APL Logistics Integrates and Expands CFS Capabilities in Pakistan
Karachi, Pakistan, 29 May 2010
APL Logistics, an innovative provider of international supply chain solutions, has commenced operations at a new custom-built container freight station (CFS) facility at Port Qasim, Karachi. The strategic move has consolidated CFS capabilities from across three locations into one dedicated centre; to deliver cost savings and increase transit time efficiency for customers by being close to one of the busiest ports in Pakistan.
Controlled exclusively by APL Logistics, the state-of-the-art centre, which utilises a capacity of 35,000 square feet and can be expanded to up to 60,000 square feet in line with business demands, will provide APL Logistics with a platform to increase the speed and scope of its services to customers across Pakistan.
APL Logistics is the first logistics provider in Pakistan to offer container yard storage and handling capabilities. Also, by establishing a single-point of co-ordination, the business has strengthened its trucking, customs brokerage and freight management capabilities, which increase the efficiency and flexibility of vendors’ cargo management. The developments enhance the services currently delivered in Pakistan, which include cargo consolidation, warehousing, documentation, quality-control and value-added services.
As the facility is adjacent to Port Qasim and conveniently linked by road to the Port of Karachi, APL Logistics’ CFS operations are positioned close to ports that serve around 90% of Pakistan’s import/export cargo. With nearby access to major road, waterways and rail networks connecting the hinterlands, customers are able to minimise transportation time and costs.
Joseph Lee, Managing Director, APL Logistics Middle East said: “Modern, integrated logistics services and infrastructure are fundamental to Pakistan’s growth as a manufacturer and consumer. APL Logistics is committed to supporting this development to help our customers tap both domestic and international market opportunities. The consolidation of our capabilities into a new scalable facility allows APL Logistics to provide customers with a broader and more efficient range of inventory management services that optimise product-flow and cost-effectiveness.”
Irfan Sheik, Head of International Logistics Services, Pakistan, APL Logistics, continues: “Our location by the Port of Qasim offers customers a strategic advantage by leveraging our road transportation operations for reliable domestic distribution or seamlessly connecting to global markets via our ocean transportation services. Furthermore, our proximity to Karachi’s key industrial zones, such as the upcoming Textile City, ideally positions APL Logistics to support the region’s progressive trading initiatives.”
The facility benefits from the latest modifications, such as dock-high flooring for faster container movement, advanced security systems and intelligent IT systems to increase inventory visibility and control. In addition to customised warehouse space, on-site accommodation will be provided for employees to ensure 24/7 operational continuity. An administration office will also be based at the centre.
Since 1991, APL Logistics has helped customers to maximise the efficiency of their supply chains throughout Pakistan. The business delivers a range of origin logistics and supply chain services from across Pakistan and has the flexibility to integrate these into its worldwide transport and logistics network.
APL Logistics provides international, integrated supply chain services in more than 50 countries, including both origin and destination services such as freight consolidation, warehousing and distribution management. It uses innovative IT for maximum supply chain visibility and control. APL Logistics is a unit of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), a global cargo transportation and logistics company.