Category: Bali Cargo

NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – One of the leading marine survey companies has collaborated with other industry partners to launch what it claims is the worlds largest on line database for transporting cargo of every type. BMT De Beer, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd has collaborated with such groups as the Container Owners Association and GDV Transport Information Services to produce the CargoHandbook.

As well as a basic description and photograph of the cargo product, people can access information on the shipment/storage requirements including optimum temperature/humidity and moisture and the risk factors associated with the particular product thus ensuring safer transport methods. Managed by a dedicated team of people at BMT De Beer in order to ensure continuity and quality of the data, people using the website will also be able to contact BMT to share additional information on a particular product, helping to expand the data available.

By providing a free to use archive BMT De Beer aims to provide and share information on cargo transportation with the wider market and therefore help to reduce the number of cargo incidents and claims that occur. Jeroen De Haas, Managing Director at BMT De Beer explains:

“While every mode of transport has its own challenges and limitations, it is particularly during marine transportation that cargoes are often exposed to extreme conditions such as the forces caused by a rolling vessel or the constantly changing atmosphere. A strong understanding of cargoes and their specific transportation requirements is the key to ensuring the cargo arrives at its destination undamaged. This subscription free, online platform will provide quick and easy access to information that isn’t readily available to the market today.

“This will be an evolving process and BMT invested in this initiative because we are committed to collaborating with the wider market to ensure that CargoHandbook becomes the recognised source of knowledge on anything related to cargo transportation. Digitalising this information will allow informed decisions to be made quicker and in turn will help to minimise the number of claims made.”


US – Sadly some of our best read stories concern the criminal activities of the few freight forwarding executives who are prepared to break the law in order to turn a profit. As times get harder financially the line between fair competition and conspiracy blurs for some as evidenced by the surge in anti trust cases prosecuted globally which we have witnessed in the past two years. Some acts however are blatantly criminal and this week two cases concerning the cargo screening and shipping of air freight have resulted in the prosecution and punishment of several individuals and companies involved in nefarious activities.

The first case concerns the arrest and detention of Ulrich Davis aged 50 who was caught as he tried to board a flight to the Netherlands at Newark Liberty International Airport last August. Davis, a Dutch national, pleaded guilty this week to charges of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transactions Regulations by misdeclaring chemicals and aircraft parts destined for Iran.

Evidence against Davis was overwhelming in that e mails he had sent to another company made it plain he knew what he was doing was illegal. The items concerned were suspected to be for military use and one of the consignees were allegedly described as ‘C-130 Red Crescent’ seemingly implying the supplies were for a section of the International Red Cross. Observers have speculated that these were parts for C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft at least twelve of which are still in service with the Iranian air force.

Davis used his position as manager of a Netherlands based freight forwarder with a New Jersey office (we are not allowed to name the company) to issue and conspire with others to issue airwaybills showing false details, the nature of the goods being such that they constituted a threat to national security. Because of his guilty plea Davis will avoid the maximum term of twenty years imprisonment but is likely to receive a five year term plus a fine up to a quarter of a million dollars when sentenced.

In the second case three employees of OHL (part of Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, LLC), a subsidiary previously being known as ActivAir and one of the world’s largest third party logistics providers, have each pleaded guilty following a federal investigation. The three confessed to failing to screen cargo due to load on passenger flights despite strict regulations as to how the procedure should be undertaken.

The offences occurred at the company’s Fortune Circle premises at Indianapolis Airport and once again penalties could be up to five years in prison with quarter of a million dollar fines for each defendant. Mitchell Totty, Brian Vanhandel and Andrew Barnes are each accused of conspiring together to violate the law instituted in 2010 which insists on accurate records regarding screened cargo following incidents when bombs were discovered whilst being carried as freight aboard passenger aircraft in Dubai and the UK.

OHL has fully cooperated with the authorities and accepted responsibility for its employees behaviour but the admission led to the company receiving a record fine of $1 million for the offences and U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett commented the safety of the travelling public was paramount and that there could be no tolerance for shortcuts when matters of national security were involved.

Following our story earlier today commenting on the Q3 statistics of container shipping giant Maersk, the logistics arm of the Danish group, Damco, has now released its own independent third quarter figures. These reveal that year to date Damco’s ocean freight volumes increased 14% compared with the same period in 2010 and airfreight tonnage was up by 23% lifted through the acquisition of China based NTS.

Supply chain activity volumes fell back 3% and net revenue rose to $2,156 million, a 6% jump, whilst gross profits increased to $567.7 million up 8%. The year to date EBIT is static at $73.2 million. Rolf Habben-Jansen, Chief Executive Officer, Damco commented:

“The traditional annual peak season in Q3 was rather muted this year. Our result for the quarter is quite satisfactory given these difficult market conditions and the conscious investments we made in growth. We continue to invest in growth, focused on selected industry verticals and on the high growth markets.

