08 November 2017

Logistics Multinational Continues to Excel with Specialist Freight Services  

Group Reports Successful Contracts Concluded in Africa, Europe and Middle East

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Shipping News Feature SOUTH AFRICA – EUROPE – UAE – Logistics giant GAC has just announced that their freight divisions have reported more successful completions of projects and specialist movements in Africa and the renewal of import contracts between Italy and the UAE. In South Africa six months of hard work and a whole host of complex operations involving more than 70 containers, a fleet of trucks and trailers and a lot of planning has seen GAC Laser, the company's South African branch, complete the import and delivery of racking and shelving for a new heavy machinery warehouse in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The company was appointed by SSI Schaefer, a market leader in the field of planning and implementing integrated logistics systems, to handle the import of goods shipped in from Germany and the Czech Republic through the port of Port Elizabeth and on to the new warehouse site just under 700 miles away.

The GAC Laser team needed to consult and coordinate with multiple parties working on the project - overseas offices, shipping lines, road hauliers, port authorities and on site contractors - to ensure container release timings and the trucking schedule were coordinated to avoid delays. They also faced the challenge of other contractors vying for limited space and container handling facilities at the warehouse site, which meant constant and accurate planning, communication and information flow was critical. Rob Demont, GAC Laser’s Regional Sales Manager – Gauteng, said:

“The relationship between GAC and SSI Schaefer around the world spans many years. This was the first project awarded to GAC Laser in southern Africa. Pulling together a dedicated team to handle a project of this nature was paramount and its successful completion can be credited to everyone involved.”

To keep tabs on progress, a bespoke Tracking Report was designed, tailored to the specific requirements of the task. This was the start of several projects for which GAC Laser’s team continues to work with SSI Schaefer. It has also delivered nine containers from the Czech Republic for a cold storage plant in Port Elizabeth and is involved in the handling of additional shipments from Malaysia for a major player in the beverage industry in Swaziland, as well as containers from Germany for a well-known South African online retailer.

Meanwhile in the UAE, European bulk logistics provider RB Logistics has appointed GAC Abu Dhabi for a second time to provide a complete logistics service package for their import of talcum powder from Italy to Ruwais for a client of IMI FABI. The two-year contract covers freight services, transportation, warehousing and handling.

GAC will arrange for collection of talc from IMI FABI’s mine in Italy and send it by sea to Abu Dhabi, where it will handle the customs clearance before transporting to GAC’s Mina Zayed warehouse. There, the talc will be loaded into RB’s 40-foot silo containers using a specialised RB Transloading machine for the road trip to the production plant in Ruwais. The GAC team will carry out at least 12 load out operations a month. Ben Reijers, RB’s CEO, said:

“By combining RB’s and GAC’s expertise and experience, we are able to offer a unique and niche solution to IMI FABI and their customer. Both companies share the same strong values, and we are very proud to be able to work in partnership on this project.”

Photo: Silo containers ship the talc by road.

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