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TCS charter flight loadingFebruary 2022 marked the celebration of the first anniversary of TCS Worldwide.

Started as a time-critical service provider, offering onboard courier services, the company has expanded their expertise with dedicated drives (incl. aircraft engines) intra-Europe and performed their first cargo charter last week.

Sander van Woesik, MD of TCS says: “The supply chain has been impacted by global turbulence in a variety of ways over the last year. The automotive industry has faced serious production issues as a result of a shortage of semiconductors and microchips. Just in time deliveries were and continue to be crucial in order to avoid serious risks affecting the entire supply and production chain.

Our company is able to immediately anticipate to changes in market demands. Where an onboard courier service or a dedicated drive are not suitable for a specific request, we can provide a charter solution. Last week, we successfully performed a B777F charter from Europe to Mid Americas for one of our customers.”

Emirates SkyCargo Dubai dual hub Emirates SkyCargo has announced that it will be reactivating its cargo hub in Dubai South, Emirates SkyCentral DWC, for dedicated freighter aircraft operations from 26 March 2022.

The move will mark a return to dual hub cargo operations in Dubai for the air cargo carrier after a period of nearly two years. In April 2020, Emirates SkyCargo consolidated its freighter (main deck) and passenger (bellyhold) cargo operations at Dubai International Airport (DXB) in light of the suspension of passenger flights during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The consolidation was aimed at streamlining and expediting the transport of essential supplies and medical items across the world.

With the growth of Emirates’ passenger network and operations, as well as the progressive increase in cargo volumes, Emirates SkyCargo will once again structure its operations across two hubs in Dubai- with Emirates SkyCentral DXB handling cargo arriving or departing on passenger aircraft and Emirates SkyCentral DWC handling cargo on freighter aircraft.

Emirates SkyCentral DWC was inaugurated in 2015 and has a total cargo capacity of more than 1 million tonnes per annum. The state of the art terminal features extensive cool chain handling facilities as well as a dedication pharma handling zone certified for EU GDP standards. Dedicated aircraft parking stands in close proximity to the terminal allow for rapid and efficient transportation of cargo.

A fleet of dedicated trucks operating on a 24*7 basis will provide seamless connectivity for cargo between the two airports. For high priority cargo and urgently required commodities, Emirates SkyCargo will be able to connection time of under five hours from wheels down at DXB to wheels up at DWC and vice-versa.

Emirates SkyCargo is the air freight division of Emirates, offering cargo capacity to customers on its fleet of all widebody Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft over a global network of more than 140 destinations across six continents.

Air Canada cold chain Air Canada today announced the inauguration of Air Canada Cargo’s new cold chain handling facility at its Toronto Pearson International Airport cargo facility.

The $16-million project was undertaken to expand and enhance Air Canada Cargo’s cold chain handling capabilities for shipments such as pharmaceuticals, fresh food and other perishables.

“This is an exciting day for Air Canada Cargo as we take another step forward in our evolution. The enhanced temperature-controlled facility is the only one of its kind for a Canadian airline and positions Air Canada Cargo to continue successfully growing our business, including the launch of our dedicated freighter aircraft. This investment, and the others that are to follow, will allow us to better serve our customers and I am very excited for what the future holds for Air Canada Cargo,” said Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo, at Air Canada.

The upgraded facility will feature over 30,000 square feet square feet of temperature-controlled areas and an expanded cooler to fully meet the requirements of cold chain shipments, such as pharmaceuticals, fresh food and other perishables. These enhancements are the first step in a multi-year investment plan for the facility and are part of several planned infrastructure investment projects for Air Canada Cargo.

The extended cooler can accommodate more unit load devices (ULD) and loose shipments with COL (+2°C to +8°C) and CRT (+15°C to +25°C) temperature requirements, provide additional racking, and an upgraded dedicated area for active temperature control units.

