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CMA CGM Group extends its footprints in Nepal

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, launched its Carrier Haulage service from Kolkata to Biratnagar via road, where the first shipment was successfully transported on July 6th 2021. With this service, the Group is able to provide a seamless, one-stop solution to its customers for moving their cargo from Kolkata to Biratnagar. Since 2017, the CMA CGM Group has been successfully operating its Rail Service to ICD Birgunj via Kolkata & Visakhapatnam. With the launch of the new Carrier Haulage Service, Biratnagar is the second key location in Nepal being covered by CMA CGM global network. CMA CGM connects Nepal with its global maritime service via its hub ports in Colombo, Singapore and Port Klang which is connected to Kolkata and Visakhapatnam via dedicated feeder services.

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BLR Airport Processes 483,460 kgs of Mango Exports from March to June, 2021

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport/ www.bengaluruairport.com ) has processed 483,460 kgs of mangoes in four months from March to June, 2021. The month of June witnessed highest movement of mangoes with 169,882 kgs. A total of 158,936 kgs were processed in May, 110,886 kgs in April and 43,776 in March. This year, Doha emerged as the leading destination for mangoes from Bengaluru, with 140,000 kgs, followed by London (68,000 kgs) and Singapore (55,000 kgs). Backed by two reputed cargo terminal operators – Air India SATS and Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore- BLR Airport has the infrastructure required to ensure the fruits reach their destinations maintaining their quality as well as freshness. To ensure quality and freshness, mangoes are stored and moved to the aircraft within the required temperature range, reducing waiting time at terminals.

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US extends cargo-in-the-cabin exemption

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has extended the exemption allowing airlines to carry cargo in the cabin of aircraft. The exemption had been due to expire on July 10, but Airlines for America and others petitioned the administration to extend the exemption for another year. They argued that cargo capacity was still constrained due to fewer passenger flights and that allowing flight to carry cargo in the cabin would help alleviate supply chain constraints. In the end, the FAA agreed the exemption until the end of the year. “The agency determined that airfreight capacity has not yet been fully restored to all communities, especially those which are dependent on passenger airplanes for such service,” the FAA said. “The FAA therefore finds that a short-term extension of this exemption will be in the public interest by supporting the continuity of the carriage of airfreight.”

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Air cargo gains from rising prices in ocean shipping

High ocean freight rates caused by service disruption is helping push forwarders and shippers to use airfreight. In its latest market summary, airline association IATA said that air cargo is benefitting from “exceptionally congested” container shipping supply chains. It pointed out that the cost-competitiveness of air cargo relative to that of container shipping has improved over recent months, with the average cost of air cargo in May six times more expensive than seafreight, compared with 12 times more expensive pre-crisis. “Improved competitiveness compared to sea shipping should continue to make air cargo a bright spot for airlines while passenger demand struggles with continued border closures and travel restrictions,” said Willie Walsh, IATA director general.

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Delta Cargo revenues exceed pre-Covid levels, to expand fleet

In its Q2 2021 financial results, Delta Air Lines’ reported cargo revenues exceeding pre-Covid (2019) levels. From March to June this year, the carrier’s cargo division, Delta Cargo, posted revenues of $251m — a 35% increase on cargo revenues in 2019. Rob Walpole, vice president of Delta Cargo, commented: “Air cargo volumes overall are back to pre-Covid levels, but the capacity available to move those volumes is less than what it was pre-Covid. So there’s an imbalance between supply demand. I think that will continue through next year — certainly through the first half of next year until international passenger services [and bellyhold capacity] get closer to pre-Covid levels.” With limited international passenger services operating currently, Walpole said Delta Cargo has ramped up its domestic network and added that operating at major US hubs like New York JFK has “improved our connectivity between Asia and Europe, and Latin America, and other Europe in Asia”.

