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  • SCFI suffers another dip for rates to the US, but Europe shows more resilience

    SCFI suffers another dip for rates to the US, but Europe shows more resilience

    The US spot rate components of the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) tumbled again this week, shedding a massive $235 per 40ft for east coast ports and $95 for the west coast. The...

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  • Get Go Global and Fast Track Trade push digital platform in Asia-Pacific

    Get Go Global and Fast Track Trade push digital platform in Asia-Pacific

    Singapore’s Get Go Global (Go) and Fast Track Trade (FTT) are to promote one another’s platforms in an effort to push digitisation across the Asia-Pacific region. As part of the agreement, Go and...

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  • Ports lag other industries when it comes to automation

    Ports lag other industries when it comes to automation

    Ports are failing in the race to automate, with other sectors leaving them behind the curve. This was the result of an in-depth study by consultant McKinsey, according to Splash 24/7. The report...

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  • XPO Logistics’ drama ends up a $1bn buyback announcement?

    XPO Logistics’ drama ends up a $1bn buyback announcement?

    That was quick: less than 24 hours after New York-based  Spruce Point Capital issued a bearish research note – according to which XPO Logistics, under a worst-case scenario, could have a “terminal...

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  • Delta Cargo gets its wires crossed as it tries to update its IT

    Delta Cargo gets its wires crossed as it tries to update its IT

    Delta Cargo has apologised to customers after a failed attempt to update its IT system. It has now resumed freight operations, after a system failure forced it it suspend operations between...

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  • Happy new year as air freight marks a decade ‘in the black’

    Happy new year as air freight marks a decade ‘in the black’

    IATA claims global aviation is on course for a “decade in the black”. However, the annual pace of growth in cargo is well below last year’s “exceptional” performance. Despite the slowdown, the...

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  • EU-Japan trade agreement on track for February

    EU-Japan trade agreement on track for February

    Greater trade is expected between the EU and Japan following yesterday’s approval of a trade agreement, which will come into force in February. It creates an open trading zone of 635m people,...

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  • Supply chain radar: XPO Logistics’ hammering is surreal – just as DSV speculation surges

    Supply chain radar: XPO Logistics’ hammering is surreal – just as DSV speculation surges

    There is talk that softer 2019 adjusted ebitda guidance for XPO Logistics, which emerged yesterday, was behind its 9.6% fall in the day on the stock exchange on Wednesday. I understand we always...

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  • Supply chain radar: XPO Logistics’ downfall is private equity’s joy

    Supply chain radar: XPO Logistics’ downfall is private equity’s joy

    A quick one from the bunker in Horsham, England: XPO Logistics shares were halted in early US trade on Wednesday, pending an unscheduled corporate event announcement. Figure the excitement after...

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  • Carriers claim container shipping online booking more than just a pipedream

    Carriers claim container shipping online booking more than just a pipedream

    It “remains to be seen” whether CMA CGM’s agreement to list its rates on Freightos’ online marketplace will be successful outside its transpacific pilot phase, says Alphaliner. The French carrier...

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  • The future of box shipping: less vessel cascading and fewer liner alliances?

    The future of box shipping: less vessel cascading and fewer liner alliances?

    Vessel cascading has been an ever-present feature of container shipping since liner executives first understood the benefits of economies of scale and began the box ship capacity arms race. But...

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  • Logistics industry not using blockchain to its full advantage yet

    Logistics industry not using blockchain to its full advantage yet

    2019 will be the year that the buzz around blockchain dies – but that will lead to a realisation of the technology’s true benefits. This is the view of IATA’s head of digital cargo, Henk Mulder,...

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  • Christmas chocolate boxes: up to half of the weight is packaging

    Christmas chocolate boxes: up to half of the weight is packaging

    As delivery firms struggle with ever-increasing volumes, chocolate turns out to be one of the biggest culprits. According to this piece by the BBC, almost half the weight of a box of chocolates is...

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  • Amazon Air to expand Chicago Rockford operation

    Amazon Air to expand Chicago Rockford operation

    Amazon Air is expanding its Chicago operations, Air Cargo News reports. An additional 120,000sq ft will be taken by the e-commerce giant at Chicago Rockford International. The airport will pump...

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  • Musk hyperloop unveiling pushed back again – is it actually viable?

    Musk hyperloop unveiling pushed back again – is it actually viable?

    It seems those eager for the launch of Elon Musk’s hyperloop in Los Angeles will be waiting at least another week. Tech Republic reports that the Boring, Tesla and SpaceX chief executive tweeted...

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  • China-US trade war providing a business bonus for South-east Asian exporters

    China-US trade war providing a business bonus for South-east Asian exporters

    Shippers serving the US import market may have already begun voting with their feet and moving production out of China in response to the looming threat of a full-blown trade war between the...

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  • Traditional forwarders beginning to see the threat from online platforms

    Traditional forwarders beginning to see the threat from online platforms

    While uncertainty in global trade is proving prosperous for the forwarding community, legacy forwarders appear to have now fully realised the threat posed by online platforms. A Logistics, Trends,...

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  • Maritime industry can now use blockchain for certification of seafarers

    Maritime industry can now use blockchain for certification of seafarers

    A new consortium to deploy blockchain technology to cover the certification of seafarers was unveiled today . Participants include Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), Maersk Line, tanker operator...

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  • FT: Wall Street stock futures higher on US-China trade hopes

    FT: Wall Street stock futures higher on US-China trade hopes

    The Financial Times reports: “Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. US stock-index futures were higher on Tuesday amid hopes of progress in the...

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  • Supply chain radar: XPO Logistics ‘officially a takeover target’

    Supply chain radar: XPO Logistics ‘officially a takeover target’

    Unbelievable. “As unimaginable as it might seem, it could happen, sure,” the US-based head of a large private equity house told me, while I touched upon the latest market rumours on XPO...

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  • SA: BAML warns on FedEx

    SA: BAML warns on FedEx

    Seeking Alpha reports: “Bank of America Merrill Lynch drops FedEx (NYSE:FDX) to a Neutral rating after having it set at Buy and slides its price objective down to $220.” The post SA: BAML warns on...

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  • Moody’s downgrades Maersk’s credit rating amid fears for box shipping sector

    Moody’s downgrades Maersk’s credit rating amid fears for box shipping sector

    Maersk has had its credit rating cut by ratings agency Moody’s to one grade above junk, with the agency concerned about a “significant downside” for the container industry. Moody’s said on Friday...

