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Emphasizing Sustainability Goals, JAS Middle East Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Logistics Hub in Dubai South 

April 23, 2024
Breaking ground for a sustainable future: JAS Middle East embarks on a new journey with the groundbreaking ceremony for their state-of-the-art 'Build to Suit' Logistics Hub in Dubai South
Breaking ground for a sustainable future: JAS Middle East embarks on a new journey with the groundbreaking ceremony for their state-of-the-art 'Build to Suit' Logistics Hub in Dubai South

JAS Middle East recently broke ground on an innovative 'Build to Suit' Logistics Hub in Dubai South.  

This state-of-the-art facility will boast a unique blend of cutting-edge technology and environmental consciousness, aligning with JAS’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals. Spanning a land plot of 212,160 square feet and a built-up area of 127,300 square feet, the ESG-compliant hub will be designed to tailor to specific logistic needs and prioritize eco-friendly practices. 

In addition to its functional aspects, the property will incorporate other sustainability measures such as the installation of solar panels on its roof—allowing JAS Middle East to achieve ESG credentials. These panels will not only offset monthly utility costs but will help JAS Middle East increase its independence from the national grid (DEWA).  

The office space within the hub, spanning 13,347 square feet over two floors, will offer modern amenities such as meeting rooms, open-plan working areas, and recreational spaces, ensuring a conducive environment for employees and clients. 

“This project represents a significant milestone for JAS Middle East and its esteemed customers,” says Erwin Wittemaier, Area VP for the Middle East, “This strategic investment underscores our commitment to our customers and the UAE market. We look forward to deploying new technology to provide best-in-class logistics solutions.” 

With the exciting groundbreaking of the Dubai Logistics Hub, JAS Middle East not only strengthens its position in the logistics sector but also sets a standard for sustainable infrastructure development in the region. 

JAS Worldwide Announces Opening of New Branch in Wroclaw, Poland

March 5, 2024
Meet the team behind JAS Poland's newest branch in Wroclaw! Our passionate professionals are ready to provide freight forwarding and logistics services to our clients throughout the region.
Meet the team behind JAS Poland's newest branch in Wroclaw! Our passionate professionals are ready to provide freight forwarding and logistics services to our clients throughout the region.

Wroclaw, Poland — 5 March, 2024 — JAS Worldwide is pleased to announce the opening of its new branch in Wroclaw, Poland. The official start of operations at the Wroclaw branch is 1 March, 2024.

The expansion into Wroclaw marks a significant milestone and demonstrates JAS's commitment to strategic growth and development in the region. The new branch will serve as a key location in Poland , catering to the growing demand for freight forwarding and logistics services in Wroclaw and the surrounding areas.

"We are excited to announce the opening of our new branch in Wroclaw," said Stefan Sigg, Regional EVP, JAS EMEA. "This expansion not only strengthens our presence in Poland but also enables us to better serve our clients and partners in the region."

With its strategic location, the Wroclaw branch will enhance JAS Poland's capabilities and enable the company to provide customers with efficient and reliable freight forwarding and logistics solutions. The new branch will offer a comprehensive range of services, including air and ocean freight and customs brokerage.

"We are confident that the Wroclaw branch will play a key role in driving the future growth and success of JAS Poland," added Sigg. "We look forward to leveraging the opportunities presented by this strategic location to deliver innovative solutions and exceptional service to our clients."


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What makes JAS stand out in the world of entertainment logistics? It's our unwavering commitment to our clients
JAS Worldwide: Your Dedicated Logistics Partner for Event Logistics

In the world of entertainment and event logistics, timing is everything. Whether it's a high-energy music tour or a captivating theatre production, the show must go on. Behind the scenes, the JAS team ensures that everything comes together.

Tailored Solutions for Events 

Event logistics isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavor. At JAS, we recognize this and take pride in offering personalized solutions for our clients. Whether it's transporting high-tech equipment for a music tour or ensuring the timely arrival of props for a theatre production, we tailor our services to suit your specific needs. 

There When It Matters Most 

The entertainment industry operates on a tight schedule, and the unexpected can happen at any moment. That's where JAS truly shines. Our team members are there for our clients when it matters most, ensuring that everything goes smoothly. 

