Weather warnings across North Europe

G-Solutions would like to inform all it’s customers, partners and agents that the unusual weather faced in North Europe is playing havoc with some ports, ships and terminal services.

A number of facilities in Ireland and the UK have been closed yesterday afternoon / early this morning with no prospects of opening times being advised as yet. The Met Office in the UK issued an unprecedented red weather warning for Scotland indicating an immediate danger for life. The same red warning was issued by Met Eireann for Ireland from today pm, in force until at least Friday 15:00.

In Rotterdam and in Antwerp, productivity at some terminals is down to three moves per hour, caused by high winds and frozen lashing equipment.

Consequentially, some services will change from their pro-forma; delays and port/terminal omissions are likely.

Please ensure to keep eye on daily schedules for further information and contact Global Freight Solutions for updates in connection with any current shipments.

 

G-Solutions Stockholm – The Expansion Continues!

NEW OPERATIVES IN STOCKHOLM

G-Solutions welcomes onboard Madeleine Avermalm, Kina Skarfelt and Maria Safonova to our Stockholm office.

Madeleine is already responsible for airfreight import/export shipments. Madeleine joined G-Solutions from Agility and has more than 6 years experience within transport and logistics.

Madeleine can be reached directly by email:  madeleine.avermalm@gsolutions.se

Kina is responsible for ocean freight imports/exports. Kina joins G-Solutions from DSV’s ocean export department and has a total of 28 years experience within transport and logistics.

Kina can be reached directly by email: kina.skarfelt@gsolutions.se

Maria is responsible for airfreight import/export. Maria joins G-Solutions from PostNord’s airfreight export department and has a total of 15 years experience within transport and logistics.

Maria can be reached directly by email: maria.safonova@gsolutions.se

With general enquiries for Stockholm please contact: sales@gsolutions.se

 

 

New Fairs and Exhibitions dedicated department

G-Solutions is excited to introduce a new department which specializes in handling fair and exhibition cargoes.

This new department offers complete worldwide transport and logistic services for trade fair and exhibition cargoes from door to stand and back, or onwards to a new destination.

Our dedicated team is specialized in handling fair and exhibition cargoes, independently finding the most cost effective and efficient transport solution possible.

Quality and care are the most important values for us. We handle each transport with total commitment and great care because we truly understand the importance of a timely delivery.

As an IATA licensed cargo agent, G-Solutions is able to transport international fairs and exhibition cargoes urgently and safely to arrive at the destination meeting the required deadline. Transports by sea or land are of course also offered for less urgent shipments.

Door-Stand-Door

We offer worldwide transport and logistic services for trade fairs and exhibitions from door to stand and back. We are also able to take your cargo direct from a stand onwards to a new fair or exhibition.

On-Site Storage

If storage of empties/full goods is required we will assist with this.

Freight

Whether your cargoes are transported domestically or internationally, via the air, sea or land, or a combination of these – we will simply find the best solution for you.

Insurance services during transport

Transport Insurance for exhibition goods is recommended. We can provide this if required.

Temporary import, bond fees and ATA Carnet services

Our team will process your consignment through import/export clearance formalities and will prepare all required documents.

Global Agency Network

Through extensive network and selected suppliers G-Solutions Fairs and Exhibitions can provide a complete package.

For all enquiries: fairs@gsolutions.se

The Expansion Continues!

G-Solutions is very happy to welcome Michel Bäck to our ever expanding team in Gothenburg.

Michel is responsible for Inside Sales and can be contacted regarding any freight forwarding enquiries within air- and ocean transport.

Please Contact Michel: michel.back@gsolutions.se

Tel: +46 31 10 73 99

 

G-Solutions is also very happy to welcome Niklas Marmheden to our X-press Feeders team in Gothenburg.

Niklas is responsible for X-Press Feeders operations.

Please Contact Niklas: niklas.marmheden@gsolutions.se

Tel: +46 31 10 73 78

New conditions for container deliveries to west coast ports, Sweden

Please find below information about changing conditions in ports that some haulage companies operate.
Helsingborg Port (Västhamnen)
In the light of the improved situation in the port, the surcharge of SEK 450 per container delivery levied by most container transport companies (haulage companies) is removed from Monday 2017-09-11.

However some haulage companies will now implement only 30 minutes free time in the port (instead of the previous 1 hour). Time beyond 30 minutes will be charged according to current waiting time tariff/s.

Gothenburg APMT
APMT (APM Terminals) introduces a mandatory extra stop at the old ID check for checking empty import containers with APMT return. From 2017-10-01 this will be charged at SEK 250 per container and will be presented as an extra stop on the haulage companies’ invoice.

Due to worsening opening hours and long waiting times, some haulage companies will also only allow for 30 minutes free time at the port and any additional time will be charged according to the current waiting time tariff/s.

Other Ports
The same terms with 30 minutes free time will apply from 2017-09-18.

These steps are taken to ensure that haulage companies and drivers can stay competitive, continue to provide a reliable service longterm and deliver what customers require.

Extra costs encountered by Global Freight Solutions AB in relation to the above will may also be debitted to customers according to the above Changes.

For more details or with any questions please contact your transport service provider.

The Expansion Continues!

New Sales- and air freight manager – Stockholm branch

G-Solutions is very happy to welcome onboard Hannes Schreuder-Pettersén. Hannes brings with him more than 12 years of experience within the logistics industry and joins us from his most recent position at Postnord. Hannes will be Head of Sales at our Stockholm branch and will also head up our entire air freight division in Sweden.

For direct enquiries to Hannes please contact: hsp@gsolutions.se
Mobile: +46 733 152 953

 

New air freight forwarding operative – Stockholm branch

G-Solutions welcomes the addition of Marcello Bosi to our air freight operations team in Stockholm.
Marcello brings with him 13 years experience within the logistics industry from previous posts at companies such as DHL Exel Supply Chain AB and DB Schenker AB.