To contribute to Air Canada’s long-term net zero emissions goal, the renovations included the installation of energy efficient equipment such as temperature controllers that will constantly monitor the conditions inside the facility and only regulate the temperature as needed, resulting in reduced energy consumption. As well, rapid roll-up doors have been installed to minimize the energy loss when the cooler is accessed to store or retrieve goods. LED lighting has been installed throughout the facility, further reducing energy consumption.

FedEx Express CEO to retire FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today that Donald F. Colleran, president and CEO, FedEx Express, will retire effective Dec. 31, 2022, after a distinguished nearly 40-year career at FedEx.

Richard W. Smith, regional president of the Americas and executive vice president of global support, will succeed Colleran as president and CEO of FedEx Express.

Colleran has served in several key leadership roles at FedEx since he joined from Flying Tigers in its acquisition by FedEx in 1989. In 1992, he moved to Tokyo and began a 12-year global career in international sales and operations management that took him from Tokyo to Hong Kong to Toronto, where he served as president of FedEx Express Canada. One of the pioneers of our international business, Colleran helped lay a foundation for the significant growth in that sector of the FedEx portfolio. He then served as senior vice president of international sales before being appointed executive vice president and chief sales officer for FedEx Corp. in 2017. He assumed his current role as president and CEO of FedEx Express in 2019.

“From launching new capabilities for our customers to leading our global FedEx Express team during some of the most challenging times, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Don has been instrumental in creating and executing our remarkable global growth strategy,” said Raj Subramaniam, president and COO, FedEx Corp. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our customers and our team members. I have a deep respect for Don and the profound difference he has made during his tenure at FedEx, especially as a steadfast champion of our world-renowned culture. In addition to his impressive business results over several decades, Don leaves a legacy of mentorship and building an incredible team of leaders who are poised to take the Express business to the next level. We wish him well in his retirement after his long and distinguished career.”

Richard W. Smith will become president and CEO-elect of FedEx Express on April 1, 2022, and will assume full duties on Sept. 1, 2022. Colleran will remain at FedEx Express as the CEO Executive Advisor through the end of December to help ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.

Smith joined FedEx in 2005. He previously served as the president and CEO of FedEx Logistics, and in a series of leadership positions in life sciences, healthcare, and customer solutions, including serving as vice president of global trade services and managing director of life sciences and specialty services.

“Richard has a deep understanding of our business and has played a pivotal role in many of our most important initiatives, including our electric vehicle strategy and our life-saving vaccine distribution efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” Subramaniam said. “With the outstanding executive management team we have in place to execute our strategy, including leaders like Richard, I am confident in the future of FedEx.”

Turkish CargoIntroducing the standards not only of the present but also of the future in the air cargo industry thanks to its robust infrastructure, innovative mission and the broad vision it has drawn up, Turkish Cargo now has the global operationally service quality, it has been offering elaborately, certified by the Cargo iQ certificate.

The triumphant brand became qualified to obtain a certificate from Cargo iQ, an IATA (International Air Transport Association) interest group with the mission of creating and implementing quality standards for the worldwide air cargo industry.

As part of the Cargo iQ requirements, all processes, including conformity of its operational processes, the services it offers to its customers and the quality management in general terms, of Turkish Cargo, have undergone an inspection by SGS, the independent inspection company based in Geneva and contracted by the IATA. In consequence of the comprehensive inspection that has been conducted accordingly, the processes and services, carried out meticulously by Turkish Cargo, have been determined to be compliant with the quality standards of Cargo iQ.

Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer of Turkish Airlines, remarked as follows;"The Cargo iQ certificate, an independent benchmark for our performance against the quality standards of the logistics industry, is a key milestone that denotes our service quality, operational excellence, our standards that are innovative and aimed at meeting the customers' expectations, and also our sustainable achievements. Thanks to the cutting-edge technologies it uses and develops, and the innovative approaches it adopts and its service quality that is beyond the expectations, Turkish Cargo will continue to rank among the most reliable solution partners in the air cargo industry."

