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Cargo Breaking News ME, 29 March 2023

Abu Dhabi signs pact for new multipurpose terminal

AD Ports Group the leading global facilitator of trade, logistics, and industry, recently signed a Head of Terms with the Ministry of International Cooperation and Promotion of Public Private Partnership of the Republic of Congo, for a new multipurpose terminal in Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo.

Under these terms, AD Ports Group has the exclusive right to invest in the development, operation, and management of the “New Mole Port” that will handle containers, general cargo, break-bulk and other types of cargo.

Furthermore, the Group will provide the new facility with digital services and technology solutions to enhance its efficiency including design, implementation and operation of a single-window, software development, digital architecture, business analytics, digital operations support and digital transformation.

The HoT agreement runs for one year from the date of signing. Pointe Noire is the main commercial centre of the Republic of the Congo, and its port plays a key role in the economy and development of the nation and wider region.

Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “AD Ports Group continues to expand its operations globally, working with partners to develop world-class port, logistics and maritime facilities in key commercial hubs. We see significant potential for developing a multipurpose terminal at the Port of Pointe Noire, particularly given the port’s key role in the energy sector.”

LATAM Cargo connects Brussels to South America

LATAM Cargo has begun operating a four-weekly connection between Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito (Ecuador) and Brussels Airport. The Chilean-based cargo airline will reach Brussels Airport and fly back to its hub in Miami.

With this Brussels Airport strengthens its network of cargo destinations, offering an additional connection between Brussels Airport, Europe and South America via its hub in Miami.

LATAM Cargo diversifies its entry points to Europe, increasing from 9 to 11 weekly frequencies connecting with the American continent. The company will mainly transport flowers to Brussels Airport on board B767s.

WFS marks first cargo flight between Shanghai, France

Earlier this week Worldwide Flight Services marked the first Air China freighter flight between PVG Shanghai and CDG France. WFS will now handle a weekly B777F cargo flight for Air China and provide ramp and warehouse services at CDG.

The group has also been shortlisted for Air Cargo Handling Agent of the year. Since 1993, WFS has been growing as one of the world's leading providers of ground handling services for airlines and airports, helping them to grow too by the quality and reliability of its services and the expertise and professionalism of our global team.

Cathay Cargo introduces shipments via Cathay mail

Cathay Cargo has enhanced its integrated mail platform with Cathay Mail, a new digital solution that re-envisages the mail-shipment process, generating greater transparency for post offices and providing a track-and-trace visibility for its customers.

With Cathay Mail, Cathay Cargo is able to provide a superior customer experience that better caters to the requirements of post offices for shipment visibility, reliability and speed.

Director Cargo Tom Owen said, “Cathay Mail highlights how we have adapted technology and digitalisation to offer real benefits to our customers. By fully integrating mail-handling functions with our cargo operations and expertise, our innovative new mail solution provides a sophisticated suite of tools and facilities to support our postal partners.”

Cathay Cargo’s refreshed “mail as cargo” solution integrates mail-handling data with air cargo systems using the PAWB – the postal air waybill. This use of electronic data interchange (EDI) technology removes much of the previous shipment paperwork and gives both origin and destination post offices, and designated operators, more visibility of shipments down to mail bag (or “receptacle”) level, allowing them to offer package-level track-and-trace visibility to e-commerce shippers.

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