Alphatrans Ltd arranges the delivery of a LT Master press-wrapper

The 4.0 m high shipment was moved from Nikolaev, Ukraine to Port Qasim, Pakistan

Alphatrans Ltd, a Coop member in Odessa, Ukraine, has recently transported a shipment consisting of an LT Master press-wrapper from Ukraine all the way to Pakistan for relocation to new buyer. The dimensions of the press wrapper were 11550 x 2550 x 4000 mm. The vehicle was delivered to port on low-bed trailer, and then reloaded to 40′ Flat Rack container and delivered to the consignee by sea.

In the words of Dmitriy Balaban, the Managing Director of Alphatrans, “Our team is satisfied with the outcome of this complicated project which required a lot of labour and careful attention on the part of our team. Credit goes to my competent team who have repeatedly made a success out of every project!”

Congratulations to Alphatrans Ltd for a job well done!

The Coop turns 5!

The Coop started accepting applications from members in September 2014 and commenced their global operations since December 2014

The Cooperative Logistics Network which started its journey from September 2014 has turned 5 years old. The Coop was formed with members from over 60 cities across more than 50 countries which together had a total of over 5000 employees with a sales turnover exceeding EUR 550 million for 2014. Since then, The Coop brand was endorsed worldwide as a practical and attractive new opportunity for freight forwarders who henceforth benefitted from the tailored service of a strong network of local independent agents, and an international reach.

“It was during our 1st Annual Meeting at Bangkok in May 2014 when members began to realize the enormous potentials of our network and the rewards of collaboration. Since then we have travelled a long way and presently we count on over 288 agents from numerous cities covering 124 countries with a total of more than 13,928 employees.” says Antonio Torres the President and Founder of Cooperative Logistics Network. Last year alone The Coop was joined by 85 new members and the number keeps increasing.

Presently, The Coop is one of the premier non-exclusive networks of independent freight forwarders who are offered an international brand, a digital infrastructure, and an impressive global presence. Apart from 5 highly successful Annual Meetings, the steady rise in the number of our agents, and the introduction of an array of online tools and PR services for our members, one of our most significant achievements in the last 5 years consist in the introduction of our member-exclusive online tool FreightViewer, which has taken the digitization efforts of independent freight forwarder one step further.

Keep an eye on our upcoming newsletter for a special coverage of our 5th Anniversary!

Interview with Devadas K.M., Fortune Logistics

“Our company was founded back in 2000 and our founding members came with over 40 years of experience in the industry. We are capable of handling any kind and size of shipments by sea or air with 100% infrastructure and tailor-made customer services. ”

This week we are publishing an interview with Devadas K.M. the Founder and Director of Fortune Logistics, a Coop member in Chennai, India. In this interview, he talks about his company, its achievements and how they are preparing themselves for the future.

Q. Can you tell us a little about Fortune Logistics’ history?
A. Our company was founded back in 2000 and our founding members come with over 40 years of experience in the industry. We are capable of handling any kind and size of shipments by sea or air with 100% infrastructure and tailor-made customer services.

Q. What distinguishes Fortune from other freight forwarders in your city?

A. What makes us different is our instant response and transparent and client-centric transactions.

Q. Which was your experience before running Fortune Logistics?

A. Before establishing FORTUNE LOGISTICS in the year 2000, I acquired experience in handling breakbulk cargo ships, bulk cargo ships, tankers, etc. acting as a chartering agent or as an owner agent for container lines like CONTSHIP, UASC, CMA, MISC, OEL, DONGNAMA etc., and represented as agents for Leading Multinational Freight Forwarders like AEI, KUHNE & NAGEL, JAS, CLASQUIN CDG, FRACHT AG. Afterwards, I founded Fortune Logistics and now I am also running an e-commerce business and I own a 15 hectares organic farm.

“Prompt communication, swift service, transparent dealing and a friendly and client-centric attitude are surely the keys to boosting the efficiency of any freight forwarding company”

Q. Apart from being the Director of Fortune Logistics, did you develop other roles in the logistics sector?

A. I am also a shareholder of the new International Airport called Kannur International Airports Limited (KIAL) which is the 4th best and largest international airports in India. I have also invested in land and infrastructure to develop this new airport. Moreover, I’ve been a HAM (Amateur Radio Operator) in the past 29 years with friends in more than 140 countries. I’ve traveled to over 63 countries for this shipping business and also for meeting my Amateur Radio friends. 

Q. What is your opinion about Corporate Social Responsibility?

A. I actively cooperate with organizations that deal with Disaster Communication (tsunami, cyclone, earthquake, etc) which has contributed to save many lives. I have even earned many certificates because of this. Additionally, I am a past president of the Rotary Club and I’ve made donations of over $ 10,000 for polio eradication drive.

