Tips to maintain your truck / trailers during Lockdown and keep it roadworthy

Covid19 pandemic has unleashed an un-precedented situation and affected everyone around the globe, disrupting routine life. In the absence of an effective counter in the form of a vaccine, the only recourseat this point of time world over is adopting  ‘social distancing’ Lockdown measures and isolation. Nation upon nation are forced to announce a lockdown to stymie the rapidly increasing infection. The stern measures to make sure everyone reduce human contact to the least possible and stay indoors, practice personal hygiene are being enforced by governments in the best possible manner. In such a scenario, it is imperative with restrictions put forth by various authorities the movement of trucks, trailers, air freighters would have dramatically reduced and one could assume that they would relatively remain unused.

Motor vehicles remaining un-used is not a good situation since vehicles, planes are a sum total of multiple sub-assemblies of components that take care of myraid functions to keep the vehicle moving. Not using them could jam these parts and will take some effort to get them back going. We spoke to some specialist to prepare some tips for our Carrier partners / transporters to help them keep their Truck assets roadworthy.

Since Lockdown announcements have come as a surprise across countries, it has given the Trucking Partner/ Pilot not enough time to plan. The current reading from the ground is that, it is going to take a while before we see the vehicle utilization going back to earlier levels. Nevertheless, here are some tips that we have collated from experts who have outlined, what could be done in such un-precedented times. This will also help truckers from incurring additional costs and visits to the service centers and added costs.

  1. Park the truck preferably in a safe dry truck terminal, parking area, dhabha. Also try and ensure that exposure to dust and humidity is minimal
  2. Ensure that the place is free of Rats / rodents, since they can play havoc with your cabling, material etc.
  3. If the truck has to be parked for longer duration, do not use parking brakes, because brakes can fade. Put the truck in ‘gear’ and use chocks (wedges) behind the tires.
  4. Start vehicle and keep engine running twice a week for 15 minutes in idle state, keep engine running with Headlights ‘on’ if possible. Maintain the viscosity of the oil and help lubricate all the engine moving parts, cooling/ radiator assembly and the alternator will charge the batteries.
  5. Incase there is a anticipated longer gap, it is advisable to disconnect the battery and then only reconnect when you need to.
  6. If vehicles are kept stationary for extended period, a phenomenon called as ‘flat spots’ occur with tires Therefore it is important to rotate the wheels and move it around to alter the contact patch with ground in parking.
  7. If the vehicle has been unused for a long period, make sure the windows are lowered when you start it. At Least for 15 minutes to make sure the cabin is aired out ensuring adequate ventilation.
  8. If possible try and grease up the joints, bearings, axles. spring etc
  9. Last but not the least, if the place permits, move the vehicle and take short rounds to keep the truck / trailer Functionalities working in perfect conditions

Emergency Road side assistance Call– Commercial Truck Manufacturers

Tata Commercial Vehicle On Call Road service – 1800 209 7979

Eicher Commercial Vehicle On Call Road service – 1800 102 3531

Ashok Leyland Commercial Vehicle On Call Road service – 1800 266 3340

Mahindra Commercial Vehicle On Call Road service – 1800 209 6006

Bharat Benz Commercial Vehicle On Call Road service – 1800 120 380380

Digital freight platform – The Logistics solution for graded withdrawal of Lockdown #logistics

The cataclysmic black swan covid -19 pandemic has literally brought the world to its knees. With no known vaccine, the infections and deaths rising in all parts of the world, the only effective recourse at this juncture seems to be isolation. Countries all across the world have adopted various formats of isolation, shutdown, lockdown and adopting a work from home format to counter the spread. India has by for adopted one of the strictest isolation measures by Locking down the country for a period of 21 days and invoking section 144 prohibiting any assembly of more than 4 people. A stern stance by all state governments on closing down all establishments from governments to private institutions were strictly enforced and only keeping essential services functional. As the days progressed, further actions like sealing of state, district and buildings and containment zones , use of compulsory face masks and permissions for movements are being implemented. All these measures definitely contributed immensely from preventing a rapid scaleup in the infections, however in a high density population country like India the possibility of containment to near zero, is a tall order. Needless to say the early co-ordinated action and communication machinery by the authorities, has so far kept the ascending infection curve in control. Notwithstanding the fact that the ensuing days will evidence the true merit and efficacy of these actions, hoping that we do not see a situation where deaths become the order of the day and citizens need to resort to wearing PPEs daily to venture out.

All this has led to a drastic contraction in the economic activity, more so since the advent of the lockdown activities happened in the crucial fourth quarter of the Financial year. Any hope of making up the already flagging economy / year by a last quarter spike also vanished. For a developing economy (GDP 2.59Tr) this paralysis in economic activities could setback the country several years back. It is estimated that the economic impact could be in the tune of 6% unto end April and unto 9% loss on GDP if extended to May. The fallout of this unprecedented epidemic would have far reaching consequences on society, changing behavioral pattern, consumerism also not the mention the fact of general trust and confidence among people, since the discovery of an effective vaccine is possibly months/ years away.

It is but apparent that the economy cannot remain in this suspended state for prolonged periods, since this could usher in massive poverty and deaths due to hunger. Therefore the authorities must plan and action a graded withdrawal procedure of lockdown with directives for the citizens to follow. Since the only counter response that has worked is “social distancing” “ isolation” and keeping the elderly and medically unfit people insulated, laws must be passed and implemented across board. Logistics and Supply Chain sector which is essential and most vital for wheels of the economy to move and also to reach essentials to the citizens should be permitted with Guidelines of operations.

