Logistics forms the backbone of a business, especially those industries which are involved in construction, manufacturing, or supply of raw materials. In order to make sure stability in the supply chain, some companies prefer to have their own transport system. But creating a full-phase logistics facility on their own may cost them a lot of time and resources as efficient management of this system evolves into a tough job. And here comes the role of logistics companies. Logistics firms ensure proper logistics management and transportation of commodities which help to improve business operations and gain a competitive advantage in their respective industries. Moreover, they facilitate trade and commerce and help businesses get their products to customers, both within and across international borders, as an integral part of value chains.
In recent years, Bangladesh has been adapting to a fast-changing competitive market environment, with companies and manufacturers looking for cost-effective and efficient strategies. And for obvious reasons, the logistics industry in the country is also flourishing with time. In this article, we will look at some of the best logistics companies in Bangladesh and discuss their operations.
Kuehne + Nagel Ltd, Bangladesh
Kuehne + Nagel Ltd. is a global transport and logistics company that is claimed to be the no. 1 sea freight and air freight forwarder worldwide. The company was established in 1890 as a freight forwarding company in Bremen, Germany. Over the last 130 years, Kuehne+Nagel has evolved from a traditional shipping company to a global logistics partner that offers highly specialized solutions for major industries worldwide. Currently, Kuehne+Nagel is headquartered in Switzerland, with a presence in 1300 locations, and 106 countries all over the world.
They are equipped with over 78,000 logistics and supply chain professionals to serve their 400,000 clients worldwide. They are also present in Bangladesh, with 4 locations in Dhaka and Chittagong. The company started its operation in Bangladesh in 1997, and recently, they have celebrated 25 years of their journey in this country.
The Danish shipping company, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, also known simply as Maersk, is active in ocean and inland freight transportation and associated services, such as supply chain management and port operation. Maersk is the largest container shipping line and vessel operator in the world. Currently, they are managing 730+ vessels with more than 100,000 employees worldwide. They are present in 130 countries while having 67 terminals in 42 of the countries. As the world’s largest container shipping company, they move 12 million containers every year and deliver to every corner of the globe through ocean transport, inland services, and intercontinental rail.
To focus on solving supply chain needs from end to end, they offer supply chain management, warehousing, and distribution. Moreover, they provide digital logistics support for the clients to match the ever-changing industry. The company started its journey in this country in 1992, and this year, they have celebrated 30 years of Maersk Bangladesh. With 4 offices in Dhaka, Mongla, and Chittagong, they ensure regular and reliable shipping services to and from anywhere in Bangladesh.
Bongo Express is a company that works as a logistics aggregator to provide complete logistics-related solutions by integrating automation and digitalization in the industry. Understanding the logistics and distribution industry’s issues, this tech-enabled company owned by Bongo Technology Ltd. has developed an innovative platform to provide an app-based whole logistics solution in Bangladesh. The company was founded in 2018, and within three years, they have built AI-integrated, cloud-based, end-to-end logistical solutions.
From a single platform, the company offers online truck rental, supply chain and distribution management solutions, fleet management solutions, food and grocery delivery, home and office moving solutions, and P2P parcel delivery. Moreover, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to take the Bongo Xpress franchise. Through the ‘Bongo Bonik’ franchising concept, Bongo Xpress hopes to establish a robust logistical network in Bangladesh.
Bollore Logistics Bangladesh
Bolloré Logistics is a global leader in international transport & logistics. The mission of the company is to support its customers as they grow by providing customized service that allows them to be more competitive in their respective markets. Bolloré Logistics is committed to delivering reliable, flexible, innovative, and value-creating solutions. Bolloré Logistics Bangladesh started operations in 2010, with its Head Office located in the capital city, Dhaka, and a subsidiary in port-city Chittagong. Bolloré Logistics Bangladesh offers its expertise in Fashion & Apparel Industry, Industrial Projects, and Warehousing.
They have expertise in handling Out-of-Gauge shipments. The company is also a licensed freight forwarder and licensed Quality Check (QC) Platform operator in Bangladesh, as well as a member of the Bangladesh Freight Forwarders Association.
Navana Logistics Ltd.
Navana Logistics Ltd. a concern of NAVANA GROUP, started its operation as an International Freight Forwarding company here in Bangladesh in 2007. Since its inception, the company has been providing logistics and freight management solutions to exporters and importers with a great deal of satisfaction. The company is managed by a dedicated and dynamic group of professionals with extensive international and local expertise in the field of Freight Forwarding and the supply chain management industry.
In various modes of freight forwarding and supply chain management solutions, skillful operation teams are committed to ensuring high-quality and innovative services for their clients during both peak and off-peak seasons. Navana Logistics has offices in 05 different strategic locations across Bangladesh and has a vast range of international acceptance, making the company renowned across the world for its standard.
3i Logistics Group
3i LOGISTICS Group has been in the Transport & Logistics business for the last 50 years, and as 3i LOGISTICS (Pvt.) Limited for the last 10 years. It is an end-to-end logistics and supply chain service provider in Bangladesh with a strong presence and offices located in all airports and ports. The company operates a fleet of more than 500 transport vehicles in various sizes with 24/7 tracking to ensure the timely and safe transportation of all cargo. At 3i, there are more than 300 people working in 10 offices all over Bangladesh. Currently, 3i serves more than 255 customers, and most of them are multinationals.
They provide services in the areas of air and ocean freight, customs brokerage, project logistics, warehousing, distribution, fairs, and events logistics. Their highly efficient and state-of-the-art warehousing facilities offer more than 1 million Square Feet of open and closed storage space for diverse industries. They have also served Shipping and Project Logistics Services to L & T-Marubeni for Dhaka Metro Rail Project during the Covid19 pandemic.
A.H. Khan & Co.
