The Challenge

Trading is a fundamental economic concept involving the buying and selling of goods and services which complements global supply chains. Essentially, cross-docking removes the “storage” link of the supply chain which act as a platform to hide the supply chain contributors and hide the key supply chain stakeholders.

The metal industry traders just like any other commodity trader would buy and sell metal products and link suppliers to customers globally. The continuous market demand and supply volatility creates lot of business uncertainty. This is one major problem the metal trader faces to keep regular business movements. Another challenge is sourcing multiple commodities such as steel coils, sheets and pipes etc as each manufacturer will be geographically located in multiple locations manufacturing cycles may differ. As a result the market rates too constantly change which creates high competition for metal product raw materials and end product as well. As a result many customers are not too confident in full filling the supply demand through trading and would prefer to directly with the manufacturer though the process is more complex.

Solution Offered

The ideal solution for any metal trader facing such challengers are considering a Free Zone (Hub). The trader could gain confidence and maintain business continuity throughout the year smoothly. The geographical location of Sri Lanka and its connectivity to the sub-continents and the world enable Advantis Free Zone over the years has extended its competitive edge in terms of lead time gains and cost advantage for many global supply chains AFZ is the ideal one stop shop for any supply chain that faces issues in-between supply and demand paradigm.

  • Source any metal commodity such as steel coils, sheets and pipes from multiple locations mainly from Europe, USA and Cananda in bulk when the market price is low and use Advantis Free Zone as a storage and distribution hub.
  • The metal products could be shipped directly or bundled based on customer demand from Advantis Free Zone as a new leg which enables to hide the manufacturer origin.
  • Facilitate value additions like re-loading the container based on specific liner and country requirements such as container lashing for heavy steel coils and even steel sheet stacking as pallets or loose floor board loading and cleaning and re bundling based on each customer requirement.
  • Based on the requirement AFZ has yard and ground storage facilities to optimize maximum storage capacity and minimize space utilization to the trader.

Benefit to Client

  • Advantis Free Zone was able to complement the metal traders by providing a competitive advantage to any global supply chain cycle mainly by offering value added services to the transferring cargo. End to end tailor-made logistics solutions encompassing value added services are hard to emulate by competition, resulting in higher margins and greater hold on customers.
  • Since the export shipment will be arranged under a fresh Bill of lading enabling AFZ act as the shipper for the second leg of the shipment to hide the original supply chain when prerequisite.

The geographical location of Sri Lanka and its connectivity to the sub-continents and the world enable AFZ over the years has extended its competitive edge in terms of lead time gains and cost advantage for many global supply chains with countless cross docking and entreport undertakings not just for a metal trader but a trader who handle any commodity.

Our Office

Lot No. 127, KEPZ- Phase – 4, Katunayake 11450, Sri Lanka
+94 77 297 2539
freezone@advantis.world

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