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Lighthouse - September, 2011.

Chairman Message


A recent article, by a well known Indian business person, started me thinking about a particular aspect of office time management. How many spend time unnecessarily in the office after the normal working hours The author describes this trait as a typical Indian executive mentality undertaken to make others believe that they are hard workers. I believe the author is incorrect to pick on just Indian executives as in my opinion this is a widespread tendency amongst business executives regardless of their origin to subscribe to this attitude.  This according to me is a wrong work culture as it has a negative impact not only on one’s work but also on his family life. If you spend time unnecessarily in the office, even after you finish your work, you miss the opportunity to enjoy the spice of life which lies outside the office world. You miss your family, your children and your friends. In this context “Variety is the spice of life”, takes on its full meaning. Time spent on entertainment, doing something different, definitely invigorates energy levels. One returns to work full of bounce and ready to give a refreshingly better performance. Another well known proverb also supports my view. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. We need to forsake such outdated ideas about working late in the office and replace them with a philosophy of working hard but playing harder.


We all had an exciting time when our Snake boat “Devas” lifted the prestigious Nehru Trophy in the recently concluded boat race in Alleppey, Kerala. The enjoyment we cherished as a team by spending quality time at events like these will infuse better performance in the office and greater success in the future.


Carotrans Teams Up With Leading Middle East NVO, The CSS Group


Union, NJ, August 8, 2011 – CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (Non vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announces today a new alliance with the CSS Group (Consolidated Shipping Services Group), a fast-growing NVOCC and total logistics company based and headquartered in Dubai, UAE. Together, these well-established NVOs will deliver the most comprehensive FCL (full container load), LCL (less than container load), and breakbulk, out of gauge and ro-ro cargo handling services to and from North America, Middle East, and Africa. CaroTrans has been involved with the Middle East trade for over 16 years.  Now with CSS, CaroTrans expands its service capabilities to include a seamless network of offices in the Middle East and Africa region, as well as a team of dedicated ocean transportation experts with local market experience and knowledge.  CaroTrans offers weekly direct consolidation services to Dubai from their primary gateways of Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Charleston and New York.


“We are excited to be partnering with CSS, an industry leading NVO in the Middle East.  Both our companies have similar cultures focused on customer care, best in class service and the highest quality standards. This partnership enables us to provide the high level of service and support our customers are accustomed to,” said Greg Howard, CaroTrans, Global CEO.


The Chairman of CSS, T.S. Kaladharan, commented, “CSS is delighted to partner with CaroTrans.  The synergy of CaroTrans and CSS provides first class service, resources and expertise to the marketplace. The senior management teams of both companies have worked hard on this project and are 100% committed to making this a major success for our customers.”


CSS enhances CaroTrans’ position in the Middle East market and opens new markets including Iraq.  CaroTrans’ overall global network of import and export operations consists of the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Africa, India, Japan, South America, Oceania, Asia and Middle East.  CaroTrans strategically partners with premiere neutral NVOs, regional leaders with strong brand recognition, in key global markets where it provides for the best customer service.


About CaroTrans


Established in 1979, CaroTrans International is one of the world’s leading NVOCCs providing global LCL, less than container load, and FCL, full container load services.  Through our network of offices in Asia, South America, Oceania, and the United States, along with our strong local partners, we offer a global reach that is truly unique.


CaroTrans is a people driven company with dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable team members who engage customers with passion and experience on a local level.


For additional information, please visit www.carotrans.com


About The CSS Group


Consolidated Shipping Group is one of the fastest growing NVOCC in the region it operates. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  With a team consisting of over 750 experienced and dedicated professionals, across 20 offices, CSS has what it takes to meet your freight forwarding requirements, be it by sea, land or air. CSS has always adapted itself to the latest trends in the industry to offer efficient and most feasible solutions to its clients’ and associates.


