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GEODIS opens airside freight handling gateway at Schiphol

Global logistics specialist launches innovative airfreight handling system at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport hub

GEODIS Netherlands announced the opening of its new Airside Gateway at Schiphol, which represents the beginning of a faster and safer way of airfreight handling. Time is precious to customers and their demand for the quick delivery of goods is increasingly important.  The Gateway being located airside will help meet these demands and at the same time enhance security. GEODIS Netherlands in reacting to a tremendous growth in volumes has introduced its Amsterdam Gateway to further accelerate this expansion while anticipating the demands of the future market.

The GEODIS Amsterdam Gateway (AMS-GTW) comprises 2500 m2 of warehouse and office space directly next to the

airport’s runway. Ellis de Jong, Operations Director Freight Forwarding: “We estimate that Gateway will bring a significant decrease in airfreight handling times, ensuring quicker delivery of cargo and a better service to our customers. Export wise, with Gateway we gain more efficiencies on the consolidation side.”

The Amsterdam Gateway is part of the long term growth strategy of GEODIS, in which innovation is a key element. Thomas Kraus, President & CEO North, East and Central Europe says: “The opening of the Amsterdam Gateway is the next important step in both our regional planning and in our global growth ambitions. It will substantially increase our competitiveness and reinforce the crucial hubbing function of our airfreight operation in the region.”

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2019 – Regional Winners

London, 15 July 2019

Having successfully surpassed twenty years of heritage, this competition is now a traditional feature in the international freight forwarders calendar.  The collaboration between, leading international insurer, TT Club and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, FIATA is once more in a position to announce the regional winners of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA) 2019.

In introducing these bright young professionals FIATA President Babar Badat said, “Encouraging more young professionals to join the FIATA community has always been a priority for me. I am encouraged again to see these excellent candidates presenting dissertations that cover a wide range of logistic subjects, which demonstrate the challenges that forwarders face every day and the customized solutions they are able to offer. My sincere congratulations to the four regional winners who are ….”

Europe – Mrs Evgeniya Khokhlova Russia (FAR)

Africa/ Middle East – Mr Enos Chapra Zimbabwe (SFAAZ)

Americas – Ms Rachael van Harmelen Canada (CIFFA)

Asia Pacific – Mr Phillip Burgess New Zealand (CBAFF)

TT Club has had the honour to sponsor the competition throughout its twenty plus years of existence and Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s Senior Loss Prevention Executive and Chairman of the Award Steering Committee commented, “In the current challenging global trade environment, where supply chains are under increasing pressure to adapt quickly to regulatory, political and economic pressures, we at TT Club believe the training and professional advancement of young freight operators must be paramount.”

This award aims to contribute to the development of quality professionals and reward young talent.”

At the FIATA World Congress in Cape Town (1st – 5th October), hosted by the South African Association of Freight Forwarders, the four regional winners will be invited to

present their dissertations to the Award Steering Committee, the final judging will take place and the winner of the YIFFYA for 2019 will be announced.  

The prize to be awarded to the winner principally consists of practical and academic training, including a week based at one of TT Club’s regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey plus a week in TT Club’s Head Office in London. Additionally, one year’s subscription to the International Transport Journal (ITJ) is provided to all four regional winners. 

The entries this year were, as ever, of a high standard and drew from a wide range of dissertation topics. The work of the entrants demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills required to serve it. Both FIATA and TT Club wish to thank all those individuals who entered this year’s competition and also to acknowledge their employers and national freight forwarding associations for the enthusiasm and commitment they have shown to on-going training with the international logistics and freight forwarding sector.

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About TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

About FIATA

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) was founded in Vienna, Austria on 31 May 1926. It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies such as the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air

Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Learn more at www.fiata.com.

Delivery of ‘Corona’ Series Coal Carrier “CORONA DYNAMIC”

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (hereafter called “K” Line) is proud to announce the delivery of “CORONA DYNAMIC,” a 91,000 DWT-type special coal carrier at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. on July 11, 2019.

 CORONA DYNAMIC is same type as “K” Line’s specialized fleet for transport of thermal coal known as the “Corona-series.” The Corona-series consists of epoch-making coal carriers equipped with wide beam and shallow draft, which are the most suitable type to enter ports of Japanese Thermal Power Stations to discharge cargo.

 CORONA DYNAMIC is equipped with latest energy-saving and ecological technology such as Advanced Flipper Fins and Rudder Bulb which promote her propeller efficiency as well as ballast water management system which saves marine ecosystem.

CORONA DYNAMIC will be principally involved in long-term service carrying thermal coal to Hokuriku Electric Power Company’s Thermal Power Plant.

