All aspects of 2020 have undoubtedly been different and challenging. Placing an emphasis on the health of those around us became a primary focus and continues to be so, causing changes to traditions and disruptions to annual plans in order to protect those we care about.
At JAS, People have always made the difference and continue to do so. That is why in 2020 JAS made sure to take every precaution to keep our team and our customers safe, while still delivering good cheer. As we are living and learning to navigate this new era; JAS McAllen knew they had to maintain a safe social distance from the recipients of the annual JAS Calendar, but they still wanted to leave customers with a sense of how grateful JAS is to have them be with us for another year. Therefore JAS McAllen decided to make a caravan to deliver calendars in the parking lots of customers where possible.
There will be time to share again, meanwhile we continue to do business at a safe social distance and create new excitement in doing so.
Happy New Year 2021 from the JAS McAllen Team.
JAS takes pride in going the extra mile and making a difference for our customers. This time, the JAS team was able to make a critical difference for an Automotive Tier1 customer by helping them prevent a plant shutdown and saving them thousands of dollars.
On Tuesday, December 8, at 10:54 AM the customer contacted JAS telling the team that it had moved some parts which were, unfortunately, misrouted by another Air Integrator, and the imminently needed part had end up in Honolulu. The customer needed to expedite another box from Florida to Texas and deliver it across the border to Tamaulipas, Mexico the same day in order to prevent a plant shut down for two of their original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customer's production lines.
Within hours, the JAS team had proposed a solution, on-board courier service, with two routing options to pick-up and deliver the box within the required timeline. The customer approved and at 10:02 PM on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 the package was delivered to the customer and they were ready to take the parts to Mexico.
Having the right team of experts who can communicate and create solutions in time constrained situations is one of the many qualities that keeps customers coming back to JAS, because JAS people truly do make the difference.
Job well done and congratulations to the JAS team! We are proud to continue to make the difference for our customers!
Since the beginning of the first Covid-19 wave, freight forwarders in the Netherlands faced issues with finding space within limited flights capacities from and to Amsterdam. JAS Amsterdam dedicated themselves to be flexible and creative to find the best solutions for their clients. Utilizing our extended JAS network and with the help of other offices in Europe like JAS Frankfurt, have arranged a weekly charter to provide our clients with the service they required throughout these difficult times.
One of our clients, Aviagen Limited, for whom JAS AMS builds specialty aircraft pallets containing day-old chicks, had a peak in shipments during the first half of the year. During that period, JAS Amsterdam handled more than 10,000 boxes and over 700,000-day-old chicks. All served with options through the BENELUX region.
This peak was almost parallel with the peak of Covid-19. The JAS Amsterdam team faced two major challenges. First, to find the required space, and second, to travel within the region while the travel restrictions were the strictest. Negotiations were taking place on a continuous basis with all airlines that are able to handle life animals such as day-old chicks.
In the middle of the restrictions in March, JAS had our first shipment for this peak from Belgium, Liege airport. JAS AMS went with a team to build up the ULD’s with one purpose, to deliver this shipment safely, and in time.
A couple of days later, the JAS team had to head to the south of the Netherlands for a full charter flight from Maastricht (MST), The Netherlands to Abidjan (ABJ), Côte d’Ivoire. This flight contained 7 ULD positions that were built into a Boeing 737F. 749 boxes and over 50.000 chicks. Which was again, safely delivered to the client.
This marked the beginning of a successful period, in which the JAS team made the impossible possible, and went above and beyond to fulfil our responsibility to our client. Today we continue these efforts through a wave of the avian influenza affecting the region and through the second wave of the pandemic. Nevertheless, we will continue providing the support and dedication our clients require. At JAS, people make the difference!
On November 30, 2020, the ONE APUS container ship encountered severe weather conditions while in route to California. As a result, at least 1,816 containers were lost overboard in one of the largest container losses on record and several more were damaged due to a significant stack collapse.