For additional information, please visit www.cssgroupsite.com


CONTACT


CaroTrans  | Greg Howard   |  9082061067  |  gregh@carotrans.com

CSS Group  | Ken Dinnadge  |  971504564390  |  ken@cssdubai.com

CKL Communications  | Carol Lerner  |  9736356923  |  ckl.communications@gmail.com

CSS Group Marketing  | Amith Horra   |  971504567536  |  amith@cssdubai.com


Ritchie BROS.


As CSS Dubai works closely with Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers (RBA) we are pleased to recommend RBA who are committed to delivering first-class, innovative services that help their customers buy and sell equipment with confidence. On July 1st, Ritchie Bros. launched new equipment financing, warranty and insurance services.


Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world’s largest industrial auctioneer announced the launch of a bundle of new valued-added services for its customers in the U.S., Canada and around the world. These new services, which include detailed equipment information, real-time auction results through www.rbauction.com, equipment financing, powertrain service warranties and property and cargo insurance, will complement and further enhance the wide range of customer services already offered while including comfortable first-class auction facilities, flexible bidding options, convenient on-site refurbishing services and a 21-language web site.


“Providing innovative business solutions that enable the world’s businesses to exchange equipment with ease and confidence has been our company’s mission since our inception, “says Steve Barritt, Regional Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. “Our attention to detail and our constant endeavor to provide value added services to our customers has been the cornerstone of our success. The new services that have just been launched are evidence of how we’ve run our business for over 50 years, which is keeping our customers’ needs in mind.”


Detailed Equipment Information – launched globally July 1, 2011


Beginning July 1, Ritchie Bros. will collect and provide more equipment information online for all of its industrial auctions around the world. Available in 21 languages exclusively through Ritchie Bros.’ web site www.rbauction.com, detailed equipment information will include up to 50 high-resolution photographs of each item, allowing customers to clearly see key components of an item, along with a multi-point summary of those components and comments on basic functionality. This new service will enable customers to assess equipment online more efficiently and in greater detail prior to inspecting it at the auction site in person.


Real-time auction results through www.rbauction.com – launched globally July 1, 2011


Beginning July 1, Ritchie Bros. will provide real-time auction results for all customers viewing its auctions online through www.rbauction.com. Customers will instantly be able to see how much items have sold for and will be able to scroll back to see pricing for items they may have missed earlier in the day.


The Heavy Equipment Logistics division of CSS attended the two-day auction from July 19-20th, 2011. The team was able to network with the buyers and sellers at the auction while promoting its first class logistical solutions to the end user. The next RBA auction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is scheduled for September 27-28, 2011.


Automechanika


CSS Dubai recently attended the largest ever edition of Automechanika Middle East, which was held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai, UAE.


The 9th edition of the largest international automotive aftermarket trade fair in the wider Middle East welcomed 17,310 trade visitors from 130 countries.


In terms of exhibitors, 1,102 companies featured products and services across the entire spectrum of the automotive aftermarket industry represented from 52 different countries, rendering it a truly international exhibition.


During this year’s event Dubai Customs revealed the latest import/export figures for 2010 and 1st quarter of 2011 within Dubai’s automotive aftermarket sector.  Dubai’s direct trade in the automotive aftermarket for Quarter 1, 2011 enjoyed an 11% increase over the same period in 2010.


“Whilst the event was full of potential freight and logistics business for CSS and its global partners, it was also an excellent opportunity to meet our existing and potential customers. In my opinion, its one of most important shows in the region for automotive aftermarket and we will certainly attend the next show,” says Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, CSS.


Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, Rahul Mathew, Key Accounts Manager Heavy Equipment Logistics and Hinna Hussain, Key Accounts Manager Projects, Oil & Energy represented CSS Dubai at the recent trade exhibition held in Dubai, UAE.


Some key facts from Automechanika Middle East 2011 :


Devas Chundan Lifts The 59Th Nehru Trophy


Devas Snake boat powered by Jesus Boat Club lifted the prestigious Nehru Trophy in a pulsating final match with Karichal at Punnamada Alleppey on the 13th of August, Saturday. Devas whizzed past Karichal Chundan of Freedom Boat Club and Muttel Kainakari of United Boat Club in a thrilling race witnessed by hundreds, including a large number of foreign tourists.


