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Annual General Meeting

January, 2019

CSS Group Strategy Meet 2018


The CSS Group’s annual Strategy Meet 2018 was held at the Cinnamon Lakeside Resort, Colombo, Sri Lanka from the 15th to 17th November. Time to evolve continued to be the theme this year for the meet, which invariably declares the need for strategically design new plans and programmes to enhance the business performance in this most challenging time. The meeting was inaugurated by Sasikala (SK), Manager- Corporate communications, CSS Group.

As a usual practice, budgets, achievements and strategies were presented by all divisions and departments. Delegates representing various offices of CSS Group and associates, participated the two days meeting in Colombo. Discussions and debates were seen all through the presentation on topics which needed extra thrust and focus.

The Sri Lanka operations of CSS Group was kick-started alongside the strategy meet in Colombo. The CSS Group operations in Colombo received a soft launch during the event. Full-fledged operations will soon commence from the region. The meet was concluded with a vote of thanks by T S Kaladharan, the Chairman and Founder of CSS Group, wherein he re-iterated the need for more focused strategies and personalized services in all segments.

The last day was dedicated to one-to-one meeting amongst various departments and associates. CSS has always strived to excel in all the ventures, year on year and today has reached a respectable position amongst the renowned names in the field of Shipping and Logistics in the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent.

Day one dinner for the delegates were organized at the Rustic and Lovely Buba beach club and seafood restaurant, in Mount Lavinia, Colombo. The restaurant on the beach served some exquisite seafood cuisine within a stress release ambience for the delegates after a hectic meeting day. The group travelled in a coach together to this seaside venue and partied till mid-night.

Prestigious Access towers II within the Colombo city was the chosen dinner venue for the group on the second evening. The renowned roof top bar and restaurant here was ready to receive the cheerful gathering by sun down. The venue opened up a panoramic view of the Colombo city with all its lights and glitters. The new office bearers from CSS Colombo and associates from Maldives also attended the socializing session.

May, 2017

Venturing Newer Avenues To Stimulate The Economy

Seeking to strike the right balance between Challenges and Opportunities, the annual budget meeting of Console Shipping Services India was held in Delhi in March. The venue chosen this time was the calm and quite Ramada Gurgaon. Managers and key decision makers from all over the Indian offices attended the meeting which was chaired by T S Kaladharan, Chairman CSS group. In his inaugural address, he congratulated the employees for the tremendous growth that the company has achieved in India during last financial year. He also emphasised the need for path-breaking approaches to tackle the seamlessly changing turbulent global economic scenario.

Budget presentations were done zone wise this year initiated by Rajesh Arora, Vice president North India who did the North India presentations. Central India and South India presentations were done by Rahat Talreja, Vice president Central India and Sudharshan Vice President South India, respectively. Presentations on general Market situations in the Middle East were done by Siby Kurian, Vice President Sales & Marketing and Ajay Krishnan, Vice President Freight forwarding CSS Group. Chandrakala (Ck), Director Operations and Ocean freight briefed the attendees on the latest developments in the IT and the ERP Solutions of CSS Group.

The CSS Group Management while assuring support to the suggestions which was put forth during the meeting by the delegates, re-iterated the need for focussed approached on certain niche areas which needs an upliftment.

Services offered

  • LCL Consolidation & FCL
  • Multi-modal Operations
  • Ocean freight
  • Air freight
  • Buyers consolidation
  • Customs clearance
  • Projects Management
  • Warehousing
  • Supply chain & Logistics

May, 2015

CSS Group at GPLN


GPLN concluded successfully their 12th Annual General Meeting at the 5-star Landmark Hotel in Bangkok from February 08-10, 2015 where a multitude of GPLN members and sponsors attended. The record breaking attendance of over 170 GPLN delegates is the highest in GPLN history and speaks itself for the quality of the network and their highly skilled project forwarders

GPLN brings together project cargo experts and independent project logistics specialist companies from around the world, all of whom have an expert focus on project logistics. This general meeting allows the participant the face-to-face contact with your GPLN partners where you are able to efficiently build professional relationships in the most lasting and cost effective manner.

Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects, Oil & Energy, CSS Group, Narayan RT, General Manager CSS Bahrain and Renjith Pillai, Branch Manager, CSS Abu Dhabi represented  CSS Group during the three day GPLN Annual Global Meeting.

“GPLN is always a wonderful platform that provides great opportunities to discuss and formulize new ideas related to projects forwarding. We have pleasure in being a part of this network and gain a lot of mileage from attending the annual meet regularly,” Raj George mentioned.

January, 2015



CSS Delegation attended the 16th Annual Meeting of FPS Group – the global forwarding and NVOCC network –which hosted 87 delegates from 40 countries. The intensive 4-day programme – under the theme “New Era – New Spirit” – took place in Porto, Portugal, and was hosted by local FPS member, G-Freight. In addition to the formal AGM and shareholder business, followed by updates on IT, network development and marketing, this year’s event also included 828 one-to-one meetings between members, spread over two days.

Three new members – Link Logistics of Turkey, FP Shipping of Singapore and Facilities Shipping of Pakistan – were introduced to delegates.