For instance, during a music tour, we work to make sure that all equipment and instruments arrive at the right venue at the right time and in perfect condition. We understand that there is no room for mistakes, and we're committed to ensuring that everything happens according to plans. 

Over the years we've helped clients successfully manage logistics for everything from musical performances to international theatre tours. Props, costumes, lighting, and sets arrive on time for rehearsals and performances, allowing artists to focus on their craft. 

Moreover, our dedicated account management team is ready to handle any unexpected challenges that may arise during transportation. With our global network and experienced professionals, we can quickly respond to any situation, ensuring your cargo arrives safely and on time.  

Multimodal Transportation Solutions 

Our team members understand that different projects may require different approaches. That's why we offer a wide range of options, including ground, air, and sea transportation. Whether you need urgent air freight for equipment or a combination of sea and ground transportation for large-scale tours and productions, we've got you covered. Our global network ensures that we can successfully coordinate these modes, getting everything to its destination on time and in the best condition. 

What Sets JAS Worldwide Apart 

So, what makes JAS Worldwide stand out in the world of entertainment logistics? It's our unwavering commitment to our clients. We've dedicated years to building our expertise in this sector, understanding its unique challenges and demands. 

Our personalized approach, dedicated account management teams, and global network ensure that we are there for our clients at every step of their journey. We're not just moving cargo; we're helping to bring creative visions to life.  

In the dynamic and fast-paced world of entertainment, JAS is your dedicated logistics partner, ensuring that the spotlight remains where it belongs – on your performance. Trust JAS to deliver excellence when it matters most. 

JAS understands the intricacies of customs clearance for event logistics, and we have a dedicated team of experts who are committed to making your event a success.
Navigating the Complex World of Event Logistics: How JAS Delivers Smooth Customs Clearance

Planning and executing a successful international event is no small feat. Whether it's a theater production, a grand exhibition, or a sensational concert, event organizers face numerous challenges, and one of the most critical aspects is customs clearance. Ensuring that equipment, materials, and goods clear customs smoothly and efficiently is essential to the seamless operation of your event. 

At JAS, we understand the intricacies of customs clearance for event logistics, and we have a dedicated team of experts who are committed to making your event a success. In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of event logistics and shed light on how JAS addresses customs clearance challenges for its customers. 

The Complex World of Event Logistics 

International event logistics involves careful planning and coordination. Everything from audio-visual equipment and promotional materials to exhibition displays and concert stage setups needs to be transported across international borders and reach the destination on time. This process involves dealing with various customs regulations, documentation, temporary importation rules, duties, and taxes, all while adhering to tight schedules. 

Challenges Faced in Customs Clearance for Events 

Event logistics professionals encounter several challenges when it comes to customs clearance: 

  • Tight Timelines: Events often have strict schedules, and any delay in customs clearance can disrupt the entire event. 
  • Understanding Customs Regulations: Navigating the intricacies of customs regulations, which can vary significantly between countries, can be daunting. 
  • Duties and Taxes: Incorrectly calculating or not planning for duties and taxes can result in unexpected costs that cut into the bottom line. 

How JAS Addresses These Challenges 

JAS has a proven track record of successfully managing customs clearance for event logistics. Here's how we address these challenges: 

  • Expertise: Our dedicated team of customs experts is well-versed in international regulations and can handle complex documentation, ensuring compliance and efficiency. 
  • Global Network: With a vast global network, JAS can navigate customs procedures in numerous countries, ensuring a smooth process wherever your event takes place. 
  • Timely Planning: JAS understands the importance of timely deliveries for events. We plan meticulously to ensure customs processes align with your event schedule. 
  • Temporary Importation Management: Our expertise in managing temporary importation and re-exportation processes saves you time and potential penalties. 
  • Duty and Tax Optimization: We work with our customers to minimize duties and taxes, helping you save on costs. 

Partnering with JAS for Smooth Event Logistics 

When it comes to event logistics and customs clearance, partnering with a seasoned logistics provider like JAS can make all the difference. Our expertise, global network, and commitment to excellence ensure that your event runs smoothly, without the stress of customs-related challenges. 

If you're planning an event and want to ensure flawless customs clearance, don't hesitate to reach out to JAS. We're here to help you navigate the complex world of event logistics and make your event a success.  

