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Carotrans Opens Office In Seattle


Clark, New Jersey, May 9, 2012 – CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announced the opening of a new CaroTrans office in Seattle, Washington.  This office will provide enhanced, expedited import and export ocean transportation services – LCL (less than container load), FCL (full container load) and breakbulk – in this active trade region.

CaroTrans’ Seattle office is the company’s fourteenth office in the U.S.  In 2011, CaroTrans added a Dallas office, as well as a new global office in Santiago, Chile.  They anticipate further expansion in 2012 with new office openings in the U.S. Midwest, and in global locations.

“We are committed to open offices where our customers are located to better serve their needs,” said Greg Howard, Global CEO, CaroTrans.  “Our decentralized approach empowers our local teams which enables them to provide the highest level of customer service and support.”

Brian Allcorn, Seattle Branch Manager, CaroTrans, remarked, “We are excited about the opportunity to serve local freight forwarders in the Pacific Northwest, an important international trade area.  We believe we are positioned well, in the U.S. and globally, to provide the service and support freight forwarders require to meet their customers’ global shipping needs.”

The CaroTrans Seattle office is located at: 20415 72nd Ave. South, Suite 470, Kent, WA  98032  Phone:  253-277-1898, E-mail:  briana@carotrans.com   


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

CaroTrans, Greg Howard, 732.540.8121, 908.206.1067
CKL Communications, Carol Lerner, 973.635.6923,

Carotrans Expands Global Network With Launch Of New Office In Europe


Clark, New Jersey, June 18, 2012 – CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announced the opening of a new CaroTrans branch in Le Havre, France.  This new hub office in Europe creates the foundation for future growth and supports CaroTrans’ overall network of global operations.  Container freight stations will be established in Paris and Lyon, France to serve local shippers with secure, expedited services.   For inland moves throughout France and Europe, CaroTrans provides a comprehensive, door-to-door distribution network for consistent, reliable deliveries.

Le Havre is an important European gateway for CaroTrans’ full container load (FCL) and less than container load (LCL) services to and from points in the U.S., Asia, Middle East, South America and Canada and is a natural platform for freight moving to West Africa from these regions.  Initially, CaroTrans’ Le Havre office will support FCL and LCL exports from the U.S. with exports from France to the U.S. soon to follow.

The Le Havre office is the second new office for CaroTrans in 2012.  A CaroTrans office was opened in Seattle last month to serve global freight forwarders in the Pacific Northwest.

“We are committed to strengthening our presence in Europe with strategically placed branches in key markets.  CaroTrans branches, along with our network of dedicated agent partners, position us to provide the highest level of stable and secure customer service and support,” said Greg Howard, CaroTrans, Global CEO.  “The next phase of our expansion in Europe will likely be setting up CaroTrans offices in Paris and Marseilles.”

CSS India Visits Operinter

CSS India Director Jairam K R visited the Operinter office  in Barcelona recently. This visit was a part of the official agents visit in Europe. Jairam held meetings with the Operinter officials and discussed about various business programmes between the two companies. Operinter is one of the leading logistics companies in Spain with strong presence in all the major ports and cities of the country. CSS is having a long standing business relationship with Operinter and is expected to do even better during the coming days.

DP World Reports 10% Increase In Container Volumes In First Quarter Of 2012

DP World Limited held its Annual General Meeting for the year ended 31 December 2011 recently and World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem made the following statement regarding trading in the first quarter of 2012.

“Across our global portfolio of marine terminals, DP World has seen a 9.5% increase in gross volumes in the first quarter of 2012 handling 13.8 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units). Excluding the contribution from new capacity, like for like growth was 7.4%.

“This growth was driven by an excellent performance in our Asia Pacific and Indian Subcontinent region which reported 14.6% growth in volumes as new capacity across the region supported strong growth across our Asia Pacific portfolio. Growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa region was 4.4% with a good performance in the Middle East and Africa mitigating the ongoing challenging operating environment in Europe. The Americas and Australia region reported growth of 8.7% driven by a very strong performance in the Americas region.

