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apm terminals pecemRemarkable asset turn and operational efficiency improvements have been achieved on APM Terminals’ West Africa network primarily through the implementation of Fixed Berthing Windows.

Fixed Berthing Windows were first launched mid-2021 at APM Terminals Apapa, followed by APM Terminals Onne (West African Container Terminal – WACT), MPS Tema, Ghana (APM Terminals joint venture facility) and APM Terminals Nouakchott in Mauritania later in 2021/22.

Fixed Berthing Windows were made possible due to a strong collaboration between teams, creative network solutions and focused execution at Maersk and APM Terminals. They have enabled a reduction of deployed capacity by 15%, while slightly increasing carrying capacity – thus allowing TEU saved capacity, improved productivity and a reduction in vessel waiting times. In these extraordinary times, capacity is priceless and asset turn improvement are critical for success.

The terminals involved have continuously received positive feedback from their customers, including Sunxiuwu, Huawei, who said: “Fixed berthing window is a big innovation and improvement. The implementation reduced the international lead time from China more than one month. This time saving can drive project delivery completion as earlier as possible and drive profits for Huawei customers, like MTN, Airtel etc. Therefore, more and more shipments from Huawei and Huawei customer request Maersk service. We hope Maersk can bring more and more good service solutions for Huawei to help our customers reduce costs.“

Other customers, such as NINGBO EAS WELL and HISENSE on behalf of FOUANI, are in agreement that there are noticeable service improvements. Later this year APM Terminals is planning for APM Terminals Abidjan CT1 and other terminals to join the network of Fixed Berthing Windows – achieving even greater efficiencies and enhanced collaboration.

Maersk Pilot Freight Service A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has announced the completion of its acquisition of Pilot Freight Services, a leading U.S.-based international and domestic supply chain provider with cross-border solutions into Canada and Mexico.

Pilot Freight Services will be rebranded to Pilot – A Maersk Company.

The strategic and highly complementary acquisition will benefit customers by offering customized international, domestic and cross-border logistics to Maersk’s North America landside logistics capabilities for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) distribution models. Equally important, new supply chain capabilities for the big and bulky sector with white glove home delivery service are added.

Maersk is constantly working with its global supply chain to accelerate solutions for customers that support their strategic business ambitions. With Pilot – A Maersk Company, Maersk extends its end-to-end offerings deeper into the North America supply chain of its customers, adding important supply chain infrastructure capacity and scale. The combined Pilot and Maersk scale will offer customers approximately 150 facilities in the U.S., including distribution centers, hubs and stations.

"Our customers are looking for us to accelerate their supply chain speed, remove handoffs and constantly improve their end-to-end, omni-channel business model to reach their financial growth goals. Pilot’s expertise and existing infrastructure enables us to achieve these goals by creating more agile, nimble supply chains to serve customers the way they want to be served." Narin Phol, Regional Managing Director of Maersk North America.

Pilot brings customized shipping and logistics expertise with a network of 190 global partners and a North American facilities-based network of 87 stations and hubs through which freight is transported and distributed to end customers. The company uses mainly third-party providers of trucking and has access to controlled capacity which includes full truckload (FTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) for both B2C and B2B distribution including heavy and bulky shipments with white glove service for expedited and time definite services.

"Teaming up with an industry leader like Maersk is a natural fit and will enable our company to tap into significant, new future growth opportunities for our customers and employees. We like Maersk’s continuous improvement mindset and active investment pattern in expanding supply chain solutions so we’re excited to work together in our expanded role." Zach Pollock, Pilot Freight Services CEO.

The transaction price of USD 1.68bn equals to an enterprise value of USD 1.8bn post IFRS-16 lease liabilities.

Maersk continues its ambitious plan integrating North American supply chain infrastructure and solutions for customers, adding new end-to-services and scale on an annual basis.

