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2016 Q2

JAS Dubai Offers Sea Air Solution
June 30, 2016

With the slow streaming trend initiated by ocean carriers, coupled with unexpected congestion in some of the major ports, the JAS Sea/Air product has been a major cost-saving alternative for many customers across the globe.

When ocean freight becomes too late to supply its customers or factories, Sea/Air service is an alternative instead of paying high cost direct air freight transportation. Dubai is home to one of the world’s largest airports and its unique location makes it the earth’s natural hub.

All major carriers operate directly in and out of the United Arab Emirates, making it an ideal location with a unique cost savings advantage. Combining geographical advantage by linking Asia to the rest of the world, along with outstanding local infrastructure, both DXB and DWC cargo terminals are designed to meet the needs of customers with EFFICIENT AND COST SAVINGS SOLUTIONS.

Whether your cargo is destined for Europe, the Americas or Africa, JAS – through its Jebel Ali & DXB hubs can provide the best quality & price for Sea/Air services. Although limited to specific products, the service is used with great success for e-goods, mid fashion retail and from origins where uplift is scarce.

For more information, please contact your local JAS office in APAC, EMEA or North America.

Domestic Truck Services in Belguim
June 30, 2016

Did you know Belgium was declared independent on October 4th, 1830, after a revolution that started August 25th that same year? JAS Belgium, as a fully owned subsidiary, was founded much later.

After an introduction meeting with Stefan Sigg, the executive vice president of the JAS EMEA Region, organized by René Kruse from JAS Netherlands, followed some time later by a meeting with JAS President and CEO Marco Rebuffi and Stefan Sigg, the foundations for the birth of JAS Forwarding Worldwide Belgium NV, were made.

With the official opening on April 1st 2011, JAS BE started its activities with a total staff of nine employees. Their primary task was to safeguard the customer base in to and out of Belgium, previously handled by a former agent, representing JAS in the area. Today, just after their 5th anniversary, they have a team of 24 professionals in place, out of which six run the Brussels airport office and the remainder are based in Antwerp. JAS Belguim also houses four JAS Projects - Oil and Gas colleagues in their Antwerp office.

JAS Belgium is proud to say that out of the nine pioneers who started up at JAS Belgium, only one employee is no longer with the team. The rest of the team is still fully on board today. Client retention is important, and therefore staff retention is even more important!

Business wise, JAS BE started off with 100 percent of its business controlled by overseas offices. Today, this number is around 67 percent control of our business in Belgium. This turn around was possible by offering customers more than just a rate. JAS Belgium offers full visibility, reporting and traceable communication, and 24/7 support at all operations and management levels. This approach has allowed JAS Belgium to convince major shippers & importers to trust JAS with their business. In fact, many clients awarded JAS Belgium more lanes than initially planned, thanks to our proactive and professional approach.

In 2015, JAS BE was also awarded the AEO-certification.

​JAS BE was an unknown freight forwarder prior 2011 in Belgium.  In fact, even today JAS is not yet commonly known in the BE market which by default is a great opportunity. We are the challenger and we can make the difference!

Now, as a new important milestone, JAS Belgium has acquired its own JAS-branded truck, which will cover the Belgium territory to handle pick-ups and deliveries. This brings JAS Belgium to another level to guarantee the best and timely services for our customers.

For any questions, requests or quotes, please do not hesitate to contact the JAS Belgium team!

JAS Assists Finnish Air Force
June 16, 2016

With the help of JAS’ Government Logistics Services team, the Finnish Air Force was able to temporarily import aircraft equipment to conduct an 18 month training mission at China Lake Naval Air Station, CA. First, aircraft and crew equipment cleared Customs on the flight line of Scott Air Force Base, the initial tech stop in the US. Special thanks to Indira Coomar and Ihab Nakhla for their detailed planning and execution; the process went off without a hitch.

In order to ensure that the naval expeditionary forces stay in the air collaborative effort between the Navy ATAC Program, Marine Corps, and JAS Government Logistics, the team needs to work together and focus on getting the job done the right way.

The Finnish Air Force's main combat fleet consists of Boeing F/A-18C and F/A-18D Hornet multi role fighters. In addition to aircraft, air surveillance radars and a range of simulators are included in the service's inventory.

The training mission runs through December, 2017, so AOG shipments will be a regular occurrence in addition to the routine maintenance activity involved with supporting four fighter jets.