“Our portfolio of consolidated terminals reported container volumes of 6.6 million TEU. Had our five terminals in Australia not been deconsolidated from the 12 March 2011, underlying growth would have been 5.9% when compared to the same period last year.

“Jebel Ali, UAE has continued to deliver strong volume growth handling 3.2 million TEU in the first three months of the year, 8.5% ahead of the same period last year.

“The global macroeconomic uncertainty has continued into 2012. With our portfolio focused on the faster growing emerging markets and more stable origin and destination (O&D) markets, we remain committed to delivering improved operational and financial performance over 2011”.

FPS Visit To CSS Kolkata

Yoshikatsu Sawada, Sales Director of FPS Singapore recently visited the CSS Kolkata office. His business visit was intended to strengthen the existing ties between FPS Singapore and CSS India and to chalk out new areas of operations and finalise some major movements from the Far East to the Eastern Indian region. Sawada interacted with the CSS team in Kolkata and enjoyed some fruitful discussions during his stay.


CSS- India Club UAE Open

K. Nanda Gopal gave his reputation as one of upcoming talents of Indian badminton a big boost with a double crown at the India Club UAE Open badminton tournament played at the India Club. He walked away with the men’s super league singles crown and then the doubles title, partnering B. Sumeeth Reddy.

Twenty-one-year-old Gopal is a product of the P. Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad and is ranked India’s No 5. He produced a sterling performance in the final to down K. Ajay Kumar 21-19, 21-7.

Kumar is also from the same academy and is ranked No.18 in India. Kurmar started strongly in the first set and raced and was leading by five points, when Gopal lifted his game and clinched the set. In the second set, Gopal was in full flow and wrapped up the set with little effort to prove that he is the worthy winner of the title.

Inspired by his singles’ title win, Gopal then joined Sumeeth Reddy to down Indonesia’s Didi Purwanto and Bahrain’s Jaffer E. Jaffer Ebrahim in the men’s doubles final. Gopal and Reddy won 21-16, 21-14. Incidentally, Ebrahim is one of the most outstanding talents in the Middle East. More than 500 players contested the tournament. Co-support Sponsor, CSS Group was represented by Susanth Shekar, HR Manager, CSS gave away the prizes to the winners of the tournament.


  • The tournament was inaugurated on Monday,14th May 2012.
  • On an average 25 – 27 matches were played daily for 23 days.
  • A record number of 135 matches were played on two weekends, Fridays, 18th& 25th May and 40 matches were played on a weekday, Sat., 26th May.
  • Daily crowd: Approximately 300 including Club Members/Badminton Players/ Guests.
  • In all the 14 categories, 481 entries were received.
  • A total number of 485 matches were played throughout the tournament (so far highest ever on India Club records).
  • All the matches were played under the new WBF 21 point-scoring format.
  • Players from India, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesian, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Germany, United Kingdom, Bahrain, China, Syria, Belgium & Denmark took part in the tournament besides the local Indian & Pakistani expats residing in the UAE.
  • The Badminton Committee comprised of A. K.Prakashan, Kishore Setpal, Anil Mohan.
  • A team of 25 Officials were also set up for the tournament.
  • This tournament started in the early 1978.
  • International & Olympic Umpire, Apinder Sabharwal umpired the super league matches.
  • H. E. Sanjay Verma, Consul General of India, Dubai spoke on the occasion.
  • Dr. Ram Buxani, Chairman, India Club also spoke on the occasion.


CSS would like to congratulate Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, recently representing CSS at a local golfing tournament organized by the UAE’s shipping fraternity.

His stellar play helped him to record one of the highest scores in tournament history and for getting only the 2nd ever Hole in One on the Par 3 course.

He did it using a 6 iron on the 167yard 7th hole, “It was an unbelievable shot that bounced on the top of the bunker in front of the green then rolled directly to the hole!!!” said Ken Dinnadge of his outstanding game. CSS congratulates all of the participants and organizers involved, well done!


Senior Girls Basketball Team: CSS Group recently sponsored the girls Basketball team from ‘Our Own English High School’, Al Warqaa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

They ruled the basketball courts at the Mini Modern Basketball Tournament, held at the Dubai Modern High School back in May 2012.