The World Shipping Council reports that every year an average of 1,382 shipping containers are lost at sea. While JAS and other service providers do everything possible to mitigate risk the situation with ONE APUS is just one of many events highlighting the unpredictable, and uncontrollable, disasters that can damage or destroy cargo while in transit. In these circumstances, cargo insurance can help protect against financial losses. JAS can provide insurance policies for both international and domestic shipments. Our experts can help guide you in finding the best protection fit for you and your needs.
Many shippers believe that the carriers' will cover any losses incurred. While in some cases this is a possibility, it is easier said than done. To recover the loss, you must prove the cause of the loss and that the carrier directly caused the loss. Losses caused by acts of nature frequently have no legal recourse against the carrier. Even when the carrier is proven liable, the maximum recoverable amount is limited to a fraction of the value of the freight. It rarely covers the cargo's full replacement value, or any damages incurred from losses in productivity.
Considering the number of containers displaced/lost, experts are of the view that this incident on the ONE Apus could be the worst ever containership disaster with potential loss and costs running into hundreds of millions." Shipping and Freight Resource, Dec.5 2020
Beyond a carrier's liability limits, vessel owners can hold shippers liable for losses incurred to goods transported by claiming General Average. This is a maritime law principle whereby all stakeholders in a sea venture (shippers/consignees and shipowner) proportionally share losses resulting from a voluntary sacrifice incurred to save the vessel and cargo otherwise at risk. Suppose General Average is declared, and your cargo is neither damaged nor lost. In such cases, the marine insurer will cover the contributions you are due to pay before your cargo is released to make the onward journey, but this may be subject to an applicable deductible. Uninsured cargo owners must put up a cash bond before their cargo is released.
Through JAS, you can ship your cargo globally with a cost-effective Shipper's Interest insurance coverage, and in most cases, with zero deductible. In the event of a claim, JAS will administer the claim on your behalf, making reimbursement easy and headache-free. We produce the necessary paperwork, present the claim to insurers for efficient processing, organize and coordinate inspection surveys, and take any other steps required for the particular claim at hand. You need not be concerned with a General Average contribution because JAS's Shippers' Interest insurance also protects you and covers this extra cost without delay. JAS can therefore ensure that undamaged cargo is released to you as soon as possible.
JAS Japan is happy to announce that our Customs Brokerage License for Ocean Freight in Tokyo has been granted this past summer in 2020 and has started offering these services to valued customers with a dedicated team located right in the capital of Japan.
JAS Japan's own local experts provide prompt & accurate customs clearance services through their ample knowledge & experience which ensures a smooth process according to the highest Japanese standards & laws such as e.g. the Food Sanitation & Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.
Additional services such as container drayage, handling, truck arrangements & deliveries allow JAS Japan to truly provide full services to/from our customer’s door for both air & ocean freight solutions.
After having successfully implemented the same systems in the Osaka market for 2 years, this step marks another milestone in the expansion & capability upgrades of JAS in the land of the rising sun.
In January of this year, prior to the onset of the new COVID-19 era, JAS U.A.E. received a call from a client managing operations for the prestigious Abu Dhabi Marine Equipment and Rodan Sports.
He had a consignment of boats to be home-delivered to Kuwait from Abu Dhabi. However, nature had other plans. By the time the shipments were ready, COVID-19 had struck the world, changing the way we function. The borders to every country were closed, literally bringing the GCC to a lockdown, and this project got held-up.
However, using the extensive JAS Network and our expertise in the logistics and transportation industry, JAS U.A.E carried out daily follow-ups to check the constantly changing COVID rules between the countries whose borders would need to be crossed in order to reach the final destination for this project. Maintaining constant vigilance, JAS maintained high spirits that this project would be allowed to proceed as needed.
Finally, after 9 months of waiting and shifting environments, October offered a chance to allow this project to begin transportation via Road.
Without wasting any time, the JAS U.A.E. team reached out to the Shipper in Abu Dhabi to move the consignment which were to cross the borders of UAE, Saudi, and ultimately Kuwait.
This project presented additional transportation challenges as there were roads that were being tested that had to be traveled over. Therefore our JAS team of experts set out a strategy in order to complete this journey successfully while traversing the test roads while using Concord Transporters.