JAS EMEA plays a key role in ensuring the success of live entertainment experiences by providing tailored solutions for specialized cargo requirements and ensuring smooth behind-the-scenes logistics.
Setting the Stage for Seamless Entertainment and Event Logistics

In a time where live entertainment experiences have become increasingly complex and awe-inspiring, the behind the scenes logistics are key to ensuring a shows success. As a logistics leader known for its expertise in delivering tailored solutions for even the most challenging cargo requirements, JAS’ plays a key role in ensuring everything runs smoothly.

At the center of JAS's unique offering lies its ability to move specialized equipment, instruments, and props for live music and theater productions, ensuring that artists and audiences can enjoy performances without a hitch. From transporting delicate costumes to large set pieces and lighting gear needed for a performance, JAS’s services have supported the entertainment industry for more than 7 years.  

Key Features of JAS EMEA’s Event Logistics Solutions: 

  • Precision Handling: JAS boasts state-of-the-art facilities and a highly skilled team of professionals who specialize in handling delicate, high-value equipment used in live performances. This includes musical instruments, lighting and sound systems, stage props, and more. 
  • Temperature and Humidity Control: To cater to the unique needs of musical instruments, costumes, specialized lighting gear, and more JAS employs specialized transport and storage solutions that maintain optimal temperature and humidity levels, ensuring the safety of valuable cargo. 
  • Global Network: With a presence in over 100 countries, team members can seamlessly transport cargo for events to and from venues of any size while ensuring it reaches its destination on time and in perfect condition. 
  • Customized Solutions: JAS knows that no two events are the same, which is why its team members design customized logistics solutions for each customer, working with them to truly understand their needs. Team members take into account the specific needs of each show, ensuring that every piece of equipment arrives at the venue safely and on time. 
  • Customs and Compliance: Navigating the complex world of customs and compliance is crucial for on-time delivery. Our experts are well-versed in international regulations and can assist in managing documentation, duties, taxes, and regulatory compliance, ensuring smooth cross-border movement. 

Live music and theater productions are events where every detail matters, and JAS’s ability to transport specialty cargo has quickly made it a preferred logistics partner for artists, theaters, and production companies worldwide. 

Alain Saade, a JAS EMEA team member, explained, "Our commitment to our clients is unwavering. We understand the importance of every piece of equipment we transport, and we take pride in being a crucial part of creating unforgettable entertainment experiences."

In an industry where the show must go on, JAS has set the standard of logistics for live events. With specialized cargo solutions, JAS is setting the stage for unforgettable entertainment experiences around the world.

The EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is a regulatory framework introduced to address carbon leakage by imposing reporting requirements on importers of carbon-intensive goods, promoting transparency, incentivizing lower-emission choices, and leveling the playing field between domestically produced and imported goods.
The EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM): Addressing Carbon-Intensive Goods Imported to the EU

As the European Union (EU) heightens its climate ambitions, there are increasing regulations related to "carbon leakage." This phenomenon occurs when EU-based companies shift carbon-intensive production to countries with less strict climate policies, potentially increasing emissions. To address this, the EU has introduced the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), an environmental regulation designed to establish a fair price for carbon emissions associated with the production of carbon-intensive goods entering the EU. Its purpose extends to encouraging cleaner industrial practices in non-EU countries. 

Goods Covered in the Initial Phase: 

The CBAM's scope encompasses products like cement, iron and steel, aluminum, fertilizers, electricity, and hydrogen in the transitional phase. Moreover, there are plans to evaluate the possibility of expanding the range of covered products by 2030, potentially including additional sectors. 


  • Importers must carefully track and report emissions data for their imported goods. The European Commission is developing IT tools to help importers report and manage this data. 
  • Non-compliance with reporting requirements may result in financial penalties. 
  • The regulation introduces an additional layer of complexity in the import process. 


As the CBAM unfolds between 2023 and 2035, it will have significant implications for industries, global competitiveness, and the fight against climate change. Here are some key dates to keep in mind: 

  • October 1, 2023: The CBAM enters its transitional phase. Importers of carbon-intensive goods begin reporting embedded greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 
  • January 31, 2024: The first reporting period for importers concludes. Flexibility in reporting methodologies is allowed. 
  • January 1, 2025: Reporting using only the EU method becomes mandatory. 


