Francis M. Fondevilla, the Forwarding Manager of Globalia Manila, receives a plaque of certification and an award for 15 years of services for the company

Gateway Logistics Inc, Globalia member in Manila, celebrated their 17th Anniversary on 2nd of July 2019

Gateway Logistics Inc, Globalia member in Manila, Philippines, recently awarded their Forwarding Manager, Mr. Francis M.Fondevilla for 15 years of services for the company. Mr. Fondevilla worked as the Sales Account Executive for a shipping company for 8 years before joining Gateway Logistics in 2004. “Initially, I was apprehensive of accepting the post of Forwarding Manager since my experience in this area was limited. However, after attending the formal seminars and the network meetings I learned all the nuances of the job and came across some real good connections which have been a perfect start for me.” says Mr. Fondevilla.

Apart from a plaque of appreciation, Mr. Fondevilla also received a cash reward of $300 from the company. The timing of the award also coincided with the 17th Anniversary of Gateway Logistics. Mr. Fondevilla further adds, “We had a great time over food and drinks with our team members and friends and colleagues from the shipping lines. Now that GLI is on its 17th year in the business, we are very happy to inform everyone that our company which has a total of more than 60 employees has gone far in terms of experience and dedication and is well versed in all aspects related to logistics.”

Congratulations to Gateway Logistics and wishing them all the best for the future!

The regulations in Indian Customs have been modified


Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), India, has confirmed that the Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment Regulations are to come to effect from 1st August 2019


As per the new regulations, the Authorized Sea Carrier (ASC) shall submit the Arrival Manifest electronically prior to the departure from the last port of call to the Indian port of call for imports and submit the Departure Manifest electronically before departure from the Indian port of call for exports.

The key requirements are listed below. Henceforth the customers will be required to provide shipping details to carriers, so as to strictly comply with all the regulations.

Arrival Manifest (AM) = Import General Manifest IGM 

For all imports into India: Mandatory rule of Arrival Manifest should be filed in customs before the vessel departs from last foreign port of call. This is applicable for all containers going to discharge for local delivery or discharge for transshipment at any Indian Ports. Mentioning of Harmonized (HS) Code of 8-digit is now mandatory for Arrival Manifest to customs.

Departure Manifest (DM) = Export General Manifest EGM 

For all exports from India: It is now mandatory to submit the Departure Manifest to Indian Customs prior to the sailing of the vessel from the port of loading in India. This is applicable for all containers being loaded / planned for loading, on the said vessel at Indian ports.

Indian Custom’s new requirement on Bill of Landing:

All future export shipments from India will require the shipper to submit HS CODE (6 digits) & CIF Value while updating the BL w.e.f from 1st August 2019 onwards. Both the HS Code & the CIF Value of the cargo should be the same, as mentioned on the ‘Final & Original Commercial Invoice & Packing List’ because this needs to be in compliance with the Indian Customs Regulations. However, if the client wishes to change the HS Code or CIF Value after submitting the details to shipping line, then, there are chances of additional documentation charges / amendment charges along with ‘Fine or Penalties’ if any, to be levied by the load port (for exports) & delivery port (for imports).

The SCMT meeting held at Mumbai Customs House was attended by the JC Customs, members of customs, along with the Chief Commissioners and the technical team from ICEGATE. The JC Member Customs said that from 1st August 2019, 45 days will be considered as the gestation period for filing IGM/EGM with / through the old system. Upon completion of the gestation period of 45 days, the concerned parties should start filing in SCMT and, after 90 days, the SCMT system will start in full swing. Additionally, the errors arising out of trial run shall be reviewed leniently.

However, the SCMT would officially take effect from 1st August 2019 with 90 days being the grace period, starting from 1st August 2019. Moreover, the HSN Code and Commercial Invoice Value are marked as “mandatory requirements”. Every container which is calling an Indian port should have the HSN Code and Commercial Invoice value – both for imports and exports.

Globalia would like to thank its member in Ahmedabad, Asia Master, for bringing this to everybody’s attention.

