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This year Earth Day takes place on April 22nd and focuses on the theme of restoring Earth. Since its beginning over 50 years ago, it has been a day focused on bringing about awareness and action for the protection of the Earth.
While every April the world celebrates Earth Day, at JAS, we are committed to sustainability year around. One way JAS does this is through our eco-friendly buildings and warehouses located across the globe.
JAS Germany’s Green Roof Extensive:
Located just 5 minutes from the Frankfurt Airport, JAS’s multi-user warehouse in Frankfurt, Germany, is JAS’s first to feature a green roof extensive. The green roof extensive spans close to 11,000 sqm and is characterized by its shallow-rooted and hardy plants such as grasses and succulents. The green roof also helps with energy savings by protecting the warehouse from direct solar heat when it is hot and minimizing heat loss through the roof due to the extra insulation provided by the plants on the rooftop when it is cool.
JAS Italy Roof Top Solar Power:
When constructing the JAS Segrate site, sustainability was of high importance. Therefore, solar panels to harness sunlight and generate electricity were installed. The solar panels allow the office to replace most of its electricity usage with renewable energy, creating a more sustainable energy solution. By utilizing this energy-efficient renewable energy source, JAS is able to combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our collective dependence on fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, from which traditional electricity is sourced.
As the world comes together to celebrate Earth Day this week, JAS is continuing its commitment to promote environmental sustainability by creating an environmentally friendly atmosphere within every aspect of our organization. We believe that with the implementation of sustainability globally, we can work together to effectively reduce concerns such as pollution, the use of natural resources, and harmful greenhouse gasses.
The Ever Given was successfully re-floated within the Suez Canal at 15:04 local time on March 29th.
Yesterday it was revealed that the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) formally arrested the Ever Given pending settlement of around $916 million. An Egyptian judge granted permission for the SCA to seize the vessel after it lodged the compensation claim against its Japanese vessel owner, Shoe Kisen.
The SCA says it intends to maintain the vessel’s arrest until the claim is paid, a position that has caused fury among the ship’s insurers and ship managers, and led charterer Evergreen to investigate whether it could use a court order to treat vessel and cargo separately.
The SCA claim includes $300m for salvage and $300m for “loss of reputation”, which appears set to be rejected by the vessel’s insurer, the UK P&I Club, which revealed it had already made a compensation offer to the SCA this week.
Release from the UK P&I Club:
“Despite the magnitude of the claim, which was largely unsupported, the owners and their insurers have been negotiating in good faith with the SCA.
“On 12 April, a carefully considered and generous offer was made to the SCA to settle the claim. We are disappointed by the SCA’s subsequent decision to arrest the vessel today. We are also disappointed at comments by the SCA that the ship will be held in Egypt until compensation is paid, and that its crew will be unable to leave the vessel during this time. The SCA has not provided a detailed justification for this extraordinarily large claim.
“The grounding resulted in no pollution and no reported injuries. The vessel was re-floated after six days and the Suez Canal promptly resumed its commercial operations.
“The claim presented by the SCA also does not include the professional salvor’s claim for salvage services, which owners and hull underwriters expect to receive separately. The P&I aspects of the claim are relatively modest, with the exception of a claim for loss of reputation, which is disputed.”
Ian Beveridge, CEO of the vessel’s manager, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), also voiced his concern over the arrest.
“The SCA’s decision to arrest the vessel is extremely disappointing. From the outset, BSM and the crew on board have cooperated fully with all authorities, including the SCA and their respective investigations into the grounding.
“This included granting access to the voyage data recorder and other materials and data requested by the SCA,” Mr Beveridge added.
Evergreen said it had begun to look at other ways to free cargo trapped on board, adding: “In order to lift the arrest order as soon as possible, Evergreen is urging all concerned parties to facilitate a settlement agreement to be reached.
“Meanwhile, Evergreen is investigating the scope of such a court order and studying the possibility of the vessel and the cargo on board being treated separately,” it said.
