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CSS Logistics

November, 2021


CSS has added another feather to its glorious cap by completing a Fine Art export for a prestigious client. These high valued paintings needed to be moved from UAE to its destination in the USA. We were successful in achieving this complex shipment which involved several intricate details being looked into.

Fine Art shipments require thorough pre-planning so that it is executed without any issues from start to finish. Since the shipment was delicate and high-priced, CSS facilitated a seamless process till door delivery in the USA.

There were four pieces of very expensive paintings done by one of the most renowned international artists of Dubai who wished to ship for one of their buyers in the USA. The timeline was tight with plenty to do right from gathering the packing materials, arranging soft-packing, erecting the paintings, ensuring wood treatment is done to avoid any bending etc. Post packing, a sensitive movement was required with escorts from CSS warehouse to Airport. Being an unusually large packed crate it could only be carried by cargo freighter. Thereafter liaison with airline ground staff was carried out to ensure the crate is boarded on time to its destination. In the last-mile we performed the customs clearance in USA, valuation by customs, survey of the crate condition, pick this valuable Art-Crate to deliver and unpack to shelf to the new proud owner’s gallery.

Big Thanks to the splendid job done right from the sales person to identify the prospect, the Operations team to carry out the job with precision and deliver on time at destination.

Dubai – A Hub for Fine Art

Dubai’s cosmopolitan culture attracts both artists and art lovers, a gateway for the east and the west. With many galleries, exhibitions and museums always open, the art scene in Dubai is a burgeoning one. The city’s vibrant art scene has established Dubai as a cultural centre for the global arts community. Dubai’s art connoisseurs and ongoing fine art exhibitions aplenty. Therefore, there is a continuous need for the movement and handling of multi-million-dollar arts.

Fine Art Logistics – Proud to be included in the CSS portfolio

CSS offers specialized fine art logistics services to museums, institutions, galleries, auction houses, and private collectors. We understand that moving art is different as compared to our regular logistics services. Fine Art Logistics calls for specialized packing and unpacking, and installation. It has to be handled with utmost care and precision from start to installation. Our art logistics experts have been specially trained to handle priceless pieces with care and commitment to ensure safety during the entire shipment process.

Portfolio of services offered by CSS Fine Art Logistics

  • Soft packaging, palletizing, and made to order crating as per the client’s need.
  • Humidity and temperature-controlled storage with individual lock facilities.
  • Specially equipped trucking to insure safe and secure movements.
  • Global transportation by air/sea/land with complete documentation for all purposes.
  • Art insurance for door-to-door services.
  • Comprehensive Fine Art installation services in residential, commercial, public spaces, hotels, and exhibitions.

Our Audience:

  • Artists (paintings containing acrylics, oils, tempera, water colour & mixmedia)
  • Sculptors
  • Fine Art Collectors
  • Fine Art for museums and galleries
  • Complete project Handling for Fine art auctions, events, and exhibitions


November, 2021


Covid-19 has driven change across all industry sectors within a short period. According to a recent McKinsey report, six percent of global supply chain shutdown, while 85 percent faced a reduction in operations during the pandemic. This massive disruption of activities has largely driven digitalization. Logistics and supply chain management companies have adopted technology with organizationwide changes. Cutting-edge technologies like cloud, IoT, automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning are ruling the roost as companies try to stay agile and on top of the game in these challenging times.

Five industry experts discussed these topics in detail in the Innovation in Logistics & Transportation Summit organized by the Logistics Middle East magazine. The Innovation in Transportation and Logistics Summit was held at the V Hotel Dubai. The Logistics Middle East Innovation & Transportation Summit brought together thought leaders and pioneers from the worlds of tech, logistics, transportation, and sustainability to explore how the industry can continuously innovate while optimizing the consumer experience and considering the environmental implications of these advancements. This panel discussion will also look at the changes, the winners in the adoption of automation space, and how technology, automation, and digitalization can revolutionize logistics and supply chains.

Panellists for this session are Praveen Sashi, Senior Director IT & Logistics, Head of Digitalisation MENA, from DHL; Fadi Amoudi, Founder & CEO, IQ Robotics; Gorka Sudupe Belloso, Director and Founder Member, SmartLOG Group; Jaideep Dhanoa, Co-Founder and CEO, FENIX; Mark Heald, Supply Chain Director, Logistics Executive.

