Trinity Logistics signs $20-mil deal with Etihad Cargo
Trinity Logistics USA has signed a multimillion dollar deal with Etihad Cargo, the freight division of Etihad Airways, which will see the carrier operate a weekly wide-body freighter service on its behalf.
The service will operate from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Columbus, Ohio and beyond to East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom, on behalf of the New York based, global freight forwarder in a deal worth US $20-million.
Etihad Cargo operated several charter flights for Trinity Logistics over the summer, and the formalising of a long-term agreement is testament to the success of the collaboration.
Trinity Logistics is one of North America’s most renowned freight forwarders in the fashion industry, with a growing footprint throughout the US and Asia. The Colombo–Columbus–East Midlands service has been introduced to facilitate the movement of the latest high fashion from Sri Lanka for big box retailers in the US and support the company’s US export growth to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
David Kerr, Etihad Cargo senior vice president, said, “Through our partnership, Etihad Cargo and Trinity Logistics are committed to facilitating this important trade. The flexibility our freighter fleet affords us means we are well placed to serve the fashion industry which is so reliant on a responsive supply chain.”
Sri Lankan apparel exports exceeded US $4.5bn in 2015, representing 40 per cent of the country’s total exports. Victoria's Secret, GAP, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Speedo and Abercrombie & Fitch are just some of the well-known brands whose garments are manufactured in Sri Lanka.
The country is a popular place to have manufacturing facilities for ethically conscious brands because of the way it embraces working conditions free of sweatshop practices such as child or forced labour. Many of its factories are LEED Platinum and Gold certified and follow international standards of recycling and waste management practices.
Etihad Cargo will operate its Boeing 777F and Boeing 747F aircraft, with maximum payloads of 103 tonnes and 140 tonnes respectively, on the route.