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  • Analysis: supply chain slowdown could turn into a horror movie for the star players

    Analysis: supply chain slowdown could turn into a horror movie for the star players

    “The only way around is through” – Robert Frost A global recession could be just around the corner, we have often been warned in the past nine and a half years – so should we begin preparing for a...

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  • Asean and EU to allow unlimited cargo flight rights

    Asean and EU to allow unlimited cargo flight rights

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the EU have agreed to unlimited cargo flights between the two blocs, as they come close to finalising a comprehensive air transport agreement...

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  • HNA Group’s terrible year set to continue into 2019

    HNA Group’s terrible year set to continue into 2019

    FlightGlobal has published an excellent examination of HNA Group, the struggling Chinese behemoth. It sums up the “annus horribilis” it has had this year, from its problems meeting interest...

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  • Supply chain radar: the Maersk family is down $5.6bn in 2018…

    Supply chain radar: the Maersk family is down $5.6bn in 2018…

     … so, the necessary premise today is to put such a massive headline number in some kind of context: well, it’s almost twice as large as the market value of Switzerland’s Panalpina, which is...

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  • Air cargo stalwarts brainstorm to fuel the next growth story at ‘CLEAR VIEW 3.0’ in Bangkok

    Air cargo stalwarts brainstorm to fuel the next growth story at ‘CLEAR VIEW 3.0’ in Bangkok

    Mumbai, December 11, 2018: The third edition of the Air Cargo Thought Leadership Summit by Kale Logistics Solutions – CLEAR VIEW 2018 – was held on 22nd and 23rd November, 2018 in Bangkok,...

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  • CNBC: China’s November export, import growth shrinks, showing weak demand

    CNBC: China’s November export, import growth shrinks, showing weak demand

    CNBC reports: “China reported far weaker than expected November exports and imports, showing slower global and domestic demand and raising the possibility authorities will take more measures to...

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  • Post-Brexit disruption at Dover could last six months

    Post-Brexit disruption at Dover could last six months

    Six months of traffic jams, and chartered aircraft to supply medication. This, according to the latest warning from ministers, is what the UK can expect under a no-deal Brexit. BBC reports the...

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  • Supply chain radar: container shipping mammoths walking a tightrope as moral hazard risk weighs

    Supply chain radar: container shipping mammoths walking a tightrope as moral hazard risk weighs

    I have been asked this week whether I agree with shipping consultancy Drewry, which highlighted on Monday the strategic changes occurring in the ailing container shipping industry. Quite frankly,...

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  • Supply chain radar: Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd – just troubled or really troubled?

    Supply chain radar: Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd – just troubled or really troubled?

    Before wishing you all a great weekend with your loved ones, and just about a month after the launch of our fast-growing premium service (we are heading fast to 200 club members), I’d like to...

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  • DP World completes Unifeeder acquisition after EU competition green light

    DP World completes Unifeeder acquisition after EU competition green light

    DP World has completed its acquisition of European feeder and shortsea shipping line Unifeeder after this week securing clearance from European monopolies regulators. The €660m deal – the first in...

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  • Shippers claim carriers’ 2020 fuel surcharges are too costly and too early

    Shippers claim carriers’ 2020 fuel surcharges are too costly and too early

    Shippers remain unconvinced of the justification for the size of the surcharge ocean carriers are proposing to cover the cost of compliance with the IMO’s 2020 0.5% sulphur cap regulations. One...

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  • Local knowledge the key to successful final-mile delivery, says DHL

    Local knowledge the key to successful final-mile delivery, says DHL

    Local knowledge is key to successful e-commerce delivery, with cultural differences affecting consumer expectations. At last week’s DHL Media Week in New York, chief commercial officer of Deutsche...

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  • Reduce empty container movements and go greener the digital way

    Reduce empty container movements and go greener the digital way

    Digital interchange platforms can cut some 3% from operational costs for the logistics sector and save one in three empty container movements. Empty container movements continue to account for 8%...

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  • An automotive apocalypse is nigh…

    An automotive apocalypse is nigh…

    The world of automotive manufacturing is changing very fast. Despite recent indications by the US that it will remove tax breaks on electric vehicles, the rest of the world seems committed to...

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  • Building the Business Case for Fleet Electrification

    Building the Business Case for Fleet Electrification

    All of us, working together, can create a more sustainable, livable future. Scott Phillippi | UPS The business case for commercial fleets to go electric is getting stronger as technology advances...

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  • Demand surge on the transpacific calms as G20 deal eases tariff hike fears

    Demand surge on the transpacific calms as G20 deal eases tariff hike fears

    Transpacific ocean carriers have deployed an extra 22 loaders from China to the US since the middle of October, according to Alphaliner data, adding some 177,000 teu of capacity. The capacity...

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  • Maersk unveils ambitions to be operating a zero-emission fleet by 2050

    Maersk unveils ambitions to be operating a zero-emission fleet by 2050

    Maersk Line today announced it has drawn up plans for its shipping fleet and related logistics operations to emit no CO2 by 2050. However, it warned the industry, if it is to achieve this goal,...

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  • Market Insight: private equity shows how it is done, with EV Cargo

    Market Insight: private equity shows how it is done, with EV Cargo

    A six-way merger of transport assets in the UK recently highlighted that private equity can play a pivotal role in helping the industry accelerate consolidation, but what’s next – in terms of M&A...

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  • SA: Sharp drops across transportation sector

    SA: Sharp drops across transportation sector

    Seeking Alpha reports: “Broad selling in the transportation sector is being taken by some market watchers as a leading indication of weakening investor sentiment on stocks as a whole. While FedEx...

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  • New EC rules on working conditions may make truck driving more attractive

    New EC rules on working conditions may make truck driving more attractive

    The Council of Europe has agreed new rules covering the employment of truck drivers in a bid to make the job more attractive. The council voted yesterday to approve EC proposals to reform the road...

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  • Africa’s air cargo market proving a moveable feast for some carriers

    Africa’s air cargo market proving a moveable feast for some carriers

    Senator International’s expansion veered south this month, after having established a dedicated freighter service from Hahn in Germany to Greenville-Spartanburg, and on to Mexico two years...

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  • Going green may be popular, but US express customers are loathe to pay for it

    Going green may be popular, but US express customers are loathe to pay for it

    Customers need to play a bigger part in improving carbon neutrality on express delivery networks. However, while a green sheen may be popular with customers, they are not particularly willing to...

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  • 3PLs must embrace technology, not be ‘run over’

    3PLs must embrace technology, not be ‘run over’

    There is an unspent $1.1trn in venture capital and private equity “dry powder” that could be used to totally transform the freight sector, delegates heard at the Transportation Intermediaries...