Over 4,000 oarsmen put on display their rowing skills in the event in which competitions were also held for different types of smaller craft. Union Health Minister Guhlam Nabi Azad had inaugurated the boat race, which was instituted in early 1950s, to commemorate Jawaharlal Nehru’s boat ride in the backwaters of Kuttanad area during a visit to the state.


The race of long and sleek ‘snake boats’, unique to Kerala and known as ‘chundam vallams in local parlance, is the highlight of the event in which 16 teams competed.


Enchanted by the beauty of the palm-fringed villages on the banks of the backwaters and the sporting spirit of the people, Nehru suggested that the boat race to be held on an annual basis.


He also sent the trophy to be given to the winning team. The boat race is held on second Saturday of August every year.


In the women’s category of Thekkan Odi, Devas retained the title for the third time. There were cheer leaders from all parts of the world in a special boat organized by the CSS Group Chairman, T. S. Kaladharan. “ We must win” that was what Kala said before the competition and we won.


The people of Kuttanad call it the water Olympics of Kerala. As the saying goes, “the people of Kuttanad village can live without food and water, but they cannot live without snake boat races”, which is a way of life here.


Homeward Bound


When it comes to moving one’s home or office, the enormity of the task is sure to set in. The hassle attached with packing precious belongings safely and moving them without damage to the new location is best to be left to the professionals. CSS Homeward Bound has made it their motto to ensure that your precious cargo is treated just as we would treat our own.


CSS Homeward Bound was set up by Consolidated Shipping Group to meet the ever-growing demand for relocation among the expatriate community. Over the years it has evolved into an experienced and professional team capable to deliver substantial services in dismantling, packing, loading, moving, custom clearing and unloading. Shipments can commence from anywhere within the UAE, and be delivered to any doorstep in the world.


“Providing relocation services to individuals and organizations in the UAE is quite exciting and rewarding as the CSS Homeward Bound team is able to interact with the diverse nationalities and expatriate community here in the UAE.  We learn new customs and cultures by working closely with our clients ensuring their precious sensitive belongings are handled in an error free manner. Our dedicated team of professionals offer various packing methods based on the job requirements says, Binita D’Cunha Assistant Manager, CSS Homeward Bound.”


“The CSS Homeward Bound staff assists and execute all areas of your move, whether home or office. Our qualified and well-reputed staff begins the process with a survey that determines your relocation needs whether locally or internationally and in turn are able to provide the most competitive rate for all of your relocation requirements”, she adds.


THE SERVICES OFFERED



Worldwide packing and moving of personal effects
Local and International removals (Homes and Offices)
Customs clearance and door – to – door services
Warehousing
Transportation
Industrial packing and lashing
Comprehensive insurance


THE FACILITIES / STRENGTHS


Own warehouse facility of over 10,000 sq. ft.
Operating a fleet of own trucks
Multilingual experienced professionals


CERTIFICATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS


A member of the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM)
A member of International Association of Movers (IAM)
A member of Asian Relocation Association (ARA)


For further information
Please Contact :



Binita D’Cunha      Asst. Manager        binita@csshomeward.com
Savita Vinod     Sr. Coordinator        savita@csshomeward.com


Onam


Onam is the largest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. It falls during the first month of the Malayalam calendar which is Chingam (August–September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Maveli. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala’s culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali, and the Kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival. It can be undoubtedly said that these elements constitute the diversity, richness and colorfulness that no other festival can claim in the world.


Onam is an ancient festival which still survives in the modern times. Kerala’s rice harvest festival and the festival of rain flowers which fell on the Malayalam month of Chingam celebrated the annual visit from the under world (Pathalam) of the very noble Demon King Maveli (Mahabali). Onam is unique since King Maveli is revered by people of Kerala from prehistory.


