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Lighthouse - July, 2015.

Chairman’s Message

The past few months have proven to be invigorating with numerous activities inside and outside our company. This has bucked the trend caused by a general business slowdown, in the entire logistics business, owing to the unrest in the Middle East. At CSS we have had the opportunity to strategise new ventures and plans for the future. The new facility created by the SAIF Zone, Sharjah and the forthcoming project in the Sultanate of Oman provide exciting prospects. Especially within CSS it is our belief, to engender and appreciate trust and confidence in our work force, which gives rise to welcome initiatives.

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear one of my senior managers saying that the biggest asset of our company is, “We have people in our work force that can think and not just follow orders”. Very true, I totally agree with this comment.

I believe that for any organisation to become successful it has to attract, motivate and hold on to staff that can co-create value with customers and constantly improve operations.

In my message four years ago, ‘Lighthouse’ July/August 2011, I highlighted the success story of a talented enthusiastic young team at CSS Mumbai. I wrote:-

Anyone who wishes to have impact and succeed, in this environment, requires maximum flair, unconventional creativity, extra energy and enthusiasm.

These words ring even more true today. The trust and confidence which resounds, throughout CSS, encourages everyone to take bolder steps. No matter the size of the steps it is the boldness in moving forward that counts the most. This is what brings about added value and new initiatives for the mutual benefit of our customers and CSS.

As Vincent Van Gough said, “Great things are achieved by a series of small things brought together”. This is why I am confident that our latest strategised ventures will prove successful.

Performance Excellence Award


“Every honour is a reminder that you have been noticed amongst your partners within the industry. I believe that this brings in a feel of additional responsibility for the deeds you are involved into. Thanks a lot to Safmarine for recognizing our services” mentioned T S Kaladharan, Chairman CSS Group while receiving the customer award from Safmarine.

CSS was recently honored at the Customer Award Night by Safmarine, at a dinner held at the Shangrila Hotel, Dubai, UAE on April 13th 2015. The function was attended by the Chairman of CSS Group T S Kaladharan, Ajay Krishnan Senior General Manager Freight Forwarding and Key Information Department (KID) and Raufa Sheikh, Manager Pricing and (KID). The award was presented by Mr Stephen James Brodie, Commercial CFO- Copenhagen, Safmarine

“It’s a great pleasure for Safmarine to celebrate the customer service award in style and honour our valuable partners during this event. The growth of both the CSS and Safmarine together to achieve greater customer service excellence proved to be an encouraging factor for us and we cherish the relationship. The hand in hand work was always a key factor for the accomplishments of both the entities”, commented Seema Nair, Managing Director, Safmarine.

The recognition of this award was for the growth and consistent performance for the fiscal year 2014 and it is the third consecutive year that CSS has been awarded by Safmarine. “It’s a great honour and achievement for CSS Group. By this, it has been proved once again that trust and confidence amongst partners could bring in greater rewards in the business and we believe that such recognitions would definitely cement the relationship between both the entities in the future as well.” added Ajay Krishnan, Senior General Manager, Ocean Freight, CSS.

Safmarine is an international shipping business offering container and break-bulk shipping services worldwide. Formed in 1946 by South African industrialists and American ship owners, Safmarine is now widely known as a north/south trade and African specialist. The line is represented in more than 130 countries throughout the world, with more than 1200 sailors selling their services.

“It’s been a wonderful journey together for 3 years and we are proud for this trusted relationship with CSS Group. Both Safmarine and CSS Group has taken strenuous efforts in the industry to develop our business to reach far and wide in the global shipping and today we both share a wonderful feeling to have this achievement”, added Sanjeev Saraf, Head of Commercial, UAE, Safmarine.

Regional Office and New Warehouse


Consolidated Shipping Group has broken ground on its new facility inside the Jebel Ali Freezone. The proud function was held recently in the presence of invited guests and dignitaries from the Shipping and Logistics community. CSS Group will have their Regional office along with a new warehouse within the new facility. This new warehouse will bring in an additional space of 47,850 Sq. ft to its existing 3PL facilities in the Middle East.

“CSS is always committed to provide first class services and facilities to our clients. The increase in the storage area with the additional new facility in Jebel Ali will put CSS Group amongst the front runners of 3PL providers in the Middle East Region”, mentioned Raj George Senior VP, Ocean Freight, CSS Group.

The new facility will have 3956 pallet positions with double deep racking facility. The storage area will be partly temperature controlled as well.

