GLS signs Technical Partnership with National Aviation Services (NAS) of Kuwait
Amidst a new milestone in the expansion of the Global Logistics Services (GLS) to lawfully take over the cargo handling at the Robert International Airport (RIA), the Chief Executive Officer of GLS said it has signed a partnership pact with an international ground handling company, the National Aviation Services (NAS) of Kuwait, in an effort to instill an international cargo operations services at the RIA.
Mr. Peter Malcolm King said the partnership with the NAS is to comprehensively provide professional advice and technical support to the GLS to manage every aspect of the cargo business from pricing, cargo operations, and billing to supply chain management.
Other technical assistance of the NAS will include export cargo acceptance and documentation process; which includes pre-acceptance, acceptance of documents, Air Waybill issue and after-acceptance activities, export flight handling process; including lying list and load plan, interline, flight buildup preparation, manifest, load documentation, offloads and flight closing, import flight handling process; with flight manifest, flight documentation, flight finalization and import cargo delivery process; including delivery planning, documentation delivery, customs clearance, after delivery activities.
The GLS CEO told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview over the weekend at his Broad Street office, that GLS intends to make the air cargo transportation services transparent and measure its performance and make improvements to processes where necessary.
Recently, the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate have unanimously ratified a 25-year’s Concession Agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Global Logistics Services, and forwarded it to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for attestation.
The signing of the Concession Agreement with the National Investment Commission (NIC), Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) and Management of RIA and the ratification of the concession agreement by the Legislature signified a public private partnership.
The NAS is a private ground handling company, a subsidiary of Agility, and has a presence in more than 30 airports, handles five out of the top 10 airlines and manages 31 airport lounges in 12 countries across the Middle East, India, and Africa.
Recently, NAS signed a 10-year’s contract to provide ground handling services at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan.
The ground handling contract includes passenger services, ramp handling, cargo management and warehousing as well as other related airport services.
Meanwhile, the GLS CEO also told the Daily Observer, that upon the approval of the President and the printing of the Concession Agreement in to a handbill, the GLS and LAA will transitionally manage the cargo handling of RIA for two (2) months – 60 days.
King said after the 60 days, the LAA will formally turnover the cargo management system to the GLS.
He indicated that within their first six months of operations, the GLS and its partners target the improvements in service standards and enhancements in customer satisfaction with their temporary cargo facility.
He said also that they would do the groundbreaking of the modernize cargo facility, and upon completion, the handling facility will provide: racking up to 1500 pallets, chiller/freezer storage & cold room up to 50 tons of cargo, forklift up to 10 tons capacity, strong room, DGR (all classes), AVI rooms, separate storage for DIP mails, and CCTV and 24 hours security services amongst others.