The global supply chains of today are a testament to humankind’s will to achieve the impossible. With manufacturing units and retailers spread across vastly different geographies, where the laws and regulations significantly differ, moving goods across seas and cities to reach the destination on time is nothing short of audacious. But leading logistics service providers like Allcargo make this global movement seamless, with experience, expertise and a suite of integrated solutions, including NVOCC from Chennai – the gateway to south India.
Since ancient times, the coasts of India have attracted traders from Mesopotamia, Arabia, Greece and other countries looking to sell their wares and take some fine specimens of Indian handiwork and spices back home for trade. Businesses, domestic and international, to this day seek to leverage this envious edge of geography that Chennai, on the east coast of India, offers to move their goods into and outside India.
Harnessing the strength of a global network
Whether it is imports or exports, what works well for businesses is having a partner committed to keeping trade moving. As the world’s leader in LCL consolidation, through its wholly-owned global subsidiary ECU Worldwide, Allcargo offers customers NVOCC services that span 180 countries, 2,400 direct trade lanes and door-to-door services in over 50 global markets as well as pan-India, multi-city consolidation and transhipment services at Mumbai and Chennai.
A digital-first approach with tech-enabled offerings simplifying the complexities and the capability to move diverse types of cargo including even Dangerous Goods (DG) cargo or Over-Dimensional Cargo (ODC), further add to its strengths.
Customers looking to expand their business leverage the direct import consol boxes from origin locations such as Fos, Barcelona, Le Havre and Istanbul to Chennai; the tri-weekly CBT movement to ICD Patparganj, Delhi with a turnaround time of 5-7 days; and the fortnightly CBT movements to Mundra. They can also choose from 22 direct trade lanes to import from and 18 direct trade lanes to export a wide variety of their goods for trade. Such synergies make customers’ business supply chains more efficient, and also create a strong competitive advantage.
CFS+NVOCC – the winning pair
One of the biggest benefits for customers is Allcargo’s own CFS facility at Chennai for de-stuffing consol containers, which makes it possible to offer end-to-end solutions. The top-notch services and safety standards are second to none. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) such as only placing cargo on wooden pallets and never on the floor are followed to guarantee that the cargo is protected at all times, ensuring peace of mind for customers.
In addition to adherence to the highest safety norms, customers get complete visibility of their cargo movements and even receive photographs of their offloading and stuffing processes from the team members, who take every effort to keep them informed. Space is also booked in the CFS well in advance to safeguard customers’ schedules.
Digital logistics solutions
With the state-of-the-art digital logistics platform, ECU360, customers can easily access instant quotes, quick bookings, analytics, share details and shipping instructions easily, track and trace cargo, and conduct business conveniently at the click of a button.
“There has been a significant increase in usage of our digital platforms to book our NVOCC services. It’s one of the many advantages of doing business with Allcargo, and of course the fact that we have our own CFS and an experienced and dedicated team which is committed to delivering excellence, differentiates us from the rest. Customers benefit from value-added first and last mile delivery services and from having a single point of contact, for what would otherwise be a complex and fragmented process,” says Mr. Hareram T.S., Senior Vice President — I.S.C. — Allcargo Logistics.
Further, in keeping with the company’s customer-focussed approach, they started a weekly CBT movement from ICD Concor to Nhava Sheva, on the western coast of India, last year. Since Nhava Sheva has more direct lanes, this provides more options for customers to choose from, giving them better control over their cargo movements.
All of these offerings make Allcargo one of the leading consolidators in the southern domestic markets for exports and imports – a position it has maintained for over a decade in Chennai, with its exceptional customer-centric moves.