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ATC Volker DunkakeATC has appointed Volker Dunkake Group Manager Charter and Solutions for the ATC Group effective 1st July 2020.

Before Volker joined ATC in Germany as Head of Product for Etihad Airlines he worked in Senior roles in Lufthansa Cargo Charter for more than 12 years.

In his new function he will develop the ATC charter business globally and study, build up and develop additional

freighter routes together with our airline partners.

While joining the ATC Global head-office team Volker will report directly to the CEO.

Emirate B777F 1Emirates SkyCargo has worked with International Humanitarian City (IHC), the world’s largest hub for humanitarian aid based in Dubai to transport an urgent consignment of relief materials to Burkina Faso.

The Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft carrying around 100 tons of aid, including 88 tons of core relief items from UNHCR, and 12 tons of essential kits of medicines and medical supplies urgently required for combatting Covid-19 from WHO, departed from Dubai at 09.25 hrs local time on Friday 19 June 2020 and arrived at Ouagadougou at 13.10 hrs local time on the same day.

"Emirates SkyCargo moves essential cargo around the world every day and we are honoured to assist the efforts of the International Humanitarian City to distribute aid and relief to vulnerable communities around the world. We consider it our social responsibility to support the delivery of vital relief materials to places where they are needed urgently and the strategic location of our hub in Dubai along with our widebody aircraft fleet enables us to reach a wide range of destinations within the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe within eight hours, allowing for rapid and efficient transportation of aid materials," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

"The International Humanitarian City is proud to partner with Emirates SkyCargo for providing the assistance in delivering this urgent aid flight to Burkina Faso for the benefit of close to 600,000 internally displaced people, a number of which risks going up to one million. This comes at a time when we have another ongoing emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic, for which the humanitarian community in Dubai is working with urgency to provide the assistance needed in all parts of the world," said Giuseppe Saba, CEO of the International Humanitarian City in Dubai.

Air CharterArcus Air has sold its cargo division to Chapman Freeborn.

The Arcus Air Group is a private European airline with affiliated cargo brokerage operations at various European locations, which has been successfully established in the market for more than 45 years, with their own flight operations based in Zweibrücken. With its 24/7/365 service and its own fleet of aircraft, it offers exclusive passenger service in business and private jets.

For the industry it has been in service until today in the area of urgent air cargo, especially ad hoc air cargo charter and on board courier services. The logistics division of the company is very strongly oriented towards the automotive industry.

Arcus Air Group will continue to operate two Dornier 228-212 cargo aircraft on behalf of the owner Chapman Freeborn. Alejandro Tapia Haarman is stepping down today from his management activities in the logistics division.

"Arcus Air will in future concentrate on the airline and executive aviation," reports Managing Director Alejandro Tapia Haarmann. To this end, the company had already added another EMBRAER Phenom 100 to its fleet last year, being the largest Phenom 100 fleet in Europe.

The company intends to use the additional and further planned capacities to meet the growing demand for private jet charters in the European market. The company has a total of seven Phenom 100s and can therefore offer the most capacity of this aircraft type in Europe.

"The demand for private jets has increased by about 20% in the Arcus Air Group during the second half of 2019. The outbreak of the pandemic put an abrupt end to this development. However, it is already apparent after the first opening of the borders that this development will continue. Taking in consideration the new environment the safety aspect also plays a major role for people right now and the greatest possible safety is of course given when flying alone or just with family or close friends ", summarises Arcus-Air CEO Alejandro Tapia Haarmann.

The EMBRAER Phenom 100 is designed for four passengers and is known for its luxurious, spacious and design-oriented interior, the best in it's class. Customers appreciate the fast and flexible customer-oriented processing. "Our passengers need just 5 to 15 minutes from arrival at the terminal to boarding," Haarmann continues.

Rhenus AirRhenus Logistics aims to deliver up to 200 million essential medical supplies to support relief efforts in several countries against the pandemic.

The delivery of the medical supplies will be managed by Rhenus to countries including France, Italy, Djibouti and Canada.

Rhenus Greater China delivered the first batch of 100 million medical items to Europe, Africa and Canada in March and April 2020. In addition to surgical and N95 masks, the shipment included COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) to aid healthcare professionals in these countries. The office also delivered another 20 million masks to France and 922 kilograms of personal protection equipment to Myanmar in April 2020.