Logistics, since it involves moving raw material and finished goods across multiple modes, CFSs, Warehouses, factories, stockists, retailers etc involves manpower, equipments , handling, stocking etc. Being fragmented, inefficient, over 80% of the goods movement happen in a traditional or conventional manner. It is apparent that this methodology cannot be adopted since it will contravene the essence of social distancing which is of paramount importance today.

However, stake holders, authorities could adopt Digital Freight platforms who in the past few years have established themselves with their technology, innovation and scale and ushering in a radically new efficient business framework.

Both Clients (Shippers) and Carriers (Transporters/ Freight forwarders) could embrace and adopt these platforms, whereby Contactless (social distancing) and adherence to rules ( SOPs) framed by authorities could be followed very rigorously.

Every shipment, communication could be tracked by all stake-holders real-time and unnecessary crowding in sensitive areas could be avoided and only optimal manpower could be deployed.

Real-time contact with transporters ingressing into a city or facility or egressing the city, facility could be monitored effectively, all documentation, eway bill, specific citiwise permissions could be made available.

Medical kits, emergency material can be tracked and timed also re-directed to areas that require it.

Transport partners could be fore-warned, redirected, ensure seamless movement also take care of their boarding and resting requirements.

For intracity deliveries transporters on the platform could carry out housing colony order mandates on Digital Freight platform and could deliver it at a designated time colony to colony.

Unprecedented times calls for out of the box thinking all with a view to be a responsible citizen. Authorities Shippers could mandate clients, transporters to use digital freight platforms like valueshipr to undertake their transactions and get them to adhere and adapt to the current situation.

Transporters and Shippers could register by visiting or call 8655012255

How 3PL 4PL players can benefit out of Digital Logistics Platform

How 3PL / 4PL Logistics players can benefit from Digital Logistics Platform

An estimated 60% volumes in Logistics and Supply Chain activities in the country are managed by 3PL and 4 PL players.

A third-party 3PL logistics provider provides outsourced logistics services to companies. These services can make up part or sometimes all of their Logistics and supply chain management activities.

The 3PL activities include: Inventory storage and management, Picking and packing, Freight forwarding, Shipping/distribution, Customs brokerage, Contract management, IT solutions, Cross-docking etc.

A fourth-party 4PL logistics provider essentially takes third-party logistics a step further by managing resources, technology, infrastructure, and even manage external 3PLs to design, build and provide supply chain solutions for businesses.

4PL services typically encompass 3PL services as well as:

Analytics including transportation spend, analysis, capacity utilization, and carrier performance Logistics strategy, Freight sourcing strategies, Network analysis and design, Consultancy, Business planning, Change management, Project management, Control tower and network management services, coordinating a wide supplier base across many modes and geographies, Inventory planning and management, Inbound, outbound and reverse logistics management

To avail services of these players in the market make a lot of sense to Shippers, because they bring in the necessary expertise and help in close co-ordination and adherence to timelines and controlling costs.

However most of the players offering these services are Asset light and do not have captive Vehicle inventory and outsource it to service providers / transporters. Often it is observed that there is always a challenge when the vehicles are required to be placed thereby putting pressure on the delivery timelines.

An association with Digital platform like VALUESHIPR www. helps 3PL & 4PL Logistics players to directly integrate with the Transporters, streamline, integrate and adhere to high service standards at optimum costs, in their business dealings.

Relocation – Top 3 Tips For Packing and Moving House

Relocation – Require Movers and Packers – Here are some tips !

Moving goods or relocation can be quite overwhelming or draining experience for people involved. Whether it is shifting current home or office or shifting machinery into new premises across cities, states or even internationally, requires great energy levels, oversight, thought and care.

At VALUESHIPR, jointly with our partners, we get involved in the process of planning out the entire activity to ensure that the activity is handled with care and at reasonable costs. Even for an expats coming into India or going out of the country the whole process needs specialised skills and the experience quiet daunting.

Suggested below are some steps, preparation that you need to follow for smooth and stress-free transition:

Plan Ahead-

Planning ahead of your move is absolutely essential. Needless to say, the most savvy mover does so months before the arranged date. Atleast 2 months before the planned date, start with informing Banks, Post offices, Chartered Accountants, Club Memberships, Credit Card companies, schools, tutions etc.

One month before the move, arrange for a pre-move survey. You may be moving into a larger property,but you will save a lot of time and effort if you scale down your material goods before you have to pack them up. Inspection will reveal a lot of redundant items. Any items you can’t bear to lose but aren’t currently being used, can be boxed up early.

Get packing materials (quality packing materials!) early on. Pack gradually to reduce stress. Label your boxes by room, colour code to make it easier, and of course, mark fragile items as such, with a “This side up” label.

Further, back up your personal computer, collect school records, collect international driver’s licence ( if needed), Purchase additional items that you wish to send in the shipment, sell car ( if needed), sell plants, furniture appliances or give it away. Visit doctor / dentist and obtain medical / dental records. Cancel magazine or newspaper subscriptions. Check If any dry Cleaning of clothes needed, Inform the telephone company and electricity / gas/ water authorities. Reduce/dispose of all frozen/perishable foods. Write a plan of action down and make sure everyone moving with you is aware and onboard.

Packing up the kitchen and unpacking the bedroom first

Packing kitchens is a tough act when trying to move home. There is heavy stuff, breakable things and lots of sharp items amongst other things. Pack before any other room, but leave out the kettle, toaster and anything that you will need on the day. Tea / coffee breaks are essential. Your fridge should have been emptied and switched off at least 24 hours before and throughly cleaned before moving.

