Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Freight Forwarding Group Opens New Office to Handle Everything from LCL to Air Freight

Sixth Russian Outpost for F S Mackenzie
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA – Taking advantage of the huge potential that promises to be unleashed by Russia’s substantial capital investment programme in its Far East territories, international forwarding group F S Mackenzie has opened its sixth office in Russia, at Vladivostok. The new base will provide the Russian and UK member of the Famous Pacific Shipping Group global forwarding and NVOCC collective with a platform to develop import traffic from China, Japan, Korea, the US, Australia and New Zealand, via the city’s deep sea port and airport. Services will include airfreight, container FCL and LCL, break bulk, outsize and special cargo, rail freight, door-to-door deliveries, warehousing and trucking.

The new F S Mackenzie branch is headed up by Dmitriy Maslov, who has over 25 years’ experience with one of Russia’s largest transport providers FESCO, most recently as senior manager of its liner and intermodal division. Maslov also spent several years in FESCO's operations in Vietnam and the US. The new office joins existing F S Mackenzie bases in Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Novorossiysk. It has been launched with three experienced staff, but early workforce expansion is fully anticipated as the office starts to exploit the area’s vast potential. Initially, physical handling and surface transportation are being outsourced.

Vladivostok is Russia’s third largest ocean gateway, and has a newly-constructed airport; nearby Vostochniy Port (200 km from Vladivostok) is the third largest sea port in the region. The two ports have modern container and conventional cargo facilities, receive regular calls by major lines including Maersk, CMA CGM, APL, Hyundai, KMTC, Sinokor and FESCO, and enjoy excellent connections to the hinterland via rail and road. Dmitriy Maslov, commented:

“The Russian Government is making substantial capital investments in the development of its Far East territories, which are close neighbours to the main Asian exporting countries. This leads us to believe that there will be significant increases in traffic through Vladivostok port and airport, and Vostochniy, in the near future. Through this new office, we intend to develop our LCL service to cover the Russian Far East, and also enhance our intermodal solutions for shipments to and from Russia and the CIS. Taking into account the time difference with Moscow (7 hours) and London (11 hours), this new office will enable us to control our operations in the region more effectively.”

Photo: (left to right): Dmitriy Maslov (Director, Vladivostok branch) with Urzhumova Svetlana (Logistics Specialist) and Sidorov Matvey (Logistics Manager)