There’s no denying that the global maritime industry has had a turbulent 18 months.

Because of the pandemic, cargo volumes have plummeted and growth prospects have been hindered, not helped by the enormous uncertainty that accompanies the world’s efforts to recover from the pandemic.

Despite the gloom, UNCTAD expects maritime trade growth to return to positive territory and expand by 4.8% in 2021, assuming world economic output recovers. However, the organization highlights the need for the maritime transport industry to brace for change and be well prepared for a transformed post-COVID-19 world.

Studies of major shipping lines’ commercial and strategic activities can provide insight into the overall industry.

Fusions and acquisitions are sending mixed signals as we approach 2021 and clearly portray a picture of fluctuating fortunes.

Damco and Diamond S Shipping dissolve 

Damco’s air and ocean less-than-container-load shipping will be integrated into Maersk’s wider business in September 2020, effectively erasing the brand it merged with Maersk Line at the start of 2019.

The move was part of series of strategic plays by CEO Soren Skou that are geared toward a central goal of becoming an integrated logistics company that provides end-to-end solutions for its customers. 

The combined company will have around 2,200 employees and a market value of around $2 billion, and it will be headquartered in New York City.

K-Alliance and Hapag-Lloyd show brighter prospects 

As a result of a massive code-sharing agreement in South Korea, the K-Alliance, several shipping firms’ competitiveness in Southeast Asia is expected to be backed.

The move sees several enterprises joining forces–HMM, SM Line, Pan Ocean and the recently merged Sinokor Merchant Marine and Heung-A Line–with the intention of reducing operating costs and increasing quality of services.

Whether it is the move by giants such as Maersk to combine forwarding and carrier services, or the clear vote of confidence shown by Hapag-Lloyd in the African market, the dice are starting to be rolled after the standstill period brought about by COVID-19. 

Leaders of a number of the busiest U.S. ports count on congestion snarling maritime gateways to hold deep into subsequent year, because the weigh down of products from producers and outlets seeking to refill depleted inventories pushes beyond transport’s regular seasonal lulls. Ports are already swamped through report numbers of packing containers attaining U.S. seashorelines throughout this year’s height transport season, and the variety of vessels anticipating berth area at Southern California’s gateways is developing as logjams stretch into warehouses and distribution networks throughout the country. Port leaders, together with Mario Cordero, government director on the Port of Long Beach, Calif., who’ve spoken with transport strains and their shipment clients say the slowdown in field volumes that typically coincides with the Lunar New Year in February, while factories in China normally close down, is not going to provide a lot relief.

Griff Lynch, leader overseer of the Georgia Ports Authority, which works one of the country’s biggest sea passages at the Port of Savannah, said: “We think at least midway through 2022 or the entire 2022 could be very strong.”

Major U.S. ports were estimate to deal with what could be compared to some 2.37 million imported holders in August, as per the Global Port Tracker report created by Hackett Associates for the National Retail Federation.

Hundreds of thousands of containers are stuck aboard container ships waiting for a berth or stacked up at terminals waiting to be moved by truck or rail to inland terminals, warehouses and distribution centers. When the boxes do move, they are often snarled at congested freight rail yards and warehouses that are full to capacity.

shortages of truck drivers and warehouse workers are making shipping delays worse as the need to replenish inventories is at an all-time high. “I don’t think that’s something that just gets fixed in the next four to five months in accordance with the Lunar New Year,” he said.

As worldwide exchange keeps on changing the manner in which organizations are delivering, moving, purchasing, and selling merchandise across borders, it’s significant for store network pioneers to think about exchange drifts that can help them benchmark their organization against the pioneers and loafers.

To figure out arising and existing innovation, a new study by worldwide exchange the board programming supplier Amber Road and the Association of American Exporters and Importers gives an understanding of what innovation organizations are utilizing, the difficulties these frameworks are relied upon to address, and how organizations are executing them.

Here are some key statistics from the survey of more than 120 supply chain executives in a cross-cut of industries and roles.

