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Lighthouse - May, 2021.

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE


As tragic scenes from COVID ravaged India shake the very essence of our being, we have come to a grave realization that the virus has not gone away. It caught India unawares even as several other countries worldwide battled severe second waves of the pandemic.

Several Indian states are reeling under the pressure of daily rising of positive cases along with a severe shortage of medical oxygen and a lack of hospital beds; things are spiraling out of control. The UAE was one of the first countries to offer help with six cryogenic oxygen containers, followed by financial aid. UAE also expressed its support to India by lighting up the iconic buildings in the Indian tricolor on April 25th.

It is essential to realize that the virus is not contained within countries and nations but can travel through international borders and boundaries. One country’s problem cannot be seen as an isolated one, but we need to accept that we are an increasingly global community. As global citizens, we need to embrace the suffering of our fellow human beings. I extend my heartfelt sympathies and condolences to everyone whose families in India have been affected by this virulent virus.

The real lesson from this catastrophe of epic proportions is the dire need for preparedness. The year 2020 was a watershed year for businesses across the spectrum. COVID-19 shook the logistics industry as well and it was indeed a wake-up call. Protocols were introduced to ensure the integrity and continuity of the supply chain. While 2020 proved to be a breakdown of all paradigms, 2021 is not a time to let down our guards. What we have to acknowledge today is that unpredictability is the new normal.

As we restructure and move ahead together, the CSS family must be flexible, open, and prepared; these are the keys to our success. We cannot sketch out the opportunities and challenges in the field of logistics. We need to be agile enough to operate in a flexible technology environment instead of predicting what’s ahead in terms of market conditions. If we do that, we will emerge resiliently, and more importantly, we will be better set up for success.

Let’s always keep in mind that the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people are not. As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” The compound effect is the principle of reaping great rewards from a series of small but smart choices. The compound effect works both ways, and it can also lead to ruin if the habits are bad.

It’s not the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary


TEAM CSS ATTENDS THE PRESTIGIOUS IDEX AND NAVDEX EXHIBITIONS


Represented by Mr. Bitto – Senior Business Development Manager and Mr. Roshmon – VP Sales and Marketing of the Sales and Marketing Team, Team CSS attended the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX). Hosted under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the event was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – ADNEC, Abu Dhabi from February 21st – 25th, 2021.

CSS decided to be part of this path-breaking event in line with its growing capability in handling defense cargo. Over the past year, we have a proven track record of successfully providing logistical support to mission-critical projects across the region. Our reliable and strategic logistics have gained us a reputation in defense shipments, and we continue to build our capability in this arena.

UAE – A critical role in the global defense industry

His Excellency Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs in the UAE, inaugurated the conference. His Excellency highlighted how the UAE plays a critical role in advancing global defense industries. Subsequently, four main sessions were held, with the participation of a group of Emirati and international figures specializing in defense affairs, advanced technology, and the fourth industrial revolution.

Both local and international participants attended the five-day events. The event was a huge success, especially as it is the first global defense event during post-pandemic times. Strictly adhering to COVID protocols, the event was attended by 62,445 attendees at the venue across five days. There were 900 exhibitors, 59 countries, and 35 international pavilions at the IDEX and NAVDEX 2021. With five new countries participants – Israel, North Macedonia, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Azerbaijan, there has been an estimated USD 5.7 billion worth of deals that the UAE Armed Forces inked.

An exceptional event

The closing ceremony of the events was held in the esteemed presence of His Excellency Major General Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee for IDEX and NAVDEX exhibitions, and His Excellency Major General Staff Pilot Ishaq Saleh Muhammad Al Balushi, Assistant Undersecretary for Industries and Development of Defence Capabilities at the Ministry of Defense, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Committee, and Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company ADNEC and its group of companies.

Commenting on the conclusion of the exhibitions, His Excellency Major General Staff Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee, said, “The 15th edition of the IDEX and NAVDEX exhibitions has been nothing short of exceptional. These events continue to strengthen their global position, providing exhibitors and participants from around the world with an integrated global platform, despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. IDEX and NAVDEX drive and enable innovation, in line with the rapid development of the fourth industrial revolution.”

He emphasized that these exhibitions’ success has been rooted in the stalwart and visionary support of UAE’s wise leadership. It is their confidence that has enabled the committee to host the world in Abu Dhabi.

With 2021 marking the Golden Jubilee Year of the foundation of the United Arab Emirates, the committee has a renewed commitment to cultivate and expand the nation’s defense infrastructure and technological systems, using them to ensure security and peace across the Middle East.

His Excellency explained at length the strict implementation of all precautionary protocols to ensure the health and safety of all participants, exhibitors, and visitors. IDEX and NAVDEX have also provided a boost to the tourism sector. These exhibitions ensure that UAE products are globally competitively, both meeting the nation’s needs alongside reaching new markets.

Mr. Bitto spoke on attending this landmark event, “With several high-value deals being sealed during the exhibitions, CSS can play a pivotal role in providing reliable and trustworthy supply chain management services to both local and international clients.”

