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Instant delivery and gratification has become the cornerstone of e-commerce and with it, the global air cargo industry has been a great facilitator in ensuring that the supply meets demand. Whilst e-commerce is a more recent commodity, the like of global air cargo has helped with the demands and supply of perishable cargo logistics every day.

If you were to take statistics of global air trade, the IATA forecasts that the global air cargo will represent approximately 1% of global trade in terms of volume with over 35% value margins. Timely deliveries are now a way of life, what was once a luxury has now intertwined itself into what is now a necessity. Like we said before, air logistics is an integral part of perishable cargo but that is not the only industry that relies on it. The pharmaceutical companies and medical aid find this mode of transport relies on global air cargo for its benefits of speed and efficiency. This is especially so when you take into consideration the sensitivity of the cargo in question, the value and timeliness of the deliveries.

With the likes of e-commerce and the electronics/gadgets industry, you are looking at a global air cargo strategy set in place where express delivery of samples or parts play a crucial part in the numbers game. With global retail sales alongside express delivery, 7.6% was represented as online sales in 2016. It is slated to rise in the coming years, proving that instant gratification is a reality and global air cargo volumes will rise.

Global air cargo started to show a growing trend in mid 2016 and with the upward momentum has taken hold and this shows promise for the future. Whilst there is a promise for growth, being aware of the industry’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats is always recommended. The following features a SWOT analysis carried out on the global air cargo sector by IATA.

By facilitating better means of improving global air cargo strategies, there will be further growth. The IATA has formulated a new strategy that looks at the following to make global air cargo easier, smarter, and better. Another one such means is with electronic air waybills in order to not only improve efficiency but also reducing chance of human error and not to mention increasing quality of service. These goals will take steps toward the right direction ensuring that industry moves with the times, provides transparency whilst meeting its mission milestones.

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The packing symbols that is applied on a cardboard box or shipping crates function as safety and handling guides so that during shipping the contents within are safeguarded. These packing symbols are used universally and are international shipping standards. Let’s look at a few of them!

Let’s take the above six packing symbols first.

  1. Keep in a Cool Place & Dry Place: Store the boxes and crates in a dry and well ventilated are
  2. Fragile: Contents may easily break, and could contain glassware, china, etc and should be handled carefully
  3. Handle with Care: Ensure that Boxes/Crates are not dropped as it may include fragile goods
  4. Avoid Heat and Moisture: Avoid storage in direct sunlight or exposure to water/wet conditions
  5. Keep Away from Water: Keep away from water/wet conditions
  6. Avoid Direct Contact with Floor: Avoid storing the items on the floor, instead use pallets

The following are six more packing symbols.

  1. This Side Up: Package needs to stored with that direction in mind
  2. Do Not Step On It: Avoid stepping/standing on box/crate
  3. Stack is 8 Identical Boxes: advisable stacking recommendations
  4. Stack Weight is 8kg: recommended stacking weight
  5. Do Not Stack: Avoid stacking for box/crate structural integrity
  6. Do Not Roll: Do not roll the box/crate when transporting

Our last six packing symbols are as follows.

  1. First In First Out: Package received first should be removed first and in that order
  2. Avoid Heat and Sunlight: Avoid keeping it in direct sunlight and heat exposure
  3. Avoid Strong Smell: Keep away from strong smelling fumes, such as petrol,etc
  4. Store at 25° C or Below: Store box/crate in recommended temperature parameters to ensure integrity of contents
  5. Do Not Use Hand Hook: Avoid using hand hook during opening of crates
  6. Do Not Use Blade: Avoid using blades when opening cardboard boxes

 

Keeping these packing symbols in mind when shipping & transporting, handling, and opening the respective packages will ensure safe passage for door-to-door delivery of goods.

At Transco Cargo, we are committed to ensuring that you are well informed and that we value your property just as our own. Please utilise these shipping and packing symbols when packing your own cardboard boxes and shipping crates in the future in order to safeguard the contents especially when shipping them overseas and when passing various agencies and hands.

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Taking a quick look at the world merchant fleets in action in the last few years, showcasing a steady 3.3% increase in deadweight tons (dwt) terms. World merchant fleets are classified as those that include ships of 10,000 gross tonnage (gt) or over. If you were to look at mid last year (2016), there were approximately over 42,000 merchant vessels in play with over a approximated total of 1.73 bn dwt.

Country of Control Based World Shipping Fleets

Since the start of the year 2004, the capacity of world merchant fleets has doubled and presently has registrations in 150 nations. However, a point to keep in mind is that the world shipping scene is mostly owned and registered with a limited amount of shipping countries. The following table courtesy of ISL, features the Controlled Fleets of Shipping Nations between 2013 to 2017 in million dwt.