  • Importers disclosing emissions data enhances transparency about the carbon impact of goods. 
  • The regulation incentivizes importers to choose lower-emission products, driving sustainable choices. 
  • Imported goods are subject to emissions reporting similar to domestically produced goods, leveling the playing field. 
  • The regulation raises awareness about carbon emissions associated with international trade. 

How Can JAS Support You? 

  • EU Import Customs Clearance: Our team of customs experts consult you and assist you in expediting the customs clearance process and the complexity of tariff codes, duties, taxes, and international trade regulations.* 
  • EU Regulation Monitoring: We keep you informed about CBAM updates and evolving regulations, ensuring you remain compliant and adaptable to changes. 

*The importer is at all times responsible for providing all documentation related to customs clearance, including correct shipment/tariff and emission-related data. 

In a bold move to address the need for reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry, the International Maritime Organization introduced groundbreaking regulations concerning energy efficiency and carbon intensity for all ships.
New IMO Regulations: Introducing Carbon Intensity Measures into Ocean Freight

In a bold move to address the need for reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced groundbreaking regulations concerning energy efficiency and carbon intensity for all ships. These measures require ships to calculate their attained Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) to determine energy efficiency and to initiate data collection to report their annual operational carbon intensity indicator (CII) and CII rating. 

Understanding the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI):

The EEXI is a score given to ships based on their energy efficiency. Ships attained EEXI will be compared to a required EEXI based on an applicable reduction factor expressed as a percentage relative to the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) baseline. Each ship's calculated attained EEXI value must be below the required EEXI to meet the minimum energy efficiency standard. 

Exploring the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) Rating:

The CII is set to rank and monitor the carbon efficiency of each vessel concerning the cargo carried, and the distance traveled. The actual annual operational CII achieved must be documented and verified against the required annual operational CII, allowing the operational carbon intensity rating to be determined. The rating ranges from A to E (where A is the best), and the threshold requirements will become stricter year over year.


  • Environmental Benefits: The primary goal of these IMO regulations is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). By measuring and monitoring energy efficiency, shipping companies can identify areas for improvement and optimize their operations to minimize carbon footprints.
  • Technological Advancements: These regulations will encourage the development and adopting of cleaner technologies within the maritime sector, fostering innovation and creating a demand for sustainable solutions.


  • Compliance Costs: Implementing the EEXI and CII measures will require investments in ship upgrades, retrofitting, and enhanced operational practices. For shipowners and operators, this could pose a significant financial challenge, particularly for older vessels.
  • Disruptions to Shipping Schedules and Supply Chains: As the cost of technological advancements is high, ships implement fuel-saving measures like slow-steaming, which can lead to longer transit times, affecting the predictability and reliability of cargo delivery.
  • Data Collection and Reporting: The accurate measurement and reporting of a vessel's carbon intensity require reliable data collection systems. Shipowners must adapt to new reporting standards and overcome potential technical barriers in gathering and transmitting data.


Implementing the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) measures marks a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry. While they offer environmental benefits, they also present challenges, including compliance costs and potential disruptions to shipping schedules. Collaboration among stakeholders, technological advancements, and regulatory support are crucial to navigating these challenges.

Celebrating the Grand Opening of our newest branch with our Leipzig team members, led by Branch Manager Patrick Herrfurth.
JAS Expands Operations with New Branch in Leipzig, Germany

In an exciting move to better serve its clients and tap into the growing market potential, JAS Germany is excited to announce the launch of its new fully operating branch in Leipzig, Germany. The branch, which started business on July 1st, represents JAS' third location in eastern Germany and a significant addition to its expanding network.

The newly established branch is strategically positioned in Leipzig, a booming city with a strong presence industry presence. With a comprehensive range of services covering both Air and Ocean Freight, JAS aims to provide its clients in the local market with unparalleled, high-quality service.
Heading the branch is Patrick Herrfurth, an experienced professional with extensive experience in the freight forwarding industry and an in-depth understanding of the local market. As the Branch Manager, Herrfurth brings with him a proven track record of success and a commitment to delivering exceptional logistics solutions to JAS clients.

"We are thrilled to open our doors in Leipzig and mark this as an essential milestone in our growth strategy," said Herrfurth. "This new branch not only strengthens our presence in eastern Germany but also underscores our dedication to meeting the market's rising demands and offering the best possible services to our customers."