In 2022, Maersk invested in over 400 electric trucks to lead the sustainable transport sector in the U.S. with fleet orders from Volvo Trucks and Einride. Also ahead in 2022, Maersk North America customers will tap into more transatlantic air freight cargo capacity when the acquisition of Hamburg, Germany-based Senator International is completed in Q2 2022, pending all regulatory approvals. In 2021, Maersk E-Commerce Logistics acquired Salt Lake City, Utah-based Visible Supply Chain Management – a leading U.S.-based E-commerce fulfillment provider to strengthen the company’s business model – with emphasis on B2C and B2B e-fulfillment. In 2020, El Segundo, California-based Performance Team – A Maersk Company was acquired, operating over 60 distribution and fulfillment center locations and Transportation services. In 2019, Maersk Customs Services USA, Inc. acquired Vandegrift Inc., adding important U.S. Customs Brokerage services, expertise and scale to customers looking to optimize their Customs compliance and reduce financial risks.

APM Terminals jade express APM Terminals Pipavav, one of the leading gateway ports in Western India, has secured a new service Jade Express mainly for transhipment cargoes.

The weekly service, introduced by Maersk, will connect Port Pipavav to Port Qasim. Jade Express connects Pipavav perfectly in time for the MECL service [west bound for North America] and provides same day connectivity on the FI3 service [for the far east].

The first vessel M.V. IRENES RAY -215S berthed at Pipavav in March bringing in enhanced connectivity to our customers from Rajasthan, Gujarat, New Delhi and Punjab. The new service is a testimony to port infrastructure and services that is a preferred gateway to Indian Northwest.

Commenting on Company’s initiatives, Mr. Jakob Friis Sørensen, MD, APM Terminals Pipavav said, “We strive hard to provide the best connectivity and services to our customers to ensure their supply chain moves smoothly. Through the Jade Express service, we are delighted to provide an additional mode to our customers to connect their containers to global markets swiftly and safely.”

Mr. Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia, commented, “Our constant endeavour to create customer-centric solutions has led us to connect the Jade Express to APM Terminals Pipavav on its rotation between Far East Asia and the Indian subcontinent & Pakistan. APM Terminals Pipavav has always proven to provide top-notch service levels. With the Jade Express, we expect to extend those service levels further to our customers in the northern and western parts of India.”

JAFZA DP World Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), DP World’s leading trade and logistics hub, held a ground-breaking ceremony for the first phase of its new “Jafza Logistics Park”, which is scheduled for completion in 2023.

The purpose-built trading and logistics development will accommodate the growing number of warehousing, processing and logistics activities carried out in Dubai.

The ground-breaking was attended by Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World UAE & Jafza, as well as the company’s leadership team.

Jafza Logistics Park will reinforce the success of the logistics cluster in Jafza, which has already grown by 14% since 2016. The project covers a total leasable area of over 46,000 square meters, of which 87% will be allocated to warehousing. The remaining space is dedicated to office facilities.

Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director, DP World UAE & Jafza said: “We recognise the critical role the logistics sector plays in enabling the growth of various industries around the globe. Jafza is aligned with key government initiatives, such as the Dubai Silk Road strategy, to boost economic growth. As the UAE continues to grow into a global processing and re-distribution gateway, we have experienced a significant spike in demand for the logistics and warehousing space. We are building the Jafza Logistics Park in response to this increase in demand and to further boost the development of the UAE’s logistics sector”.

Bin Damithan added: “Logistics companies in e-commerce and similar growing segments can benefit from the Park’s modern offerings, including digital trade enablement, competitive costs, and customisable units. We are in discussions with a number of large customers that need 60 to 80% of the space and may need to commission phase two ahead of schedule”.

Currently, Jafza’s logistics cluster is home to over 460 companies from 30 countries, almost all international logistics providers which already operate from the free zone. Jafza Logistics Park will support their growth aspirations and attract new players seeking to establish themselves in the market. The smallest unit will be just under 2,900 square meters, including 360 square meters of mezzanine office space. Customers will also be allowed to consolidate multiple units to meet their space requirements.

