We are already nearing the end of the first quarter of 2017. With it in mind, we look at the projects that the government is involved with, as well as how these affect the Sri Lankan maritime industry. It is safe to say that key players in the global logistics arena will also affect the way Sri Lanka and its neighbouring India and other countries in maritime cargo routes will interact.
The Colombo Port City has been a much debated and discussed project with politics and concerning changing government. The project is funded by China who had offered Sri Lanka capital during the war efforts, and thereafter heavily invested in post-war infrastructure projects such as the Hambantota Port, and now the Colombo Port City.
Many environmentalists have also raised concerns due to the dredging of sea sand from the bottom of the ocean, and how it affect0073 marine life. However, upon conducting several environment investigations (namely these reports included the likes of EIA (Environmental Impact Assessments) and SEIA (Supplementary EIA). Once investigations have been carried out, there are presented to an expert committee at the Coast Conservation Department, which has in fact given the all clear to proceed with the project. However, the Port City is being rebranded as the Colombo International Financial City (CIFC). The CIFC project (formerly Colombo Port City) holds one of the biggest portions of the pie that makes up the future of the Sri Lankan maritime industry as well as the growth of the economy. The basis that the project will succeed has been based on case studies of other countries that have carried out reclaimed land projects such as Dubai and Doha.
With China looking to export its excess capital, one of the most notable projects in the global maritime industry would be “One Belt One Road,” the 21st century maritime silk route strategy. Aligning the future of the Sri Lankan maritime industry with the Maritime Silk Road (MSR) is may be increasingly profitable to the Sri Lankan economy with Chinese investments.
In addition, with the Trump administration looking to Indian interests, this could prove favourable to Sri Lanka in the long run. Furthermore, the Sri Lankan government has made necessary adjustments to the 2017 Budget, with reductions of expenditure however, high taxes may cause a dip in consumption, as well as high interests and corporate tax too may cause ripples in the investments arena. With these in mind, we recommend keeping a keen eye on the horizon for the future of the Sri Lankan maritime industry.
With the help of the internet and online transactions, the trends of online small businesses have skyrocketed. From the likes of ebay and etsy sellers, instagram and facebook shops, to the likes of t-shirt designers, beauty and lifestyle bloggers and more, shipping may be part of their marketing and communications strategy. That is why we have put together these shipping tips for small businesses.
First and foremost, you need shipping boxes or envelopes that will be your choice of transport medium. These can be purchased from Transco Cargo, where you are given the pick of the shipping materials whether you are looking to ship small packages, documents and the likes. Apart from this you will also be allowed the option of choosing packing materials such as bubble wrap, cling film and also packing peanuts.
Usually, what someone who conducts an online small business would be to have for themselves branded packaging materials. That will then be inserted to the shipping box purchased from the likes of a reliable shipping company in Melbourne, such as Transco Cargo. Now, this is done so that when the shipping box is open, the inner box containing your goods is perfectly intact. We have seen the likes of online wedding invitations companies use our services such as with using padded enveloped for samples and thereafter, using shipping boxes that are packed with packing peanuts when sending across their entire wedding invitations and stationery suites.
Another such example would be with small businesses that operate subscription boxes, one of the many shipping tips for small businesses such as these would be to load up on the shipping boxes ahead of time. Transco Cargo will deliver the needed number of shipping boxes to your location, along with the necessary packing materials so that you need not trouble yourself. So, when you team up with a reliable shipping partner such as Transco Cargo in Melbourne for your small business needs, you know that it will make your life easier and cut down on overheads. The best part is that they will also pick up your shipments so that you need not worry about transporting your shipment to our offices. We take the hassle out of the whole process.
With these shipping tips for small businesses, Transco Cargo has helped many small and upcoming businesses reach their goals and achieve greater heights!
In need of shipping forwarding company that can help you with sending a shipment to India from Australia. Look no further! With frequent sailings from Australia to wherever in India, Transco Cargo (part of the Transco International group) can be of great assistance to you. With a large network of agents throughout Australia, you are so much closer to getting the best shipping rate for sending a cargo shipment to India.
Working with Transco Cargo when sending a shipment to India is extremely easy; the following steps are all you really need.