The Leipzig branch currently boasts a team of six skilled employees, including dedicated sales personnel. JAS is confident that this dynamic and well-equipped team will play a key role in providing efficient and reliable logistics solutions to businesses in the region.

"The decision to expand our operations in Leipzig was driven by the city's fast-growing and high-potential market," said Manuel Kießling, Director Sales & Marketing, JAS Germany. "We believe that our extensive global network, combined with the expertise of our local team, will make JAS the preferred choice for businesses in this area seeking seamless freight forwarding solutions."

With a commitment to innovation, customer satisfaction, and sustainable logistics practices, JAS continues to cement its position as a leading player in the freight forwarding industry. The new branch in Leipzig is a testament to JAS' dedication to staying at the forefront of the logistics sector and providing best-in-class services to its customers.

The most rural areas in the world rely on road freight to transport goods from your warehouse to their doorstep. 
Green Solutions for Road Freight Transport

More than 3 billion people worldwide live in rural areas. Road freight is the only mode of transport that can reach the most remote places across the globe. You never have to compromise flexibility and sustainability when shipping large volumes of goods over long or short distance.  

Our road transport solutions serve Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. We leverage our extensive knowledge of the market and our independent positioning to create the perfect road freight solution.  

What is road freight?

Road freight involves transporting goods from one location to another. Moving products via road freight is one of the oldest and most common delivery modes. Sometimes road freight is used in conjunction with air or sea freight methods to provide greater flexibility with delivery times.  

There are two types of road freight:

  • Less Than Truckload (LTL) is common for smaller size cargo that can’t fill a truck on its own. LTL shipments can combine to fill a truckload and save you money.  
  • Full Truck Load (FTL) is used for shipments sizes large enough to fill an entire truck. FTL also can be used to move goods on a time-sensitive schedule even if the truck isn’t full.  

What are the advantages of transporting by road freight?

Range and flexibility are two of the biggest advantages of transporting by road freight. When flexibility is your top priority, road freight is the only transport mode capable of reaching into the most rural areas. Regardless of whether you have LTL or FTL needs, road freight is the most flexible way to handle schedules and volumes.  

Besides adaptability, the other benefits of choosing road freight shipping include:

  • Door-to-door service. It doesn’t matter where the delivery needs to go. Road freight is the most efficient way to move cargo door-to-door in any area, including the most rural locations.  
  • Maximum traceability. GPS and other fleet management software allows for the easy location and tracking of cargo along the route. The real-time information provided allows you to anticipate problems and quickly find solutions.  
  • Speed. Other means of transportation might be faster, but road freight is more agile, which can be important when moving fragile cargo to the most remote areas.  
  • Sustainability. Sophisticated and energy-efficient trucking solutions help you fulfill sustainability goals. You can rely on a fleet of eco-friendly trucks with high-technology advancements that meet EU standards for decreased emissions. A telematics system improves key areas like reduced idle time, driving within economy, cruise control, and engine load time.  

Road freight = the perfect green solution

Road freight can be made both cost-efficient and eco-friendly. Loading goods directly into vehicles and transporting them straight to their destination reduces the risk of delays along the transport chain. Eliminating the need to stop at distribution terminals along the way speeds up delivery while keeping your shipment as green as possible.  

If you’re looking for fast, reliable, and eco-friendly transportation method, reach out to your local sales representative to discuss solutions today.

JAS Saudi Arabia Partnership Drives Growth

The JAS Saudi Arabia team commits to the successful progression of its partnership with petrochemical industry leader SABIC in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As part of its dedication to providing the highest level of customer service, the team successfully chartered a flight to transport a turbine rotor from Tokyo, Japan, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  

With support from JAS Japan’s logistics and supply chain management staff, the door-to-door delivery was completed before SABIC’s requested timeline. The quick decision-making skills of the JAS Saudi Arabia team contributed to the success of their requested task.  

SABIC’s promise to build a better tomorrow extends to its collaborations with other companies across the globe. Its ongoing partnership with JAS Saudi Arabia has facilitated its mission and vision by ensuring timely access to the products it needs to achieve its goals.  

