Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New Contract is a Major Gas for Swiss 3PL Freight and Logistics Group

Air and Ocean Chartering Included in Biggest Ever Energy Order
Shipping News Feature
IRAQ – 3PL freight outfit Panalpina has gained its largest award with a specific oil and gas major to date, with the Swiss logistics company awarded a long-term contract to manage transportation for a gas project in Iraq. The contract will run over a minimum of five years and involve high air and LCL (less than container load) ocean freight volumes. Work has already begun and besides transport Panalpina will also provide customs clearance, light warehousing, full order management and in-house staffing for the customer. Additionally, the supply chain group will handle ad hoc air and ocean chartering for this project.

Panalpina has worked with the customer since 2010 in the US and over the last seven years has developed activities with several divisions and geographies, which now also include Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Morocco. In 2015, Panalpina and the client developed an automated order management system in the US, and building on this expertise Panalpina will expand the value offering to the project in Iraq throughout the duration of the contract.

Panalpina says another critical factor for winning this new business was the fact that it fosters local expertise in a key country such as Iraq, meaning that the company employs a local workforce instead of an expat workforce. This showcased Panalpina’s avowed commitment to continue developing its resources and expertise with local labour in the same way as the customer does.