Pact aims to speed Singapore sea-air connectivity

Pact aims to speed Singapore sea-air connectivity

"Shippers are increasingly seeking innovative multimodal solutions for their cargo to reach their preferred markets competitively," PSA International Group chief executive Tan Chong Meng said. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.

Singapore-based port operator PSA International has teamed up with SATS, an aviation-focused ground handling company, to offer sea-air cargo services in Singapore, a move aimed at boosting fluidity between the two modes when shippers most need an expedited delivery option.

The two companies, which signed a memorandum of understanding in Singapore on Thursday, said they will collaborate on a wide range of cross-industry initiatives, including in the perishables, electronics, and e-commerce industries. Through the pact, the two will improve “yard-to-port” data linkages, and track-and-trace capabilities, as well as foster more data transparency and ease freight transport between free-trade zones.

“Shippers are increasingly seeking innovative multimodal solutions for their cargo to reach their preferred markets competitively,” PSA International group chief executive Tan Chong Meng said in a statement.

Highlighting one potential initiative, the firms said SATS could extend its current meat transhipment business between the European Union and New Zealand to other trade routes across both companies’ networks. SATS was the world’s first airfreight ground handler to receive EU approval as an authorized establishment to carry out meat transshipment services between New Zealand and the EU.

While SATS is primarily known as an inflight catering company, it also has airfreight and ground handling operations in Vietnam, Indonesia, India, and Hong Kong.

PSA will link its CALISTA supply chain platform with the COSYS+ cargo terminal handling and management system operated by SATS, to provide real-time updates and greater visibility for shipments transported via multimodal channels. Linking the systems will aid regulatory compliance and build data analytics capabilities, the companies said.

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