Globalia partners with WOP Dubai 2019 –The International Perishables Expo in the Middle East

The 2019 edition of the event will be held from 12th to 14th November at the Dubai World Trade Centre

WOP DUBAI an event exclusively dedicated to the region’s fresh produce industry is expected to attract participants from 35 countries around the world, in addition to experts and specialists in the field of fresh produce. A clearly structured exhibition profile covers the entire products chain on the trade of fresh produce. The event features a large display of products related to the service of fresh produce including fresh products, technical equipment, fresh product trading, fresh produce safety, transport and logistics, and fresh produce services.

Over the past ten years this exhibition has been extremely successful in helping businesses explore new opportunities by connecting investors, decision-makers and other stakeholders. The event is all the more significant since the UAE is a regional hub for re-export of fresh produce, with the quantity of such goods increasing about 710,000 tons in 2017 worth about $ 1.6 billion.

The WOP Dubai – Logistics & Cold Chain segment would give the opportunity to the logistics and cold chain industry professionals to meet the professionals from the fresh produce industry and create the chance to establish new business opportunities within the Middle East region.

Globalia encourages its members to participate in the event. Interested members can download the registration form from their website: https://www.wop-dubai.com/

AMA Freight Co Ltd wins the Forwarder of the Year Award for the pesticide industry

They received the award from the China Crop Protection Industry Association last 28th of June

AMA Freight Co Ltd, Globalia member in Tianjin, China, and Hamburg, Germany, gets the Forwarder of the Year Award for the pesticide industry from the China Crop Protection Industry Association which is the country’s biggest network of the agriculture industry. “We have demonstrated our capacity as one of the foremost logistics company specialising in dangerous goods and hazardous cargo which involves strict regulations and requires special handling in China. Over 80% of the goods we are moving from China are hazardous chemicals related to agriculture.” says Leonard Slezak from AMA Freight. 

AMA Freight comes with well trained members to guarantee a smooth and professional service as per IMO-Regulations. This also includes value added services such as their own stuffing supervisors who are controlling warehouses and the new suppliers of their customers. Mr. Slezak further adds, “We make sure to maintain good relations with all parties involved in the DG supply chain which is an absolute must to survive in this challenging sector.”

Congratulations to AMA Freight and wishing them the best for their future endeavours!

Globalia Mombasa, Kenya, celebrates 20 years of business!

Willfreight Express Cargo Services which was formed 20 years back with just 4 members is currently manned by 50 employees

Willfreight Express Cargo Services, Globalia member in Mombasa, Kenya, has recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary. “We achieved several milestones since our foundation more than 2 decades back. Just in the last couple of months, we have cleared and delivered shipments that require expert handling to various destinations around the globe and these include two full aircraft units, a number of aircraft engines and several aircraft parts. Our name pops up when it comes to aircraft parts, full aircraft units, critical cargo and time constrained shipments within the continent.” says Florence Jepkosgei, the freight manager of Willfreight. 

On the occasion of the anniversary, WECS has created a very interactive and responsive website so as to meet the needs of their potential as well as existing customers. The website is also up to date with the latest information, offers, news and events in the aerospace and logistics industries. Moreover, their Human Resource department has taken the initiative of recruiting the most proficient operations and customer service personnel for excellent delivery services for their customers.

Ms. Jepkosgei adds, “Our Human Resource department also has a program in place whose mission is to tap as well as improve the resourcefulness of individuals in the company. Together with our Human Resource department, we are running corporate donation programs. We have been nominated by international relief organizations as part of their top five logistics services provider.”

A very happy 20th Anniversary to Willfreight and warm congratulations for their commendable achievements!

The second edition of Globalia’s 2019 newsletters has been published and available for viewing on the website

This newsletter comes with the latest update about our 2020 Annual Meeting, interesting news bits and pieces from the sector and all the latest news from the Globalia members

We are glad to announce that the summer edition of Globalia’s quarterly newsletter has been published and available for viewing. Take a look to find out the date and venue of Globalia’s upcoming Annual Meeting in 2020. Like always we have also included relevant news bits from the sector, more information about FreightViewer, and all the news about the accomplishments of our members in the past three months.

We have introduced a new section in the newsletter called Public Holidays where we have listed down all the public holidays in every major city of the world in the next 3 months. We have come up with this section to keep the members updated about the regional holidays in several cities and countries where they might have businesses. This will help the members to avoid unnecessary hassles from them as well as their network partners.

Hope you enjoy reading!

Globalia Santiago passes ISO 9001:2015 audit successfully!

