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Ro-Ro transport: optimising global freight logistics

Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro-Ro) transport has revolutionised cargo logistics, providing an efficient and safe method for handling various types of large-volume goods. This system is characterised by the ability to load and unload roll-on/roll-off goods directly onto the ship, which optimises transport times and reduces transport costs.

Smart Logistics, an integrated logistics operator, specialises in offering advanced solutions in this field, maximising the efficiency, safety and profitability of maritime transport.

What is Ro-Ro transport?

Ro-Ro transport refers to the practice of loading and unloading rolling goods (such as trailers, heavy machinery and other wheeled equipment) directly onto a specialised vessel -car carrier or ‘ro-ro ships’-. In order to carry out these functions, there are usually ramps built into the ship or fixed on land that will allow the goods to be loaded (Roll On) and unloaded (Roll Off) from the port. This method eliminates the need for cranes and heavy loading equipment, allowing for a faster and more efficient operation.

Ro-Ro transport offers numerous benefits that make it attractive for various industrial sectors:

  • Time efficiency: the ability to roll cargoes directly on and off the ship significantly reduces loading and unloading times.
  • Cost reduction: by not requiring specialised loading equipment and cranes, the final cost of operating resources and labour is reduced.
  • Safety: minimises the risk of cargo damage, as items are handled in a more direct and controlled manner.
  • Flexibility: suitable for a wide range of rolling loads, from trailers and heavy machinery to cars, trucks and specialised equipment.

An innovative and efficient company

Smart Logistics has adapted its services to the advantages of Ro-Ro transport, positioning itself as a company specialising in efficient logistics solutions. With a modern and highly qualified fleet, Smart Logistics guarantees the safe and punctual transport of various types of rolling goods to the nearest ports.

In addition, the operator offers a variety of services tailored to the needs of its customers:

  • International transport: global connections that ensure on-time delivery anywhere in the world.
  • Customised solutions: tailoring its services to customer specifications, including the transport of specialised machinery and large equipment.
  • Advanced technology: use of state-of-the-art tracking and management systems to monitor cargo status in real time.

The company has successfully managed complex Ro-Ro transport projects, excelling in sectors such as heavy industry. In its latest job, the company has coordinated the delivery of heavy machinery, transported in a truck adapted for large sizes and weights, to the port of Barcelona in the direction of the Middle East. A great example of its efficiency and reliability in international logistics.

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Smart Logistics, a first-class partner for the food industry

The food sector is a key industry in the international market and one of the most influential in global economic progress. This makes it a major driving force for developed and growing countries. In Spain, the volume of agri-food and fisheries exports reached a record high in 2023, exceeding 70,000 million euros, 16% of the country’s total foreign trade.

Even so, this market remains highly stressed by high costs, exacerbated by various geopolitical tensions, the effects of drought and extreme weather events. To mitigate these challenges, companies like Smart Logistics are working hard to provide innovative logistics solutions that drive efficiency and sustainability throughout the supply chain.

Smart Logistics strengthens its position as a cold logistics specialist

As an integrated logistics operator, Smart Logistics handles all types of temperature-controlled goods transport. The company has advanced services and techniques that guarantee high quality in the cold sector, such as Cold Treatment, an innovative real-time temperature control system that guarantees the integrity of the cargo at all times.

Smart Logistics’ commitment to excellence in food logistics is reflected in its active participation in key industry events such as Seafood Barcelona, the world’s largest seafood event, attended by buyers and professionals from over 150 countries. As well as Alimentaria Barcelona, the major trade fair platform for the food, beverage, foodservice and hospitality equipment industry, with exhibitors from 68 countries.

These fairs are an invaluable springboard for networking, knowledge sharing and keeping abreast of the latest trends and developments in the industry, thus strengthening the company’s position as a leader in the food market.

Innovation and digitalisation in the food sector

The food industry is currently undergoing a digital transformation that involves new production and distribution processes. New technologies and artificial intelligence are being integrated into the food industry through the use of robots in facilities and warehouses, automation in transport processes and courses on digitisation.

The evolution of this strategic sector has the potential to contribute to the ecological transition and to generate a tractor effect for employment, growth, productivity and innovation in the business fabric.

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The nearshoring boom positions Mexico as a global logistics epicentre

The process of nearshoring is currently gaining importance in the international logistics sector. Its function involves the relocation of business activity to closer regions in order to be closer to target markets. According to several reports, one of the countries with the highest demand for production capacity is Mexico, placing it at the centre of the global supply chain.

In this sense, Smart Logistics, a company specialising in integrated logistics, is an effective partner in import and export traffic with Mexico. Its presence in various parts of the country under the Alonso Forwarding Mexico brand not only exemplifies the company’s interest and confidence in the country’s logistics potential, but also highlights the strategic importance of this location for the global supply chain.

