Azerbaijan's ART Group Logistic talks plans for 2020
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 17
By Sadraddin Aghjayev - Trend:
The Head of ART Group Logistic MMC Asif Abbaszade told Trend in a interview about the company's plans for 2019.
- In what year did your organization begin its activities?
- Our company was opened in May 2018, and this year the first logistic operation was completed. In 2019, our company transported about 3,600 tons of cargo. Our goal is to increase this cargo flow to 5,000 tons in 2020.
- What type of cargo is in the greatest demand in import and export transportation of Azerbaijan?
- Cotton is in the greatest export demand, as it is considered one of the most popular goods for foreign producers. Nuts, textiles, vegetables, fruits, foodstuffs are also constantly exported. Imports to Azerbaijan mainly include construction materials, equipment, machinery and chemical products.
- What type of transport is economically feasible in terms of goods transportation for your company?
- Basically, our transportation is carried out by road transport, as we have experience in this field. We also study the experience in rail transportation and we eye to use this type of transportation at a professional level in the future, in cooperation with relevant organizations. I would also like to note that our company offers its customers air transportation of goods, which we plan to develop and improve in the current and subsequent years.
- What results and transformations, new technologies and techniques would you note in 2019?
- In 2019, we learned a lot in the field of logistics and successfully use this knowledge in practice. Our company successfully continues to study and implement modern technologies, allocating the necessary funds from the company's capital for these things. The main goal of introducing new technical solutions is to facilitate cargo transportation for our customers and increase profits. Certainly, legal entities (SOCAR, Gilan, Azelko, Sibiar Russia and other companies) and individuals work with us. We take an individual approach to each client, regardless of the turnover. We also have sufficient potential to work with large suppliers and buyers.
- What hinders development of logistics in international relations and what changes would you like to see in the future?
- In my subjective opinion, first of all, for the development of logistics, it is necessary to simplify and reduce the time for inspection and customs clearance of goods. Second, there is a very long procedure with registration at the border, as well as at almost all checkpoints. We would like to see such a mechanism developed in the future that will allow goods to arrive and depart from our country as quickly as possible, with less loss of time for both the shipper and the freight carrier.
- How do you see the future of your logistics company? What are the prospects for cooperation with other countries?
- Our company mainly works with the CIS countries. In the future, we plan to expand the geography of activities and cooperate with countries in Europe and other continents. In addition, we plan to increase our staff, the fleet, by adding new modern trucks that will ensure the safety of transportation, the speed of delivery and create comfortable conditions for storing transported goods.