Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Genel Transport, eyeing place among IATA’s Top 10

Genel Transport is eager to place itself in IATA’s Top 10 list in three years.




hakan_casman_genel_transportSince having been an IATA accredited cargo agent in 2005, Genel Transport has come a long way and become an important player ranking at Top 15 on IATA/CASS listing. Besides air cargo operations, the company is successfully managing multimodal and transit shipments. “Multimodal and transit shipments have always been a special focus in our practice,” says Hakan Caman, Airfreight Manager. Underlining that Genel Transport offers combined transports, air+truck and air+ocean via Istanbul, Hakan Yaman explains, “Most airline companies do not serve our neighbouring countries with the same capacity and aircraft configuration as they serve Turkey. Although destinations like Iraq, Bulgaria, Georgia and Ukraine are not served with wide body aircrafts they are in easy reach by road or by water via Istanbul. An urgent shipment can thus be shipped by air to Istanbul and Genel Transport can forward the cargo rapidly to third party countries by sea or land bridge.”

Would you please mention about the services Genel Transport provides in the air cargo sector and inform us about company’s position in the IATA listing?
Established in 1988, Genel Transport has become one of the leading freight forwarders in Turkey offering services in all four modes of transport; air/ocean/road/rail. In our airfreight business, we organize full charter, part charter and consolidated services on airport-to-airport or door-to-door basis. Thanks to our worldwide independent and solid agent network we literally offer airfreight services to/from over 100 countries and over 200 cities.
As an IATA accredited cargo agent since 2005, Genel Transport has evolved from a small airfreight agent to an important player in today’s market ranking at Top 15 on IATA/CASS listing. From our offices in Izmir and Adana airports as well as through agents in Ankara and Antalya, we offer inbound and outbound services at all major airports in Turkey. Always providing high level of service quality to our customers and overseas partners, our target is to place Genel Transport in IATA’s Top 10 in 3 years.

What share does air cargo represent in company’s total revenue and which carriers does Genel Transport prefer for its air cargo operations¬?
A healthy distribution of different transport modes is observed in Genel Transport’s total operational output. Our sea freight, air freight, road freight departments and their import and export divisions operate at close turn-over levels. The air freight division of Genel Transport represents 29% of our revenue, our export/import balance is in line with Turkey’s foreign trade, with 67% of export and 33% import.
It goes without saying that our most preferred and used air carrier is Turkish Airlines. Thanks to their large fleet and extended network we can reach to almost every destination by direct flights.
MNG and Pegasus are our most preferred young and dynamic Turkish carriers as well. On the other hand, we frequently use Emirates, Lufthansa Cargo, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Silk Way Airlines, Air France, Swiss International Airlines.

And would you please name the top destinations in Genel Transport’s operations?
Besides a sustained client and partner base, one of our important business assets is the number of destinations we serve and the evenly share of numerous destinations in our revenue. In the airfreight business it is more common to see some top destinations to take up a high percentage in the total performance. As the volumes of our main business destinations are very close to each other possible draw back risks are greatly reduced.

Which sectors does your company provide air cargo services? Has the company developed any sector-specific solution?
Specialized in time-critical shipments we provide reliable services to almost all main business and trade sectors in close partnerships with automotive, garments, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, construction, food-stuff and aviation industries.
Added value to Genel Transport’s logistics services is also being generated by offering combined transports, air+truck and air+ocean via Istanbul. Most airline companies do not serve our neighbouring countries with the same capacity and aircraft configuration as they serve Turkey. Although destinations like Iraq, Bulgaria, Georgia and Ukraine are not served with wide body aircrafts they are in easy reach by road or by water via Istanbul. An urgent shipment can thus be shipped by air to Istanbul and Genel Transport can forward the cargo rapidly to third party countries by sea or land bridge.
Multimodal and transit shipments have always been a special focus in our practice, providing smooth operations to our customers and agents for a very long time. Genel Transport pays high importance to its multimodal and intermodal transport shipments and promotes these services very much.
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