BMS said the Ever Given’s classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping, had completed its inspection following the incident and it had “been declared suitable for onward passage to Port Said, to be assessed again before departing for Rotterdam”.
March 21, 2021, marked the end of the 7-month truce period between the employer of the longshore men working at Canada's Port of Montreal and the Union representing its longshoreman. Once the truce period ended, a strike could be called at any time with only 72 hours pre-notice. This weekend, the Union sent a notice to call a partial strike.
The union management has stated that as of April 13, the longshoremen will no longer work overtime or participate in any training activities. If no agreement or truce is reached by April 17, union members will no longer work on the weekends.
This comes after the port, which is the largest in Eastern Canada, saw a substantial drop in volume reduction after many businesses began to divert cargo to other ports such as the Port of Halifax due to fears that a strike would occur.
The looming strike threatens to put further pressure on ports that are already under stress due to a global container and equipment shortage.
As the situation continues to develop, please do not hesitate to contact your local JAS representative to discuss alternative options and raise any questions you might have.
The Italy-American Chamber of Commerce Southeast is promoting a digital event that aims to provide valuable information to Italian PMI in the Region. Specifically, this event is geared for companies interested in exploring new opportunities in the United States, related to either the Interior Design market or the Food & Beverage industry.
The event is in Italian and free of charge.
JAS couldn't miss this event, so please join our experts Stefania Poli and Giuseppe Roberto, Route Development Managers dedicated to the American Market, and Stefano Noè, Product Manager for the Food & Beverage Division.
Our team will explain in detail how JAS reacted to the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak, that affected the Supply Chain of our respective industries.
Furthermore, on April 23rd, Companies will have the opportunity to inquire about any specific needs through a speed-meeting session, where our experts will be available to answer to any questions.
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:
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.
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.
Sometimes it just happens. In this case, there was a production delay for two complete extrusion lines for plastic pipes. Our Italian customer needed the pipes immediately in order to fulfill a contract.
With the help of JAS and Atlas Air, on-time delivery was no problem! JAS Bergamo and JAS New York immediately organized seven full truckloads and delivered them directly to the JAS Chicago HUB. Upon arrival, they were immediately loaded onboard a JAS Blue World Atlantic charter flight and arrived at the destination in time to fulfill the contract. Just another example of customized solutions saving our customers time and money while meeting their complex needs. Our people and services, such as Blue World Atlantic, really do make the difference!
JAS takes pride in making a difference for our customers. Therefore, when a major oil and gas customer in Saudi Arabia reached out to our team needing to move an oversized and critical shipment from Spain to Jeddah, JAS was able to help with the urgent request.
Working together, the Saudi and Spain teams created a solution to help the customer get the urgently needed cargo on short notice. The teams arranged the load and placed the earliest possible booking utilizing a JAS partner with a sailing from Spain to Jeddah.
Thanks to the collaboration of our teams across the world, JAS safely and quickly moved the critical shipment to the customer's complete satisfaction. At JAS, our people really do make the difference.
JAS Brazil is excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Guilherme de Oliveira as the Branch Manager at our JAS CPQ Branch - Campinas / SP office, adding his expertise to the JAS team.
Guilherme is 37 years old and joins us with a 15-year career in Supply Chain Management, with experience in air, sea, and road transport; budget management, P&L, and strategic control; competencies of operational innovation and competitive market intelligence.
Guilherme graduated with an MBA in Business Administration, Logistics and Supply Chain and also a Black Belt in the Six Sigma program during his performance in the Electronic Industry segment, in addition to participating in logistics and consolidation projects in the USA, at the bases of Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
JAS welcomes Guilherme into the team with great expectations, and believes that together we will make a difference.
Join us in welcoming Guilherme to the JAS Family.