JAS Saudi Arabia’s dedicated team of logistics and supply chain experts can meet or exceed any expectations regardless of the level of difficulty or urgency. We look forward to continuing to fulfill our partnership with SABIC and others within the petrochemical industry who rely on our expertise to meet their needs.

Cleber Oliveira, JAS LATAM Director of Ocean Consolidation Services
Four Reasons to Consider LCL Ocean Freight

With ocean freight space at a premium, less-than-container-load (LCL) cargo makes sense now more than ever. We continue to experience never before seen levels of demand while facing a reduced availability of space onboard ships, severe congestion in ports, and a shortage of empty containers. This unprecedented environment demands the effectiveness of LCL to keep your supply chain moving. 

LCL shipping, with its numerous moving parts and complex processes, can seem overwhelming and not worthwhile. However, JAS has a global network of dedicated LCL specialists who can provide you with a complete understanding of the process and peace of mind throughout.

Choosing JAS means choosing: 

  • Sailing Integrity: With our less than container load (LCL) services, we offer weekly departures to over 40,000 CFS (Consolidated Freight Stations) pairings around the world, ensuring schedule integrity and some of the fastest transit times in the market to help you keep your supply chain moving. 
  •  Reliability & Allocation Management: At this time, market demand exceeds supply, and the ocean market is suffering from blank sailings, rolled cargo, and a lack of available containers and equipment. However, our global and regional teams are taking proactive actions such as pre-bookings and contract agreements with a guarantee of space, equipment, and loading.
  •  Security & Compliance: Security and confidentiality are ensured. Our experienced consolidation and deconsolidation teams, working from 100% security compliant facilities at both origin and destination. This ensures secure loading, bracing, and blocking, all occur under JAS supervision.
  • Visibility: Visibility is key to your just-in-time supply chain, and through JASTrack you can have visibility and control of your shipments from the time you place your order with the supplier to the final destination. 

JAS LCL experts across the globe bring all these pieces together to provide best-of-class service combined with local knowledge and personal service. Your LCL cargo will travel as safely and reliably as your full-container load (FCL) cargo while still providing economies of scale, and the cost benefits of FCL shipments. 

For more information about our LCL services, reach out to your local JAS office or visit our global LCL schedules.

Nose Knows Best

Air cargo security is constantly evolving. The latest regulations from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) require that, by June 30 2021, all air cargo on international all-cargo flights be screened at the same level of scrutiny given to cargo flying on passenger planes.

Therefore, freight forwarders such as JAS must adapt to find ways to screen air cargo safely and efficiently. While X-Ray technology, Explosive Trace Detection (ETD), and physical screenings can be used to help ensure the safety and security of air cargo, these processes can be inefficient as the cargo must be screened at an individual piece level. This requires palletized cargo be taken apart, screened, and put back together, which can slow down a Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF) and add unnecessary labor and time to the screening process. While technology still serves a purpose, one of the most effective and efficient ways to screen cargo has a fur coat, four paws, and a powerful nose.

For years canines have been used as a part of the passenger-cargo screening process due to their natural ability to identify individual odors and their source. With over 300 million sensory receptors in their nose, the canines can use their powerful sense of smell to serve as bio-sensors to detect the presence of explosives.  If a threat is detected, the dog alerts its dedicated handler to assess the cargo further.  

Due to this powerful sense of smell, the canine teams can add efficiency to the cargo screening process by screening cargo that is too big for machine screening. Furthermore, the canine teams can screen palletized cargo without the cargo having been taken apart to screen, therefore cutting the cargo screening process from hours to minutes. This minimizes the potential for backlogs and delays, all while maintaining freight integrity from start to finish.

Behind these amazing dogs is the company Global K9 Protection Group. They ensure each canine and handler team is well trained and able to pass the TSA certification each year which allows them to provide screening in a variety of environments. Sommer Sampson, JAS USA Corporate TSA PSC (Primary Security Coordinator), notes “We have been extremely pleased with Global K9‘s unparalleled customer service.  We are a happy client and look forward to our continued working relationship with their team as the ICAO mandate approaches!”

As we move towards meeting the requirement of screening 100% of international all air-cargo flights, we are thankful for our canine friends who help us ensure that air cargo is screened efficiently without sacrificing security.

