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Lighthouse - September, 2009.

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE


One attribute which assures success is the ability to identify and respond to opportunities. What some people see as difficulties, others view as chances for progress. As this difference is more pronounced when one is tackling the tides of recession, it is uplifting to be able to applaud the advantageous circumstances which India provides. The diversities within India are so vast that to pinpoint just two cities- Delhi, which has the biggest commercial center and Mumbai, which is now regarded as India’s commercial capital is just an understatement in terms of emphasising our potential. A current economic report forecasts that Indian companies are set to invest Rs 10.5 trillion in the next three years. CSS needs to be at the forefront of any countries economic growth so it was no coincidence that our Budget Meet 2009 -10 was held a few months ago in Kerala, southern India.
CSS India now has a presence in 12 major Indian cities. It is our forward strategising which ensures that we are well placed to participate in the opportunities ahead. It gives me a sense of pride to acknowledge that the development of CSS India is sailing forward and promises to deliver remarkable growth because of our dedicated, progressive and dynamic team. CSS India is set to become the number one player in the areas where it operates, bucking any adverse economic trends. I feel extremely proud to focus attention on their achievements as they highlight the exciting times ahead for all of us.

T S Kaladharan


Focusing North India


Strategy adopted for the business augmentation

Extensive market analysis was done and the most prospective clientele was filtered out. All efforts were given in grabbing the business out of the fierce competition. Thrust was given in the line of imports, since the profit margin is higher in this segment. That doesn’t mean that we were not giving importance to exports. Yet another strategy was to target the direct consignee which in turn helped us a lot to increase our revenue part. Our agents’ world wide supported us a lot with providing the most competitive import buying rates, which enabled us to penetrate the market in an effective manner. Another important factor was the volume of nomination support from the overseas agents. The confidence in our team was wonderful, which in no case can be ignored despite of all down turns happened around generally.

About the new office in Ludhiana

Ludhiana is one of the most sought after markets for the African Sub continent. The decision to start an office in Ludhiana can only been seen as a wise judgment from CSS Group’s Senior Management. The major trade from this part of the country includes machinery, hand tools, cycle parts, tyre & tubes. Considerable amount of sports goods and hosiery are also traded here. Ludhiana lies close to the excise free zones of Kaleamb & Baddi which are going to be the export hubs in the near future. This region is also a potential market for LCL export as well.

The freight movement prospects in North India

The prospects in this region are bright. Delhi takes the 2nd position after Nhava Sheva in terms of total volume of both imports and exports. North India is a multi-product market and it has got a lot to offer to the freight forwarding fraternity. The ICD and the CFS- Delhi now act as the focal point for the entire North India operations. All major MNC’s and Corporates do have their presence in Delhi or in the suburban areas. The major exports and prospects are towards the US, Europe, Gulf region, China and the South East Asian countries whilst imports are from US, Europe, Mediterranean and China. Moreover Delhi is the capital city and lot of decision making happens here in the administration level.

Network strengths

CSS Group takes pride to have an effective agency network globally. This gives momentum to our operations from both North and South. We have confidence in our agents and vice versa. Constant networking sessions do happen inside and outside the country through agency visits and trade fairs. This keeps the relationships lively and meaningful.
Agenda to tackle recession

Recession as such has not affected much in the Indian scenario. The scientific studies are also showing positive signs in the Indian shipping and logistics industry. We have adopted certain procedures to constantly monitor the growth graph. The reporting structure is defined in such a way that we are able to point out the flaws happening, if any the moment it happens during the entire process flow and to effectively rectify it. We update ourselves with constant market research and surveys. On the other hand, we have a brilliant team of professionals to penetrate the existing market and to find new markets to pursue in this region.


CSS Started functioning from Ludhiana


Console Shipping Services India Pvt Ltd. has started operations from its new office in Ludhiana from 15th July  09. This is CSS India’s 12th Office. Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd. established in 2004 with its operations from Tirupur, Tuticorin, and Coimbatore, further expanded its horizons in 2007.  In an industry with ever increasing demands Console Shipping Services India has proved itself to deliver the best to its clients around the globe.  Today, regarded as one of the leading players in the  industry Console Shipping Services operates from all major gateway ports and commercial hubs of India.
Ludhiana Office Address is as below:
Console Shipping Services India Pvt Ltd
155, Venus Street No – 9
Opp. Urban Estate Nursery
Jeevan Nagar, Focal Point
Ludhiana – 141010
Tele Fax : +91 161 5016004 / 5 / 6

Aman Parhawk – Branch Manager
Mobile: +91 9317803031
Email: aman@cssindiagroup.com


CSS Kolkata moves to a new office


Console Shipping Services Kolkata has started functioning form its new office from the 01st of August 2009. All trade partners are requested to take note of the change in Address.

The new office address is as below:

Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd,
36A , 1st Floor, Bharatiya Bhasha Parisad Building
Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata – 700 017
Phone No : +91 33 40648300 – 29, Fax No : +91 33 22900104
Email: mailkolkata@cssindiagroup.com


Breakbulk Announcement


CSS Group will be participating in the 2nd Annual Breakbulk Asia Transportation Conference & Exhibition to be held in Singapore on the 26th & 27th of January 2010. The event is forecasted to attract over 150 exhibitors from around the world and over 3000 trade visitors.