Original packaging would be the best, if not, pack and protect all appliances as best you can. Bubble wrap all breakables, making sure glasses and cups are filled (newspaper will do). Always stack plates with a layer of protection between each, again enough newspaper to allow cushioning is fine.
Essentially bubble wrap the fine china. No sharp ends left unsheathed, no boxes packed improperly. Also mark heavy boxes as heavy.

Bedrooms are one of the most important rooms to unpack first because you will be using this before any other room is ready. Make sure the bed is where it should be, thereafter the kitchen, dining room, drawing room and bathroom can be sorted.

Some tips on Unpacking

Group pots and pans handles together. Use new boxes, especially for valuable and heavy items.
Pack in order of necessity eg; Vases before appliances, bookcases before beds. Have a bag of ‘on the day’ necessities ready. Teabags, Tissues, spare clothes; whatever you need while in transit. Make sure you label electronic appliances connections where it was unplugged from.

“FRAGILE”, “HEAVY”, “THIS SIDE UP”. At least one of these on every COLOUR CODED box (Red = Kitchen, Green = Bedroom, etc.). “ESSENTIAL” on the boxes that will assist in the moving in process. Cleaning items, detergents , towels etc. Things you need, you take for granted.

Plan your move for the middle for the week. In general, it costs more to move at weekends and it’s when most choose to do so, making a move date competitive. However, more planning is needed as help is harder to find during typical working hours. Rush hour can cause delays, therefore entry and exit in a city needs to be carefully thought through. But for low cost moving, Monday through Thursday is often best

Happy Moving

Marine Insurance


International or cross border trade has its beginnings in ancient times, whereby people began exploring distant lands in search of goods to barter or conquer new geographies. Besides moving by foot or horses, sea was one of the popular options used by people to traverse distant places.
However there were plenty of unforseen risks like bad weather, collision or attacks by sea pirates or robbers and the fatalities used to be very high. These perils ushered in one of the oldest forms of Insurance viz; Marine Insurance or now loosely called transit insurance which not only protected the Ship but also the cargo being transported.

Broadly there are three types of Marine insurance

  • 1) Cargo Insurance
  • 2) Freight Insurance
  • 3) Hull Insurance

Most of these policies have flexible underwriting process and are open policies, which can be customised.

Key Highlights:

  1. Marine insurance for Cargo Ships transporting Goods across the world
  2. Worldwide global coverage
  3. Marine Policy for Every Type of Goods Transported

  4. Packed or general Cargo:

    Packed cargo refers to break bulk (goods in boxes, crates, drums and on pallets), neo bulk (lumber, paper, cars and trucks) and unitized cargo (packed in containers)

    Unpacked or bulk cargo:

    Bulk cargo includes Liquid/Wet Bulk (petroleum, gasoline, LNG [Liquefied Natural Gas], liquid chemicals, Juice & Wine in tankers) and Dry Bulk (coal, grain, iron ore, bauxite & cement carried in bulk carrier)

  5. Marine insurance policies do provide extensions to provide protection against damages caused due to riots, strikes and other such perils

Covers Available :

  1. Import or export shipments.
  2. Goods which are being transported via sea, rail, air, road or post.
  3. Goods being transported by coastal vessels which ply between different ports inside the country.
  4. Goods which are transported via vessels plying along rivers.

Marine Insurance policy Exclusions:

  1. Routine wear and tear or ordinary leakage.
  2. Incorrect and inadequate packaging of goods being transported.
  3. Damage caused due to delay.
  4. Damage caused willfully or intentionally.
  5. Damage caused due to civil commotion, strikes, war, riot, etc.
  6. Any damage or loss occurring due to bankruptcy or financial default of the owner of the transport vessel.

On the VALUESHIPR ( platform, we encourage all our Shipper or Cargo owners to avail of Marine Insurance during transportation of their goods. The premium in comparison to the Value of goods is very marginal. VALUESHIPR had deep relationships with Insurance providers which enables you to get Marine Insurance cover in a fraction of minutes, with few clicks. ( Register on of Marine insurance brings safety, confidence and healthy business environment besides, peace of mind for all Shippers.

Peace of Mind Cargo & Goods Transportation, with Stress-Free Deliveries

Stress-free, peace of mind transportation using Online Truck freight booking platform
Individuals or enterprises or companies will at various points of time need to shift goods from one point to other. Whether it’s furniture, car, bike office goods, machinery or pallet could be daunting and stressful. Since this assignment is not of regular nature for most of us, we do not know the contours of shipping or transportation. Even small to medium enterprises with ambitions to move their finished goods or raw materials, often find the entire process very cumbersome. Digital transformation has enabled and empowered people with choices like never before. Some pioneering initiatives done by companies like VALUESHIPR are paving a path towards transforming Logistics and Supply chain sector. One could just go online ( and book your freight, do a truck booking online, seek port to port freight rates sitting in the confines of his home or office.

Whether based in Mumbai, Delhi, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Ahmedabad, Surat, Indore, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi and many other towns, it would have been a tad difficult finding and requesting rates from individual transporters or freight forwarders, beyond all time consuming.

Just register and post your goods or cargo details on VALUESHIPR, you will be amazed to get competitive rates from dozens of transporters through a real-time online RFQ procedure. This helps you get a transparent and comparative freight quote. Now that’s not all

Understanding the five benefits that make transportation or shipping through VALUESHIPR the smartest, or safest way.

