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May, 2018

Business excellence award for CSS


The Best International Logistics & Freight Forwarding Firm 2018 award

CSS Group was honored with Best International Logistics &Freight Forwarding Firm 2018 award constituted by MEA Markets. MEA Markets is a quarterly publication dedicated to researching and publicizing the major moves and events as they happen across the entire Middle East and African regions.

Since its inception in 1995 CSS Group has become a renowned name in the freight forwarding industry, and today it is one of the leading integrated freight forwarding solutions provider with close to 25 years of experience.
Constantly adapting to its customers’ changing needs, the company has enriched its expertise to become a tier-one logistics and freight forwarding partner in the GCC, with integrated logistic networks in Africa, Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the CSS Group is spearheaded by its Chairman T. S. Kaladharan.

The company, through its corporate diversity and willingness to keep learning and relearning, has earned its collective experience within the industry. With a team consisting of over 750 experienced and dedicated professionals across 20 locations, the CSS Group is able to meet a client’s freight forwarding requirements: be it by sea, land or air.

In today’s market, the UAE and GCC have become a hub for companies originally based in the UAE and China, for instance. The CSS Group being the strongest in the Middle East, has had a head start in this regard. Its strong relationship with customers, as well as being a one-stop solution, has given them comfort in knowing they are in great hands.

To support clients in this fast paced corporate hub, CSS understands the need to constantly evolve and change. The team have to keep moving, study the market and ensure that they are, in terms of logistics, up to date. Thanks to this focus on constant improvement, alongside its vast industry experience, the group has a built an exceptional reputation, especially with UAE customs.

Alongside its focus on industry developments, technology is also a key focus for the group. The CSS Group has been investing in the use of technology since its commenced operations, as the Chairman and founder saw how big technology would play a part in the future of this industry. The group developed its own software, now known as FINS, more than 10 years ago that it is constantly improving on, based on new requirements.

As part of this approach, the group’s IT team constantly reads, explores, and carries out R&D with, say, CRM and budget reports. During all its international business visits, the group brings back best practices from every location that it interacts with, exploring whether any of this can implemented in the group’s current structure.
For instance, when it comes to 3PL, CSS Group tailors its in-house software around what the customer wants. Even if they say they would like to see reports or data through software of their own, the group integrates it with theirs, to ensure an easy, hassle free experience for every client.

Ultimately, CSS Group’s ongoing focus is to become the one-stop solution for its customers that not only cover B2B but also B2C. To achieve this, the group has further expansions across Asia planned. Additionally, the team are keen to support their customers through their entire cargo cycle, from production to delivery and distribution. This includes spare parts, Yacht and Marine, Hospitality and Hotel Logistics as well as Auto logistics divisions. Driving these changes and growing in these areas will offer the group many exciting opportunities to grow and flourish over the coming years.


March, 2018

ANOTHER FEATHER IN THE CAP


CSS COMPLETES PROJECTS MOVE BEFORE THE TIME COMMITTED

An extraordinary feeling was evident on the faces of the Projects team of CSS, when they received the letter of appreciation from the client, for successfully completing a major project movement for the HSS Consortium Al- Zour refinery project, before the time committed. Of course, that was not the first instance though.

Ahmed Fuad and his team had spent 87 harsh days with utmost perseverance for moving 70,000 tonnes of coated pipes, of both 10 and 30 inches, and 4 cable drums of 85 tonnes each. “It was particularly pleasing for me and my team to see the customer benefitting from joining hands with CSS Group. It was a testing time again for my team yet a great example of the level of service CSS is able to deliver for our clients when it comes to challenging projects” mentioned Ahmed Fuad, Senior Business Development Manager, Projects Oil & Energy division, CSS Group.

The movement of the cargo started from the storage area to a private boat jetty. The scope of the work included, loading, transportation and offloading on to the barges. The cargo was then fastened on to the barges which demanded high level of technical skills. Altogether there were 16 barges on duty for carrying the cargo to the destination in Kuwait. The usual pre-move surveys, and technical testing were done by the survey team of the Projects department. The expected time of projects completion was 100 days which was committed before the move to the client, however, CSS could successfully cross the finishing line in 87 days.

Our team brought in another accolade by successfully displaying exemplary skills and exceeding the client satisfaction. Each project gives us a chance to add a new lesson to our experience. This project was an example of how dedication and commitment can add value to the jobs undertaken. Commented Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects Oil & Energy division, CSS Group.


January, 2016

FPS AGM at Jakarta



CSS Group representatives attended the recently concluded FPS AGM and conference at Jakarta.
The CSS Group was represented by Siby Kurian, Senior GM, Sales & Marketing and Thomas Mathew, Manager Pricing and Key Information Department, CSS Dubai, Jairam KR, Director, CSS India, Narayan R T, General Manager, CSS Bahrain and Dean Landers, General Manager, CSS Kuwait.
FPS Group – one of the largest and longest-established forwarding groups in the world – is to change its constitution to allow multiple memberships in each territory. The decision was reached at this year’s AGM and Conference, which took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was attended by representatives of the network’s global membership.
Advisory Board Chairman Sam Aparo, co-owner of one of the network’s founding members, told delegates that the original FPS Group policy of one member per country was no longer the best model. Although it had been very successful since its launch in 1998, “The strength we once had is now our weakness,” he said.
“If we have multiple members in each market, it means we all have multiple choices. It’s not just more members, it’s also about quality and additional opportunities. We should not be afraid of competition,” he continued.
“Networking at the FPS AGM and conference always provides an opportunity to meet new members from some of the geographical regions where we do think about exploring in the near future and hence CSS finds it very fruitful to be at this gathering” commented Siby Kurian.
FPS will also embark on an aggressive expansion programme in 2016, to fill gaps in its existing geographic coverage. Speaking after the conference, Sam Aparo added: “2016 is the year of expansion for our network. We have a tremendous and unrivalled asset in the quality, size, reputation and business base of FPS Group. New members will immediately benefit from this, as well as opening up new opportunities for the whole group.”
Aparo added that there had never been a better time for agents to join a quality network, enabling them to counteract falling margins with increased reciprocal sales and more professional marketing. “There is strength in numbers; both more effective marketing, and the opportunity to share its costs over a larger number of participants.”
“In a very uncertain global economic scenario we face, it’s extremely important to have regular overhauling of your contacts to keep the business lively and aggressive. CSS India has always utilised the opportunity of interacting at the FPS, from day one onwards and we have found it very useful” mentioned Jairam K R.


November, 2012

Transhipment to Kuwait AZIMUT 64


CSS Group’s Yacht and Marine Division, headed by VP Business Development Ken Dinnadge in Dubai, recently undertook a complex Yacht and Marine Logistics transhipment operation to Kuwait. An AZIMUT 64 was arranged with complete vessel discharge to water at Dubai’s Jebel Ali port for onward movement to Kuwait. This operation required close coordination between various CSS divisions, the Jebel Ali Port as well as with the actual customer. Commenting on the recent successful shipment, Ken added, “The yacht and marine shipment was successfully executed from start to finish and I would like to thank all of the divisions involved for their utmost support and cooperation. The complexity of the shipment was a true testament of everyone’s commitment to a seamless end delivery and is the cornerstone of the Group’s success.”


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