As per the above figures, by mid 2016, 57% of the tonnage movement of the world was controlled by the likes of Greece (19.5 %), Japan (14.1 %), China (12.0 %), Germany (6.8 %) and South Korea (4.7 %)  as per the ISL organisation.

World Merchant Fleets Owning Economies

Presently, 1/5th of the world’s fleet capacity is controlled by Greece when looking at it in terms of dwt. Since the 2010s, Greece has steadfastly become the largest ship-owning nation in the world and has since grown by 80% to the likes of 337mn dwt by mid 2016 (as shown in the table above), with the likes of 4,500 merchant ships under its belt.

 

The top five world merchant fleets as per UNCTAD presently stand as follows.

Furthermore, UNCTAD states the following too;

Top 5 ship owners are Greece, Japan, China, Germany and Singapore. Together they have a market share of 49.5% of dwt.

Only one country from Latin America (Brazil) is among the top 35 ship owning countries, and none from Africa.

Top 5 flag registries are Panama, Liberia, Marshall Islands, China Hong Kong SAR and Singapore. Together they have a market share of 57.8%.

Developing countries flag more than 76% of the world fleet in dwt.

In terms of vessel types, bulk carriers account for 42.8% of dwt, followed by oil tankers (28.7%), Container ships (13.2%), other types (11.3%) and general cargo ships (4%).

Only three countries (Republic of Korea, China and Japan) constructed 91.8% of world tonnage (GT) in 2016. Republic of Korea had the largest share with 38.1%.

Four countries (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China) together accounted for 94.9% of ship scrapping in 2016 (GT).

The data confirms a continued trend of industry consolidation, where different countries specialize in different maritime sub-sectors and also confirms the growing participation of developing countries in many maritime sectors.

Freight is all about moving goods in bulk from one location to another whether it’s by truck, train, ship or aircraft, which constitutes to Land Freight, Sea Freight and Air Freight, being the forerunners in the industry. Whilst the generalised term for this is known as freight, the commercialised term is known as Cargo. Here at Transco Cargo, we offer tailor-made freight solutions around the world over land, sea and air to suit your shipping needs from or to Australia to the world.  It does the task at hand, with freight solutions being available to you that not only serve the purpose of your need but also provides a secure means of shipping your personal or commercials goods from your destination to the destination you want it to be.

Transco Cargo Worldwide Freight Forwarder | Australian Cargo Solutions | Sea, Air and Road Freight

Transco Cargo, being an Australian freight company, offers a great array of products and services all related to delivering your personal effects and commercial goods by various means of transport  be it road & rail, sea or air. Whether you are in need of service to import or export and require freight forwarding assistance with regards to Less than Container Load (LCL) or Full Container Load (FCL) insight, to advice on customs clearance/quarantine, transportations of your cargo, warehousing to distribution and much more, Transco Cargo will help you along the way with its tailor made solutions.

With an ever-growing need for storage and warehouse, Transco Cargo provides warehouse space of over 13000 square feet in three strategic locations in Melbourne. But that’s not all; they also offer global import services to every major port of Australia. If you need more than road & rail freight and require an international freight forwarder to various countries around the world to ship from and to Australia, Transco Cargo can too be of assistance with transhipment hubs in Port Kelang, Singapore, Bangkok, Japan, Colombo, Chennai, Nhava Sheva and Taiwan.

With two departures weekly sailing worldwide, Transco Cargo is renowned for its expertise in handling any type of cargo. For non-commercial cargo, such as personal effects, be it a small gift box or a container load, you can ship your items worldwide to countries such as UK, Dubai, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, Philippines, Fiji, and Pacific Islands without hassle.

At Transco, we believe in a system and philosophy of providing our valued customers a personalised service coupled with trust, integrity and honesty in every shipment and handling of goods.

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The door-to-door delivery of cargo represents the processes of which the lifecycle of a shipment of cargo occurs. This usually initiates at the shipper’s warehouse and ends with at the consignee’s warehouse. There are various steps involved in the process of a door-to-door delivery of cargo. It may also requires various forms of transportation to get it from land across the seas and once again to the doorstep of the intended destination.

