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Vels ventures Down Under

[ March 4, 2021   //   ]

Netherlands-based Wholesale by Vels has signed a partnership with fellow wholesaler Consol Alliance to develop trade air cargo business on the Europe-Australia route. It will initially operate weekly, trade-only unitised airfreight consolidations from Amsterdam Schiphol to major Australian airports on premium carriers. Frequency is expected to increase over the coming months, and import services from Australia to Europe are also planned. Wholesale by Vels has set up receiving and build-up in Amsterdam, while Consol Aliance will use its own handling centres to break bulk in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, for local release or transfer of cargo to its regional stations in Adelaide and Fremantle.

Forwarders will have the option of using the service’s master air waybill, or their own individual air waybills. The service caters for general cargo, dangerous goods and e-commerce. Discounts will be offered for dense cargo under 6000cc/kg in volume.

The philosophy of Wholesale-by-Vels founder Rinaldo Vels, who set up the company last November, is to combine traditional consolidation of smaller shipments to achieve better rates with expertise in optimal routes and carriers, and access to IATA carriers’ capacity. The company is strictly neutral, and will only deal with transport intermediaries.

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