Jafza Logistics Park businesses will also leverage DP World’s integrated end-to-end logistics solutions and expertise as a data-driven supply chain logistics provider. The Park’s ideal location between Jebel Ali Port, the region’s largest deep-sea port, Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai’s airport of the future, and Etihad Rail’s Jebel Ali station will facilitate efficient and seamless flow of goods within the region and across the world.

Port of Antwerp zero palletAntwerp is the main polymer hub in Europe for production, handling and distribution of plastic pellets.

These are part of our daily lives. From smartphones and bicycles to mattresses, insulation, solar panels and life-saving medical equipment. Port of Antwerp, together with the entire plastic value chain, is endeavouring to keeping the loss of pellets to an absolute minimum. In the context of 'zero pellet loss', Port of Antwerp is therefore launching an innovation challenge to develop a solution that will ensure that no pellets are lost during the loading of bulk trucks and containers from silos.

Every year, millions of tonnes of polymers or plastic pellets find their way, via the port of Antwerp, to other hubs in other parts of Europe. During the various operations carried out during the plastic chain as a whole (production, logistics, transportation and processing), small losses can occur that ultimately accumulate in greater concentrations in the environment. The entire port community is aware that these pellets, like other floating waste, do not belong there. That is why Port of Antwerp, together with the entire plastics industry, has made the prevention of the loss of these plastic pellets a top priority.

The plastic pellets are mainly stored in silos for further throughput. During the loading process of load bulk trucks and containers spills may occur, despite existing retention and cleaning procedures. In addition, there is also the risk of plastic pellets remaining on top of the bulk truck or on the chassis and entering the environment in that way. Various initiatives have already been implemented by producers and logistics players to limit possible losses, such as collars around the loading arms to retain any pellets that might be splashed.

Nevertheless, there is still room for innovation to further optimize the process. After all, to prevent the remaining loss of pellets is often the most difficult. Given that the port of Antwerp acts as a polymer hub that is home to very many different firms within the plastic value chain,the challenge is precisely to take into account a diversity of types of silos, users, procedures, containers and polymers.

In order to step up the game, Port of Antwerp is launching an innovation challenge. Candidates who have an innovative solution that will ensure that no pellets are lost during the loading process from silos, can submit their idea until 29 May 2022. An expert jury from the plastics industry will evaluate the submissions based on multiple criteria such as broad applicability, efficiency, usability, feasibility, innovative elements and zero loss. After a selection process, the selected concepts will be tested for feasibility. The solution with the best proven result will be rewarded with €5.000.

Vincent Van Dijck, Environmental Expert Port of Antwerp: “There are already numerous techniques in the plastic value chain to prevent pellet spillage. Various factors make the loading activity more complex than it seems and with this challenge we want to tackle the "last mile". Because zero pellet loss remains our goal and top priority."
Annick De Ridder, Vice-Mayor City of Antwerp & President Port of Antwerp: “Plastic pellets have a place in the port because of their many smart applications, but that place is not in the Scheldt, the dock water or nature. Therefore, together with the industry, we will put our shoulders under our 'zero pellet loss' ambition. Innovative solutions from the industry itself are the way forward.”

DSV Copenhagen DSV opens new giant 95,000 m2 warehouse and office premises near Copenhagen.

Together with DSV's other buildings in Hedehusene, the new warehouse will be part of one of the largest logistics centres in the Nordic Region, boasting an area of 231,500 m2 by the end of 2022. Sustainability has been a key focus area during the construction process, and an innovative battery solution is currently being tested to store energy from solar cells on the new building.

Many companies in Eastern Denmark are demanding storage space located close to the Greater Copenhagen area. To meet these corporate needs, DSV is now adding another new giant warehouse to its logistics centre in Hedehusene, close to Copenhagen and right next to the motorway.

