+971 4 8831 303 info@cssdubai.com

Lighthouse - November, 2016.

Chairman’s Message

T S Kaladharan

Paramount, during the last twenty-one years of our operations, has been the determination of CSS to cater for the ever growing demands from the shipping and logistics industry. We have been very particular in adopting the best practices so as to service our clients around the globe. Each and every decision we have taken, from time to time, has been focused on offering the best outcomes for our customers. It is therefore with great satisfaction that we find ourselves standing, here today, with our extensive presence in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Our latest developments, in Qatar and Oman, are in line with our decision to provide exemplary service.

This commitment, and the ever growing demand for storage, has driven CSS to increase the capacity of our facilities in the Jebel Ali Free Zone. As a result we have equipped ourselves with an additional 40,000 sq.ft, warehouse facility and 100,000 sq. ft. open yard storage, ready for our customers’ occupation. This is an opportune time to announce the availability of this huge facility as we are on the doorstep of our annual Sales Strategy Meet. Whilst the management and team-heads plan and design concepts and ideas, to take up new challenges and face the existing demands of the industry, CSS commends this new Jebel Ali Free Zone addition as our latest offering towards boosting the commerce and industry of the Middle East economy.

The world of logistics is moving at such a fast pace, that companies are compelled to form specialised task forces. Such a move will effectively combine the knowledge and skill based workforces in order to cope with this invigorating environment. Although we appreciate the demands concerning the urgency of products and services, we know it’s the results that are paramount. This is invariably the primary focus of our discussions; which is why our Sales Strategy Meet always proves to be a valuable opportunity to present what we have achieved, as well as what we have in store as our future strategy.

Open Yard Storage In Jebel Ali From CSS Group

css-dubaiThe new open yard storage facility inside the Jebel Ali Free zone is CSS Group’s latest contribution to the ever growing demand for open yard storage requirements in the UAE. More than 100,000 Square feet area is allocated within the free zone premises and commissioned along with the Consolidated Shipping Services new Regional headquarters. The facility is a welcome initiative when it comes to requirements like the storage of large cargo such as machinery, construction materials equipment, automobiles and other heavy duty equipment. The company ensures all safety measures to the convenience of the customer.
The open yard facility is fully fenced and interlocked with sufficient lighting and is monitored by a 24 hour on-site security team. The location of the open yard is near R/A- 07 JAFZA North and adjacent to Jebel Ali Port general cargo berth. “We have always ensured maximum client satisfaction in all our initiatives. Our new addition to the existing facilities can be seen as a contribution from CSS, towards the ever growing demand for open yard storage requirements in the UAE region and thereby improve the trade within our industry” mentioned Chandrakala (CK), Director, Operations, CSS Group.

Salient Features

  • Total area of 100,000 Square Feet
  • Full managed by CSS Staff & State of the art equipment
  • 24 hours security
  • Offers short term and long term storage

CSS Group, headquartered in Dubai has become one of the most trusted partners for freight forwarding and logistics among the global fraternity within a short period of time. Professional and dedicated services offered in the field of Ocean Freight, Air Freight, Local & International Land Transportation, Projects Management, Supply Chain Management and Personal Effects Management has brought in accolades and recognition for the entire CSS Group. Being a prominent name in the field of freight forwarding in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, CSS Group has to its credit an enviable list of Global Network Partners. CSS has a dedicated and highly skilled team of over 750 professionals around the globe offering integrated freight forwarding & logistic solutions to varied clientele.

Key Contacts:


Don Raveendran
Asst. Manager - CFS Operations
Sreenath V
VP-Operations & Projects

CSS Homeward Bound to Launch The 1 CBM Box

css-hwbAre you moving? Relocating? Or simply found your dream home to settle into? The 1 CBM box, another unique new product from CSS HomewardBound, allows you to avoid the clutter of handling multiple packages. Ease of handling a limited number of cartons, Ease of storage and the productivity you gain are just a few of the benefits.

The 1 CBM box can be customised to allow users to hang garments, making it appealing to commercial customers and personal effects alike. In markets where handling cargo is tedious and expensive, the improved efficiency gained using this product is a welcome change.

At CSS HWB, we are offering this product as a DIY packing product, or our renowned packing services are available for this as well.  be it overflow management, for excess cargo or an ideal self-storage solution that you are looking for, the 1CBM box will work for you, improving costs and most importantly adding to the convenience quotient.

“Constant enquiries from the customers regarding the delivery services for items which don’t require huge volume booking made us think for such a novel concept, and we are sure that many people will benefit from this service”, commented Syed Zeeshan, General Manager, CSS Homeward Bound, while speaking about the new concept.

Initially available in the UAE for both local and international relocations, HWB will also be offering customised self-storage solutions using this product at our logistics centre at Al Quoz.  One more innovation from HWB, that will go a long way to making your moving easier. Call us for more details @ 800(CSS)277 or enquire at
info@csshomewardbound.com for more details.