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  • Supply chain radar: behind the scenes at DB Schenker

    Supply chain radar: behind the scenes at DB Schenker

    The latest corporate reshuffle that made the headlines this week added little to the DB Schenker investment case outlined in late September. Back then, I wondered whether the largest IPO ever in...

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  • Supply chain radar: Big auto layoffs – a threat or opportunity for major 3PLs?

    Supply chain radar: Big auto layoffs – a threat or opportunity for major 3PLs?

    In a late business cycle, when growth starts to splutter and the “every little helps” attitude morphs into necessity of survival, we could have surely done without news and speculation...

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  • A ‘new era’ begins at DB Schenker with three new board members

    A ‘new era’ begins at DB Schenker with three new board members

    DB Schenker has announced a triple appointment to its management board, covering air and ocean freight, contract logistics and land transport. Xavier Garijo becomes board member for contract...

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  • WSJ: Asia state players wield subsidies to dominate shipping

    WSJ: Asia state players wield subsidies to dominate shipping

    WSJ reports: “Ever since nations began moving goods by sea thousands of years ago, shipping has been much more than an instrument of trade. It is a symbol of national power, and for seagoing...

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  • Corporate website of Turkish Cargo is now globally accessible with its updated interface

    Corporate website of Turkish Cargo is now globally accessible with its updated interface

     PRESS RELEASE                                                             Istanbul, 03/12/2018   Corporate website of Turkish Cargo, the fastest-growing brand across the global air cargo...

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  • CNN: Trump agrees to freeze higher tariffs on $200B in Chinese goods — for now

    CNN: Trump agrees to freeze higher tariffs on $200B in Chinese goods — for now

    CNN: “The leaders of the world’s two largest economies, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, agreed to a temporary truce on trade Saturday at a highly anticipated dinner in Argentina.” The post CNN: Trump...

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  • PR: OceanX launched

    PR: OceanX launched

    PR: “OceanX, the network of leading seafreight specialists, aiming to foster innovation, collaboration and specialisation across the NVOCC industry, successfully held its launch conference in...

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  • WSJ: Apple investigated possible business misconduct in its supply chain

    WSJ: Apple investigated possible business misconduct in its supply chain

    WSJ reports: “Apple conducted an investigation in May into possible business misconduct within its supply chain, including possible kickbacks and bribes to employees from suppliers, rattling some...

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  • Transpacific box rates still slipping as tariff talk hangs over peak season

    Transpacific box rates still slipping as tariff talk hangs over peak season

    Container spot rates on the transpacific suffered again this week: Asia to the US east coast slumping by $250 per 40ft. Following an 11% fall last week in spot rates to US west coast ports, this...

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  • Truck driver shortage crisis now spreading across the whole of Europe

    Truck driver shortage crisis now spreading across the whole of Europe

    European road transport firms are racing towards a driver shortage crisis of 150,000 unfilled jobs, according to new research from Transport Intelligence. In a report released this week, European...

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  • DHL-GF CEO Scharwath grounds plan for more freighter flights

    DHL-GF CEO Scharwath grounds plan for more freighter flights

    DHL Global Forwarding appears to be making a U-turn on plans to bolster air cargo operations with more full freighter flights. Following a strong summer, its chief executive in the US, David...

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  • Wider air cargo sector collaboration could reap more rewards from e-commerce boom

    Wider air cargo sector collaboration could reap more rewards from e-commerce boom

    A mindset change is needed to give a further boost to air cargo’s ability to handle post and e-commerce, according to one industry leader. While relationships between airlines and postal...

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  • UPS drivers get ice-crossing lessons from penguins

    UPS drivers get ice-crossing lessons from penguins

    We originally thought this might be an April Fool – but we double-checked, and it is indeed winter here in the northern hemisphere, not April. Which makes the thought of moving safely across icy...

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  • Closing the Delivery Divide

    Closing the Delivery Divide

    Global consumers are tapping into the power of choice, control and convenience. David Carder | UPS Ever heard of the digital divide? It’s the developing gap between people with and without access...

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  • Buoyant HMM unveils ambitious market share target with new ULCVs

    Buoyant HMM unveils ambitious market share target with new ULCVs

    South Korean container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is targeting a 7% market share in the major deepsea east-west trades as it prepares to take delivery of 20 new ultra-large container...

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  • DSV Canada breaks ground on new 1.1m sq ft facility in Ontario

    DSV Canada breaks ground on new 1.1m sq ft facility in Ontario

    DSV Canada breaks ground on new 1.1 million square foot facility in Milton, Ontario, scheduled to open fall 2019. DSV’s new facility will be the future Canadian head office and state-of-the-art...

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  • China-Europe truck service gears up for January launch after successful pilot

    China-Europe truck service gears up for January launch after successful pilot

    China-Europe rail may be on the rise, but a new option is now open to shippers which could cut costs, or time, versus other modes. The first TIR truck travelled from the Chinese border town of...

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  • As global spend on IT rockets, so will its disruptive impact on logistics, says report

    As global spend on IT rockets, so will its disruptive impact on logistics, says report

    Disruption to logistics from technology is only beginning – its impact will increase as more investment pours into the industry. According to a new study produced jointly by American Global...

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  • Flexport’s Ryan Petersen on tariffs, China and fuel surcharges

    Flexport’s Ryan Petersen on tariffs, China and fuel surcharges

    CNBC has interviewed Flexport’s CEO, Ryan Petersen, on a range of subjects: from the choices facing Apple if its products are hit by tariffs, as Trump has suggested, to the “stickiness” of falling...

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  • Supply chain radar: MSC to take over Atlantic Forwarding as stress builds in the supply chain

    Supply chain radar: MSC to take over Atlantic Forwarding as stress builds in the supply chain

    “Our corporate purpose is long-term success, which we achieve through extensive organic growth. In this way, we provide security and stability for our employees and fulfil the needs of...

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  • Turkish Cargo’s growth trend continues without slowing down

    Turkish Cargo’s growth trend continues without slowing down

                                                                              PRESS RELEASE                                                            Istanbul, 27/11/2018     Turkish Cargo, providing...

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  • Logistics and Fashion: An Unlikely Marriage?

    Logistics and Fashion: An Unlikely Marriage?

    An editor from the "Fashion Bible" talks about the growing role of the supply chain in retail success. Arthur Zaczkiewicz | WWD Fashion and logistics don’t seem like they have much in common. But...