With its impressive 95,000 m2, the new building will be the largest on DSV's plots in Hedehusene, at which DSV's global headquarters are also located. A fourth warehouse of approx. 38,000 m2 is also expected to be ready for use by the end of 2022. Once the construction work has been completed, the overall area will be one of the Nordic Region's largest single-user logistics facilities totalling 231,500 m2.

"In our opinion, the overall project is one of the most ambitious warehousing and logistics projects we've seen on Danish soil in recent years. Especially the most recent building is huge. The warehouse is divided into multiple sections, enabling us to support many different types of customers with their warehousing needs and distribution," says Marcel Blomjous, Managing Director of DSV Solutions Denmark.

The main contractor on the building is DS Flexhal, which has been a partner on several other large-scale construction projects for DSV. Kent Hejn, CEO at DS Flexhal, says:

"At DS Flexhal, we're very pleased to hand over yet another major logistics construction project to DSV. It has been a very exciting and instructive process to construct such a large and innovative building with so many new features. DSV's great focus on energy and sustainability has also taught us a lot about the logistics buildings of the future. We've had an excellent collaboration with both DSV and the Municipality of Høje-Taastrup, which has contributed to a really good construction process."

Among other features, the 95,000 m2 warehouse includes DSV's largest DSV Fulfilment Factory. DSV Fulfilment Factory is based on AutoStore and is an innovative and automated storage and picking solution harnessing the power of robotics to effectively collect goods in a three-dimensional grid structure and then deliver them at the manually operated packing station.

As the DSV Fulfilment Factory solution will be available to multiple users at the same time, it is particularly well suited for both large and small e-commerce companies that need to be able to scale their stocks quickly, depending on, for example, demand and seasonal peaks.

In other parts of the building, GMP and GDP-certified cooling and freezing facilities have been constructed. This makes it possible for healthcare companies with very stringent storage requirements to handle their products in accordance with the existing rules and at several temperature zones extending to as low as -80 degrees Celsius.

"In the planning of the building, it has been important for us to create versatile facilities that can meet many different customer needs. In specific terms, this means that, regardless of whether the customer is a healthcare company that needs to store its products at extremely low temperatures or a fast-growing e-commerce business with a need for automated solutions, we can meet those needs," says Marcel Blomjous, Managing Director of DSV Solutions Denmark.

The building has been constructed with an overall focus on sustainable solutions as well as reuse and recycling of materials. Traditionally, it has been difficult to obtain sustainability certifications for warehouse buildings due to the size of the huge projects. However, as one of the first major warehousing facilities, the building has already now received DGNB Silver pre-certification.

To minimise the carbon emissions from the operations, DSV is also testing a setup with solar cells on parts of the roof, combined with an innovative battery solution.

Provisional calculations from DSV's partner in the test project, Hybrid Greentech, show that the solar cell and battery solution can reduce carbon emissions by up to 42% relative to a scenario without solar cells and battery. The battery stores solar energy during the day, so that the energy can also be used during the evening and night. In connection with excess generation of solar energy during the day, the surplus energy can be supplied to the national power grid.

With the current solution, the annual carbon emission reduction will amount to approximately 113 tonnes of CO2 annually, which is equal to the annual heating and electricity consumption of 22 Danish houses of 135 m2. If the solar cell and battery solution is extended to the maximum possible volume in the warehouse, this will reduce the carbon emissions by an additional four to five per year.

When the test has been concluded, DSV will assess whether to expand the battery solution and whether to use it at other new DSV facilities around the world.

Wiremind CargoWiremind’s dedicated air cargo business unit has now become an official subsidiary: Wiremind Cargo

