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CEVA Logistics joins United Airlines’ Eco-Skies Alliance, aims to collectively purchase 3.4 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel

CEVA Logistics has joined United Airlines’ Eco-Skies Alliance, a first-of-its-kind program involving leading global corporations working with the airline to power future flying in a more sustainable way. CEVA Logistics and other Eco-Skies Alliance leaders will work with United to collectively purchase approximately 3.4 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) this year. With nearly 80 per cent emissions reductions on a life-cycle basis compared to conventional jet fuel, this is enough SAF to eliminate approximately 31,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or enough to fly passengers more than 200 million miles. As an inaugural participant, CEVA Logistics is taking a lead in the air cargo industry to reduce the logistics-related impact on the environment at the source by creating demand for more SAF. In addition to the Eco-Skies Alliance program, which is designated for corporate customers, United is also inviting individual customers to join in the airline’s efforts by contributing funds to purchase SAF, which United will use to help lower the greenhouse gas emissions from its flights compared to traditional jet fuel. Says Mathieu Friedberg, CEO, CEVA Logistics, “At CEVA, we deliver responsive logistics for our customers, and as part of the CMA CGM Group, we’re strongly committed to acting for the planet in the areas of climate change, air quality and biodiversity. With our participation in the United Eco-Skies Alliance, CEVA is taking tangible action today, with an eye on the solutions of tomorrow. Offering a SAF option to our air cargo customers in partnership with United demonstrates CEVA’s commitment to a more sustainable supply chain. We applaud the participation of each member of the Alliance.” Scott Kirby, CEO, United, adds, “While we’ve partnered with companies …

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Air cargo gains its rightful place amidst pandemic: Tulsi Mirchandaney

Talking about the stellar role played by the air cargo industry, Tulsi Mirchandaney, MD, Blue Dart Aviation, says, “Under extremely difficult conditions, when most were confined to the safety of their homes, this segment of aviation worked every single day through the lockdown to provide the only accessible logistics network across the country and overseas. However, the air cargo segment is still hurting. High fixed costs remain unchanged, the depreciation of the rupee impacts our lease and maintenance cost, and, the commodity mix has changed. While certain segments like e-commerce and pharma have grown, we are yet to witness other industries get back to their earlier levels. The ATF cost is now back to the pre-COVID levels and is the biggest hit. ATF is a well-worn subject that is continuously brought up because it is a core cost component. For a cargo airline, it accounts for close to 40 per cent of direct operating cost. Unlike passenger airlines where excess belly capacity is used for incremental revenues, space on freighters is the mainstay of our revenue.”

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Centre to develop Bhavnagar as container manufacturing hub, expects Rs1000 crore investment from private players

The Centre is looking to develop Bhavnagar in Gujarat as a container hub and has set up pilot projects for its manufacturing, informs Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister. The initiative aimed at attaining self-reliance in container production eyes Rs 1,000 crore investment from private players and looks to create one lakh jobs. The move assumes significance amid reports of global shortages of containers with Indian containerised trade taking a hit owing to the staggered supply and demand shocks across geographies as per logistic majors. “India requires about 3.5 lakh containers every year. There is no container production in India and we have to depend mainly on China which is a global producer. Now we want to develop Bhavnagar in Gujarat as a container hub and we have selected 10 places there for its production on a pilot basis,” Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told PTI. The pilot project has been successful, he said. Mandaviya said the Ministry of shipping during the last six months has taken several initiatives to encourage container production at Bhavnagar with the help of re-rolling and furnace makers who are being encouraged to diversify in the space. We expect private players to invest about Rs 1,000 crore in this space. We also expect creation of one lakh local jobs. The intiative has been taken to realise the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, he said. “We have formed a committee to look into the finer details like standardisation, certification etc. The committee comprises experts from Ministry of Shipping, IRS (Indian Register of Shipping), IITs etc,” Mandaviya said. Mandaviya said in days to come, India will start production which will be consumed by …

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IAG Cargo moves 2.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines into Latin America and the Caribbean

