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NVOCC

March, 2019

There is Something More in NVOCC Business


CHRIS WILSON, PRESIDENT, CARO TRANS, SHARES HIS VIEWS WITH LIGHTHOUSE

Being a renowned and reliable name in the NVOCC business Caro Trans over the years has earned a respectable position both in business and in the minds of their clients. Lighthouse team had a brief chat with Mr. Chris Wilson, the President of Caro Trans, wherein he spoke about the current trends, the future and prospects of NVOCC business.

Chris was optimistic about the current trends and what it leads to the future growth when he shared his views on the business outlay and forecast of the NVOCC business.

“The NVOCC business is increasingly competitive and we must continue to deploy technology in the most innovative and efficient means possible. Our clients demand accurate and timely information delivered instantly across the supply chain. However, it is dedicated and passionate Team members delivering exceptional service to our clients that will become our greatest differentiator.”

CSS Group enjoys an in-depth relationship with Caro Trans. They both have been working together for many years and has remained trusted partners supporting each other in their respective regions. Chris continued, “Caro Trans is with CSS Group for 7 years now and we are quite keen to continue developing our services throughout the Middle East. Our goal is to become the number one NVOCC between USA and Middle East.”

Focused approach and time bound strategies will define the future prospects of the NVOCC business. Customer centric approaches and personalization has great role to play in developing a meaningful business model. “We need larger customers and we need to explain to the largest LCL clients how an NVOCC – a true LCL consolidator can add significant value to their supply chain,” said Chris.

Various new IT solutions are being implemented by NVOCC companies to increase efficiency, reliability, and security of operations by reducing operational costs. But one must understand that, the NVOCC industry is still slow to develop and deploy interesting technology. As a result, our industry is ripe for a thoughtful and passionate disrupter, Chris added.

While saying goodbye, Lighthouse requested a message from Chris for the CSS family:
“Thank you for always supporting our efforts to grow our business. It has been a very strong partnership and we look forward to expanding our business and growing our services throughout the Middle East.Thank you and Wish you a much prospective 2019!” Commented Chris.


March, 2019

Networking Opportunity During Breakbulk


HÖEGH HOSTED DINNER PROVIDES NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PARTICIPANTS

Breakbulk Middle East provided opportunities to interact on several platforms, for the participants. The event was well attended by CSS delegates and participated at the networking dinners. One such was organized by Höegh. Head of Country (UAE), Finn Roden from Höegh invited for a presentation of their Breakbulk cargo handling initiatives, followed by a Customer Appreciation Dinner at the -“Bliss 6” Restaurant-The Conrad Hotel Dubai on the 11th of February.

The Global Head of Breakbulk Sales – Stian Omli from Head office in Oslo started off with the opening speech. CSS Group was represented by Midhun George, General Manager, Abu Dhabi and Angeli Sudheer, Manager Pricing & Customer Service, CSS Dubai.

“It was a well-organized gathering by Team Hoeg opening up the opportunity to interact with the industry partners and meet some old friends from the Industry. Such gatherings help to personalize and strengthen your relationship with your partners.” Commented Angeli.

Leif Höegh & Co is an international shipping company, founded in 1927 by Norwegian Leif Höegh (1896-1974). Since 2006 the company has been structured as two separate entities, Höegh Autoliners and Höegh LNG, with Leif Höegh & Co acting as a common holding company.


January, 2019

NVOCC- The Flagship Service of CSS Group


Consolidated Shipping Services Group, has attained a reputable position in the industry with specialized operations in cargo consolidation (LCL), both in Ocean export and import. The reliability of world class transcontinental partnerships qualifies CSS Group to be amongst the leading NVOCC service providers from the GCC and the South Asia. Personalized client handling and global standards in cargo management has made CSS the most trusted partner in consolidation activities in the region where they operate, that too made possible with an enviable global network of partners.

Past two decades we have been aggressively selling our NVOCC activities along with our overseas agents across the globe. We provide our clients with coherent and reliable LCL solutions through our trusted counterparts in Far East, Europe and the Americas. Our relationship with our agents has extended beyond business over the years and CSS Group is grateful for that. From this edition onwards, Lighthouse will be walking alongside, our network partners discussing and debating issues interesting to our readers


January, 2019

Walking The Extra Mile with CSS


JEAN-PAUL, CEO, FPS ROTTERDAM, MENTIONS ABOUT HIS BUSINESS AND FRIENDSHIP WITH CSS IN A BRIEF CHAT WITH LIGHTHOUSE

Commencing in 2003, the combined efforts of both CSS Group and FPS Rotterdam has made them the market leaders today in the NVOCC industry. Mr. Jean-Paul van Munster, the CEO of FPS Rotterdam, spoke with Lighthouse on more about the mutual relationship. “It started when Mr. Kala and I visited Mr. Alvin Tan that time director of FPS Singapore at the same time. It was Mr. Alvin Tan who knew me since 1995 and figured that CSS and FPS Rotterdam had a lot to offer to each other, and he was absolutely right!”