Navigating Port Congestion After the Suez Canal

Even before the Suez Canal blockage the shipping industry was facing extreme congestion levels in many ports across the globe, including those in the USA, Canada, South Korea, China, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. With demand remaining high, port congestion challenges will continue for months to come with increased volumes, restrictions due to COVID-19 requirements, and missed berthing windows.

Even if the Suez Canal is now open, the operational impact of a week blockage will have a ripple effect lasting for weeks:

  • A further deterioration of schedule reliability and additional equipment unbalance is to be anticipated even on Trade-Lanes not directly related to the Suez Canal.
  • Some steamship lines have stopped accepting new bookings from Europe to USA until end of April.

Marine terminals at the U.S. ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are experiencing some of the worst congestion, with anchorage times often exceeding a week. In March, the United States passed another stimulus bill, while at the same time, COVID-19 infection rates are decreasing, multiple states are relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, and the number of people vaccinated continues to grow. Consumer spending and retail imports are predicted to remain high, and even increase, throughout the spring and summer months, providing the ports with no relief when it comes to congestion.

While it can be challenging to avoid port congestion, there are some ways to minimize the impact of port congestion and plan for success.

  1. Explore alternative gateway ports that face less congestion. With the congestion on the U.S West Coast, many are exploring other port options such as the Port of Seattle. Alternatively, some are choosing to bypass the U.S. West Coast altogether in favor of going through the Panama Canal and up the East Coast.
  2. Plan ahead. At this time, planning ahead is key and booking shipments as soon as possible can help keep your supply chain moving. With the current equipment shortages and severe congestion at ports, some levels of delays are almost unavoidable. Therefore, it is important to build extra time into your schedule to account for the current conditions.
  3. Consider utilizing other shipping methods. As in non-pandemic times, ocean freight affords the opportunity for cost reductions when compared to airfreight. However, the lead time is much longer than airfreight. When facing time constraints, air freight may be a more viable option. Another option to consider is LCL Ocean freight, smaller but more frequent shipments can keep your supply chain moving. While LCL also faces congestion issues it is much easier to be flexible and by splitting product on more vessels, better chance that cargo gets moved using multiple vessel/ports to get product through. Talk to your JAS representative for options on alternative shipping methods that fits your needs.
  4. Stay in contact with your JAS representative. With the increased port congestion, it is more important than ever to stay in contact with your local representative so that you are aware of arrival times, equipment availability, and market conditions.

For more information on how to navigate the current port congestion, contact a JAS representative.

For more information about current ocean market conditions, read our most recent ocean market update: https://www.jas.com/market.

JAS UK Prevents Line Stop in Production

JAS is dedicated to our customers, and often has the opportunity to help clients overcome challenges when immediate shipments are needed. On Monday, the 22nd of February, a large automotive customer requested that JAS UK move an urgent air freight shipment from China to the UK.

As of Monday afternoon, this shipment was in a free trade zone warehouse (FTZ) in Wuxi, China, awaiting outbound bonded clearance.  JAS Shanghai received the shipment at the airport warehouse at 2130 Monday. The flight left Tuesday with an ETA of 1600 at Heathrow Airport (LHR). JAS delivered the needed materials to the customer, located approximately 150 miles outside of Heathrow Airport (LHR), at 2330 on Tuesday.

The customer avoided a line stop in production due to the efficient delivery of the critical shipment and prevented the extra costs associated with line stoppage. Thank you, JAS UK, for your commitment to our customers! At JAS, our people really do make the difference!

JAS Saudi Arabia & JAS Netherlands Partner Together

JAS takes pride in always making the difference for our customers. Therefore, when an industrial partner contacted JAS with the need to make an urgent shipment of 9 tons of sensitive and critical cargo from the Netherlands to South Africa, the teams in Saudi Arabia and South Africa created a plan.

Since the cargo required special packaging to ensure that it was safely transported safely, the team in the Netherlands found a way to complete the packaging at shipper premises thanks to the collaboration between Shipper and Consignee on the process and documentation. At the same time, the team worked to book and confirm the arrangements with the airline.  

Thanks to the teams' collaboration, JAS successfully packaged and moved the cargo to the customer's complete satisfaction. Congratulations, JAS Saudi Arabia and JAS Netherlands!

