Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Global Cold Chain Sees New LCL Services from Freight Forwarding Group and Indian Agency Established

Netherlands Features Heavily in Latest Advances
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NETHERLANDS – CZECH REPUBLIC – UAE – JAPAN – INDIA – Cold chain news this week sees new services launched plus an appointment intended to improve the quality of temperature sensitive products in the Indian subcontinent. Firstly freight forwarding network members in Rotterdam and Prague have launched a trade-only, temperature-controlled ocean LCL reefer service for perishables to Dubai and Japan which the principals say will provide substantial savings for shipments up to twenty cubic metres.

Full load reefer shipments to the regions are rarely a problem but smaller consignments and part loads can be tricky to place. Initially, the service from, Famous Pacific Shipping (FPS), will operate fortnightly from the company’s Rotterdam container freight station to Dubai and Japan with only direct sailings utilised from here. The service is aimed squarely at forwarders throughout Europe, many of whom already use FPS as an NVOCC for other commodity traffic and, although temperature controlled storage is available, shippers are encouraged to deliver into Rotterdam as close to sailing dates as possible. Jean Paul van Munster, CEO of  FPS in Rotterdam and Prague commented:

“Using our consolidation service will create a saving for shippers up to 15m3 and, on some trades, up to 20m3. We are not only looking at the Rotterdam market, but also the Dutch hinterland and France. With the established reputation of FPS Rotterdam and Prague in the consolidation industry, and with the help of our European partners, our goal is to establish weekly services to all destinations that require temperature controlled consolidation. These may be in the tropics, but also in cold climates.”

Also emanating from the Netherlands comes news that Almere headquartered Dyzle BV is making an appointment in India at a time when cold chain authenticity is hot news with the banning of imported Indian mangoes by the EU. The company, which specialises in providing data on temperature controlled integrity via a real-time cold chain monitoring platform which provides interpretation and analysis of measured variables such as temperature, humidity, energy consumption and CO2.

Dyzle has appointed India-based TTL Active as a partner to support the company’s growth in the Indian cold chain logistics and warehousing market. India is one of the largest producers of mangoes, as well as items like milk, bananas, fruit and vegetables. It is also one of the largest global exporters of meat and poultry, and third largest producer of fish. India is also the third largest pharmaceutical producer, at about 8% of global production. The TT Group, an associate of the TTK Group, nowadays has a wide portfolio of activities including logistics, bonded trucking services and insurance. Arun Vasu, Chairman and Managing Director of TTL Active, said:

“We are pleased that Dyzle chose us as a partner for India. We have 30 years of experience in logistics and more specifically our growing expertise in the temperature sensitive logistics scenario, makes this partnership with Dyzle a natural fit. We already provide mobile temperature monitoring through our multi-modal transportation solutions and now with the technologically advanced product range offered by Dyzle, our offering to the end customer will ensure we cover fixed asset temperature monitoring as well.”

Through the entire supply chain, from storage to transport and distribution, Dyzle collects data, analyses it, and makes it visible via a ‘one click’ personal dashboard accessible securely over the web from any internet-enabled device to enable full visibility of the total cold supply chain. Dyzle operates an open independent platform that can integrate and utilize data collected from any source, whether it is from proprietary systems or legacy technologies and Bert Zandhuis, CEO of Dyzle, said:

“With India being a fragmented yet emerging market for cold chain infrastructure, it’s vital we have a partner who has the experience of key market sectors requiring monitoring of temperature-sensitive products to improve compliance within the global cold chain, and to reduce wastage. TTL Active is part of a wider group, TTL Group, which gives them tremendous reach and leverage in key target markets in India, giving us an advantage in addressing the needs of cold chain logistics, pharmaceuticals, processed food, retail and hospitality providers.”