Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Batu Logistics provides the benefits of WCA network

Batu Logistics continues its rapid growth in air cargo transportation. The company, which aims to carry monthly 50 tons of load through air cargo in 2013, carries out country-based projects with the WCA network. Taner Ankara, Chairman of the Company, emphasizes that while growing 20% in 2013, they will increase their workload in Africa, Middle East and CIS countries.

taner_ankara_batu_logisticsBatu Logistics provides its services with a proactive approach in air cargo with its wide agency network throughout the world and with its logistics centers in strategic points in overseas. The company, which continues to be the partner of many companies, especially chemistry industry, for air cargo transportation, has introduced a new solution to its customers with its minivan service, which is an alternative to the air cargo services. We have interviewed with Taner Ankara, Board Chairman of Batu Logistics, about their targets in air cargo service and their achievements with minivan services.

What is the service range of Batu Logistics’ in air cargo?
Batu Logistics offers none-IATA service in cargo. Yet, in a short time, we were ahead of many forwarder companies, which offer IATA service. In line with the demands and needs of our customers, we offer delivery from Airport to Airport, from Airport to Door, Aircraft Chartering, delivery from door to the Airport, door-to-door delivery, transportation of hazardous substances, combined transportation and consolidation services. In operational field, we are organizing air cargo loads of our customers with an intensive pace.

What kind of an agency network do you have? What are the main sectors that you focus on?
Batu Logistics is a member of one of the most effective global networks, WCA (World Cargo Alliance) Family of Logistics Network. We maintain country-based joint projects with WCA family. In short time, we have proven ourselves to the members of WCA. We continue to satisfy our customers in freight and services by shipping to every single country in the world. In air cargo, we are solution partners with with the most prominent chemistry companies in the world. Apart from this, we ship the loads of almost every sector.

Would you please inform us about your air cargo traffic in 2012 and your targets for 2013?
We have achieved our targets that we have expected and wanted in 2012. We aim for 20% growth in 2013. We will carry 50 tons of loads monthly in order to achieve this goal. We also aim to increase our workload with Africa, Middle East and CIS countries.

What are the steps that have to be taken in order to develop air cargo transportation in Turkey? How do you think the third airport that is planned to be built in Istanbul will affect air cargo transportation?

First of all, there should be firm steps taken by the government and logistics investments should be made. Our government has set 500 billion dollars of exportation goal for 2023. In addition to all of these, the relations with Middle East and Africa markets are increasing day by day. However, it is important to set the infrastructure investments going along with this process as soon as possible.
I think that the third airport that will be built in Istanbul is an essential investment in terms of air cargo sector. It is clear that the current airports are not sufficient, and we think that all companies in air cargo sector will benefit from this new investment in terms of costs.

Batu Logistics has recently introduced 'Minivan System', which is a new service as a competitor for air cargo. Can we learn more about this service?
With the Minivan System that we have developed, we offer a practical solution against air cargo. This system, which enables delivery within 36 – 40 hours in many points in Europe and which enables transportation of three different product types in the same van, is preferred because there are no transfers and it provides door to door delivery service.
In emergency deliveries, even the waiting period for the proper aircraft and loading of the cargo may take more than 36 hours. In this case, we can consider minivan system as a method, which is developed out of necessity and which is reinforced by R&D studies. We insure and secure the products, which are transported with the minivan system that can transport up to 1,500 kg.

What is Batu Logistics’ customer portfolio that prefers minivan services?
This method is particularly preferred for emergency deliveries. We can transport inflammable and hazardous substances, refrigerated products and the products that require suspended transportation. In other words, we can transport products from cloths for fashion shows in Italy, to frogs to France.

Do you provide service in accordance with ADR standards in your minivan service, with which you also transport hazardous substances? What do you think about the deferment of ADR Regulation?
Even though the ADR Regulation is not in effect yet, as Batu Logistics, we offer service in accordance with this regulation. However, the law, which was planned to enter into force in 2009, has been postponed to 2014 along with the harmonization process. One of the reasons is that the required infrastructure has not been created yet. Even though we know that it is not easy, the companies, which have made their preparations and investments in this way, will have difficulty, because, the turnarounds of the investments will begin to return in 2014, if there will not be another deferment. The ones, who have retrieved SRC 5 certificate, will lose at least 5 years, since the validity of this certificate is 5 years.
Everyone must do his or her part in order to put ADR into use. The producer, transporter, driver, inspector, authorized government bodies, sectoral representatives… everyone should know their responsibilities and liabilities, and must make an effort to solve and clear the matters that are not clear yet.
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