JAS Government Logistics Services include:

  • High value assets handled with the greatest possible care
  • Time Definite Delivery
  • Seven Day, Door to Door Delivery
  • Five years in a row of 95% on-time rating
  • Real time in-transit Visibility
  • Proactive tracking provided by scheduled EDI feeds  

Comprehensive & detailed Standard Operative Procedures for safe control of all aircraft assets

“Wheels Up” Customs Clearance to ensure that all Aircraft on Ground (AOG) shipments are not delayed  

Dedicated Aircraft Logistics staff available 24/7 to react to the customers needs worldwide

Serving US Naval nodes around the Globe:

  • US Navy supports 17 nodes on five different continents

GP2 2016 Begins
May 16, 2016

The twelfth season of the GP2 Series, a motor racing feeder series that is run in support of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship, is officially underway. The 2016 series kicked off in Barcelona, Spain on May 14-15, 2016. JAS is proud to continue the sponsorship of GP2 driver Raffaele Marciello. Raffaele will be driving for the Russian Time team this season!

A typical race weekend is composed of one 30 minute practice session and then another 30 minute qualifying session, which is followed by two races that typically take place the following two days after the qualifying race. Raffaele qualified 12th before the official races on May 14 & 15 stating "After a really long break, a new GP2 season has started. What can I say about my performance in Barcelona? All in all, I am satisfied. During qualifying [race] the car was well-balanced but I lacked a bit of speed, so I had to settle for 12th place." Raffaele placed 8th on the 14th in race one and then placed 5th the following day in race two! Raffaele took home a total of 10 points! He continued in his statement about the races, saying, "I knew I could do better in race one, and I did. When I found myself in 14th place I decided to increase the pace and attack with more confidence. It went well, and thanks to a series of overtakings – a few of which were really nice – I climbed to 8th place, and managed to take home four points. On Sunday I started in pole position and tried as hard as I could to stay in front, but at the moment there [were] a few drivers who [were] one step ahead. Still, I obtained a good fifth placement and six more points."  In the GP2 series, the driver with the most points at the end of the season is awarded the championship.

Raffaele concluded his statement by saying, "Considering that it was my first official race with my new team (Russian Time), I cannot complain. In about 10 days, in Monte Carlo, I aim to do even better."

JAS is proud to sponsor Raffaele and they, like him, are excited to see him continue to improve and gain points!  Watch the GP2 series to keep up with Raffaele and cheer him on!

JAS Taiwan Awarded with AEO Award
May 10, 2016

We are pleased to announce that JAS Taiwan has been awarded with the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Award - Forwarder & Custom Broker. Mr. Philip Huang, Managing Director of JAS Taiwan had the honor to receive this award from Mr. Chang Sheng Ford, Minister of Finance of the Republic of China in Taipei on May 10, 2016.

JAS Taiwan has been a  certified AEO company since September 2012 and had been recommended by the Taiwan Customs Administration to the Ministry of Finance for this prestigious award. Out of the 312 AEO certified companies from the Supply-Chain international trade, JAS is ranked among the Top 50 Awardees.

Companies awarded this are entitled to all of the benefits of being an AEO-certified company, along with the following additional benefits:

  • Ratio of cargo being inspected by the Taiwan Customs will be reduced to a minimum
  • Cargo that requires Customs inspection will be given priority to be checked and released

​Receiving this award not only proves the operation quality that JAS Taiwan has, but also proves our ability to provide faster Customs processing which will allow our customers to export and import internationally with greater efficiency.

SOLAS Amendment Announcement
May 5, 2016

As you may be aware, amendments to the International Convention for the Safety Of Life At Sea (“SOLAS”), will go into effect globally on July 1, 2016.

The recent amendment, which was adopted by International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States, requires that a shipper verify the gross mass (Verified Gross Mass or VGM) of a container’s cargo/contents to the underlying carrier and terminal operator. While carriers, terminals and shippers alike will be affected by the new rules, the burden will primarily rest with shippers to provide the VGM.

Without a VGM, the amendments prohibit the vessel operator from loading a packed container.

As stated, from July 1st, the weight of the container and the cargo contained therein must be documented. Estimated weights are not allowed.
​There are two options permissible in determining the weight or Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the cargo and container.

They are as follows:

Method 1: Weighing
After it has been completely packed and sealed, the container can be weighed. The weighing can be performed by the shipper or by a third party contracted by the shipper (please refer to Chapter 5.11 of the SOLAS guideline).