ILS Chile has been approved by the auditors of Certicator Burea Veritas for their ISO 9001:2015 certification audit

ILS Chile, Globalia Santiago, has been approved by the ISO 9001 Certification audit which surely lends more credibility to their company.

In the words of Sylvia Aroca, the Coordination Manager of ILS Chile, “We are very happy with the outcome of this audit which has motivated us to keep enhancing our standards and work ethics which is one of our most important commitments.” ;

This prestigious certification will make ILS Chile stand out from their competitors in Santiago. Ms. Aroca further adds, “We had a revision audit a few months back which was very successful and we managed to keep this certification. I’d like to thank my entire team for making this possible! The addition of this international standard will obviously encourage our customers and partners to choose our services over the rest.”

Congratulations to ILS Chile for garnering this prestigious certification!

Globalia Porto Alegre moves a collaboration shipment from Sidney, Canada, to Rio Grande Port, Brazil

Following Globalia’s 3rd Annual Meeting, Clemar Assessoria e Logistica is carrying on business with numerous Globalia agents from various cities around the globe

Clemar Assessoria e Logistica, the Globalia member in Porto Alegre, Brazil, has recently moved a shipment from Sidney, Canada, to Rio Grande Port, Brazil. The cargo consisted of a machine which will be used in the furniture industry. 

This shipment which was moved by Globalia Porto Alegre in collaboration with KMR Global Logistics, Globalia member in Vancouver, Canada, weighed 18 ton and required the use of 1x 20 Flat rack and 1x 40 High Cube containers. “It was necessary to use a special flat rack container due to the machine’s dimensions. Our network partner arranged for the container’s pick up and international ocean freight. We were responsible for the customs procedures at Brazil side and our team safely delivered the machine to the importer.” says Denise Justin from the Commercial Department of Clemar Assessoria e Logistica.

Since attending Globalia’s 3rd Annual Meeting at Abu Dhabi, Clemar Assessoria e Logistica has embarked on a number of projects with Globalia members from various cities in Canada, Germany, Argentina, USA, Poland, Italy, Turkey, and Mexico. Ms. Justin further added, “Attending the meeting has allowed us to garner many important projects. We hope that our mutual cooperation continues for many years, and we intend to add more partners to our services.”

Congratulations to Clemar Assessoria e Logistica and wishing them the very best for their future projects!

Globalia’s 4th Annual Meeting will take place at Le Meridien Beach Resort in Phuket, Thailand

The event which will take place from 29th – 31st March 2020 will also include a corporate group tour with the attending delegates

The date, venue, and agenda of Globalia’s 4th Annual Meeting have already been finalized. In the coming year, our members will be attending our Annual Meeting at Le Meridien Beach Resort on the beautiful island of Phuket from 29th-31st March. Like all our previous conferences, our 2020 Annual Meeting will also help to reinforce the ties among network members while driving a substantial amount of businesses for the member companies.

Some of the highlights of the meeting will include the Welcome Cocktail Reception, a Gala Dinner, Party, and 32 one-to-one meetings with your existing and potential partners. Moreover, this year we have included a half day group sightseeing tour with the members to one of the must-visit destinations near the island. A relaxing trip with your fellow members will promote your networking in a way which cannot be achieved by any other means.

The details about the meeting, venue, and agenda is already available on our website. The information about the registration will soon be made available.

Globalia Piraeus joins forces with their network partner and moves a cargo from Shanghai to Bangkok

The shipment which consisted of heavy machines was moved in collaboration with the Globalia member in Hong Kong

Feroniki SA International Shipping Forwarding, the Globalia member in Piraeus, Greece, moves a cargo consisting of pump machines from Shanghai to Bangkok. This shipment which was moved in cooperation with RS Logistics Limited comprised of heavy pump machines. 


The cargo was moved in 40’ Open Top Containers and the shipment reached the consignee’s site safely and on time. “Everybody involved in this project did an excellent job and the members from our two teams coordinated perfectly. Our participation in GLB’s 2019 Annual Meeting helped us bag this important project. I’d like to thank the team of RS Logistics for their cooperation and professionalism.” says Mr Nikos Liberopoulos, the Sales Manager of Feroniki International. 


Congratulations to Feroniki International for a job well concluded!