In November 2021, Wiremind launched Wiremind Cargo, a dedicated air cargo business unit, headed by CEO, Nathanaël de Tarade, and CTO, Etienne Corbillé. Created in 2014, Wiremind is a leading French company providing Revenue Optimization and inventory management software solutions for the transport, logistics and events sectors. “Over the past months, we have structured Wiremind Cargo as a separate business entity, and established a strong team of experts dedicated entirely to the needs of the air freight industry. Our engineers all have a background in transport and logistics, and are well-versed in how airlines, GSAs, GHAs and freight forwarders operate,” Nathanaël de Tarade, Chief Executive Officer of Wiremind Cargo, explains. “Wiremind Cargo shares the overall Wiremind mission to create ‘Tools built for people, not tools that people have to adapt to.’ From a data management and coordination perspective, the air freight industry is highly challenging, and therefore also a hugely attractive prospect for us at Wiremind Cargo. We have the know-how and capacity to deliver efficient solutions for inventory, reservation, capacity management, pricing or flight optimization, to name just a few areas. Our goal is to develop a unique cargo management platform that supports and facilitates the daily work of people working in all areas of the industry, be they cargo sales or reservation agents, flight controllers, or involved in operations.” Wiremind’s flagship air cargo product, SkyPallet, a ULD & Flight Optimisation system launched in 2017, is now wholly managed by Wiremind Cargo. SkyPallet is a combination of three tools that help maximize cargo capacity utilization by enhancing flight optimization processes: a 3D Volume Calculator, a Flight Planning module, and a Weight & Balance module. Leading airlines and cargo companies such as Emirates SkyCargo, Atlas Air, United Airlines, Qantas Airways, WestJet, ECS Group, Chapman Freeborn, rely on and endorse Wiremind Cargo’s expertise in software and data science. Wiremind Cargo is also collaborating with some of its partners to further develop its cargo management platform.

One such partner is ECS Cargo Digital Factory. The two companies joined forces and launched CargoTech earlier this year, with the aim of building a comprehensive air cargo ecosystem offering a complete suite of innovative products and providing specialized consultancy services with regard to digital strategy and implementation. CargoTech clients benefit from both Wiremind Cargo’s and ECS Cargo Digital Factory’s individual areas of expertise, and the speed and efficiency of bringing solutions to market when recognized experts pool their resources in a project. Wiremind Cargo’s 2022 strategy is to continue enhancing its existing products, develop tailored air cargo in-house solutions, as well as new air cargo products in collaboration with ECS Cargo Digital Factory under the CargoTech umbrella. It aims to become the air cargo industry’s partner of choice when it comes to leading, innovative technology solutions for air freight.

APM Terminals Mumbai APM Terminals Mumbai (Gateway Terminals India – GTI) introduces a new value-added service for customers by providing a rail product to reposition empty containers.

The new service is available for shipping lines, inland container depots (ICDs) and container freight stations (CFS).

With the number of containers moved on the roads to meet growing market demand, congestions can become a major problem and occasionally lead to reduced equipment availability due to longer turn times for empty boxes. To address this issue and propose a tangible solution addressing it, APM Terminals Mumbai (otherwise known as Gateway Terminals India – GTI) has introduced a new rail service specifically for repositioning of empty containers.

Under the new setup, shipping lines and individual customers can reposition their empty inventory by rail from the container terminal to inland depots, from depots to the terminal, or even between individual depots via the terminal in a safer, faster, cost-competitive and environmentally friendly way. Apart from reducing road congestions and turn time for empty equipment, the new solution also provides greater visibility of the location of the inventory and allows better planning of the supply chain by customers.

“We see growing demand from our diverse customer base for solutions going beyond conventional services a container terminal would normally offer”, comments Girish Aggarwal, Chief Operating Officer at APM Terminals Mumbai. “This includes increased focus on landside transportation, but also products ensuring better and faster equipment availability. With this new product we want to help our customers organise their logistics better, while reducing the pressure on roads and therefore also improving safety.”

The new rail service is available to both shipping lines and individual customers, as well as inland container depot (ICD) or container freight station (CFS) operators and will be launched each time based on customer needs. APM Terminals Mumbai expect this solution to be an attractive offer to businesses located not just in the close vicinity of the terminal, but also across Maharashtra, Gujarat and the broader region.

DRONAMICS Carbon NeutralDRONAMICS, the world’s leading middle-mile cargo drone developer and operator, has achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification.

