e1bc98-fe7c-435f-bae0-b346fb4e3abcOAI: diva2:1029996
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
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Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
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