Verified and validated transporters:
Whether you’re shipping a piece of furniture, a car, finished goods, or something a little more unusual, like odd dimension heavy goods, safety of your goods are of paramount concern to you. It is well known that the transportation market in India is fragmented, unstructured and driven by brokers and therefore there is a very unhealthy level of trust prevalent. We have aggregated our transport associates after carrying out verification and validation of the truck owners and also pertinent to mention that they have been tested on multiple routes on assignments. Therefore you can be more at peace when you transport your goods with ValueShipr

Best Transportation Rates:
We are a neutral marketplace and therefore the Freight Bids that you receive is transparent and allows you to compare the Freight cost. Also you stand to benefit due to the large pool of transporters in the geo-fenced location or the ‘return’ truck headed to your destination sought by you giving you a highly competitive rate. The Platform allows you to place a SPOT, CONTRACT and TO PAY mode of transaction for your goods transportation and is one of its kind. Payments can me made in a very hassle free manner using the payment gateway, UPI or direct Bank Transfer. Also the payments that you make is not released to the transporter until there is a confirmation that your shipment has been safely delivered.

Efficiency & Optimization:
Beyond Load to Truck matching, geo-location, there are multiple intervention points where advanced technologies like Machine Learnings and AI have been used for route optimization, appropriate usage of volumetric space, expected delivery times ensuring high degree of compliance for the throughput.

Logistics Team Support:
An able professional Logistics operations team is continually monitoring and is standing by to help in the unlikely event that if anything goes wrong. The team involves in on any issues and offers hands-on assistance to resolve all kinds of transportation or shipping issues. The Valueshipr GPS- IOT Tracking systems helps in getting a all round visibility of the shipment for Shippers. eg; If a truck breakdown occurs, you’ll have access to our expansive network of alternate transportation and help and get your shipment delivered at no additional costs.

Most carriers already carry some level of insurance, but for your own peace of mind, purchasing additional cargo transit insurance is highly recommended. Booking through VALUESHIPR, you can get your Marine / transit Insurance at very low-cost, all with few clicks during the booking process.
To get started, just create your first booking visit . You can sit back, watch the quotes roll in, take an informed decision, and ship your goods with peace of mind.

Logistics performance Index -2018 – All is not Well with INDIA slipping on the League Table

“India jumps 19 places in the World Bank Logistics Index “ screamed the headlines carried by the mainstream media and the business publications when the last rankings were published in Jun 2016. From Rank 54, India catapulted to the 35th rank in the report published every two years. Every one involved in administration, economics, trade saw this acknowledgement as a huge positive impact and was confident that all policies and investments being made were in the right direction. This indicator was used all through 2017 to project the “Ease of doing business in India” showcasing the government’s progressive development stand. The enthusiasm also paved way to introduce the Statewise Logistics performance index, a first time in the country. However this was shortlived

Circa July 2018, when World Bank published the Logistics Performance Index 2018, India has slipped from the 35th position to the 44th position! Shocking ! What would have happened.!

Logistics is a $4.3 trillion Industry globally. It is the backbone of trade and good logistics can reduce trade cost and make countries compete globally. Getting logistics right, means improving infrastructure, skills, customs and regulations, policies and governance at the right proportion.

Lets understand what comprises the World Bank, Logistics performance Index :

The logistics performance (LPI) is the weighted average of the country scores on the six key dimensions:

  1. Efficiency of the clearance process (i.e; speed, simplicity and predictability of formalities) by border control agencies, including customs.
  2. Quality of trade and transport related infrastructure (e.g., ports, railroads, roads, information technology);
  3. Ease of arranging competitively priced shipments;
  4. Competence and quality of logistics services (e.g., transport operators, customs brokers);
  5. Ability to track and trace consignments;
  6. Timeliness of shipments in reaching destination within the scheduled or expected delivery time.

Find the comparison between the two reports:-

Report is published every two years by the World Bank

Almost all seven parameters that go into building the Index, has dropped for India. Now this is startling for the fact that in the last 24 months some of the key initiatives from the government in the area of Core infrastructure and logistics has been unleashed. The biggest reform in the form of GST “ One country one market” was implemented in 2017. This is considered the harbinger of reforms that would be actually propelling and smoothening the Logistics infrastructure across the country. Logistics sector was accorded Infrastructure status, paving way for development funds and priority in decisions.

The Government introduced several important measures to develop Infrastructure in the country, with the allocation of Rs. 5.35 lakh crore to develop 35,000km under phase-I of the Bharatmala road project, electrification of railway tracks, focus on high-speed trains, the Sagarmala programme and by actively working on e-mobility solutions for clean and cost-effective mobility. The initiative to set-up National Logistics Portal as a single online window to link all stakeholders will also give a big digital push and streamline the functioning of the Logistics sector. Another significant development is the Rs. 2.4 lakh crore towards development of smart cities that will give a uniform development across the nation.

The road sector has attracted private investments with new measures like the Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM), Toll-Operate-Transfer (TOT) model, improved land acquisition process, the launch of masala bonds and Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs) besides other initiatives. The Indian Railways has gained traction with a handsome budget allocation of 1.48 lakh crores furthering investment potential in areas such as elevated rail corridor in Mumbai, some parts of dedicated freight corridor, freight terminals, redevelopment of stations and power generation/energy saving projects. The introduction of Sagarmala programme, Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016 and the ‘Landlord port’ model have all been instrumental in giving a boost to the Ports & Shipping sector. The initiative of DPD Direct Port to door by JNPT has further eased the congestion at the port paving way for better efficiency and throughput. Several Logistics parks have been initiated across vital centres.