Any scale, weighbridge, lifting equipment or other devices used to verify the gross mass of the container must meet the applicable accuracy standards and requirements of the state in which the equipment is being used (please refer to Chapter 2.1 of the SOLAS guideline).

Method 2: Calculating
All packages and cargo items may be weighed individually (including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material) and must be added to the tare of the container visible on the exterior of the container (please refer to Chapter 5.1.2 of the SOLAS guideline).

The method used for weighing the container’s content is subject to the certification an approval as determined by the competent authority of the state in which the packing and sealing of the container were completed (please refer to Chapter 5.1.2.3 of the SOLAS guideline).
Any weighing equipment used to weigh the contents of the container must meet the applicable accuracy standards and requirements of the state in which the equipment is being used (please refer to Chapter 2.1 of the SOLAS guideline).

There is currently no single document uniformly determined to be acceptable to verify the weight. Rather, the information can come via a weight certificate, separate documentation, or part of the shipping instructions.The amendment states that “irrespective of its form,” the document declaring the VGM should be signed by a person duly authorized by the shipper.

For shipper loaded FCL containers, JAS Forwarding requires a VGM from the shipper. Upon request, JAS Forwarding can have the container and content weighed at an outside weigh station.

Unless JAS Forwarding arranged the weighing of the container or has a weight certificate from an independent authority, JAS Forwarding will require a VGM certification from the shipper, prior to the carrier VGM cut off. The VGM cut off will be provided by the carrier at the time of booking.

JAS unless otherwise notified in writing, will ensure that the VGM is communicated to the carrier by one of the following methods:

  • EDI message (VERMAS, or for example a 304 message)
  • Portal Service (INTTRA, Nexus, CargoSmart, other)
  • Through the Ocean Carrier’s web portal specifically designed to accept VGM
  • Alternative methods to be determined by the Ocean Carrier

The carrier itself is not obliged to cross-check the VGM received. Independent of the party verifying and sending the VGM, it remains the responsibility of the shipper that the carrier and terminal operator receive the information in time.

Once the Ocean Carrier receives the VGM, the Shipper’s responsibilities are complete.

It is unclear yet what stance of the various Ports and Terminals will take globally. Some have announced that they will not accept containers into the terminal unless a VGM has already been submitted. Some have announced that they will accept containers but will be unable to weigh them, and others have confirmed that upon request, they will be able to weigh the container.

However, it is clear that if the VGM is not received by the VGM cut off, the container cannot be loaded on to the vessel.

As we get closer to the deadline, and industry groups coalesce into creating common forms, we will provide the documentation for the shipper’s certification.

Relevant Documents can be found below

JAS Attends 2016 Coverings Stone Fair
April 21, 2016
JAS Stone team poses in booth
JAS Stone team poses in booth

JAS attended the 2016 Coverings Stone Fair at the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago, IL, USA from April 18th to April 21st.

The Coverings Stone Fair is the largest event in the vertical sector of stone, granite, marble, slate, quartzite, and travertine in North America with 20,000 visitors. The show is over 350,000 square feet with 900+ exhibitors from Brazil, India, Italy, China, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Argentina, and Spain.

The outcome of the event was a great success. The rate of JAS’ growth in this vertical has made us a very powerful competitor in the market. 2015 was a record year for our Natural Stone Vertical with 3,107 containers (Northbound Brazil) and 4,346 containers Worldwide; generating more than $17 million in revenue for JAS!

Stone Vertical History:
Since the mid 90’s, North America has been focusing on the countertop sector and has throughout the years reported a significant growth. Espirito Santo is the main producer and exporter of ornamental stones out of Brazil and is responsible for 47% of the overall production and 44% of the exports. They constitute for more than 50% of the Brazilian stone industry (in number of gang-saws and factories, as well as in terms of growth).

The stone sector estimates an average growth in exports of 30% over the next five years and the predicted export volume going to North America for the year 2016 is 55,000 TEUs.

JAS Japan Head Office Relocates
April 11, 2016

We are pleased to announce the JAS Japan head office relocated  on April 11th, 2016. This relocation is a result of continued business growth and an increase in associated professional staff. The new office is now located in central Tokyo adjacent to Shiba Park at Ryoshin Onarimon Building, which allows us to grow our business and continue to increase our customers value within their supply chain.

​Our new location and contact number is:
Ryoshin Onarimon Building 5F
6-17-15 Shinbashi, Minato-ku
Tokyo 105-0004
Telephone: + 81-3-5405-2781

All other contact information including email address and web address remain unchanged.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to our new office. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any members of our staff.

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