Lothar Moehle, Executive Director of Cargo iQ, said; "It is with great pleasure that the Cargo iQ organization can issue the Quality Audit Certificate to the team of Turkish Cargo. The external auditor has verified and confirmed that Turkish Cargo is complying with the process standards created by Cargo iQ for all our members and for the air cargo industry at large. Well done and thank you for the hard work of the entire Turkish Cargo team. As the quality work never stops, we are looking forward to be cooperating with the TK Cargo team on even further quality improvements in the future."

Achieving sustainable growth with its infrastructure, operational capabilities, fleet and expert teams in the field, Turkish Cargo aims to become one of the top 3 air cargo brands in the world. Within this framework, Turkish Cargo has been innovating by developing pioneering projects in the field of digitalization to meet the needs of its customers and industry partners to deliver sustainable high-end services in a constantly changing world.

maersk mc kinney moller triple eMaersk today announced its ME4 Westbound service (Middle-East to Europe) to call King Abdullah Port effective 13th March 2022.

With this change, Maersk aims to serve its customers better by bringing an ocean service closer to its 100,000 sq. meters non-bonded warehouse located at King Abdullah Port.

The Maersk Integrated Logistics Hub at King Abdullah Port is a non-bonded warehouse providing a truly integrated logistics offering, primarily for Saudi Arabia’s petrochemical exporters. It serves as the focal supply chain solution through the large space allocated for handling and storing cargo. The hub complements Maersk’s diverse solutions at the port, such as landside movement of cargo, customs clearance, and ocean logistics besides playing a vital role in facilitating the storage of export cargo and enabling pallet handling, stuffing, and shuttling. With the ME4 service calling King Abdullah Port, exporters using the warehouse will get easy access to ocean service for their exports to the western markets.

"When we set up the Integrated Logistics Hub at King Abdullah Port, our ambition was to get closer to our customers by providing a warehousing facility near the manufacturing hubs. As a natural next step, we want to bring ocean services closer to our customers to connect and simplify their supply chains while integrating their logistics." Mohammad Shihab, Managing Director, Maersk Saudi Arabia.

Jay New, the CEO of King Abdullah Port, said that with the ME4 service calling at the port, exporters will be able to enjoy wide-ranging benefits.

"King Abdullah Port's inclusion in Maersk ME4 provides our customers, especially those in the petrochemical industry, with access to more destinations across Europe and Latin America, in addition to multiple advantages such as reduced inventory in transit, improved working capital, and improvements of almost 50% in sailing time. The service not only strengthens the integrated logistics of the Maersk Hub but also enhances the port’s connectivity with key global ports and markets." Jay New, CEO of King Abdullah Port.

ME4 Westbound service calling King Abdullah Port will ensure Saudi Arabian petrochemical exporters getting access to more options to move their cargo to the Mediterranean, North African and Latin American markets. The ME4 Eastbound service (Europe to Middle-East) will continue calling Jeddah Islamic Port, and the deployed capacity will remain unchanged.

Domededovo Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s best airline and winner of multiple global awards, has signed a strategic partnership agreement to jointly commence sea-air multimodal transportation with International Djibouti Industrial Park Operation (IDIPO) and Air Djibouti for an expeditious transportation of goods to Africa.

Based on the agreement, the cargo will be transported from China to Djibouti Free Zone by sea and will be uplifted by air from Djibouti International Airport. The synergy between air and sea transportation is highly instrumental in facilitating trade between Africa and China through fast and easy movement of cargo. The collaboration will save both time and energy in addition to stimulating the growth of cargo market in Africa. The transportation deal enables traders to order their products from China to Africa via Djibouti port and Ethiopian facilitates the air movement of goods to different parts of Africa through its vast network.