Vessel’s Specifications      
 LOA 234.99 M Deadweight Tons 91,881 MT
 Beam 43.00 M Gross Tons 52,128   T
 Depth 18.40 M Net Tons 28,945   T
 Full Draft 12.885 M Hold/Hatch 5/5

“K”Line Selected for Leading Global ESG Indices, including FTSE4Good Index Series and FTSE Blossom Japan Index

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has been selected again as a constituent of the “FTSE4Good Index Series”, one of the leading global indices for ESG investing (*), for the 17th consecutive year since its initial inclusion in 2003 and “FTSE Blossom Japan Index” for three consecutive years since 2017.

FTSEFTSE4Good Global Index is an index developed by FTSE Russell, wholly owned subsidiary of London Stock Exchange Group, whose constituents are selected by measuring their performance in terms of management and information disclosure utilizing globally-recognized Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards (1,034 companies selected world-wide, including 175 Japanese companies). FTSE Blossom Japan Index reflects the performance of Japanese companies that demonstrate strong ESG practices (179 companies selected). This index has been adopted as a benchmark of ESG investing by Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) in Japan.  4Good Global Index is an index developed by FTSE Russell, wholly owned subsidiary of London Stock Exchange Group, whose constituents are selected by measuring their performance in terms of management and information disclosure utilizing globally-recognized Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards (1,034 companies selected world-wide, including 175 Japanese companies). FTSE Blossom Japan Index reflects the performance of Japanese companies that demonstrate strong ESG practices (179 companies selected). This index has been adopted as a benchmark of ESG investing by Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) in Japan.  

In addition, we have also been selected as a constituent of the “MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index” (WIN, 224 companies selected) and “S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index (1,733 companies selected). Those indices have also been adopted by GPIF as a benchmark of ESG investing.

We have raised ESG as one of the important initiatives in our medium-term management plan. We will continue striving to fulfill our social responsibility through our business activities and contribute to sustainable progress of the society.

*ESG investing describes an investment strategy which takes account of enterprises’ social, ethical and environmental aspects as well as financial performance.

“K” Line – Commencement of long-term voyage contract for Emirates Global Aluminium

“K”Line  Group has long-term voyage contract with Emirates Global Aluminium(EGA) to carry Bauxite in bulk by capesize vessels, and the first vessel(MV Cape Taweelah) arrived at Port Khalifa, UAE on 23rd June 2019 from loading port at Kamsar, Guinea.

Upon her arrival an inaugural ceremony was held by EGA, where Mr.Abdulla Kalban Managing Director & CEO of EGA, Mr.Abdullah Humaid Al Hameli Executive Vice President of Corporate and Acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, Mr. Atsuo Asano Representative Director of “K”Line and many concerned parties celebrated the first memorable arrival of this fully-laden capesize vessel at GCC port.

EGA is equally-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai, which is the largest industrial company in UAE outside the oil and gas industry and the largest company jointly owned by the two Emirates. EGA began production at its new Al Taweelah Alumina refinery in April. Alumina refineries process Bauxite ore into Alumina, the feedstock for Aluminium smelters.

“K”Line shall provide the safe and competitive service of the seaborne transportation for the customers’ project.

“K” Line, Taipower, U-Ming, and Kuang Ming to Establish New Joint Venture Shipping Company in Taiwan

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (hereinafter “K” Line), Taiwan Power Company (hereinafter Taipower), U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation (hereinafter U-Ming), and Kuang Ming Shipping Corporation (hereinafter Kuang Ming) have agreed to establish a new joint venture shipping company, and jointly signed Memorandum of Understanding(MOU)in Taipei, Taiwan on July 1. This new joint venture will own both coal and LNG carriers, and operate them for transporting these raw materials to Taipower.

With respect to managing and transporting coal and LNG, “K” Line has accumulated an abundance of experience and specialized skills.  We, therefore, will devote ourselves to contribute to the safety of Taiwan’s energy requirements by providing our many years of accumulated know-how in ship management and safe ship operations to this new joint venture.

Overview of Joint Venture Company

 (1) Name To be decided
 (2) Date of establishment           October 2020 (planned)
 (3) Location  Taipei, Taiwan
 (4) Business activities Ownership and operation of coal and LNG carriers
 (5) Capital  NT$1 billion (approximately 3.6 billion yen)
 (6) Investment ratio Taipower: 40.0%
U-Ming: 32.5%
Kuang Ming: 20.0%
“K” Line:  7.5%

GEODIS receives its 6th Gold Rating from EcoVadis

EcoVadis, the ratings agency for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance in global supply chains, has given GEODIS an overall grade of 72/100 (+2 points compared to 2018).

