Since times immemorial, right from the Silk Road to the Spice Route, trade and trade lanes have been the driving force of progress for numerous civilizations, fostering exchange of not just goods but also culture and knowledge. Today, as we move towards being ‘global citizens’ and connect across continents in just few clicks, it is still global trade and key trade lanes that facilitate transport and exchange of goods, bringing the world to us, almost literally!
In today’s modern world, globalisation can almost be considered a given. Something as basic as a garment to something as complex as a renewable energy plant has parts and pieces traverse multiple regions and locations at different stages of production and manufacturing, before eventually making its way to the end-user. Be it know-how, skills, technology, manufacturing, packaging, selling, and distribution; countries are focusing on what they do best and collaborating with others for the rest. Demands in one corner of the world could well be getting fulfilled by a country in a different continent. That’s how global supply chains work.
And it is the key global trade lanes, backed by a complex logistics ecosystem consisting of shipping lines, ports and port authorities, freight forwarders, transporters, container freight stations, warehouses and myriad other elements that keep these global supply chains moving, seamlessly and efficiently.
Answering the ‘where’ and ‘how’
While key global trade lanes can answer the ‘where-to-where’ of global trade, managing the ‘how’ can get a little complicated. Rules and regulations for the inflow of goods and cargo vary from country to country. Depending on the size and type of cargo, the packaging, storage and transportation requirements would differ. If it is Dangerous Goods (DG) cargo or chemicals and pharmaceuticals being transported, additional regulatory declarations will come into play. Planning shipping and delivery timelines as per specific business requirements will need detailed analysis of shipping schedules, and an understanding of key trade lanes and routes. To cut a long story short, it’s best to call on an expert.
Quite a few businesses across diverse industries thus prefer to leave logistics to a partner like Allcargo Logistics, which is India’s largest integrated logistics services provider and the global LCL consolidation leader.
The world is our playground
Through its wholly-owned global subsidiary ECU Worldwide, Allcargo operates via a network of more than 300 offices in over 160 countries. To top that, each of its teams consists of expert professionals well-equipped to offer the most feasible cargo transportation solutions backed by their sound local expertise.
Having offices in almost all major origin and destination countries, allows Allcargo to create csunmatched synergies that prove to be of great advantage to customers. Key regional offices in Antwerp, Singapore, Dubai and Miami, help transport cargo almost anywhere in the country.
With LCL services across more than 2400 direct trade lanes, the world is within reach. Customers can ship to all major global trade hubs and destinations with the assurance of safety and timeliness. Thanks to partnerships with leading carriers, the experts at Allcargo can analyse shipping schedules and offer customised transportation routes and solutions that are aligned to the customer’s business supply chain requirements.
Connecting the world through India
In today’s new normal business scenario, businesses are looking to de-risk by diversifying supply chains and exploring new regions conducive to manufacturing. This brings India to the forefront with great potential to emerge as a leading trade hub.
Allcargo’s NVOCC division in India, with its 28 offices and over 400 experts, helps customers leverage more than 300 import and export trade lanes to broaden their business horizons.
Key import trade lanes connect Shanghai, Shenzhen, Ningbo Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Qingdao to Delhi via Chennai; and Istanbul and Barcelona to Chennai.
Key export trade lanes connect Delhi to New York, Shanghai, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Antwerp, Le Havre, Felixstowe, Mexico and Dubai via Tughlakabad; Chennai to Santos, Hamad and Jakarta; and Nhava Sheva (Mumbai) to St. Petersburg, Constanta, Beirut, Buenaventura, Buenos Aires, Santos, Charleston, Los Angeles, Sohar, Hamad, Kuwait, Manila, Jakarta, Laem Chabang, Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, Auckland, Brisbane, Gdynia, Mombasa, Ashdod, Istanbul, Tema and Lagos, Toronto, Montreal, Dublin, Tokyo, Osaka, Yangon, Alexandria, and Ho Chi Minh City/ Hai Phong.
Transhipment hubs in Nhava Sheva and Mumbai operate 24×7, giving customers the benefit of shorter transit times and a vital gateway to destinations around the world. Allcargo is the only logistics services provider offering reliable transhipment services spanning India’s East and West Coasts.
In addition, it also offers the support of India’s widest Container Freight Station (CFS) network with CFS’s at Mumbai, Chennai, Mundra, Kolkata and an Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Dadri.
A zero-compromise approach to safety along with complete compliance and in adherence to all necessary safety standards and precautions has made Allcargo one of the leading players in handling hazardous material and Dangerous Goods (DG) cargo. Owing to its trained experts and well-equipped facilities, customers are assured of safe, secure transportation.
With expertise in a number of land-side logistics services like project logistics, contract logistics, warehousing solutions, and more, customers can streamline their operations and save on time and effort by coordinating with a single logistics partner for multiple requirements.
“As India seeks to evolve into a major international trade hub, we are bolstering these aspirations with excellent end-to-end logistics services. On the ocean-side we are already a global LCL leader and our land-side services perfectly complement them. Now, with our strategic acquisition of Gati, we have unmatched access right into 735 out of 739 districts in India as well as expertise in express distribution and first and last mile deliveries. So no matter what the requirements are, Indian and international customers can count on us to deliver the best”, says Adarsh Hegde, Jt. Managing Director, Allcargo Logistics.
Relevant, customer-centric and tech-enabled cargo transportation
In the current trying times where most businesses are grappling with the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the business landscape has changed. The reduction in space availability and increased prices of air freight due to disruption in schedules of airlines are seeing businesses evaluate alternatives. In this context, ocean freight is emerging as a feasible and cost-effective method of transportation for cargo that’s less time-sensitive and not perishable.
Always keeping the customer’s needs in focus, ECU Worldwide has launched XLERATE, an express sea-air service from China to Europe and LATAM via USA that can offer transit times of as fast as 14 days, at nearly one fourth the cost of air freight.
Keeping pace with digitialisation too has always been a priority at Allcargo. With ECU360, a state-of-the-art online platform, it has enabled customers to ship with a click. Customers can conduct business 24×7 and independently complete their cargo booking transaction with featured like instant quotes, rates for door-to-door delivery, easy access to shipping schedules and information, etc.
Keeping cargo moving, no matter what
With an approach to offers seamless, safe and secure cargo transportation by effectively coordinating with its global network, offering world-class customer experiences and complying with international standards and certifications like C-TPAT, Allcargo has and will always continue doing whatever it takes to keep cargo moving and business going.