With more than 100 industry leaders from across the MENA region, the summit was a success as it is brought multiple experts on the same platform.

The summit showed the learning from the past 18 months and how transformation and innovation are realigning the entire industry worldwide. The attendees were also looking ahead to the industry’s future, focusing on drones, digitization, and automation. Companies are readying for the future of the new digital era. The event also focused on the need for companies to drive sustainability and decarbonization forward. Karl Feilder, CEO, Founder, and Chairman of Neutral Fuels, pointed out that governments in the MENA region are specifying biofuels as part of their sustainability strategy, meaning that companies will have to embrace the decarbonization roadmap.

May, 2021


The upward trend of the logistics industry of the UAE reveals that it is on a rebound with increased economic activity, especially in the field of eCommerce, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ecommerce has come to rule the roost as people resorted to online shopping with the lockdowns imposed due to the pandemic. Geoff Walsh, country manager at DHL Express UAE, said logistics has, and always will remain, a necessity for trade and commerce to endure. Despite the industry’s initial shock in the first few months of the pandemic spread, “our industry was a vital service provider” during these times. The eCommerce sector has seen an unprecedented rise in the level of online sales.

Logistics Sector Spurs Economic Growth in the UAE

Latest research points that the e-commerce market in the MENA region surpassed $15 billion at 35 percent CAGR in 2020. The global retail e-commerce sales are expected to hit an all-time high of $50 billion by 2025. Ecommerce will pave the path for this upward trend, and it is indeed a time to make the most of this opportunity. Logistics players need to expand their operations and capture the untapped potential of cross-border eCommerce.

With the logistics sector contributing to nearly 13% of the UAE’s total gross domestic product (GDP), this sector is a substantial contributor to the nation’s economy. Geoff Walsh emphasized, “As we get closer to EXPO 2021, and with the UAE’s 2030 industrial plans in place, the logistics and supply chain segment is expected to strengthen even further”.

The airline and tourism sectors will also be the other positive drivers of economic growth with the travel and tourism sector’s restarting. UAE has started the travel and tourism business-related activity earlier than the counterparts in the GCC region. Increased cargo outflows and tourist inflow will kickstart the economy and take it forward.

“We are also seeing accelerated development in new technologies being introduced in the logistics industry, in the likes of data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), and Cloud services. As the pandemic transforms the future of work and business, the speed of innovation in our industry will be crucial to manage customer expectations,” he added.

Rising from the COVID Conundrum

Like every other business segment, the logistics sector was heavily impacted due to the economic crisis spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic. It required immense vigor to course unchartered territory as logistic companies scrambled to get essential supplies channels moving in the face of transport disruptions, limited cargo capacity, delayed connections, and broken trade links. With airports closed down and borders shut, providing seamless and timely deliveries was the biggest challenge for logistic and supply chain providers. But logistic companies managed to stay resilient and even saw a steep increase in cross-border e-commerce volumes in the UAE and other GCC markets.

UAE – The Hub of Connectivity

UAE stands among the top nations in the world for the infrastructure for connectivity and ICT. According to the latest DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020, the UAE emerged as one of the top five most globally connected countries in the world, on the same rank as the Netherlands, Singapore, Belgium, and Ireland. The DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020 tracks international flows of trade, capital, information, and people across 169 countries and territories, he said

The UAE also features among the most attractive ICT markets in the Middle East driven by digitalization initiatives and aided by the increased adoption of leading technologies such as Cloud, big data analytics, internet of things, and artificial intelligence.

UAE’s robust and highly resilient infrastructure and ICT network have enabled the nation to maintain its critical links to the global arena while COVID-19 derailed business and life worldwide.

A Season of Great Change

The pandemic has also ushered in a season of great change, with many learnings from navigating the disruptions of the global supply chain. Like most business verticals, the logistics industry is also in a flux state with several new trends that are predicted to remain while new ones are constantly evolving with the changing global business climate.

The question that is at the top of every logistics company is how one anticipates and plans for what consumers and businesses will do next to be better able to support customers and ensure speedy, seamless delivery is not impacted. There has been a significant shift in the B2C, and B2B landscape with the new wave of users, and companies need to re-align investments to match future trends.