The certification recognizes that the company has achieved carbon neutrality in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol global standard.

As a fast-growing technology company on the path to net-zero, DRONAMICS is looking to change the status quo in the cargo mobility sector – which means doing things differently. Its proprietary Black Swan drone is powered by clean and energy efficient technologies, running at 80-100% lower emissions than other means of transportation. Furthermore, its certified engine runs on biofuels as well as synthetic fuels, generating significant carbon emission savings without the challenges of electric technology.

Carbon neutrality is achieved by calculating a carbon footprint and reducing it to zero through a combination of in-house efficiency measures, renewable energy and external emissions reductions projects. The CarbonNeutral® company certification is based on DRONAMICS’ current operations as measured across Scope 1, 2 and recommended Scope 3 emission sources. These include DRONAMICS’ own operating activities, energy use, business travel, waste disposal as well as any outsourced activities.

While sustainability has become a buzzword for businesses, DRONAMICS’ ambition is to redefine what is possible in an industry widely regarded as environmentally unfriendly. In addition to offsetting its carbon footprint, DRONAMICS has committed to an annual footprint evaluation with CarbonNeutral® parent company Natural Capital Partners, to keep it on track with its goals.

“Achieving CarbonNeutral® company certification is more than an accolade, it’s a necessity. The cargo industry has a reputation for being polluting and this is something we are looking to address through innovation. We believe we can be the most efficient mobility solution for goods – faster, cheaper and with lower emissions. Our long-term sustainability strategy will see us working with Natural Capital Partners to maintain transparency and accountability.” says Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of DRONAMICS.

Kuehne and Nagel Atlas Air Kuehne+Nagel's start to the 2022 business year was marked by a continued strong demand for high-quality transport services.

The Group was able to improve all key figures compared to the same period last year: Net turnover increased by 68% to CHF 10.2 billion, EBIT by 160% to CHF 1.1 billion, earnings by 162% to CHF 832 million and free cash flow by almost CHF 1.0 billion. The Group's conversion rate, which reflects EBIT as a percentage of the Group’s gross profit, reached 38.1%.

In response to the war in Ukraine, Kuehne+Nagel pledged emergency aid of CHF 10 million, available on short notice, in the form of relief goods and free transport services.

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, says: "Strong demand for capital and consumer goods continued in the first quarter of 2022. In parallel, the already strained supply chain situation deteriorated further. Kuehne+Nagel was well prepared for this scenario and we were able to reliably meet customer demands for high-quality logistics services."

The ongoing congestion at many international seaports continued to characterise the first quarter of 2022. The tense market environment once again led to an exceptionally high operational workload in Sea Logistics.

Container volumes in the first quarter of 2022 were 1.0 million TEU, the business unit’s net turnover reached CHF 4.9 billion and EBIT was CHF 621 million. The conversion rate reached 63.8%.

Since January, Kuehne+Nagel has been measuring the congestion at port hotspots around the world with the "Disruption Indicator". This reflects the waiting times of container ships in the eleven most important international port clusters on a daily basis. The Indicator is integrated into Sea Explorer, Kuehne+Nagel’s industry-recognised, real-time digital seafreight visibility tool.

The sudden closure of Russian airspace led to multiple changes in airfreight routes between Asia and Europe. Together with the overall limited capacities, this led to a significantly higher operational workload in the first quarter of 2022.

Airfreight volumes in the first quarter of 2022 were 574,000 tonnes, net turnover CHF 3.1 billion and EBIT CHF 425 million. The conversion rate reached 52.0%.

To secure capacity for strategic customers, Kuehne+Nagel concluded a long-term agreement with Atlas Air for two Boeing 747-8 freighters. The two aircraft will be chartered on an exclusive basis and will be deployed on international routes from the third quarter of 2022.

The business unit Road Logistics once again was able to significantly increase volumes in the first quarter of 2022 which resulted in a well-utilised network.