Ethiopian Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “We are pleased to have signed this agreement which will establish the necessary infrastructure and institutional system to enable us provide new logistics product called “SAM” (Sea -Air-Modal) which is highly cost-effective multi modal transportation solution for African businesses. This product will use Sea Freight from China to Djibouti sea port and air freight from Djibouti Airport to all African cities. This new multi-modal logistics solution will enable African businesses, multinational companies, Chinese companies and other businesspeople to enhance their supply chain management system with the

best combination of speed, cost and quality services. Ethiopian Airlines Group has a long time experience in providing similar product through Dubai sea and air ports. We are committed to help customers deliver their goods safely and efficiently across our network in association with our partners- International Djibouti Industrial Park Operation and Air Djibouti. We have kept on playing a key role in both African and global cargo and logistics business and will continuously advance our cargo services to meet our customers’ increasing demand. “

The partnership simplifies trade from china to different countries in Africa with the vast Ethiopian network in the continent and beyond. The markets of China and Africa are highly complementary and the partnership has huge potential in facilitating cost and time efficient logistics solutions for African traders. As the world's production base, China is the largest supplier, while Africa with a population of 1.3 billion has a huge market demand. China has been Africa's largest trading partner with a trade volume of
$254 billion in 2021. Taking advantage of the best African sea port in Djibouti and the best airport in Ethiopia, Sino-African Sea-Air Express has been created by combining their respective wide freight networks.

ATLP Digital Airfreight Solutions As part of ongoing efforts to accelerate the digitalisation of Abu Dhabi’s trade and logistics landscape and to further enhance the capabilities of the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP), Maqta Gateway, AD Ports Group’s digital arm has introduced Digital Airfreight Solutions as part of the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP).

Inaugurated in May 2020 by His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP) is the first of its kind in the region. It is developed and operated by Maqta Gateway, under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and aims to integrate and facilitate the operations of trade and logistics sectors, and link the sea, land, air, industrial and free zones with all authorities regulating these activities.

The Digital Airfreight Solutions, developed in close collaboration with key partners that include Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airport Services and Etihad Cargo, the new solution will streamline the movement of air cargo shipments to and from all five airports in Abu Dhabi.

Beyond digitalising and simplifying the processing of air cargo for the benefit of all stakeholders and customers involved, ATLP’s latest solutions will introduce new levels of efficiencies, including reducing waiting times by 80 percent, improving delivery time via customs integration, enhancing track and trace visibility, introducing digital payment channels as well as enhancing warehouse utilisation through an automated appointment system.

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, Head of Digital Cluster at AD Ports Group and CEO of Maqta Gateway, said: “With the introduction of digital airfreight solutions into ATLP, we have passed a key milestone on our journey to accelerate the digitalisation of trade and logistics in the region.

“ATLP is taking the next steps towards enhancing transparency across the entire value chain and enabling stakeholders and customers to realise new efficiencies associated with the movement of air cargo to and from Abu Dhabi.

“The continued evolution ATLP is a testament to the leadership’s vision for a fully-integrated logistics ecosystem that positions Abu Dhabi as a leading trade, logistics, and economic hub powered by a formidable and future-ready digital foundation.”

Dr. Ali Husain Makki, Executive Director of Logistics & Trade Facilitation Sector at Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, said: “This latest step in the continued development of the Advanced Trade Logistics Platform marks an important step in Abu Dhabi’s rapid progress towards becoming a global hub for trade and logistics.

“The ATLP digital airfreight solutions introduce an invaluable tool to ATLP to further consolidate Abu Dhabi’s trade ecosystem and accelerate the facilitation of trade across the UAE and beyond. We look forward to working closely with regional logistics leaders such as AD Ports Group, Etihad Airways to devise novel solutions that can be applied across the entire value chain.”

Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes the introduction of the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP)’ Digital Airfreight Solutions developed and operated by Maqta Gateway. It is a testament to how collaboration and innovation can help streamline processes to further reinforce Abu Dhabi’s competitive position as a hub for the movement of goods and international trade.

“We are confident that the additional capabilities of the ATLP will have a positive impact on airport and airlines operations by accelerating the movement of air cargo shipments.”

