Damco Airfreight goes heavy weight

In an indication of its intent to further develop its air logistics business, global 3PL provider Damco recently managed the movement of a single piece compressor of 52 tonnes from Orissa via Kolkata airport in India to its final destination in Berlin.


Damco Airfreight undertook


Damco Airfreight goes heavy weight

In an indication of its intent to further develop its air logistics business, global 3PL provider Damco recently managed the movement of a single piece compressor of 52 tonnes from Orissa via Kolkata airport in India to its final destination in Berlin. Damco Airfreight undertook the job for Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL), one of India’s largest steel manufacturers. The shipment was completed using an Antonov 124, the world’s largest commercially viable cargo aircraft. This was one of the largest single piece export shipments handled and one of the first instances of the Antonov 124 being used for export shipments from the Kolkata airport. The entire project included not only air movement but also the landside movement from the customer’s plant in Orissa on a 12 axle hydraulic trailer, and the complete customs clearance and security clearance procedures required to carry out the shipment at both the origin and the destination. “We are glad that we could enable Jindal Steel & Power Limited to meet its delivery timeliness reliably and safely through a tailor made solution. This illustrates Damco’s unique approach in addressing the customers’ challenges through specific solutions that can be executed quickly and efficiently. Our customers are working with a global supply chain in a highly competitive environment and have their own unique challenges to meet. In such a scenario, we are happy to have added value to JSPL in this project by using our experience, global network and good relations with various supply chain stakeholders”, said Purnendu Shekhar, chief commercial officer for Damco South Asia. The company, an independent business unit within the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, offers global supply chain solutions with over 280 offices across 90 countries and representation in 120 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, Middle East, and Latin America. In 2010, the company had a net turnover of over US$2.7 billion, managed more than 2.4 million TEU of ocean freight and supply chain management volumes and air freighted more than 75,000 tonnes.