With a spot-on schedule and constant checks with various Govt. authorities, the project began to move. First, JAS used 12 Tonne trucks in order to transport the boats from the city bound showroom to the trailer yard.
With cooperation and assistance from an Abu Dhabi Police escort, the operation was carried out at night when traffic was at it's lowest and the project could be most safely and efficiently carried out.
Once Loaded & dispatched, on the 10th of November, with everyone's prayers and hopes, and as scheduled, the consignment had to cross four check-posts one by one. Meanwhile, most GCCs were experiencing rising COVID numbers and tensions of border shutdowns were on the cards again. However, with an optimistic outlook, our trailers pulled through the vast desert roads. A 24-hour checklist was prioritized with analytics in case of any contingencies. Plans for a U-Turn too was in place if inflicted with a worst-case scenario. Plan for everything, even if you expect your original plans to work out. JAS top priority is always our client's and therefore having a plan for every possible outcome is a requirement for success.
Clearing Sila on the 11th November, Batha on the 12th, and finally the boats reached Nuwaiseeb on the 13th. Upon handing over the complete set of documents at Sulaibiya, the JAS team had to await clearance. The procedures at borders had by the time become fairly testing. The safety and security measures were exacting, everything must be handled perfectly. On November 15th clearance was received. The green signal was on, and our consignment rolled through the vast gates of the Sulaibiya border. Within the next few hours, the whole convoy of trailers reached its final destination.
A project that started in the month of January and did not see daylight until the month of October demonstrates the trust and conviction a customer had in JAS. And JAS is honored to have that level of trust and conviction from our customers. At JAS people do truly make the difference, and our clients loyalty and trust reflect that.
Even in these uncertain times, JAS continues to deliver for our clients.
JAS Spain, in collaboration with JAS Projects in Chile, successfully transported all of the equipment and accessories required by our client to build a new copper mine in Mantos Blancos, Chile. Located in Antofasgasta, 45 km northeast of Santiago.
JAS Spain transported all of the machinery and main pieces for all of the client's mine teams. Picking up the cargo from many different ocean shipments like 40OT/ 40's/ 40'FR Air shipments & IMO . JAS began working on this project during March in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and are now at the end of 2020 and almost to the completion of this project. Throughout the project, even with all the aberrant forecasts on shipping dates, JAS found and created solutions to ensure our customer's needs are continuously met, no matter the circumstances.
JAS is proud to have a team of experts managing projects such as this one for our clients, showcasing that our continued professionalism and proficiency enable our customers to reach their goals even in an uncertain environment. With JAS you know you are being taken care of, because people make the difference.
Over the last several months JAS Thailand, in conjunction with JAS Italy, has been partnering with Schweitzer Project as they update one of the most popular and largest shopping malls in Bangkok. Schweitzer engaged JAS to ship furniture and refrigerators to the mall location starting in October.
Orathai Jitithikulchai, working out of Bangkok, led the JAS team that coordinated the necessary FCL shipments from Italy, Hungary, Poland, and China. The containers were unloaded in Bangkok and their contents meticulously delivered to the shopping mall based on detailed orders from the client. Considering the fragile nature of the goods, JAS performed the delicate process of delivery to the mall after-hours, usually from 10 pm until late in the night.
The JAS team put in substantial effort to carefully monitor the proper handling of the delivery, unpacking, and assembling of the furniture and refrigerators at the site. The attention to detail paid by JAS was praised by the client who qualified our overall performance as “great teamwork”.
Schweitzer was counting on JAS' expertise and experience to import and install the furniture and refrigerators. JAS Thailand is proud to accomplish such a comprehensive scope of service, from door-to-door. The results of the effort now allow mall visitors to enjoy an enhanced shopping experience.
JAS Colombia is excited to announce the official opening of the new JAS office located in the City of Cali - Department of Valle del Cauca.
This new JAS Colombian Branch has a strategic connotation due to its geographic location. The Department of Valle del Cauca is classified as a logistics platform in the Colombian territory, with preferential access to the Pacific Region, where the Port of Buenaventura is located, the main Maritime Port of the Country that connects directly with 360 Ports and indirectly with another 920, mobilizing about 1.8 TEUS per year.
