CQR Istanbul named most admired logistics company in Turkey

CQR Istanbul has been ranked the leading company in 2015 in “The Most Admired Companies of Turkey” research of CAPITAL, the most prestigious Turkish economy magazine

1,602 middle and senior managers from more than 700 companies have participated in the magazine’s research compiled by the leading figures from the business world.


The nominated companies were evaluated on the following;

  • innovation
  • reputation
  • customer satisfaction levels
  • integration into the world markets
  • service and product quality
  • reliability and financial soundness

Proud to have been awarded 1st place once again, Mr. Ahmet Musul, Chairman of Ekol Logistics, shared his sentiments saying: “We are very proud to see that our 25th year in this sector has been crowned by a precious award. We are fully aware that this achievement is the result of teamwork, being awarded the first place two years in a row fills us with immense pride and joy. As Ekol, we focus all our efforts on providing high quality customer service, achieving excellence in service quality and being an ideal business partner. Adopting an environmentally friendly approach to business and providing our customers with a high quality service, we are taking firm steps towards achieving our primary goal, becoming the most admired logistics company abroad.”

3 decades at the top of their game

CQR Munich has positioned itself at the top of the freight forwarding market in their city over the last 30 years and is the go-to-forwarder for all the big names

One of its most recent shipments was a rail grinder from Munich to Thailand by air on behalf of Möser Maschinenbau, Rochlitz.

The Multi Logistics team took the rail grinder (on a pallet) by flat-bed trailer to the airport where it was then loaded onto 20ft PAL on a CARGOLUX plane for its final journey to Thailand where it arrived on time and in one piece.

Interview with CQR Nairobi

CQR Nairobi’s representative Manager Fred recently explained to us how his membership is benefiting their company and why he will be at our annual meeting next year.

Q. Can you tell us a little about the history of EXCELLENT LOGISTICS? 

A. Excellent Logistics Limited was founded in 2007 in response to the continued increase in the number of local, regional and international consumers and the demand in the movement of freight locally to across the world and vice versa.

Supported by our very able, well trained and experienced staff and port clerks, we are able to carry out the various forms of service delivery (clearing & forwarding, import & exports, air freight, transport and warehousing) with speed and accuracy for our customers, hence winning more clients for our portfolio. We handle each and every client’s business with a lot of attention and integrity.

As a result of steady growth, we boast a staff of more than 100 & 200 directly and indirectly respectively as our assistants in major towns across E. Africa region and Africa in general. We have acquired a fleet of more than 30 trucks (Prime movers) plying the Mombasa, Kampala and Kigali routes in compliance with the relevant local authorities.

Q. What would be the most significant shipment your company has handled? What challenges did it pose and how did your team overcome them and successfully complete the shipment? 

A. We can quote a case study sometime in the year 2012 where we had to transport 50 containers to our client (The UN) based in South Sudan.

It was quite a challenge because the road network was so poor and our trucks faced a major challenge negotiating the poor roads resulting in a long detour through Uganda to access the newly created Republic of South Sudan which at that time was so volatile in terms of security.

In order for our goods to reach the destination safely, we had to hire armed police officers to guard our trucks to and from the border of South Sudan to Juba the Capital City. This remains the most challenging business we have encountered to date. Whilst it was both time consuming and financially consuming, in the end all goods were received in good order and our client was happy.

Q. What attracted you to apply for membership of Conqueror? 

A. Being a world renowned group of freight forwarders, we found it easier to delegate and liaise with members in handling complex logistics assignments that are awarded to us. By partnering with Conqueror, we found it easier to formulate a winning working procedure not only for us but also for our clientele.

Q. If you’ve been a member of other networks in the past, why did they not work for you? 

A. We were a member of the largest network in the industry and we just found it to be too crowded and in all honesty our company’s needs were not appropriately met.

Q. Would you say that overall your Conqueror Membership is working for your business? 

A. I would say that our Conqueror membership has helped us a lot and is working tremendously for our business. It has made our operations easier and we are able to deliver services much faster. Our cargo handling capacity has grown exponentially since we became members of Conqueror and our customer’s confidence in us has also grown over time.

Q. What did you think of the annual meeting? Have you seen any benefits from attending? 

A. The AGM was a plus I must say with a lot of confidence. It was a time of great opportunity to meet my partners in the international sector. It was a learning experience and even more so, was a great platform to meet and mingle with the leading companies doing business with us and sharing the major challenges we face in the field of operation globally. We also exchanged a lot of contacts and in case of any challenges we face, we always consult further on the nature of the challenges faced and find a suitable solution.

Q. Will you be attending the 5th Annual CONQUEROR Meeting in Abu Dhabi next year? 

A. We will definitely be in attendance and are looking forward to it; it’s a great learning opportunity. The event was professionally organized last time with everything running smoothly – a big success!