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  • Supply chain radar: Ceva + CMA CGM Log raises more questions than answers

    Supply chain radar: Ceva + CMA CGM Log raises more questions than answers

    I don’t want to sound too picky, and surely CMA CGM is doing a good job trying to make sense of its Ceva investment, but questions remain. Did it acquire it on a whim? Or, is this financial...

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  • Forwarders and airlines eye tougher capacity negotiations for 2019

    Forwarders and airlines eye tougher capacity negotiations for 2019

    Forwarders and airlines are looking to start negotiations for services next year, and are figuring out how much capacity to book. After record high demand – and prices – in 2017, forwarders were...

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  • Two-year probe clears port of Antwerp of breaking EU state aid rules

    Two-year probe clears port of Antwerp of breaking EU state aid rules

    A two-year investigation into whether Antwerp port authority broke EU state aid regulations in its relationship with its major container terminal operators during the depths of the global...

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  • Hong Kong operator joins TradeLens as a blockchain rival raises its head

    Hong Kong operator joins TradeLens as a blockchain rival raises its head

    Maersk and IBM have faced a fair amount of criticism over the relatively slow movement of their TradeLens blockchain project. Industry commentators have speculated that Maersk’s involvement has...

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  • CMA CGM: will buying into Ceva bring the company a chance to shine?

    CMA CGM: will buying into Ceva bring the company a chance to shine?

    In a year when many lines have been pretty negative and have stressed the impact of rising fuel costs on their profits, CMA CGM has performed reasonably well at the third quarter...

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  • E-commerce logistics: how to make money from free shipping

    E-commerce logistics: how to make money from free shipping

    China’s Singles Day smashed records again for online shopping (Thanksgiving weekend is as yet uncounted). Alibaba set a new high, selling over $30.8bn worth of goods in 24 hours. Rival JD reported...

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  • ‘Ketensamenwerking is wat we nodig hebben in duurzaam transport’

    ‘Ketensamenwerking is wat we nodig hebben in duurzaam transport’

    Iedereen in de logistieke ketens kijkt vooral naar andere partijen als het gaat om maatregelen die duurzaam transport moeten bevorderen. Nieuw is de petitie van onder andere Van der Wal Transport...

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  • Kuehne + Nagel ready for takeover talks with Panalpina (Reuters, paper)

    Kuehne + Nagel ready for takeover talks with Panalpina (Reuters, paper)

    Reuters reports: “Swiss logistics group Kuehne & Nagel is ready to talk with Panalpina (PWTN.S) about a potential takeover of its smaller rival, Chief Executive Detlef Trefzger told Swiss...

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  • German air freight sector calls for innovation and digitalisation push at Frankfurt Airport

    German air freight sector calls for innovation and digitalisation push at Frankfurt Airport

    The German air freight community has called for greater digitisation and innovation in a bid to make their airports – especially Frankfurt – more competitive. Following severe congestion problems...

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  • Supply chain radar: All ready for CMA CGM’s big day

    Supply chain radar: All ready for CMA CGM’s big day

    Now, I don’t know if this earnings season has been good so far because oil prices plummeted, or because supply chain affairs may have become easier to predict after AP Møller-Maersk Group (APMM)...

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  • Supply chain radar: Why Nestlé locked horns with ocean carriers

    Supply chain radar: Why Nestlé locked horns with ocean carriers

    The fact that a shipper of Nestlé’s calibre and size complains publicly about the standards in the container shipping industry is disturbing, to say the least, so when its executives speak up, you...

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  • A Better Way to Make Returns

    A Better Way to Make Returns

    What if we streamlined returns to reduce costs and our carbon footprint? Aparna Mehta | UPS Retailers have made it easier and cheaper than ever before to purchase and return products online. While...

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  • Kuehne weighs blockbuster M&A

    Kuehne weighs blockbuster M&A

    Bloomberg: “Kuehne + Nagel International AG said it’s seeking an acquisition that would transform its business as a wave of consolidation sweeps the global logistics industry.” The post Kuehne...

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  • Hapag-Lloyd to launch premium product as part of new five-year plan

    Hapag-Lloyd to launch premium product as part of new five-year plan

    Hapag-Lloyd is to offer a choice between a standard or premium product across some of its service routes. The move follows an extensive market research survey by the carrier which revealed that...

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  • ‘Change the rules now’ call after seafarer dies while securing containers

    ‘Change the rules now’ call after seafarer dies while securing containers

    There must be greater dialogue between ship owners and dockworkers to prevent a repeat of a tragedy which last week claimed the life of a seafarer. Dennis Gomez Regana was crushed while lashing...

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  • There must be a ‘win-win’ element in container line service contracts

    There must be a ‘win-win’ element in container line service contracts

    Container carriers and customers need to work together to develop annual contracts that ensure shippers are provided with adequate service levels and lines are protected from cost spikes. Cosco...

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  • Supply chain radar: XPO Logistics –> Fast delivery?

    Supply chain radar: XPO Logistics –> Fast delivery?

    Last week I wrote that, based on conservative DCF assumptions, value investors should be jumping for joy if the shares of XPO Logistics, which traded in the high $70s only a few days ago, hit the...

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  • Dachser focuses on lithium-ion technology

    Dachser focuses on lithium-ion technology

     Press Release Dachser focuses on lithium-ion technology Kempten, November 20, 2018. By 2022, logistics provider Dachser plans to replace all of its roughly 6,000 ground conveyors in Europe with...

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  • Budapest Airport continues double-digit cargo growth rate and sets new records

    Budapest Airport continues double-digit cargo growth rate and sets new records

    Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday 20th November 2018 – Budapest Airport (BUD) is celebrating a new all-time-high record after processing a total of 13,313 tonnes of airfreight at the Hungarian hub last...

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  • The downside for carriers and terminals of a digital supply chain

    The downside for carriers and terminals of a digital supply chain

    While every shipping company in the world appears to be developing some form of digital strategy, a leading industry academic has warned that digitisation could result in some unforeseen and...

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  • Special report: forward freight agreement controversy swirls around Baltic Exchange

    Special report: forward freight agreement controversy swirls around Baltic Exchange

    Fairplay, the weekly shipping magazine founded in 1883, which sadly is set to publish its last edition and shut its doors next month, is going out with a bang. It has published a special report...

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  • Supply Chain Radar: after trouble for CEVA & XPO, how exposed is K+N’s portfolio of clients?

    Supply Chain Radar: after trouble for CEVA & XPO, how exposed is K+N’s portfolio of clients?

    Swiss transport behemoth Kuehne + Nagel is often named by sources concerned with counter-party risk – and the damage it could bring. Which, after the impact of problematic clients on the...

