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April 2021 exports remains robust on the back of good order booking position: President, FIEO

Reacting to the trade data of April, 2021, Sharad Kumar Saraf, President, FIEO, said that the impressive growth reiterates our assessment that order booking position of our exporters is extremely good and with gradual improvement of situation in the country, will push exports growth further. He said that over 15% per cent growth on the base of April 2019 is a better indicator and reflects a positive double digit trend. Saraf particularly emphasised that the growth in labour-intensive sectors like Gems & Jewellery, Handicrafts and Carpets augur well for the job scenario, which is most relevant in the current context. He added that such a growth has been mainly on account of 29 out of 30 major product groups of exports showing either a very impressive high positive growth starting with four digit and almost all ending with a very high double digit growth continuously defying all the odds for the second time during the year 2021 as still the global economy is passing through these challenging times. FIEO President added that the exports of Gems and Jewellery, Jute mfg. including floor covering, Carpets, Handicrafts excl. Hand-made carpet, Leather and leather manufactures, RMG of All Textiles, Cotton yarn/fabrics/made-ups, handloom products etc., Man-made yarn/fabrics/made-ups etc., Ceramic products and glassware, Other cereals, Electronic Goods, Oil meals, Cashew, Mica, coal and other ores, minerals including process, Engineering goods, Tobacco, Iron ore, Petroleum products, Cereal preparations and miscellaneous processed item, Oil Seeds, Meat, dairy and poultry products, Tea, Marine products, Spices, Coffee, Organic and Inorganic Chemicals, Rice, Plastic and linoleum, Fruits and vegetables and Drugs and pharmaceuticals were the sectors, which contributed towards showing such a spectacular performance by the exports sector during the …

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FedEx delivers 1,000 oxygen concentrators to India, supporting the fight against COVID-19

To assist in the fight against COVID-19 in India, FedEx Express is working with organisations around the world to deliver critical medical supplies and equipment. An initial shipment of 1,000 critically needed oxygen concentrators on-board a FedEx aircraft was delivered to New Delhi on April 30 as part of a collective initiative by multinational companies. FedEx is also working with Direct Relief to move more than 1,800 pounds of medicine and personal protective equipment to India. “As the impact of COVID-19 continues to grow in India, we are extremely grateful that our mission of connecting the world can bring relief to those most in need,” said Kawal Preet, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa Region, FedEx Express. “This is a time to come together so we have mobilized our global network and our team members to help the communities in India where we live and work.” FedEx continues to collaborate with the Government of India, healthcare customers, and the producers of critical medial aid items to provide support where it is needed most. FedEx has a long history of supporting relief efforts across the globe during times of crisis. The company has committed $4 million in cash and in-kind transportation support to help non-profits reach underserved communities with the COVID-19 vaccines around the world. Since the beginning of 2020, the company has transported more than 10,000 humanitarian aid shipments globally toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

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Lufthansa flies 10 tonnes of medical equipment from Frankfurt to Delhi

Lufthansa Cargo has transported around 10 tonnes of medical equipment from Frankfurt to Delhi on three scheduled flights. On April 29 alone, 280 oxygen concentrators flew to Delhi. The equipment is part of a larger consignment that time:matters, the specialist for high-volume special logistics, is carrying out on behalf of a customer. “We see it as our responsibility to play our part in international aid. The dramatic situation in India shows how important it is to transport relief supplies quickly and easily to where they are urgently needed. That is why we at Lufthansa Cargo, together with the Lufthansa Group, are doing everything we can to maintain supply chains worldwide. This requires enormous flexibility on the part of our colleagues involved, good cooperation with our customers and decisive action on the part of international politicians, for example in special regulations for crews entering a country,” said Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “Our team of experienced logistics specialists enables global transport solutions despite challenging conditions such as tight capacities, thinned-out flight schedules and closed borders. For medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators or other time-critical and sensitive shipments, individual, transparent and 100 per cent reliable transports are essential. Already in the first wave of the pandemic, time:matters, in cooperation with Lufthansa Cargo and the airlines of the Lufthansa Group, brought medical protective equipment across continents to its destination in the shortest possible time with a maximum of flexibility and boundless commitment,” explains Alexander Kohnen, Managing Director of time:matters.