- Visit the Indian Shipment Schedule
- Inquire via the Quick Quote for Shipping to India
- Hear back from our Shipping Representative Promptly via email or phone
Another way to go about it would be via the Mobile App we have launched, available both on iPhone and Android devices, where you can access the likes of the following;
- Shipment dates
- Pick/Drop Locations
- Quick Quote
- Box Delivery
- Blog & Newsletters
You can get all the info you are after at your fingertips, making it easier when you are sending a shipment to India. The best place to get an idea on what shipping boxes or shipping chests/crates are ideal for your cargo, would be at the Personal Effects Boxes and Crates page. The dimension of each box is given in the page, and will help you decide which would be suitable to fit the cargo you are planning to send to India. The dimensions will be especially important when you are planning on sending your shipment to India on LCL basis, as the shipping rate is calculated based on volume.
We advise you should back small yet heavy items in the smaller cardboard boxes or smaller chests/crates (like the tea chest), and lighter but larger items in various quantities in the larger boxes or crates. This will help ensure the sturdiness and stability of the box or chest during LCL deconsolidation and consolidation.
If you are located in Victoria, Transco Cargo has three stuffing locations at the Campbellfield, Noble Park, and Hoppers Crossing warehouses. You can bring your cargo for you Indian shipment, and get help with loading the items. Another option would be to call us ahead of time, and then have us drop off the container off at the selected address when choosing FCL basis of shipping.
When it comes to personal baggage shipping, you can simply contact us and we will recommend the best option to take when it comes to either choosing air cargo or sea cargo for sending your accompanied personal baggage to India.
In the event that you are planning a life changing move, such as a moving from Australia to India for work, or returning to India are your university stay in Australia, you may seek our professional help to get all the personal goods, accumulated over the years, across the sea. After all, you can’t possibly fit everything into your suitcases. Therefore, we recommend you think about packing your personal goods and using shipping containers to India.
The choice of what mode of container shipment will be based on the number of boxes and crates of goods. You can choose between LCL or FCL basis of shipping container to India, based on your requirement.
Usually, when moving household and personal goods, most opt for FCL shipping. The FCL basis of shipping containers to India essentially means using a full container to send your goods. After all, FCL stands for “Full Container Load”. Many choose this option for moving their personal goods and household items when using shipping container to India. The reason is that it offers advantages such a better lead time as well as the risk of damage caused due to deconsolidation/reconsolidation is removed as the entire container will only container your own cargo, and will not be shared with other shippers such as with LCL.
LCL container shipments, which stands for “Less than Container” load is usually chosen when you are sending a few shipping boxes or crates, that is when you do not have enough cargo to fill up your own 20ft or 40ft container. The container will be shared with other shipper’s cargo, and may require deconsolidation and reconsolidation at any port the ship may stop at.
Nevertheless, there are advantages to both modes of shipping containers to India. Where FCL offers you a flat shipping rate per choice of container (that is either a 20ft or 40ft container), the shipping rate for LCL cargo is based on volume, specifically in cubic metres. Like we mentioned before, if you are thinking of sending a small volume of goods via container shipping to India, then opting for LCL would be more advantageous as you are only paying based on the volume you are taking up. Considering your other option, which would be air freight, ocean freight via LCL is considerably cheaper though time-wise, air cargo would be faster.
Considering these choices of shipping containers to India, let us know what your chosen mode of transport would be and why! For our shipping schedule and calendar to India; visit our website or have a look at the following image!
If you are considering moving your home overseas or even to another state, then you will be in need of efficient packing tips. When it comes to moving overseas or domestically, knowing these helpful packing and moving tips can mean a lot towards saving time, money and also a less-stressful move.
Who will be packing your household goods and personal effects for your move? To many, packing up your home yourself may seem like the best course of action towards saving money on when moving your home and this case may be true in the case of an interstate move. However, if you are moving overseas and looking for efficient packing tips for boxing up your home for the move, then opting for professional packing help would be best. Professional packing services are offered by reputed freight forwarding and shipping companies such as Transco Cargo Australia and can guarantee speed and safety when packing your household goods and personal effects
Golden Tip of Packing Quickly
The one of the best efficient packing tips you can receive from anyone when moving your home overseas or domestically, is to decide what you really want to take with you. You can opt to discard the rest, whether you opt to recycle them or even sell them off. By doing so, you are optimising on space and opting to pay less for your shipping.
The best time to start planning moving your home is as soon as the decision has been made, that is when you have confirmed that you will be moving overseas or to another location in Australia. At this point, you should start prepping for the move, from deciding on how you want to handle the packing with the help of a packing strategy, or even with purchasing your packing materials and supplies including boxes, crates, bubble wrap, packing foam or peanuts and more. Setting up a packing calendar is also ideal, where you plan on packing and boxing away, items room by room, and planning the last items to be boxed as you get closer to you final date for the move.