CSS Homeward Bound, the Moving and Relocations division of CSS Group has created a name by itself with their unparalleled service in the Middle East. They offer removal services that suit the requirements of the customers, be it home or office. Their service offerings include Warehousing, Industrial Packing & Crating, Exhibitions & events logistics, Handyman services etc.

CSS Group’s New 3PL Facility in Jafza

jafzaCSS Group announces their latest addition to the 3PL capability, company’s new storage solution at JAFZA has been opened for the industry requirements. Situated alongside their current CSS Bonded CFS, the new facility not only increases their capacity for storage but also improves productivity. The new infrastructure brings in an additional 40,000 Sq. Ft to CSS Group’s existing 3PL facilities in the Middle East. The new facility is having 4660 pallet positions with double deep racking facility.

The company is committed to providing their customers; effective solutions to cater to all their logistics needs and with CSS Group’s extensive network within and outside the UAE and a large pool of skilled man power, the company can create and execute a truly global programme for the Supply Chain Management requirements of their customers. CSS guarantees a cost effective, first in class service from their facilities within JAFZA.

3PL Logistics Solutions from CSS Group

Consolidated Shipping Services Group is one of the leading names in the field of 3PL logistics in the Middle East. With the vast assets in terms of professional manpower and infrastructure, CSS provides the finest 3PL logistics solutions to a cross section of industry giants. Working with CSS brings in benefits for both the customer and supplier through accurate, well-managed inventory and supply chain solutions. CSS Group own and operate one of the largest network of warehouses in the UAE. Our third party logistics offer an integrated solution for assembly, packaging, warehousing, and distribution.

Our Facilities Include

  • Inbound and Outbound transportation
  • Storage area of more than 600,000 Sq. Ft. in the UAE
  • Warehousing (Both Covered & Open Yard)
  • Temperature controlled storage
  • Self-storage facilities for personal effects
  • Freight Bill Auditing/Payment
  • Customs Brokerage
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Customs Clearance

Service offering includes:

  • Strategically located ware house in Jebel Ali Free Zone
  • 3PL services
  • Freight forwarding & Logistics
  • LCL cargo handling facilities
  • 40,000 Sq. Ft. Warehousing facilities
  • 4660 Pallet positions
  • 08 loading bays
  • 100 % Double deep racking system
  • Managed by FINS (Integrated software system developed in house)
  • Staging and reworking area
  • Land Transportation Management
  • Computerized Inventory management
  • Designated space for handling value added services
  • Managed and Operated by CSS Staff and equipment

Key Contacts:

Hareesh M Haridas
Manager - Supply chain
Sreenath V
VP - Operations & Projects
P.O. Box 61334, Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE.
Tel: +971 4 8872333, Fax: +971 4 887 2335,
info@cssdubai.com, www.cssdubai.com

Transformer Movement

jebel-aliThe Projects team at CSS Group successfully completed a major movement recently.

Six Units of Transformer each of 7 x 2.8 x 3 M and weighing 60 tons each were moved from Jebel Ali to Dubai Hill Substation site and Khor Dubai Substation site. The movement included the installation procedures as well at the site.

As is the practice, extensive study and survey was conducted as part of this movement regarding the Origin, destination and the travel route. Each point of the entire project was carefully assessed to ensure a fool proof and smooth journey of the cargo. The transformers were moved in heavy duty Low Bed Trailers and offloaded using 500 ton crane with super lift. “The entire movement was done overcoming lot of challenges and as usual our team were enthusiastically delivering their best throughout the process” commented Sreenath V, Vice President, Operations & Projects, CSS Group

Prior permissions were taken and escorts were arranged for the entire route. “Our proven expertise in the field of transformer movement brings in quality clients to us. Installation is another area which requires high level of technical expertise. CSS Projects team’s experience and knowledge is the key factor to our high level of success percentage”, commented Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects Oil & Energy, CSS Group, after the successful project completion.

CSS at FPS AGM,Yangon


CSS Group representatives attended the recently concluded FPS AGM and conference at Yangon, Myanmar. The meet was organised from the 18th to 21st October 2016.

CSS Group was represented at FPS by Chandrakala (CK), Director, Operations & Ocean Freight and Seshan Janik, Vice President, NVOCC.

FPS Group – one of the largest and longest-established forwarding groups in the world adopted the theme “Strengthen Network with Synergy” for this year’s meet. The four day event comprised of conference, one on one meeting & networking sessions. The most interesting programme as per the delegates attended was the Shwedagon Pagoda Visit and the Yangon Port visit organised on the last day of the event

css-at-fps-agm“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 Group has always utilised the opportunity of interacting at the FPS, from day one onwards and we have found it very useful” mentioned Chandrakala (CK).

CSS Group has always seen FPS meetings as a wonderful opportunity to interact with industry fraternity and had never missed the attendance. FPS networking has always proved to be highly productive over the years of CSS operations.

“Networking at the FPS AGM and conference always provides an opportunity to meet new members from some of the regions where we do think about testing our fortune in the future also brushing up our existing relationships happens in such forums  and hence CSS finds it very fruitful to be at this gathering” commented Seshan Janik.