This year, GEODIS was again commended by EcoVadis with the “Gold” recognition level. The Group has therefore continued its upward progression, compared to 2018, with an overall grade of 72/100*. This excellent rating puts GEODIS among the top 300 companies out of a total of 30,000 assessed. EcoVadis therefore recognizes GEODIS as one of the most advanced and committed businesses all sectors combined, in terms of environmental, social, ethical and responsible purchasing approaches.

Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS says: “I am very pleased as this is the highest result since the Group’s first assessment in 2009. It recognizes more than 10 years of working to carry out concrete and consistent CSR actions as well as our unwavering commitment to satisfy all stakeholders, fully including society at large.

The EcoVadis evaluation focuses on four topics for which GEODIS obtained the following scores:

– Environment: Top 1% of companies assessed by EcoVadis – 90/100

– Labor & Human Rights: Top 3% – 70/100

– Sustainable Procurement: Top 3% – 60/100

– Fair Business Practices: Top 9% – 60/100

The significant progress (+10 points) on the fair business practices theme is particularly related to the measures set up in the context of the GDPR**, for example:

– Procedures and measures implemented to protect the confidential data of our customers

– Measures to protect the customer or the customer’s data against unauthorized access or disclosure

– Restrictions on the type and amount of confidential information collected and stored

Philippe de Carné, Executive Vice President Business Development, Innovation & Business Excellence, comments: “This recognition demonstrates the successful implementation of our CSR approach and encourages us to go further. Whether it concerns data privacy, HR practices and of course taking action to reduce the environmental impact of our activities, we are committed to reinforcing the scope of the actions we undertake, with the objective to reach the best standards of corporate citizenship.”

(*) 2019 evaluation based on 2018 data .(**) General data protection regulation

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

GEODIS opens new Logistics Facility in Northern France

JUNE 20, 2019

Levallois-Perret

GEODIS, a leading global supply chain operator, opens its new logistics campus in Douvrin, Hauts de France. A team of 300 GEODIS employees will be mobilized to primarily serve retail and textile customers, in this new 48,000 sqm site.

At this new multi-user installation, GEODIS provides its partners with comprehensive solutions and services for the reception and storage of goods, order preparation and flow management. Quality control services based on customer needs, such as the quality control of supplier components or customization and gift packaging for e-commerce customers are also offered.

“This new campus is part of the modernization of our warehousing infrastructure. It strengthens our position in Northern France and reinforces our position as a leading logistics provider of choice for retail and e-commerce activities,” says Frédéric Pasqual, GEODIS Executive Vice President, Contract Logistics France.

The site is located near the relevant regional distribution hubs and is equipped with new state-of-the art technology such as corrugators, pick-to-light equipment, automated conveyors, and others. More than €3 M has been invested in equipping this campus which is classified as lower-tier according to the EU’s Seveso Directive, allowing GEODIS to manage seasonality and specificities of regulated products. More than three million e-commerce orders will be handled yearly.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

Continued Growth Prompts Investment for Dachser UK

18th June, 2019:

2018 was a progressive year for Dachser UK with the appointment of a new UK Managing Director, Mark Rollinson, combined with the expansion of its operations and the opening of a second logistics centre in Northampton.  This confidence was based on a strong financial performance with UK sales turnover increasing by 9% to £84.1 million.  This is the result of increased export business and healthy growth in contract logistics services, the latter seeing a number of new customer contracts secured.

Investment for the future remains the theme this year as construction of a new 5,175 square metre logistics centre in Rochdale remains on track to open in September.  The development of the 3.7 hectare (9.2 acre) site represents a EUR 16 million (GBP 14.4 million) investment by the company.

Commenting on the company’s progression during 2018 and recent months, MD Mark Rollinson said, “Our significant investment is proof of Dachser’s commitment to the UK market and our optimistic view on the future import and export trade with the rest of Europe, which is evidenced by our strong growth figures last year. We will continue to leverage our pan-European road freight services and given the continued uncertainties surrounding Brexit, we will remain agile and responsive to our customers’ needs in light of possible changes to their European supply chains.”

The new Rochdale Logistics Centre will be connected to Dachser’s comprehensive branch network through daily direct freight services, providing extensive domestic and European distribution and warehousing services. In addition, Dachser’s established ‘Interlocking’ programme ensures further development of air freight, sea freight and international supply chain management services.

