Cargo Breaking News

1000+ delegates at FIATA World Congress 2018

FIATA World Congress 2018, hosted by the Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations in India (FFFAI,) scheduled to be held from September 26-29 at Pullman-Novotel Hotel in Aerocity, New Delhi, is expecting a fruitful footfall with more than 1000 delegates from across the world. The first-ever international logistics conference in India will be inaugurated on September 26 by Union Minister for Shipping & Road Transport, Nitin Gadkari, along with 45 expert speakers. Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation will address the gathering at main forum of FWC 2018.  S. Ramesh, Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC,) would deliver the keynote address at the leading global logistics meet. In view of the recent initiatives from the Ministry of Commerce pertaining to facilitating ex-im trade and logistics capacity building by creating a separate wing for logistics industry, the Commerce Minister shall apprise the participants on the development of this industry for India. Samir Shah, Past Chairman, FFFAI and Mentor, FWC 2018, who is heading the Business Session Committee, said, “At this edition of FWC our prime focus is to make all business sessions very innovative with world’s top class speakers providing insights and excitements about logistics business.”

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Antonov AN-124 aircraft makes touch down @ Chennai airport

The Chennai airport made way for the giant Antonov AN-124 aircraft, operated by a Russian freight company Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which landed in the city with 53.46 tonne of machinery from Xi’an Xianyang in China. The whole freight was unloaded and had to be carried on 13 trucks. This is first time an An-124 aircraft landed at Chennai airport with considerable amount of payload. Since the airport is a major gateway to south India, such hauls are expected to be a regular occurrence in future . AN-124 aircraft is designed for long-range delivery and air dropping of heavy and large-size cargo, including machines, equipment and troops and has got a payload capacity of up to 150 tonnes. AN-124 is 69.1-metre-long and has an extensive wingspan of 73.3 metre.

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SpiceJet inducts first freighter in its fleet

SpiceJet has unveiled dedicated air cargo services and inducted first freighter aircraft in its fleet, making it the first scheduled domestic airline in the country to diversify into the airfreight market. The airline has also created a separate division called ‘SpiceXpress’. Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, shares, “We are very confident that there is a significant space for dedicated air freighter in the Indian market. The economy is growing at eight per cent and we are having an e-commerce boom in this country.” “The airline will initially start operations on the Delhi-Bengaluru route but will also look at Guwahati, Hong Kong, Amritsar and Kabul. The airline plans to induct four Boeing freighters this year, which will see the airline offering haulage of 27,000 tonnes per month from the current 15,000 tonnes. The new venture will be a division of SpiceJet. Initially, we will operate two Boeing 737-700s and two Boeing 737-800s,” Singh added. Currently, SpiceJet has a cargo capacity of 500 tonnes a day which is mostly as a result of the cargo carried in the belly of the 58-passenger aircraft it operates.

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Maersk Line enables paperless trade between India and Nepal

Maersk Line has announced the deployment of Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) to enable paperless trade between India and Nepal. Steve Felder, Managing Director, Maersk Line (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives), said, “This is a continuation of Maersk line’s focus on digitisation to enable paperless trade across the globe. Addressing our customer needs is paramount and this system will tremendously aid in this process. We will continue to focus on creating a climate of ease of doing business to ensure seamless trade in the region through our integrated logistical offerings.” ML is the first liner to adopt this paperless mode of trade facilitated by Asian Development Bank and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) against the conventional one-time bottle seal. This is also the first time it has been at done at Indian port transshipping to other countries such as Nepal thus getting rid of documentation hurdles.

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AISATS introduces new tracking system at Bengaluru airport

Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS) has launched a new shipment tracking platform that uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for its cargo handling operations at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru. The company will be the first air cargo terminal operator in India to initiate real-time and improved cargo tracking. This technological initiative is a collaboration between AISATS and its Singapore-listed joint venture stakeholder, SATS Ltd., which operates an unrivalled network of gateway services and food solutions in over 60 cities across Asia. With AISATS being the biggest ground handler at Kempegowda International Airport and managing two dedicated cargo handling centers, namely the AISATS Air Freight Terminal and the AISATS COOLPORT, the introduction of RFID technology will enable AISATS to undertake real-time cargo tracking for end-to-end visibility and faster turnaround. The RFID tracking system, capable of processing large quantities of cargo, will further bolster speed and accuracy, thereby making the cargo handling process more secure.

