It is Thursday and it is the week before the breakbulk expo in the Americas. My colleague Mr. Cody Abram will be reachable and will be replacing me as something came up that I needed to attend to here in Europe. The expo is a great place for meeting up and no matter how many emails, wechats or skype messages we send to each other, face to face meetings and taking the time and paying the expense for traveling will in almost all cases be worth it - lots of people hide behind the emails and it's only when you get a feel of the person by looking into their eyes and feeling the handshake that things about most of us good or bad.....become evident.
I was in Montenegro last week and enroute back to Stockholm stopped off in Malta. Traveling from a non EU country to an EU country via the airport of Rome is always bound to create headaches - how many times havent I been through FCO in Rome only to find that of 15 passport control booths only 2 were actually manned. It has to be a management problem - people were standing in line, some were pushing their way to the front whilst the quicker line for EU passports was mixed with non EU passports. Well hardly a great impression of EU territory arrival. As mentioned above travel can be bothersome and I guess we all know it.
Now for the business at hand we will today have an interview with a Turkish project freight forwarder with interests in the Black Sea and Central Asian area and I also share with you the direct contacts with a loss prevention specialist that you may like to get to know better as many project cargoes indeed can be "hard to estimate" and some solid rules of thumb could be good to remember when you are pushed by your client....come on they might say - everyone else accepts this risk....why not you?
And we round off with our usual sector news etc and we wish you a good read and a good week ahead for all including those of you at breakbulk expo in Houston.
Note that you may email to firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to meet him during his weeklong stay in his native US
Wishing you a pleasant read and, until next week,
Bo H. Drewsen