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Swift Cargo joins TradeLens eBL to eliminate the risk in delayed Bills of Lading

Swift Cargo has announced joining the TradeLens platform, a blockchain enabled digital supply chain solution jointly developed by Maersk and IBM, to use its electronic bill of lading product. The TradeLens eBL, will digitize bills of lading, along with other critical transportation documents, on the Blockchain to vastly increase speed of original bill of lading issuance, transfer and surrender, a process that was traditionally manual and time-consuming which can now occur accurately and securely in minutes. Eliminating the risks and costs caused by lost or delayed documents have been a significant concern for the shipping, logistics and trade finance industries. With direct connectivity of all stakeholders within the TradeLens blockchain technology powered platform, total end-to-end visibility for Swift Cargo’s transportation documentation will now be available for their import and export cargo, sourced from a single platform. The TradeLens solution will provide transparency through the shipping cycle while addressing sensitivities too. “Innovation in the industry provides improved speed, transparency and efficiency for our international transportation documentation. This allows us to ultimately provide better service to our customers and at the same time capture improved efficiencies in our operations,” said Harish Pandeya, Managing Director Swift Cargo. He added, “Going beyond our objective of digitalization and providing timely and superior service levels to our clients, TradeLens will also help us reduce operational overheads and errors by enabling automation of significant parts of the documentation process.” Bimal Kanal, Head – South Asia, TradeLens mentioned, ” We are excited to see Swift Cargo join us on our mission to digitize the bill of lading process across all types of BLs. By eliminating the risk of lost documents, forgeries, delays and charges by using a blockchain …

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TIACA survey highlights importance of sustainability in air cargo, releases industry’s first sustainability report

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has released the first comprehensive study undertaken on the sustainable transformation of the air cargo industry. As part of TIACA’s Sustainability program, launched in November 2019, the organization performed a widespread industry survey involving supply chain partners from across the globe and from each industry sector and business size. The results have been analyzed and published to form a ‘ground zero’ assessment by which future progress can be measured. The report’s findings will also feed TIACA’s overall sustainability strategy and support enhanced work programs addressing each of the organizations three key areas: People, Planet, Prosperity, supported by innovation and partnership. “Sustainability is one of the key priority areas for TIACA as the air cargo industry must reflect the global society it serves. We must collectively seek to focus on People, Planet and Prosperity. To flourish in the years to come, we must create equal opportunities for all, embrace technology and innovation and ensure we implement environmentally responsible solutions designed to protect the planet today and for generations to come”, stated Glyn Hughes, TIACA Director General. The survey found that 63% of respondents believe that sustainability was more important to the industry in 2020 than it was in 2019, despite the Covid-19 outbreak. Of the various air cargo players, shippers ranked highest, with 87% of them saying that sustainability had increased in importance over the last 12 months. Respondents were also asked how the outbreak had affected their sustainability programme, with 44% saying it had no impact, 37% saying it had a positive impact and 19% saying its effect was a negative one.

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Etihad cargo expands dry ice capabilities for enhanced global vaccine distribution

Etihad Cargo has strengthened its ability to transport COVID-19 vaccines around the world after receiving UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) approval to expand dry ice carrying capabilities across its Boeing Dreamliner and Boeing 777 fleet. The GCAA approval ensures the UAE national carrier’s main Boeing fleet can now carry up to five times more dry ice per flight, enabling it to provide enhanced frozen and deep-frozen conditions required for various vaccine types, including the Pfizer, Moderna and Sputnik vaccines which currently need to be stored between -70°C to -18°C. “Securing GCAA approval for our dry ice carrying capabilities is an important step forward for Etihad Cargo. Not only does it heighten the carrier’s credibility in assuring product integrity, it further elevates the enabling role the airline is playing in the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s efforts to provide a greater number of vaccines across Etihad’s network,” said Andre Blech, Director Global Cargo Operations, Etihad Aviation Group. Air transportation of dry ice – the solid form of carbon dioxide – is strictly controlled under the applicable dangerous goods regulations as it becomes CO2 gas upon evaporation. “Etihad Cargo will ensure optimum safety of its expanded carrying capabilities by adhering to all regulatory requirements, including package compliant protocols and mandatory training,” added Blech. An acknowledged leader in the air transportation of pharmaceuticals, Etihad Cargo is the first Middle Eastern carrier to gain IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification for pharmaceutical logistics and is a key component of Abu Dhabi’s complete HOPE Consortium supply chain solution to facilitate vaccine availability to Abu Dhabi and the world. As part of the HOPE Consortium, which is spearheaded and regulated by the Department …

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Chinese logistics base to be constructed at Budapest Airport, CECZ signs agreement with the airport