‘Our Own English High School’ defeated Dubai Modern High in the finals by a score of 33-22.

Irene Jacob of Our Own English High School, Dubai was voted as MVP of the tournament.

CSS Group would like to congratulate the team on their outstanding performance!

Welcome Olympics 2012

London has hosted the Olympic Games on two past occasions, in 1908 and 1948, with a third scheduled for 2012. The planned 2012 Summer Olympics will make London the first city to have hosted the modern Games of three Olympiads. London is the only city in the United Kingdom to have ever hosted the Olympics; the United States is the only country to have hosted Summer Olympics on more occasions than the UK. There are some interesting facts from the history of Olympic Games, which you might not know.

  • In 1908, the marathon standard had been set at exactly 26 miles. During Olympic marathon in London, it was decided that the royal family needed a better view of the finish line so organizers added an extra 385 yards to the race so the finish line would be in front of the royal box. From then on the distance of the Marathon remains to be “26 miles and 385 yards.


  • Swimmer “Michael Phelps” of USA won 8 Gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It is the highest number of gold medals ever own by a single person in a single olympics game.


  • “Abebe Bikila” of Ethopia won the marathon in 1960 Rome Olympics by registering a record time of 2hrs 15mins and 16.2 secs. He ran this marathon bare footed. He also become the first african to win an olympic gold medal.


  • “Berlin Olympics” held in 1936 were the first Olympic games ever to be broadcast on television.


  • Romanian “Nadia Comaneci” was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 seven times in a row. She achieved this feat in the 1976 Montreal Games.


  • “Hilda Lorna Johnstone” of Great Britain is the oldest women to have ever participated in Olympics till date. She was 70 years old when she participated in 1972 games. She was an Equestrian.


  • There were “no women” participants in the Athens olympics which were held in 1896. First time the women were allowed to participate was in the year 1900 summer olympics held in Paris.


  • “Charlotte Cooper” was the first women to win gold medal in the olympics. She won it in the sport of tennis, during the 2nd olympics held in Paris in the year 1900. It was the first olympics in which women participated.


  • “Oscar Swahn” of Sweden is the oldest olympian to have participated in any of the olympic events so far. He was a shooter who participated at the 1920 Antwerp Games at the age of 72 years.


  • “Dimitrios Loundras” was the youngest olympian ever to participate in modern olympics. He was a Greek gymnast, who competed in the 1896 Athens Olympics. He was 10 years and 218 days old. He remains to be the youngest medallist and competitor in any of the olympics till date.


  • “James Connolly” of USA was the first person to win a medal in the first modern olympics held in athens 1896. The winners were given a silver medal and olive leaf.

Some Facts About The London Olympics 2012

  • 26 Olympic sports will be played .
  • 19 Paralympic sports will be played.
  • The London economy is projected to grow by $80 billion by 2015.
  • The Games are projected to generate 12,000 new jobs in the Olympic Park.
  • 31 competition venues will be utilised.
  • 20,000 press/media will be in attendance.
  • 10km of new roads will be built.
  • There will be 500,000 spectators per day.
  • 9,000 new homes will be built.
  • There will be 9.6million tickets for sale – 8million for the Olympics and 1.6million for the Paralympics.
  • Organisers say 75 per cent of all tickets will cost less than £50 and offer free travel on London transport.
  • A sell-out rate of 82 per cent for the Olympic Games and 63 per cent for the Paralympics is estimated.
  • Tickets for the athletics will start at £15 and there will be 20,000 £10 tickets for the Olympic Park to watch.
  • The village will be converted into 3,600 apartments, most of them will be affordable housing.
  • After the Games four arenas would be ‘deconstructed’ and relocated to other parts of the UK along with the swimming pools that are used for water polo and the 50m training pools.
  • Charities will be given the sports equipment used in the Games for free.
  • 93 per cent of training venues are to be within 30 minutes of the athletes village.
  • There are 9,000 planned park and ride spaces to be made available at Ebbsfleet where spectators can board a 10-minute javelin service to the Olympic Park.
  • It is predicted that on event days 78 per cent of spectators are likely to travel from within London and 22 per cent from the rest of the UK and Europe.

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