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Rail-out by Bill of Lading service launched, clearing containers with less hassle

With an aim to allow consignees get their containers railed out on same rake/same day from APM Terminals Pipavav port, the Port has launched Rail-Out by Bill of Lading service so that all containers under one Bill of Lading can be cleared together at destination with less hassle. This saves considerable cost and time for importers on consignments planned for inland/hinterland locations. The service is available to any shipping line, NVOCC, consignee or their forwarders or agents. For sea shipments, shipping lines issue a Bill of lading with specific number of containers according to details provided by shippers/exporters. APM Terminals Pipavav offers rail-out of import containers grouped by Bill of Lading (B/L). This supports the Government of India’s “Ease of Doing Business” initiative. At the discharge port, due to differences in discharge timing, most of the time containers under same B/L get stacked separately. This results in the rail-out of these containers on different rakes/different days (First-in First-out principal). This service does not provide an early/priority rail out. It’s an assurance/support that the nominated containers will rail out together on single rake. All containers would follow first in-first out principle. Charge • Consignees/forwarders/agents will be charged USD 12/TEU or USD 16/FFE for the service Order Service • Register with APM Terminals Pipavav as consignee/forwarder/agent. • Open Pre-Deposit Account (PDA) with APM terminals Pipavav using the PDA Application Form. • Consignee or their agent send completed B/L Raila-Out Request Form (.xls) to APM Terminals Pipavav (see sidebar) 72 hours before vessel arrival

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Consol Alliance ups UK-Australia frequencies in face of booming demand

Responding to a boom in e-commerce and general cargo traffic, Australian airfreight consolidator Consol Alliance has increased its services from the UK to four Australian Airports. Consol Alliance now serves Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane a total of 20 times weekly, using premium carriers and a proven transhipment routing. All cargo is pre-palletised before presentation to carriers for added security, safer transits and faster handling. The company is offering both door-door and airport-airport options. A steady rise in demand throughout 2020 is seeing Consol Alliance now handling a record 300 tonnes of airfreight per month on the UK-Australia trade lane alone, and the company has already processed 500,000 inbound e-commerce parcels in the first quarter of 2021. Alana Raitt, National Airfreight Product Manager, says, “Having successfully maintained a totally reliable service throughout the last year, despite the considerable challenges, we are pleased to announce this increase in capacity and frequency to Australia, with over 20 consolidations per week from the UK. Capacity has not been an issue for us. We make bookings one month in advance, and have pre-allocations to all airports. Our consistent support for carriers and our excellent carrier relations have given us a strong edge in securing space for our customers.” Although the normal services do not allow for outsize or project shipments, these can be accommodated on a back-to-back (separate AWB) basis, still receiving attractive rates. Consol Alliance is also attracting dense cargo by offering discounts based on its ability to optimise pallet capacity by carefully combining dense and volume cargo. “For Dense cargo, we will always beat competitors’ pricing, and our local arrival charges are also discounted,” adds Alana. Consol Alliance says its service quality …

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TAP Air Cargo launches online booking portal to manage booking and track shipments

TAP Air Cargo has launched a new online booking portal which allows more autonomy in managing bookings and tracking shipments. The online booking portal has a more modern and intuitive design which allows remote accessibility anytime and anywhere with all the information about cargo bookings on different devices (computer, tablet or mobile). Through the new TAP Air Cargo portal, agents now have independence in managing their bookings and can consult flights and prices, space availability, print labels, update bookings and send AWB (Airwaybill) and HAWB (House Airwaybill). The handling of electronic waybills (eAWB) will also become possible autonomously (providing that IATA requirements are met). The new portal provides a fully digital booking process, combined with the concern of constantly improving the user experience. It is available at https://www.tapcargo.com/en/manage-booking, after registration (only for agents) in the user area.