Echoing his words, Mr. Roshmon concluded, “CSS’s logistics capability and successful track record will help us provide optimal solutions for challenging and complex defense cargo movements in the region and beyond.”


CSS PROVIDES CRITICAL SUPPORT FOR SHIPMENT FROM JEBEL ALI TO PORT HEDLAND IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA


CSS proved its capability in the Projects, Oil & Energy logistic movements with the team’s recent shipment. The shipment was from Jebel Ali to Port Hedland in Western Australia.

Fourteen wooden boxes (4×40’FR) that are deployed Oil & Gas industry cargo were used for this shipment. CSS was instrumental in EXW’S cargo collection from Abu Dhabi to Jebel Ali port.

The CSS Projects, Oil & Energy division has a proven track record of successful project management and is seen as an expert in the global energy business.

The division always conducts intensive research into the geographical and product mix of every project we undertake to provide optimal solutions and save on time and money. CSS’s strength lies in scheduling flexibility, reliability, availability, and management accessibility.


DUBAI INITIATED WORLD LOGISTICS PASSPORT SPREADS ITS WINGS


The World Logistics Passport is a path-breaking development in the Logistics sector. This is a global freight loyalty program that has been launched by the Dubai Ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum under the directives of the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE.

The program was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2020. With four continents and 11 countries adopting the program, it further strengthens Dubai’s position as a strategic trade hub for emerging markets. The program links Customs World, DP World, and Emirates Group, thus improving connectivity through Dubai. The WLP reinforces Dubai’sDubai’s growing status as a major global hub for multi-modal trade.

Speaking on the success of the program, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum said, “The World Logistics Passport is yet another major initiative that reflects the UAE’s vision to shape a brighter future for our world through programs that foster global trade cooperation. In just one year, we have taken the WLP from vision to reality, bringing together several leading nations, logistics partners, and multinational corporations in a close alliance focused on trade growth. The WLP demonstrates once again the UAE’s keenness to work together with other nations to enhance prosperity and expand growth opportunities for businesses at a time when global markets are seeking to renew their momentum for growth.

The World Logistics Passport program offers numerous benefits, including:

  • In return for increased trade, the traders and freight forwarders get to access benefits in each of the trade hubs
  • Several businesses get the chance to diversify into new markets like Latin America, South Asia, and Africa
  • High performing business get several operational and financial benefits
  • In the uncertain times of the pandemic, the Government is assured of competitiveness and economic resilience
  • The WLP promises the creation of jobs and enhanced investment
  • The program helps in the utilization of financial and non-financial benefits for increased trade volumes by members
  • The WLP allows firms to remain internationally competitive by reducing costs and increasing the efficiency of the logistics value chain.
  • The WLP Digital Platform taps into a global network of more than 30 partners in 12 hub countries, thus unlocking opportunities that provide access to 20% of the world trade
  • The program has top organizations like UPS, Pfizer, Sony, Johnson & Johnson, and LG as its registered members
  • The platform creates opportunities for businesses to improve existing trade routes and develop new ones.

Thailand, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, and South Africa have become a part of the World Logistics Passport. Colombia, Senegal, Kazakhstan, Brazil, and Uruguay have already joined the initiative, aiming to handle a sizable portion of future global trade, with Dubai playing the hub point.

As the President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group and Chair of the World Logistics Passport-Global Steering Group) states “We are very proud that Dubai has been at the center of this exciting and novel initiative.

The CEO of the World Logistics Passport – Mike Bhaskaran, states, “Our study has shown that traders were most concerned about the availability of information and experience in local demand and overseas regulation. Furthermore, 68% of respondents reported that they face issues connected with the complexity of clearance processes of goods. We are confident that the World Logistics Passport will tackle issues of traders, increase and enable entry to new markets- by connecting traders to local entities (benefit providers) and help overcome key obstacles to doing business in other markets“. The WLP is counted as the world’s first logistics loyalty program for freight forwarders and traders, incentivizing increased trade through more efficient and cheaper trade processes.


WITH OVER 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE COUPLED WITH EXCELLENCE, THE CSS FAMILY GETS YOU TO CLOSE TO WHAT YOU DEFINE AS THE PINNACLE OF SUCCESS. – INDIA STORIES


With over 25 years of experience coupled with excellence, the CSS family gets you to close to what you define as the pinnacle of success. – India Stories

MR. JINU JOHN:
HEAD, CORPORATE FINANCE

Jinu John started his career with CSS India in 2005 as Manager Accounts and now is Head of Corporate Finance. He is a team player and sees CSS as a customer-oriented and employee-friendly company. He has handled various challenges and delivered on key performance areas across his 16 years of continuous service. His goals and vision are to improve financial ratios related to working capital cycles, debtors management, Balance sheet health, and maintain compliance discipline in the best professional manner along with his focus on teamwork.

MR. T K VISHWANATH:
GENERAL MANAGER SOUTH INDIA

T.K. Vishwanath has been an old stallion and has been associated with the CSS Group since 1999. He heads the South India branches of Tirupur Tuticorin and Coimbatore. Tirupur, known as India’s knitwear capital, contributes a huge amount of foreign Exchange through cotton knitwear export and over 10000 garment manufacturing industries in Tirupur. The industry has been able to book orders from all the world market, including European Union, U.S.A, Canada, Japan & Gulf countries.

