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Intermax Logistics Solutions has developed a name for itself as experts in cold-chain logistics along the Belt and Road and are active members of the New Silk Road Network (NSRN). With 11 offices across China and strong business coverage across Eurasia, they strive to build reliable connections between East and West. Recently Rob Brekelmans was welcomed into Intermax as their European Business Director. Our team had the pleasure of speaking with him about the development of Intermax, the need to adopt a "Hub and Spoke" system in Europe, and the importance of wholesome as opposed to low-cost transport solutions.

(Pic credit: Intermax Logistics Solution, featuring Rob Brekelmans, European Business Director)

Knowledgeable and worldly are the most appropriate adjectives to describe Rob Brekelmans. Sitting in his mahogany tinted home-office, with a background of huge bookcases, Rob exuded intimate knowledge of the logistics industry. Here is what we learnt…

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It is not only the German shipping companies and ports that are struggling under the pressure of the Corona crisis, but freight forwarding companies are also feeling the squeeze in their daily business. In an interview with ARD television, Carsten Hellmers, CEO of Alexander Global Logistics GmbH (AGL) and Chairman of the Bremen Freight Forwarders' Association (VBSp), highlights the slump in cargo handling in German ports.

Otentic Customs, a founding member of New Silk Road Network (NSRN), was visited by Dutch customs authorities for the purpose of AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) and the renewal of all customs permits. This audit also included Otentic Logistics. Several visits were conducted by the auditors where Otentic’s employees, systems and procedures concerning Customs Compliance were complimented and approved.

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In the month of March, New Silk Road Network’s founding member AGL-Agemar transported a wave boat from Sanguinet, in the north of France, to the city of Bodrum in Turkey. The cargo was moved via AGL Agemar’s own tautliner truck and reached the destination in 12 days.

The Belt and Road Initiative can come across as a beast with unimaginable beginnings and ends. On the contrary, the BRI is a clear channel of networks with immense possibilities. When initiated in 2013, the Chinese government had a singular aim of deploying developmental strategies over a global scale, which involved bringing development to regions and parts of the world that are generally ignored by the mainstream global politics. At the same time, they wished to integrate folds of the population who are deprived of resources and connectivity.

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So, the BRI is not just a strategical geopolitical move, but also an opportunity for us in the supply chain industry. Extrapolating the know-hows of the BRI is essential for our businesses and growth. A simple way to do that is to begin by understanding the BRI Corridors in development. An economic corridor is primarily defined as networks of infrastructural developments along a geographic region, that boosts economies of the area and contributes to global trade.

(Pic Credit: Agemar Global Logistics)

NSRN’s founding member Agemar Global Logistics AS (AGL), has always prided themselves with transportation of oversized, heavy, and special commodities. These include from time to time transformers, excavators, boats, silo buses, container vehicle. These oversized and bulky cargoes are loaded on to flat rack containers or as breakbulk on ship’s deck. Most recently, they transported an 8 axles low bed trailer from Konya, Turkey to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam using a Ro/ro vessel.

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