Shipments sent over door-to-door delivery of cargo is widely used the world over for its convenience and the ability to infiltrate a supply chain process of a company with ease. The various types of transportation used for sending the shipments of cargo from its location to its destination could be anything from road, rail, sea, or air.  As we said before, the door-to-door delivery processes simplify what occurs between the cargo leaving the shipper’s warehouse until it reaches the consignee’s warehouse, thus foregoing the hassle of having to handle the processes in-between. Transco Cargo takes care of those processes and the factors of bureaucracy that occurs when sending a cargo shipment overseas or even through domestic couriers.

If you take the transportation of cargo within Australia, which falls under the purview of domestic or national cargo, then the processes are much simpler and economical in terms of logistics costs. The cargo is usually transported over road and rail over the fastest routes to reach the destination in lead-time, and if it is a top-urgent requirement, then over air.

One of the many reasons that door-to-door delivery is popular due to the simplified logistics management that occurs when partnering up with a reputed logistics partner such as Transco Cargo Australia that is present in almost all the corners of the world. Furthermore, by choosing door-to-door deliveries, not only are you minimising costs of shipping, but also reduce the possibility of damage of goods  or even their loss. Apart from the above mentioned advantages, you are also able to streamline your business processes by forgoing on issues that occurs with multiple carriers.

However, in the case of customers who already have their own domestic networks in the countries that they operate in, we are also able to offer port-to-port logistics services with ease and affordability. Get in touch with us by filling out the “Quick Quote” on our website!

Parcel Delivery Courier Services to India

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As the world becomes more and more reliant on quick acquisitions and instant gratification concerning business operations and e-commerce centric businesses, the need for fast logistics is a crucial component that must be interrelated when dealing with a worldwide network of potential customers. That is one of the reasons why Transco Cargo Courier Services to India is one of the integral sub-division of our company, where we put our focus on ensuring that courier deliveries to India from Australia are done with ease and comfort.

Parcel Delivery

We often assume that a parcel delivery means the shipment of one singular small box. However in the logistics world, in reality, a “parcel delivery” can include the shipping and delivery of a shipping container,  various parcels, or high-value mail included as a single shipment.  However, if you were to take a parcel, it is normally defined as a box that is 84 inches lengthwise and girth wise. Whist Parcel is the name used in British English; package is normally used in American English speaking countries.

Choosing Your Courier Services

Two options are made available to you for international shipping and courier services to India, that is, by air and by sea. Whilst, air couriers to India are super fast and efficient, it isn’t the most affordable option. That is where sea couriers to India come into play. With frequent shipments to Indian ports from Australia, you can rely on sea cargo couriers to offer you a reliable courier service to India from Australia.

How to Send Shipments through Transco Cargo Courier Services to India

At Transco Cargo, we offer a myriad of services to help you with sending your cargo from Australia to India (and other countries). It is easy to partner up with us as we offer a range of convenient shipping services, such as Transco Cargo shipment pick-ups, or organising drop offs at our numerous drop-off locations across Australia.  The way the pick-ups work is by booking a time to have our Transco Cargo executives pick up your shipment at your convenience at an agreed upon location. When it comes to the drop-offs, there are a number of drop-off locations, which you can choose which one is closest to you and the most convenient by looking up “Our Locations” page on our website.

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For those who are looking to enter a foreign market, for instance opting to export to India, or setting up a business that involves frequently sending business products to India, choosing the right export strategy and planning your business around its dynamics is crucial. For instance, setting up the right marketing strategy to finding the right courier to India, would be vital components of your business if you were to export goods from Australia to India, in this instance.

A rule with any good international business plan, is to set up the likes of a good export strategy that considers the need for financial assistance and following the necessary governing bodies of entering into a foreign market. By putting such an export strategy into place, you are setting yourself up for success, enabling you to grow within your capabilities and resources.

If you already have a domestic business in place, then you are able to use a similar strategy with your international business with minor changes to adapt to the demographics in question. By aligning the domestic and international markets together, you are able to run a cohesive export business that takes cues from its national operations.

When putting together your export strategy, you should be well aware of your business’s strengths and weakness, and putting your competitive strengths into focus whilst also ensuring that you are aware of the areas of your business that requires attention. By creating an export strategy  and planning for its success, you also need to set quantifiable objectives, were key performance indicators need to be set in place. Furthermore, you are able to utilise online tools for setting up your export strategy, such as with doing research on your overseas market, figuring out which governing authorities needs interaction, how the local market conducts business, and so forth. You can also reach out to players in the market, that can help you with your overseas business operations, such as for instance, courier to India.

It’s also important to know how you can adapt to change, and setting up basic scenarios on the best responses for various reactions will set you up for success. Whilst you keep your export strategy brief, also ask some industry experts to review your export strategy to finesse it before you set up shop overseas.

