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Lighthouse - September, 2012.

CaroTrans and Middle East NVO, The CSS Group, Mark One Year Anniversary with 40% Volume Growth


– Comprehensive network and best in class services provide basis for continued growth –

Clark, New Jersey / Dubai, UAE August 22, 2012 – CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (Non vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, and alliance partner The CSS Group, (Consolidated Shipping Services Group), today announced a successful first year marked by significant volume growth of 40%. The CSS Group is a full service logistics company and NVOCC headquartered in Dubai, UAE.

CaroTrans and CSS Group’s scope of services include: comprehensive FCL (full container load) and LCL (less than container load) services, breakbulk, out of gauge and ro-ro cargo handling to and from North America, Middle East, and Africa.

This partnership has expanded and strengthened CaroTrans’ footprint in the Middle East to now include trade with Iraq, Pakistan, and Jordan. CaroTrans offers weekly, direct consolidation services from multiple CFS (consolidation freight systems), 24 in total, offering secure, efficient transits throughout the U.S. Cargo moves to the Middle East and Africa from the primary gateways of Los Angeles, Houston, Charleston and New York.

Now and looking forward, emerging markets are the long term drivers behind global trade growth. Developed countries, such as the U.S., will see import growth slow and export trade increase. Saudi Arabia is projected to have import growth globally, over the next five years, at 6.4% and the UAE at 5.5% based on the 2012 HSBC Global Connections Report.

“We are pleased our first year teaming up with The CSS Group delivered strong growth and market expansion. CaroTrans strategically partners with premiere, neutral NVOs, regional leaders with strong brand recognition to ensure our global freight forwarder customers receive exceptional service and support throughout the world,” said Greg Howard, CaroTrans, Global CEO.

The Chairman of CSS, Mr. T.S. Kaladharan, commented, “By joining forces with CaroTrans, we have created a winning team of like-minded professionals committed to industry-leading service, resources and support. We are gratified that this alliance brings together an experienced group of ocean freight professionals that provide superior service and logistics support for our customers.”

In 2012, CaroTrans opened new offices in Seattle, Washington and Le Havre, France. CaroTrans will continue to expand its global network of direct LCL and FCL import and export services to provide simple, efficient and high value services to the global freight forwarding community.

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, 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, visit www.cssgroupsite.com

Contact:

CaroTrans, Greg Howard,
Tel: 732-540-8121
gregh@carotrans.com

CSS Group, Ken Dinnadge,
Tel: 97 150 456 4390
ken@cssdubai.com

CKL Communications, Carol Lerner,
Tel: 973.635.6923
ckl.communications@gmail.com

CSS Group Marketing, Amith Horra,
Tel: 97 150 456 7536
amith@cssdubai.com


Chairman’s Message


It is really encouraging to know that our Lighthouse articles are being received well by the readers.

The “Welcome Olympics 2012” page, in the last edition, received positive feedback. We have therefore responded by dedicating another “Olympics” page, in this Lighthouse. This also means that we may keep the Olympics spirit going for a little longer time.  But wouldn’t it be great if we could emulate the Olympic spirit which was demonstrated by everyone taking part, including athletes, spectators, volunteers and organizers?

Events, like the Olympics, leave behind messages which are often worth pondering. The news about marathon runner Guor Marial, the man who competed in Olympics as a citizen of no country, was emotionally heartwarming. South Sudan, where Guor was born and raised, does not have International Olympics Committee recognition. Guor’s story is one akin to many unfortunate heroes among the millions of displaced and wandering in this world. It was his sheer will and confidence, along with the support of fellow athletes and well wishers, which resulted in the Olympic committee allowing Gour to participate under the International Olympic flag.

Surely this is an inspirational example of “Believing in yourself and going for it”? Equally heartening was Oscar Pistorius, the 25 year old first double-leg amputee to compete in athletics at the Games. Despite objections from others, he had a belief in himself and a determination which carried his vision forward.  Oscar said how privileged he felt, after carrying the South African flag during the Olympic closing ceremony, seen globally by an audience of about 300 million.  Sometimes during the everyday stresses of life, we forget our own dreams and visions, and we start to lose a belief in ourselves. But if we carry forward with us, the Olympic spirit shown by the athletes, we will be re-energised. By endeavoring to let ourselves be motivated by the examples of Gour and Pistorius, “Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you,” we will be spurring ourselves onwards to achieving our goals.


