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The current issue of The STAT Trade Times provides a detailed insight on perishable logistics by air. With time being of the essence to ensure produce, flowers, fish, and other products reach their destinations, Reji John finds out that this is where innovative logistics solutions come in to play. In the regional report, Surya Kannoth observes that Benelux’s air cargo gateways are making every effort to attract the attention of the global air cargo industry. A positive business environment, a well-developed logistics industry, a flexible customs regime and relatively low corporation taxes have helped the region make its mark. In the industry report, Reji John learns that oil and natural gas industry remains a major source of energy even today even as the the world is moving towards tapping energy from alternate sources. And the air freight industry continues to play a significant role in the supply chain management of the energy sector. The country report is on the United States of America, which is abundant in natural resources and has a well-developed infrastructure, and high productivity. The LeaderSpeak column carries an interview with Jan Krems, the newly appointed president of United Cargo, who has big plans to increase the carrier’s growth. The issue also carries an interview with Mohammed Ebrahim Al Qassimi who is the new CEO of Abu Dhabi-based air cargo specialist airline Maximus Air. Al Qassimi reveals that the airline is looking to penetrate the markets of Europe and Africa. The shipping section talks about how automation is becoming the norm with the port industry currently demanding more efficient terminals. And finally, the port in focus is Germany’s gateway to the world, Port of Hamburg, which has had a record performance in handling seaborne cargo this year.

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