World demand to rise 5% annually
Express Global Logistics Pvt. Ltd (formerly Express Transport Pvt. Ltd) recently executed one of the largest hydroelectric projects for a client in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The client is a leading EPC company based out of India with large interests in Africa in various verticals including power and substations, telecom, sugar plants, farming etc.
The project site was located in a remote area which was not accessible by road/rail or river in the landlocked country of DRC. Cargo comprised material handling equipment such as excavators, dumpers, cranes etc.
EXG transported approximately 3,500 FRT of cargo from Mumbai to Dar Es Salam and from arrival Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, till Lubumbashi, DRC.
The project posed several challenges with regard to execution of timely and proper shipping documents, custom clearance with least amount of demurrage at discharge port, organising transport for the entire lot (about 80 vehicles), including ODCs and escorts for the same. Further, it included obtaining necessary per- mits from various authorities within the stipulated time and ensuring that all cargo was safely loaded and moved to Lubumbashi yard.
The movement of cargo was through three international borders (Tanzania, Zambia and DRC) from arrival in Port of Dar es Salam till Lubumbashi. EXG along with its associates in Africa, namely Polytra, had to ensure that large pieces were reoriented carefully under the authorisation and supervision of the client to enable safe passage of the material to final destination.
demand through 2018. Advances will result from increased production in durable goods sectors such as machinery and fabricated metals. Sales of material handling products to nondurable goods manufacturers will also see gains, reflecting strong outlooks for the chemical and the food and beverage markets. Other markets, which include trade and distribution companies, will see growth above the global average, spurred by the rising prevalence of international trade, which requires goods to be handled at more points along the distribution chain than domestic commerce.