While 77 percent of respondents state tariffs and duties top their list of concerns for 2019, 57 percent are looking to reduce supply chain costs.
More than 50 percent are looking to solve sourcing and quality issues using technology (see chart above).
Only 40 percent are leveraging a Global Trade Management system for supply chain execution.
Even then, not all processes are automated, indicating continued reliance on manual processes.
Blockchain is being considered at 30 percent of responding companies; probably the same 33 percent that considers their companies as leaders in technology adoption.
The report gives guidance on how to build the “right” technology stack. Although finding the right stack might sound daunting at first, this task should be seen as a way to spark your company’s innovativeness in finding new ways to compete and win.

Relocation is carried out through a partnership program with all agents within the accreditation of the international movers association all of whom operate at the same levels of service. Relocations work in tandem with all of the most reputed industry professionals with regards to destination needs. Prior to the cargo reaching the destination, our appointed agent will contact you with regards to affecting the necessary customs clearance, delivering, and unpacking.

SETTLING IN AFTER MOVERS AND PACKERS

Once at the destination, our crew will operate with efficiency and skill to unpack, assemble and place your belongings correctly. After it is done, any remaining packing material and debris will be removed.

YOUR SIGN OF APPROVAL

Once everything is done to your contentment we will ask you to sign the packing list and delivery report so we know that we have once again done an amazing job for one more discerning client.

If in the rare case you do find an item damaged or missing, simply speak to our relocation supervisor at the site so that we can take the required action or ask you to fill in a claim form for prompt clearance.

We give you the best options for transportation depending on the volume and deadlines in your shipment. Based on the size of your personal effects, we would recommend a mode of transportation or a combination of several.

BY AIR

While shipping by air is the fastest, it’s also the most expensive way of transporting your household goods to their destination. We recommend it only if time is of the essence or if the shipment size is not too large.

BY LAND

This mode of transportation is used for inter-city moves or within the GCC countries.

BY SEA

Used for international moves, transporting cargo by the sea is the most economical and commonly preferred option which includes modes like the Lift van Method, the Groupage method and the Direct Container Method.

We have superior packing and crafting material along with expert packing skills which ensures your belongings aren’t harmed during transit. Chinaware, silverware, glassware and other fragile items are packed using bubble roll and newsprint wrapping paper.

For packing furniture, we use newsprint wrapping paper, flat board sheets and bubble sheets. For high-value item, we use a special type of foam. Clothes and dresses are wrapped with newsprint wrapping paper and packed in customized flat high wardrobe cartons while books, files and CDs are packed in customized small cartons.

Sturdy corrugated/wooden boxes and crates are used for electronic appliances, musical instruments, and family collectibles, while artworks, paintings, art objects are bubble wrapped and packed in customized picture pack cartons.

PACKING LIST

After packing, all boxes and crates are carefully tagged for identification and become part of a packing list that acts as your receipt.

SMOOTH & CLEAN

Once you have ascertained that everything is in order, you could start the process to disengage all utilities connections and subscriptions.

WATCH EVERY MOVE

We use state-of-the-art and computerized tracking systems to keep a close watch on your cargo. So you can be rest assured as we keep you continually informed about the location of your belongings.

Careful planning, foresight and professional care can help your move be seamless and stress-free. To help you prepare for the big move, we’ve outlined the entire process – so you’re in the loop and completely aware of what’s going to follow.

PRE-MOVE SURVEY/ASSESSMENT

TransOn Relocations Move Consultant will first conduct a meeting with you to assess the most important needs. They will work closely with you, and assess, categorize and itemize all your personal belongings. Special notes will be taken about valuables, electronic gadgets, antiques and fragile items. If pets need to be relocated, we would be more than happy to assist you to make the necessary arrangements.

The weight and volume of the items to be shipped will be determined within 100% of accuracy. The estimate generated will also depend on factors such as destination, mode of shipment, special packing material etc.

PREPARATION:

Our team will be in touch with you, and will co-ordinate with you regarding the move. We will help you formulate the date keeping in mind the time required and estimated volume.

LIST FOR YOU:

Before our packing crew arrives, ensure you have kept all your personal and valuable belongings like bank documents, jewelry, passports, tickets, credit cards with you!

DAY OF PACKING

Our crew will arrive early on to start with the packing, and will carry out the designated tasks of wrapping, taping, boxing and crating. They will ensure to cause minimum disruption to your regular life.