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  • The On Ramp to Fleet Electrification

    The On Ramp to Fleet Electrification

    At UPS, we’ve learned many lessons on our journey to building the fleet of tomorrow. Here’s what stands out. Peter Harris | UPS Fleet electrification is an exciting component in UPS’s use of...

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  • Air freight will benefit as China-US trade war tariffs force manufacturing moves

    Air freight will benefit as China-US trade war tariffs force manufacturing moves

    The failure of the US and China to agree on trade at the weekend makes further tariffs on Chinese goods to the US seem increasingly likely. But while most economists agree that trade wars are...

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  • We’re not replacing forwarders, says AF-KLM as it unveils online booking platform

    We’re not replacing forwarders, says AF-KLM as it unveils online booking platform

    The digitisation of freight booking will not relegate forwarders to history, claimed Air France-KLM, as it launched an online booking tool last week The carrier unveiled its application programme...

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  • How Reverse Logistics Can Help Organizations Gear up Their Servitization Efforts

    How Reverse Logistics Can Help Organizations Gear up Their Servitization Efforts

    ArticleAs more and more North American manufacturers realize revenue from servitization and end-of-life management, streamlining the aftermarket service value chain is quickly becoming a focus...

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  • Supply Chain Radar: Flexport gets away with it, as new funding round looms

    Supply Chain Radar: Flexport gets away with it, as new funding round looms

    Take a big night out in London, a public event where all around you talk of Flexport’s Ryan Petersen and his crew. And then, in the background, a jumbo fundraising in the works that could easily...

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  • Liners branded hyenas as alliance debate spreads across Europe

    Liners branded hyenas as alliance debate spreads across Europe

    The latest from Splash 247… The post Liners branded hyenas as alliance debate spreads across Europe appeared first on The Loadstar.

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  • DHL Global Forwarding: Ocean freight market update (October 2018)

    DHL Global Forwarding: Ocean freight market update (October 2018)

    DHG GF: “Topic of the Month: Impact of Trade Tariffs” Monthly update: “How customers react? Forward extra cost to customers or accept lower profit at least for the short term”. More: Re-source...

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  • Freight forwarders: keep an eye on oil prices

    Freight forwarders: keep an eye on oil prices

    CoLoadX writes: “Oil prices have cratered in the last two months, with benchmarks Brent Crude and WTI set for their sixth straight week of price decreases. While oil prices tend to fluctuate, in...

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  • UPS expands express services to international high-growth markets

    UPS expands express services to international high-growth markets

    “UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced the addition of 14 new countries served by UPS Worldwide Express, part of UPS’s international suite of shipping services that guarantees time- and day-definite...

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  • Asia-US spot rates spiked by rush to fill ships to beat trade war tariffs

    Asia-US spot rates spiked by rush to fill ships to beat trade war tariffs

    The Asia to the US east coast component of the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) has continued to gain traction. This week it added 3.5% to reach $3,739 per 40ft, on strong demand...

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  • Cargologic Germany on the runway as the V-D ‘supermarket’ targets e-commerce

    Cargologic Germany on the runway as the V-D ‘supermarket’ targets e-commerce

    Next year the Volga-Dnepr group and its partners will introduce two new aircraft types into its fleet, adding to its “cargo supermarket” business model. The group’s main shareholder, Alexei...

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  • CargoX unveils first open smart bill of lading platform powered by blockchain

    CargoX unveils first open smart bill of lading platform powered by blockchain

    CargoX has launched what it claims is the first open, neutral blockchain smart bill of lading (B/L) platform for shipping. A decentralised system for sending digital documentation, the Smart B/L...

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  • China-US trade war straining the links in global supply chains

    China-US trade war straining the links in global supply chains

    The failure of shipping lines to make a profit and terminal operators reporting declining profitability is putting the entire supply chain at risk, delegates at this week’s TOC Americas Container...

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  • Supply Chain Radar: Charting troubles for carriers and 3PLs

    Supply Chain Radar: Charting troubles for carriers and 3PLs

    I am not a big fan of charts, but certain trends are undeniable, and are, happily, there for all of us to see. In other words, either the fall in value of all the major companies on my radar in...

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  • HMM’s losses mount as rising costs wipe out profit from increased business in Q3

    HMM’s losses mount as rising costs wipe out profit from increased business in Q3

    South Korean ocean carrier HMM recorded a net loss of $148m in the third quarter, to take its trading deficit to $519m for the nine-month period. “In spite of HMM’s efforts in cutting costs and...

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  • Major box carriers to launch association to harmonise digitalisation in shipping

    Major box carriers to launch association to harmonise digitalisation in shipping

    Shipping lines from each of the alliances have formed an association in a bid to develop “digitalisation, standardisation and interoperability”. The move follows last week’s announcement of a...

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  • Tomorrow’s world looms as supply chains plug in to the Internet of Things

    Tomorrow’s world looms as supply chains plug in to the Internet of Things

    The push for the use of IoT solutions in logistics is gaining momentum, as operators sense the potential for new applications that could be game-changers for the industry, while technology...

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  • Sewerage project shows how the Thames could again be a major cargo route

    Sewerage project shows how the Thames could again be a major cargo route

    London is facing the perfect opportunity to revitalise the Thames’s reputation as a working river that can be a viable alternative to the city’s gridlocked roads for cargo transport. At Intermodal...

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  • Market Insight: as hungry XPO eyes takeover targets, Ryder comes into view

    Market Insight: as hungry XPO eyes takeover targets, Ryder comes into view

    From hungry hunter to possible prey – if the price is right: the corporate story of US-based XPO Logistics has no equal in logistics. Led by a star executive, Brad Jacobs, the firm has so many...

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  • Container shipping alliances now planning to set course for Latin America trades

    Container shipping alliances now planning to set course for Latin America trades

    The major deepsea alliances could begin to extend their joint service network to secondary north-south trades, such as those serving Latin America, as they look to squeeze more efficiency from...

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  • UK updates code of practice for autonomous ships

    UK updates code of practice for autonomous ships

    “It is not if, but when”, said James Fanshawe, chair of the Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group, at the launch of version 2 of the Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) UK Code...

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  • Supply Chain Radar: Panalpina takes a small, brave step – bold changes ahead?

    Supply Chain Radar: Panalpina takes a small, brave step – bold changes ahead?

    Switzerland’s Panalpina finally made its debut in the bond market, announcing the placement of a CHF150m debt deal on Wednesday. This deal was unexpected, to me at least, but was undoubtedly...