In the first quarter of 2022, net turnover of the business unit improved by 13% year-on-year to CHF 982 million and EBIT by 25% to CHF 30 million.

In March, the business unit formed a partnership for more transparency in supply chains. As part of the Chorus research project, which belongs to Google parent Alphabet, sensor and orchestration technologies are being developed to locate and track goods. For example, temperature or humidity data are to be processed and interpreted seamlessly through the use of artificial intelligence.

The Contract Logistics business unit once again recorded very strong volumes in the first quarter and consistently expanded its range of services for healthcare and e-commerce fulfilment.

The business unit’s net turnover of CHF 1.2 billion was 5% higher than in the same period last year, and EBIT increased by 16% to CHF 44 million.

In the first quarter, Contract Logistics commissioned several highly automated facilities, e.g. for consumer goods. In addition, the European healthcare warehouse capacities in Belgium were expanded by around 40%.

Etihad RFSEtihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has appointed Accelerated, Inc. and Jet Airways of the US, Inc. as its road feeder service (RFS) providers for customers in US territories.

Etihad Cargo will utilise the combined expertise of the third-party trucking logistics providers to offer its partners seamless road connectivity, further enhancing the UAE national carrier's operations in the United States and beyond.

Etihad Cargo's partnership with Accelerated and Jet Airways will expand the carrier's capabilities in the USA and will enable Etihad Cargo's customers to benefit from various logistics solutions, including dedicated capacity and 24-hour personalised customer service, ensuring Etihad Cargo can continue to meet its service delivery promises in the US territories. Additionally, Etihad Cargo will employ state-of-the-art technology developed to give customers complete transparency in relation to shipments, including GPS tracking and real-time shipment information.

Through these strategic partnerships, Etihad Cargo will utilise an expanded road transportation fleet, including standard trailers, roller beds, day cabs, step decks, flatbeds, straight trucks with lift-gate capabilities, cargo vans, refrigerated vehicles and other specialised equipment to offer its customers the broadest range of products and transportation options. Etihad Cargo will deliver added value for its customers through the consistency in the service offered and competitive lead times for transit of both import and export freight.

"Accelerated is proud to be appointed as Regional Ground Handling Trucker for Etihad Cargo. Our teams have worked behind the scenes together for many years and are now finally calibrating to begin this partnership," said Brook Miles Pearse, President of Accelerated. "The regional coverage offered by Accelerated will be an asset to the continued expansion of Etihad Cargo in the US. We look forward to working together as one team with Etihad Cargo and collaborating to develop new and exciting solutions for the benefit of our customers in 2022 and beyond."

Tammy Zwicki, COO of Jet Airways, said, "Jet Airways is pleased to have been chosen as Etihad Cargo's trucking logistics partner in the US. We look forward to working with Etihad Cargo's US team and general sales agents to help strengthen and build the UAE-based carrier's business in this market. I am confident that by working together as one team, we will be able to build the best path for our shared business aspirations. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to Etihad Cargo for trusting us with their business."

Etihad Cargo's Head of Cargo Operations and Delivery, Thomas Schürmann, said, "Ensuring Etihad Cargo remains the air cargo partner of choice for its customers all over the world through the delivery of world-class services remains a priority. Therefore, partnering with leading RFS providers in the US was another step in Etihad Cargo's evolving value proposition to expand operations in this key territory. These partnerships strengthen Etihad Cargo's RFS network in the US by connecting offline points with the carrier's main gateways, including international airports in Chicago, New York and Washington, and commitment to providing the fastest and most efficient way for Etihad Cargo's customers to deliver their cargo to its final destination.

"Etihad Cargo carefully selects RFS providers, only engaging with partners that offer the right expertise and equipment, to ensure cargo is delivered on time and customers continue to receive the exceptional service quality to which they have become accustomed. Etihad Cargo is delighted to partner with Accelerated and Jet Airways and looks forward to working together toward the shared goal of exceeding customer expectations and growing Etihad Cargo's capabilities in the US," Schurmann concluded.

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