Com grande satisfação divulgamos a vocês que nomeamos neste mês de março o Sr. Guilherme de Oliveira como o Branch Manager em nossa Filial JAS CPQ- escritório de Campinas/SP, somando forças e sua expertise na equipe JAS!
Guilherme tem 37 anos e se junta a nós com uma trajetória de 15 anos em Supply Chain Management, com experiência no modal aéreo, marítimo e rodoviário; gestão de budget, P&L e controle estratégico; habilidades de inovação operacional e inteligência competitiva de mercado.
Formado com MBA em Administração de Empresas, Logística e Cadeia de Suprimentos e também Black Belt no programa Six Sigma obtido durante sua atuação segmento de Indústria Eletrônica, além da participação em projetos de logística e consolidação nos EUA, nas bases de Miami, Chicago, San Francisco e Los Angeles. Recebemos Guilherme em nossa equipe com grande expectativa, e acreditamos que juntos faremos a diferença.
Desejamos ao Guilherme boas-vindas à Família JAS e sucesso em seus novos desafios conosco.
The team at the JAS Porto Alegre branch are continuing to grow their position in the southern market daily, as they expand their expertise in air, land, and sea transport. The dedicated JAS team has the know-how to serve customers from all industries and assist with any necessity. JAS has the necessary resources, knowledge, and technology to help your company navigate the highly complex logistics and supply chain processes.
This JAS office is located in the center of Porto Alegre, the state capital, which is considered the fifth largest economic hub in Brazil, with various industries including auto companies, and footwear manufacturers.
The difference in JAS' ability to meet the expectations of the Rio Grande do Sul market are the customized service offerings and the teams’ dedication to meeting the needs of the current market while ensuring excellent results, as well as cost reduction, and optimization of deadlines.
A equipe JAS da filial de Porto Alegre vem aumentando a cada dia o seu posicionamento no mercado sulista e ampliando sua expertise no transporte aéreo, rodoviário e marítimo. Temos um time dedicado com know-how para atender clientes de todos os seguimentos. Nosso time atualmente está posicionado como consultor para ajudá-los em qualquer demanda com total capacidade de executar processos de alta complexidade em todos os modais da cadeia logística.
O escritório da JAS é localizado no centro de Porto Alegre, capital do estado, considerada o quinto polo econômico do Brasil com a presença de grandes empresas automobilísticas, calçadistas e diversas indústrias. Um território atrativo e com grandes oportunidades de negócio.
Nosso diferencial para atender as expectativas do mercado do Rio Grande do Sul está no atendimento customizado, a dedicação do nosso time garante resultados excelentes com redução dos custos e otimização dos prazos diante do atual momento desafiador do mercado.
A JAS entende que todas as etapas do processo são importantes para uma boa performance final.
Conte com a JAS, aqui as pessoas fazem a diferença!
Please join the JAS family in welcoming Novi Indrayanti to the PT JAS Worldwide Indonesia team.
Novi comes with a wealth of experience from a variety of forwarding companies spanning more than 20 years. She is now the new Ocean Freight Manager for JAS Indonesia.
Novi will be based at the Jakarta Branch, but will also help the JAS Surabaya branch to develop and increase the performance of import and export operations as well as shipments to help our customers reach their goals. She will be directly reporting to Franceschino Menconi, Managing Director for JAS Indonesia.
With her experience, JAS is confident that she will bring great value to JAS clients.
JAS is pleased to announce that effective March 1st, Giuliano Alfredo will be joining the JAS team as Branch Manager of the JAS SJK office
Giuliano Alfredo has more than 25 years of experience in the Industry where he has held several management positions in different companies, and also has a long history within JAS BRASIL, acting as Operational Manager at the SAO branch (1999-2002), responsible for managing automotive accounts in the KAM, SAO E SJK region and Branch Manager at the JAS MANAUS office (2010-2016).
Now Giuliano, returns to JAS to synergize with the current team and build new opportunities for the SJK Branch, he has purpose and knows that at JAS people make the difference!