When you know when you want to move, and have a packing strategy and calendar ready, enlisting help is ideal. Whilst, professional packers may be enlisted, if you need help with figuring out what you really want to pack away, enlisting the help of your family and friends is recommended to discarding items you hope to leave behind (recycle, donate or sell). Organising what you want to pack is also helpful at this stage. By letting your family and friends know in advance, getting this done as early as on as possible will help in staying on top of your packing strategy and calendar.
With these efficient packing tips in mind, let Transco Cargo help you with your packing needs with our professional packers at your service when moving overseas or to another state in Australia.
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The trends of the transport and freight industry are based on stakeholders & key players and forums that govern the international freight arena. One such forum is the International Transport Forum (ITF) by the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that has 57 member countries in its roster. The ITF acts as a think-tank for transport policies to foster improved transport against economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusions, whilst also analysing transport trends and knowledge on international freight, and leads the global platform for transport ministers to discuss global freight policies and more. These forums and industry experts have raised concerns about the intentional freight arena.
With many international freight companies having to operate under the ever-increasing financial challenges, such as spiking fuel prices as well as natural disasters affecting services and operation, it has left them with low-profit margins. This in turn has affected certain industries to profit from the low-profit margins with repeat customers. This could affect the interventional freight arena in the end, with such companies facing losses.
Furthermore, many players in the industry players have taken to acting as transnational companies to offer assistance in the demand against the rising pricing, to offer economies of scale. This in turn, has an effect on the security and lack of proper policies governing such freight. The probability of loss of cargo is higher when opting for such layers that do not have a reputation in the international freight arena. Within Australia, the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 and Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 regulate air cargo supply chain security; however, sea cargo will require more governance and laws will need to be setup against organised theft of freight.
However, early 2016 displayed a drop in oil pricing which help mitigate freight costs for oil tanker transport, the likes of dry container and container-shipping market has remained the same with the slow trends of global economics. Whilst the sea cargo freight services market in Australia has been in a slump, air freight services has noted a boost with in domestic and passenger airlines carrying cargo.
Thus, with concern to the international freight arena, relying on reputed shipping companies for your freight forwarding requirements is best suited as well and opting for air cargo for small to impotent cargo over sea can help in savings and reliability in the current industry setting.
We’ve been working diligently over the last year’s quarter to bring to you some great shipping offers and Transco Cargo news! We’re staying on top on our customer’s need and requirements, and working to meet those needs by offering more shipping services.
With the vision for this year to stretch our wings, we are opening a new office this February in Hoppers Crossing of Victoria. The new Hoppers Crossing office can be found at 2/16-17, Hammer Court in Hoppers Crossing, where you can reach us on hotline number – (03) 97 90 55 88. With the opening of the Hoppers Cross office, Transco Cargo is offering 20% off on ALL shipments during February 2017 from this Transco location.
Weekly Shipments to Sri Lanka
We are also excited to share our new weekly shipments to Sri Lanka starting in February till November of this year. Should you require any assistance with regards to choosing your shipping box or crate, packing or even require pickup services of your cargo, we’re only a call away.
The Sinhala and Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka is only two months away, and we’re planning ahead to let you get ahead of the April rush. The Special Transco Cargo Avurudu Offer includes a 3rd Shipping Box Free when 2 Boxes are purchased. With added shipment cut-off dates, you are able to plan ahead and make use of this offer!
Transco Cargo offers shipments to European countries for personal effects and commercial cargo shipments. The cut-off date for European shipping is the Thursday of every week. We have a global network of shipping partners that enable us to provide streamline services to our clientele, especially for commercial requirements. However, we also feel its out duty to inform our clients of the situations and trends that concern European shipping.
The start of 2017 saw various deals that would affect the European shipping industry, such as the British American Tobacco PLC’s acquisition of Reynolds American Inc, Luxottica Group SpA and Essilor International SA, and the Safran SA and Zodiaz Aerospace deals to name a few. There has also been progress with nine European companies coming together to invest in the Iran port project to further the bond between Europe and the Middle East. More sustainable energy measures are being made with sustainability practices are being put into effect (as those mentioned in the previous week’s blog : Freight Management Trends). At the end of 2016, there was a increase in coal prices and a decrease in that of gas, and thus many shipping companies in Germany and Netherlands have made the change to gas.