1st IELA Partnering Event A Choice of Values (June 27-29-2012)


CSS Homeward Bound attended it’s first IELA (International Exhibition Logistics Associates) Partnering Event which took place from June 27-29, 2012 in Barcelona at the world-renowned Hotel Arts, Port Olympic.

This year’s IELA gathering was one of renewal and changes. Having been in discussion for many years , the gathering in Barcelona was indeed a milestone as it was their 1st open-networking event in IELA history.

For two days, attendees focused on structured and informal networking with agents from 50 countries, including IELA-members and non-members. The results were overwhelming; over 2000 meetings took place between 252 delegates from 50 countries. This confirmed the IELA Partnering Event to be the most important business platform of the industry.

The event kicked-off on Wednesday, June 27th, with a cocktail reception at the beautiful outdoor venue of the Hotel Arts. Here, IELA members and non-members had the opportunity to exchange contacts and also meet old friends.

The day after a busy atmosphere filled the meetings roomsof the Hotel Arts as on-site, people still arranged meetings to increase the effectiveness of their stay.

The partnering event continued at the BOO Beach Club where the crowd could not only enjoy the beautiful weather at the beach, but also gave this event the conclusion it deserved.

About IELA:

A worldwide trade association dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of the transport logistics and freight handling segments of the exhibition industry. It has been in existence for 27 years and has more than 120 members in 47 countries.

A CHOICE OF VALUES:

The first IELA Partnering Event from June 27 -29, 2012 was the biggest industry event ever where members and non-members from over 50 countries and explore mutual business opportunities.

250 decision makers representing 185 companies from over 50 countries were on-site.


Successfully Completing 1 Year


CaroTrans and Middle East NVO, The CSS Group, Mark One Year Anniversary with 40% Volume Growth

CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (Non vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, and alliance partner The CSS Group, (Consolidated Shipping Services Group), today announced a successful first year marked by significant volume growth of 40%.  The CSS Group is a full service logistics company and NVOCC headquartered in Dubai, UAE.

CaroTrans and CSS Group’s scope of services include: comprehensive FCL (full container load) and LCL (less than container load) services, breakbulk, out of gauge and ro-ro cargo handling to and from North America, Middle East, and Africa.

This partnership has expanded and strengthened CaroTrans’ footprint in the Middle East to now include trade with Iraq, Pakistan, and Jordan.  CaroTrans offers weekly, direct consolidation services from multiple CFS (consolidation freight systems), 24 in total, offering secure, efficient transits throughout the U.S.  Cargo moves to the Middle East and Africa from the primary gateways of Los Angeles, Houston, Charleston, New York and Chicago.

Now and looking forward, emerging markets are the long term drivers behind global trade growth.  Developed countries, such as the U.S., will see import growth slow and export trade increase.  Saudi Arabia is projected to have import growth globally, over the next five years, at 6.4% and the UAE at 5.5% based on the 2012 HSBC Global Connections Report.

“We are pleased our first year teaming up with The CSS Group delivered strong growth and market expansion.  CaroTrans strategically partners with premiere, neutral NVOs, regional leaders with strong brand recognition to ensure our global freight forwarder customers receive exceptional service and support throughout the world,” said Greg Howard, CaroTrans, Global CEO.

The Chairman of CSS, Mr. T.S. Kaladharan, commented, “By joining forces with CaroTrans, we have created a winning team of like-minded professionals committed to industry-leading service, resources and support. We are gratified that this alliance brings together an experienced group of ocean freight professionals that provide superior service and logistics support for our customers.”

In 2012, CaroTrans opened new offices in Seattle, Washington and Le Havre, France.  CaroTrans will continue to expand its global network of direct LCL and FCL import and export services to provide simple, efficient and high value services to the global freight forwarding community.

