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Transportation Conference and Exhibition

May, 2016

Intermodal 2016

CSS Participates in Intermodal Exhibition and conference

Intermodal South America, which is considered to be the largest platform that provides communications and idea exchange amongst the cargo and logistics fraternity concluded with colours recently. CSS Group takes pride to be a part of the exhibitions as a trade visitor this year also. CSS Group was represented by Siby C Kurian, Vice President for Sales & Marketing. “Every year Intermodal brings in new prospects of business for us at CSS Group and I believe that there is no other better manner we can reach the Latin American fraternity across the globe than Intermodal,” commented Siby about the exhibition.

Almost 50,000 professionals from the logistics, cargo and foreign trade industries gathered in Sao Paulo for the three-day event, the largest event of its kind in Latin America. Intermodal South America Transport Exhibition is the leading exhibition and conference event for international trade, logistic, transport and cargo handling.Considered by the industry executives as a strategic platform for generation of new businesses, Intermodal South America gathers during its three days the main players in international and national market, promoting businesses and partnerships, working as a platform for launchings, brand reinforcement, joint-ventures, sales and networking

Brazil can rely on companies from the logistics, cargo transport and international trade sectors to overcome the current crisis atmosphere. In an environment where this word was traded for others such as investment, business and proactivity, over the three days of Intermodal South America, the production chains of these sectors provided a demonstration that it is possible to quickly return to a virtuous circle of growth. From April 5th to 7th at the Transamerica Expo Centre, São Paulo, the event brought together 600 brands from 25 countries as exhibitors and a highly knowledgeable audience of attendees, primarily executives with high levels of decision-making power.

“This 22nd edition of Intermodal has enabled companies to be certain that an atmosphere of crisis can be overcome with more investment and boldness. The ability to recover shown by these sectors is notable and our mission is precisely to stimulate and boost the success of the companies that exhibit with us, gathering together interests and promoting discussions on essential themes for the development of the market in Brazil and Latin America”, said Jean-François Quentin, CEO of UBM Brazil, the event promoter.

January, 2016

Expert Solutions for Automobile Movement

CSS Group shakes hand with Pangaea Cargo GMBH

The CSS Group has recently begun a strategic alliance with Pangaea Cargo GMBH, one of the leading logistics solutions providers globally for vehicle and personal effects transportation. This alliance brings to the Middle East Market a world class door to door solution to the automotive market and their transportation needs.

Pangaea Cargo utilizes the efficient Racking Systems for efficient transportation of all kinds of Automobiles including Bikes in containers. The Steel racking system since its inception has effectively reduced chances of damage to vehicles during transport and is environmentally friendly replacing the traditional Wood Packing that has been used in this mode of transport.  The use of the racking system also allows for various models, make or size to be consolidated into one container, thereby optimizing costs while ensuring integrity of the cargo is maintained.

Pangaea Cargo’s innovation combined with the CSS Group’s infrastructure and expertise in handling automobiles has already proved to be a great success. The throughput of vehicles through the CSS Group’s state of the art CFS has increased significantly since this product was launched commercially. Currently this service is being provided from Jebel Ali, but a road map is being designed to expand this to the rest of the Middle East using the CSS Group’s significant footprint across the Middle East Region.

The CSS Group’s strong presence in the relocation segment of our industry has also been assisted with boosting Pangaea Cargo’s other area of strength, which is removals and relocation. This allows both organizations to promote a one stop, safe and effective solution for household moves including automobiles and bikes.

Thomas Buse

Chief Executive Officer, Pangaea Cargo

We are looking forward to intensifying our exclusive relationship with CSS in Dubai and are proud to have such a well-respected partner on our side, maintaining the high level of quality especially in worldwide car shipping.

Martyna Dzierzynska

General Manager, Pangaea Cargo

Since we have established our alliance with CSS, we had great success on many levels. Not just in the car transportation, also the satisfaction on door to door solution for personal effects from our clients with overwhelming positive feedback has shown us the power of our engagement with CSS.

Benjamin Bartosch

Chief Business Development Officer, Pangaea Cargo

The demand of car transportation needs has always been very sustain from various economy impacts in the Middle East. The Market is very competitive and not comparable with the western market. Therefore it was highly important for us to find the right strategic partner to build an alliance of world class service. CSS has well honored our know-how and shown their capability to implement this knowledge into daily operations. Innovation, sustainability, German standards and environmentalism has been indicating key words for our future and I’m proud to say that this alliance has already truly surpassed all my expectations.

T S Kaladharan

Chairman, CSS Group

CSS Group had always strived to excel in each and every segment of its business from day one onwards. An association with Pangaea is seen with great importance, as we see an expert partner in them who can use CSS’s network strength and our resources in the Middle East effectively to deliver the best to the global competitive market of Automobile movement.

Ajay Krishnan

Sr. General Manager, Freight forwarding, CSS Group

In our industry, if we do not innovate and if we do not continue to bring in new products for our customers we will stagnate. This is where our new association with Pangaea is significant. This technology used to transport vehicles in a safe/ environmentally friendly manner is not common here. We intend to position this as a key product to meet the growing demand in this business vertical here.