Join us in welcoming Giuliano Alfredo to the JAS family!
No início de Março a Filial da JAS SJK recebeu com satisfação Giuliano Alfredo como Branch Manager no escritório de São José dos Campos/SP.
Giuliano Alfredo tem mais de 25 anos de experiência na Indústria onde assumiu diversos cargos de gestão em diferentes empresas, e também tem uma grande trajetória dentro da JAS BRASIL, atuando como Gerente Operacional na filial de SAO (1999-2002), responsável pela gestão de contas automotivas na região de KAM,SAO E SJK e Gerente de Filial no escritório da JAS MANAUS ( 2010-2016).
Agora Giuliano, retorna a JAS para somar forças com a nossa atual equipe e construir novas oportunidades para a Filial de SJK, ele conhece o nosso propósito e acredita que aqui as pessoas fazem a diferença!
Vamos juntos desejar boas-vindas a Giuliano Alfredo à Família JAS!
Due to dramatic growth last year, JAS UK had to quickly find a location that could accommodate its expanding business. A new facility was located in a perfect location to deliver & retrieve cargo at Heathrow.
To aid productivity JAS UK procured a 2nd X-ray machine & invested in a powered roller bed ULD system which will allow a much quicker transfer of build and empty equipment, allowing for a fast turnaround of the 90-100 units it is building on a daily basis . The operation is a true 24/7 service with three warehouse shifts in operation. The Heathrow facility now sets the stage for optimal operation for a minimum of ten years growth with the ability to add a mezzanine floor should demand dictate. JAS UK now has eight dock leveled doors at Heathrow to facilitate quick loading and de-vanning of ocean containers, which represents 50% of JAS UK's business.
JAS USA is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
JAS USA's new Cincinnati branch has a strategic connotation due to its geographic location at the center of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana region. It is an ideal location for freight movement as it offers an extensive network of roads, airports, waterways, and rail. Interstate 75, which runs through Cincinnati, is one of the United States' busiest truck routes. Additionally, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in Hebron is one of the busiest airports in the United States for total cargo operations. Of further importance, the nearby Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky move close to 50 million tons of cargo each year. Each day, hundreds of trains come through the region's intermodal terminals and classification yards.
The city also presents new e-commerce opportunities with the recent completion of a massive Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).
As a part of this expansion, Tony Masternak joins as the JAS Cincinnati Branch Manager and Bryan Perdue joins as Regional Business Development Manager. Masternak has experience in launching and opening offices in the CVG market and has grown offices to become needle-movers within their respective networks. Perdue has an extensive background in operations, most recently in a commercial role.
JAS looks forward to utilizing the advantages this new branch offers the entire company network and most importantly, to the JAS client base.
The JAS commitment to equality for women throughout our organization has never been stronger. From the warehouse teams to the C-Suite, JAS women truly make the difference. This year, JAS continues to recognize the instrumental value of women’s contributions not only within the company but of its many women-owned and managed customers around the globe. We celebrate the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, Choose To Challenge as JAS women continue to make the difference.
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!
Atlanta, GA. JAS Worldwide is pleased to announce the appointment of David Bang as Executive Vice-President, Global Pharma & Healthcare. An innovative thought leader with more than 20 years of experience across logistics, supply chain, healthcare, and life sciences industries, David has held various leadership positions throughout his career. In 2005, he co-founded LifeConEx, a joint venture between DHL and Lufthansa Airlines for bio-pharma international logistics. He became the CEO of the company in 2006, substantially expanding the network to more than 100 stations in 65 countries. Under David’s leadership, the company became a globally recognized premier provider of end-to-end temperature-sensitive logistics management solutions with more than a half billion-dollar annual sales serving the pharma and healthcare industry.
Most recently, David was Global VP Strategic Development for Hellmann where he spearheaded the global development of their healthcare network. He has also served as a Member of the Board of Rx-360, a patient safety and product integrity advocacy group for two years, and in 2019 was named as a Member of the Board at MaxQ Research, a leader in revolutionary shipping systems for sensitive biologics.