The ground breaking ceremony of the new facility in JAFZA was attended by Dr. Mohammad Al Banna, Vice President – MEA Region, Economic Zones World, Malayalam Cine actor Mr. Anoop Menon, Mr. Srinivas from Orbit engineering consultants & Mr. Ajit T P from Space Max Contracting L.L.C.

The proposed new facility will become operational in a year’s time from the commencement of the work. “The additional warehouse space which is going to emerge out of this new project will give CSS Group the capacity to handle to the maximum satisfaction of our existing clientele and to accommodate the ever increasing demand for storage within the Jebel Ali Free Zone” commented T S Kaladharan Chairman, CSS Group during the function.

CSS Group started functioning from Saif Zone, Sharjah

CSS Kingston Logistics FZC
CSS Kingston Logistics has started its full fledged operations from the SAIF Zone, Sharjah, providing specialized solutions for Freight forwarding, Warehousing & Transportation along with other regular logistics activities. CSS Kingston Logistics is a joint venture company of Consolidated Shipping Group and Kingston Holdings.
CSS Kingston joint venture has a strategic presence at the Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone), enabling them with rapid access, & efficient service in the Emirates business hub. Their leading edge Operational & Warehousing infrastructure, located in the SAIF Zone boasts of over 100,000 sq.ft of high quality warehousing space, fully integrated supply chain process, reverse logistics and full service warehousing & distribution services. The CSS Kingston network spans across Europe, Far East, Middle East, Africa, Americas and the Sub Continent with weekly sailings to more than 1650 destinations.
Facilities & Strengths
• Strategically located warehouse in SAIF Zone, Sharjah
• Integrated software system to manage all operations
• Operational space of 100,000 sq.ft.
• 100% double deep racking system
• Staging and reworking areas
• Operational with state of the art equipments
• Comfortable loading bays
• Computerized inventory management
• Designated space for handling value added services
• Managed and Operated by CSS Staff and equipment
Services Offered
• Freight forwarding & Logistics
• Fully racked Warehouse
• Land Transportation Management
• LCL cargo handling facilities
• Cargo Movement to LCL hubs
• Documentation, Storage & Logistics under one roof
• Dedicated & professional manpower
Contact : info@csskingston.com

Guiding Kingston Holdings


Kingston Holdings the single largest investor in Sharjah Airport International Freezone is spear headed by Mr Lalu Samuel one of the leading Industrialists based in the UAE. Being in the UAE for more than three decades, he owns Kingston Management consultants as well. Mr Samuel is also the CEO and Managing Director for four major multinational companies namely Pierlite Middle East, an Australian Multinational, GP Middle East an Asian Multinational Public listed in Hong Kong, Rexton Technologies of UK, and now Xpelair Middle East of UK for the Middle East, Africa and subcontinent Region.

Rexton Technologies

Originally a British company started in the 1950s is currently worldwide owned by Kingston Holdings FZC. Rexton a worldwide registered brand with a portfolio of more than 12000 products, is currently the flagship brand of Kingston Holdings.


Kingston’s JV partner Pierlite Australia is the largest lighting manufacturer in Australia and Asia Pacific. Pierlite is known for its quality, technical performance, support and service. The Manufacturing Joint venture operations covers entire Middle East and Africa.

Gold Peak

Founded in 1964 Headquartered in Hong Kong, Gold Peak is an Asian Multi National. The company is listed in Hong Kong and Singapore stock exchange. Gold Peak is the owner of GP batteries and a manufacturer of primary and rechargeable batteries. GP Batteries is the third largest battery company in the world. GP has 60% world market share of 9 volt batteries.

Glen Dimplex & Xpelair

Xpelair Middle East is a JV between Glen Dimplex the parent company of Xpelair UK and Kingston Holdings FZC. The JV covers, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, GCC, Middle East and African and Central Asian countries. Glen Dimplex founded in 1973 is a leading international group with annual revenues in excess of two billion euro and over ten thousand employees across four continents. Glen Dimplex comes with a portfolio of 25 brands in various categories all of them world leaders in their category (Xpelair, Stoves, Belling, Morphy Richards, New World, Creda, Galaxy, Faber).


