Interview: Saqib Mehmood, The Vision Shipping

“Good customer service with prompt reply and the ability to quote rates quickly and accurately are some of the factors which can lead to a Freight Forwarder’s success”

This week we interviewed Saqib Mehmood, Director of The Vision Shipping LLC- a Coop member in Dubai UAE. Among other things, Saqib talks about the benefits of attending our Annual Meeting and sheds some light on how to be successful in the freight forwarding industry.

Q. Can you tell us a little about The Vision Shipping’s history? 

A. I founded TVSL group- a company providing various shipping and logistics services in 2009. With a proven background in the freight forwarding industry, we have served customers from all parts of the world. Over the years, we have become our client’s most reliable option and we carry the same image even today. TVSL is undoubtedly, one of the most renowned companies in the city and we’re making it big with each day passing.

Q. What distinguishes The Vision Shipping from other freight forwarders in your city?

A. Our services are more focused on the domestic and international transportation of both domestic and commercial goods. The service is mandatory for the companies, which are engaged in transporting a wide range of products to overseas market. We are committed to achieving high levels of customer satisfaction by ensuring quality, cost effective services and timely freight forwarding and logistical solutions. Apart from Air and Sea, we also use LTL, FTL, and Intermodal (rail) to move freight. What sets us apart is our ability to deliver the best service on time.

 Q. Which is the most difficult shipment your team has had to deliver?

A. Although we keep handling a lot of complex shipments on a regular basis, moving the Rig Moment from the Gulf of Mexico to India had indeed been a challenging task.

Q. How did you hear about The Cooperative Logistics Network? What attracted you most to The Coop?

A. We were curious about your network when we heard about it from an acquaintance in the industry. I immediately followed up and all the answers to my scrutinizing questions were answered satisfactorily. It was then that we joined as a founding member and here we are still. Full transparency, clear cut information, friendly members, professionally organized Annual Meeting and follow up, and an uncomplicated Payment Protection Programme are some of the factors which attracted us most to your network.

Q. What are the main technological challenges facing freight forwarders at the moment? How important is technology for the industry? 

A. With every passing year, the role of technology in the freight forwarding world is steadily increasing. Technology is now enabling things like predictive analytics, real-time visibility, and enhanced customer service. Freight forwarders of our times need to be updated with all the latest technologies in the industry otherwise they would run the risk of falling behind their competitors. Q. What are the main challenges facing freight forwarders in your country at the moment? A. The transparency and the ruthless competition of carriers and logistic providers, increasing traffic, and related congestion, strikes and hijacking are some of the most common issues faced by freight forwarders in UAE. Moreover, we need to keep pace with the rapidly changing laws and directives and inform our customers about them before our competitors do. I realize these issues are not exclusive to our country.

Q. From your own experience, what are the keys to success in the freight forwarding industry?

A. The first step has to be introspection. One needs to analyze where they currently stand in the market, their strengths and weakness. Once the problems are identified, the freight forwarding companies need to focus more on their strengths and work on their weakness and convert that into their strength. Moreover, one needs to identify their client’s exact needs, to make a tailor-made service. Freight forwarders should always keep in mind that low rates are not always the deciding factor to gain a business. If a freight forwarder can provide top-notch services while offering a decent rate, then there is no looking back for that company. Good customer service with prompt reply & the ability to quote rates quickly and accurately are some of the factors which can lead to a company’s success. Lastly, a freight forwarding company have to have a proper marketing team with a good marketing strategy in place to promote their organization at the global level.

New Coop Member In Casablanca, Morocco

The Coop is proud to welcome its newest member in Casablanca, Morocco:

Key Contact Name: Ms Oulhakem Sanae

E-mail: sanae@moroccan-cargo.com

Website: www.moroccan-cargo.com

Company founded in: 2014

 

Members requiring assistance with shipments in Casablanca, Morocco, are invited to get in touch with the MOROCCAN CARGO PARTNER team.  

The Maritime Standard Awards 2018 will take place at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai on 15th October

The deadline to participate on the Awards is today, 17th August

The Maritime Standard Award, 2018 is one of the most prestigious shipping and maritime awards of Asia which will be attended by key decision makers of the industry from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, The Maritime Standard Awards recognise the achievements of the industry’s most outstanding performers and celebrate and reward their successes.