A growing logistics hub

Mexico is currently one of the most promising economies in the Americas and has a logistics sector that is constantly evolving. Its geography offers a notable strategic advantage in the context of nearshoring. As a neighbour of the United States, one of the world’s leading economic powers, Mexico is an attractive option for companies wishing to maintain access to the US market. It also has a cost-competitive labour force compared to other regions, making it a favourable destination for foreign investment.

The country has implemented significant measures such as the use of advanced technologies and the development of projects to enhance logistics. The improvement of transport systems and the modernisation of its ports and airports have strengthened the country’s capacity to efficiently handle international trade.

Mexico a beneficiary of the US-China trade war

The so-called trade war between China and the United States has generated a series of challenges for companies, especially in terms of supply chains. Given this situation, Mexico has emerged as a strategic alternative for companies seeking to diversify their operations and reduce their exposure to trade tensions between the two great powers.

Last year, the United States imported more goods and services from Mexico than from any other country in the world, displacing China as its top supplier, according to data released by the US Census Bureau. Mexican exports totalled $475.606 billion last year, a jump of 4.6% compared to 2022. For its part, China sold 20 per cent less to the United States than in the previous year. Its exports amounted to 427,229 dollars. A milestone in the history of the American country.

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Smart Logistics participates in Gulfood, the most important trade fair in the food industry

Smart Logistics, an integrated logistics operator, participated in the 29th edition of Gulfood, the world’s largest food fair held in Dubai. This event hosted more than 5,500 exhibitors from all over the world with a representation of more than 190 countries. Driving creativity and change, this fair unites food-related companies on a global level and acts as a springboard for industry trends and a global sourcing powerhouse.

Its extensive programme of meetings, Gulfood Connexions, allows participants to keep abreast of trends in the market. In this context, Smart Logistics had the opportunity to showcase its international network of logistics services for the food and beverage sector. The company highlighted its global presence, underlining its ability to provide comprehensive logistics solutions in different parts of the world.

A constantly evolving market

The food industry is a sector that spans from agricultural production to the consumer’s culinary experience. It is a key driver of the global economy, creating jobs, driving innovation and responding to changing customer preferences. Gulfood 2024 has highlighted the importance of this sector, showing how it not only meets basic needs, but also influences culture, sustainability and global health.

This diverse and dynamic environment involves farmers, producers, distributors, retailers and consumers in an interconnected network. Adaptability and responsiveness to emerging trends are essential in an industry that is constantly evolving to meet quality standards and changing consumer expectations.

Top quality in the transport of perishable goods

The distribution of food, from its origin to its final destination, represents a logistical challenge that requires precision and care. The cold division of Smart Logistics, a forwarder with global reach, is an expert in the transport of all types of perishable products. Thanks to the help of new technologies, key services such as cold treatment and qualified professionals, this division ensures the traceability of goods at all times.

The company’s participation in Gulfood has been a strategic step to consolidate its position in the international market, as well as to learn about and explore the latest trends and applications in the perishable products sector.

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ETS, the EU’s environmental strategy in the maritime field

From 1 January 2024, the EU ETS (European Union Emissions Trading System) will come into force, a regulation that refers to the greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme created by the European Union to combat climate change. A pioneering scheme, the ETS is the world’s first emissions trading scheme applicable to all 27 EU Member States, plus Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.

From that day on, shipping companies will have to rigorously monitor their emissions to ensure the required environmental compliance. The proportion of CO2 emissions to be covered by allowances increases gradually each year, by 2025 40% of reported emissions must be covered, by 2026 70% and from 2027 onwards 100% of emissions must be reported.

The keys to the EU ETS

Shipping companies covered by the EU ETS must have an approved monitoring plan for reporting annual emissions. Each year, companies must submit a report on emissions from each of the ships under their responsibility.

How is this data checked? A particular year’s records need to be validated by an accredited body by 31 March of the following year, or by 28 February if required by the relevant administrative authority. Once verified, companies must surrender or use the appropriate number of allowances by 30 September of the same year.

Smart Logistics, as an integrated logistics operator, is aware of the relevance and impact of these new regulations on the maritime sector and the environment. The ability to adjust to the new regulations with flexibility and commitment is a key element in the company’s strategy.

Its impact on the maritime sector

According to some studies, the implementation of the EU ETS could lead shipping companies to make a first stop in North Africa, the Adriatic Sea, the United Kingdom or the Eastern Mediterranean in order to avoid the costs of the levy. A situation that worries the representatives of some Spanish ports because it could lead to a flight of calls to other ports outside the European area, or to a decrease in transhipments.

Within the framework of the international meeting “The challenge of the ETS for European ports”, presidents and managers of these enclaves have demanded a greater involvement of the IMO. A measure which could attenuate the effects on the loss of stable jobs and business relocation which could occur with the entry into force of the new Emissions Trading Scheme in the European Union.

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