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TIACA urges for action plan on challenges faced by the air cargo industry

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has called for action to address five critical challenges being faced by the air cargo industry, which are digitalisation, sustainability, security, liberalisation and collaboration. The organisation has completed a year-long transformation program which has created a forward-looking association well positioned to unite and represent all sectors of the supply chain, reflecting its broad membership composition. “The industry has demonstrated over the last 12 months, how effective it can be when all the supply chain partners unite around a common objective, supporting the global community through the Covid pandemic. Our industry came together initially by transporting PPE and other life essentials and then mobilized to provide the only effective transport mode to support global vaccine distribution” stated Glyn Hughes, Director General, TIACA. TIACA has identified key industry priorities that will need to be embraced by the entire supply chain in order to modernize and continue to provide enhanced solutions addressing shipper and other customer demands. “TIACA is committed to working with its members, the broader industry, association partners and government agencies to ensure we have a united and successful air cargo industry. We have demonstrated considerable success over the past months but as we go forward new challenges will materialize. We will need be more innovative, agile and focused as an industry to overcome them.” states, TIACA, Chair

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LogiNext partners with Alibaba backed Daraz to empower local logistics business

LogiNext has announced a milestone partnership with Alibaba backed Daraz. This partnership involved rolling out the LogiNext Mile platform over which Daraz has optimised and automated millions of orders over the past four years resulting in Asia’s largest e-commerce carrier network. Through this partnership, Daraz got access to LogiNext’s Mile platform for its logistics marketplace recently launched for a potential end customer base of more than one billion to empower local logistics businesses and establish their businesses with Daraz. LogiNext’s platform automates order capturing, scheduling, delivery associate compliance, handling peak event sales and the end to end customer experience for these smaller businesses supported by Daraz in its countries. For LogiNext, a pioneer in the field of logistics automation in North America, working with Daraz was a way to make inroads in Asia via a forward-looking high-tech e-commerce environment that Daraz fosters. Together, the partnership has improved Daraz Logistics marketplace’s last mile deliveries by tracking and accessing billions of location data points to deliver a superior customer experience to millions of end customers. “LogiNext’s Mile platform has been leveraged by several premier e-commerce giants across the globe. This partnership with Daraz has helped us solve some very real on-the-ground logistical issues native to APAC and it has given a framework for upcoming and existing e-commerce giants to usher in the new face of last-mile deliveries built on the basis of a world-class customer experience,” says Mradul Khandelwal, Vice President of Business Development at LogiNext. “At Daraz, we are always looking to innovate and bring the best technologies available globally for improved customer experience which in return yields to higher business performance. This partnership has proven to be fruitful for Logistics …

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Saudia Cargo joins UNICEF’s Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative

With an aim to support the transportation of Covid-19 vaccines alongside essential medicines, medical devices and other critical supplies to fight the pandemic, Saudia Cargo has joined the Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative launched by UNICEF. “Saudia Cargo is ready and on full power to operate for UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative and take part in this global vaccines delivery effort through Saudia Cargo’s wide range of destinations and connection points. We fully understand our role and will work hand in hand with UNICEF and ensure the maximum global reach for the vaccines. Safe, timely and efficient transportation of these supplies is paramount and we are sure our air freighters will expertly get the job done,” said Omar Hariri, CEO, Saudia Cargo. “Delivery of these life-saving vaccines is a monumental and complex undertaking, considering the sheer volumes that need to be transported, the cold chain requirements, the number of expected deliveries and the diversity of routes,” said Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF Supply Division. “We are grateful to these airlines for joining forces with the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to support the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines.” The members of the initiative are 10 leading airlines which together cover routes to over 100 countries with one goal in mind, to support the COVAX facility – the global effort to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines regardless of any country’s income level. COVAX facility’s first round distribution plan provides doses to 145 countries starting the first half of 2021. The initiative commits airlines to prioritize the shipment of all life-saving supplies, add freight capacity to routes whenever necessary, and take the important measures of temperature control and security.