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, 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, visit www.cssgroupsite.com

Contact:

CaroTrans, Greg Howard,         732-540-8121, gregh@carotrans.com
CSS Group, Ken Dinnadge,        97 150 456 4390, ken@cssdubai.com
CKL Communications, Carol Lerner,     973.635.6923, ckl.communications@gmail.com
CSS Group Marketing, Amith Horra,     97 150 456 7536, amith@cssdubai.com


Khalifa Port Getting Ready for September Opening


In preparation for the September 1st operational opening of the Khalifa Port Container Terminal, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) held a half-day seminar that shared the latest updates and procedures directly impacting trucking companies and clearing agents which will use the Port.

Presided over by Capt. Mohamed Al Shamisi, executive vice president, Ports’ Unit, ADPC and Martijn Van de Linde, CEO, ADT, the seminar brought together representatives from ADPC, the master developer and regulator of Abu Dhabi’s ports; ADT, who manage and operate the Khalifa Port Container Terminal; Abu Dhabi Customs, the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Environment and Water; Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA); as well as many executives representing the transportation industry.

Khalifa Port Container Terminal will be the first semi-automated one in the MENA region, and the automated procedures and seamless interaction between all stakeholders provide the trucking companies and clearing agents with optimal opportunities to help Abu Dhabi businesses gain access to the world markets.

Capt. Mohamed Al Shamisi, EVP, Ports’ Unit, ADPC said: “Khalifa Port, including the Container Terminal, will not only handle the existing Abu Dhabi container business, but also serve Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), and offer the industrial zone’s tenants unprecedented access to global markets,” and continued “This requires carefully planned procedures that are discussed with the stakeholders before implementation. This is what ours seminar was all about, and I am very pleased to see so many companies accepted our invitation to be part of the process.”

Martijn Van de Linde, CEO, Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) added:“We really redefine the regional ports industry with the opening of the semi-automated Khalifa Port Container Terminal. Today we had the opportunity to once again engage with the trucking companies and clearing agents that are an essential part of the logistics chain, and we look forward to also working with other sectors of the market in the months to come. Together we will make a real difference for Abu Dhabi’s businesses.”

The Khalifa Port Container Terminal has been designed to handle the largest container vessels currently afloat, while also delivering improved services to the trucking companies that handle the carriage to and from the port.

The Khalifa Port Container Terminal will have the capacity to handle 2.5 million TEU containers, with the potential to expand to 5 million TEUs. The port’s master plan calls for an annual capacity of 15 million TEUs by 2030.

Khalifa Port will also be developed to cater for general cargo and Ro/Ro. The initial capacity will be 12 million tonnes of cargo, including 4 million tonnes at the already operational EMAL berth. By 2030 the Port is planned to handle 35 million tonnes of general cargo every year.

Consolidated Shipping Services L.L.C. Abu Dhabi

P.O. Box 32454, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel: +971 2 6431717, Fax: +971 2 6431919
Email: info@cssabudhabi.com, website: www.cssabudhabi.com


CSS Projects, Oil And Energy


CSS Projects, Oil and Energy division successfully carried out the movement of wash water tanks from Ras Al Khaimah to Jebel Ali. The volume of the cargo transported was 1200 CBM and the vehicle that was used for its transportation was an extended long 6 axle hydraulic trailer. Specialized staff from the division was on site to ensure the smooth execution of the project and the client was extremely pleased with the service delivered by the CSS Projects, Oil and energy division right from inception to execution of the project.


Breakbulk’s First Shanghai Conference Sets ASIA Record CSS Group To Exhibit In 2013


A record crowd of more than 4,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors filled the INTEX Shanghai Exposition Center and Sheraton Hongqiao for the inaugural Breakbulk China Transportation Conference and Exhibition which was held from Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2012.

Breakbulk and project cargo transportation industry executives discussed China’s promising but challenging market during two days of Mandarin and English language panels, while customers and prospective customers — more than 75 percent from mainland China, met with exhibitors on the INTEX exhibition floor.

Conference topics ranged from China’s Breakbulk and project cargo market to transportation on the Yangtze River, trade and transportation in Mongolia and west through China to Kazakhstan.

CSS Group is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting its first class products and services at the Breakbulk China 2013, which will be held at the INTEX Exposition Center, from March 12-15, 2013.