Tirupur & Coimbatore is an inland container station and movement through Tuticorin, Chennai, Cochin for the sea Shipments and Air Movements through Coimbatore, Chennai, Cochin & Bangalore. Apart from knitwear exports, they now started getting orders in provisions, coconut, coco by-products, food items, engineering tools, paper & pottery items.

Despite all challenges, his branches continue to deliver due. The most valuable thing he sees about CSS is job security, promotion, growth opportunities for the work done, treating employees in a friendly manner, and being given full freedom to work in their way of thinking.

“I HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY THE MANAGEMENT & TRUE ENTHUSIASM EMPLOYEES HAVE TOWARDS CSS DEVELOPMENT.” says Vishwanath

Chennai is a thriving metropolis that saw an unprecedented boom over the last two decades, with several new industries related to automobiles, engineering, ports, logistics, supply chain, chemicals, entertainment flourishing in this period.

The immensely talented human capital in this market catered to the logistics needs of the industry.

Our CSS Chennai team is no different, and with their talent pool and absolute commitment, they have been able to deliver on organizational goals at all times.

The branch is headed by Mr. Jittendra, along with Mr. Sathiya, who runs Accounts for Chennai & Bangalore, and their wonderful team serves the clients to their best potential and is highly efficient in their output. They find the culture at CSS as friendly and considerate. Their vision is to help fulfill the goals of the organization in the most committed and professional manner.


CSS CHENNAI: Mr. Jittendra / Mr. Sathiya


Chennai is a thriving metropolis that saw an unprecedented boom over the last two decades, with several new industries related to automobiles, engineering, ports, logistics, supply chain, chemicals, entertainment flourishing in this period.

The immensely talented human capital in this market catered to the logistics needs of the industry.

Our CSS Chennai team is no different, and with their talent pool and absolute commitment, they have been able to deliver on organizational goals at all times.

The branch is headed by Mr. Jittendra, along with Mr. Sathiya, who runs Accounts for Chennai & Bangalore, and their wonderful team serves the clients to their best potential and is highly efficient in their output. They find the culture at CSS as friendly and considerate. Their vision is to help fulfill the goals of the organization in the most committed and professional manner.


CSS COCHIN / HINDUSTHAN SHIPPING: MS. LATHA ASHOKAN


Latha has been with the CSS Group since 1997 and handles the clearance department under Hindusthan Shipping apart from the regular consolidation and logistics activities. She is highly motivated and very happy with her long stint at CSS Group. She strives to remain a committed employee to the company and serves her best always.

 

 

 

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CSS BANGALORE: MR SANDEEP ANTHUR


Sandeep has been with the CSS Group since 2007. He started his stint at the Mumbai operations and then relocated to Bangalore in 2009 where he is currently a branch manager.

With an office at the prime St Marks Road in Bangalore, they cater to various customers from garments, forgings, furniture, elevators, luggage, and packaging industries.

Bangalore, the hub of Information Technology in India, offers a professional work culture and an organized environment. With their various service verticals under import, export, clearance, logistics, clearance, etc., CSS Bangalore is poised to cater to its clients’ logistics needs.

 

With a close working relationship with team Chennai, which serves as a hub for Bangalore, the team is committed to delivering!


CSS KOLKATA: MR PIJUSH, BRANCH MANAGER


Kolkata is the hub for all activity in the resource-rich eastern Indian belt.

West Bengal, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, and even Nepal are served via the port of Kolkata.

CSS Kolkata offers logistics solutions to its customers in this industrial and mining belt with its various product verticals in imports and exports

They have the vision to be a provider of choice to the large marketplace. Pijush and his team, with the office located in the heart of the city, strive to satisfy their customer needs with all the resources at their disposal.


CSS DELHI: MR. RAJEEV KUMAR, Sr General Manager


Delhi has evolved into a large manufacturing and services hub over the last three decades. Industries related to automobiles, textiles, garments, engineering, construction, food and beverage, spices, condiments, and renewable energy. With a massive development leading to high cargo volumes and strategic ICD’s at Tuglagabad, Dadri, Patparganj, and rail infrastructure connected to Mundra and Nhava Sheva ports, this market serves the entire northern belt of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh.

The developing towns of Panipat, Manesar, Sonepat, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon, and the prominence of Delhi as the national capital saw CSS Delhi commence its operations in 2007 and go on to serve these markets with their service offerings. Rajeev Kumar, who has been with the group since the day the Delhi office started, has been instrumental in this growth story. Along with his team, he is a dominant market leader by volume in the import consolidation vertical and continues to up the flag in this market for CSS India.

Team CSS Delhi’s experience is no different from any other office, and they find the creative and free decision-making atmosphere to be the hallmark of the group. It helps to hone talent in an open environment and leads to excellent thinking and quick decision-making to solve customer’s needs.


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