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Haryana government’s policy to make state a logistics hub

Strong on formulating a dedicated and comprehensive logistics, warehousing and retail policy to promote and project Haryana as the logistics hub of North India, the state government has held a consultation-cum-interactive session with various stakeholders in Gurugram. The state government also plans to launch the policy by August 2018, after in-depth consultations with concerned government departments and industry stakeholders. The speakers at the interaction also felt that Haryana is set to become the logistics hub of North India in the coming years, with a consumer base having a high propensity to consume, strong connectivity owing to an exhaustive network of national highways and industrial corridors, and introduction of GST.

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Consolidation and recovery in industrial activity to drive logistics growth: India Ratings

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) expects the inflation-adjusted revenue of logistics service providers to grow 8-9 per cent y-o-y in FY19 as against the estimated real Gross Domestic Product growth of 7.4 per cent. Ind-Ra expects a recovery in global trade volumes in FY19, coupled with a higher demand for automobile, retail and FMCG, construction material, coal and metals, to support volume growth across the logistics space. According to Ind-Ra, the logistics space would undergo substantial consolidation over the medium to long term. Integration of goods and services markets through GST may help create a hub-and-spoke model for logistics players. This is likely to be accompanied with a realignment of supply chains from the one based on tax incentives to those based on proximity to pockets of demand and supply. The operational efficiency arising out of such realignment in supply chain designs is likely to translate into 15-20 per cent lower logistics expenses for major FMCG and white goods players over the next two to three years. The synergies from such consolidation are only to be realised FY20 onwards. Also, the introduction of e-Way bills is likely to enhance the speed of freight transportation and would thus support asset turnover for transport operators, albeit some near-term challenges will exist for smaller players.

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Widerøe Airlines gets tech support through India’s Kale Logistics Solutions

Kale Logistics Solutions collaborated with Widerøe as a technology partner to provide air cargo management system for more than 38 airport stations across Nordic region. Widerøe is the largest regional airline operating in the Nordic countries. Vineet Malhotra, Director, Kale Logistics Solutions, said, “Air cargo operations are intricate and complex with numerous stakeholders involved at each step of a cargo transaction. With GALAXY, Widerøe can feel extremely confident to address the necessary concerns in a systematic and industry compliant way. GALAXY is a preferred solution. used by worldwide airports that incorporates global best practices and prepares the industry to manage the growing industry demands.”

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Online freight forwarding service makes entry in India

DAMCO has launched Twill (www.twill.net), a new digital freight forwarding service into India. The new easy-to-use online platform provides greater control of shipments by offering instant price quotes and booking, transparency and tracking services, simplified paperwork, and proactive customer care. “The shipping and logistics industry today is filled with emails, phone calls and document-heavy processes which can lead to huge delays in getting quotes, a lack of flexibility to change routes mid-shipment, and lack of transparency for customers in pricing, location data, and issue resolution. Twill, like the name suggests, is like a tightly woven fabric that consolidates different strands of the supply chain together to make shipping simple. Resonating with the Indian government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, we truly believe this is the right time to go live in the country, and we’re excited to be paving the way for digitisation in this industry,” shares Troels Stovring, CEO, Twill.

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New cargo policy to come soon: Suresh Prabhu

The cargo industry in India will now benefit from a new policy, informed Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation of India, Government of India. Addressing the Supply Chain Summit in Delhi, Prabhu said, “The country will soon have a policy on cargo that is being finalised by the new logistics department. For the first time, a logistics division has been created in the country. All the modes in the segment were reaping good results, but, there were no single one-point of contact. The policy is more of a concrete plan, to create new logistics hubs in India. The document is in the final stages of preparation.” The minister has asked the industry stakeholders to give their inputs, which could be incorporated in the policy. He said that the new policy will have a new industrial policy, one for agriculture exports and developing parameters for the country’s districts on ease of doing business.