The Road ministry’s impetus on coastal and hinterland roads, objective to complete 300 road projects by 2019 , per day road construction moving from 8km to 22 km and targeting 40 kms is also very un-precedented.

All these buzz and activities in India, seems to have had no baring on the Task project team from the World Bank entrusted with publishing the Logistics performance Index. Have they been biased?

Maybe the reality of projects taking shape to give overall benefit at the ground level will still take some time. Until then, India needs to take cue and step on the accelerator for improvement

BestTransportationCost BestFreightCost – Tip – Online Transportation Platforms

Festival times are around the corner in India and elsewhere in the world. August through December witnesses some of the highest goods and cargo being shipped across to consumption points. The goods from raw material to the finished goods may see multiple modes of handling before it is eventually consumed. Manufacturers, distributors and logistics companies are constantly looking at most cost effective, efficient methods to transfer the goods to their destinations.

Shippers from Mumbai may be seeking Best transportation costs to Delhi, Bangalore , Chennai Hyderabad or Ahmedabad or even NhavaSheva from their warehouse facility at Bhiwandi, Thane, Navi Mumbai,Taloja or Kalamboli. Cargo-owners could also be looking for Best transportation costs from Gurgaon, ICD tuglaqbad, Dadri to places like Delhi Airport, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Indore or the NCR region.

India has a transportation model heavily leaning on Road mode. The sector is highly fragmented and has huge dependencies on Broker network. As a result there is huge opaqueness, non transparent pricing, very low trust, poor commitment levels and absence of professionalism. All these leads to poor accountabilities.

The advent of digitization and internet economy has ushered in the shared or network economy business models. Manufacturers, distributors or Logistics companies can now leverage the Online Truck or Trailer booking services either to fulfill their First Mile, Last Mile or Middle Mile requirements by just registering on platforms like and with few clicks or swipe, get a whole new hassle free experience in transportation. The platform uses technology to flank locations with Supply, match demand, orchestrate the throughput movement by providing visibility of shipment with tracking, automated documentation and Proof of delivery. Technologies like Cloud, Big data, IOT, AI and payments help bring in this transformation. All these with excellent backup of responsible Logistics team who ensures quality, timely deliveries and efficiency of cost savings.

This platform is a boon for a wide cross section of clients from a small entrepreneur to medium and large scale companies. One can effect ‘Spot’, ‘contract’ and ‘To pay’ assignments with Valueshipr.

The payments for the assignments can be made Online using Payment Gateway or direct Bank Transfer.

From small parcels to cargo, containers, relocation to ODD dimension large project shipments are transported by VALUESHIPR . Being a multimodal platform one could look at a complete solution for EXIM requirements as well. These initiatives are helping smart clients to now be assured of high quality of Logistics services.

Understanding Freight Forwarders and NVOCCs

   Freight ForwardersNon Vessel Owning Common Carrier
Shipper/CarrierActs as agent to/for the shippersActs as carrier to the shippers and shipper to the carriers
AssociationsMost recognized and global forwarders belong to an association of freight forwarders called FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations)which is considered to be the global voice of freight logisticsThere are no such associations for NVOCCs on a global basis while there may be some localized groupings in different countries.
Shipping documentationIssues their own bill of lading and other shipping documents which is generally based on standardized documentation created by FIATAIssues their own bill of lading which may or may not be based on any global standard.
ContainersUses shipping lines containers and does not own or operate containersSome of the big NVOCCs own and operate their own fleet of containers
WarehousesSome of the big freight forwarders own and operate their own warehouses as a value-added service to their other shipping servicesDo not generally own and operate their own warehouses, however there are some big NVOCCs who also double up as freight forwarders (Expeditors International for example)
NetworksThere are several freight forwarder networks around the world who co-operate as network partners on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis in handling cargo all over the worldSome of the big NVOCCs appoint agents at various ports pretty much like how shipping lines appoint agents at various ports to handle their commercial and operational requirements, especially those that own and operate containers
Agents/PartnersMay act as an agent for NVOCCVery rare to find an NVOCC acting as an agent for a freight forwarder
LiabilitiesTraditional forwarders are covered under freight forwarders liability as set out in the FIATA terms and conditionsTraditional NVOCCs are covered under carrier liability as set out in the FIATA terms and conditions

Unboxing the Undisputed Beast on the roads #Trucks #Trailers

As truck upon truck hurtled along the highways carrying cargo or goods from one location to other, one would have wondered what would have been the history of the this workhorse “ the Truck”. To understand the history of Trucking, it is necessary to look under the hood and delve into the past to actually appreciate the journey and the legacy.

Well you guessed it right, the first modern truck was indeed pioneered and invented in the late 19th century in the seat of innovation then, Germany by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz in 1895-96. These gentlemen thereafter also went forward and innovated the first motorcycle and the first taxi. The first pickup truck invented by these gentlemen was an internal combustion two cylinder four horsepower engine and a belt drive, with two forward gears and and one reverse powered by gasoline. It is pertinent to know the ancestor of all these innovation was the steam powered wagons invented in 1769 by Nickolas- Joseph Cugnot.

Diesel driven trucks though invented in 1897, became much accepted after the 1930s in Europe and 1970s in the Americas.

It is estimated, the word “truck” might come from a back-formation of “truckle”, meaning “small wheel” or “pulley”, from Middle English trokell, in turn from Latin trochlea.

