GROUPAGE CARGO TRANSPORTATION. TRANSRUSSIA. VERSION 2021
The largest logistics exhibition TransRussia-2021, dedicated to transport and logistics services, warehouse equipment and technologies, is taking place in Moscow this week. As part of the event, an ACEX session on the transportation of groupage cargo was held. The trends and prospects of the groupage cargo market, international cargo transportation, the consequences of the pandemic and the vector of further development were discussed. More than 100 people visited the session.
There were experts from top Russian companies: FESCO, NAWINIA, Free Lines Company, AKFA and ACEX. The event was moderated by Miroslav Zolotarev, Chairman of the Board of the ACEX Alliance, Head of the Multimodal Logistics Center of the Russian-Chinese Chamber, member of the RSPP Committee for International Cooperation, member of the Logistics Subcommittee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.
Analytics of the international and Russian markets for groupage cargo
Simonova Lyudmila, Managing Partner, M.A. Research, a member of the Council of the Guild of Logistics Operators, spoke about the results of a study by an international financial organization, according to which January estimates of the world economy and trade are much lower than today's indicators. The entire global economy went into negative territory due to the pandemic. But if we take the revenue of the TOP-15 global logistics companies, then their profits increased by 5% in 2020. There were companies the income of which rose by 20-25% as a result of mergers and acquisitions, despite general negative statistics.
Groupage cargo transportation
Borislav Shcherbakov, Head of groupage cargo transportation, 3PL directorate, FESCO, opened his mind that in 2020 groupage cargo became not only an option to save on loading full containers, but it also became a direct necessity. A new combination «sea + air» came into existence and began to be developed very actively. This method has significantly reduced the cost of transportation and made it more convenient for the cargo owner.
Speed, quality, price - choose any three
Alexander Galkin, Commercial Director of NAWINIA, spoke about the trends in the transportation of groupage cargo in Russia. Within the country, the following trend is observed: the volume of traffic per consignment has decreased, but their frequency has increased significantly. In 2021, customers have the right to choose the route of cargo delivery on their own. But when the provider releases the buyer from this "headache" and makes it quickly and efficiently -- the client will never go to a competitor and will be devoted to such a supplier.
International cargo transportation: the consequences of the pandemic and the vector of development
Vsevolod Samoilov, Commercial Director of Free Lines Company spoke about the impact of the pandemic and its consequences on his clients (medium and small businesses). He identified the following trends: changing the logic of planning inventory, going online and looking for ways to diversify the business. Doing business is much easier after adjusting to the new realities.
Authorized economic operator. The nuances of working with the transportation of groupage cargo
Alexey Chernyshev, Commercial Director of AKFA, shared the problems that their service faced during the pandemic: restrictions on crossing land borders with China, an increase in the cost of vehicles, the inability to transfer goods within China between provinces and a crisis caused by customers’ non-payments.
Practical advice in groupage cargo transportation
Alexey Lipatov, Head of the ACEX Multimodal Transportation Department, spoke about the situation in the FTL segment, the situation with rates for sea and rail transportation. Alexey advised to contact a company with extensive experience in the groupage service, since at the time of transportation planning no one thinks about "force majeure situations", and this can lead to large financial losses.
The session resonated with freight forwarders, logistics operators and cargo owners. More than 80 people found potential logistics partners after the speakers' speeches.