Apart from the business deals that were announced, there has been unrest with concern to the shipping crisis, which had German banks under pressure. The problem was that concerning the flailing container shipping industry in Germany against the far of increasing risk provisions. With mega-shipping companies opening up in Asia with better economies of scale and pricing strategies, European shipping companies such as those in Germany may not be able to cover costs that have posed questions whether they are able to compete with shipping companies from around the world.
The state of affairs in Germany is a repercussion from the global economic crisis of ‘07/’08 and later bad investments which has rendered Germany with an over-capacity of container ships and thus being unable to reduce freight rates to keep up with the rest of the world. A similar situation occurred with South Korean shipping giant Hanjin (one of the world’s top ten largest shipping companies declaring bankruptcy. The same direction can be foreseen if German banks do not attempt to help the matter. The Oetker Group have already sold their Hamburd Stüd shipping company to Maersk to ease with their overcapacity and financial situation.
The 2nd Edition of European Shipping Week is also happening in Brussels starting from 1st of March 2017, where shipping executives, and policy makers will converge to discuss the European shipping industry and its future in terms of the global trends and review the current situation.
Already into the 2nd week of the New Year, changes are happening in the shipping world with trends making waves. This time around, we want to share with you trends that could help further freight management in the future.
The international shipping industry should always stay ahead of the times, where shipping and logistics service providers are pushing the envelope so that customers are able to better reap the rewards from advancements, for quicker and safer deliveries of cargo. The following freight management trends have been noted and players in the international shipping industry should take note;
Cargo Handling Automation
For means of bridging the gap between the ever-growing customer demands and business processes to meet those demands, shipping companies should take note on dealing with heavy or long tasks, such as picking up and storing goods in the warehouses. This can be done using robotic loading systems so that cargo can be loaded into tow trucks or container ships, and later unloaded into distribution centres or delivery points.
Enforcing Green Practices
Many measures are looking to reduce the carbon footprints and combat global warming, with many a shipping company coming under fire due to their former negative contributions to the earths’ rising temperatures. Newer sustainability practices are enforcing energy efficient carriers, as well as implementing truck scales to measure the truckload capacity to prevent overloading and to minimise shipment numbers. By doing so and planning better, you are able to prevent almost empty trucks sent out on deliveries and wasting energy resources.
One of the most popular freight management trends that we are seeing involves outsourcing vital logistics and business operations. Things like handling freight administrations, transport management, payment handling data analysis and automation adoption is handed over to companies who specialise in them, to ensure operational efficiency.
IOT Technology, or Internet of Things Technology, is making head waves in freight management, where the use of sensors and RFID tagging are used for automated operations in warehouses and distribution centres to streamline operations better. Further advances to be expected include using drones or autonomous vehicles for cargo deliveries.
With these freight management trends in mind, what are your thoughts and concerns for the future? We’d love to hear from our Transco clients about these changes to the freight industry.
Many of us use these two terms, logistics and supply chain management, interchangeably. However, it should be noted that these two are actually different but used in common practices. The definitions of logistics against supply chain management replies on the scope. Logistics includes activities that occurs within the scope of a single organizations or company, whereas Supply Chains refer to a network of companies that work cohesively and includes coordination for product delivery.
Traditional logistics includes procurement, distributions, maintenance and inventory management, whereas supply chain management takes on traditional logistic activities as well as takes on other organizational activities. These include financing, marketing, product development and even customer services.
If you were to look into what logistics means even further, it constitutes the Seven Rs of Logistics that is, “getting the right product, to the right customer, in the right quantity, in the right condition, at the right place, and at the right time.” It involves integrating various departments in an organization for cohesive functioning, and they include a link-up of customer service, purchasing, production planning, warehouse and transport departments together for efficiency and efficacy. Logistics management involves how effectively and efficiently the day-to-day activities are carried out.
It can also be broken down into inbound and outbound, where the former refers to raw materials and goods coming into the coming from suppliers and the latter involves the finished goods sent out to customers. The customer service and transport activities are often referred to as “customer facing functions.” The transport and logistics can be broken down into two activities. The transportation factors include air, sea, & land transportation, warehousing and customs clearance, and logistics includes the likes of value added service functions from IT to consultations.
Supply chain on the other hand relates to the network of organization that facilitate linking different processes and activities, both upwards and downwards, to achieve the final goal. That is to offer a valuable product or service and hand it to the customers. Supply chain management on the other hand refers to coordination of various activities such as production, inventory, and transportation within the supply chain in order to achieve the best outcomes in terms of efficiency and efficacy. This integrates the supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler and customer all together, where management will cover everything from planning, implementation and control.