Monday, January 12, 2015

Project Freight Forwarding and Logistics Outfit Expands Across Central Asia

Major Extension of Offices and Services for Allseas Global
Shipping News Feature

UK – CENTRAL ASIA – MIDDLE EAST – It is not unusual for a logistics group to announce the opening of a new overseas office but project and general freight forwarding group Allseas Global Logistics has revealed its plans for a very significant expansion for the UK-based outfit which will include new, fully staffed offices in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, a joint venture in Pakistan, a partnership agreement in Kuwait and Iraq and the continued expansion of Allseas’ highly successful Dubai office.

Allseas Global Logistics is offering door-to-door services, with full in-house staff coverage, into Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Kurdistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Southern Russia, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The network will be overseen by Des Nott, Group Project Manager, who commented:

“This expansion has involved 18 months of detailed planning and discussions. We have focused on finding the right locations and the right people, and on creating a vision for the whole region. As a result, we can offer customers a complete door-to-door service, including full customs brokerage and cargo tracking, to and from some very challenging destinations.

“Underlining all of this will be the strong Allseas brand. We are known for our reliability and in Central Asia we guarantee the same Allseas philosophy, hassle-free logistics. There are some incredibly big projects going on in the region, including infrastructure and oil & gas developments. A lot of cargo movement is happening. We have a good name in the industry and we are going to bring our unique approach to these markets. We will provide a complete door-to-door service for all cargoes from all over the world.

“At present [the services generally offered in this region] is mainly a fragmented process of different operators using the same pool of hauliers and equipment. We will create tailor-made solutions for our clients, offering not only the best service but also the best price. We will provide the equipment door-to-door open tops, flat racks and dry containers, or devan cargo for onward delivery from key points.”

A breakdown of the new network includes:

Georgia: New offices have been opened in the capital, Tbilisi, and the port city of Poti, on the eastern Black Sea coast. A team of eight dedicated Allseas staff are being led by Des Nott and Selim Nurlu, a seasoned veteran in handling project cargo for military and other clients. Nott points out that, as well as having its own traffic, Georgia is also a really important ‘front door’ into the former CIS countries. Often to get into these regions, transport is arranged north into Latvia and then by road or rail through Russia, a time consuming and expensive process, sometimes complicated by harsh winter conditions. The Poti and Tbilisi offices are staffed with cargo handling experts to organise container loading and unloading, project cargo handling and trucking services. The team will be fully conversant in Georgian, Russian and English.

Azerbaijan: Baku is a hotspot for project cargo movements, with a number of massive developments ongoing in industry, infrastructure and oil & gas. Allseas will open a fully staffed office in Baku by mid-January 2015.

Turkey: With the same two man management team as Georgia, Allseas will open offices in Mersin and Istanbul in January 2015. Two resident staff have already been employed in Mersin which will serve all of Turkey, supported by a sub-office in Istanbul. This will be for transhipment of project cargo initially, with Istanbul as the hub, where Allseas has appointed a highly qualified and experienced project manager in Gürkan Yucekaya.

Dubai: Allseas’ Dubai office was opened in 2011 and has expanded steadily since then, Paula Bellamy, Regional Manager, Middle East, is now leading a team of eight. Clients include China Petroleum and Petronas, for which Allseas acts as in-house forwarder and logistics provider. From the Dubai base Des Nott says Allseas serves the UAE and Persian Gulf with full coverage of project cargo, containerised cargo and door-to-door cargo handling services together with services to Iraq whilst he envisages an increasing role for this office in serving the wider Central Asia region.

Afghanistan/Pakistan/Kuwait/Iraq: In June 2014 we reported discussions between Allseas and Pakistan’s number one logistics group, Raaziq International, which also runs its own offices in Afghanistan, talks which subsequently turned into a joint venture between the pair. The partners are working together to use and keep open two routes into Afghanistan established and maintained by Raaziq over the past ten years on behalf of the ISAF forces, with a small commercial element, the northern route via the Khyber Pass into Kabul, a seven-day truck drive, and the shorter five-day route into the southern parts of Afghanistan. Similarly in Iraq, Allseas is working closely with that country’s leading forwarder, SABA International, which has a strong presence in Kuwait and Iraq, to provide secure transport routes, trucks and trailers and warehousing. Des Nott concluded:

“These [Afghan routes] are tried, trusted and secure lines of communication which we can use to provide door-to-door services to hard-to-reach places for our commercial clients. Our offering includes full warehousing, containers and project sustainability. The partners we are working with are the best. When you have time-sensitive projects or cargoes, you need to have people you can rely on. They have proven track records and know how to move consignments in the terrain while working around political and military flare-ups.

“We have a strong product in place, backed by the Allseas brand and our reputation for reliability. We have put immense effort into the detail and in sourcing our staff and partners. Our customers have trust in us, based on what we have achieved in the past, and the Allseas brand is growing globally. We have excellent relationships with the leading carriers, both conventional and containerised, our spend is increasing and therefore our buying power is increasing. This is an exciting and ambitious step forward for Allseas Global Logistics.”

Photo: Part of a project shipment moved to Bangladesh from the UK by Allseas.