Whether you’re a vessel owner looking for quality shipping services, a market leader in need of a reliable freight forwarder, or a marine company seeking world-class offshore support, think GAC. We are in business to help your business thrive, even in challenging times. Our promise to provide the best in shipping, logistics and marine services is one we take seriously. And we have the reach, resources, expertise and experience to deliver on that promise.
Swedish roots, seafaring heritage
The GAC story started in 1956 when Swedish entrepreneur Bengt Lindwall signed an agreement with two Kuwaiti businessmen to form Gulf Agency Company to provide professional ship agency services in the country. Today, Kuwait’s Shipping License “No.1” is proudly displayed at GAC Kuwait’s office in Farwaniya.
Fond of quoting the phrase ‘Wer viel fragt, wird viel wissen’ (‘He who asks a lot will also know much’), Lindwall encouraged everyone to ask questions, confident that there are no stupid questions, all can be relevant and important. It was that open entrepreneurial spirit that led directly to the establishment of GAC over sixty years ago. Over the next decade, more offices opened throughout the Middle East as oil, shipping and logistics business there grew.
Global attitude, local action
In the 1970s, more GAC companies were established in the Eastern Mediterranean and Nigeria, and in Asia Pacific and the Indian Subcontinent in the ‘80s. Further expansion throughout Africa, Europe, the Americas, Central Asia and Australia followed in the 1990s and 2000s. Today, GAC is now a global group providing a wide range of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services.
GAC provides shipping and logistics services in the country
GAC has been active in the country as shipping agents since 1988. In 1999 GAC entered into a Joint Venture to include logistics services, forming GAC Philippines, Inc. We provide a comprehensive portfolio of shipping and logistics services. In addition, we provide professional warehousing, distribution and 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) services throughout the country.
Shipping touches everything in the modern world. 90% of the commodities traded worldwide have at some point been transported by water. As one of the world’s largest shipping agencies, representing more than 3,500 Principals and handling over 96,000 jobs annually, GAC is alongside to ease the way for your vessels plying the world’s shipping lanes.
One agent, global coverage
The GAC Group is one of the few global organisations with the resources, reach, expertise and infrastructure to support shipping operations on a local, regional and global scale.
Our global network of four regional hubs, 300 owned offices and trusted partners elsewhere covers thousands of locations worldwide. Our 24/7 operations are backed by in-depth local expertise and excellent relations with port authorities for fast and efficient vessel turnaround.
GAC’s range of international shipping services caters for all kinds of vessels, from container ships, bulk cargo carriers, Ro-Ro vessels and tankers to cruise liners and superyachts; and all cargo types from grains, cement, steel, minerals to crude, LPG and chemicals.
Whatever you need
We go beyond the standard ship agency services with an extensive range of complementary services covering global hub agency, husbandry, bunker fuel supplies, ship spares logistics, underwater hull cleaning, weather routing and more. Whether you’re controlling an entire fleet or a single vessel, our comprehensive portfolio of services can be tailored to your needs.
GAC’s tailor-made solutions keep you fully informed of your vessel’s status prior to, during and after the port call while we promptly meet your needs and adapt to changing conditions. To further aid efficient operations planning, our free daily intelligence services Hot Port News is a trusted source of the latest news on port conditions worldwide.
Safety, security, quality and corporate compliance, are our watch words. GAC is committed to meeting the highest standards, honesty and transparency in everything we do.
We are alongside and at your service in port or at sea, around the clock, around the world.
Protection & Indemnity
Representing International Group P&I Clubs since 1973, GAC is a recognised leader in the protection & indemnity field providing 24/7 incident and claims handling as well as medical assistance.
When something goes wrong with a ship, a port call or a cargo that could lead to a legal claim, a speedy response is critical from an effective P&I (Protection & Indemnity) correspondent. Time is of the essence to ensure the full investigation, documentation and analysis of any legal claim to assess and minimise any financial exposure as a result of an incident.