The introduction of Digital Airfreight Solutions under ATLP has brought a plethora of operational efficiencies beneficial for both logistical operators and users of the platform.

In addition to reducing the amount of paperwork needed for air cargo shipments by 90 percent, the new services also cut down on unnecessary trips to the airport for air freight agents by 80 percent by providing digital access to all required documentation, as well as related online payments and handling of documents to the ground handler.

This, in turn, has reduced the time required for the entire process down from 1 hour to a mere six minutes and the digitalisation of documents has greatly improved staff efficiency by 50 percent.

Digital Airfreight Solutions has also reduced delivery time by 50 percent for both imports and exports. This was achieved thanks to the online submission of documents, enabling ground handlers to perform pre-checks and process shipments without waiting for the customer to arrive at the counter.

In the case of exports, the new service has reduced the processing time for by 25 percent (80 to 60 minutes), while for imports, the amount of time needed has also been cut down by 20 percent (67 to 54 minutes). Lastly, ATLP’s latest additions have also reduced waiting times for trucks by 50 percent.

To ensure the successful implementation of these new solutions throughout the air freight ecosystem, Maqta Gateway recently signed an agreement with Etihad Aviation Group, under which the two parties will work together to deploy these digital solutions among all customers, partners, and stakeholders active within the air freight sector.

Martin Drew, SVP Sales and Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, said: “This is a major stride forward in the industry’s bid to digitally transform the sector to produce wide-ranging benefits for operators and all stakeholders and builds an enhanced client offering and the momentum behind Abu Dhabi’s positioning as a global trade, cargo and logistics hub.

“And with the industry estimating that world air cargo traffic will more than double in revenue worth over the coming two decades to US $578 billion tonne-kilometre (RTK) the emirate is becoming digitally ready to secure a sizeable and justifiable market share.”

Jubran Al Breiki, Director Etihad Airport Services, said: “The capabilities of the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform enables stakeholders across land, sea, air, and future rail, to not only conduct trade in a highly efficient and integrated digital approach, but it also allows users to access the services they need and to pay for them, all through a single-window interface.

“The movement of air cargo to and from Abu Dhabi will be greatly enhanced with new levels of operational efficiency, bringing our customers, forwarders and stakeholders on a common community platform, enabling faster-processing of goods, resulting in significant benefits to the air freight community”

Recent advancements to the industry-leading platform include the integration of Fujairah’s trade and logistics ecosystem under ATLP, a move that has transformed how business is facilitated within the emirate, as well as the introduction of exporter capabilities that collects, compiles, and data-mines target markets and industry intelligence for actionable insights catering to Abu Dhabi-based exporters.

Maqta Gateway has also recently introduced a new inspection and clearance module, which links directly with Abu Dhabi Customs’ online services and other regulatory authorities and enable traders to manage their entire end-to-end cargo experience on ATLP’s single-window.

Locus senior changes Locus, a global logistics technology company that solves for final mile efficiency with its end-to-end platform solution, has appointed Anusha Yomahesh as Director - Brand and Content Marketing, and Anshu Singh as Vice President - Human Resources.

As Locus scales and expands exponentially in North America, Europe and South-East Asia, Anusha will oversee all aspects of its brand growth and operations including reputation management, brand influence, thought leadership, influencer marketing, media relations, event marketing, C Suite advocacy, and employer brand. She is a brand and communications marketer with over 12 years of experience in building and scaling B2C and B2B brands across industries like Media, Luxury Retail, Information Technology, and SaaS.

