May 17, 2020

Emirates SkyCargo supports Philippine global export growth

Asian logistics
air cargo
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Emirates SkyCargo carried 500,000 kg of fresh tuna to Europe, Middle East in 2014
Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.Emirates SkyCargo continues to witness increased demand for freight capacity from the Philippines, having...

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Emirates SkyCargo continues to witness increased demand for freight capacity from the Philippines, having exported 500,000 kg of tuna to Europe and the Middle East last year. 

The freight division of Emirates transported the fish from Manila to various cities including Geneva, Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Oslo and Dubai. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), tuna exports recorded an annual growth of 24.7 percent in 2014. 

The Philippines’ tuna industry has grown exponentially over the past two decades, with General Santos City, the country’s southernmost city, hailed as the tuna capital of the world in 2014; and Mindoro,  an island located off the coast of Luzon, fast gaining popularity as a major tuna supplier in the country. 

Because of this growth, demand for Philippine tuna has increased, and carriers like Emirates SkyCargo, with its global network and capability, are able to support this demand. 

Rusela Rubin, Cargo Manager at Emirates SkyCargo Philippines, said: “Perishable products, especially fresh tuna, require efficient air transport links to reach international markets on time. We have witnessed an increase in demand and we foresee that it will grow further this year.”

According to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the Philippines outperformed other Asian countries and emerged as the top exporter in 2014, ahead of China, Vietnam, and South Korea.

Apart from tuna, Emirates SkyCargo listed nearly 150,000 tonnes of cargo exports from Manila to various destinations. This number is expected to increase further in 2015. 

Keeping tabs on exports, imports 

In 2014, Emirates SkyCargo carried the most Philippine exports to Europe and the Middle East. But the largest growth export market from the Philippines was to Washington, which clocked in a 490.12 percent increase compared to 2013. 

Other cargo for export from the Philippines includes Ralph Lauren garments to Milan, lenses from the Essilor plant in Bataan to Paris, solar panels to Amsterdam, watches from Timex Cebu, electronics, time critical automotive parts, as well as components and integrated circuits from companies such as Nec Tokin, Yazaki Torres, Toshiba Philippines and Vishay Philippines. 

In terms of imports, Emirates SkyCargo carried approximately 7.3 million kilograms, averaging 18,000 kg per flight. 

According to Rubin, top on the list of imports are personal effects from overseas Filipino workers based in the Middle East. These are usually packages for loved ones filled with items such as electronics and clothing. 

Emirates SkyCargo also transports popular items such as designer bags, Zara garments from Zaragoza in Spain, and pharmaceutical products from Germany. 

Emirates’ services to and from the Philippines 

Emirates began operating three daily flights in January 2013, allowing Emirates SkyCargo to function to its fullest. Rubin said: “It was like operating a mini-freighter because this meant we could carry as much as 54,000 kg a day.”

But since the third flight ceased, Emirates SkyCargo has had to decline taking some additional shipments. “We are now struggling with space constraints. Clients have been enquiring about the return of the third frequency because some of them have been using this flight due to its convenient connection to flights in the U.S. and many of Emirates’ 40 European and 26 African destinations. This flight has been extremely valuable to the Philippines.” Rubin concluded.

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Jun 24, 2021

Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China

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Road-to-rail logistics solution will reduce carbon emissions at the automaker by 70%, stripping 16,000 tonnes of CO2 from its supply chain

Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel

The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018. 

KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management. 

"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive. 

After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected too trip 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total. 

"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”

Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme 

Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners. 

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”. 

As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030. 

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