I.B. CARGO SRL

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CATALIN PUTINEANU

  |  2015-12-07

Spectacular exports set off freight transport growth

The big freighters still don’t have runways in Romania, and a solution which we also offer is to combine airfreight with trucking.

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I.B. CARGO SRL




CATALIN PUTINEANU

CATALIN PUTINEANU

MANAGING DIRECTOR at I.B. CARGO SRL

1. How would you describe the evolution of the Romanian freight market this year?


The Romanian freight transport market has registered a growth in volume and is now around EUR 7 billion. This growth is sustained by the spectacular evolution of exports last year, which reached a record level of around EUR 52 billion in 2014, and by the increase in the airfreight sector. But the growth was also observed in the other sectors, as well, such as sea freight or trucking.


The biggest increase comes from the airfreight sector, followed by trucking and then the sea freight. As a share from the total forwarding market, the trucking segment holds about two-thirds of all goods delivered.


More than that, sea freight represents a strategic sector in Romania. The amount of cargo passing through the port of Constanta also registered a growth this year.

 

2. From your point of view, which freight sector has been the most dynamic in 2015? What are your expectations for these sectors in 2016?


The most dynamic sector for us has been the airfreight sector. The clock battle became increasingly fierce and decreasing the delivery time has become a top priority. The clients of our clients need them to produce and deliver the goods faster and, in that moment, choosing the airfreight can be a solution for them. IB Cargo is a professional partner on the logistic side for all its clients, offering them personalized freight forwarding solutions, not only quotations.


Thus, we adapt to our clients’ needs and continuously develop our services in order to offer them personalized solutions. IB Cargo added On Board Courier and NFO (Next Flight Out) services to the normal airfreight services.


On Board Courier is the service that delivers the cargo in maximum 24 hours to any destination. The client receives a quotation in maximum 30 minutes, 24/24/7. After the client confirms the request, an IB Cargo representative leaves with the client’s cargo on the next passenger flight and accompanies the goods during the transportation. At present, we have 1-2 On Board Courier services per day for clients from automotive, fashion and electronic industries. On the other hand, the NFO (Next Flight Out) is the service that offers a transit time that is half compared to the normal one.


Bucharest is and remains the centre of the airfreight market in Romania because the biggest airport in the country is here. Nevertheless, the big freighters still don’t have runways in Romania, and a solution which we also offer is to combine airfreight with trucking from Frankfurt and Vienna in order to perform door-to-door delivery.

 

3. Following some simple quantitative and qualitative indicators, could you tell us what IB Cargo represents at this moment in time?


IB Cargo is an independent freight forwarder that offers personalized solutions for our clients, no matter if they are multinational companies or local entrepreneurs, in order to fit their needs. Thus, we perform one stop shop freight forwarding services worldwide. In 2014, we had 1,923 clients, most of them recurrent, due to the fact that they are satisfied with our professional services.


More than that, regarding the transports we operate, IB Cargo chooses the best partners in each country, so that our clients’ cargo is always safe and picked up and delivered on time. Thus, we are members of two international networks of freight forwarders, which operate like us in every major port/ airport in the world.


In Romania, IB Cargo is one of the top players for the LCL services (less than a container load). On this type of service, we have direct weekly consoles from Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Singapore, Hong Kong to Constanta for imports. On the other hand, IB Cargo can also operate exports via Hamburg (not only Constanta), reducing the transit time, because this port registers a higher transit of cargo and the departures are more often.

 

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