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  • Solar-Powered Autonomous Aircraft to Debut in 2019

    Solar-Powered Autonomous Aircraft to Debut in 2019

    NewsOdysseus is a groundbreaking persistence aircraft inspired by the need for climate and atmospheric research.Contributed Author: Aurora Flight SciencesTopics: Aerospace

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  • ‘A quarter of solid growth on the top line’ for APMM

    ‘A quarter of solid growth on the top line’ for APMM

    AP Møller Maersk saw “a quarter of solid growth on the top line” and an underlying profit of $251m in Q3, and a cumulative positive of $100m for the nine-month period. Group CEO Soren Skou said...

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  • ‘Air freight always benefits from chaos’, but Cargologicair must wait and see

    ‘Air freight always benefits from chaos’, but Cargologicair must wait and see

    As IAG hurriedly holds talks with Brussels and Madrid on its ownership structure after Brexit, the spotlight has also fallen on Cargologicair. Under EU airline ownership rules, carriers must be...

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  • Ambitions for more rail freight between China and Russia are on track

    Ambitions for more rail freight between China and Russia are on track

    Rail connectivity between China and Russia is continuing to grow, with several new services launched. Heading the list is Russian Railways, which this month launched a pilot route between...

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  • Container shipping and charity set their combined sights on ‘greener’ seas

    Container shipping and charity set their combined sights on ‘greener’ seas

    Charities and industry have aligned to urge governments to halt the destruction of marine habitats. A coalition of charities, including ClientEarth, Coalition Clean Baltic, Oceana, Seas at Risk,...

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  • XPO Logistics appoints Patrick Oestreich as SVP for strategic sales

    XPO Logistics appoints Patrick Oestreich as SVP for strategic sales

    XPO Logistics has appointed Patrick Oestreich as SVP for strategic sales in Europe. Mr Oestreich joins the company from DB Schenker, where he spent 11 years, serving most recently as SVP for road...

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  • WFS opts for ex-Emirates veteran Duncan Watson as new commercial VP

    WFS opts for ex-Emirates veteran Duncan Watson as new commercial VP

    Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has poached Duncan Watson from Emirates, to be its vice president for group commercial cargo. Mr Watson brings more than three decades’ experience to the company,...

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  • EPA Seeks New Truck Pollution Rules; Says Air Won't Suffer

    EPA Seeks New Truck Pollution Rules; Says Air Won't Suffer

    NewsActing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says that new technology can help improve air quality, noting that the regulation of harmful nitrogen oxide emissions hasn't been revamped since...

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  • Supply Chain Radar: AP Møller Mærsk Group Q3 out, all eyes on Twill

    Supply Chain Radar: AP Møller Mærsk Group Q3 out, all eyes on Twill

    Just as I commented earlier today on my LinkedIn wall, it was all about damage limitation for AP Møller Mærsk Group (APMM) in the third quarter, but well before the numbers were released, the...

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  • Supply Chain Radar: does CEVA’s Q3 update make a counterbid by DSV less likely?

    Supply Chain Radar: does CEVA’s Q3 update make a counterbid by DSV less likely?

    French carrier CMA CGM must publish by 30 November the full details of its offer for CEVA Logistics, currently priced at CHF30 a share. So what is my take, and the feedback I have received in the...

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  • Volga-Dnepr VP van de Weg: why we decided to stop working with brokers

    Volga-Dnepr VP van de Weg: why we decided to stop working with brokers

    Volga-Dnepr has broken its silence over its decision to stop working with brokers, as well as on a recent spate of staff changes at the group. The Russian carrier defended its plan to work with...

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  • How long can CEVA go on haemorrhaging more than $1m a day? ask analysts

    How long can CEVA go on haemorrhaging more than $1m a day? ask analysts

    CEVA Logistics appears to be nearing its end as a standalone business – the company is haemorrhaging more than $1m a day, with a loss of $278m in cash in the last nine months. The company’s latest...

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  • Geodis and DHL Freight target truck driver shortage with new initiatives

    Geodis and DHL Freight target truck driver shortage with new initiatives

    Logistics operators have unveiled multiple initiatives in recent weeks, aiming to ease capacity constraints in the supply chain, particularly in Europe’s beleaguered haulage sector. Yesterday saw...

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  • Shipping remains ‘cautiously optimistic’, but is wary of protectionism

    Shipping remains ‘cautiously optimistic’, but is wary of protectionism

    Protectionist trade policies are continuing to spook the global maritime sector, although a newly released report suggests the industry has “cautious optimism”. The Navis Business Bellwether...

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  • Jesse Norman new transport minister after Johnson resigns over Brexit

    Jesse Norman new transport minister after Johnson resigns over Brexit

    The UK government has been busy reshuffling its deck following the resignation of transport minister Jo Johnson (brother of Boris) last week. First up, Infrastructure Intelligence reports Mr...

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  • Operators busy as air freight peak season gets a boost from booming e-commerce

    Operators busy as air freight peak season gets a boost from booming e-commerce

    As the air freight peak gets underway, Dachser has announced it will be organising charter flights for the Frankfurt-Shanghai route, offering customers in central Europe and China weekly...

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  • Spot rates hold steady as carriers take advantage of shipper rush to beat tariffs

    Spot rates hold steady as carriers take advantage of shipper rush to beat tariffs

    OOCL has announced the cancellation of four Ocean Alliance headhaul transpacific sailings next month. This suggests forward bookings are resuming normal seasonal demand patterns after the rush to...

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  • Easy does it – ‘baby steps’ the best way to move towards blockchain in logistics

    Easy does it – ‘baby steps’ the best way to move towards blockchain in logistics

    Logistics operators should take “a more protracted approach” to introducing blockchain technology, with development of rules paramount. Speaking at Intermodal Europe in Rotterdam,Viswanthan...

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  • Indonesia seen as a way of escape for shippers from the China-US trade war

    Indonesia seen as a way of escape for shippers from the China-US trade war

    Taiwan-based 3PL Dimerco has turned to Indonesia to combat US-China trade war challenges. The company is helping customers around restrictions resulting from the trade war by “leveraging its...

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  • Logistics must attract a more diverse workforce, or lose out on ‘good minds’

    Logistics must attract a more diverse workforce, or lose out on ‘good minds’

    Calls are increasing for the logistics sector to catch up with other industries in diversifying its workforce or face losing out on “good minds”. Chief executive of Tototheo Maritime, Despina...