Budapest Airport and the Chinese-Hungarian business and logistics development company CECZ/Utlink signed a cooperation agreement, aimed at establishing the aerial Silk Road between Hungary and China and creating dedicated logistics centers at the two airports, to handle freight traffic. The newly signed cooperation agreement is expected to bring important economic opportunities and foster a significant expansion of air freight between Hungary and China, by connecting Budapest Airport (BUD) and Zhengzhou Airport (CGO), while also providing significant logistics advantages for Hungary, the ECE countries and China. Within the framework of the agreement, the partners – BUD, CGO and the logistics development company CECZ/Utlink Central European Trading and Logistic Cooperation Zone – jointly establish what the press release calls the “aerial Slik Road” between the two countries. László Mosóczi, Minister of State for Transport Policy said, “According to the government’s plans, Hungary could become the cargo, logistics and distribution hub for Central Europe. This strategic objective can be achieved if the largest possible proportion of the goods transported between Europe and the Far East reach their destination via Hungary. In harmony with the policy of opening to the east, we are therefore continuing to work to connect continents and regions with modern and safe logistics solutions. We are also looking for ways to deepen and expand cooperation with our Chinese partners, in line with our joint goals.”

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Silk Way West Airlines signs strategic fleet expansion agreement with Boeing, purchasing 5 Boeing 777 freighter aircraft

In order to expand its fleet to meet growing demand for cargo transportation, Silk Way West Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Boeing. According to the agreement, Silk Way West Airlines will purchase five state-of-the-art Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft, with delivery planned over 2023-2027. The agreement was signed at a ceremony in Baku on April 28, 2021 attended by Rashad Nabiyev, Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Zaur Akhundov, President of Silk Way Group, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Azerbaijan Earle D. Litzenberger, Stan Deal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. This is the first order for Boeing 777 Freighters in the Central Asia and Caspian region. The Boeing 777F is the largest twin-engine freighter on the market, with a range of 9,200 km and a maximum payload of 102,000 kg. As the world’s most efficient and environmentally friendly freighter, the latest additions to the Silk Way West fleet will contribute to the airline’s sustainability goals, as well as being a particularly cost-effective option in terms of maintenance and operating expenses. “We envision an integrated transport network in Azerbaijan, and airline transportation plays a critical role in this. I believe this contract will help solidify Azerbaijan’s position as a regional transportation hub and a reliable airline partner in international trade and commerce,” said Nabiyev. “The signing of this agreement is a new milestone in the growth of our company. I am confident that the acquisition of these new aircraft and the start of this project will further strengthen the company’s leading position in the global air freight market for the next …

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APM Terminals Pipavav connect the hinterlands of west & north India with Far Eastern countries, secures China-India Express service

APM Terminals Pipavav has announced that the terminal has secured CI1 (China-India Express) service, operated by Cosco/OOCL. The weekly service to the Port Pipavav will carry freights of all kind for import and export to the Far East region that has a significant share in the world trade. The first vessel, MV Beijing with the capacity of 9,500 TEUs will start sailing from Shanghai in April end and will call the port by end of May. This service will connect the hinterlands of west & north India with Far Eastern countries and provide an important connectivity to the importers and exporters, thereby helping them expanding their presence in the far eastern countries. The service links Port Pipavav through port calls in Chinese ports of Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Nansha as well as port of Singapore, Port Klang of Malaysia and Nhavasheva in Mumbai, India.

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Switch Mobility and TVS Supply Chain Solutions join hands for emission-free logistics

Switch Mobility (Switch or the company), the UK-based developer of electrified buses and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) and subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, the Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer, have joined hands with TVS Supply Chain Solutions (TVS SCS) for establishing a sustainable logistics network. Under the arrangement, TVS SCS will operate 1000 eLCVs through their partners for its logistics operations provided by Switch. TVS Supply Chain Solutions (TVS SCS) has over two decades of experience in providing supply chain solutions across the globe through their fully integrated service offerings. Commenting on the announcement, Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman, Switch Mobility, said, “TVS SCS are always forward looking in their initiatives and discerning in their choice of products and solutions. We are happy that they have given an opportunity to Switch Mobility to provide their need for emission free transport solutions that are efficient, cost effective and reliable. Switch will play a big role in faster adoption of sustainable mobility both in India and overseas.” Sharing his comments, Nitin Seth, Director Switch Mobility, said, “Partnerships like these are testament to the trust our customers have reposed in us. While we have just begun our journey, we are already seeing tremendous response for our products and technologies. Switch provides an energy efficient and zero-emission solution in a segment, where customers have been waiting for the right offering. We are proud that we are leading the change and steadily marching towards a sustainable and carbon-free electric mobility.” R Dinesh, Managing Director, TVS Supply Chain Solutions, said, “We are glad to partner with Switch Mobility who are pioneers in bringing future-ready technology into transportation. TVS SCS has always been an early adopter of emerging technology and it’s …

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