For enquiries please contact: marcello.bosi@gsolutions.se

 

New ocean freight forwarding operative – Stockholm branch

G-Solutions also welcomes the addition of Daniel Karlsson to our ocean freight operations team in Stockholm.
Daniel brings with him 15 years experience within the logistics industry from previous posts at companies such as Kuehne & Nagel and DSV Air & Sea.

For enquiries please contact: daniel.karlsson@gsolution.se

 

Effect of the continued conflict at APM Terminals – Port of Gothenburg

Global Freight Solutions once again would like to make all of our customers and suppliers aware of the impact of the ongoing port conflict at APM Terminals. The long running dispute and the current Lock-Out, imposed by APM Terminals themselves, is now resulting in major challenges for all parties in the logistical chain.

Currently there is only a small amount of cargoes that are destined for- or exported via Gothenburg, which manage to be unloaded / loaded over the dock at APM Terminals Gothenburg.

The shipping companies have so far, with different strategies, tried to solve the situation, but we are now seeing the overall effect even in the other “nearby” ports of Varberg and Halmstad. These two ports have begun to protect their existing business by refusing for further calls. The same applies to Helsingborg, which is currently operating above capacity. The port of Helsingborg has now introduced a congestion surcharge. So far, Malmö has been able to gain a lot of West Coast loads and still looks to be the solution for several shipping companies, although it will definitely vary week by week.

We would also like to point out that with immediate effect several shipping companies have begun to charge a congestion surcharge for all cargoes entering / exiting across the west coast – i.e. cargo booked to Helsingborg, Halmstad, Varberg and Malmö – will also be subject to additional costs due to the critical situation that the dispute in Gothenburg has led to. The amount introduced is $ 100 / TEU. At the present time, we can not rule out that this could also hit the east coast load as it starts to be overworked in many ways.

With all of this in mind we implement force majeure, and we must again be clear that we are in no way in a position to absorb the extra costs that now arise at extremely short notice – whether it is congestion surcharges, higher pre-carriage/road transport costs, waiting times from haulers or ground/space and equipment rents.

The haulers will charge SEK450- from 19/6 per container to ensure that they still can provide acceptable service levels. This charge will be charged on your invoice for all transports that go through the port of Helsingborg without exception.

We hope for your understanding and when back in normal mode, this expense will be immediately removed.

Helsingborg Port has announced surcharges – with information about extra handling costs for both import / export cargo as below:

Import Containers: SEK 350.

As well as shorter free time for containers in port: 3 days free afterwards.

Import: SEK 160 / teu and day.                          

Export: SEK 60 / teu and day.

We apologise for the inconveniences caused by the current situation as it appears just now throughout Sweden but this has occurred outside of our control. We will do all we can to reduce the impact to you. We will continue with all our efforts to keep your cargo moving all the way to destination with as little delay and fewer additional costs costs as possible.

APM Terminals to impose partial lockout!

APM Terminals Gothenburg will impose a partial lockout from May 19 until and including June 30, 2017, in response to industrial action. This is intended to protect the operation against the most recent threats of industrial action against the company by the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union, section 4. During the period of the lockout, APM Terminals Gothenburg will be able to offer only a limited daytime service to customers.

“We have done everything in the last year to solve the conflict with the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union, section 4, while making every effort to continue to meet our obligations towards our customers and owners. The steady deterioration in the situation cannot go on, and in order to protect the business APM Terminals Gothenburg is taking protective action against the latest series of planned industrial action”, says Henrik Kristensen, CEO of APM Terminals Gothenburg.

During the past six months, APM Terminals Gothenburg has seen productivity decline of approximately 20 percent of normal weekly capacity. This is equivalent to around 2,000 containers every week. As a consequence of this, the company has lost significant goods flows from a number of customers within the Swedish import and export industries. The terminal normally handles up to 10,000 containers per week, which represents approximately 50 percent of Sweden’s total container import and export volumes.

For over a year now, we have suffered from persistent blockades from the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union, section 4, opposing the use of overtime, use of pool workers outside daytime and recruitment of new employees. In parallel with this, we have worked with continuously high absence rates of around 25–30 percent every day. This is, of course, an unsustainable situation, as it is preventing us from running our business as our customers expect.

In 2012, APM Terminals Gothenburg was chosen by Göteborgs Hamn AB to operate Gothenburg’s container terminal being a global company with the investment capacity and expertise to develop the terminal to improve Sweden’s long-term industrial competitiveness.

We see no alternative solution to this dispute other than a withdrawal of current industrial action and entering a long-term agreement including a period of time without any industrial action. We also need an amendment of the legislation in such a way that an employer who has a Collective Bargainig Agreement (CBA) cannot be subjected to blockades or other industrial action by a trade union, who does not hold a CBA.

Best Regards

APM Terminals Gothenburg.

Offices closed 01 – May

Due to the Labour Day pubilc holiday the office will be closed on 1st May.

The offices re-open as normal on Tuesday 2nd May at 08:00.

Alternatives For Containerized Cargo

During this current period of fully loaded vessels exporting full containers from Scandinavia and Europe to the Middle East and the Far East; G-Solutions, as always, offers alternative transport solutions through RoRo and Break-Bulk services.

Loading “container suitable” cargoes onto RoRo vessels (using MAFI/Cassette) or into Break-Bulk vessels can sometimes be a viable alternative to full containerized shipping services – where the arrival of cargoes at destination before the summer months is vital.

Where ocean based transport services are fully booked, airfreight transports can also be an alternative for smaller consignments when an important deadline at destination must be met. G-Solutions offers complete IATA Airfreight Services.

For all enquiries please contact: sales@gsolutions.se