We are delighted to confirm that our Ligentia team in Australia have successfully attained a number of ISO accreditations.

The standards attained, with certification underway, are:

  • ISO 9001:2015 (quality management system – ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements)
  • ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management system that can be used to enhance Ligentia’s environmental performance)
  • ISO 45001:2018 (IMS is compliant with the world’s international standard for occupational health and safety, and is used / followed to protect our employees and visitors from work-related accidents and ill health, as well as proactively improving our OH&S performance)

Through the attainment of these ISO accreditations, Ligentia is able to provide increased confidence to customers and stakeholders that the service they receive is of a high quality. The standards ensure we take a consistent approach to services both internally and externally and allow continual improvements to take place within the business (including increases in efficiency and productivity) based on the measuring and monitoring of performance.

Additionally, we will be able to build even stronger relationships with our customers and suppliers, while at the same time providing confidence to key stakeholders and regulatory authorities that the business is being managed well.

Speaking regarding Ligentia Australia’s achievements, Dean Neville, Managing Director – Australia, said:

“We started our disciplined IMS journey some five years ago, continuously testing ourselves via external half-yearly workplace auditing alongside our day-to-day management and operational process improvement initiatives. Over the last three years, auditor feedback about our 3PL warehouses has reviewed our practices as at or above the standards required to be considered in the ISO application process.

“We committed to the application process in late H2 2020 and went through rigorous ISO auditing in early 2021. We passed all of the testing. Ultimately, the standards achieved are testament to how we operate together in a daily basis – but it’s certainly nice to be able to rightfully reference the globally recognised accreditations too!”

We look forward to continuing to work to these standards to provide the best service possible for all. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about how our teams can support your supply chain requirements.

With COVID-19 cases in the Indian Subcontinent surging, restrictions to prevent the spread have been introduced in Bangladesh, as well as parts of India.

Bangladesh

Last week, the Bangladesh government declared a strict lockdown running from 14th-21st April 2021. The lockdown has now been extended until 28th April 2021. We have provided some details regarding the restrictions below:

  • Banks will open for three hours (SUN to THU) from 10am to 1pm during lockdown
  • All government and private offices will remain closed during the lockdown
  • International and domestic flights to Bangladesh were suspended from Wednesday 14th; the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has suspended operations of around 500 international flights
  • In order to run the export-import flow, the government has permitted apparel factories to remain operational by maintaining social distancing, taking necessary precautions and facilitating transportation for workers
  • CFS and Port will continue their operation, taking necessary precautions and facilitating transportation for workers
  • Public transport services will be suspended, however movement of vehicles that are involved in transporting export-import goods, emergency services, food and medical equipment will be permitted
  • Essential services such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocery stores are out of the purview of the lockdown
  • Public movement is restricted except in the case of emergencies

India

Both Tamil Nadu and Delhi State Governments have announced new restrictions.

In Delhi, a six-day lockdown will run from 10pm on 19th April until 5am on 26th April:

  • All gatherings – social, religious and political – are banned
  • All private and government offices have been asked to work remotely
  • Essential services, food services and medical services will continue

In Tamil Nadu, night curfews and Sunday lockdowns will take effect from 20th April:

  • Night curfew will be in force from 10pm-4am
  • Public and private transport services will not be permitted
  • Inter-state and intra-state movement of public and private vehicles will not be permitted
  • Essential services, food services and medical services will continue

For further information or a chat about your current shipment enquiries click here.

The COVID-19 pandemic, port congestion and equipment shortages have meant supply chains across the globe have faced unprecedented challenges over the last year. Now, following the recent Suez Canal blockage, the world’s largest ports are preparing themselves for further congestion, with as much as 1.9m TEU of cargo expected to be affected.

At such a difficult time, it is more crucial than ever before for businesses to work with a partner who can provide a varied portfolio of alternative solutions. Global Product and Development Director Lee Alderman-Davis, who heads up Ligentia’s Product Development team, is leading the way in ensuring Ligentia has one such portfolio.

With many businesses struggling at this time, Lee offers a deeper insight into sea-air services and their benefits…

The Importance of Sea-Air

For some time now, we have been seeing relentlessly high air freight rates and a severe lack of capacity.

There has been very little in the way of recovery in the passenger market and airlines are charging higher rates to make operations financially viable. Capacity is constrained too, with the UK importing millions of Covid test kits, an increase in hi-tech imports, ecommerce and retailers looking to replenish their stocks. Additionally, the effects of the Suez Canal blockage mean that any spare capacity is unlikely to be around for long.

Sea freight would be the first alternative in this situation, but between port congestion, lack of equipment and the incident with the Ever Given, the market remains heavily disrupted. The ripple effects of the blockage are expected to be felt until at least July, and Maersk have reported that it will lead to loss of capacity between 20-30% in the coming weeks.

The result? More businesses are considering combining the two modes to get the best of both worlds – low-cost ocean transport, and high-speed air.

Sea-Air Advantages

Ligentia’s sea-air product has a number of great benefits.

By combining the sea and air modes, you can save 30-40% of ocean transit time – so it’s a much speedier solution – and with virtually guaranteed transit times, it’s very reliable. Providing total control at origin, we also ensure our customers receive priority loading. They are the last container to be loaded and the first to be off loaded. With a fast turnaround in Dubai and a flight directly to Heathrow or Europe, sea-air services are extremely agile and incredibly simple.

Avoiding Suez Canal-Driven Disruption

Sea-air services are a great solution for navigating the disruption caused by the Ever Given. We offer priority loading onto vessels, a short transit time to Dubai, fast turnaround and then straight onto a flight to destination.

Below are just some examples of the origins we now offer the sea-air product on, including Chittagong, Shenzhen, Mumbai, Penang, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh:

Customer Support

Right now, our teams are working closely with our customers to find the solutions that best suit their needs. As a service provider, it’s our responsibility to find alternatives for customers – and with disruption expected for at least another few months, it’s going to be an ongoing process.

Our dedicated team of sea-air experts are in place and ready to support businesses who will be able to benefit from multimodal shipping.

If you would like to find out more about our sea-air services and discuss your requirements, please get in touch. We’re here to help!