As governments around the world rapidly evolve their policies and measures to curb the pandemic, Rhenus has had to demonstrate fluidity and adaptability to overcome unprecedented logistics challenges, such as arranging dedicated charters to ensure the safe and punctual delivery of healthcare items. Backed by the logistics company’s extensive supply chain network, Rhenus offices throughout the region worked around the clock to aid in the pandemic fight. 

“The logistics industry has seen unprecedented obstacles amidst the pandemic. I am proud that our employees have shown exceptional resilience and creativity to leverage our long-established expertise and bring resources to front liners and those in need. In this global fight, we remain committed to provide the best and most reliable end-to-end transport solutions and do our part to support our customers and the communities we are in,” said Jan Harnisch, COO Rhenus Air & Ocean.

Rhenus Indonesia delivered 62 tonnes of disposable medical masks to China and Hong Kong; Rhenus India supported the needs of the Indian Health Ministry and Red Cross to distribute five million essential medical equipment (including masks, ventilators, goggles, temperature meters and protective suits). They reached medical centres and hospitals across 60 locations in India;Rhenus Singapore delivered three million masks to the United States and the Dominican Republic. Rhenus offices in Japan, Myanmar, Philippines, and South Korea delivered N95 masks, thermal scanners, Personal Protective Equipment, handwash liquid and hand sanitiser, and disposable protective masks to customers in China, Myanmar, Hong Kong and the United States.

Royal Mail 1Royal Mail has increased its use of Agency Sector Management (ASM)’s Sequoia Customs clearance software, to help meet unprecedented demand for e-commerce deliveries during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UK’s national postal company can now have more of its operatives logged in at the same time thanks to more concurrent user licences, speeding up Customs procedures.

Royal Mail, which delivers more packages in the UK than any other operator, says nearly half (45%) of UK adults have been receiving more parcel deliveries since lockdown began in March, according to research, which it carried out.

“Over the last few months, we have seen a strong increase in e-commerce volumes and the upgrade enables us to meet this strong demand,” said Mark Waples, Royal Mail International’s Head of Commercial Customs.

“The software has proved invaluable to our business as it has increased our capacity and given us more operational flexibility.”

ASM is an independent not-for-profit company and its one-stop-shop Sequoia Customs Clearance software is used across the international freight supply chain.

“We have been operating with Royal Mail for a little while now, and it is great to be able to help them during this challenging time to meet the growing surge in e-commerce parcel deliveries,” said Peter MacSwiney, ASM Chairman.

“ASM’s Sequoia platform gives them the tools and flexibility to ensure their business continuity and customer service standards in this unprecedented operating environment.”

TAPA has increased the number of secure truck parking places in its online database by 42 in 12 months copyThe Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) programme to reduce cargo thefts and increase supply chain resilience in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region has a new partner: Bosch Secure Truck Parking, a digital booking platform for truck parking spaces in Europe.

The partnership is contributing to a 42.9% growth in the Association’s database of secure parking places in the last 12 months.

Designed by its Manufacturer and Logistics Service Provider members, TAPA’s Parking Security requirement (PSR) industry standard was launched in 2019 to help the Association’s members identify secure parking places in the region which met their security needs. Product losses from vehicles left in unsecured parking locations accounted for 53.8% of the 8,548 cargo thefts recorded by TAPA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) last year. Crimes were recorded in 48 countries across the region, with a value of more than £137 million for the 39.1% of these incidents sharing financial data.

TAPA’s PSR programme now covers over 6,700 secure parking places at 63 sites in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom. TAPA hopes to increase this number to 15,000 by the end of 2020 to help meet growing demand. According to estimates, Europe alone has a shortage of 400,000 secure parking spaces for trucks.

Bosch Secure Truck Parking operates a network of around 50 secure truck parking locations across Europe in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. New sites in Romania and Sweden will be added soon. Under its commitment to TAPA’s PSR, the first two sites in Germany have already adopted Partner status. As well as its online portal for secure parking, Bosch operates one of Europe’s largest monitoring centres for cargo theft prevention as part of its portfolio of solutions, which also include video cameras with intelligent video analytics.