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Qatar Airways Cargo moves over 1.5 million doses of vaccine into Qatar

Qatar Airways Cargo has crossed a milestone transport of over 1.5 million COVID19 vaccine doses into the State of Qatar, with its largest batch of more than 530,000 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines arriving on April 4 from Amsterdam. The airline has played a significant role throughout the pandemic and is committed to helping people and giving back to communities, in alignment with its sustainability programme WeQare, based on the core pillars of sustainability – environment, society, economy and culture. Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo, said, “We remain committed and resilient in the fight against the pandemic and together with our partners, are ensuring the safe, timely and efficient transportation of these life-saving supplies. I am glad that all our teams have worked so hard to coordinate this milestone transport into the State of Qatar, supporting the country with its COVID19 immunization campaign in the fight against the pandemic.” Since December 2020, Qatar Airways Cargo has transported COVID-19 vaccines to several countries around the world including the State of Qatar, providing large populations access to these vital vaccines, thanks to the dedication and coordinated efforts of its global teams and ground handling partners. Globally, the cargo carrier has surpassed a milestone with close to 20 million COVID-19 vaccines transported into 24 different countries, including COVID-19 vaccines for UNICEF as part of the five-year MoU to support UNICEF’s Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative. Through its QR Pharma product, Qatar Airways Cargo offers controlled cool chain and dedicated monitoring, intervention and servicing as well as proactive re-icing at its Doha hub. With significant investments and enhancments to the QR Pharma product and its state-of-the-art hub in Doha, the cargo carrier confirms its strategy and commitment …

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Flipkart partners with EDEL to accelerate deployment of electric vehicles in its last-mile delivery

In a bid to help fast track deployment of electric vehicles across its logistics fleet in the country, Flipkart has partnered with EDEL by Mahindra Logistics (MLL) as one of its key logistics partners. Flipkart has committed to 100 per cent electric mobility in its logistics fleet and will deploy more than 25,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030. Mahindra Logistics will play a significant role in working with various OEMs and help Flipkart’s sustainable transition to EVs. With a shared commitment and vision towards sustainable business practices, Mahindra Logistics has already launched EDEL, its own electric delivery brand in late 2020. EDEL has partnered with companies in consumer & e-commerce to provide sustainable last-mile delivery across six cities in India. MLL through EDEL will enable Flipkart in its journey towards building a green supply chain by not only deploying a large fleet of EVs but also creating a conducive environment for EV deployment and operations across the country. This includes building supporting infrastructure and technology such as charging stations and parking lots, training workforce, route planning and even battery swapping stations in the near future. Another key focus area will be technology and control tower operations to enable greater efficiency and cost competitiveness. Hemant Badri, SVP Supply Chain, Flipkart Group, said, “Electrification of the logistics fleet is an important part of Flipkart’s larger sustainability goal and a key focus area for the company. We are happy to have Mahindra Logistics on-board as a logistics partner, who will play a major role in helping us achieve our vision of making our logistics fleet fully electric by 2030. Through collective efforts, we aim to build and support solutions that boost EV adoption …

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FIEO urges Maharashtra government to cover exports sector in the list of ‘essential services’

In a letter to Chief Minister of Maharashtra, S K Saraf, President, FIEO has appreciated the proactive decision taken to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the State. He says, “The exporting units employ millions of workers units with strict timelines to execute the orders else the same may attract heavy penalties including shifting of such orders to other competing countries. It is, therefore, necessary that the exports sector should be covered in the list of ‘essential services’ so that the entire chain to execute the exports is allowed to function during such lockdowns. Needless to mention that necessary Covid protocol would be maintained by these units.” While the President, FIEO appreciates the action to allow manufacturing units to operate during the lockdown, it is important to observe that the manufacturing units are supported by their offices which not only manage their inventories but also ensure timeline supply of raw-material, filing of tax return, filing of e-way bills for transportation of goods, managing of outward supplies, etc. If such offices are not allowed to function, it would not be possible to keep manufacturing going. Since the exports play a pivotal role in a country’s economy and more so in case of Maharashtra, which is number one state in terms of exports based ranking, the President has therefore requested the Chief Minister to allow private offices to be opened with 25% of the sanctioned strength so that necessary support, to run the manufacturing, can be provided for seamless and smooth functioning of factories. A related issue is the availability of support services like custom house agents, freight forwarders, offices of shipping lines etc. to provide movement of transportation of goods, which …

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IIFF and IMBA offer diploma in logistics, shipping & freight forwarding, signs MoU

Indian Institute of Freight Forwarders (IIFF) has signed the Memorandum of Understanding with International Maritime Business Academy (IMBA) to offer its course IIFF – FIATA Diploma in Logistics, Shipping and Freight Forwarding. Under the MOU, IMBA will provide IIFF Diploma courses at its institute and on the online mode. This collaboration finds its importance as students from Uttarakhand and other northern parts of India will now be able to attend the quality Diploma course in Logistics, Shipping and Freight Forwarding offered by IIFF. IIFF offers its Diploma program through an online platform, beneficial for students interested in learning about the freight forwarding, logistics and shipping industry. IIFF is the training arm of the Federation of Freight Forwarders Association in India (FFFAI) and conducts training for sharing knowledge and developing skills since the last decade. This course is validated by FIATA, successful students will get IIFF as well as globally recognized FIATA certificate.

