Interview with Sibel Global Logistics

Founded in 2011, SIBEL GLOBAL LOGISTICS is a member of The COOP in Istanbul. Although a young company, the experience of their team is vast. We recently sat down with Kemal Kisbet to find out what makes the company a success and its plan for the future.




Q. When did you get into the freight forwarding industry?

A. The Freight forwarding adventure of Sibel Global Logistics started when Miss. Sibel, one of the co-founders of the company, got involved in the sea freight forwarding sector in 1996. Later, her brother Mr. Erhan joined her with his private sector experience.

Q. What distinguishes SIBEL GLOBAL LOGISTICS from other freight forwarders in Turkey?

A. We are specialized in Middle-East land freight forwarding. Regular and fast full and partial shipments are handled by us for this area. We also offer excellent medical carriage service by air. Operations and documentation procedures are very smooth and communication is very healthy. Safety is among our leading priorities. The damage rate for our shipments was a mere 1/5000 in 2014. Labeling and inspection are also within our service scope.

Q. How different is SIBEL GLOBAL LOGISTICS now compared to when it was founded?

A. We only shipped over land when the company was founded. But, within just a few years, IATA certification, network relations, getting legal authorization for forwarding organizations to name a few have opened new horizons for our company. Our employee number has also gone up. Now, we can handle air, land and sea leads with great efficiency.

Q. What are the main challenges facing freight forwarders in Turkey at the moment?

A.Turkey, with its location serving as a bridge between East and West, has become a logistics hub. A lot of people have swarmed into the freight forwarding market. One man companies without accreditations, knowledge and experience are causing delivery problems and fraud is rife. Getting qualified staff is another issue. Technical infrastructure, bureaucracy and cost increasing moves are still large scale problems.

 Q. What are your immediate plans for SIBEL GLOBAL LOGISTICS?

A. In parallel with our constant growth, we plan to increase our number of employees, and turn some of our outsourcing to in-house.

Q. What are your longer term ambitions for SIBEL GLOBAL LOGISTICS?

A. Our ambition in the long run is a global marriage with one of the growing international forwarding companies that goes along well with our values such as hard work, training, respect and reliance. Getting a more strategic and effective position at the COOP as a member is one of the most important steps for actualizing our future plans. Helping the members with information, support, communication to have win-win situations is a must as well as a pleasure.

We invite all agents with shipments in Istanbul to get in touch with the team.


Interview with NBK Air and Ocean BV in Amsterdam and Rotterdam

NBK is one of The COOP’s founding members and represents the network in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Last week, we sat down with Inver Gase, Managing Director/Co-Owner at the NBK Amsterdam office, to find out more about this century old company and its 21st century operations



Q. When and how did you get into the freight forwarding industry?

A. I started my career in the airfreight forwarding industry, about 30 years ago. After graduating in Construction Engineering, (BEng) I became fed up with this industry and took an opportunity to launch a new career in the logistics industry, as a freight forwarder entrepreneur running my own show. After 20 years of operation, I sold this company.

Q. Can you tell us a little about the history of NBK AIR AND OCEAN and when you joined?

A. After selling my company I worked on the pay-roll for various companies at management level, but it didn’t give me the same satisfaction as when I was running my own business. In 2012, I teamed-up with the NBK Group and shortly after that I decided to start-up NBK Air & Ocean BV at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as a part-owner of this company.

The brand NBK was established almost 100 years ago (1919) near the biggest port in Europe with a specialization in transportation of wood products. Through the Years, we have gained a lot of knowledge and experience which have enabled us to become a reliable 4PL service provider. This regards transport by road, sea, air, rail or a combination of these. We coordinate the logistics from the origin to the place of destination.

Q. Does your company specialise in any particular kind of shipment or service?

A. We are specialized in several fields of logistics, the Group NBK consists of several divisions, with 30000m2 warehousing, our own fleet of container trucks, hazardous cargo specialist, IATA and AEO licensed. Our no nonsense attitude combined with perseverance and clear, open communication makes the difference. We will always give our best service to each agent or client, no matter the size of the shipment.

Q. What would be the most significant shipment your company has handled? 

A. The one that sticks most in my mind occurred on Christmas Day, 2012. A vessel belonging to one of our customers (a ship-owner) became stuck in Cartagena port, Colombia needing spare parts from The Netherlands. It was absolutely mandatory that these spares arrived within 24 hours at Cartagena airport, with no transhipping in Bogota. With much of the world shutdown for the holiday season, we knew it was going to be a challenge.

Thanks to trust we have built with our agent partners over the years, we were able to provide a seamless service. Our team managed to book all cargo on a KLM flight into Curacao on Christmas day and there our agent chartered a small aircraft for the short journey onto Cartagena. Despite the odds being stacked against us, we managed to make the delivery on time with the spare parts arriving on board the vessel on Christmas day evening.

Q. What are the challenges facing the freight forwarding industry in The Netherlands and/or the world at the moment? 

A. Big challenges; well the industry is changing fast and competition is tough. In the Airfreight industry, we are seeing a large decrease in freighter/maindeck capacity. With new aircrafts, we are gaining tremendous belly capacity which is sold into the market at low cost. Our challenge is to find a match in cargo for a pure freighter service at high yield and substantial turnover on the larger belly capacity with lower yield.

In the end, we just keep doing what we do, providing the best service possible. With the capacity of the group and several different kinds of products, our continuity is secured.

Q. You are registered to attend our annual meeting in May this year. Why in your opinion is attending a network’s annual meeting so important?

A. Logistics remains a people’s business, making new friends and getting to know each other is the basis of long lasting relationships.

Two members of the NBK team, Rini Verhoef and Bud Klein, are attending the annual meeting. It is always great to meet so many agents, partners, friends in one place without travelling across the globe constantly.

Q. What are your goals for the meeting?

A. Work hard, party hard! Our aims are to meet our partners and introduce them to NBK and vice-versa. The knowledge we will gain from the meeting, will ensure we can provide our clients with a higher level of service and cooperation of our agencies around the globe.

NBK Air & Ocean BV is a perfect example of the type of members we want in our network. A team committed to growing their business through mutual cooperation.

We invite all agents with shipments in Rotterdam and Amsterdam to get in touch with the team.

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