CSS India becomes FMC Registered


CSS India becomes FMC Registered which gives an added impetus to activities in shipping and logistics for the company. The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is an independent regulatory agency responsible for the regulation of ocean borne transportation in the foreign commerce of the U.S. CSS India operates from 12 cities in India which includes 5 gateway ports of the country.


CSS Middle East Budget Review Meet


CSS Middle East delegates met at Devas Farm House, Thrikkunnappuzha, Alleppy on the 09th and 10th of August for the half yearly review meeting. Sales figures achieved were analysed and new possibilities were discussed during the two day session. The meeting was attended by T S Kaladharan (Chairman), Anil Kumar (Director- Finance), Raj George (Senior VP- Ocean freight), Ahmed Al Rais (Senior VP- Air freight), Rakesh Menon (Senior General Manager- Sales & Marketing), Siby Kurian (Dy. General Manager- Sales & Marketing), Sreenath V (General Manager- Projects, Oil & Energy), Narayan R.T (General Manager- CSS Bahrain), Suku Sudhakaran (Asst General Manager- CSS Abu Dhabi), Radhakrishnan ‘Babu’ (Senior Manager- Air freight) Qais Abdulla (Branch Manager- CSS Logistics), Amith Horra (Marketing Manager) & Unnikrishnan G (Head- Corporate Communications)


Fostering Strong Relationships


CSS works closely with a host of affiliates and agents who are leaders and experts in the region they operate. Some of CSS Group’s top agents include Shipco, FPS Group, SAGA, Leschaco, IFS, Trans glory etc.
CSS has always believed in maintaining healthy relationships with its agent’s world wide, while creating a healthy professional environment to nurture business relations that promise mutual growth.
In the direction to strengthen relations with its esteemed agents Paul D’ Souza (Sr. VP Sales & Marketing) along with Siby Kurian (Dy. GM Sales & Marketing) recently organized a business trip to Hong Kong and China. The main highlight of the meet was to examine growth and collaboration opportunities in the region as there are strong prospects that China’s rapid economic growth and trade expansion could be sustained well into the future that could bring prosperity to the Middle East market.
According to Siby Kurian this business meet was a perfect platform for CSS Group to network and analyze business prospects that can be taken advantage of in the coming years.


CSS Abu Dhabi – Rising on a new Horizon


CSS Group’s Abu Dhabi office has started functioning from its new premises following a soft launch. The soft launch was a close knit affair where prominent CSS staff attended the ceremony. The function commenced by a formal inauguration and candle lighting by Suku Sudhakaran (Asst. General Manager – CSS Abu Dhabi), Anil Kumar (Director – Finance), Paul D’Souza (Sr. VP – Sales & Marketing), Rakesh Menon (Sr. GM – Sales & Marketing) and Siby Kurian (Dy. GM – Sales & Marketing). The CSS staff was hereafter introduced to the new office, which was appreciated by all as this is the first time that CSS has acquired a traditional villa to handle its operations. The villa is built on an extensive area covering more than 5000 sq. feet and is easily accessible from anywhere in Abu Dhabi. CSS takes pride in its strategically located office in the plush capital of U.A.E with close proximity to the Airport as well as the Seaport; not to mention it is within walking distance from the main Abu Dhabi Transport Terminal & Al Wahda Mall.
After the subtle launch CSS Abu Dhabi welcomed members of the Shipping fraternity for a tour and presentation of the new premises. Here the clients and agents were given the opportunity to interact with the staff and learn more about CSS and its services offered. Some of the associates to have attended the session include key contacts from Salem Freight Int, Expeditors, Khalidia International Shipping L.L.C., Capital Star, Al Ghaith Oil Field Supplies & Services Co., Arabital Shipping, RHS, China Airlines, and Emirates.  CSS Presentation promoted healthy discussions where growth opportunities were analyzed and synergy prospects were discussed. Key networking sessions had clients and staffs indulge in one on one discussions and exchange of ideas for potential business needs. The tour certainly proved to be a significant start to establishing strong connections that will encourage mutual growth.
With the level of expertise available CSS Abu Dhabi is quite confident of extending value added services in the field of Logistics. CSS intends to cater to a vast and varied clientele in Abu Dhabi with its highly competitive man power and state- of the art facilities.
Moreover, CSS Group would like to takes this opportunity to thank its clientele for continuous support and well wishes extended. CSS Abu Dhabi looks forward to serving its patrons within the areas of their expertise.


Devas brings glory to CSS Group


Glory
Aaarpooo……irroo irroo !!!

Devas, finished first in a dazzling competition at the recently concluded Nehru trophy boat race at Punnamada Lake in Alleppey, Kerala. Devas, the race boat owned by T S Kaladharan, Chairman of CSS Group was paddle guided to victory by Julie Lewis the founder of the adventure tourism agency, Mountain high and her 10 member women team which features 6 nationalities. The local women also joined the force to make it a full team of 40 rowers. This boat is the fourth of its kind which was built after a long span of 90 years and comes under the category of “Thekkan Odi”. Devas is 62 ½ feet long and can carry upto 40 paddlers. Devas was inaugurated on the 15th of July in a grand function held at the Devas farm house at Thrikkunnapuzha. The event at Nehru trophy was attended by a 70 member team of CSS Group from different locations around the globe.


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