Leading P&I correspondent
GAC has represented International Group P&I Clubs since 1973. Today, we are now recognised as a leader in the field providing 24/7 incident and claims handling as well as medical assistance. We are also listed by all the 13 International Group Clubs in the Middle East region.
Our P&I team of experienced, dedicated claims handlers with considerable legal and technical expertise are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round, to attend to incidents promptly and proactively. Their excellent relationships with local authorities, port officials, terminals and receivers are key in helping to expedite the handling of cases to reduce exposure and bring about the timely and equitable settlement of claims. GAC’s LoU (Letter of Undertakings) on behalf of P&I Clubs is accepted by most receivers, ports and terminals worldwide.
GAC also acts as correspondents for the leading Medical Assistance Principals. Our excellent local knowledge and relations with local authorities, embassies and hospitals ensure that we can make the best arrangements for: medical evacuations, doctors’ visits, air and road ambulance transportation, liaison and follow-up with hospitals or clinics, hotel accommodation, special travel arrangements, visa requirements; repatriation of human remains, and medical escorts, where necessary.
Every year, GAC offices worldwide handle more than 3000 P&I claims and in excess of more than 2500 medical assistance cases.
Getting your goods to market on time, in the right quantities, and in good shape, is a complex business. GAC’s specialised contract logistics and value-added services can take the strain of the multi-faceted operation for you, with full supply chain visibility freeing you up to focus on your core business.
Strategic facilities worldwide
GAC is a pioneer of contract logistics services in the Middle East. We opened the Gulf’s first distribution centre in Dubai in 1993, and today the GAC Logistics Park in Jebel Ali Free Zone has continued to expand and develop to remain one of the region’s largest and most advanced. That winning formula has been replicated by GAC with world-class warehousing & distribution capabilities throughout the region as well as in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Our integrated network of offices allows for global supply chain optimisation with an end-to-end service for all clients.
Around the world, major manufacturers, distributors and retailers from the fashion, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and automotive sectors rely on GAC’s contract logistics support.
Efficient, agile supply chain
Leveraging our shared resources, centralised warehousing and economies of scale for your third party logistics (3PL) and supply chain management, we use our expertise in demand planning to reduce your capital investment and respond flexibly to the fluctuating demands of the local, regional and global markets helping to increase your competitive advantage.
Value added services include component assembly, repacking and labelling. For time-sensitive products, cross-docking and fast flow-through capabilities help ensure speedy delivery to market.
All operations are supported by GAC’s proprietary warehouse management system (WMS) GACWare. It gives real-time snapshot of stock levels and issues advance alerts when new stock is required – enhancing your inventory control and production run management. It’s a flexible system which can easily be adapted for small set-ups and large retail scenarios, acting as an extension to your ERP and meeting your distribution demands. Digital Transformation is essential for every partner along a company’s supply chain to be linked for fully integrated solutions and visibility, as well as supporting the growing and rapidly changing e-commerce requirements.
Whether you are looking for storage and transportation support or to outsource your existing regional or global logistics operations, our comprehensive contract logistics solutions are fully customisable to meet your needs with cost-effective end-to-end service packages.
Whatever your cargo, wherever it’s heading, GAC has got your freight forwarding needs covered with our comprehensive freight and logistics services by sea, by air and by land.
Our contracts with many of the world’s leading ocean carriers covering key trades to/from Asia, USA, Middle East, Europe and Africa enable us to offer the best deals for your cargoes. Shipments can be loaded into containers for shipment, either as FCL (Full Container Loads) or LCL (Less than Container Loads) for secure delivery. Our consolidation services offer an economical option for smaller loads.
GAC’s global air freight services delivers cargo to every location around the world served by an airport. Our global partnerships with major air carriers give you priority access to competitive rates and space allocations. The service can be door-to-door with the entire collection, customs clearance and delivery tracked by our secured tracking system, GACfreight. Consolidation and charter services are also available.
GAC pioneered the concept of sea/air freight services, as an option which offers you the best of both worlds with significant cost advantage and timely regular delivery. It’s a solution particularly well suited to the needs of fast moving industries dealing with low inventories such as electronics, fashion and footwear between Asia, Europe and the United States.Transfers are channeled through GAC's airport hubs in Dubai and Singapore, saving you substantial cost versus “all air” and time versus an “all sea” transit time.