Continuing its efforts to transport COVID-19 vaccines across the world, IAG Cargo has delivered 2.5 million doses into Latin America and the Caribbean since January. The shipments were transported using IAG Cargo’s specialist Constant Climate service via its airside hubs at London Heathrow and Madrid Barajas, two of its three specialist pharmaceutical GDP certified hubs, to the approved Constant Climate stations in the region. Daniel Byrne, Regional Commercial Manager – UK & Ireland at IAG Cargo said, “We are delighted to be able to support Latin America and the Caribbean with their vaccine rollout – a region that is a key part of our network. With our sister airlines, British Airways and Iberia we’ve already transported vaccines into El Salvador, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and we partnered with Crown Agents to support the delivery efforts into several British Overseas Territories including Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos. With our world-class cool chain facilities supported by highly trained teams and a seamless service we are committed to supporting the logistics to deliver COVID-19 vaccines in the Latin American and Caribbean region, and worldwide.” Fergus Drake, CEO, Crown Agents, adds, “In the global race to secure doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, we strike to ensure no country gets left behind. We’re proud to be working with IAG Cargo to ensure even the most remote regions of the globe get their fair share of the vaccine.”

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Brussels Airport opens 50,000 sq m logistics building at Brucargo West

A new 50,000 square metres logistics building for the handling of goods was officially opened, after two years of constructions work, at the west side of Brucargo. The building provides large refrigerated storage areas and offers direct airside access, with three logistics companies operating out of the facility including Kuehne+Nagel, Worldwide Flight Services and Expeditors. “Brucargo West not only provides additional first-line facilities for handling activities (WFS), increasing maximum capacity but also anchors the airfreight activities of two global logistics service providers (Expeditors and Kuehne+Nagel),” the airport says. Brussels Airport boasts over 100 logistics companies making it the second most important logistics hub in Belgium, after the Port of Antwerp, for international trade, according to Brussels Airport. Centrally located amongst major industrial centres in Belgium, the logistics area of Brussels Airport is a crucial driver of economic growth in the country and its regions. The airport saw nearly 650,000 tonnes of cargo transported in 2020. Brussels Airport has invested a total of EUR 100 million in the construction of ultra-modern logistics buildings including the Brinks building for the storage of valuable goods. With the new facility, Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) is expanding its activities at BRU for the handling of perishables including temperature-controlled storage and transportation of flowers, vegetables and fruit. The new infrastructure is particularly suited for the handling of pharmaceuticals, such as vaccines, which is one of the niche markets Brussels Airport has specialised in. The airport has over 30,000 sqm of refrigerated storage space. Brussels Airport says K+N’s hub in Brucargo complements the company’s global network of 90+ KN PharmaChain GxP certified air logistics stations. Also tapping the new facility, Expeditors is significantly expanding its healthcare logistics in Europe …

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Airfreight industry’s digitalisation journey has been a long and challenging one: Amar More

Calling the digitalisation journey of the airfreight industry a long and challenging one, Amar More, CEO, Kale Logistics Solutions, says, “The e-freight concept was initially launched by IATA in 2006 as part of the StB (simplifying the business) programme and became an industry-wide initiative. With more than 30 paper documents being handled for each shipment, the goal established 14 years ago by the e-freight programme was to cut delivery cycle times by 24 hours, accelerate and enhance track and trace processes and eliminate nearly 8,000 tonnes of paper documents annually – the equivalent of 80 Boeing 747 freighters filled with paper.

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Celebi gets IATA CEIV Pharma certification for Hungary’s cargo operations

Çelebi Ground Handling Hungary has successfully completed the all evaluations and audits and received CEIV Pharma Certification for cargo/warehouse operations. Since the start of Covid-19, Celebi Aviation has been taking all necessary actions and making necessary implementations and developments for ensuring the safest transportation environment while the handling of medical aid, especially Covid-19 vaccines. “With our enhanced facilities and ground support equipment, we are more than ready to meet all the expectations. As one of our developments in cargo business we are glad to announce Celebi Ground Handling Hungary is awarded with IATA CEIV Pharma Certificate,” the company said in a statement. IATA had created the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in pharmaceutical logistics (CEIV Pharma), to help organisations and the entire air cargo supply chain to get on the right track to achieve pharmaceutical handling excellence. CEIV Pharma addresses industry’s need for more safety, security, compliance and efficiency, by the creation of a globally consistent and recognized pharmaceutical product handling certification. By establishing a common baseline from existing regulations and standards, this certification ensures international and national compliance to safeguard product integrity while addressing specific air cargo needs.