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FFFAI participates in RAME 2018 Conference in Cameroon to promote FWC-2018

As part of its international campaign for the FIATA World Congress 2018 (FWC-2018), Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations in India (FFFAI) participated in RAME (Region Africa & Middle East) 2018 Conference, held recently at Douala in Cameroon. This conference was the part of FIATA’s annual regional conference, where more than 700 delegates of Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders and Logistics Companies mainly from African countries, gathered to exchange views on market trends, trade opportunities and skill development. At the conference, FFFAI leaders, S Ramakrishna, Vice Chairman, FFFAI, Sudip Dey, Vice Chairman, FFFAI and Vinod Sharma, Honorary Treasurer, FFFAI, interacted with the conference delegates about FWC 2018 and business opportunities in India. According to Ramakrishna, “There were significant footfalls. Our visit to RAME 2018 was very fruitful and we are expecting about 200 delegates from African countries alone.” To be hosted by FFFAI, which is a member association of FIATA, the FWC 2018 will be held from September 26-29 at Aerocity in New Delhi. The event expects more than 1500 delegates from overseas countries as well as India. Themed as ‘The Future Starts Here’, FWC 2018 aims to showcase brand India as a lucrative hub for manufacturing and logistics industry.

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Avvashya CCI to set up auto-ancillary warehouse facility in Guwahati

Avvashya CCI Logistics (ACCI), a subsidiary company of Allcargo Logistics is likely to invest almost Rs.60 crore in the next two years to build an auto engineering part warehouse in Guwahati. The warehouse will be partially HD (heavy duty) racked warehouse, auto specific with shelving and block storage for odd dimensional cargo. The warehouse, located at DPS road, Gorchuk on NH 27 Amingaon, Guwahati, on the highway from Kolkata towards Assam, has an advantage of being a gateway to the whole of Northeast. Spread across three lakh sq ft, the warehouse will provide end-to-end management for aftermarket spare parts to service the Northeast sector, which includes last mile delivery. Explaining the rationale behind the move, Adarsh Hegde, Joint Managing Director, Allcargo Logistics, said, “The Northeast region in India has huge potential and is emerging as one of the strategic geographical markets. Our foray into the Northeast completes our pan India presence and enhances our journey to provide the best of facilities in logistics across the country.” In the first phase, the facility will be spread across one lakh sq. feet and provide employment to around 100 employees. In the second phase, the company plans to expand to three lakh sq. ft and employ more than 250 employees. A large part of the investment will be used towards automation in the state-of-the-art facility designed to meet global standards. “The new facility launch is part of our business expansion strategy, thereby strengthening our leadership position and meeting our Prime Ministers mission to generate higher employment in this region,” Hedge added.

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Jetex customs clears first-ever 25 tonnes of explosive cargo

Jetex Oceanair customs has cleared 25 tonnes of explosive cargo, consisting of 1500 pkgs, in a chartered light, TU-204C aircraft. “The cargo for Almaty has been handled from CCU Airport for the first time and perhaps is the single largest uplift of class I DG cargo in India,” informs Jaideep Raha, Managing Director, Jetex Oceanair. The explosives were packed into the special thermally insulated, water-proof and crush-proof boxes, shipped from Mumbai. Raha said, “The boxes were very carefully looked in an operation that begun on May 26 night and carried on till late next morning. The area around the aircraft was cordoned off and utmost security measures were taken to avoid any untoward incident.”

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DCCAA hosts FWC 2018 roadshow in Delhi

Delhi Customs Clearing Agents Association (DCCAA) recently held a roadshow in Delhi to promote ‘FIATA World Congress 2018 (FWC-2018)’ and interact with leading customs brokers, freight forwarders and logistics company representatives that are expected to participate in the mega event. FWC-2018 is scheduled to take place from September 26-29 at Pullman & Novotel New Delhi Aerocity.

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DHL launches innovative road transportation across India

Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) has unveiled an innovation road transportation solution, DHL SmarTrucking, to provide a comprehensive trucking panacea across an extensive linehaul express road network in India. DHL SmarTrucking is the company’s first official move to accelerate the development of technology-enabled logistics solutions around the world, under its newly formed board department, Corporate Incubations. The company has also appointed Neeraj Bansal, as CEO of DHL SmarTrucking, who will be responsible for leading the company’s growth in India. “India is an incredibly important market for Deutsche Post DHL Group. Presently, road freight comprises the majority of the total freight movement and is the largest transportation segment in India,” says Juergen Gerdes, Board Member for Corporate Incubations, Deutsche Post DHL Group. “With greater efficiency from DHL SmarTrucking, we expect to transport 100,000 tonnes of cargo and cover a distance of approximately four million kilometers across India daily.”

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