Fast and the furious

CQR Taipei recently had the honour of handling the transportation of the hyper car KOENIGSEGG AGERA R, CHASSIS NO: YT9JJ1A27EA007103. If you are a fan of the FAST & FURIOUS franchise you may recognise it as it appeared centre stage in the fifth film.

The Koenigsegg Agera R is a multimillion dollar Hyper Car – a high-performance variant of the regular Koenigsegg Agera boastime 1124bhp and a 5l twin-turbocharged V8 with a top speed of 273mph.

CQR Hong Kong is the first company in Asia to be ISO9001:2015 certified

CONQUEROR is pleased to announce that CQR member in Hong Kong has successfully transformed its ISO9001:2008 to ISO9001:2015 – the first company in Asia to be granted such accreditation

The 2015 edition features significant changes which bring ISO 9001 firmly into the 21st century. ISO 9001:2015 is less prescriptive than its predecessor, focusing instead on performance. Launched in September, it replaces previous editions and certification bodies will have up to three years to migrate certificates to the new version.

CONQUEROR would like to congratulate CQR Hong Kong on its quick transition to the new high standard of ISO 9001:2015 – it is a tremendous achievement for the team and shows that they already were and are ahead of their competitors in their operations and professionalism.

CQR Dammam selected as a finalist at the 2015 Lloyd’s List MEIS Awards

CONQUEROR is proud to announce that CQR Dammam has been selected as a finalist for the LOGISTICS AWARD category at the 2015 LLOYD’S LIST MEIS AWARDS

Criteria – This award goes to the shipping or logistics company that has worked with shippers not only to provide ocean transportation but a total logistics package with full end to end supply management across both the sea and land sectors within the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.

“This is our first time being a finalist. Our parent company ROVER LOGISTICS FREIGHT in Dubai has been nominated many times but with our set up in Saudi Arabia being fairly new, just a few years, we are pleased to be nominated in this year’s awards” said Mufeed Mohammed Ali Business Development Executive.

We wish CQR Dammam luck and invite all members with shipments in their city to get in touch with the team.

CQR Bangkok makes e-progress

 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 Tel Aviv partners with UNICEF and UNWFP

CQR Tel Aviv receives the ‘Long Term Arrangement for Services’ Award by UNICEF

Jacky Line Group, CQR Tel Aviv, is proud to inform members that following the successful handling of some UNICEF (UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN FUND) traffic this year, they have now been awarded a “LONG TERM ARRANGEMENT FOR SERVICES” by UNICEF which is a clear statement of trust in Jacky Line’s capabilities.

In addition to UNICEF, the team has also been chosen to handle traffic for UNWFP (UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAM). This went into effect on Aug 13th 2015 and will be covering UNWFP entire food supply chain including reefer cargo which Jacky Line and its team is a fully qualified to handle.

Congratulations to Jacky Line Group for their outstanding achievements!

CQR Lima turns 15

CQR Lima turned 15th on September 1st. From its humble beginnings, IFS Group has grown steadily to become the top international freight forwarding company in Peru employing over 100 Peruvians

Since 2007, IFS Group has been selected as the best company in its business by the “Premio Empresa Peruana” as well as other local and international prize givers. Such awards are a great honour for the company and a reflection of how their customers view their service.


“At IFS Group, we aim to be the most reliable and competitive international and domestic logistics solution provider in Peru – offering single source logistics solutions where our customers have one reliable logistics partner managing every aspect of their logistics needs. We strive to empower our clients making their products competitive in the global and domestic market place. In sum, our client’s success is OUR success,” said Executive President, Reynir Gislason.

CQR member in Dhaka’s Managing Director appointed BAFFA Director

On behalf of CQR Dhaka, we are pleased to inform members that its Managing Director Nurul Amin has been elected a director of BAFFA (Bangladesh Freight Forwarders Association) for the period 2015-2017

Mr Amin’s appointment comes on the back of nearly 40 years in the industry beginning at Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG) Cargo in 1979. After 3 years, he left for Saudi Arabia and worked for 16 years as Regional Cargo Manager in Yusuf Bin Ahmed KANOO, a leading company in the Middle East representing GSSA and Agent major airlines, leading shipping lines and freight forwarding companies of global reputation.

On returning to Bangladesh in the Millennium, he worked for 4 years as General Manager in a reputable freight forwarding company. On his anniversary of 25 years in the business, Mr. Amin established Tower Freight Logistics as a private limited company.

Such experience has allowed Mr Amin to regularly contribute articles on freight forwarding in national print media highlighting various problems of the freight forwarding industry in Bangladesh and suggestions for over-all development.