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Airfreight and air cargo are terms describing the un-attended transportation of goods via air

Transportation services between Philippines and Bulgaria

Manila port - one of the busiest in the world

Manila port – one of the busiest in the world

The Republic of the Philippines, more commonly referred to as the Philippines is located in Southeast Asia, at 1,210 km from the coast of mainland Asia. The country consist of 7,107 islands, of which only about 10% are inhabited. Philippine  population is nearly 90 million. The capital is Manila, with a population over 11 million people which makes it one of the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the world.

The economy of the Philippines is still primarily agricultural, although light industry is growing. Philippines are 118th out of 178 countries in terms of GDP. Once the richest in Asia after Japan, the Philippine economy shrank in the early 1980s as a result of reduced demand for Philippine products. Attempts to improve the economy have been hampered by the large national debt of 77% of GDP. Interesting what would Greeks and Cypriots say to this.  Philippines is a member of the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other international economic organizations. Major trading partners of the Philippines are the United States and Japan.

Bulgarian forwarding company KG SID Ltd. offers a variety of freight and logistics services related to the transportation of loads  to and from the Philippines:

Export:

Air transport: We provide air cargo transportation from the airport Sofia as well as in specific cases from other airports in the European Union with the aim of offering cost-effective transportation at reasonable transit time.

LCL transportation: We offer service from Port of Varna as well as from the port of Antwerp. However, movement via port Varna is more cost effective with relatively the same tranzit time as the ocean movement via Antwerp.
In the port of Varna-West cargoes are consolidated and stuffed o a container which sails to the port of Singapore from where the goods are transhipped to Manila and Cebu ports. Container from Varna-West departs every 2 weeks and the transit time to Manila is about 40-41 days (includes transhipment time in Singapore) and to Cebu is 41-42 days.
For movement via Antwerp cargo is consolidated into CFS warehouse in Sofia, where every Friday a groupage truck departs for the Antwerp port where the loads are processed for final destination – CFS in  Manila and CFS in Cebu.
Transit time from departure of trucks from Sofia to the arrival at CFS in Manila is approximately 45-47 days, and to CFS Cebu approximately 51-52 days.

Ocean transportation export of full container loads: We offer services with various carriers via ports of Varna, Burgas and Thessaloniki, depending on your requirements for transit time and related transportation cost.

If you have any requests for air export, sea freight LCL or transport of full containers – FCL, please contact Bulgarian logistics and freight forwarding company KG CARGO.

Import:

Air Cargo: With the assistance of our partners from PFI Agents Network and Five Stars Network we offer airfreight transportation from Philippines via Manila airport to Bulgaria. Whether on a direct service to Sofia Airport or via some of the big European Airports, we can provide not only the air transportation but also such value added services like customs clearance and delivery do door.

LCL (Low Than a Container Load) – You can contact us direct for a quote on inbound LCL cargoes from Manila and Cebu to Varna. With excellent connections with leading NVOCC we can book your cargo from door to door with full transparency of cost and no hidden charges.
We offer services from CFS Manila and CFS Cebu via Hong Kong and via Singapore to Varna. Transit time in Hong Kong is about 41 days, and from Cebu about 42 days.

Ocean transportation of full containers – We offer services with various carriers via ports of Varna, Burgas and Thessaloniki, depending on your requirements for transit time and related transportation cost.  You can contact us direct for inbound cargoes of full containers from the Philippines.

If you have any transportation requests or require a quote for importing freight – via air freight,  LCL sea freight or ocean transportation of full containers from Philippines to Bulgaria or even near countries like Macedonia please contact Bulgarian logistics and freight forwarding company KG CARGO LTD.

For more information on KG CARGO freight forwarding service please contact us.

Planning of an airfreight shipment

In our last blog we have discussed the elements of the freight quote. Today we will move forward. Assume the quote is accepted and load is tendered to the shipping agent. What happens next?

I would split air shipping in three main stages:

1.    Before arrival at origin airport
2.    Between origin and destination airports
3.    After arrival at destination airport

Nevertheless type of goods – flippable bars or live elephant the first thing the forwarder does, after your confirmation call is a routing plan.  This plan includes

•    How and when to arrange pick-up
•    What paperwork is needed
•    Which airline shall be used
•    Booking with the airline
•    Organizing of the destination service
•    Scheduling all of the above

Though the steps seem equal the details make the whole difference.

We can schedule pick-up of our two flippable bars easily with consolidation service or with a dedicated loading depending only on the urgency of their shipping. From the other side planning for movement of the elephant includes always special transportation from its cage in the circus to the airport. And this transportation should respond to very specific requirements taking into consideration such factors as type of the elephant, its size and weight, its training and acclimatization, length of travel, drainage for the urine and I am sure thousand of other factors.