According to the legend, Kerala witnessed its golden era during the reign of King Mahabali. Everybody in the state was happy and prosperous and the king was highly regarded by his subjects. He was that much highly regarded among the subjects that even the Gods under Indra became jealous of Mahabali, they approached Mahavishnu claiming that Mahabali is now equivalent to an Indra. Since a world with two Indras represents imbalance, Mahavishnu assumed the form of a dwarf, the Vamana avatara and tricked him to Pathalam, the Underworld. However, as Mahabali is equal to an Indra, he is to wait until the next Yuga where he would be the Indra. In the meantime, with the grace of Mahavishnu, Mahabali visits his people on an annual basis. Mahavishnu serves Mahabali as a gatekeeper in the world of Pathalam as the Lord himself serves his greatest devotees.


The most important things about Onam are the onakkodi, the new clothes worn on this day and onam sadya, a feast which is quite elaborate. This is usually a feast served on banana leaves and serves rice along with an array of 18 to 32 dishes. Traditional pickles and papadam are also served. Dessert is usually ‘payasam’, a sweet dish made of milk, sugar and other traditional Indian savories.


One can assume this way too as this could be the only day that around 40 million people around the globe eat the same food with Joy and Happiness.


CSS Group Wishes you a wonderful Onam.


FPS AGM heads to Indonesia in 2011


FPS Group announces that their annual AGM (Annual General Meeting) will be held at the Intercontinental Bali Resort in Indonesia, from October 18th to 21st 2011. The FPS Group AGM sets the stage for members around the globe to take part in discussions and network with their fellow freight forwarders from across the globe. The AGM allows for members to have the opportunity to discuss and develop the networks direction and development and also gain a deep insight into the group’s future developments.


The FPS AGM will be filled with one-to-one meetings, group meetings, networking sessions, gala dinners and social gatherings for all of its members.


Commenting on the theme “Together We are Strong”, FPS Chairman Kettivit Sittisoontornwong says: “Our forthcoming annual general meeting and conference continues to be an excellent opportunity to examine where the group is going and discover what the priorities are for developing our operations in the future.


“There can be no question that we have experienced some tough business conditions in the last couple of years. Members will have plenty of experiences to share about how they have come through and opportunities to share strategies about how they intend to expand in the future.”


CSS Group will be well represented during the AGM with active participation from its network offices. Dean Landers, General Manager CSS Kuwait, Jairam KR, Director CSS India, Rajesh Arora, Asst.GM Import CSS India, Narayan R T, General Manager CSS Bahrain, Siby C Kurian, General Manager CSS Dubai, & Rajagopal, Sr. General Manager CSS Dubai will be representing CSS Group for the FPS AGM 2011.


ABOUT FPS:



YOUR VISION IS OUR MISSION


The journey of a global network under a unified brand started in 1994 with the establishment of Famous Pacific Shipping Australia and was soon followed by Famous Pacific Shipping offices in Korea, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Fiji, USA, Thailand, China, Netherlands and France. Many locations worldwide now operate under the FPS brand, as well as exclusive partners in most of the key trading nations.


The collective experience of the FPS group is huge; its members boast unrivalled financial stability and continuing commitment to investment in services and people.


The pursuit of excellence and the investment in the quality of staff is helping to develop into one of the world’s leading privately-owned exponents of freight forwarding and NVOCC services.

SPECIALISATION



The team specializes in ocean and airfreight forwarding, supported by overland operations, warehousing and supply chain management. With years of collective experience within the group, we’ve built businesses from a string of world-class companies.


OUR MISSION


“Through technology, professionalism and committed, highly qualified personnel we will provide clients with service excellence in our global operations. We strive to ensure that the FPS Group and its Network members are recognised as leaders and specialists in the provision of efficient and affordable International Freight Forwarding, Cargo Logistics Management and NVOCC solutions.”


