Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Project Freight Forwarding History Provides a Base for Logistic Group’s Aid and Humanitarian Future

Allseas Global Wins UN Approval
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – Project freight forwarding specialist Allseas Global Logistics’ commitment to expertise in the humanitarian aid/relief sector has been underlined by confirmation that it has secured the United Nations’ prestigious ‘Approved Supplier Status’. This important vote of confidence comes on top of the British company gaining official authorisation as a supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), as well as a number of other official accreditations from international professional bodies. Group Commercial Manager Mark Binge, explains:

“Following recent humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts, we have focused resources and effort on detailed registration and accreditation procedures. Various tender bids with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) made it necessary for us to develop close commitments with the authorities, to enable full registration and disclosure.

“This has resulted in Allseas reaching full approval from a number of governing bodies over the past six months, having achieved excellence in all the required fields, including financial standing and references from our customers. We are proud to have achieved this recognition.”

Carl Clark, who recently joined Allseas as Business Development Manager, has considerable previous experience in warehousing, transport and logistics operations in the humanitarian aid/relief sector and believes the company’s past forwarding experience provides a base to progress from, saying:

“There is an awful lot of work to be done in the humanitarian, aid and relief side of things. We are looking to use Allseas’ years of experience not just in heavy lift, but in general logistics to push ourselves in this very specialised area. Aid is very military and regimented in structure and requires a dedicated team, because it isn’t just sustaining a regular contract.

“There are a lot of factors involved in disaster relief. You need to build a team from the ground up. You must be ready to react at any time. You need to have lines of communication established and in place. You have to be ready, 24/7, to move. It sounds very dramatic but disasters are dramatic, and it requires a very special set of skills, knowledge, contacts and experience to be able to respond instantly and efficiently.”

Photo: (Courtesy of the UN) Women refugees, some carrying children, walking into Jordan from southern Syria.