As remote working models become the norm, companies need to ensure that they are closer to where their customers are and make themselves present in areas closer to the target locations. Digitization, investment in air networks, increasing courier and customer service capacity, and innovating last-mile delivery methods will become a primary focus for logistic companies.

Companies also need to analyze their reliance and spend on partner airlines and continue maximizing their fleet usage.

The UAE is poised to position itself as a global logistics hub in tune with the nation’s economic vision.

Logistics Giants like DHL are committed to investments in the UAE and the wider MENA region to support their clients and provide exceptional customer experience.

Source: www.khaleejtimes.com

September, 2020


Saudi Arabia has yet another feather in its cap. Dr. Jinan Al Omran was appointed as the Director of Supply and Logistics in Prince Sultan Military Medical City, becoming the first woman appointed to head logistics in this sector.

Dr. Jinan stated that the state has helped women assume responsibilities in areas like construction and, therefore, stress their intention to work in the Supply and Logistics Department to achieve leadership aspirations. Dr. Jinan also pointed out the long term and short-term plans to improve the supply chain of medicines, medical and surgical materials, and non-medical materials in transportation, storage, packaging, distribution, and all logistical services to ensure the supply chain localization and focus on digital transformation. She further emphasized that these goals can be achieved only with team spirit, development of all skills, and strengthening mechanism for developing the performance of management that I aspire to be the perfect model among the catering and logistics departments in all sectors.

Logistics – the backbone of global trade

The growth of logistics services in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East is one of the most developed areas and accounts for up to 40%, making it sure that the logistics industry is the backbone of global trade. Employing 15% and 20% of the workforce in developed countries, this sector plays a vital role in the Vision 2030 strategy.

Dr. Jinan Al Omran has also hailed the appointing women leaders in catering, supply chains, and logistics services. It is a very promising venture that accommodates diligent and ambitious talents from among men and women without any exception.

She further added, “The aspirations of the Saudi citizen have no limits. We, as women, are part of the ambitious nation. We have a passion to work together, to keep pace with aspirations to achieve the best”.

September, 2020


With an increasingly interconnected global economy, the impact of the pandemic is widespread. With the overall decline in economic activity, even large corporates are beginning to feel the heat. The governments’ wide range of containment measures has resulted in the shutdown of manufacturing and labor disruption through enforced isolations, travel bans, and border controls.

The pandemic made organizations rethink ways to reposition the supply chain to be more resilient in future threats and disruption.

The key areas are:

1. Safeguarding employees: Employee’s physical and mental wellbeing is to be taken care of. Exercise best in practice corporate social responsibility (CSR) for employee stability. A backup plan should be in place to help affected staff, including increased automation, remote working arrangements, and other flexible resourcing in response to constraints.

2. Assessing supplier risk: A response team needs to be created to facilitate an open and consistent flow of accurate information between key stakeholders, maintain stakeholder confidence, and also to focus on supply chain assessment and risk management. The response team should be able to use alternative modes of transportation and conduct trade-offs according to the needs, cost, service, and risk scenario analysis. Regularly reviewing contracts with key customers and suppliers helps understand the liability involved in the event of the supply shortage. Maintaining a value chain assessment of other risk factors involved helps to understand the reasons for escalating costs.

3. Managing working capital and business plans: It is important to revise cash flow, working capital management, and inventory to predict demand and supply conditions. Review organization-wide sales and operations planning and integrated business strategies to ensure tactical and strategic business planning gets synchronized amongst all business functions. Businesses with data-rich environments can harness procurement, operations, and research and development (R & D) using advanced simulations to identify optimum performance trade-offs.

4. Micro supply chains: The existing model of supply chains is such that the reduction of costs has led to the creation of large, integrated, global networks that gain profit through outsourcing manufacturing to emerging economies backed by long term contracts. However, the pandemic and the increasing trade tensions are encouraging organizations to question the best operating model. At this point, they need to consider the benefit of shifting their present operating model towards micro supply chains.

5. Collaborative supplier relationship: The pandemic simulated environment can be used as a platform with time and investment to build a foundation of trust and transparency that leads to a collaborative relationship with critical suppliers. A shared vision of goals, motivations, and partnerships develops organizational resilience.

September, 2020


The exorbitant logistics cost has always been the bane while doing business. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the industry body has highlighted this as a deterrent in India’s mission to be a self-reliant nation.