The essential components of a truck are ‘the engine’, ‘the Frame’, ‘the Drive train’ and ‘the Cabin’. Diesel engines with turbo chargers and coolers have become the engines of choice. Compressed natural gas engines have also made significant inroads in the developed countries especially owing to low cost, near zero emissions and their environmental impact. The latest breakthrough in trucking is the “driverless truck” introduction and testing being done by some trendsetting companies. This could again alter the entire ecosystem in a very significant manner in the days to come. Globally the highest limits on the length of the truck carriage/outback for fixed is 82 Feet and for a road train (with puller formation) is 176 feet and the weight carrying limits could be 62.5 Tons to 172 tons respectively. In India it is 55 feet on fixed basis regulations.

Since trucks are bigger and heavier than most of the vehicles and their drivers generally ply them on the roads for more hours per day, they cause more wear and tear of the paved roads. The life of the paved roads is measured by the number of vehicle axles that pass over them for a defined period. The Load Equivalency factor that is used to determine the damage caused by the pass of a vehicle axle is proportional to the 4th power of weight. So a 10 ton axle truck causes 10,000 times more damage as compared to a 1 ton axle truck. Hence the Trucks are subjected to higher taxes and highway tolls in comparison to say cars.

The top 5 Truck manufacturers in the world are :
1) Daimler AG – German
2) Volvo group – Swedish
3) Dongfeng Motor – Chinese
4) Volkswagon group – German
5) Tata Group – India.

Some of the earliest trucks that were introduced on the Indian Roads were the Dodge Fargo P6 series. These Trucks were the ” Kew ” design Trucks from the Dodge Factory in Kew, Surrey. Hence the name ‘ Kew Dodge ‘.The Kew trucks used Perkins engines in the UK and it was prudent to use the Perkins P6 Diesels here in India due to the hot tropical climate. The Trucks were manufactured by Premier Auto at their Kurla plat around 1947 and were badged ‘Fargo’ ‘Dodge’, and ‘DeSoto’, with Fargo being the brand for trucks sold by Plymouth dealers. Around the same time Hindustan Motors (Birla) another company introduced the Bedford trucks and Ashok Motors began the assembly of Leyland trucks, and with the company eventually concentrating on the business of making trucks, it was renamed as Ashok Leyland. After Tata Motors or erstwhile TELCO and Ashok Leyland commenced CV manufacturing in mid 1950s, customer preference soon shifted towards them and sale of CVs made by PAL and Hindustan Motors (which were initially sold under “Bedford” brand and later as “Hindustan”) dropped significantly and eventually shut down in 1979.

Much later one of the most defining moments was the introduction of the Tata 2213, a 22 tonne GVW multi axle (3 axle) heavy commercial vehicle, still acknowledged as the game changer in the industry. Today various configurations of trucks on the Indian roads range from from the light to heavy categories viz; pick-ups, LCVs, single axle and multi axle variations of trucks across weight carrying configurations, refrigerated trucks, trailers, pullers with hydra axles.

Some of the Indian manufacturers who have significant units in operations in India are Tata, Ashok Leyland, Eicher, MAN, Bharat Benz, AMW, Hino, Volvo, Mahindra and Force motors.
Manufacturers are also gearing up on new technologies like telematics and electric vehicles. The new paradigm that’s also seeping in steadily, organizing, building efficiencies is the advent of technology platform like valueshipr, which offers Shippers an array of Trucks and transportation choices. 60% of India’s transportation requirements are met by Road movement. India has close to 1.6 Cr transporters and about 45mn trucks plying and vying for 1325+ btkm volume of load in India.

So the next time we see this massive beast swooping down on the roads and disappearing from sight, take a moment to wallow on this small snippet of history.

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Understanding Container Markings

Personnel working in the Logistics sector or even layman looking at Trailers carrying containers would be intrigued with the series of numbers, alpha numeric numbers and markings on containers. It is however important for people in the Logistics and supply chain network to get a hang of these markings and what they denote. It is pertinent that all stakeholders handling containers like consignors, consignee, CHAs, warehouse personnel, packagers, EXIM personnel understand these markings for smooth and seamless day to day operations.

  1. Container Number – It is an alpha numeric sequence made up of 4 Alphabets and 7 Numbers. This number is unique to a container and is never duplicated.

    The container number identification system has been created by the International Standards Organisation under their code IS06346:1995(E).

    As per this code, the container identification system consists of:-

    Owner code – 3 letters (eg. CMACGM, MAE – Maersk)
    The owner code is unique to the owner of the container and the registration of this code rests with Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (BIC).

    4th letter : category – 1 letter (in our example, U denoting a freight container. Other categories being J for detachable container related equipment (such as Genset) and Z for trailers and chassis).

    Serial number – 6 numbers (numbers ONLY)

  2. Check Digit – 1 number (numbers ONLY)

    This owner code is registered with the Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (BIC).

  3. Check Digit — It’s the last digit of the container number listed above. This number is used to identify if the container number sequence is valid or not.
  4. ISO Code – International Standards Organisation under their code IS06346 gives each container type a unique ISO Code in order to avoid any ambiguity in identifying the size and type of container.
  5. MAX. GW – Max Gross Weight indicates the maximum weight that the container can carry. Gross weight includes the tare weight of the container.
  6. TARE – This is the tare weight which is the weight of an empty container. This is an important weight to be considered by all ship operators and planners as this weight needs to be included when container stowage planning is done.
  7. MAX. CW or Max. Payload – The maximum weight of the cargo that can be packed in the container. This is the weight that is shown on the bill of lading and it DOES NOT INCLUDE THE TARE WEIGHT OF THE CONTAINER. Shippers must pay special attention to ensure this weight is not exceeded when calculating the weight of the cargo.
  8. CU.CAP. or Cube – The maximum volume in the cubic capacity of the container.
  9. CSC, ACEP & Other Certifications – Every legal and in-service container will have a valid safety approval plate called CSC (Container Safety Convention) plate in accordance with the International Convention on Safe Containers of 1972.
  10. Classification society label for type testing – This label shows the classification society that has tested and certified this container for strength, cargo worthiness, and seaworthiness.