The event’s night will witness the presentation of 27 awards and some of the winners will be selected by an elite panel of judges, chosen for their knowledge and experience, while others will be chosen by The Maritime Standard team to mark exceptional achievements. A host of leading companies from the region’s shipping and maritime-related industries have already confirmed their attendance. Winning an award gives companies and individuals a chance to promote their achievements on an international stage.

Winning this award can help your company in the following ways:

• Highlight your company’s market leading position and progressive approach

• Attract new business opportunities

• Reinforce relationships with existing clients

• Reward and motivate employees, partners and contractors

Click here to nominate now and join the ranks of The Maritime Standard Award Winners and Finalists representing the Who’s Who in shipping and maritime.

For further details, please contact Ammaar Murtaza at +971 4 380 5556 or email at ammaar@flagshipme.com

 

New Coop Member in Chittagong, Bangladesh

The Coop is proud to welcome its newest member in Chittagong, Bangladesh:

Key Contact Name: Md Kamruzzaman Ibne Amin

E-mail: amin@rmkfreight.com

Website: www.pllogistix-intl.com

Company founded in: 2008

Members requiring assistance with shipments in Chittagong (Bangladesh) are invited to get in touch with the RMK WORLD FREIGHT LTD. team.

New Coop Member in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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The Coop is proud to welcome its newest member in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:

Key Contact Name: Mr Rizwan Ahmed

E-mail: rizwan@pllogistix-intl.com

Website: www.pllogistix-intl.com

Company founded in: 2011

Members requiring assistance with shipments in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) are invited to get in touch with the PL LOGISTIX INTERNATIONAL team.

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Dingqiao Shipping Ltd. carries out the transportation of a 40 RF container shipment

The Coop member in Ningbo, China, successfully delivers an enormous cargo to their clients in Sihanoukville

Dingqiao Shipping, one of the top freight forwarders in Ningbo, China has proved their mettle by transporting a gigantic machinery from Ningbo to Sihanoukville. The 40 RF container shipment which was loaded with the help of a special trucker made it to the destination right on time.

 

In the words of Susan, Oversea Manager of Dingqiao Shipping: “This had been a vital project and our team put forward their very best to get the job done in the most efficient manner. I would like to thank all my team mates for their hard work, innovative approach and professionalism which led to the successful completion of this important project.”

 

Congratulations to Dingqiao Shipping Ltd for a job well done!

For shipment requirements to/from Ningbo, China, make sure to contact their team.

A current member starts covering Geneva (Switzerland)

The Coop is proud to announce that our member in Basel starts covering Geneva, Switzerland, too:

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Key Contact Name: Mr Jérôme Legerot

E-mail:  jerome.legerot@hocogva.ch h

Website: www.hocobsl.ch

Company founded in: 1984

Members requiring assistance with shipments in Geneva and Basel (Switzerland) are invited to get in touch with the HOFSTETTER + CO. AG team.

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Canal Movers & Logistics has obtained the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certification

The Coop Member in Panama City is the first international moving company in Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain this certification

Canal Movers & Logistics, Coop member in Panama City, has obtained the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certification, becoming the first international moving company in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve this.

AEO is a global accreditation program from the World Customs Organization through the National Customs Authorities to facilitate trade, improve safety and security, and standardize the application of customs controls. Thisvalidates the safety of the supply chain process and compliance with customs procedures, allowing priority treatment, fewer delayed shipments, and lower inspections, among other benefits. Canal Movers & Logistics Corp.has also upgraded its ISO certification to the 9001:2015 guidelines, proving their strong quality management system, helping better workflow and offering optimal and outstanding customer service.

“These new accomplishments add to our current certifications such as ISO 9001, FAIM Plus, LACMA Certified Packers, and Business Alliance for Secured Commerce (BASC). This is a guarantee to our customers that all our operations are performed following global security and quality policies. We are committed to keep improving the quality of our services and we will continue to do so in the future”, as indicated by Mr. Walter M. Laffitte, President and CEO of Canal Movers & Logistics, Corp.

Congratulations to Canal Movers and Logistics Corp. for their momentous achievement!