Bolstering the expansion of Dachser’s operations in the North of the country is the appointment of a new Sales Manager for the region, Marion Simpson. Since joining Dachser in a business development role in 2013, Marion has contributed significantly to the success and growth of the Rochdale branch.  Marion will also continue in her role as a Chem-Logistics specialist, Dachser’s network-wide corporate solution servicing the chemical industry.

Explaining the potential of her new role in facilitating customer access to these services, Marion Simpson commented, “With a new facility on the horizon and an exceptionally dedicated andenthusiastic team, I am very excited about the future of Dachser in the UK.  Dachser’s global supply chain management and strong reputation for professionalism, reliability and high quality service will support importers and exporters in the region to maintain their economic growth.”

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ABOUT DACHSER UK

Dachser UK is part of the Dachser group, a major international logistics provider which on 31 December 2018 generated total sales worth EUR 5.6 billion. 30,609 staff working in 399 locations worldwide handled 83.7 million consignments comprising 41.3 million metric tonnes. Dachser has been established in the UK since 1975, and now has four locations which include a new logistics centre in Northampton as well as branch offices in Rochdale, Dartford and Bristol.

Dachser aims to be the supplier of choice for European logistics and value-added services. A fully-integrated European distribution network provides a comprehensive, high quality service of total freight solutions supported by the latest technology. Core services in the United Kingdom comprise European export, import and UK pallet distribution, as well as contract logistics, value added services and international sea and air freight forwarding. 

For more information, please visit   www.dachser.co.uk

Global Cargo Theft Intelligence Report for 2018 Issued

TT Club and BSI have issued the second edition of their report on global cargo theft, the first to cover a full year.  Highlighted findings include: theft from road vehicles once more accounts for the highest proportion at 84%; Slash and Grab the largest type of cargo theft at 26% globally but with significant regional variations; the combination of food, beverage, alcohol and tobacco making up the most common commodity group at 34% and South America topping the regional analysis of median value for each theft at $77,000

Leading international transport and logistics insurer, TT Club and global provider of supply chain intelligence, BSI produced their first regular Semi-Annual Global Cargo Theft Intelligence and Advisory Report late last year but this second edition is the first to cover a complete twelve-month (2018) period.

TT Club’s Mike Yarwood, explains the rationale behind the initiative, “Our report brings together threat and intelligence data from BSI’s supply chain security country risk intelligence tool, SCREEN and TT Club’s insurance risk management and loss prevention insights. It demonstrates the shared goal we possess of educating supply chain professionals in the threat of cargo theft across the globe. We aim to engage in a proactive approach in preventing cargo crime and also minimising the financial loss resulting from cargo crime.”

The report, which is available as a free download https://www.ttclub.com/loss-prevention/publications/tt-club-bsi-cargo-theft-report-2018/ analyses cargo theft by modality, theft type (modus operandi), commodities targeted and the value of losses across the major regions of the world.  Please refer to the Infographic attached.

While the research found a consistency across the regions in terms of the most common modality involved (road transport) and in the commodities targeted, there was some variation in the median value of the cargo affected.  This ranged from just under $19,000 in Asia, to around $60,000 in both Europe and North America to a high of $77,000 in South America.

The methods used in the majority of cases, however varied significantly across the regions.  The global aggregation resulted in Slash and Grab at 26% topping the list, with Theft from Vehicle (19%) and Hijacking (17%) making up second and third spot.  In North and South America Hijacking was the most common method at 37% and 52% respectively.  In Asia methodology was quite different with Theft from a Facility being the most common, at 43% compared with just 19% from Hijacking.

The report includes several pieces of loss prevention advice to counter the identified threats. The risk mitigation advisory sections have been co-authored by BSI’s Advisory Supply Chain Security team and the TT Club’s claims and loss prevention team.

Yarwood goes on to say “In particular we would wish to emphasise The Insider Threat.  As security measures become more sophisticated and widespread in practice, criminal organisations are increasingly recruiting employees of targeted companies to gain data, cargo information, delivery routes and destinations and access to IT systems. Due diligence in recruiting and managing staff is paramount. In general full or part-time salaried staff are less of a security risk than sub-contractors.

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About TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

www.ttclub.com

About BSI

BSI is the business improvement company that enables organizations to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. For over a century BSI has championed what good looks like and driven best practice in organizations around the world. Working with over 86,000 clients across 193 countries, it is a truly international business with skills and experience across a number of sectors including automotive, aerospace, built environment, food, and healthcare. Through its expertise in Standards Development and Knowledge Solutions, Assurance and Professional Services, BSI improves business performance to help clients grow sustainably, manage risk and ultimately be more resilient.

To learn more, please visit: www.bsigroup.com

About BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions
BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs.  Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision.

To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychain.com