How should Logisticians deal with Transporter Strikes

In a democracy, every citizen or institution can exercise their fundamental rights of freedom of speech and expression in a non violent manner. Citizens may feel disgruntled due to governmental policies, administrative issues, basic infrastructure requirements, social requirements etc. The common methodology adopted by individuals or group of people, association of people is to announce STRIKE, whereby they try and highlight the unfair or unjust issue that has left them aggrieved.
Transporters bodies have called for a nationwide strike with a charter of demands.

STRIKES paralyse a growing economy like INDIA. This doesn’t augur well for India to reach its targeted GDP growth.

Logisticians must practice a set of Do’s and don’ts in this challenging period:

  1. Priority should be given to safeguard life and goods while planning out logistics: It is very important to have reliable & intelligent vendors to cater to your transportation needs during a national transport strikes, as the requirement of goods at some facility or point of consumption would be acutely needed to ensure minimal downtime.
  2. Ply on routes with least hassles: Route planning is very important to ensure the cargo reaches safely. Stay away from toll booths, major highways, ports & more frequented roads. Stay away from notorious routes.
  3. Cautious & Reliable Driver: If the driver sees or senses any trouble ahead, it is wise for him to park the truck on the side of the road.. Strikers will usually leave them alone. A driver should also be able to tactfully handle these situations to ensure the truck, cargo & his safety are not jeopardized. A reliable driver is always worth the extra freight.
  4. Don’t keep a deadline for vehicle placement & delivery: At these times, it is safer to keep your cargo within your premises rather in transit. If transit is utmost required, give the transporter & driver leeway to act according to the current situation. It is wise not to pressure them to reach within a specific time.
  5. Wee hour driving: Driving after sun down & before 10am is preferable.
  6. Parking vehicles: It is wise to park vehicles at parking locations which are under lock & key and where safety can be assured.
  7. Convoy: Safety in numbers is your best bet. Transporters should ensure all their trucks move together during such instances, making it difficult for trouble makers to single out a particular vehicle.

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Strategies to Increase Revenue in Truck Services – Valueshipr


Trucks have played a very important role in helping connect and transport goods across countries and aids geographies develop and become prosperous. One cannot deny that this movement has helped habitation, regional development and distribution of income and resources and possibly bridge the divide between urban and rural.

Road and rail transport carries, over more than 70% of inland freight volume. For example in India over 52% shipments happen by road and 34% by rail. Over 7000btkm ( billon tonne kilometer) of goods are transported each year by road in the EU, USA, CIS, China and Japan alone.

Road freight transport directly creates a lot of jobs – 6.5 million in the EU and nearly 9 million in
the USA and over 20 million in India. This does not include jobs in truck-related industries, such as vehicle manufacturing, repairs, retail, leasing, or insurance, nor the millions of other jobs that depend on trucks to supply and distribute goods.

What needs to be noted is the optimal efficiency for trucking companies, is not how many trucks you have, not how many drivers you employ or branches you have, not how much warehouse space you have, but how effectively you are using those assets.

Often in long haul movement, truck owners have a sort of thumb rule earning for the month number, say Rs.85K or Rs.115K a month for example, while this may be broadly an assumption in the right direction, however this approach may be flawed in hindsight due to several components of cost not being acknowledged in the consideration, besides it doesn’t stand the test of scale as well.

Here are some basic steps, how trucking companies / fleets can increase productivity.

  1. Measure, measure, measure !

    As we all know, objectives are delivered only when Key performance indicators are measured. “Most small and medium size transporters don’t have the ability to determine what the productivity number is for break-even or for making a certain profit, and how that relates to a specific truck and what its contribution needs to be.

    Therefore it is important that Truckers and transport companies derive a total revenue number based on – Infrastructure and resource employed cost + cost of interest (finance)+ operational running cost + insurance cost + asset wear and tear (depreciation) . Post determining this revenue number, this number could be apportioned on the asset and a per day revenue objective could be obtained.

    Don’t include fuel surcharges in your productivity numbers. That changes as the price of fuel fluctuates and has nothing to do with your productivity. Fleet owners should use the fuel surcharge as a deduction against their fuel expenses, so they can get a better feel for whether the surcharge is doing its job of absorbing increases in fuel costs.

  2. Register with a TMS or a Marketplace Aggregation cum execution platform

    In order to properly track and measure, you need a good transportation management system. Maybe VALUESHIPR is one place you could check out. It offers its simple and user friendly transportation management platform almost ‘free’. The most important thing is efficiently using whatever the features and the capabilities that these systems offer. Ensure there there is no resistance from the users in your organization, in adoption.

    ValueShipr organises three basic areas: Sales, planning, and driver management. Fundamentally most transport companies do not have an active Sales team and depends on their relationship and broker agent network to garner business. This method at times impedes growth and a platform such as ValueShipr helps overcome this deficiency by getting visibility to newer customers and better Sales control to enhance business. We have observed that users who have adopted and used the ValueShipr platform have reported enhanced productivity in revenues and business from each of their trucks and trailers registered with the platform.

    In addition the data used for decision making is current, live and real-time, with electronic logs and other information coming directly from the truck.