Dr. Jan-Philipp Weers, Head of Bosch Secure Truck Parking, said: “We appreciate the TAPA initiative to define an industry standard for secure parking. TAPA is an authority for securing supply chains. Parking places so far were a blind spot but TAPA has now closed the gap with the introduction of its PSR programme. TAPA’s 20 years of offering sustainable industry standards for facilities and trucking, as well as its broad supply chain resilience focus, gives us confidence in its PSR Standard and we expect more of our secure parking locations to join the programme.”

“Bosch Secure Truck Parking joins many other professional Parking Place Operators (PPOs) which are supporting TAPA’s PSR. The growth of this initiative is very good news for manufacturers and their logistics partners because the lack of secure parking for commercial vehicles operating in supply chains across EMEA is the biggest single contributor to rising cargo crime. Based on losses reported to TAPA, cargo thefts more than doubled in 2019 to a 23-year high. We still have a long way to go to meet the level of demand for secure truck parking, but it is already clear that both buyers and operators see TAPA’s industry standard as the solution they want to support. We are delighted to welcome Bosch as our latest Partner and look forward to growing their participation in our PSR programme,” added Thorsten Neumann, President & CEO of TAPA EMEA.

By integrating its unique incident information and secure parking databases, TAPA members have access to a digital supply chain resilience tool which identifies cargo crimes on specific transport routings across EMEA to support risk assessment and loss prevention as well as a listing of the nearest TAPA-approved secure parking locations to ensure drivers, vehicles and high value, theft targeted loads remain safe during mandatory rest breaks. This includes a quick and easy guide to the site’s facilities and booking information.

Aiput BuildingAIPUT has reached an agreement with Rygor Commercials for the long-term occupancy of a recently refurbished 28,000 sq ft unit.

Located at The Camgate Centre, part of the dedicated cargo area south of Heathrow Airport, the self-contained industrial warehouse recently underwent a comprehensive speculative refurbishment by AIPUT, delivering enhanced security, safety and flexibility for its occupiers with one of the largest secure service yards in the area.

Rygor Commercials is a dedicated Mercedes commercial vehicle dealership covering services including sales, aftersales and maintenance. The deal represents a significant expansion for Rygor’s operations at Heathrow and “shows that even in the most challenging of markets – such as the context of Covid-19 – demand remains strong for AIPUT’s prime Heathrow industrial floorspace” said Fraser Green, Portfolio Manager for Aberdeen Standard Investments.

United OHareUnited has announced the launch cargo-only flights to key international markets including Dublin, Paris, Rome, Santiago and Zurich. These new routes will connect our freight customers and further extend our air cargo network throughout the world – for example connecting major pharmaceutical hubs in Europe and perishable markets in Latin America.

"Air cargo continues to be more important than ever," says United Cargo President Jan Krems. "This network expansion helps our customers continue to facilitate trade and contribute to global economic development and recovery. I'm proud of our team for mobilizing our cargo-only flights program that enables the shipment of critical goods that will support global economies."

Since we began our program March 19, we have completed more than 2,400 cargo-only flights, transporting over 77 million pounds of cargo. We have over 1,100 cargo-only flights scheduled for the month of June, operating between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities all over the world.

RhenusRhenus Logistics has transported millions of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Americas due to limited airlift. Rhenus has led the trend in the trade and logistics industry by receiving more and more PPE and other medical equipment from Europe and Asia and exporting it to Canada, the US and Latin America. Due to the limitations on flights from Europe to the Americas, Rhenus has solidified Miami as its hub with its newly opened 160,000 square foot warehouse.

The Germany-based logistics company, which currently has a strong presence in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa, established its footprint in the Americas with the recent opening of its new warehouse that is designated as a foreign trade zone. The facility, which provided vertical solutions for consumer electronics, industrial telecommunications, high-technology, high-fashion and retail, is now focused on personal protection equipment (PPE) including gloves, face shields, masks and ventilators, as well as testing kits for COVID-19 and an assortment of other medical products.

“We have seen a tremendous increase in the demand for PPE and other healthcare products,” said Jörn Schmersahl, CEO of Rhenus Air & Ocean Americas. “While this was not a niche for us in the past, we have become experts in moving PPE to the US and the Americas. “Clearly our Miami warehouse was strategically located for us to reach the Americas quickly.”

“We are committed to continue assisting our local communities and health entities with their transportation challenges so that they can overcome them during the COVID-19 crisis as quickly as possible,” commented Christian Ryser, Chief Operating Officer of Rhenus’ LATAM Hispanic Region.

ceva flagCEVA Logistics is launching a three-part expansion plan for the African market, through which it aims to become a leading, continent-wide market player.