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India’s Major Ports see 4.59% decline in cargo handling to 673 MT in FY’21: IPA

According to ports’ apex body IPA, “India’s 12 major ports has witnessed a 4.59 per cent fall in cargo handling to 672.60 million tonnes (MT) in the financial year 2021. These ports had handled 705 MT, 699 MT and 679 MT cargo in 2019-20, 2018-19 and 2017-18, respectively.” Recently, Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Government of India, said that the cargo traffic at 12 major ports declined considerably March onwards due to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”Percentage variation from previous year” in “traffic handled at major ports during April to March 2021 vis-a-vis April to March 2020” declined 4.59 per cent, the IPA said in its latest report. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, sharp declines were witnessed in the handling of containers, coal and POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant), among other commodities. The percentage variation from the previous year was recorded at 4.59 per cent. All ports, barring Paradip and Mormugao (which recorded 1.65 per cent and 37.06 per cent increase in cargo handling to 114.54 MT and 21.95 MT, respectively), saw negative growth. Cargo handling at Kamrajar Port (Ennore) dipped 18.46 per cent during April-March 2021 to 25.88 MT, while ports like Mumbai and V. O. Chidambaranar saw their cargo volumes dropping by over 10 per cent during the said period. Cochin, New Mangalore and Chennai ports suffered a sharp decline of about 7 per cent. JNPT saw a decline of 5.32 per cent in cargo volumes, while Deendayal Port Trust and Kolkata ports logged an over 4 per cent drop in cargo volume. Cargo handling at Visakhapatnam slipped 3.96 per cent. India has 12 major ports under the control …

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FM Logistic India introduces EVs to fulfil urban and hyper local deliveries

FM Logistic India has announced that the company is deploying its first batch of electric vehicles (EVs) in Bengaluru. The first batch of EVs comprises 3-wheelers from a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer having a load capacity of 500 kg. The vehicles take approximately three hours for charging and can cover a distance of about 80 km in a single charge. The EVs will be used to carry out intra-city deliveries for WayCool, a leading player in the FMCG and food segment. FM Logistic India will be helping WayCool to carry out hyper local deliveries to local kirana stores, supermarkets as well as end consumers. Elaborating on WayCool’s efforts towards sustainable Agri-commerce, Amrit Bajpai, COO, WayCool Foods, said “Our partnership with FM Logistic is another step towards advancing fleet electrification. To start, we will have EVs constituting 5 per cent of our total fleet and will continue to increase it. WayCool is committed towards sustainable actions and innovations to drive efficiency across the Agri-commerce value chain. We strongly believe that responsible behavior needs proactive efforts and it’s our duty to leave the earth better than how we found it.” Alexander Amine Soufiani, MD – FM Logistic India, said, “At FM Logistic, sustainability is at the heart of our operations. When WayCool approached us to help them to develop a green network, we were excited to be able to provide them with a green distribution offer to help fulfill their delivery commitments within city limits. We include the challenges of sustainable development in our strategic vision – teams creating solutions for a sustainable supply chain. We are committed to reducing the impact of our business activities on the environment. We are focussed …

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Flipkart partners with Adani Group, aims to open 5.34 lakh sq. ft. fulfilment centre in Mumbai

Flipkart has announced a strategic and commercial partnership with the Adani Group to strengthen Flipkart’s supply chain infrastructure and further enhance its ability to serve its rapidly growing base of customers. In addition, Flipkart will set up its third data centre at Adaniconnex, Chennai based facility, leveraging AdaniConneX’s world-class expertise and industry-leading data centre technology solutions. Adaniconnex is a new Joint Venture formed between EdgeConneX and Adani Enterprises. As part of this partnership, Adani Logistics will construct a massive 534,000 sq. ft. fulfilment centre in its upcoming logistics hub in Mumbai that will be leased to Flipkart to address the growing demand for e-commerce in Western India and support market access of several thousands of sellers and MSMEs in the region. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies, the centre is expected to be operational in Q3 2022 and will have the capacity to house 10 million units of sellers’ inventory at any point. In addition to strengthening Flipkart’s supply chain infrastructure to support MSMEs and sellers, the facility will enhance local employment and create ~2,500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs. The other prong of the partnership will see Flipkart developing its third data centre at the AdaniConnecX facility as a part of one of the largest private cloud deployments in the country, thereby further strengthening its growing marketplace e-commerce business in India. The data centre has been designed to meet the highest standards in reliability, security, and sustainability, which will capitalise on the Adani Group’s capability as the largest solar player in the country to generate and source green power. The AdaniConneX data centre is a brand-new facility enabling Flipkart to design the data centre to its growing infrastructure needs with …

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