The Port infrastructure of this region is perfectly aligned with a wide logistics infrastructure of (7) Free Zones, which contributes to about 45% of the total exports of all Free Zones enabled in the Country.
The competitive advantages presented by the Valle del Cauca Region, makes this area one of the fastest growing in the logistics sector, classifying it as a multimodal zone that offers the appropriate conditions for nearshoring opportunities.
We look forward to utilizing the advantages this new branch has to offer the entire JAS Network and JAS customer base.
JAS announces the arrival of Stanislas Doutriaux as the new National Sales Director for JAS France.
Doutriaux is a French native and graduated with a Master Degree in Operations Management & International Negotiation. He has strong experience in the freight forwarding industry, having held positions in trade lane and sales management with Geodis and Panalpina in India and China, and the last 4 years in France with DB Schenker.
With his background, vision on strategic opportunities, and aptitude for development Doutriaux brings great value and excellent experience to lead our sales team and continue to strengthen JAS' positioning in the French market.
The JAS Government & Defense group is pleased to welcome Todd Shook to the team as a National Account Director. Todd has worked in the G&D sector since 2008 with successful stints at DHL and National Air Cargo.
Todd served in the US Naval Reserves from 1989 to 1997 while also earning his BA and MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Todd will be targeting multi-national Defense contractors, the US State Department and other governmental and non-governmental agencies.
Please join us in welcoming Todd to the JAS family.
JAS Germany has announced the arrival of Sebastian Hilfer as National Account Manager for the South Germany Region.
Sebastian comes to JAS with more than 10 years of experience within the forwarding industry, with most of his time being spent in Sales. At his previous employer, he went through several sales levels, and most recently worked as Global Key Account Manager.
In his new role, Sebastian will strengthen our Sales Team by focusing on additional growth especially within the South German industry sectors.
Please join us in welcoming Sebastian to the JAS family.
JAS Worldwide is pleased to announce that Parker Hannifin has awarded JAS Worldwide its coveted Forwarder of the Year award. Parker Hannifin, founded in 1917, supplies the globe with precision engineered solutions. They are a Fortune 250 global leader in industries ranging from aerospace and climate control to filtration and automation.
In past years, this commendation has been awarded to various leaders in the forwarding industry including JAS in 2017; which makes this year's selection of JAS for the second time in 4 years, all that more significant. Parker scored JAS for its numerous attributes including operational KPIs, innovative solutions & continual improvements, compliance, and overall market competitiveness.
As the recipient of the 2020 Forwarder of the Year award, JAS is proud to support Parker Hannifin by providing global multi-modal solutions.
When partnering with JAS Brazil, headquartered in Sao Paolo, you will find JAS personnel handling customs brokerage services stationed at the main ports and airports in Brazil. Having our own offices and staff to interact with the customs and port/airport authorities locally helps customers expedite the documentation process for inbound and outbound activities. Additionally, JAS Brazil utilizes a state-of-the-art brokerage system which is fully integrated with our Global Operational System.
With modern systems, processes, and expert people, JAS Brazil can process your cargo as soon as it arrives, regardless of location. As over 30% of our local turnover is from the automotive industry, we guarantee a high efficiency level, which pairs well with your just-in-time process.
JAS Brazil ensures compliance and security as required by most of our global and multinational customers.
JAS Chile has announced the appointment of Sandra Castaño as Trade Lane Director for Intra-LATAM in/out of Chile.
Castaño has more than 15 years of experience in the freight forwarding industry in Chile and Colombia. She comes to JAS with a strong background in business development, commodities, and dry cargo along WCSA and México. In her last assignment Castaño held the role of ocean business development & product manager – exports.
In her new role, Castaño will be 100% focused on Intra-LATAM development, supporting all initiatives related to this key pillar on the JAS Chile 2021 sales strategy.
Please join us in welcoming Sandra to the JAS family!
We are glad to announce that Yenni M Sila has joined the JAS family as the National Sales Manager for JAS Indonesia.
Yenni comes with a wealth of experience, over 17 years of experience. She will be managing Sales for Jakarta along with Surabaya as National Sales Manager.