With the acquisition of AMI Worldwide, CEVA Logistics is accelerating its expansion in East and Southern Africa

CEVA Logistics has acquired a controlling shareholding in AMI Worldwide, a third-party logistics provider with an extensive network in East and Southern Africa, which has more than 100 years of expertise in the region.

Effective July 1st, the AMI Worldwide office network in 12 countries in East and Southern Africa and its almost 1,000 employees will have joined join the CEVA global network. They will provide a platform for further investment and expansion throughout the continent, with the objective of offering CEVA’s customers a seamless network, facilitating cargo movement within Africa and strengthening trade ties with the rest of the world.

CEVA Logistics is integrating three CMA CGM Inland Services facilities and opening its own new operations

Three CMA CGM Inland Services (CCIS) facilities are also joining CEVA’s network in Mali, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. These intermodal sites provide a launch platform for the company’s freight management ambitions. They offer freight forwarding services in addition to their full range of inland solutions related to container fleet management and ocean freight value-added services such as “Reefer” (refrigerated container) management services, stuffing and de-stuffing of containers, dry port and container depot functions. These entities keep their close relationship with CEVA’s parent company, the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, which enjoys a historically strong continental presence.

CEVA is also expanding in Mauritania, where a direct presence has been established with extensive expertise in transit corridor operations, and in Ethiopia, where a new joint venture with MACFAA will be integrated into the CEVA network once all regulatory approvals are obtained.

CEVA presses ahead to achieve its goal of becoming a market leader in Africa

With these new strategic investments, CEVA is greatly expanding its capabilities in Africa, where it is able to provide a full range of logistics services to meet the rapid growth of the retail and consumer goods markets there. Simultaneously, it is able to link its customers to its strong global network alongside its best-in-class services and unmatched expertise.

In total, CEVA Logistics in Africa will represent:

· A presence in 41 countries through 79 offices;

· 1,300 staff members;

· 19 full-service warehouses providing 135,000 square meters of storage capacity;

· A fleet of 1,500 trucks

Mathieu Friedberg, Chief Executive Officer – CEVA Logistics, states: “Businesses across the African continent enjoy significant growth prospects and logistics solutions are crucial to materializing these opportunities, by ensuring supply chains work well and trade flows run smoothly. With our strategic, continental expansion plan, CEVA will play an integral part in supporting the continent’s socio-economic emergence, offering our customers our full range of tailored, innovative solutions along with our recognized expertise and our operational excellence. In so doing, we aim to become a leading, continent-wide market player.”

DHL global forwardingDHL Global Forwarding has strengthened its leadership teams in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Morocco with new country manager appointments.

In the West Africa region, Gisele Bambara leads a team made up of almost 80% women in Burkina Faso, where they have grown the business exponentially in the past 14 months to establish DHL Global Forwarding as the preferred logistics provider of choice among its customers. Lamine Junior Cisse will assume the dual role of country manager for Senegal as well as the region’s Industrial Projects commercial manager. He joins DHL from an international energy firm and takes over the country manager position from Elhadji Galaye Ndaw. Ndaw has been tapped for his expertise in business development, sales and marketing to advance the business in Cote d’Ivoire for the company. All three executives will report directly to Serigne Ndanck Mbaye, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, West Africa.

“The economic outlook for West Africa remains positive, and we are especially upbeat about the opportunities present in these three countries, which are among the continent’s top ten economies. With these new country heads, I am convinced that we are now better equipped to advance our market leading position in the forwarding business,” said Mbaye.

Tina Manoukian, an industry veteran who has been with DHL for 22 years, has been appointed to manage DHL Global Forwarding’s growing presence in Morocco, reporting directly to Pramod Bagalwadi, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, Sub-Saharan Africa. DHL has been expanding its automotive portfolio in the past few years as the country emerges as one of the continent’s largest motor industries.

Bagalwadi is excited about the North African country prospects. “Morocco is really buzzing at the moment, thanks to government’s efforts to invest substantially on rail and road infrastructure as part of its economic strategy. We have seen an influx of foreign direct investments, especially in its automotive industry, due to the numerous automotive free trade agreements with the European Union and the United States. I’m confident that Tina will help raise the bar further for our business in Morocco,” said Bagalwadi.

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