Sitemap

Bojan Lasković, Managing Director, CFND Belgrade

Logistics Of The New Era

Synergy of all modes of transport

CFND deals in logistics services and is specialised in the transport of goods on inland waterways in the Danube Basin. A member of several national and international associations, since 2015 it has been part of the Rhenus Group, one of the worlds leading logistics companies. “What distinguishes CFND Ltd. from the majority of companies on the local market is precisely its synergy of all modes of transport,” says CFND Belgrade Managing Director Bojan Lasković.

CFND was established ten years ago with the aim of developing logistics activities in the Danube basin, and went on to become part of the Rhenus Group five years ago. How did you attract the attention of one of the world’s leading logistics companies?

– CFND was initially founded by French companies CFNR and ATIC Services, which deal mainly with river transport and port operations. The idea of the founders at the time was to establish a company that would transfer the business model from Western Europe to Serbia’s local market.

Every start is difficult, and we had several challenges from the outset that hindered the development of the company. We encountered the collapse of the river freight market, then faced the economic crisis that shook every segment of the economy. Despite unfavourable conditions, with a quality service and optimal logistics solutions we managed to position ourselves on the market and gradually gain the trust of many multinational companies with which we now have partnership relations.

The Rhenus Group spent many years seeking a reliable company with the potential for development on the Serbian market, in order to be able to cover the entire route of the Danube and, together with offices in Regensurg, Krems and Constanta, provide its clients with a competitive advantage in the area of logistics services. Simply, it was there that interests intersected, finally resulting in the takeover of CFND Ltd. by the Rhenus Group.

You specialise in the transport of goods on inland waterways in the Danube basin, but you are also able to organise a complete logistics chain, combining road, rail and river transport, to more than 40 locations across Europe…

– What distinguishes CFND Ltd. from the majority of companies on the local market is precisely this synergy of all modes of transport. The benefit for clients is that one company provides them with a complete logistics service, whether that relates to river transport, from port to port, or combined transport, from warehouse to warehouse, via waterways.

In this way, through the Rhenus network, we can state freely that we are in a position to satisfy the requirements of our customers throughout Europe, and beyond if required.

You have at your disposal knowhow and experience, but also the support of the entire Rhenus Group, while it seems that you also boast a modern fleet. Is that correct?

– The entire fleet that works for us came from the waterways of Western Europe. Our 2,700HP tugs are equipped according to EU standards, both in terms of navigation safety and in terms of housing conditions for crew members. Our barges have a large capacity and are suitable for transporting all types of dry cargo – light and heavy grain, fertilisers, metals, oversized cargo etc.

To conclude, I would like to point out that we are in the process of changing the name of the company. The new name of the company under which we will operate will be Rhenus PartnerShip Serbia d.o.o. (Ltd.), which will certainly remain synonymous with high-quality services.

More...

Cooperation Between Serbia, Germany In Field Of Climate Action

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic attended today the signing of the Joint Declaration of Intent regarding strategic cooperation in the field of climate action between...

Comment

Post-Merkel Cooperation

Some of the topics that top the bilateral agenda include strategic cooperation in the field of climate change, as well as in the field...

H.E. Thomas Schieb, Ambassador Of Germany To Serbia

Continuity Is A German Trademark

There is no doubt that the Western Balkans and EU enlargement will remain high on Germany’s agenda. Whoever becomes the next Chancellor will certainly...

Udo Eichlinger, President Of The German-Serbian Chamber Of Commerce

Cooperation Growing Wide And Deep

There are great opportunities for cooperation between German and Serbian companies, and both sides are ready to use those opportunities. German companies that currently...

News

Russia Suspends Its Mission To NATO

The Kremlin is also closing the alliance's liaison mission in Moscow. The announcement comes after NATO expelled eight members...

Serbian Government, Oracle Sign Memorandum Of Understanding

At the pavilion of the Republic of Serbia, at this year's World EXPO 2020 held in Dubai, a Memorandum...

Bloomberg Adria To Start Operating In 2022

Bloomberg Media and Mtel Swiss – a broadcaster majority-owned by Telekom Srbija - today announced an agreement to create...

5 Things You Should Know About Europe’s Energy Crisis

Europeans are bracing themselves for what could be a long, cold and expensive winter. Rising energy costs are likely...

UNICEF Launches From My Angle Campaign To Support The Mental Health Of Young People

UNICEF Serbia has launched an awareness raising campaign – From My Angle - dedicated to the mental health of...