CQR Bangkok makes e-progress

Trans Air Cargo Co Ltd (TAC), CQR Bangkok, is pushing ahead with electronic air cargo operations after beginning their transition to e-AWBs earlier this year and is now sending 400 to 500 AWBs per month electronically

“Continuous engagement with airlines on a local level is an important factor, as airline headquarters may be ready but that doesn’t mean their local offices are,” said Keree Chaichanavong, managing director of TAC.

“Selecting the right technology partner is vital, it’s one thing to begin sending electronic data, and it’s a further step to go paperless as per the IATA Resolution 672,” he added. The first step was to get connected and begin transmitting data to all of its airline partners. Next TAC engaged with each locally to coordinate the switch to full e-AWB.

“We selected WIN as our technology provider due to their airline coverage, experience in helping independent forwarders make the switch to e-AWB, ease of use, and proactive support. By using WIN to transmit electronic master and house AWB data to airlines, we save money and get full tracking.

“WIN has full coverage with 90 airlines so we have a single process and in Thailand WIN has implemented a connection with Bangkok Flight Services, the leading ground handler, to automatically update actual weights in the system from the warehouse receipt.”

CONQUEROR would like to congratulate the TAC team on these developments and we invite members with shipments in Bangkok to contact the team.

Keree Chaichanavong

CQR Bangkok opens 4 new warehouses

Trans Air Cargo, Conqueror’s exclusive representative in Bangkok, has embarked on a joint venture with SBS Logistics (Japan) and has opened a TAS Logistics Warehouse close to the seaport.

“The goal of the new project is to increase our business capabilities and enhance the quality of our services; thus leading to a better response to the ever-growing import and export business in Thailand,” explained Keree Chaichanavong, TAC’s Managing Director.
For their USD10,000,000 investment, the projects boasts of 4 warehouses totalling 37,000m2 over 15 acres of land. 30,000m2 will be for used for general cargo and 7,000m2 will be allocated to chemical and dangerous goods.

Conqueror would like to congratulate the TAC team on this new project and invite all members with shipments in Bangkok to get in touch.

Horsing around

90% of the outbound horse shipments in Thailand and 60% of the inbound ones are handled by CQR Bangkok (Trans Air Cargo). During the year 2013, they organised the shipping of around 200 horses between Bangkok and Europe/USA and also within Asia.

Their latest horse shipment was in January this year and consisted of 3 horses being shipped from Bangkok to France via Luxembourg on CV. The customer was the Chairman of the Endurance Horse Riding Club Thailand who was going to attend a competition in France.

The team loaded the horses into a soft-floor horse box and provided feed and water during transportation. “We have many years of experience in handling horse shipments, and the continued customer satisfaction is helping to build our reputation and now the challenge is increasing our customer base,” explained Kantorn, Overseas and Projects Manager.

We invite all members with shipments to and from Bangkok to get in touch with the team.

Kantorn Lertchirakarn / Overseas & Projects Manager.

Interview with CQR Bangkok

Trans Air Cargo, CQR Bangkok, was founded back in 1979 by Mr Keree Chaichanavong (Managing Director) and Mr Siri Vorapongsathorn (General Manager). Recently, TAC’s Overseas and Projects Manager, Kantorn Lertchirakarn, told us about the company’s success and some of the more unusual shipments that they regularly handle.

Q. TAC has been ranked in the top 5 freight forwarders in Thailand for the past 15 years, which is very impressive! How have you maintained this position so consistently?

A. We deal with all market sectors and handle all kinds of different products. Our team understands that every single shipment, regardless of size, is crucial to the company’s survival. It is as important for us to protect and keep our existing partners, as it is for us to find new ones.

Q. You used the word ‘partner’ there to describe your clients. What do you mean by that and how is the idea of them being ‘partners’ manifested in the approach you and your team take when dealing with customers?

A. It’s vital that we all bear in mind that each and every customer is a business partner. We want to build lasting relationships and create customer confidence, so we show a willingness to serve and assist in whatever way we can. The growth and success of their businesses are crucial to us because without them, we cannot grow and succeed.

Q. TAC specialises in the handling of some of the more unusual shipments out there. Could you tell us a little about those?

A. TAC specialises in handling live animals, perishables, frozen food and automobiles. We have also shipped filming equipment to the sets of some major blockbusters including James Bond, Rambo, Alexander, The Beach and Stealth.

Q. What would be your most memorable shipment?

A. Well, live animal shipments are always fairly memorable! Over the years we have shipped horses, elephants, white whales and crocodiles, to name but a few. The most memorable though would be the largest single ‘live animal’ shipment we have handled; 3,000 live crocodiles weighing 114 tons from BKK to Guangzhou on a chartered Cathay Pacific Airways 747 freighter.

Q. With such a variety of services the future must be bright! What do you see the next decade holding for TAC?

A. Having the reputation for providing outstanding tailor-made logistics solutions coupled with excellent customer service is one thing, but maintaining that reputation is vital as well. We are also working on a joint warehousing and logistics venture which once completed will extend the services TAC can offer.

With such a wide skills-set, TAC can only go from strength to strength. We welcome all members with shipments to/from Bangkok, to get in touch with the TAC team.


Overseas and Projects Manager

CQR Bangkok ships set blow moulding machine to the USA

In April and May 2012 CQR Bangkok was selected to ship a Set Blow Moulding Machine Type SBG 700 Double Station from Petchaburi, Thailand via the port of Laem Chabang to Baltimore in the United States

1 piece 208 x 120 x 141 / 1 piece 208 x 95 x 118 / NW 23,000Kg/GW 26,000Kg

Prior to transportation to the port of Laem Chabang, the cargo was carefully loaded onto flat-bed trucks and covered with poly-woven covering for added protection by the CQR Bangkok team. Once at the port the cargo was shipped by Hapag Lloyd to the United States.

Since its birth, 30 years ago, Trans Air Cargo has held the belief that customer satisfaction is key to the success of the company. It is clear from the photos that attention to detail and care for the shipment is a CQR Bangkok priority.

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