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  • Hapag-Lloyd’s third-quarter turnaround sees it steam back into profit

    Hapag-Lloyd’s third-quarter turnaround sees it steam back into profit

    A third quarter performance “at the upper end of our expectations” saw Hapag-Lloyd recover all of its first-half losses to end the nine-month period $15m in the black. “We have seen a positive...

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  • Hapag-Lloyd: One swallow does not a summer make

    Hapag-Lloyd: One swallow does not a summer make

    Yours truly. The post Hapag-Lloyd: One swallow does not a summer make appeared first on The Loadstar.

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  • Asian markets make strong gains, led by export-heavy stocks

    Asian markets make strong gains, led by export-heavy stocks

    From MarketWatch: “Japan’s Nikkei NIK, +1.82%  was the regional standout, up about 2%. With the dollar’s recovery against the yen USDJPY, +0.15%  , export-heavy stocks were helping lead the way...

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  • Hydrogen-Fueled Trucking Company Releases Plan for New Semi

    Hydrogen-Fueled Trucking Company Releases Plan for New Semi

    NewsA trucking startup called Nikola Motor Company wants to make a mark on the automotive world with a hydrogen-electric semi truck for Europe, Asia, and Australia. Staff Author: Megan...

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  • Industry questions new box ship blockchain network

    Industry questions new box ship blockchain network

    Yesterday’s announcement that five shipping lines and four terminal operators are to form a consortium to develop a Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) has raised more questions than it...

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  • Record Q3 boosts Expeditors earnings, with air freight business the breadwinner

    Record Q3 boosts Expeditors earnings, with air freight business the breadwinner

    US freight forwarder Expeditors has reported an 18% jump in nine-month revenues, pushing up net earnings 36%, despite carriers looking to take advantage of tight capacity. Overall revenue hit...

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  • Carriers still weighing up pros and cons of scrubbers vs switch to low-sulphur fuel

    Carriers still weighing up pros and cons of scrubbers vs switch to low-sulphur fuel

    The decision on whether to invest in scrubber technology on containerships, ahead of the IMO’s 0.5% sulphur cap on 1 January 2020, has resulted in ocean carriers adopting a “polarised” approach,...

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  • Air Europa Reintegrates Cargo

    Air Europa Reintegrates Cargo

    As of November 1, the Spanish operator Air Europa has taken on responsibility for their own cargo business, terminating a long-standing contract with general sales agent Leisure Cargo. In a...

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  • CMA CGM sticks to controversial bunker surcharge – and raises the price

    CMA CGM sticks to controversial bunker surcharge – and raises the price

    CMA CGM Group, which includes ocean carrier APL, has raised its emergency bunker surcharge (EBS) to $100 per teu for all deepsea cargo movements from 1 December. Introduced by the French carrier...

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  • Forwarding business a star performer for DP-DHL in the third quarter

    Forwarding business a star performer for DP-DHL in the third quarter

    The turnaround at Deutsche Post-DHL’s freight forwarding unit has continued – today the German group announced third-quarter figures that show forwarding operations had achieved a year-on-year...

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  • Already here, or maybe needs more testing, but blockchain will add value

    Already here, or maybe needs more testing, but blockchain will add value

    Companies can find “tremendous value” in new technologies, but it’s crucial to think carefully about the driver behind any change and how it is implemented. But change is essential, warned Grace...

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  • JD.com follows Amazon with dedicated freighter service

    JD.com follows Amazon with dedicated freighter service

    JD.com has launched a 737 freighter service with HNA Group, reports Cargo Facts. Using Tianjin Air Cargo, the e-tailer’s new service operates six times a week between Tianjin and Guangzhou. The...

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  • UPS to wind down LTL business until contract vote

    UPS to wind down LTL business until contract vote

    According to US trucking newswire FreightWaves, express giant UPS is to effectively suspend operations of its less-than-truckload freight department in case the 12,000 employees who are Teamsters...

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  • Dubai’s DP World sues China over Djibouti trade zone

    Dubai’s DP World sues China over Djibouti trade zone

    The row in the Horn of Africa between DP World and the government of Djibouti rumbles on, and now appears to be dragging the Chinese government to the courts. The Dubai operator is suing it for...

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  • Freighter airline Swiftair continues its upward trajectory with purchase of Cygnus

    Freighter airline Swiftair continues its upward trajectory with purchase of Cygnus

    Spanish freighter operator Swiftair has added two 757Fs to its fleet following the acquisition of Madrid-based Cygnus Air, according to local media. Swiftair, which has more than 40 aircraft in...

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  • 2M confirms reintroduction of AE2/Swan Asia-North Europe loop next month

    2M confirms reintroduction of AE2/Swan Asia-North Europe loop next month

    The 2M alliance has confirmed that it will reintroduce its AE2/Swan Asia-North Europe loop in the second week of December. The move will put back about 6% of capacity to a tradelane where forward...

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  • Good news and bad for UK rail freight: more funding, but higher user fees

    Good news and bad for UK rail freight: more funding, but higher user fees

    Efforts to improve the UK’s beleaguered rail network have been negated by news of higher charges for using it. The government’s rail and road regulator twinned the announcement of an extra £24.3bn...

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  • Analysis: days of reckoning loom for AP Møller Maersk & Hapag-Lloyd

    Analysis: days of reckoning loom for AP Møller Maersk & Hapag-Lloyd

    Let me begin today’s column with some special praise for five of my industry sources, whom I’ve nicknamed Mr Big, an industry executive (North America); T Island, supply chain specialist (APAC);...

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  • NEW Loadstar Long Read: Gateway Georgia

    NEW Loadstar Long Read: Gateway Georgia

    “Logistics is a core competency that the state of Georgia is promoting,” said Cathy Morrow Roberson, head analyst at Logistics Trends & Insights. Some 80% of the US market is within two-days’...

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  • Jack Ma bemoans ‘stupid’ trade war; but South-east Asia is upbeat

    Jack Ma bemoans ‘stupid’ trade war; but South-east Asia is upbeat

    Alibaba founder Jack Ma has called the trade war “the most stupid thing in this world”. While tensions rise, with an increasing expectation that the US will add more tariffs on Chinese exports...

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  • Antje Lochmann is new MD of Geodis freight forwarding in Germany

    Antje Lochmann is new MD of Geodis freight forwarding in Germany

    Geodis has appointed Antje Lochmann managing director of its freight forwarding activities in Germany. Ms Lochmann joined the company in 2011 from TFG Transfracht, and had previously worked for...

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  • Why the World Needs More Women CEOs

    Why the World Needs More Women CEOs

    Companies too often have the attitude that one woman on a board or in a position of seniority is enough. It's time to end that fallacy. Kiran Trehan | University of Birmingham Women CEOs of large...