A.H.Khan & Co. is the leading and largest logistic company in Bangladesh, providing the best and most classified supply chain services to its customers. The company started its operations with the transport business on a minimum scale. It was the vision of the late Mokshad Hossain khan in 1964. Now with over 55 years of experience, the company maintains the corporate culture while prioritizing customer satisfaction and efficiency. They offer a well-managed distribution, people outsourcing, warehouse facility, etc to their clients besides transport services.
Interestingly, they are the first certified 3PL company and even pioneers of “Green Warehousing” in Bangladesh. To keep pace with the global supply chain industry, A H Khan & Co operates by using modern software, networks, and security surveillance systems. Currently, A.H.Khan & Co. manages customers’ supply chain on the national scale and hence is the perfect partner for multinational and larger national companies.
S.I.Chowdhury & Co. Limited or, SICHO has been a key player in supply-chain transformation and meeting customers’ unique logistics needs for more than 50 years. The company came into existence in 1968, and, over the years, the company has gained vast knowledge in the business, which has made this organization an ideal house for C&F, Stevedoring, Transportation, and Pilot House Logistics. They equip various types and sizes of tools categorized as Crane, Transport, River Fleet, and Construction Equipments.
The company offers some exceptional services too, including ODC & Heavy Lift Planning & Execution, onshore and offshore Cargo Handling, Professional Route & Feasibility Study, etc, which make them stand out. They had been involved in many critical and mega projects in Bangladesh. For example, they are proud partners in the construction of Meghnaghat combined-cycle power plant, Dhaka airport terminal 3 construction, Metro rail, Padma multipurpose bridge project, BNS Sheikh Hasina base project, Rooppur nuclear power plant, etc. Hence, they are said to be one of the market leaders in project logistics and multimodal transportation services.
Partex Aeromarine Logistics Ltd.
Partex Aeromarine Logistics Limited is a reputed asset-based third-party logistics (3 PL) service provider serving over the years of unflinching reputation. The multi-dimensional company runs under the corporate umbrella of Partex Star Group that offers a pool of experienced professionals in export-import trading documentation, logistics, freight movement, internal carriage, storage, and/or temperate warehousing, and related infrastructures. This unit has the capability of handling both sea and air cargo for exporters as well as for importers – and to those whose business relates to both ends.
It is equipped with experienced manpower to conduct the service of customs brokerage for processing both export and import documentation, providing all sorts of transportation, including trucking, trailing, GOH, and loose cargo loading. And for that, it has its own pool of heavy-duty vehicles, warehousing at major customs points, especially undertaking specialized, project-based, and turnkey cargo movement, etc. In the country’s surging industrial sector, Partex Aeromarine Logistics Limited is a trusted logistic handling service provider with an excellent reputation.
Titas Transport Agency
Titas transport agency was founded in 1982 and has expanded rapidly and continued pursuit of new markets. This agency is one of the most popular logistics transportation cargo service companies that operate all around Bangladesh. With over 40 years of experience, Titas Transport has the knowledge and the expertise to help the customers grow their businesses and negotiate in an increasingly complex and ever-changing economic marketplace, whether that is venturing into new territories or growing in already developed markets.
The company very effectively handles the storage and flow of materials from their point of origin to their destination point. Their logistics services include the management of the goods and also involve other services like material handling, transportation, inventory, and distribution. With a highly competitive transportation network, reputation for service reliability, and commitment to sustainable business & trade, Titas Transport Agency has won the trust of many renowned companies at home and abroad.
Cosmos Shipping & Logistics
Cosmos Shipping & Logistics (CSL) is the maritime arm of the Cosmos Group. Established in 1980, the company has provided logistics support to a number of prestigious projects in the Power, Oil & Gas, and Infrastructure sectors in Bangladesh. They have a range of responsive, effective, and reliable teams ready to provide the necessary logistical support to international and local clients. By now, following three decades in the business, they are able to move people, products, and vital supplies from one side of the globe to the other through a variety of effective delivery methods.
CSL is pre-eminent as a logistics service provider in Bangladesh and has a solid reputation within the region as well. CSL offices are located in major port cities and hubs, at home, including Chittagong, Coxs Bazar, and Khulna. Cosmos Shipping & Logistics (CSL) is fully capable of providing a one-stop logistics solution in a convenient and efficient way. Their services include Shipping Solutions, Equipment Support, Customs Clearance, Port formalities at all major sea and airports, Warehouse, Storing and Jetty facilities, Sea and Ground Transport, Project Cargo Services, etc.
Among the list, GIM approaches logistics solutions from a whole different angle. GIM, or Goods In Motion, an initiative by ‘eJogajog Limited’, is one of the first initiatives that connects shippers and carriers through a digital platform. Already setting its footprint in 61 districts, the company is facilitating hundreds of commercially important trips every month. Plus, they have secured a wide range of customers, from development projects to giant corporations like Lafarge, ACI, and Abul Khair, among others. Within a span of 6 months, the company had registered more than 12,000 trucks and 7000 drivers while reaching the milestone of 100,000-ton capacity.
With GIM, anyone can get trucks anytime, anywhere within competitive rates. What’s more, it can ensure faster deliveries with real-time dynamic routing capabilities. Although advanced logistics software can do nothing to prevent traffic congestion, it can help the trucks to avoid it through dynamic route planning. Till now, the company has covered 92 unique routes across all 8 divisions of Bangladesh. This, in turn, has created a competitive and fair market for drivers, owners, and truck operators.
A country’s sustainable economic development requires good infrastructure and efficient logistics systems. However, Bangladesh’s logistics system was not particularly strong, since it faced a number of challenges to the overall logistics system’s seamless functioning. However, currently, technology-based digital logistics systems are being introduced, which creates some hope.