Direct air freight connection increases access, and speeds up transit times between China and Kaunas in Lithuania – important gateway to Northern Europe, Nordics, Russia and the Baltics
HONG KONG - July 13, 2011 - Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has introduced a scheduled freighter service that will directly connect key origins in China via Shanghai to Kaunas, Lithuania. With few freight options that cover this routing, the new service delivers stable and faster access, helping customers move goods from China into the rapidly growing markets of Northern Europe, the Nordics, Russia and the Baltics.
The freighter has a capacity of 107 tons and will initially operate on a weekly basis. Space is guaranteed. The new service allows Agility’s customers faster access to these markets with its Air Freight “Expedited” and “Premier” products on the route with reduced transit times of between one and four days, depending on destination.
The service forms part of a comprehensive logistics offering featuring additional supply chain solutions: pick-up and warehousing in China, customs clearance in Kaunas and warehousing in Lithuania. Together with its partner in Lithuania, Hoptrans, Agility provides freight forwarding over land from Kaunas to a wide range of onward destinations including all major cities in the region. At the destination, customer options will include customs clearance, warehousing in bonded and non-bonded facilities. With a departure on Saturday morning from Shanghai and customs cut-off on Friday morning, this new service allows customers to load their cargo for delivery over the weekend, with many destinations receiving cargo on Monday.
“Northern Europe, the Nordics, Russia and the Baltics all show increasing demand for air freight,” said Michael Blaufuss, Agility’s Senior Vice President of Air Freight. “With our own freighter service, we are now uniquely positioned to offer end-to-end supply chain solutions that offer reliability and speed on these important trade routes.”
John Klompers, Agility’s Chief Commercial Officer added, “This new service underlines Agility’s commitment to our customers in fast developing markets. This service will help them build robust and reliable transportation links that in turn connect their customers and operations around the world.”
As part of the service and for the first time, Agility is offering its Air Freight Expedited product to countries where it was previously unavailable, as well as its Air Freight Premier product. Air Freight Expedited is available to Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Finland, and the Air Freight Premier is available to Hungary, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.
From its roots in emerging markets, Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed countries and emerging economies alike. A publicly traded company, Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics with close to $6 billion in annual revenue and 22,000 employees in more than 550 offices across 120 countries.
Agility's commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), is headquartered in Switzerland. Agility GIL provides supply chain solutions to meet complex and traditional customer needs. GIL offers air, sea and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, fuels and chemicals.
Agility's unique collection of portfolio businesses includes Agility Defense & Government Services, a logistics provider to governments, ministries of defense and international organizations. Agility's Infrastructure group of companies manages commercial and industrial real estate and offers solutions in customs optimization and clearance, waste management and recycling, aviation services, remote infrastructure and life support.
For more information about Agility, visit www.agilitylogistics.com.