July, 2015

DP World Partners with Emirates Transport

DPW recently announced an MoU signed in Jebel Ali by Mohammed Al Muallem and Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 04, 2015:- DP World UAE Region, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Emirates General Transport and Services Corporation (Emirates Transport). The MoU includes a range of potential benefits for both organisations including road transport solutions provided by Emirates Transport such as a bus fleet for leasing, heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, repairs, washing and cleaning services, and converting vehicles to operate on natural gas.

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DP WorldUAE Region, and Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, General Manager of Emirates Transport, signed the MoU at DP World’s offices in Jebel Ali.

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World UAE Region, said:

“New transport initiatives for terminal workers are part of our commitment to enhance operations with a modern and integrated transport network. Emirates Transport has over three decades of experience in the transport industry, and we are looking forward to a high quality service in line with our international best practices.”

Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, General Manager of Emirates Transport, said:

“As a provider of transport solutions in the UAE, Emirates Transport is proud to partner with DP World UAE Region and its flagship Jebel Ali Port, which plays a significant role in our nation’s economy. We are delighted to have the opportunity to play a role in this regional hub, and to explore future collaboration opportunities.”

Emirates Transport provides transport and maintenance automobile services for government, federal, and local organisations and the private sector through 28business centres and units, 7 subsidiaries and associate companies across the UAE.

September, 2014

CSS Attends Dubai Trade Conference


Dubai Trade, the premier cross-border trade facilitator, and Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC), one of the region’s leading providers of insurance solutions for individuals and corporates, recently organized a forum to announce the official launch of Tradeshield for online cargo insurance.

Being a NAFL Member, CSS Group was invited to attend the event titled, “The Importance of Cargo Insurance in Trade and Logistics.” The half-day forum held at the Dubai Marina Hotel and saw industry professionals come together to discuss the key issues and developments in the cargo insurance sector, including recent advances in e-commerce in the region.

Industry expert, David Phillips the President of the National Association of Freight & Logistics, was also a key host and speaker at the forum. David Phillips, President of the National Association of Freight & Logistics, while delivering the forum’s principle presentation, said: “Protecting the business interest during cargo movements is crucial to ensure a successful trade deal for traders and their customers or suppliers. The industry has witnessed a substantial growth in demand on Cargo Insurance services throughout the years. We appreciate Dubai Trade’s initiative in launching the Tradeshield service, which will help many companies in our industry to be more secured and save much of their precious time.”

As one of the leading freight forwarders in the region, CSS Group participated in the conference as part of it’s commitment to keep abreast recent trends in the freight forwarding sector. The new initiative has been embraced by CSS as it helps to further instill consumer confidence in the freight forwarding sector in the region, thus encouraging growth in this key sector.

July, 2014

WCA Relocations Conference

CSS Homeward Bound recently attended the 2nd Annual WCA Relocation conference held on May 14th in Hong Kong. The WCA Relocations is the newest and fastest growing specialty network created in mid-2012 and has already grown to over 75 member offices in 50 countries and 62 cities worldwide.
“With many old faces returning for the second year conference and many new ones joining to meet one another, the discussions about new business opportunities and building new relationships was phenomenal. The group is now stronger than ever and looking for only the most qualified removals experts,” said Victor Gomez, General Manager, WCA Relocations.
The aim of the group is to provide a platform for household goods and personal effects movers to meet, build business and efficiently find partners globally. With expert partners around the world just a click away, members of the group can deal with peace of mind knowing that each member is qualified and is best in class in the service they provide
“The WCA Relocation conference is a true testament to the work done by the WCA in ensuring that only the best players from within the network of relocations are chosen to be a part of such a significant event within the industry,” said Suku Sudhakaran, General Manager, CSS Homeward Bound who attended the conference. In addition the event was the ideal platform whereby like minded individuals were able to network and share valuable experiences from within the industry.

July, 2014

Abras -The Traditional Mode of Transport

Cultural Corner

Forget the luxury yachts heading to Dubai Marina, there are other traditional ways of seeing Dubai and hopping on an Abra is one of the most enjoyable.

Taking an Abra is the most cost effective and enjoyable way to cross the beautiful Dubai Creek. The Abra has been an integral part of Dubai’s history. It is a small motorized traditional commuter boat made of wood intended to travel across Dubai Creek, which in years gone by was one of the main modes of transport in Dubai.

It is still a vital mode of transport used by over 1 million people every month including local residents, business people and commuters trying to beat the traffic.
The Abra is now a well-respected tourist icon in addition to being a vital mode of transport. It’s not uncommon for tourists to privately hire an Abra to further enjoy the stunning Dubai Creek scenery.

An Abra ride commences when the boat is full, normally about 20 passengers, the driver sits in the centre of the boat, whilst the passengers sit facing out, circling the driver.  The fare for an abra ride is about 1 Dirham per person and is paid to the driver. The journey to cross the creek will only take around 10 minutes and is used by about 42,000 people daily.

If you are the type of person who likes to immerse themselves in tradition then an Abra ride is a must. It will expose you to the lesser known side of hustling and bustling Dubai. As you step on board there is a genuine feeling of history.