Speaking after the event, FPS Group Advisory Board Chairman Benny Ling said: “Despite the unfortunate clash with India’s Diwali celebrations, we had a strong turn-out, and many new business opportunities arose from the meetings between members.”

“FPS remains committed to strengthening its network for the benefit of all its members, rather than for the owners’ financial gain. The Annual Meeting has re-charged everyone’s enthusiasm, and we go forward with a number of plans for the coming year that will see our system grow larger and stronger.”

The 17th FPS Annual Meeting will take place in October 2015, in the major port city of Xiamen, Eastern China, hosted by FPS Xiamen.

CSS Group was represented by Siby C Kurian- Sr. General Manager Sales & Marketing CSS Group, Rajesh Arora- VP CSS India, Narayan R T- General Manager CSS Bahrain, Dean Landers- General Manager CSS Kuwait, & Midhun George, Sales Manager CSS Abu Dhabi.

September, 2014

FPS AGM 2014

The FPS Group Annual General Meeting and its week-long programme of associated meeting and events will be held at the Hotel Solverde Spa & Wellness Center, Oporto, Portugal from October 20-25, 2014. This year’s FPS AGM theme is, “New era, new spirit.”

The week long programme begins with Welcome to Oporto Advisory Board meetings, on Monday October 20th followed by an executive summit on Tuesday, October 21st for all full members. This will be followed by a welcome dinner for all those attending the AGM and conference. The AGM itself will take place on Wednesday October 22nd, followed by two days of 1:1 meetings on the 23rd and 24th of October. On Saturday October 25th, there will be an (optional) city tour for all the attendees of the AGM. Representing CSS Dubai is Siby C. Kurian, Sr. General Manager, Sales & Marketing and Dean Landers, General Manager, CSS Kuwait.

“The AGM is an excellent opportunity for all the group members to share and discuss the business growth and strategize for the next year. The annual general meeting is an important occasion in the FPS calendar, which provides the unique chance for its members to participate in business discussions, hear presentations and talks on specific topics by experts and express your views. CSS Group looks forward to attend the FPS AGM in the most scenic Portuguese ambiences and to participate with other members,” added Siby C. Kurian.

July, 2014

NAFL Gathering


The National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) on Sunday April 20th, 2014 hosted the Arab Union of Land Transport (AULT) annual meeting and  was inaugurated under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed  Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Honorary Patron, at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, UAE. The event focused on enhancing the industry and to improve operational efficiency in the freight and logistics industry in the region, with one eye on elevating the standards of the industry in line with the UAE’s objectives of excellence.

Presentations on the industry were conducted by important senior officials and dignitaries. “NAFL is pleased to have hosted the annual meetings and its opening ceremony, and sees it as a chance to push the bar further up this year. This was an important event for our industry and we are proud to have had it in Dubai. The UAE has a modern and advanced infrastructure, which is vital for every growing economy,” said David Phillips, President NAFL at the conference.

CSS Group was represented by Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development and Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, at the event.  The event saw an attendance of over 700 participants from around 15 Arab nations and the UAE.

The spokespeople at the event were Mohammed Ibrahim Al Tuwaijri Arab League’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs, Abdulla Bin Damithan Director Commercial DP World, UAE Region, Saeed Al Tayer, Director of Jebel Ali Custom Centers, Atiq Juma Nasib Head of Dubai Chamber’s Commercial Services Sector, Eng. Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO Dubai Trade and Fahd Al-Rasheed the CEO and Managing Director of King Abdulla Economic City who spoke about the Kingdom’s new project relevant to the industry.

“CSS is a NAFL member which is a non-profit organization with 310 members, including top multinational companies as well as large, medium and small national enterprises. NAFL is the official UAE representative of FIATA, which is the global body that represents the freight forwarding industry and works closely with UAE government bodies to help enhance the freight and logistics industry.  Attending this event was extremely important for CSS as it was an opportunity to interact with senior transport officials from member Arab states,” added Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, CSS.

The main event supporters and host of NAFL were leading members of the shipping and logistics fraternity as well as key government institutions such as Dubai Chamber, DP World, Dubai Customs, and Etihad Rail.

May, 2014

GPLN 11th Annual General Meet


GPLN successfully concluded their 11th Annual General Meeting at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin Hotel. A multitude of GPLN members, sponsors and trade media representatives from around the world had plenty of networking opportunities during intense meetings and social events to maintain and establish new contacts that will greatly benefit their business. The record breaking attendance of over 160 GPLN delegates was the highest in GPLN history. Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects, Oil & Energy, CSS Group, Narayan RT, General Manager CSS Bahrain and Renjith Pillai, Branch Manager, CSS Abu Dhabi represented CSS Group during the three day GPLN Annual Global Meeting. As one the sponsors for the GPLN Annual General Meeting, CSS Group would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to GPLN for organizing the annual meeting. “It was planned well and informative as we were able to network with members and discuss various trends and market forecasts within the industry,” added Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects, Oil & Energy, CSS Group.