Clearing & Delivery
Wherever you go, GAC is the freight forwarding company with the local know-how and global resources to guide your shipments through the customs clearance process and send them on their way to their final destination.
We’ve carried them all: the latest trends eagerly awaited by fashionistas; giant turbines to keep the wheels of industry turning; yacht masts; chocolate treats; bridge panels; aspirins; rescue boats; sculptures; and more.
At some point, they all need to travel overland to reach their final destination. Around the world, GAC offers a diverse range of land transportation services to get your goods where they need to be - whether they’re outsized project cargo, an international shipment or goods for local retail distribution and delivery.
We work with our own fleet of general cargo and specialised trucks, lorries and carriers at many locations round the world – look out for the distinctive GAC logo and livery. And where we do not have our own vehicles, we work with carefully checked and monitored partners who meet GAC’s high standards.
Safety and security is paramount. All land transport services GAC provides – either using our own fleet and drivers or those of trusted partners – must meet the highest standards set out in the GAC Group’s HSSE Policy.
Some cargoes refuse to fit into neat little packages for simple transportation. They’re too big, too heavy, too awkward, or simply too specialised to fit the norm. Since the early 1970s, GAC has been a leader in moving all types of project cargo from source to destination.
Integrated expertise for full service package
We apply GAC’s shipping, logistics and marine expertise to major project undertakings - primarily customers for the offshore,oil & gas, heavy industry and construction sectors, but we have also been called on to assist with heavy lift shipments for art galleries, brewing companies and even an underwater restaurant. Commitment, flexibility and experience are central to our approach to every project, whether it be a single shipment or the execution of a global EPC contract.
Our flexible project logistics services include:
- Site survey and feasibility studies (routes, weather, political climate)
- Computer aided loading plans
- Full / part charter parties (air charters, time/ voyage charters)
- Multi-modal transport (rail, tug & barge, heavy lift)
- Special equipment transport (flat racks, open tops, platforms, tween deck solutions)
- Freight negotiation (COA negotiation, long term rate validities)
- Administrative support (customs clearance, trade documentation)
- In-house flexible IT solutions and tracking and tracing
Our operations are supported by GAC Marine’s fleet of barges and landing craft which are ideally suited for transporting project cargo in hard-to-reach areas with infrastructure limitations. Additionally, we provide ballastable barges to receive cargo on direct delivery basis for on-carriage to final destination.
With GAC, you can be sure that your project cargo is in good hands with complete transparency. Thanks to global reach of our network, your shipment will be under our control and compliant with our Group’s strict HSSE, Quality and Compliance policies from start to finish. So whatever your project needs, from single domestic delivery to complex multi-shipments, let us do the heavy lifting for you.
Ship Spares Logistics
GAC Marine Logistics (GML) offers ship owners and management companies a global “door-to-deck” delivery service for ship spares and marine parts.
When a breakdown means a vessel needs a spare part in a hurry, it makes a difference to deal with an organisation with expertise in both shipping and logistics. Equally, having an efficient supply chain for routine maintenance spares and equipment is essential. GAC Marine Logistics (GML) offers ship owners and management companies a global “door-to-deck” delivery service for ship spares and marine parts. This specialised supply chain management service integrates the Group’s global infrastructure and expertise in freight forwarding, warehousing, supply chain management, ship agency, ship supply and marine and offshore support. GML chooses transport modes to match customers’ timing and cost concerns and takes responsibility for the entire supply chain.
Our offices in Dubai, Singapore, Hamburg, Piraeus and Taipei coordinate operations to more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Customers can monitor the progress of their orders via our web tracking system.
GAC Philippines, Inc.
Address: 7th Floor F&M Lopez Bldg II 109 Carlos Palanca Street, Legaspi Village Makati City, Metro Manila, 1229
Phone: +63 2892 2713
Fax: +63 2892 4028
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