Finnish interior detailing and finishing products specialist Duuri Oy needed someone to handle the products coming out of its factories in China and Malaysia and heading for Finland. GAC Hong Kong won the gig.
For GAC Hong Kong’s Commercial Manager - Logistics, Iiro Mikkola, it’s all about co-operation: with the customer; with the factories; and with sister GAC companies in Asia and Europe.
“Once Duuri Oy places its orders with its factories in the region, we take over,” says Iiro. “First, we work with our sister companies in China and Malaysia to handle the shipments coming in. Then we liaise with the suppliers on cargo readiness, negotiate the best rates, arrange vessel bookings and finally work with our counterparts in Finland to arrange deliveries to customers in Helsinki.
“It’s a new mode of operation for us which enables the customer to cut out a chain of middle men and deal solely with us for everything from logistics follow-up to billing.
“It’s an option gaining in popularity, as witnessed by the fact that a long-standing UK client has also switched to this system.”
As Duuri Oy’s single contact for all Far East supply chain matters, GAC Hong Kong looks after all communications, operations and payments. Duuri Oy saves time, effort and money and gains the peace of mind that comes from real time status updates.
Jari Plattonen, Purchasing and Logistics Manager at Duuri Oy, says: “It is important to have a logistics partner who can monitor all our cargo movements and keep us updated at every step in the supply chain. We appreciate and value the good work of GAC in ensuring a smooth operation and the reliable end-to-end delivery of our cargo from the Far East.”
For the fifth successive year, GAC Hong Kong has secured the agency for ships carrying coal for Guangdean Yudean, an electricity supplier in Guangdong province.
Since 2013, Guangdean Yudean Shipping vessels have taken advantage of Hong Kong’s bunkering cost benefits compared to mainland China. This has given GAC HK an average of 5-6 calls per month. Supplies are usually delivered at Hong Kong’s outer anchorage, though arrangements are made for inner anchorage delivery during bad weather.