Prior to joining JAS Indonesia, she was associated with Panalpina Indonesia, DHL Global Forwarding Indonesia, Kuehne Nagel, and OOCL Indonesia in various capacities.
Please join JAS Indonesia and all of JAS in welcoming Yenni to the JAS family.
On the 21st of September, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China issued the Notice [GuoFa (2020) No. 10] on “Issuing the General Plan for the Beijing, Hunan and Anhui Pilot Free Trade Zones and the Regional Expansion Plan of the Zhejiang Pilot Free Trade Zone”, announcing the increase of the existing Pilot Free Trade Zones to include three new zones in Beijing, Anhui, and Hunan and to further expand the Zhejiang Pilot Free Trade Zone.
The recent expansion of the project will bring the total number of Pilot FTZs in China to 21; these FTZs are important pilot projects which assist the development of market reformation in the rest of China. Each of the pilot zones has been attributed specific tasks and has received special market considerations to reflect so.
The Beijing Pilot FTZ will be focused on science-tech innovation, international commerce, and high-tech industries, covering up to 119 km2, and will contribute, together with the existing Hebei Pilot FTZ and Tianjin Pilot FTZ, to promote the development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
The Hunan Pilot FTZ will include several areas in Changsha, Yueyang, and Chenzhou, to promote and develop the Central China region and the corridor between the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the Greater Bay area in Southern China. The Pilot FTZ aims to become an advanced manufacturing center.
The Anhui Pilot FTZ, the third new FTZ announced in 2020, would include three areas in Hefei, Wuhu, and Bengbu, focusing on the high-tech industries and promoting the further development of the Belt and Road Initiative.
The establishment of the FTZs in Hunan and Anhui is seen as a move to enable less-developed provinces to become more appealing to high-quality manufacturing, attract investment and boost efficiency, drawing investment in from their bordering provinces of Guangdong and Jiangsu.
The Notice also announces the expansion of the already existing Zhejiang Pilot Free Trade Zone by adding 119 km2 covering three areas in Ningbo, Hangzhou, and Jinyi and aiming to develop an international trading hub for commodities and agricultural products and to become a vital innovation center.
JAS covers the major provinces and cities in China, our team is always here to help our customers in identifying potential business opportunities and help them to face any challenges in supply chain with the best-fit solutions.
[BETIM, BRAZIL, Sept. 29, 2020] JAS has announced that its Brazilian partner, JAS-SONAVE, has been given the top award for Supply Chain Management, IRF by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). The award was presented during the Annual Suppliers Conference and 2020 Suppliers Awards Ceremony, held at its facility in Betim, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The annual event is hosted by FCA to award the Best Suppliers of the Latin America Division. The event considered the partners of the year 2019/2020. More than 100 companies competed in the category: SCM IRF (Supply Chain Management Inter-Regional Flow). Of those, JAS-SONAVE rose to the top spot.
JAS-SONAVE has been closely collaborating with JAS Worldwide since 2010 as the two companies have worked together to accomplish FCA needs. This strong relationship made it possible to bring cost reductions and logistic solutions to FCA.
The factors that led JAS-SONAVE to receive this award were several. According to FCA, JAS-SONAVE was responsible in 2019/2020 for the implementation of an innovative global import data management platform, which contributed to the improvement of logistic processes, identification of opportunities to reduce commercial and operational costs, and sharing of best practices for the assessment of sea and air flows. It was essential for an improvement in risk management, anticipating problems, and proposing robust action plans to avoid major impacts to the FCA group.
JAS-SONAVE CEO - Leonard D.M. Abreu, accepted the award at the event. Said Abreu, “I would like to thank the entire JAS-SONAVE team. Their dedication and sense of responsibility, combined with expert knowledge, offered the FCA Group cost reductions and added supply chain efficiencies. FCA, thank you for recognizing JAS-SONAVE as one of your best logistics partners. Count on us to continue improving our processes to bring innovation to future challenges.”
Watch the event (with interpreters) HERE. JAS-Sonave's award is presented during second part of the award ceremony at the 1:30:10 mark).