Swiss WorldCargo, the air cargo division of Swiss International Air Lines, has entered into a new partnership agreement with WCA Ltd., the global freight forwarding network for independent logistics providers. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Swiss WorldCargo will undertake a number of unique cross-cooperation projects with three of WCA’s specialty groups – WCA Pharma, WCA Time Critical and WCA Dangerous Goods. The alignment of these operations between WCA’s members and Swiss WorldCargo will allow the generation of a range of new business opportunities in these burgeoning sectors of the industry, the two firms said.
Executives from both organizations will conduct regular regional meetings to ensure the efficiency, quality and accessibility of end-to-end logistics solutions for specialist shippers. The two organizations will also exchange product and operational information to drive growth and cost-efficiencies across these specialist sectors of transport.
“We already have an excellent name in the targeted market segments which we have achieved through the relentless pursuit of reliability, quality and customer responsiveness,” said Swiss International Air Lines’ Chief Cargo Officer Oliver Evans. “Nevertheless the logistics market is complex and customers need a range of solutions to support and develop their supply chain. WCA has created innovative networks offering proven benefits to their participating members. We see our partnership with them as a complement to our existing offer, opening the door to new, flexible and pragmatic solutions for end users all across the globe.”
WCA President David Yokeum said that the partnership agreement demonstrated that an increasing number of airlines recognised the growing importance of the independent logistics sector to the health of the industry.
“Our members have an unbeatable reputation for quality, service and innovation – especially in these niche, but highly important, verticals within our industry,” Yokeum said. “By working closely with Swiss, which itself has established such a strong global reputation as a leader in these sectors, we can help bring even greater value to the ultimate users – the shippers and consignees.”