JAS Qatar began full time operations in August of 2021. The facility in Umm Alhoul Free Zone is adjacent to MARSA port which is a new maritime cluster. MARSA, which has an 8.5 meter deep draught with 2 kilometers of quay wall, serves as a base for companies from around the world to conduct activities as diverse as ocean vessel building and repair, internal design and fit-out, ship provisions supply, safety training, boat brokerage and maritime research.
The opening of this new JAS entity allows the company to further expand its network in the Middle East region and execute on our strategy while pursuing Energy Solutions opportunities with an experienced and dedicated local team to support our valued customers and the JAS global network. Notably, aerospace and marine verticals will also feature strongly in the new country strategy.
Over time, the volume of goods being transported on European roads has steadily increased, leading to congested roads, delays, and unnecessary costs. As shippers look to avoid these issues, many are considering short sea shipping as a viable solution.
What is short sea shipping?
Short sea shipping is essentially container movement within Europe, but with a short time on the sea. Short sea shipping is an excellent alternative to road freight. However, it is not a matter of dismantling road transport. It is about environmentally smart alternatives that improve existing supply chains.
What are the advantages of short sea shipping?
For more information about short sea shipping solutions, contact your local sales representative.
Cost savings is no longer the only top priority for companies looking for outsourcing partners. More so, they want a partner who can provide the expertise and knowledge not found in-house. Logistics is a core competency, and also the biggest reason companies choose to outsource their logistics activities: It allows them to focus on their core business. This is precisely what one of our customers did.
In need of a qualified and experienced customs broker
In 2007, an international company, best known for its leading technology in the power, renewable energy, aviation, and healthcare industries, reached out to us. The company was struggling with custom formalities for shipments from China to Latvia. They were in need of a qualified and experienced customs broker that could handle the complex procedures and formalities for their large goods volumes. Together with the company, we looked into the possibilities, and a collaboration was initiated that would turn into a long-lasting relationship.
Logistics as a core competency
In 2018, the company re-nominated us as their customs broker. This time, the scope was a bit wider. Our customer is a large international company with businesses all over the world and large goods volumes that need to be moved across borders. Instead of employing their own logistics experts, they wanted to outsource their customs brokerage to us. Logistics being our core competency, this was a perfect match.
Providing our expert knowledge in customs brokerage
Two of our logistics experts would dedicate their resources exclusively to our customer’s account and work in their name. Thanks to our previous collaboration, we already knew the ins and outs of the company and its import and export requirements. After closing the agreement, including strict disclosure requirements and confidentiality rules, our logistics experts were ready to get to work.
Greencarrier Freight Services took care of customs procedures and formalities, making sure the shipments met all standards and regulations for import and export as well as requirements for customs clearance. We handled all the necessary documentation, duties, taxes, and payments.
Managing the cargo flow from A to Z
In 2020, the company reached out to us once again. They had a similar project in one of the CIS countries and needed our help. However, this time, they wanted us to handle customs procedures and formalities and manage their entire cargo flow from A to Z. This included all transport modes and multiple trade lanes. It also required logistics experts that could speak English and Russian fluently working in international teams.
JAS Worldwide is pleased to be recognized by the Johnson Controls Company as its 2021 Freight Forwarder Carrier of the Year. Johnson Controls is the global leader in smart, healthy, and sustainable buildings and has partnered with JAS to reach its customers around the world.
JAS’ global JCI team received this award in November 2021 on behalf of JAS Worldwide as well as the JAS USA offices, specifically Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, and Nashville branches. Johnson Controls recognized JAS for its unique solutions throughout 2021 and for helping to routinely meet revenue recognition goals.
JAS looks forward to growing its partnership with Johnson Controls in the years to come.
About JAS Worldwide
JAS was founded in 1978 in Milan, Italy. Over the last four decades, JAS has grown from regional roots to a global force in freight forwarding. Today, the company covers 100+ countries between JAS offices and official agents and has over 5,000 employees globally.
Managing Director, Ken Hacquoil Smith brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Middle East. Ken was previously involved with JAS as their Qatar Agent during his tenure with International Freight Services and more recently completed 5 years as Country Manager for a large logistics company in Doha, Qatar.
Ken is supported by Anish John as the Finance Manager with whom he has worked with for 15 years. Rohan John, with over 10 years experience in Qatar, heads up air import operations with Melidan George taking care of ocean imports. George has over 20 years experience in the Middle East having worked with Ken & Anish in previous assignments.