JAS Luxembourg Meets the Challenge

JAS is proud to keep the world moving and to always be there for our customers. When a customer was faced with the challenge of moving a Rapid Fire Fighting Intervention Vehicle, they knew that they could turn to JAS to get the job done effectively, efficiently, and on time.

To successfully handle the vehicle's movement the team loaded the vehicle, which weighed approximately 7500Kgs, onto a 1 x 20ft main deck pallet where it then flew from Luxembourg to Dubai.

JAS handles challenges like this one daily, keeping a team of experts ready to utilize the vast JAS Network to handle any situation that comes about for customers.

This project was implemented and executed successfully by JAS Germany to the highest standard in quality and to the satisfaction of the client. Great job, JAS Germany!

In Times of Crisis, Customers Turn to the Agile and Responsive Expertise of JAS

Reduced global air cargo capacity, blank sailings, carrier solvency, increasing port congestion, and last-mile delivery delays are adding to an ever-growing riskier global environment that threatens supply chains.

Uncertain times often require creative measures. As shippers look to replenish inventory levels as well as budget logistics costs in such an unpredictable environment, partnering with a freight forwarder such as JAS helps to reduce such risks and cost concerns.

JAS has always worked closely with shippers to offer solutions that balance planning with responsiveness and agility. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights this need as shippers continue to benefit from the expertise of JAS during this crisis.

For several years, JAS Italy has worked with several Italian Government institutions by serving their logistics requirements. The relationship has become even closer during the pandemic as JAS took charge of a certain Italian Government institution’s import/export distribution process to obtain and distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) commodities.

JAS initially arranged shipments from China, Brazil, and South Africa mainly through general cargo urgent flights. However, as demand dramatically increased, JAS recognized that the available market capacity was not meeting the needs of its customers. As a result, JAS ramped up the use of charter flights to better meet customer requirements.  

Since February, JAS has moved millions of masks along with protective suits, visors, gloves, respirators, pulmonary ventilators, test tubes, and swabs.

By chartering flights, JAS was able to help other customers as well. For example, a German-based provider of medical and hygiene products turned to JAS to supply N95 masks to the governments of Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. JAS utilized multiple chartered flights from Shanghai to Frankfurt to distribute not only to the governments involved but also to pharmacies for wider distribution to non-governmental organizations and the public at large.

JAS was able to support customers in Peru, Colombia, and Mexico building southbound connections with the charter flights arriving to the USA from Asia.

The ability to rapidly charter flights between countries could not have been accomplished in such a quick and efficient manner without the expertise of the JAS World Air Freight Team (WAT) whose close relationship with a number of aircraft owners allowed JAS to find the right equipment, mostly 747-8 and 747-4 cargo planes, at the right time and in the right location for its customers.

Collaboration with JAS China was crucial as requirements for moving Personal Protection Equipment changed almost on a daily basis. Communication was a key success factor with JAS China establishing a daily communication channel to keep the whole JAS network up to date with the latest information.

JAS has now implemented full scheduled flight operations in the transatlantic corridor. Offering weekend flights from Chicago to Frankfurt and back.

JAS is also continuing special charter flights both with cargo aircraft or ghost flights from Shanghai to Chicago and from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.

Milan to Bangkok Perishables Flight Service Map
JAS Thailand Offers Perishable Goods Service By Air from Italy

Located in the center of southeast Asia, Thailand is the second-biggest economy in ASEAN and a major global tourism destination. This dynamic and consumer-driven market is increasing its demand for imported food and beverages, offering many opportunities for Italian exporters. JAS Thailand is proud to launch a weekly air freight consolidation for perishable goods from Italy, catering to the demanding needs of the most reputable hotels and restaurants of the country. We carry perishable goods such as fresh fish, meat, cheese, vegetables, and also ‘super’ fresh cheese (like mozzarella or burrata) and frozen foods to Bangkok.

This JAS AIR Service features the following benefits:

  • Weekly departure on world class carrier
  • Airport to Airport transit time : 11 hours
  • Flexible processes oriented to provide customers tailor-made solutions
  • Integral/integrated : JAS can complement air portion with Origin (pick up/warehouse/consolidation/customs brokerage) value added service solutions to ensure the smoothest release at destination.

Please visit JAS Thailand country website and / or reach out to thsales@jas.com for more information.

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