Paperwork needed for our bars is only one commercial invoice and eventually a packing list but for the elephant we need a whole War and Peace trilogy of paper in order to be able to move our friend to fly to the place of its performance.
Booking an airline for the bars will take only two considerations – does the carrier operate to the country where we want our bars delivered and what is the price.  Elephant shipping requires that we firstly find an airline which is specialized in transportation of live animals and not every airline does this.  And this airline might not be near us. Imagine the elephant is in Sofia, Bulgaria and this airline can move from Frankfurt only.  Than the pick-up becomes very complex issue which should take into consideration many factors including crossing several countries with differences in their regulations for transport of live animals.

Organizing of destination service means that someone should meet your load in the destination and arrange all of the formalities as well as physical delivery of the goods to the final destination.  In any way the origin forwarder should previously know what the destination organization will be.  Is it the consignee who will take care for destination airport processing or it will be another forwarder who will be operating on behalf of the consignee.  And if for the flippable bars it can be decided on the move the destination organization for the elephant should be put in place well in advance before elephants departure from the origin.

And at the end – all of the above tasks – no matter it is about movement of nice logo printed flippable bars or a live elephant in order to have perfect service – we need to have perfect timing of performance of the above procedures. And perfect timing actually makes the difference.

If you care how your loads will move, no matter what is the commodity , please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information on KG CARGO freight forwarding service please contact us.

Courier or freight forwarder ?

What is the difference between freight forwarder and a courier?  I have been often asked that question. Well, from operational point of view the difference is tremendous but from customers point of view the difference is none. Why?

The customer perception is that both couriers and forwarders offer the same service – delivery of shipments from one point to another. And this is really the case. But the courier does it one way and the forwarder does it in another.

Normally couriers supply door-to-door services and they operate in their own systems or connect to specially organized systems.  This networks, are integrated and in-separable as processes. That is why couriers are often called integrators.
Once your shipment gets in this network it is delivered to the address shown on the airwaybill and the customer has no control on it. This appears to be very economic and efficient way for smaller shipments because there is no accumulation of all minimum rates which the forwarder should charge if the same service is offered through forwarder. Actually for small shipments, couriers benefit from the change of fixed cost involved into variable – per kilo or per shipment cost.
This is one of the reasons why couriers have tarrifs which show cost country to country.

From the other side, if your shipment is relatively big the courier networks are not suitable because then the variable costs involved become higher compared to the cost which forwarder calculates for separate shipment. Also if customer’s terms of trade are different from CIF, DDU or EXW than the couriers are unable to separate which at the end in practice changes the delivery terms. If you have sold small commercial shipment on terms of delivery FOB Sofia airport and have moved it with a courier from Sofia to Sao Paolo for example in practice you cannot split the cost from your warehouse to the airport through which the courier operates (it might be not Sofia) and which is more important you cannot split the liabilities caused from the terms of delivery.

Here we have the forwarders involved. The forwarder will consider your specific shipment with its specific parameters – weight, commodity, dimensions, stackability, customs value etc. and will move it in the most appropriate way taking in consideration all of the peculiarities of your freight.  Forwarder can build you routing or package of interrelated services which will respond to customer’s terms of sale and if the shipment is bigger forwarder will offer the benefits of moving bigger shipment on specially dedicated routing for this particular shipment.

This way of operations is reflected in the way forwarders provide their rates – per kilo, per weight break per CBM very often quoting the taxes for handling, customs processing etc.

So from one side we have couriers, with their integrated but also encapsulated networks – effective for smaller parcels and expensive for bigger and from the other side we have freight forwarders with their flexible systems – more expensive for smaller shipments but providing flexibility for bigger or special freights (like hazardous material for example)

Whom to choose?  Here is a short advise which may assist you when you take decision.

If you have shipments which is considered as general cargo and weights less than 10 kilos – couriers in 90% of cases will provide more effective service.  If you do not have special requirements for delivery to the final destination, if your shipments is not valuable, if your shipment is not considered dangerous goods – with few exceptions – yes, take the courier.

However if your have some specifics in the terms of delivery, your shipments is considered hazmat, or it weights more than 20 kilos. If you want some one to make very special delivery outside the operational window of the courier or if you are moving valuables or live animals – than forwarders are your choice.

In order to satisfy this wide range of requirements and specifics we in KG CARGO have special contracts not only with leading air and ocean carriers but we have good relations with couriers like DHL such being able to satisfy often contradicting requirements of our customers and partners providing the benefits of the two approaches – the courier and the forwarder’s

The Bulgarian freight forwarding company KG CARGO considers any and each of your requirements for reliable delivery on acceptable cost and tranzit time.  If you want to ship a load from Bulgaria or if you want your loads into Bulgaria properly handled please contact us and we will come with  a solution to you.

You can also use our special air freight transportation rate request form which is designed in a way to lead you in the process of providing proper information for your intended shipments which results in better prices and more appropriate handling and routing.

For more information on KG CARGO freight forwarding service please contact us.