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Qatar Air cargo rolls out WebCargo by Freightos throughout the USA

Qatar Airways Cargo announces the further roll out of third-party eBooking platform WebCargo by Freightos across the United States of America*, effective 19 July 2021. Forwarders in the USA will be able to conduct eBookings with access to live rates and available capacity on the WebCargo platform. This will further improve their booking experience with the airline, resulting in higher efficiencies and instant responses for confirmation. The cargo carrier has an extensive network in the United States spanning 12 cities with 145 weekly flights, thus offering customers more than 4,700 tonnes of cargo capacity every week. Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux said: “Following our successful launch across Europe, we are glad to introduce WebCargo throughout the United States of America, steadily extending digitalisation across our organisation. We are actively pushing for digitalisation in air freight as it brings in efficiencies and provides multiple benefits for our customers such as 24/7 visibility of price and capacity as well as real time confirmation to name a few.”

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Aegis Logistics JV with Royal Vopak to grow LPG and chemical storage in India

Aegis Logistics and Royal Vopak of the Netherlands on Tuesday announced that of forming a joint venture (JV) – Aegis Vopak Terminals (AVTL), to grow together in the LPG, chemicals storage, and handling business. Under this new partnership, we will see the two companies operate a network of terminals that are currently located in five strategic ports along the east and west coast of India. With a total capacity of around 9,60,000 cubic meters, the partnership will become one of the largest independent tank storage companies for LPG and chemicals in India and provide further growth, which targets mainly LPG and also chemicals and industrial terminal opportunities. This investment would help Royal Vopak towards its strategy to allocate capital to grow in gas markets. The transaction is expected to close in early 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.

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Shyplite launches Shypmax, India’s first and only cross border LPaaS

Shyplite, a 4PL AI-powered logistics platform that enables businesses to automate their logistics and increase shipping efficiency by providing a single-window platform integrated with multiple carriers, has launched Shypmax which is India’s first and only Cross border LPaaS (Logistics Platform as a service) which also has asset light carrier capabilities and an Asset Light Supply Chain Solution, backed by a contemporary product and stellar service. Shypmax is now live for deliveries to 40 + countries and will be covering delivery to 220 Countries progressively with over 70 Carrier and network partnerships in place globally. Shypmax is also one of the first IOSS ready service in India, with focus on compliance for new regulations in the European Union (EU).

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Stellar Value Chain Solutions to invest 200 crore to strengthen e-grocery supply chain

Stellar Value Chain Solutions, one of the largest tech-driven consumer supply chain companies in India, will invest Rs.200 crore to boost its e-grocery supply chain offerings in FY21-22. The investment will help the company to set up 25 fulfilment and sort centres across the country in the current financial year to strengthen its e-commerce supply chain network. Apart from setting up fulfilment and sort centres, Stellar Value Chain Solutions will invest in technology integration as well to enhance operational efficiency. The company will also infuse money into rolling out a fleet of electric vehicles (EV) to develop an EV-based transportation network to facilitate the e-grocery delivery. Anshuman Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Stellar Value Chain Solutions Pvt. Ltd. said, “Changed buying pattern of consumers and a sense of convenience has made e-grocery one of the attractive and highly competitive e-commerce segments. Our enhanced e-grocery supply chain will help companies develop a strong delivery backbone.”

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PLUSS to provide transport and storage solution FOR SPUTNIK V

Pluss Advanced Technologies (PLUSS) will supply its Celsure® COVID SURAKSHA box to Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, for optimal temperature-controlled transport and storage for the Sputnik V vaccine, in India. PLUSS’ patented Celsure® box with “Phase Change Material (PCM)” technology will control and maintain the temperature, currently -18 degree centigrade (-18C), required to ensure the efficacy of the Sputnik V vaccine. The partnership entails turn key engagement with PLUSS for Celsure® packaging. In this effort, PLUSS provides pre-conditioned Celsure® box right at Dr. Reddy’s warehouse to be readily used for Sputnik V packing. A separate specialized conditioning centre has been set up locally in Hyderabad with a fleet of “Rapid PCM Recharging Stations” and mechanisms built for “Track and Trace”. This model meets highest standard of cold-chain supply management and is highly scalable to meet country’s demand of vaccine doses in a short period of time. The Celsure® COVID SURAKSHA box can maintain inside-temperature passively, without electricity, at desired levels for more than 100 hours and serve as an energy efficient and safer alternative to refrigerated containers, conventional ice-packs or even dry ice, which are considered hazardous, unsustainable and unsafe for carrying in airlines.

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