The GPLN delegates celebrated the annual meeting in style and the gala dinner featured outstanding performances by local Thai artist at the award winning Dusit Thani Hua Hin Hotel.

The annual meeting was coinciding with GPLN’s 10th anniversary and every attending GPLN member office received a free copy of a specially issued commemorative GPLN Photobook with almost 400 pages showing the great moves that the GPLN members arranged in the past for their customers and also GPLN at the various events throughout the year.

March, 2014

10th Anniversary of GPLN

The GPLN Annual Global Meeting will see GPLN celebrating its 10th anniversary from March 16-18, 2014 on their home turf in Bangkok. The event will be held at the prestigious Landmark Hotel, Bangkok.

Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects, Oil & Energy, CSS Group, Narayan RT, General Manager CSS Bahrain and Renjith Pillai, Branch Manager, CSS Abu Dhabi will be representing CSS Group during the three day GPLN Annual Global Meeting whereby they will be able to network with various members and discuss various trends and market forecasts within the industry.

“We are looking forward to attending the upcoming GPLN Annual Global Meeting as we are afforded the opportunity to meet a multitude of partner companies to discuss past, current and future business, exchange sales leads and develop a range of business possibilities within the GPLN Network. On behalf of CSS Group we would like to congratulate GPLN on their 10th Anniversary milestone,” added Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects, Oil & Energy, CSS Group.

About GPLN Annual Meeting: GPLN brings together project cargo experts and independent project logistics specialist companies from around the world, all of whom have an expert focus on project logistics. The Annual Global Meeting will allow members a face-to-face contact with other GPLN partners whereby they will be able to efficiently build professional relationships in the most lasting and cost effective manner.

January, 2014

Cargo Ball 2013 CSS Joins for a Glittering Evening with Cargo Fraternity

The 4th Annual Cargo Ball 2013 is a premier non formal cargo industry event in the Middle East filled with a glittering evening of entertainment and international buffet dinner, attracting participants from the entire freight forwarding and logistics industry from around the world. The event was held on Thursday 28th November at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The event was well attended by senior representatives from airlines, freight forwarders, logistics and ground handling agents and the evening aided all the attendees to come together to build industry partnerships and long-term business relationships.

“Cargo Ball 2013 is an occasion to mix business with a social gathering, at the same time contributes to a worthy cause. The general setting was a business networking session to consolidate current connections, revive old ones and even establish new contacts, all this in a cordial and social environment. In addition we are contributing to a worthy cause in the community – Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs,” added Jacob Isaac, General Manager Air Freight, CSS.

The sponsors and delegates in association with the organizers Arabian Reach FZ LLC donated 20% of the event revenue to the “Al Noor Training for Children with Special Needs” a special project dedicated to the welfare of the special needs children.

Al Noor Training Center for children with special needs has been in existence since 1981 and provides quality and effective training to the special needs community of Dubai. The center supports children with challenges such as Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism. These are addressed through special education methods, physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Al Noor also has its own work placement unit, which trains children with an aptitude for open employment.??CSS Group since its inception has continually worked closely with the Al Noor Training Center to raise awareness about children with special needs not only through gala dinners, but also by way of souvenir magazines, directories and advertisements.

The CSS delegation who had attended this event included, Sreenath.V, Senior General Manager, Projects, Oil & Energy/Ops, Siby C. Kurian, Senior General Manager, Sales & Marketing, Rakesh Menon, Senior General Manager, CSS Logistics, Ajay Krishnan, Senior General Manager Ocean Freight, Jacob Issac, General Manager Air Freight, Suku Sudhakaran, General Manager, CSS Homeward Bound, Fida Asghar, Team Manager, NVOCC, Roshmon Manoli, Route Development Manager, North America, Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, and Baiju Sadanand, Manager Operations, Air Freight.

September, 2013

Building On A Strong Foundation


FPS Group announces that their annual AGM will be held at the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo Hotel in Sri Lanka, between October 21st-24th, 2013. The FPS Group AGM sets the stage for members around the globe to take part in discussions and network with their fellow freight forwarders from across the globe. The AGM allows for members to have the opportunity to discuss and develop the networks direction and development and also gain a deep insight into the group’s future developments.  It will consist of one-to-one meetings, group meetings, networking sessions, gala dinners and social gatherings for all of its members.

Gihan Nanayakkara, FPS Chairman, Advisory Board gives a hint of the delights that await all those who attend this year’s AGM with the theme of “Building on a Strong Foundation,” which his company is hosting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, “My country, Sri Lanka, is often described as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and for good reason. I count myself extremely lucky to live and work in such a beautiful place, with its history dating back to the birth of time. I and my team look forward very much to the honour of hosting this year’s AGM. We are proud of our beautiful country, and very much hope to share it with you.”

CSS Group will be represented during the FPS AGM 2013 with active participation from its network offices, in attendance will be: Dean Landers, General Manager CSS Kuwait, Narayan R T, General Manager CSS Bahrain, Jairam KR, Director CSS India, Rahat Talreja, Vice President CSS India and Siby C. Kurian, Senior General Manager, Sales & Marketing CSS Dubai.

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