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Former Indian Skipper, Saurav Ganguly to mark presence @ FIATA World Congress

FIATA World Congress (FWC), which is being hosted by FFFAI in India from September 26-29, 2018, at Pullman Hotel, Aerocity, New Delhi, is all set to welcome former Indian Cricket Team Captain Saurav Ganguly, who will address a galaxy of eminent logistics industry practitioners and experts. The event will be inaugurated by Nitin Gadkari, Shipping & Road Transport Minister, Government of India. The former Indian skipper is scheduled to speak at the Indian Forum to highlight various factors and aspects of India’s growth story. Other esteemed speakers marking their presence are Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization, Babar Badat, President, FIATA and A.V. VIjayakumar, Chairman, FFFAI. According to Debashis Dutta, Chairman, FWC-2018 Organising Committee and Past Chairman, FFFAI, “The separate session for the young logistics professionals would be beneficial for the start-ups. Moreover, for the young participants, FWC 2018 has arranged an interesting game titled ‘Business on the Move’, where participants will be enlightened on the logistics business through a game.” More than 1000 customs brokers, freight forwarders and allied industries are participating from 100 plus countries to explore logistics business opportunities in India as well as other parts of the world at the FWC-2018.

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JNPT organises training programme on port management

With port modernisation and expansion of capacities urging to meet emerging demand, it is essential that the port management and port staff are equipped with latest knowledge and technical advances for meeting the new challenges. JNPT organised a seminar on ‘Dredging Strategy and Technology for Ports’ at JNPT Antwerp Port Training and Consultancy Foundation Training centre. Officials from Mumbai Port, V.O. Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Haldia Dock Complex, Paradip, JNPT, Cochin, Chennai, Deendayal Port took part in the five days seminar. Stefaan Jozef Ides, a trainer from Belgian Port, conducted the training workshop. The aim of the workshop was to take an overview of the modern dredging techniques and their application to create new port infrastructure and maintain port access using the best available dredging technologies and strategies.

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Mahindra Logistics acquires stake in ShipX

Mahindra Logistics has announced the acquisition of a strategic stake in Transtech Logistics, also known as ShipX. ShipX is a SAAS (Software as a Service) based Transport Management Solution (TMS) platform that serves the supply chain automation needs for 3PLs, shippers and transporters. Pirojshaw Sarkari, CEO, Mahindra Logistics, said, “Logistics in future will be more technology driven; both in terms of our own operations, as well as interfaces with our customers and business partners. With our asset light business model, we are already like a ‘platform’. The strengthening of our relationship with Shipx opens up a new opportunity to take this to the next level.”

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ITDC bags contract for surface transportation for IAF

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has bagged Indian Air Force’s (IAF) ‘SPEEDEX’ (The Stores, Proactive, Efficient and Expeditious Despatch of Extra Size/ Wt Consignment) Cargo contract for ‘Surface Transportation’ of consignment weighing above 35 kgs for ‘door-to-door delivery’. The service launch and agreement was signed in the presence of Air Marshal RKS Shera, AVSM VSM, Air Officer- in-charge Maintenance and Ravneet Kaur, IAS, CMD, ITDC; Piyush Tiwari, Director (C&M), ITDC, along with senior officials of both the organisation at the Air Force Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi. According to the contract, ITDC’s travel arm, Ashok Travels and Tours, will ensure safe, reliable and secure movement of the Indian Air Force Surface cargo. The scope includes handling the consignments (collection and delivery) between IAF units located all over India. There are over 130 stations spread across the country. It will enhance support to Indian Air Force maintenance activities and improve operational preparedness, in the long run. Ashok Travels and Tours has been actively involved in cargo handling through surface, air as well as sea. In the recent times, ATT has handled several cargo consignments for defence forces.

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Eicher to supply 350 heavy duty trucks to Bangladesh

Eicher Trucks & Buses has bagged an order for 350 heavy duty trucks from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). BRTC has bought 350 units of Eicher 20.16, which is a 16 tonnes GVW haulage truck. Keeping customer profitability in mind, the Eicher 20.16 has been designed to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior uptime with modern ergonomics. This development will further drive VECV’s vision of modernising the commercial vehicle industry in Bangladesh. The delivery of the order is expected to take place within eight months.

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