Mr. Chandrjit Banerjee, Director General, CII said, “While many policies have been announced for a facilitative investment climate, effective translation into ground-level outcomes will help investor perceptions and further boost confidence. We believe that taking the ease of doing business route can unlock huge potential when the world is seeking new investment opportunities”.

The premier industry body also stated, “India’s high logistics costs impact its competitiveness. This will require medium-term action such as increasing the share of railways and waterways in transport, improving first mile and last-mile connectivity and reducing port dwell time. Cross subsidization of freight should be rationalized.”

More outcome-oriented action on Ease of Doing Business (EODB) is the route to India’s mission of self-reliance and should be the way forward. Sustaining this reform momentum can drive in new investments, including overseas investment.

If strong measures are taken up in the following seven areas, it can pave the way for the reduction of cost and time, making the Indian industry competitive.

1. Single Window System
Effective implementation of an online Single Window system is needed for strengthening EODB.

2. Regular Monitoring
Single interface, regular monitoring by the Chief Secretary of a state, and time-bound approvals are to be implemented in all states.

3. Compliance
Compliances for labor regulations need to be speeded up at lower costs for which a quick and low-cost trade facilitation mechanism should be in force. For example, the states can follow the example of Uttar Pradesh by exempting the industry from specific labor laws for three years.

4. Digital Reforms
Digital reforms like virtual court proceedings, e-filing, and work from home could help speed up the court deliberations and the challenges faced while enforcing contracts due to insufficient commercial courts and infrastructure.

5. Inspections
Computerized risk-based inspections, synchronized joint inspections, and differentiated inspection requirements for low-risk industries reduce the inspection burden on companies.

6. Exemptions
The CII has also suggested that the MSME sector be exempted from approvals and inspections for three years under state laws while following all rules.

7. Self-Certification
For those MSMEs with a good track record, a self-certification route can help for renewals and approvals.

The latest World Bank report reveals that India’s ranking has significantly improved from 142nd to 63rd. This leap of 79 positions is due to the series of reforms across various areas introduced by the Central and State

July, 2016

Growing Auto Logistics at CSS

A recent specialized vertical for the CSS Group, the auto logistics  segment has been showing some remarkable progress during the recent months. From the “auto racks” which allow for effective and environmental friendly loading of vehicles in shipping containers to specialized handling of high end vehicles, door to door, the CSS Group is slowly becoming a trusted name in “auto logistics” in the region.

In an earlier edition CSS had showcased their product in association with a partner, using the auto-racking system for loading up to 4 vehicles in a container. The advantage of this process was a damage free transport of vehicles from origin to destination. CSS group has now gone ahead with value added services, which include vehicle wrapping and specialized lashing for high end vehicles as well. They are currently engaged in a project of transporting 16 brand new McLaren Super cars, their growing expertise in handling this segment of the car industry was a prime reason for CSS to be awarded with the job.

The new infrastructure at CSS, the 10,000 Sq.mt open yard in Jebel Ali – is geared to handle receipt, storage and operations for auto logistics. This facility combined with their new warehousing facility at JAFZA, which will be operational soon, gives an unparalled infrastructure to cater to this segment of the business in the region. CSS facilities at Sharjah, including a covered area suited for storage of vehicles and the open yard are already popular with customers looking for safe and secure handling of vehicles.

“This has been a relatively large vertical in our industry here in the region, while we have taken our time to enter this market we intend to offer our customers a quality product. We have the necessary infrastructure in place to allow this, and I do believe we can create a niche for ourselves in this vast segment.  There is definitely more to come from us – Drive Safe”, commented Ajay Krishnan Vice President Freight forwarding CSS Group, while talking to Lighthouse regarding auto logistics at CSS.

July, 2016

Yacht And Marine Logistics At CSS

CSS Group’s professionalism comes in demand when a specialised vertical where thorough expertise is indispensible, and that is none other than Yacht and Marine Logistics. A decade long hands on experience has made CSS one of the most preferred name when it comes to movement of expensive and luxurious yachts across the globe.

The team engaged with yacht movement not only takes the survey and submit the quotation, but demonstrate how the movement will be carried out. They also explain about the equipment to be used while the process takes place. The attention to detail makes CSS Yacht & Marine logistics team the most trusted partner around the world.