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Antonov Airlines transports 216 tonnes of mining equipment from Istanbul to Burkina Faso & Liberia

Antonov Airlines has transported 14 pieces of mining equipment, weighing 216 tonnes in total, on two AN-124-100 flights from Istanbul, Turkey to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Monrovia, Liberia. The 113-tonne cargo for the second flight was safely loaded in minimal time to meet the tight deadline required by the mines, both in the process of expanding operations. “These two flights from Turkey to Africa were meticulously planned and both flights were completed with maximum payloads on each route,” said Eugene Kiva, commercial executive at Antonov Airlines. “Antonov Airlines provided the flexibility required by our partner Skyair Chartering to perform these air shipments within the customer’s deadlines.” The airline made a single technical stop in Algiers, Algeria for the 103 tonne Burkina Faso-bound cargo and two stops in Casablanca, Morocco, and Diass-Thies, Senegal for the journey to Liberia to refuel and provide crew rests. “As per our customer’s request for the delivery of large quantities of oversized drill machinery in a short timeframe, the two flights provided by Antonov Airlines made sure the needs of the expanding mining facilities were met,” said Tekin Ertemel, Director Business development at Skyair Chartering. “Antonov’s AN-124-100s are equipped with ramps, which are ideal to transport heavy and oversized loads safely and easily, contributing greatly to the delivery of a seamless operation.” Antonov Airlines has seen an increase in charters for mining projects since the beginning of the year and just last month completed three flights of equipment weighing 370 tonnes to Latin America from Australia.

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Continental Carriers moves Airbus H145 helicopter from Donauworth, Germany to Mumbai

Continental Carriers has successfully completed the door to door movement of Airbus H145 helicopter ex Germany, Donauworth to Mumbai on April 21, 2021. H145- Airbus twin-engine light utility helicopter can carry up to nine passengers along with two crew in standard configuration. The helicopter will be used for passenger transport, corporate transport, emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue, para-public and utility roles with the possibility of reconfiguration for various roles. With experience of 64 years in the logistics industry, Continental Carriers is a proud member of IATA Family, one of the pioneers of CHA License Holders and International Freight Forwarding business with strong partner presence across the globe. Continental’s global service portfolio includes AOG’s, ODD Dimension, HAZ movements. The Group’s Aerospace Team has for over a decade been the first choice for Private Carriers, OEM’s, MRO and Lessors.

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Om Logistics to take over Transafe Services, proposes to pay Rs 49 crore

Delhi-based Om Logistics is now the frontrunner to take over Transafe Services (TSL), a JV with Balmer Lawrie, a Miniratna I PSU, from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). This would be one of the rare instances where a JV of a PSU has changed hands through a corporate insolvency process. The Kolkata bench of the NCLT has approved the resolution plan. Balmer Lawrie is a market leader in steel barrels, industrial greases and speciality lubricants, corporate travel and logistics services. It also has significant presence in most other businesses, it operates, viz, leather chemicals, logistics infrastructure etc in its 154 years of existence. Om Logistics, the highest bidder during the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) for Transafe Services (TSL), has proposed to pay Rs 49 crore, whereas the total admitted claim was around Rs 533 crore. The secured financial creditors will have to take a haircut of 87 per cent. The resolution plan submitted by Om Logistics was, however, approved by 100% votes of the Committee of Creditors (CoC) of Kolkata-based TSL, a joint venture of Balmer Lawrie & Co (BL) and Balmer Lawrie — Van Leer (BLVL) with each holding 50% shares. The firm is specialised in the design and manufacturing of containers and tanks. Western Carriers (India), which offered Rs 47.6 crore, was declared the H2 bidder. Syndicate Bank, merged into Canara Bank from April, 2020, had moved NCLT against TSL on the ground that the company had committed default. Other financial creditors are: Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Karur Vysya Bank and Bank of India, among others. Source: Times Of India

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FarEye gets recognised in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Real-Time Transportation Visibility Platforms

FarEye has been positioned by Gartner as a Challenger in the 2021 Magic Quadrant for real-time transportation visibility platforms. Kushal Nahata, CEO & Co-founder, FarEye, expresses, “Securing a position as a “Challenger” in Gartner Magic Quadrant, we believe validates FarEye’s efforts in successfully driving high levels of intelligence in delivery processes and ensuring shippers & 3PLs/ Carriers can do faster, reliable, customer-centric deliveries at scale. The recognition is a reflection of the values we strive to provide for our customers- gaining real-time visibility, excelling in the mid & last mile, and delivering superior customer experience. We will continue to focus on innovation and delivering value to our customers with our differentiated intelligent low-code delivery platform.” Congratulating FarEye for the mention, Stéphane Gagné, Head of Technology- Transportation Group at Metro Supply Chain Group says “Congratulations to FarEye for making it in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, well deserved. Keep on innovating! ” Gartner states that “Challengers offer reliable RTTVP solutions and have a historically reputable presence in generally supporting moderately complex transportation visibility requirements.” Gartner further characterises Challengers as, “capable, proven RTTVP solution, with numerous live customers”. Gartner also mentions that “it needs to be kept in mind that focusing on the Leaders’ quadrant isn’t always the best course of action. There are good reasons to consider market challengers. It all depends upon how the provider aligns with your business goals.”