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

A. It is true that size doesn’t matter since our most difficult shipment was a PCB of 500 grams from London to Mangalore. We had to carry out the task within 3 days since the shipment was very critical without which an IT company would have been totally frozen. Though small, transporting this shipment was an achievement. Nevertheless, the largest shipment handled by us was a 600 TEU shipment within 30 days.

Q. Which do you think are the keys to increase the freight forwarding services efficiency?

A. Prompt communication, swift service, transparent dealing, and a friendly and client-centric attitude are surely the keys to boost the efficiency of any freight forwarding company.

Q. How do you see the future of the freight forwarding industry?

A. The advances in technology will allow us to augment our work volume with less manpower and better profit margins.

Q. Tell us an anecdote about your company.

A. Nearly 35 years back I gave a lift to a Greek guy walking inside the harbor under the scorching sun. He was a captain of a ship and his ship’s agent refused to drop him since he had an urgent meeting. Although I had a vessel waiting for berth allotment, I offered a lift to the captain who thanked me and asked for my business card. After 6-7 months I received a Telex message from this captain stating that his company wants to appoint me as their agent and we handled 7 continuous shipments with break-bulk cargo from which my company earned nearly $300,000. A simple support to a foreigner resulted in a superb business opportunity!

Solmaz Customs Consultancy takes on a new Sales Director!

Onur Birkal who has over 20 years of experience in the logistics industry is the new Sales Director of the Coop member in Istanbul, Turkey

“Solmaz Customs Consultancy Inc, a Coop member in Istanbul, Turkey, welcomes a new teammate, Mr. Onur Birkal, who is working as their new Sales Director from August, 2019. In his own words, “I am really excited about joining Solmaz Customs Consultancy and I am hopeful that my presence will be advantageous for our team and together we can achieve a great many goals. My extensive experience in this sector will surely contribute greatly to the smooth working of our sales team.”

Born in 1976, Birkal, was graduated from Istanbul Erkek High School and finished a degree on Business Administration from Istanbul University. He started his career in 1999 and since then he has worked at managerial positions, in several prestigious freight forwarding companies.

As stated by Mr. Korcan Tugrul, the Operations Director of Solmaz Customs Consultancy, “We welcome aboard Mr. Birkal and we are hopeful about the positive contributions of his efforts in the coming days. I am confident that his addition to our team will greatly reinforce our Sales Department!”

Wishing Solmaz Customs Consultancy all the success for their future projects!

Synergie Canada celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

They commemorated this special day by getting together with all their suppliers, partners, and clients

Synergie Canada, a Coop member in Montreal, Canada, turned 10 years in business last October and celebrated it in April with all their partners. They invited all their members, suppliers and clients to a celebratory evening that took place in Montreal’s Art District. Some of the highlights of the party included a stunning performance by a rising local artist, dinner, cocktail and lucky draw prizes for the participants.

Coop invites its members to catch a glimpse of this festive evening by clicking on this image:

Synergie Canada has accomplished a lot ever since their formation a decade back. In the words of Sebastien Suicco, Corporate Vice President of Synergie Canada, “In the last 10 years we have achieved rapid growth of 30%, considerable increase in our revenue share, a growing and competent team, and expansion of our office. Additionally, in the last 6 months, we have been joined by 14 new members. It goes without saying that our team lived it up and made the most of this very special occasion.”

Warm congratulations to Synergie Canada on their 10th Anniversary!

Canal Movers & Logistics Corp packs and ships 166 pieces of precious antiques and fine arts objects

These pieces are some of the relics of the Archdiocese of Panama and forms part of the historical and religious heritage of the country

Canal Movers and Logistics Corp, a Coop member in Panama City, has recently handled the packaging and shipping of 166 pieces of antiques which are very important to the cultural and religious heritage of the country.

We are very proud to be a part of this important restoration project. Our team did their part immaculately and the fine arts objects reached the destination intact and on time,” says Lorena Rivera, the Commercial Cargo Specialist of Canal Movers & Logistics.

The process of packing and transporting the 166 pieces of relics for restoration was intense. Ms. Rivera further adds, “Besides the monetary value, we had a huge responsibility with our country’s history which is why we had to ensure that all the stages of the operation go flawlessly. I’d like to thank my team for doing such a perfect job!”

Congratulations to Canal Movers & Logistics for handling this important project!

The Coop partners with the Transport Evolution Qatar Assembly and Expo

This exposition will be held from 23rd to 25th September at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre

The Transport Evolution Qatar Assembly and Expo is fast becoming the industry’s go to platform for critical discussions and actions on ports, maritime, road, rail and logistics in Qatar. This is Qatar’s only dedicated ports and maritime, rail and road logistics mega event that brings the entire value chain of suppliers and buyers together thus enabling the region to reach its full potential in port, rail and road logistics efficiency.

Over 2,000 senior industry stakeholders will be brought together under one roof over the 3 days of the event.  The expo covers the following 5 main segments all under one roof with free connected educational content running alongside hundreds of exhibits and demos- Ports/Maritime Infrastructure and Expansion, Port/Maritime Operations, Rail Infrastructure Maintenance, Road Infrastructure Maintenance, and Security and Information Technology.