Maersk Line Resumes Service to Iran

The world’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line has resumed calls to Iran after a five-year hiatus and hopes that access to a new, rapidly growing market will help it through the current downturn. Maersk Line is the global container division and the largest operating unit of the A.P. Moller–Maersk Group, a Danish business conglomerate.

“We are excited to announce that we have reinstated our services in Iran. This means that our customers can once again utilize our global network, large fleet of vessels and equipment, weekly departures, superior transit times and innovative suite of e-business solutions, both to and from Iran, subject to country specific regulations,” reads a note on the Copenhagen-based company’s website. The resumption of service to Iran comes nearly a year after Maersk’s 2M Alliance partner Mediterranean Shipping Company once again began sailing to the second-largest country in the Middle East.

“Global container trade has matured over the past years and is growing at a slower pace. Iran has the potential to be the market that stands out with faster growth,” Christian Juul-Nyholm, managing director, UAE cluster, Maersk Line, was quoted as saying by JOC.com.

CSS Group Becomes an AFBN Member

afbnAfrican Freight Bridge Network officially announces CSS Group as their member in the Middle East Region. AFBN is the first International freight forwarders network based in the North African region. The network membership offers many benefits to the member companies in the North African region.

“Africa has been the next frontier for us at CSS. A credible network of partners has been on our wish list for a while now. With the AFBN we now have a niche and experienced network of partners, allowing us to enter and explore opportunities.” mentioned Ajay Krishnan, VP Freight Forwarding and Pricing, CSS Group.

This member ship introduces a new member to the best and reliable freight forwarders in Africa. Being a member of AFBN networks will allow you to work only with trusted and specialized freight forwarders from all over the world under the financial and monitoring protection programme of AFBN which secures all financial transactions amongst the members. AFBN networks will secure and protect your money by a credible system as they are accredited and supported by FDRS programme (Forwarders debt recovery system). There are many such benefits announced by this network to member companies.

CSS Group with its worldwide network aims at exploring the opportunities of the prospects offered by the African countries, which they haven’t pursued yet. Consolidated Shipping Group, established in the year 1995, is one of the fastest growing NVOCCs in the region where it operates. CSS Group, headquartered in Dubai has become one of the most trusted partners for freight forwarding and logistics among the global fraternity within a short period of time. Professional and dedicated services offered in the field of Ocean Freight, Air Freight, Local & International Land Transportation, Projects Management, Supply Chain Management and Personal Effects Management has brought in accolades and recognition for the entire CSS Group. Being a prominent name in the field of freight forwarding in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, CSS Group has to its credit an enviable list of Global Network Partners. CSS has a dedicated and highly skilled team of over 750 professionals around the globe offering integrated freight forwarding & logistic solutions to varied clientele.

CSS Sales Strategy Meet 2016

planningEach year, CSS Group gathers for its annual CSS Sales Strategy Meet whereby the management teams from all of its global offices get together for two days for divisional meetings, presentations, case studies, team building activities and an overall review of the current and next year’s strategies. The Sales strategy meet will be held in Dubai this year

The theme for this year’s strategy meet is “Planning, Precision & Performance” which was chosen as it reflects the need of the hour when the entire logistics industry is facing hard challenges in its path of growth. The theme was decided by an in-house competition, whereby all staff was requested to provide theme’s for this year’s strategy meet. “Planning, Precision & Performance” was suggested by Ms. Steffin John who works as the Sales Executive in Dubai.

Over the years, the management has been fortunate enough to organize the Strategy Meets in various countries across continents. From the sandy beaches of Goa, India, to the picturesque Arabian Sea and gulf countries on a cruise liner, to the serene and tranquil environment of Sri Lanka, and obviously in the God’s own country, Kerala. After many years, the Strategy Meet is being conducted in Dubai itself on the 18th and 19th of November 2016. The logo for this year’s Strategy Meet has been selected and released by the Senior Management.

Mahabali Crystal Award

Onam pookkalam competition at css offices


The enthusiastic team at the CSS Logistics, won this year’s Mahabali Crystal Award for the best Pookkalam (Kerala Traditional Flower Carpet) created in connection with the Onam celebrations. While CSS Head office team won the Second runner up award, the first runner up went to CSS Kingston Logistics, Sharjah.


Every year, in connection with Onam celebrations, at CSS Group, a competition is being held amongst all offices for bagging the best creator of Pookkalam on the main day of Onam, ie; Thiruvonam. Each office engages their best creative team to create amazingly beautiful designs only with flower. The photographs later on will be scrutinised by judging panel who will eventually declare the winners of the first three positions.

Snap shots from the competition arena are shown here.



Quote from the Judges.

“The biggest factor of this competition was the pookalam design, all the offices were very good but the extra points go to CSS Logistics for their creative work.”



Quote from the Judges.

“Very close to first place! But lost few points on the Pookalam design even though CSS Kingston overall ambience was the best.”



Quote from the Judges.

“CSS Head Office Pookalam design far outnumbered the rest with the colour coordination and their design.”


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