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IndiGo to bring four Airbus freighters on board, signs Letter of Intent

IndiGo has initiated a freighter programme and is in the process of sourcing four A321ceo aircraft each of which will be converted from passenger jets to a full freighter configuration. A Letter of Intent has been signed with a lessor for two aircraft already, and IndiGo expects to reach agreement for the next two shortly. The initiative will make best use of the natural synergies that IndiGo offers, using the same pool of pilots and engineers that fly and service its current fleet. The A321P2F (Passenger-to-Freighter conversion) is the most efficient narrow-bodied freighter available, offering 24 container positions and supporting a payload of up to 27 tonnes. These are being converted through a programme involving ST Engineering and Airbus with their joint venture, Elbe FlugzeugWerke (EFW). IndiGo is expected to take the delivery of its first freighter in the first half of 2022, which will be used for both domestic and regional missions. The remaining three aircraft in the initial commitment are expected to arrive within a year or so from arrival of our first freighter, and further aircraft may be sourced depending on market development. Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer and Wholetime Director, IndiGo said, “CarGo has been a success story over the last year, scaling new heights and creating new records, but our belief in the cargo business goes beyond the special circumstances right now. IndiGo was already the largest carrier of cargo in domestic India before Covid-19, and we expect the market to continue to grow after the pandemic. Our investment in the Airbus Freighter Programme will help strengthen our product and services in the segment, and not only help accelerate our own business recovery but also …

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B&H Worldwide expands in Singapore, doubles the size of cargo operation

Located adjacent to its existing operation within the ALPS Free Trade Zone at Changi Airport, B&H Worldwide has doubled the size of its operation in Singapore. The new facility will cater for business growth in one of the fastest growing aerospace markets in the world. The new unit will enable B&H Worldwide to continue serving customers with aero assets requiring strict quality and climate control storage in a Free Trade Zone setting. It will also provide significant additional space to store aircraft engines and other large specialist items requiring environmental controlled protection within the 28,000 sq foot facility. B&H’s extensive capabilities in the aerospace logistics field mean it operates 24/7/365 from the strategically located Singapore facility and has established a Control Tower Operation and additional Quality Monitoring Centre there from which it provides full connectivity to customers across the globe. Says B&H Worldwide’s Group CEO, Stuart Allen, who is based in Singapore, “State-of-the-art facilities under-pinned by cutting edge IT and this doubling in the size of our operation here will enable us to meet the strong demand we are now seeing from customers across the aerospace industry. It will also allow us to further extend the range of additional services we can offer customers including long and short-term storage, inventory management, neutralising and unit inspection, all in accordance with EN9120:2018 requirements.”

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India’s warehousing market to grow at CAGR of 14.86% between 2021 & 2025: Research & Market

According to the Research & Market’s report on warehousing market in India 2021, “The warehousing market in India was valued at Rs 1,050 billion in 2020. It is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of ~14.86% between 2021 and 2025, to reach a value of Rs 2,028.86 billion by 2025. The usage of the warehousing system in India has gained significant prominence over the past few years. In India, the warehousing and cold storage space occupation increased by ~77% from 2019 to 2020. At present, warehousing in India is mostly concentrated in tier-I cities, such as Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Hyderabad. However, with the rising demand for e-commerce activities and doorstep delivery services in the tier-II and tier-III cities, the warehousing sector in India is expected to grow potentially in the coming years.” The growth in the India warehousing market is triggered by the robust expansion in the country’s pharmaceutical, e-commerce, and manufacturing sectors. The rapid growth in the market can also be attributed to the government’s policy support and increasing institutional investments. Other factors, including technological advancements, such as warehousing automation and robotic mechanization are expected to revolutionize the market. However, the unavailability of feasible lands, high land acquisition prices and the lack of an adequate warehouse infrastructure in the country are factors hindering the growth of the market. Some of the major players operating in the market include Snowman Logistics, Gati, DHL Express, and Mahindra Logistics.

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