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CMA CGM Group & HPCSL launch first block train between Mundra and ICD Sanand, serving India’s hinterland

The CMA CGM Group and Hasti Petro Chemical & Shipping (HPCSL), known as The Thar Dry Port also, have jointly received their first ever Block Train from Mundra to the Thar Dry Port (ICD) at Sanand, Gujarat. This new service is the first block train by a shipping line between Mundra and ICD Sanand. The fully loaded 90-TEU train was flagged off from Mundra port on April 2nd and was received at ICD Sanand on April 3rd in the presence of representatives from The Thar Dry Port (A unit of Hasti Petro Chemical & Shipping) and CMA CGM India. The new weekly block train service is the first and only block train service by any shipping line, for Ahmedabad, Ex- Mundra. The train provides fixed window and dedicated service for customer import shipments ensuring a reliable departure schedule. The schedule departure of train from Mundra Port will be on every Saturday/Sunday. This new service from Mundra to Sanand offers customers effective cargo handling and provides priority loading for urgent import shipments with no additional cost. Another key feature of the service is to have no partial loading from Mundra, as all the containers will arrive together as per bill of lading (BL). Going forward, the CMA CGM Group is planning on streamlining the service even more to have a priority connection with the Group’s Indamex and EPIC services, two major services of CMA CGM India, calling the Gujarat region. The company is developing sustainable door-to-door solutions to allow its customers to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of their transported goods. Compared to cargo movement via truck, the block train option reduces CO2 emissions by up to 67%.

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Adani Ports increases its stake in Krishnapatnam Port to 100%, invests Rs 2,800 crore

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) is announcing the acquisition of the residual 25 per cent stake in Adani Krishnapatnam Port (Krishnapatnam Port) for Rs 2,800 crore. This will result in APSEZ increasing its stake from 75 per cent to 100 per cent in Krishnapatnam Port. Together with the 75 per cent ownership acquired in October 2020, the acquisition implies an enterprise value of Rs 13,675 crore implying an EV/ FY21 EBITDA multiple of 10.3x. Krishnapatnam Port is located on the east coast of India in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh (~180 km from Chennai Ports) close to the border between Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Krishnapatnam Port is an all-weather, deep water port has multi-cargo facility with a current capacity of 64 MMTPA. With a waterfront of 20 km and 6,800 acres of land, Krishnapatnam Port has a master plan capacity of 300 MMTPA and a 50-year concession. The port is expected to have volumes of 38 MMT, revenues of Rs. 1,840 cr and EBITDA of Rs. 1,325 Cr in FY21. Since the acquisition, Krishnapatnam Port has focused on business process re-engineering which has resulted in EBITDA margins improving from 57% in FY20 to 72% in FY21. Karan Adani, Chief Executive Officer and Whole Time Director, APSEZ said, “The consolidation of our ownership in Krishnapatnam Port reinforces APSEZ’s stride towards 500 MMT by 2025 and achieving our broader strategy of cargo parity between west and east coasts of India. Krishnapatnam Port is on track to handle double the traffic by 2025 and will deliver high growth through a multi-product and cargo enhancement strategy while enhancing return on capital employed. We are confident that we will be able to …

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World Logistics Passport expands in India, registers Hyderabad as its second hub

The World Logistics Passport (WLP), a unique loyalty program established to increase trading opportunities between emerging markets, is expanding in India – with Hyderabad registering as a Hub and two subsidiaries of the GMR conglomerate registering as partners, both operating in Hyderabad airport. As one of the first countries to engage in the WLP, today’s announcement solidifies India’s standing in the program. More than 10 countries are now part of the major policy initiative – trading nations include Brazil, Indonesia, and South Africa, amongst others. In addition, major multinational corporations including UPS, Pfizer, Sony, Johnson & Johnson, and LG are also engaged with the WLP. Hyderabad is the second WLP Hub registered in India, after Mumbai. The city is strategically important for the country’s international exports of goods and services, totaling approximately $21bn*. With trade routes to Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as to the WLP’s global network, Hyderabad’s trade infrastructure includes Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. Earlier this year, the WLP signed Mumbai International Airport (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport), Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (Mumbai), and Nepal as partners. Mike Bhaskaran, CEO, WLP, said, “India, as one of the first countries to engage in our program, showed a clear commitment to thinking differently about how goods and services move round the world. Today’s announcement is yet another endorsement of this new approach to global trade, and we are eying additional expansion in the country as we look to widen our offering.” The WLP creates opportunities for business across Africa, Asia, Central and South America to improve existing trading routes, and develop new ones, through the world’s first logistics loyalty program for freight forwarders and traders. It overcomes non-tariff …

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