Allseas Global Logistics announces comprehensive new network to serve Central Asia
14 January 2015
Including Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistan
In a very significant expansion, the network will include new fully staffed offices in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, a joint venture in Pakistan, a partnership agreement in Kuwait and Iraq and the continued expansion of Allseas’ highly successful Dubai office.
The new network has been created in response to increasing demand for high-level logistics support in the region, he added. “There are some incredibly big projects going on in the region, including infrastructure and oil & gas developments. A lot of cargo movement is happening. We have a good name in the industry and we are going to bring our unique approach to these markets. We will provide a complete door-to-door service for all cargoes from all over the world.”
The door-to-door offering is very different to the services generally offered in this region, he said. “At present, it is mainly a fragmented process of different operators using the same pool of hauliers and equipment. We will create tailor-made solutions for our clients, offering not only the best service but also the best price. We will provide the equipment door-to-door – open tops, flat racks and dry containers – or devan cargo for onward delivery from key points.”
Allseas Global Logistics is offering door-to-door services, with full in-house staff coverage, into Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iraq, Kuwait, Kurdistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Southern Russia, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The new network includes:
Georgia: New offices have been opened in the capital, Tbilisi, and the port city of Poti, on the eastern Black Sea coast.
The Poti and Tbilisi offices are staffed with cargo handling experts to organise container loading and unloading, project cargo handling and trucking services. The team will be fully conversant in Georgian, Russian and English.
Azerbaijan: Baku is a hotspot for project cargo movements, with a number of massive developments ongoing in industry, infrastructure and oil & gas.
Turkey: Allseas have opened offices in Mersin and Istanbul. We already have a dedicated staff team in Mersin and we’re looking to expand the complement soon. This office serves all of Turkey, supported by a sub-office in Istanbul. This is for transhipment of project cargo initially, with Istanbul as the hub – where we have appointed a highly qualified and experienced project manager in Istanbul, Gürkan Yucekaya.
These two offices serve the booming project market into and out of Turkey, with door-to-door cargo handling. But they are also important for serving Syria, northern Iraq. “Those routes are open now and we are operating them,” he said.
Dubai: Allseas’ Dubai office was opened in 2011 and has expanded steadily since then – Middle East, is now leading a team of eight. Clients include China Petroleum and Petronas, for which Allseas acts as in-house forwarder and logistics provider.
We are serving the UAE and Persian Gulf from our Dubai office, with full coverage of project cargo, containerised cargo and door-to-door cargo handling services,. But from Dubai we are also serving Iraq, and we see an increasing role for this office in serving the wider Central Asia region.
Afghanistan / Pakistan / Kuwait / Iraq: We have set up a joint venture with Pakistan’s number one logistics group, Raaziq International, which also runs its own offices in Afghanistan, earlier in 2014. We are working together to use and keep open two routes into Afghanistan established and maintained by Raaziq over the past ten years on behalf of the ISAF forces, with a small commercial element – the northern route via the Khyber Pass into Kabul, a seven-day truck drive, and the shorter five-day route into the southern parts of Afghanistan. These are tried, trusted and secure lines of communication which we can use to provide door-to-door services to hard-to-reach places for our commercial clients. Our offering includes full warehousing, containers and project sustainability.
Similarly in Iraq, Allseas is working closely with that country’s leading forwarder, SABA International, which has a strong presence in Kuwait and Iraq, to provide secure transport routes, trucks and trailers and warehousing.
The partners we are working with are the best, when you have time-sensitive projects or cargoes, you need to have people you can rely on. They have proven track records and know how to move consignments in the terrain while working around political and military flare-ups.