July, 2014

CSS Attends Arabian Travel Market

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2014, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, celebrated its 21st edition which took place at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre from May 5 to 8, 2014. The exhibition welcomed over 4000 exhibitors from 95 countries with exhibition floor space covering more than 25,000 square meters.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the show has grown to become the largest showcase of its kind in the region and one of the biggest in the world.

One of the main highlights of the exhibition was the Middle East’s cruise sector which was highly visible and well represented at this year’s Arabian Travel Market. Having been in decline since the global downturn and the subsequent effects of the Arab Spring the cruise sector has seen a recent bounce back with significant infrastructure investment, easing visa regulations and creative marketing.?One challenge that the region faced was the lack of ports of call and the location of cruise facilities – most of the berths for cruise vessels were located within commercial shipping ports, which was not particularly conducive for leisure visitors. In response, Mina Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi is currently undergoing major redevelopment creating a dedicated cruise terminal. Dubai has been upgrading Port Rashid to accommodate seven vessels simultaneously, up from the current five, as part of its strategy to attract 450,000 cruise tourists by 2016.

ATM 2014 encompasses more than 40 wide-ranging seminar and tech theatre sessions which besides cruise tourism cover aviation, mobile trends and the rising demand for wellness tourism.

May, 2014

CSS Attended Intermodal 2014 in Brazil

The 20th edition of Intermodal South America which is the 2nd largest event in the world of Logistics, Cargo Transportation and Foreign Trade took place in São Paulo Brazil, Transamérica Expo Center from April 1st to 3rd, 2014.

“Exhibitions such as Intermodal create an excellent platform for logistics companies to showcase their first class products and service offerings to an international audience. Intermodal allows CSS Group to network, nurture and create business relationships with associates from all continents, in one single arena. This allows an open discussion into latest trends and exciting opportunities that are opening up within our fast paced industry,” said Siby Kurian, Senior General Manager Sales & Marketing, who represented CSS Group at the exhibition.

Intermodal displayed over 600 exhibitors from all over the world presenting new products, the latest equipment and technology innovation and a vast conference program, which provided a unique opportunity and experience for more than 50,000 professionals.

May, 2014

MEACL 2014


The Middle East Air Cargo and Logistics Exhibition and Conference 2014 (MEACL 2014) organised by Arabian Reach FZ LLC and hosted by Etihad Cargo was held on 9th and 10th of April 2014 in Abu Dhabi. The Event attracted airlines, airports, freight forwarders and multimodal transport experts to discuss the trends and future opportunities in the logistics industry in the region.

MEACL 2014 was the first of its kind event highlighting the significance of UAE as multimodal logistics hub connecting air, sea and land. The panel discussions held at the event discussed various topics including Middle East Air Cargo and Logistics environment, Cool chain – trends in transport of pharmaceutical and temperature controlled goods, cargo security and opportunities provided by e-freight.

CSS Group exhibited its first class services during the two day exhibition and interacted with numerous trade delegations and trade visitors. Attending the exhibition from CSS Group were Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, CSS, Prakash Shetty, Sr. Sales Executive, CSS Abu Dhabi and Arun Kuriakose, Sales Executive, CSS Abu Dhabi. “Having a presence at the Middle East Air Cargo and Logistics Exhibition and Conference 2014 was crucial as it was the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi. Arabian Reach FZ LLC organized an excellent exhibition and conference and during the two days we were able to network with the shipping and logistics fraternity not only from the UAE, but from the entire MENA region. It was a platform to nurture existing business relationships within the industry while fostering new ones,” added Amith Horra, Marketing Manager CSS.

The first panel on day-one focussed on how transport infrastructure meets the freight forwarders’ need and discussed the possibilities of interlinking regional logistics; the session also highlighted the possibilities provided by the GCC-wide rail network and roadways. The second panel featured Multimodal logistics, and key-trend market characteristics and opportunities for Logistics Service providers in the Middle East. The third panel on Cool Chain logistics discussed distribution of cold chain pharmaceutical products across the Middle East and the challenges of the region with unique country to country GDP regulations. The final panel on ‘e–freight along the global supply chain’ examined the status of e-freight globally and in the Middle East.

March, 2014

Intermodal South America

With a history of over 20 years, Intermodal South America is the 2nd largest event in the world in Logistics, Cargo Transportation and Foreign Trade.  CSS Group is delighted to be participating in the 20th edition of Intermodal set to take place at São Paulo Brazil, Transamérica Expo Center from April 1-3, 2014.

Siby C. Kurian, Sr. General Manager Sales & Marketing, CSS will be attending the exhibition.

Intermodal is set to display over 600 exhibitors from around the world, presenting new products, the latest equipments and technology innovation and a vast conference programme, providing a unique opportunity and experience for more than 48,000 professionals.

“Intermodal Transport Exhibition is the leading exhibition and conference event for international trade, logistics, transport and cargo handling. By regularly participating in Intermodal it has given CSS a cost-effective investment to generate new business and strengthen its communication and brand strategies. Brand positioning opportunities in Intermodal South America play a great role in maintaining market awareness in an increasingly competitive industry,” added Siby C. Kurian.

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