Please visit CSS Group at booth # K23!


CSS Welcomes


As part of its commitment to clients and agency partners alike, CSS Group endeavors to ensure that highly professional and experienced teams are always on hand to provide exceptional service worldwide. Therefore Ajay Krishnan has recently been appointed as

Senior General Manager-Ocean Freight.

With over 15 years of experience in the Shipping and Logistics field Ajay brings with him a host of experience with milestones in years of recorded profitable business growth and proven innovation that contributed positively to his previous company’s growth. Previously, Ajay Krishnan was the Managing Director of the United Arab Emirates with APL, a leading global container transportation company.

When asked why he chose CSS Group, Ajay says, “CSS has over the years established a tremendous amount of industry goodwill. The brand value of the group has increased exponentially since its inception, mainly due to the stability of the senior management and the dynamism of the organization.”

The only challenge that Krishnan sees himself facing is the transition from a liner to a freight forwarding logistics industry. However he believes that with a realistic approach and his passion for taking on challenges headfirst, the transition will be smooth.

Having started out in APL in 1997, as a customer service representative and since then grown to the post of Managing Director, it is clear that hard work is no stranger to Ajay Krishnan. On behalf of the entire team at CSS Group and the Senior Management we welcome him to the CSS family and wish him all the best.


New Responsibility


The CSS Group management is pleased to announce that Rajesh Arora has been promoted to Vice President- North India. In his new position, Rajesh will be overlooking the business growth of CSS India in the Northern region and will be responsible for all its operations in this region. With a rich industry experience of 18 years, Rajesh is looking at taking the North Indian operations of CSS to new heights both in imports and exports. His proven expertise includes, handling special equipments and break bulk cargo and excellent knowledge of customs policies and tariffs along with LCL exports and imports. A great motivator and team leader, Rajesh is a G card holder as well. With a strong professional team based out of his region for CSS, Rajesh is confident that the expectations of the Management can be fulfilled with hard work. The management and staff of CSS Group wish all success to this young man.


PIFFA Excellence Award


Ministry of Ports & Shipping will mobilize all resources to get land for Training Institute for Logistic Industry

The first PIFFA Excellence Award & Gala Night-2012 was celebrated with much fanfair wherein more than 1000 guests from Ports, Shipping Lines, Airlines, Terminal Operators, CFS, Banks, Insurance Companies, Bonded Carriers, Officials of Customs, ANF, and PIFFA member companies attended.

Vice Admiral Mohammed Shafi, Chairman Port Qasim Authority represented Senator Babar Khan Ghauri, Federal Minister for Ports & Shipping as Chief Guest. Karachi Port Trust and Port Qasim Authority will support the PIFFA training, logistics and supply chain institute for the country and has also agreed to immediately start LCL transshipment hub in Pakistan. Mr. Asim Saeed Khan, Chairman Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association in his welcome address sought support for a piece of land for construction of PIFFA Training Institute wherein vocational education will be imparted in Logistics & Supply Chain Management up to Masters’ level. He also invited attention to PIFFA initiatives to build LCL Transshipment facilities at Ports to cater to the ever-growing transit needs of landlocked neighboring countries. “This will bring much needed foreign exchange for Pakistan and generate business and employment opportunities in the country,” added Asim Saeed Khan, Chairman Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association.

Vice Admiral Mohammed Shafi, Chairman Port Qasim Authority in his address applauded the capacity building efforts being made by PIFFA and assured that PICT along with Karachi Port Trust will mobilize all its resources to get the land for construction of PIFFA Training Institute for its training and education program for the benefit of Freight Forwarding Companies and its employees, allied stakeholders and general public. This will enhance professionalism in the industry and to meet the international standards.

Later, Excellence Awards were conferred in 22 categories to various shipping lines, airline, shipping agents, stevedores etc.

The Award distribution ceremony was followed by dinner and musical program wherein well-known singers and comedians entertained the audience.

“This event provided all stakeholders of the industry, a high-profiled opportunity to interact in a relaxed and a pleasant atmosphere whilst developing fellowship and corporate relationships,” said Asim Saeed Khan, Chairman Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association.


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