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.

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