Over 2000 attendees will be there from a cross-section of transport authorities, consultants, government representatives and suppliers from more than 10 countries. In addition to the extremely high-quality of informative presentations, the Assembly is designed with delegates and exhibitors in mind, allowing ample time dedicated to networking. World class content will be delivered by a panel of 40 industry-elite speakers.

The Coop encourages its members to participate in the event. Interested members can download the exhibition brochure from their website: Participants can save $200 if they register before 15 August 2019. Plus they have special group booking rates available.
To learn more about the group booking and early bird opportunities contact:

Nagham Nicholas: E: | T: +974 44 36 31 59

Steve Lee: E: | T: +27 21 700 5507

Air-Ship International just completes a busy part of their year involving two large tradeshows in Toronto and Ottawa

The SIAL 2019 tradeshow in Toronto was a perishable food show while the CANSEC 2019 tradeshow in Ottawa was a military show 

Air Ship International Inc, a Coop member in Toronto, Canada, provides logistics services for two important Canadian tradeshows. First, they delivered fresh and frozen food for the SIAL 2019 – North America’s largest Food-Innovation Tradeshow which was held in April at Toronto. 

Afterwards, Airship moved the top of a tank weighing 3,510 Kg for the CANSEC 2019 –North America’s largest tri-lateral defence event which took part from 29th to 30th May 2019. This shipment which had a dimension of 300 x 244 x 186 cm was moved on a flat bed truck. The enormous weight and dimension of the cargo required the use of two forklifts for unloading the shipment.

“We handle all types of cargo and our location right at the Toronto airport gives us great access to multiple airlines and a streamlined process. We had to work over the weekends to ensure the transfer of the perishable items to our cold storage as soon as the shipment arrived. Moreover, clearing the cargo for CANSEC was indeed challenging since we had to get them cleared on ATA Carnet by submitting them in person to avoid questioning by the customs.” says Ryan Nicol, the President of Air Ship International.

Congratulations to Air Ship International Inc for carrying out these important projects!

Marksman Logistics Services handles an important air cargo of 40 tons from Incheon, South Korea, to Dammam, Saudi Arabia

The recruitment of a new sales representative has also boosted their local sales giving them more opportunities to allocate projects for their network partners 

Marksman Logistics Services, a Cooperative member in Seoul, South Korea, has recently moved an important air shipment from Incheon to Dammam. With nearly 20 years of market experience, they are on very good terms with the airlines and made use of chartered flight from a midpoint in Baku, Azerbaijan to the destination in Dammam. In the words of John Yeon, the Deputy General Manager of Marksman, “Special credit goes to our air operation team who organized the chartered flight, loaded the 40 tons shipment, and ensured the easy movement of this shipment. The cargo reached the consignee on time and our customers were much impressed with our work efficiency.”

Marksman Logistics has also supplemented its sales team by including a new member in their Sales Department. Their local sales have augmented considerably placing them in a better position to go for more collaborative projects with other Coop members. Mr. Yeon further adds, “Our company is AEO certified and proud members of IATA and KIFFA which definitely lends us enough credibility. Moreover, we have recently launched an ERP system after enormous efforts and investment which has been helping our clients and partners to track down all the movements of the cargo.”

Congratulations to Marksman Logistics Services and wishing them all the best for their future projects!

Global Express Forwarding teams up with Atlas Forwarding Ltd to move a cargo from Nigeria to the USA

Coop members in Chicago and Dublin carry out a collaborative project and move 2 Boeing 737 engines

Global Express Forwarding – a Coop member in Chicago, USA – joins forces with Atlas Forwarding, a Coop member in Dublin, Ireland, to move 2 Boeing 737 engines from Lagos, Nigeria, all the way to Northern Illinois, USA.

According to Mike Gaglewski from Global Express Forwarding, “When our Irish client requested assistance with moving 2 Boeing 737 Engines from Lagos, Nigeria, to Northern Illinois, USA, we knew we had colleagues based locally who had the knowledge and expertise required to execute this shipment safely and professionally.” Once the shipment was given a green light, it was inspected before being loaded onto a freighter aircraft for the journey to Chicago via Paris, France.

When the freight reached Chicago Airport, Global Express Forwarding took care of the task at hand and processed the shipment through a complicated customs procedure and facilitated trucking to the end user. Mr. Gaglewski further adds, “This shipment was a perfect example of how cooperation with trusted overseas partners is essential in logistics and forwarding. As one of the representatives of the Coop’s branch in Chicago, I would like to thank Cooperative’s truly global network of 300 expert freight forwarders who work together to ensure our mutual success!”

Congratulations to Global Express Forwarding and Atlas Forwarding for setting a perfect example of mutual collaboration!