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“International Business” involves carrying out commercial activities, be it in investments, logistics & transport, or even private or government sales that occurs between two or more nations, countries, or regions. If you are looking to breach out into international business, whether it is your starting point or you are looking to spread your wings from your national reach, it is important that you know that your business is actually ready and able to expand outside of your country’s borders.  This can partake on both imports and exports, however, there is a much larger need to strategise and plan when you enter the exports market overseas, than that of the imports.

It should be understood that engaging in international business would require certain amount of investment in both time and money. Furthermore, commitment to management is crucial, as there are various particulars that need to be tended to. If already have a national business, and then in the initial stages of your international business, you are able to divert some of your managerial force to the international side of things, however, for long term prosperity, it is always best to have a dedicated managerial team for the international business.

One of the mantras of international business is to have a plan and remain in control of every aspect, once again reinstating how management is important. In order to succeed in your arena of international business, you should have a good product or service, which is demand in the overseas market you are targeting. For instance, currently, there is demand in India for investments in their railway infrastructure and this poses as a great opportunity in Australia, as the two countries’ freight volumes are in par, and thus technologies and investments can be channelled into this international business arrangement.

With the right product or service in hand, and also the necessary resources and information needed to operate your international business, you are able to succeed in the overseas market(s) of your choosing. However, we would like to stress that any successful international business will need the following to reach its desired goals and missions.

  1. Management Commitment and Time
  2. Strength in Domestic Market
  3. Necessary Resources
  4. International Business and Exports Planning
  5. Export Knowledge and Skills

Keep tuned for more insight on how to carry out international business on the Transco Cargo Blog, and don’t forget to drop us a line to find out how we can partner up with you on your commercial logistics and freight requirements.

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With the times changing, and economies demanding more industry and infrastructural development, modernising railway transport in India with Australian standards in mind, is one of the best strategic directions that the Indian subcontinent has made.

The reason for looking to Australia as a case study for the movement of cargo over Indian railways is due to the same type of volume movement in both countries. By using Australian railways and their infrastructure, the government of India has partnered with TTG Transportation to aid Indian Railways in expanding their rail volume capacity and its infrastructure to meet the rising demands of this developing economy.

The inception of DFCCIL, the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India, has plans to transform and look at modernising railway transport in India with its US$13b project, which will be utilised to build 3000kms of double-track rail tracks for freight specific through the subcontinent.

With the upcoming infrastructural developments, there has been an added demand and opportunities in rail, especially fo Australian companies that are well-versed in their own railway technologies to assist in the growth of avenues of railway transport in India. Through investments, improved transport links and not to mention technologies that are already existing in Australia that can be deployed within the Indian subcontinent.

 

The full article available through AusTrade can be viewed at Modernising Rail in India: The Australian Way.

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As a business owner with successful products and services already progressing well in the national market, the next platform for progression would be to attain success on the global arena. If you are looking to invest overseas, there are a number of means and business opportunities for investments in Fiji. The Fijian island are made up of approximately 333 islands set in the Pacific Ocean and a near-enough neighbour to Australia.

There are many traditional industries and those that are fast-growing in Fiji, from the likes of tourism, fisheries, agriculture, and manufacturing to the likes of ICT, food processing, resource-based services and more. A detailed list of industry sectors are as follows;

  • Agriculture
  • Audio Visual
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Mining & Groundwater Profile
  • Tourism

When it comes to doing business in Fiji, one must be well versed in the industries that are currently existing and find out which gaps one might be able to fill. Thus, when looking to carry out investments in Fiji, market research is key. Not to mention competitor research in the event your product or service already exists in the market. You can also view opportunities for investments in Fiji by visiting the “Investment Fiji Current Opportunities” web page for new listings such as investment ready projects, joint venture business opportunities, business and/or land sales, and also available office space for operations in Fiji.

However, as a foreign investor, you are required to follow certain rules and guidelines, and these include applying for and receiving approvals from various governing agencies in Fiji. These include the following.

  • Registrar of Companies – You will be required to reserve your company or business name
  • Investment Fiji – You will have to apply for the Investment Approval Tracking System (IATS) on behalf of the government
  • Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority – You will be required to register for tax and VAT purposes
  • Department of Immigration – You will be required to apply for a Fijian work permit
  • Reserve Bank of Fiji – For issues of shares and/or partnership interests
  • Local Town/City Councils – You will be required for a business license to operate in a respective area
  • Fiji National Provident Fund – Registration is required for employer/employee registrations

Detailed instructions for a Foreign Investment Registration Certificate (FIRC) can be viewed in the FIRC Booklet.

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