Not only in business that Jean- Paul shared the same momentum with Kala, it flourished so well into the family matters as well gradually. “We both never missed the opportunity to be in each other’s family functions and over the period of time, we shared the joy of being like a single family and we continue the relationship which has grown in the past 15 years to become not only business partners, but something more valuable in this world; “United Friends”.

While discussing about the industry and business, Jean-Paul mentioned about the beginning and growth of FPS Rotterdam. He was full of excitement when he narrated the story. “FPS, Famous Pacific Shipping B.V. originated from the 1992 founded forwarder TOP Trans Ocean Pacific forwarding. With the growing consolidation activities within TOP it was in 2001 when we decided to separate the consolidation activities from TOP and continue fully independently as a neutral consolidator under the name of FPS Famous Pacific Shipping Rotterdam, successfully led by its present director Ms. Saskia de Jong. During the past 17 years FPS Rotterdam has grown from its humble start to one of the leading consolidators in Rotterdam”.

Jean-Paul paused for a moment and continued to say that he is obliged for the accomplishments, whatever achieved so far, to the support of their strong world-wide partners like the CSS Group. Besides its strong worldwide network, the keynote of the growth and quality of FPS Rotterdam is a professional and reliable team and the ongoing IT investments.

“Rotterdam, the centre from where we make cargo movement more efficient than ever, is the ideal gateway to and from the hinterland of Europe. Connecting the world with our direct services. The movement of cargo is closely monitored every step of the way. Track and trace, online booking and EDI systems make it easy to keep an eye on every shipment. Our state-of-the-art warehouse offers an IMO and non-IMO separated area. Last but not least our friendly service makes us gladly walk the extra mile. We believe in a friendly long-term relationship with our customers and worldwide partners like CSS!”


July, 2018

NVOCC – THE CSS GROUP’S BASICS


DUBAI – The Consolidated Shipping Group’s NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier) division has been active in the Middle East for 23 years, going on 24. It will not be considered presumptuous if this particular LCL and FCL facility was to be regarded as the flagship service offered by the Group, locally and internationally.
The CSS Group’s NVOCC – whether it be inbound or outbound Middle East – based – all have one port in common; JAFZA, where the headquarters is located. CSS began offering inbound direct services wherever possible in the Middle East, an import market at the end of the day. The company wanted to ensure quick cargo turnarounds, connecting their final destination to Jebel Ali, the hub for all cargo Middle East. Opening up operations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, KSA, India and Pakistan have cemented this directive in the industry.
When it comes to the Group’s employee loyalties, there are those that have been with the company – or dare we say division – for 19 years, and counting. CSS prides itself with seeing the right opportunity and potential, taking it forward to no end.
CSS Group’s NVOCC division is penned to keep growing, be it through LCL, FCL, Air Freight or any other method of transport and logistics. Advancement in technology will play a key role in ensuring the Group stays on point with their competition, introducing online platforms for our clients to reduce process time.
Being a freight forwarding company – undertaking movement of goods from point A to Z on behalf of the cargo owner – NVOCC services would never be possible without its dedicated staff members and reputation it carves out for the company in the market. With services extending to six continents, as well as partnerships with renowned companies such as C.H.Robinson and more, the CSS Group intends to hold on to its reputation as a one-stop solution provider.


July, 2017

Take A Break


Team NVOCC took a break from its busy schedules and joined together for some fun activities recently. A get together was organized at the residence of CSS Group Director for Operations and Ocean freight, Chandrakala (CK). The party saw some interesting team building activities, music and games which were followed by a dinner.

Even though the event was hosted in a simple way, the team members had an invaluable time sharing and discussing various matters and thereby cementing a solid bond amongst themselves. “Celebrations are recognitions for the staff and we believe that it is more important than anything to keep the life at work moving. Such get together provides room for personal interaction as well which is necessary for people to work as team” commented CK about the function.


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