• Member of the Board of Trustees of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Chairman of Industries Business Group under the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (2200 manufacturing units)
• Board Member of the Indian Business Leaders Forum
• Board of Directors of the Indian Business & Professional Council
• Board of Directors of the India Trade & Exhibition Centre


• Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award (The Vice President award) for Manufacturing Category in the UAE – March 2008
• Economic Excellence Award in 2006 from the Sharjah Government for the Best Industry in the Major Industries Category
• Excellence 2000 from Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in year 2001, an acknowledgement of the high standards and excellence achieved by his company and its exemplary performance and contribution to the economic development of the emirate of Sharjah
• ‘Best Company in Sharjah Free Zone’ in the year 2000
• Clipsal Corporate award for three years consecutively –in 2001, 2002 and 2003– for his company’s outstanding revenue growth and contribution


• Selected as one of the top 100 Most Influential Indian Business Leaders in the UAE by Forbes Middle East
• Excellence Award (SEA) Business Man of the Year (2013) – Sharjah Airport International Freezone – 24th April 2013
• Global Industrial Leadership award at the House of Lords in London – 27th September 2010
• ACHIEVER EXCELLENCE AWARD from NRI Institute – 26th June 2010
• Golden Honour Award from the King of Travancore in Kerala – 12th December 2010


The Dream Come True Destination for Business


SAIF Zone is adjacent to Sharjah International Airport and close to the main ports, terminals and cities of the country. Despite the short history of the free zone, it has been noted for the fast development providing state-of-the-art facilities for investors.

Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF) is the first Airport Industrial Free Trade Zone in the UAE. Easily accessible to sea-ports on the Gulf of Oman (Port Khor Fakkan) and the Arabian Gulf (Port Khalid), SAIF Zone is built adjacent to the Sharjah International Airport, which has already gained the enviable reputation as leading cargo hub. With the distinction of being the world’s first ISO 9001 certified Airport Free Zone, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone offers highly developed infrastructure and extremely attractive incentives make the dream come true for the businessman.

Sharjah Airport International Free Zone provides some of the most enticing business incentives in the region, including speed of service and simplicity of process. The perception of lengthy and highly bureaucratic procedures to set up in the Middle East can be a serious barrier to potential investors but SAIF-Zone has a 24 hour licensing service which enables businesses to be up and running sooner than has ever been possible before. The customer base is among the largest in the world from one central hub, with access to more than 2 billion people within a four hour flight and as one of the most dynamic Emirates in the UAE, Sharjah accounts for over a third of the country’s industrial activity. Its links to the rest of the world are accessible and immediate and regardless of where your customers are based, SAIF-Zone provides you with all the benefits of a personal and corporate tax-free income with no import export duties.

Versatility has always been one of SAIF-Zone’s prime objectives. From a single office space to entire manufacturing facilities and everything in between, the options are designed to accommodate every business and every scenario. Warehouses, storage areas, container parking, bunkers and labour housing are all available at the lowest costs and highest quality. SAIF-Zone offers an unlimited workforce to support your business along with sponsorship and visas for in-house staff to make the transition to a new workplace as smooth as possible.

Advantages of SAIF Zone

• 100% foreign owned enterprise
• 100% repatriation of capital & profits
• 100% Corporate, personal income tax exemptions
• 100% exemption of import & export taxes
• License issued within 24 hours
• On site labor accommodation
• 25 years lease extendable to a similar period
• Sponsorship and visa’s for all staff
• Free transfer of funds & a stable Currency
• Global and regional communication facilities with excellent sea, land and air transport links
• Access to over 2 billion customers Strategic location
• 24 hour hotline for equipment and provision of labor
• Competitive structure of fee, property and management
• 24 X 7 Operations.

Breakbulk Europe Expo 2015

The recently concluded Breakbulk Europe expo 2015 in Antwerp could be seen as the continent’s largest exhibition designed for the Breakbulk and project cargo industry. Celebrating the event’s 10th anniversary, attendees benefitted from unparalleled networking opportunities with project cargo owners, freight forwarders and transportation specialists. The four-day event offered industry workshops, a conference featuring leading Breakbulk and project cargo experts and an exhibition showcasing a range of both international and European companies.

CSS Group was a participant at the event, attending the conference and exhibition. The company was represented by Siby C Kurian, Senior General Manager, Sales & Marketing CSS Group and Narayan R T, General Manager CSS Bahrain.

“Breakbulk Europe 2015 was an extremely interactive and an engaging exhibition, which is why it is rated as one the most sought after exhibitions amongst Breakbulk cargo logisticians. This year was no different with excellent networking opportunities, an increase in participation from last year and more importantly more business opportunities were created with existing and new partners within the fraternity of shipping and logistics”, Commented Siby C Kurian.