Anusha believes that crafting strategic, integrated and ‘human’ brand experiences across the customer journey is foundational to her role. “I’m thrilled to join Locus and its talented leadership team at such a pivotal point of its evolution and growth journey. It’s exciting times at Locus and I am elated to be a part of this first-principle-thinking, deep-tech company that is disrupting final-mile logistics tech, and creating meaningful impact to its customers and end-consumers. I firmly believe a brand’s superpower lies in its purpose and authenticity, and I look forward to the opportunity to shape and scale a global brand that is committed, thoughtful, sustainable, and relentless in its pursuit to enable final mile efficiency. “

In her leadership role as Vice President - Human Resources, Anshu Singh will anchor the people strategy globally Locus’ ever-growing team. She is passionate about people development and enabling transformational changes through culture and talent management. A veteran HR professional with close to two decades of experience, Anshu has worked across IT, Life Sciences, BFSI and Consulting industry with leading Indian and multinational brands, spanning across all functional areas of HR.

“I am delighted to be a part of a fantastic team at Locus. Its talent pool is ambitious, highly talented, and driven. It is fascinating to see how the team has swiftly grown over the years while still keeping its original DNA intact. Locus is ‘team-first’ and I am excited to explore new ways to connect with the team and help them harness their collective potential to achieve new heights”

Anshu believes in mutual respect and individual rights as core to living well. She believes that not just gender diversity, but diversity in thought processes and life experiences are what create truly inspirational teams. Prior to Locus, Anshu has had stints with TeamLease Services, ICICI, ING, Novo Nordisk India, and Zapr Media Labs.

Last year, Locus raised $50 million in Series C rounding of funding led by Singapore’s sovereign fund - GIC and Qualcomm Ventures along with participation from existing investors.

Bluebird GSSA With the start of this year, ECS Group company, NordicGSA in Denmark, has become the GSSA for the Icelandic cargo airline, Bluebird Nordic, an Avia Solutions Group company.

Bluebird Nordic operates a fleet of 9 B737F and recently signed leases for three Boeing 777-300ER which are undergoing passenger-to-freighter conversions and expected to be operational in 2024. The GSSA contract signed with NordicGSA, is unlimited. NordicGSA’s responsibilities cover Bluebird Nordic’s Monday to Friday daily flight operations from Billund (BLL), Denmark, to Keflavík (KEF), Iceland, and back, with import distribution operations to Northern Germany. The main commodities being moved are fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, clothing, electricals, and other general freight.

“We have a good, long-standing professional relationship with Bluebird Nordic here in Denmark, having worked together on projects in the past, so I am delighted that Magnus Magnusson and I were now able to conclude a formal GSSA agreement,” Thomas Frederiksen, Managing Director - Denmark at NordicGSA, who signed the GSSA contract on behalf of all the ECS Group countries involved, states.

“We have high hopes for this new route from BLL and CGN, as it allows us to service our biggest export markets, Germany, Belgium, and France, with fresh fish,” Magnus Magnusson, Business Development Director at Bluebird Nordic, reveals. “There is a great deal of interest from the freight forwarders in Iceland in this new lane, as it opens up new opportunities for imports from the Nordic countries that have until now only been served by passenger aircraft.”

Logistics UK Mayor of London Following a recent (04 March 2022) announcement made by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on his updated plans for road schemes in the capital, Logistics UK’s Head of Policy – South, Natalie Chapman, comments:

“Logistics UK looks forward to working with the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) on the details of its expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone. We are encouraged that the Clean Air Charge and Greater London Boundary Charge are not being pursued as these would have been unlikely to have delivered the desired air quality results. Improved air quality is crucial for all those living and working in London but the practical solutions which are to be implemented must recognise the essential role logistics vehicles play across the capital.”

The Mayor of London’s announcement also looks to long-term solutions such as smart road user charging. Ms Chapman continues: “Logistics UK is urging both the Mayor and TfL to work with the logistics industry to ensure a proportionate and joined up approach to road user charging. It is encouraging that long-term solutions are being sought and the idea of a simpler, clearer scheme to replace the capital’s various road user charges could make implementation easier for those responsible for keeping the capital supplied with everything that its businesses and residents need. Any London-specific road charging scheme must be flexible and adapt to the possible introduction of any future national road charging schemes to avoid fragmentation of regulations.”

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.

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