“David’s extensive accomplishments and leadership in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sectors, along with his vision and passion for developing programs that deliver value to pharma and healthcare manufacturers and distributors, makes him the perfect candidate to build and lead this vertical”, said JAS Chief Commercial Officer, Carol Kijac. “We are very excited to have someone with his talents and skills join our team.”
“JAS will be making significant investments in resources, infrastructure and product development in this vertical and with David at the helm, we are confident we will have a strong, compliant service offering to support clients in this vertical”, added CEO Marco Rebuffi.
JAS Projects is excited to start the new year with a successful delivery of 8,800 FRT incl. heavy lifts, up to 300 metric tons, to Singapore. On behalf of a valued customer, a customized transportation solution was developed by JAS Projects Germany in collaboration with the JAS Projects' teams in Singapore, Shanghai, and Seoul. Utilizing the vast JAS network and using the collaboration and expert teamwork that JAS is known for to make sure our customers are successful.
JAS is proud to be the 1st logistics service provider operating via the newly built Chawan jetty in Jurong Port Singapore. The complete scope involved in the ocean freight shipments from four different loading ports, including barging and roll off in Singapore, is complicated and involved intricate teamwork, planning, and an advanced understanding of freight forwarding.
JAS Projects was more than happy to meet and exceed those requirements. With shipping becoming more complicated everyday, having a team of experts on your side makes all the difference, and at JAS People Make the Difference.
With a 56% reduction in passenger flights since this time last year, the overall global air freight capacity is down about 13% from this time last year.
Limited space on remaining flights means frequent delays and interruptions of supply chains globally.
With the unpredictable availability of cargo space, how do we regain control of air freight to ensure service in such a critical time?
The traditional air freight model is no longer a realistic option, instead, alternative approaches are the key to maintaining a reliable and uninterrupted supply chain by providing door-to-door control of the shipping process. It is crucial that every step of the process - from the time the cargo is picked up to its final delivery - is meticulously managed by the service provider with shipments processed through facilities controlled by the service provider, both at origin and destination, avoiding the typical congestion at airport hubs, reducing overall transit time, and increasing control.
Lastly, a prime network of delivery options carries the cargo to its ultimate destination.
In late 2020 JAS introduced BLUE WORLD PACIFIC, weekly flights between Shanghai and Chicago and a second route from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. The BLUE WORLD PACIFIC prime schedule is the best solution for supporting customers in the Asia – North America air freight corridor!
If your business could benefit from a regular service in the Transpacific corridor contact a local JAS representative for more information.
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!
Chinese roast pig-cutting ceremony is one of the most iconic traditions in Chinese culture. As the tradition goes, if you are able to cut through the pig in one strike (remember, there are bones in the way), you will enjoy a smooth and prosperous year. Thus, the pig-cutting ceremony can be often seen at the beginning of the year, or at the opening ceremony of new companies, etc. in China.
Of course, the JAS Hong Kong team is not an exception in following this tradition. Thanks to the support and trust from customers, JAS has overcome the unprecedented challenges faced by last year and successfully reached our business goals in 2020! In order to send gratitude to and thank customers for such a good year of the Rat and to also welcome the year of the Ox, a Chinese thanks-giving ceremony was hosted at the JAS Tsing Yi Warehouse. Andrea Azzimonti, Vice President Sales & Marketing, and Wing Chan, JAS Hong Kong Branch Manager & Director of Supply Chain of China including Hong Kong, represented JAS China and Hong Kong in the pig-cutting ceremony. In the world of freight forwarding and logistics, speed and smooth delivery are one of the key goals to hit. Hence, the belief that the smooth one-strike of the cutting ceremony will bring smooth traffic in air, water, road, and so forth to the continued journey to success!
JAS takes this opportunity, to wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Year in the Year of the Ox!