  3. Focus on per-truck productivity

    TThe fastest way to improve your bottom line or profitability, is to either put parked trucks into operation or increase the productivity of individual trucks. The average monthly utilisation (revenue earned) of trucks or trailers is about 13-14 days.

    This is chiefly attributed due to lack of business visibility,shortage of drivers, empty return loads etc.

    Trucks need to be run extra shifts, round the clock or more days though the use of extra drivers or part-time drivers.

    While that may not be possible for a small- to mid-size company in an line haul operation, companies that operate in a 250- to 500 km radius could have other drivers operating some of their trucks on Saturdays or at night.

  4. Drive change from the top down
    The revenue objectives set out by the company needs to percolate to people in the operations department and the drivers need to understand what the number is that’s expected for each truck in order to make a certain level of profit. This communication will help make them realise the importance of their role.

    It has been observed often employees are trained to be customer sensitive, however the organisational objectives like revenue expectation are seldom shared.

    Having productivity-based incentives for both operations and drivers but with customer sensitivity can create the much needed impact in increasing productivity.

  5. Make sure you have the right people in the right positions

    Once you have a measurement system in place, it is important that you choose the right people in the right position with adequate attention to skill sets and soft skills.

  6. Driver – Pilot Management

    This resource is the most vital cog in your business model, the person who makes it happen for you. Post identifying this resource ensure the following is imparted: right training, customer handling, important of rest, safety and compliance, regular health check ups.

    This aspect of your business has to be dealt with utmost maturity and professionally to ensure that you get the right output. Among other items viz; adequate compensation, resting places, health checkups, incentives and other welfare measures need to be offered.

    Therefore it is apt to say that transport owners need to start with the recognition, that it’s a culture change and it only happens from the top down. Everyone has to understand what’s expected of them, and you have to measure results and establish rewards and accountability.”

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Freight Industry Visible Trends 2017 – Valueshipr

The container market is starting to emerge from one of the worst industry downturns with demand outgrowing capacity for the second consecutive quarter. This is on back of the continued experience for most Ocean carriers, who experienced extreme margins (below zero) and revenue pressures and dropping yields. This situation has led to some of the largest liners declaring bankruptcy shutting operations as well.

Hence this waft of some improving conditions has come in as a well deserved succor to the ailing ecosystem. One of the largest liners in the World recently shared numbers of increase in freight rates by 4.4% and increase in revenues and volumes by 10% last quarter. Some of the visible trends / triggers that would drive the industry are as follows.

Improving Strong Demand
Post the demise of one of the largest Ocean Liners, there has been a spike in demand and it has created a supply – demand imbalance. The large scale scrapping of vessels and no real new vessel ordering has also impacted this aspect of imbalance. It is estimated that the demand for containers would increase to around 4 – 5% for the year.

Better rates / yields across lanes:
There has been a perceptible improvement in the shipping rates of single containers along the Asia – Europe and Asia – US (West coast) routes, over 2016 rates.

Asia – Europe rates for a single container is seeing a increase of almost 80-100% and and Asia – US (West Coast) is seeing an increase of almost 45-65% over 2016. This trend will continue due to the supply-demand imbalance. ( Source –Braemar ACM Shipbroking / WSJ May 2017)

Carrier Consolidation:
Some level of carrier consolidation will continue in 2017 and we may see the entry of a new carrier into the transpacific trade. Consolidations and Mergers will continue for sustainability, utilisation and economies of scale. Major mergers like CMA CGM’s acquisition of Singapore’s APL, Cosco and China Shipping’s CSCL merger, acquisition of Hamburg Sud by Maersk etc are trends setting and redefining the space.

The new alliance structure would be 2M (Maersk, MSC); G6 (OOCL, Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, Hyundai, MOL, Hamburg Sud); KYHE (“K” Line, Yang Ming, Evergreen, Hanjin); and 05 (CMA CGM, CSCL, UASC, APL, Cosco)

Redefining Distribution
Some of the Global majors are trying to reshape and redefine itself and adapt itself into a Global Supply Chain player by integrating its transport and logistics units, move more ships in and out of ports, carry more inland cargo, digitalise supply chain on platforms for scale, collaborations and transparency etc. Newer trends in Large majors (Shipping and freight forwarding) aligning with platform ecosystems in Americas, Europe and Asia to quickly provide a integrated solution to consumers and also draw in new businesses are being observed.

India trends::

E commerce
With eCommerce business in India rapidly scaling up, newer global players are making a beeline for the consumers in India with product niches and service standards. The government is also trying to establish a conducive and fair platform for e commerce players to effect trade harmoniously. Service standards set up by these players in gratification of the consumer demand are turning a new leaf each day with better, faster and simpler logistics. Logistics players have had to rapidly re-adjust to the paradigm change demanded by these e commerce players and embrace technology to enhance efficiencies.

Effective July 1st, 2017, the GST is all set out to be rolled out. This will bring about a uniform tax structure as India becomes one big market, there will be fewer and larger warehouses. Second, it will lead to a larger number of bigger trucks on road as there is greater adoption of the hub-and-spoke model. Third, these changes will lead to greater economies of scale for transport operators and lead to more companies outsourcing their logistics operations. Standard tax rates will allow corporations to move away from the practice of building a warehouse in different states to adhere to each state’s tax code. A big packaged consumer goods company could thus make do with one large mother warehouse at critical points in the country and employ logistics companies to manage distribution and supply chains. The new tax will result in greater adoption of a hub-and-spoke model in segments such as warehousing, cold chain, container freight stations and inland container depots