Breakbulk Europe 2015 celebrated 10 years of success as the top event designed for the Breakbulk and project cargo industry. Bringing together EPCs, ports, forwarders, transporters and other cargo specialists and industry experts, the event proved to be worthwhile for Breakbulk and project cargo logisticians. Spread across four halls, the exhibition offered a multitude of networking opportunities, two days of executive presentations focused on Europe’s economic and transport issues and workshops for those seeking to build their professional skills.

“This year’s Breakbulk, as always provided an excellent platform to network and meet other industry partners and share concerns and ideas. The increasing number of participants every year is an obvious example of how industry experts are keen on this exhibition. Breakbulk cargo movement is an exciting and growing sector and the conference enabled us to meet new members and to understand new concepts”, mentioned Narayan R. T.

The exhibition started on the 18th May concluded on the 21st witnessing so much interaction and exchange of ideas amongst the participants.

Projects At CSS


The Sales Dubai team in coordination with CSS Homeward Bound and Jebel Ali operations division successfully completed one major movement from Sharjah, UAE to Adabiya, Egypt. The movement which required close coordination was handled professionally by the CSS teams with careful planning and skill. The products were HVAC Units (Heating, Ventilating & Air conditioning Units) from a reputed company with a volume exceeding 2000 CBM.

The entire units were meticulously crated by the relocations division, CSS Homeward bound. The entire process was completed within 15 days time inviting highest client appreciation. The operations teams then took over the movement for which they involved 35 trailers. The trailers moved the units with extreme care on to Breakbulk vessel to be further shipped to Adabiya, Egypt.

High professionalism was displayed by each and every department of CSS involved in the process and ensured highest client satisfaction in executing such time sensitive works as always.

DP World Partners with Emirates Transport

DPW recently announced an MoU signed in Jebel Ali by Mohammed Al Muallem and Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 04, 2015:- DP World UAE Region, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Emirates General Transport and Services Corporation (Emirates Transport). The MoU includes a range of potential benefits for both organisations including road transport solutions provided by Emirates Transport such as a bus fleet for leasing, heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, repairs, washing and cleaning services, and converting vehicles to operate on natural gas.

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DP WorldUAE Region, and Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, General Manager of Emirates Transport, signed the MoU at DP World’s offices in Jebel Ali.

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World UAE Region, said:

“New transport initiatives for terminal workers are part of our commitment to enhance operations with a modern and integrated transport network. Emirates Transport has over three decades of experience in the transport industry, and we are looking forward to a high quality service in line with our international best practices.”

Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, General Manager of Emirates Transport, said:

“As a provider of transport solutions in the UAE, Emirates Transport is proud to partner with DP World UAE Region and its flagship Jebel Ali Port, which plays a significant role in our nation’s economy. We are delighted to have the opportunity to play a role in this regional hub, and to explore future collaboration opportunities.”

Emirates Transport provides transport and maintenance automobile services for government, federal, and local organisations and the private sector through 28business centres and units, 7 subsidiaries and associate companies across the UAE.

Summer Move

Make it simple

Moving locally or internationally can be an exciting process, but when you are in hot & humid summer weather, the move can become stressful, uncomfortable & frustrating. Summer poses its own challenges and most people know how daunting it can be, but if you plan ahead and create a blue print for your move, the transition will go smoothly.


Make sure you choose a licensed mover with accreditation and experience in summer moving. To avoid mishaps, book the movers early, as you may have a hard time finding any that are available, this is especially true if you need the move to take place on a weekend on the 1st or end of the month.


Ideally, try to schedule on a weekday. It might be good idea to move in the middle of the month – as the beginning and the end of summer month are undoubtedly the busiest time to move. So as you won’t have as hard of a time renting moving trucks or dealing with crowded elevators.


Ensure you make your move during the early mornings of late evening to avoid harsh weather. While contracting the movers itself this needs to be confirmed. Overnight packing makes it easier to move during the early hours of the day.


Try to beat the heat during this process, Even if you hire movers you will still be doing some walking and standing in the heat, so keep yourself hydrated. Stock plenty of water, freeze towels to put around your neck, and wear lightweight, moisture materials.


Crack the air-conditioning, there’s nothing more relieving than stepping into a cool apartment and out of hot weather. Make your summer move much more bearable by turning on the air-conditioning as soon as you get there, this way you don’t have to sweat while you’re unpacking.

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