“The response from our customers on this has been very positive as illustrated by the again significantly increased customer satisfaction which reached an all-time high in 2011 and by a large number of new business contracts being concluded. Despite the challenging market we remain very positive about our ability to deliver on our growth strategy in the years to come”

British Airways World Cargo launches commercial operations of the world’s most advanced freighter at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The British Consulate-General will be present at a special event at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday marking British Airways World Cargo’s first ever commercial operations on US soil of their newly acquired Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft.

Mayor Kasim Reed, will join British Airways staff and customers, together with airport officials in celebrating this occasion, in conjunction with the formal launch of the British Airways World Cargo North America  HQ, recently relocated from New York to Atlanta.

The British Airways World Cargo announcement is a further demonstration of the continuing investment by British business in Georgia and the importance of Atlanta as the logistical hub of the Southeast. There are approximately 500 British companies located throughout Georgia providing around 30,000 jobs. The UK is also a major export destination for Georgia and other South East states and the newly launched British Airways World Cargo B747-8F freighter service will bolster this important trade route as well as trade with many other important global markets.

“I am delighted to see the UK’s flagship carrier expanding their North American Cargo activities from their new Atlanta HQ.  British Airways is a world leading air services provider, and their cargo services are known for the high quality service they provide in the air and on the ground.  Mayor Reed visited British Airway’s cargo facilities at Heathrow last year to view their state of the art logistics and handling operations” said British Consul General Annabelle Malins.

Head of UK Trade and Investment in Atlanta, Rebecca Mowat, said “The new freighter is most impressive and its arrival in Atlanta is a fitting way to mark the opening of British Airways World Cargo headquarters in Atlanta – one of several new British business investments in Georgia this year.  My highly experienced team here in Atlanta are in strong demand to support UK and US companies with international business growth on both sides of the Atlantic. – Direktur DHL Express, Rocky J Pesik menyebutkan, dari sisi volume pengiriman cargo melalui udara memang terbilang sangat kecil, yakni kurang dari 1 persen. Namun, nilainya mencapai 40 persen dari perdagangan dunia.

Hal ini disampaikan oleh Rocky dalam forum Indonesia Logistics Summit 2011 , di Jakarta, Kamis ( 10/11/2011 ). “(Sebesar) 99 persen volume cargo bergerak melalui laut karena transportasi cost (biaya) paling murah, jauh lebih murah dari cargo darat,” ujar Rocky sebagai alasan dari mengapa pengiriman cargo melalui laut lebih dominan ketimbang udara dan darat.

Namun demikian, dengan hanya mempunyai pangsa satu persen, pengiriman cargo lewat udara terus tumbuh. Menurut Rocky, volume pengiriman cargo lewat udara bertumbuh 20 persen pada tahun 2010 . Sementara untuk tahun 2011 ini, ia menyebutkan volume bisa tumbuh minimal 10 persen. Itu termasuk perhitungan kondisi krisis global.

Sementara itu, berdasarkan regional, terang dia, pertumbuhan trafik cargo udara intra ASEAN mencapai 22,5 persen pada Januari-November 2010 dari periode yang sama tahun sebelumnya.

Pengiriman cargo lewat udara inilah yang dimanfaatkan oleh industri pengiriman ekspres. Ini karena, terang dia, ada segmentasi barang yang dikirim lewat udara dan laut. “Karakter barangnya beda, value (nilainya) beda,” sebut dia. Misalkan, saja kalau komoditi beras tentu akan melalui cargo lewat laut, sedangkan barang berteknologi tinggi biasanya akan melakukan pengiriman lewat udara. Ini karena barang teknologi dinilai  lebih berharga.

Oleh karena itu, sebut Rocky, industri layanan pengiriman ekspres memiliki karakter cepat, handal, aman, hingga mempunyai jaringan yang luas. Dengan ciri ini industri pengiriman ekspres menggunakan 70 persen dari total pengiriman cargo udara. “Jadi industri pengiriman ekspres ini penting di dunia perdagangan,” sebut dia.

Ini ditandai dengan besaran industri pengiriman ekspress di dunia mencapai 175 miliar dollar AS per tahun 2008 , dengan memperkerjakan sebanyak 1,4 juta karyawan. Pelanggan industri ini didominasi oleh sektor pelanggan di bidang teknologi tinggi dengan persentase 29 persen dari keseluruhan pelanggan. Pelanggan sektor jasa berada di urutan kedua dengan 21 persen.

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