For more information and news about FPS Group please log onto www.fps-group.net


The Free Zones And The Trade


Free Zones have been used internationally to promote export, attract foreign direct investment and to spur the economic growth. The generic free zone concept has evolved overtime. There is several Free Zones found internationally including export processing zones: EPZs (industrial free zones for export manufacturing industries), and commercial free zones (for trading, warehousing and export activities).


Several countries in Middle East were late adopters of Free Zones with the UAE amongst the leading Free Zones in this region. As one of the largest and fastest growing free zones, Jebel Ali Free Zone (“JAFZA”) aspires to be the international business hub of the Middle East. JAFZA has successfully been attracting investors in all business sectors from all over the world by sheer force of its unique value added offerings and propositions. More than 6000 of the world’s finest companies are currently based in JAFZA. The present JAFZA profile includes more than 150 of the Global Fortune 500 companies. It has seen a phenomenal 300-fold growth in its member strength growing from 19 companies in 1985 to over 6000 in 2007. Since the turn of this century the number of companies in JAFZA has grown by more than 350 per cent. The other free zones in the UAE include Airport Free zone, Hamriyah free zone, Sharjah Airport International, Ras Al Khaimah FTZ, Abu Dhabi Ports Company, Dubai Logistics City, Abu Dhabi Airport, Ajman and Fujairah Free Zone.


The key benefits of trading in free zones are the tax benefits, investment incentives and other value added advantages, which include:


  • 100% import/export tax exemption
  • No customs duty between free zones and option to pay the customs on the imported materials at the final destination
  • 100% Foreign ownership companies
  • Abundant and inexpensive energy
  • Online customer service (e-services)
  • A one stop shop facility for processing of all documentation including immigration, registration and licensing



CSS had a clear vision of establishing its own state-of-the-art facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone to cater to the growing trends in the market and it became a reality in September 2002 with the commissioning of Consolidated Shipping Logistics Centre (CSLC 1) built within a sprawling area of 200,000sq.ft in the heart of the Jebel Ali Free Zone.


The supply chain management facility of CSS was set up in 2004, also situated in Jebel Ali Free Zone with an operational space of 140,000 sq.ft. with 22,000 CBM capacity along with CSLC 1 has become a landmark of success for the CSS Group.


Tariq Bin Khalifa, Director, Account Management – General Cargo, DP World, UAE Region said


“We believe the integrated multi-modal cargo transport process created by the cooperation between DP World, the UAE Region and Dubai Airports, as well as our Free Zone partners in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), is a logical step forward in Dubai’s continuous evolution as one of the finest trading hubs in the world.  It brings together a sea-land-air logistics platform that delivers true value to our common customers and benefits the growth of Jebel Ali Port, DWC-Al Maktoum International and Jafza.  Organizations like CSS Group who began their operations in 1995 have significantly contributed to the growth and development of Jafza and associated Free Zones amongst the freight forwarding and logistics fraternity.”


Dhahi Receives Bahraini Delegation


His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, met with a delegation from the Bahraini Families Council.

The delegation of 19 dignitaries, which was headed by Jassem Botabaynah, president of the council, was on a program of visits to all the countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). During their visit to the United Arab Emirates, the delegation was hosted by Ahmed Al Rais, Senior VP Air Freight CSS and Hassan Haji, Public Relations Officer CSS whom organized their entire schedule of prestigious gatherings.

His Excellency praised the role of the council in promoting national cohesiveness and loyalty to their nation. At the same time he spoke about the depth of the historical and fraternal relations between the UAE and the Kingdom of Bahrain. ???

For his part, Jassem Botabaynah expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to His Excellency for the warm reception, and presented a commemorative gift to His Excellency, on the occasion of the visit.

The Meeting was also attended by Major General Khalfan Khalfan Abdullah, Director General of Administration Affairs Department, Major General Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Rafi, Director General Department of Community Services, Major General Rashid Al Mazrui, Director of the General Administration for services and equipment, General Taresh Eid Al Mansouri, the Director of the Human Resources Department and Major General Dr Abdulkuddous Abdul Razak, Director of the General Administration of TQM.


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