COLOR CODING

It’s best to use color coded stickers on items and cartons which will help our crew effortlessly identify and facilitate exact unpacking and placement of your stuff at your new home.

Are you excited to move in to your new house? Or is the excitement beginning to wear off given the list of impending task of packing and unpacking? Well, you’ve landed up at the right place for answers. Our tried and tested tips will help you keep your sanity throughout the process, so that you are well-prepared for the move.

1. Pack smart and over a week – instead of including everything on one weekend.

2. Make arrangements for your mail to be directed to your new address.

3. Inform your bank, credit card companies and any other financial institution about your move.

4. Settle all bills for grocery, newspaper or any other routine before the move.

5. Put together a bag of essentials for the big move so you don’t miss out on any important steps.

6. Have a baby-sitter on the day of the move if you have small kids.

7. Defrost your refrigerator after discarding food you aren’t going to carry with you.

8. Pack aside a refreshment box and toiletries so rest of the stuff can be packed away.

9. Keep all valuables like important papers and jewelry with you, to be carried personally.

10. Keep your phone fully charged on the day of the move, you never know what might come up!

11. Lastly, get a good night’s sleep on the night before you have to move. You’ll need the rest!

We understand that moving out of a home which is filled with memories can be difficult, but make it easier for the family and self by thinking about life ahead. Plan the décor and a spot for your favorite pieces of art and décor, well in advance. The sooner you get organized, the faster you’ll be able to settle in.

Are you relocating or shifting your home/office from or to Dubai? Relocating consumes a lot of time and energy, while being quite tiresome. It’s always best to expect the unexpected so as to have a stress-free and accident-free relocation.

1. Always number, label and color code your boxes, post segregation. This will make it easier when you have to unpack at your new home. You surely don’t want unpacking to become a huge hassle for you!

2. You will need lots of boxes and sticking tape – go with the flow!

3. Use suitcases, boxes and buckets you already own – stuff them and then pack inside cardboard boxes – this will help you save space as well.

4. Pack important documents and jewelry in a separate box – you don’t want these getting misplaced – so keep them on you so you don’t have to worry.

5. Follow the simple rule of placing a room’s items in a single box – so when you get to unpacking, you can take up one room at a time, and not have to open all the boxes.

6. Keep appliances, accessories, cords, cables, adapters together so that they work without any issues after you unpack them.

While the list of things may get overwhelming, you need not worry. You can rely on TransOn’s professional movers and packers to organize, pack and then help you unpack all your belongings. You simply concentrate on things that really need your attention.

Relocation requires a lot of planning and organizing – irrespective of what anyone says! Planning ahead helps with seamless relocating and avoids all last-minute panic and confusion. Also, it helps ensure that you don’t overlook any important detail.

You’ll also be required to change your contact address for the services you utilize, for example, your bank accounts. Ensure you inform all the utilities about your relocation.

It’s a good idea to take a few trips to your new home and get a feel of the place. Items that were perfect for your old home might not look quite so good in your new house, so this should help you discard and organize your items.

While you can purchase packing supplies and do this on your own, it’s best to hire professional movers who can handle this with utmost ease and comfort. You will already have a ton of work to do, and if you have children, then you will anyway be completely drained in work.

Before the moving crew arrives, take stock of all the items in your house; do this at least three weeks before the move. Take care to label all of your items; especially the ones that are fragile or valuable to you. Dispose or give away stuff that is not useful for your new home – you don’t want to be saddled with extra baggage.

Before it’s time to move into your new home, don’t forget to supervise the crew and check if all is going well. As far as important documents and jewelry are concerned, keep them protected in a separate container – you don’t want these items getting lost or misplaced.

While the packers use high quality material to protect your goods from dust and any other environmental hazards during transport, it’s best to clean your new house completely. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Oversee the packers as they arrange your items accordingly, and always insist on a receipt of all the items that were transported.

Clear out all the excess packing material like boxes, labels, packing tape, etc. If you’re living in a flat, evaluate your building management’s waste disposal policy and dispose accordingly. Settle in, and enjoy your new home!