CSS Group has successfully moved yachts that belong to celebrities and the royal family members. The company is a preferred shipper for many of the world’s leading boat builders, including Correct Craft Inc., Gulf Craft, Princess Yachts, Sunseeker and Viking, along with Government officials and celebrities.

The yacht and Marine team has recently handled two yachts for Sevenstar Yacht Transport Agency UK, one from Jebel Ali to Hamburg (BENETEAU GTE57) and the other which came down to Jebel Ali from Las Spezia (Galeon 325HT) which was later on cleared and delivered to the client. CSS ensures that their people are specially trained to oversee every part of the shipping process, right from documentation till delivery.

For a client, hassle free movement is the highest pricing factor when it comes to expensive loads like yachts, and CSS ensures maximum client satisfaction.

November, 2015

Promising Days Ahead

Both Arkan Sohar Logistics & CSS Group Managements are confident about the new venture

Ali Al Muttawa
Managing Director
Arkan Sohar Logistics

Arkan Sohar Logistics – one of the growing logistics company in Oman, being operated from the port city of Sohar, the only port which serves the shipping needs of Northern Oman. The company offers a Neutral / Highly productive and Effective solution to the market – covering all 3PL / Deconsolidation and Storage requirements. The partnership with the CSS CFS Group services will only enhance the quality of the operation, keeping the CSS Group’s successful footprint in this segment and in this region in mind.”

Sreenath V
Sr. General Manager
CSS Group

The closure of Mina Qaboos, Muscat for General cargo and container movement has resulted in greater developments of the Sohar port & the Free zone. Our vast experience in handling CFS activities combined with our neutrality as an NVOCC operator will surely help in providing the customers with an easy and quick service to their requirements. With easy & short accessibility to the Sohar port & Terminals, ARKAN SOHAR state of the art fully racked  private CFS  will not only result in quick turnaround of containers but also will ensure a smooth & easy process to customers.

September, 2015

3PL Services from CSS Kingston Logistics FZC

CSS Kingston Logistics provide 3PL services using our own infrastructure, skill and expertise. Ideally located inside the SAIF Zone provides direct access to major airports and airlines. Being the first and the only licensed 3PL service provider inside SAIF Zone, we offer our customers services that include air & sea freight forwarding, pick and pack, assembly, warehousing, packaging, shipping, and transportation. Our cost efficient and effective container transportation enables the products to be ready for distribution within the shortest possible period. CSS Kingston Logistics can support supply chain requirements throughout the product lifecycle. This starts from procurement and product packaging through final services such as liquidation and recycling.

Our services include:

  • Procurement & Packing
  • Storage and distribution
  • Logistics management
  • Reverse logistics
  • Survey and research

With our extensive network within and outside the UAE and a large pool of skilled man power, CSS Kingston Logistics can create and execute a truly global programme for your Supply Chain Management requirements. We guarantee you the most cost effective solutions for the requirements.

CSS Kingston storage facilities provide comfortable space for both Covered (110,000 Sq Ft) and Open yard storage (87,000 Sq. Ft) of your goods. The fully racked space is conveniently created for the smooth and quick movement of your cargo. We make sure to reduce the turn time and thereby ensure maximum value for your expenditure.

The open yard facility provides ample space for the heavy forklifts to work without hassles. This space can be well utilized to store your Breakbulk and ODC cargo requirements safely.

May, 2015

CSS Attends Intermodal


CSS Group represented by Siby C Kurian, Senior General Manager for Sales & Marketing, attended the Intermodal Exhibition and conference this year which happened from 7-9 April, 2015.

More than 48,000 qualified professionals from logistics, cargo transportation and foreign trade industries gathered in Sao Paulo for the most comprehensive event in Latin America. The venue of the Trade Show, Fair and Exhibition was the Transamerica Expo Center.

“Exhibitions such as Intermodal provide the perfect platform for any logistics company to showcase their products and service offerings to an international audience. Here we get the opportunity to network and share ideas with professionals from across the globe which is a great advantage for a growing company like CSS” mentioned Siby.

Latin America is one of the fastest growing regions for the logistics, cargo transportation and foreign trade industry worldwide. Brazil alone accounts for more than 350 billion dollars of the region logistics revenue and more than doubled its activities during the last decade.

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