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  • More blanked sailings on the cards as carriers fail to lift Asia-Europe spot rates

    More blanked sailings on the cards as carriers fail to lift Asia-Europe spot rates

    Despite blanking 11 sailings this month, carriers have so far failed in their efforts to lift freight rates between Asia and North Europe. And with bunker prices some 40% higher than a year ago,...

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  • E-air waybills will be the default, on ‘feasible’ tradelanes, rules IATA

    E-air waybills will be the default, on ‘feasible’ tradelanes, rules IATA

    The paper air waybill has been further pushed towards the history book following IATA’s decision to make e-air waybills (eAWBs) the “default” on feasible tradelanes. From January 1, eAWBs will be...

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  • Container line alliances reduce shipper choice, says ITF as the EC reviews the rules

    Container line alliances reduce shipper choice, says ITF as the EC reviews the rules

    The EU should end the block exemption against forming consortia the liner shipping industry currently enjoys, says a new report from the OECD-funded International Transport Forum. In September,...

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  • XPO Logistics stays bullish, despite $15m hit from client bankruptcy

    XPO Logistics stays bullish, despite $15m hit from client bankruptcy

    The bankruptcy of UK high street retailer House of Fraser dented XPO Logistics’ quarterly profits to the tune of some $15m, according to the latest financial report released late yesterday. “The...

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  • Schiphol airport charges to rise, but freighters pay less than passenger planes

    Schiphol airport charges to rise, but freighters pay less than passenger planes

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is to increase the charges for freighter flights by a minimum of 29% from April 1, while the minimum increase for passenger flights will be 44%. Yesterday it published...

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  • Maersk the first carrier to launch instant booking confirmation for containers

    Maersk the first carrier to launch instant booking confirmation for containers

    Maersk has become the first carrier to launch an instant booking confirmation for containers, the company describing it as a “milestone”. According to the carrier, the move will do away with...

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  • U.S. Productivity Growth Slows to 2.2 Percent Rate in Q3

    U.S. Productivity Growth Slows to 2.2 Percent Rate in Q3

    NewsU.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the third quarter, a slowdown from the previous quarter but still better than the lackluster gains of the last decade.Contributed...

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  • Container volumes continue to grow at North Europe ports

    Container volumes continue to grow at North Europe ports

    Container volumes continue to grow at unprecedented rates at North Europe’s busiest ports, with Antwerp on course for a sixth successive record year. In the nine months to September, the Belgian...

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  • Slowing growth and more new ULCVs widen container supply and demand gap

    Slowing growth and more new ULCVs widen container supply and demand gap

    Sluggish growth, combined with the delivery of more ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) in the past month, has widened the gap between supply and demand. According to Alphaliner data, 1.21m teu...

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  • Stay clear of switch bills of lading warning to forwarders

    Stay clear of switch bills of lading warning to forwarders

    Forwarders are being warned to stay clear of switch bills of lading (SB/Ls) following increased fraudulent activity. While BIFA has had no enquiries on SB/Ls for a year or so, online freight...

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  • TIACA: ‘This year was about survival – next year, see our value proposition’

    TIACA: ‘This year was about survival – next year, see our value proposition’

    The reports of TIACA’s impending death have been grossly exaggerated – to misquote Mark Twain. There has been a great deal of speculation over the success – or otherwise – of TIACA’s Air Cargo...

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  • London leads way in making greener logistics a reality

    London leads way in making greener logistics a reality

    Welcome to our Logistics feature. People in the business have been saying to us for years that running logistics operations in London is uniquely complex, with the high population density and slow...

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  • Gothenburg Port Container Traffic Up by 20%

    Gothenburg Port Container Traffic Up by 20%

    Freight volumes passing through the Port of Gothenburg during the year to date are as follows. Container traffic is up 20% compared with the preceding year, and energy product flows remain...

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  • UPS announces Seattle-based cargo eBike pilot program

    UPS is taking its delivery processes to the streets. While that does not sound like anything major in itself, it comes with a caveat in that it is taking delivery to the streets on two bicycle...

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  • The ethical supply chain

    The ethical supply chain

    New research from APICS, Supply Chain Management Review and Loyola University Chicago finds that operating a responsible supply chain is an increasing priority. But gaps remain between practice...

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  • Supply Chain News on Share of Trucking Costs Related to Driver Pay and Benefits Continues to have Biggest Again Tops the List

    Latest ATRI Analysis Shows Driver Costs Again 43 Percent of Average Trucking Costs

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  • The Role of Transportation Technology for Shippers to Kill It at E-Commerce Logistics

    Failure to use a transportation management system or tms as part of an e-commerce logistics strategy contributes to higher freight spend by limiting shipping capacity and forcing shippers to...

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  • Need for speed: Shippers want the air cargo industry to move more quickly

    Need for speed: Shippers want the air cargo industry to move more quickly

    The chairman of the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) has called on the air cargo industry to strive for faster supply chains in order to make the most of the opportunity presented by e-commerce. Sean...

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  • A freight budget at last – Heathrow cargo chief draws up his wish list

    A freight budget at last – Heathrow cargo chief draws up his wish list

    Heathrow has been given the green light to spend £43m on its cargo activities – but input from carriers could stretch the budget further. Head of Heathrow Cargo Nick Platts has long campaigned for...

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  • IMO ‘kills remaining hopes for requiring the building of more efficient containerships’

    IMO ‘kills remaining hopes for requiring the building of more efficient containerships’

    Efforts to decarbonise the shipping sector have taken a step back after the IMO overturned plans for new design standards. A bid to impose a 40% efficiency improvement requirement on all...

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  • Mixed fortunes for OOCL in Q3 as liftings and revenues rise, but so do costs

    Mixed fortunes for OOCL in Q3 as liftings and revenues rise, but so do costs

    OOCL increased carryings by 6.9%, year on year, in the third quarter, to 1.7m teu, while improving turnover by 7%, to $1.56bn. However, the carrier experienced sharply contrasting fortunes on its...

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  • Business still booming for car-carriers, but headwinds on the way

    Business still booming for car-carriers, but headwinds on the way

    Automotive shipping is still on the up, having hit a low point in 2016, further gains are expected, thanks to improving utilisation levels, according to Drewry. Shipping of finished vehicles grew...

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  • IBM and Maersk struggle to sign partners to shipping blockchain

    IBM and Maersk struggle to sign partners to shipping blockchain

    In the 10 months since Maersk put its blockchain platform, TradeLens, into a joint-venture with IBM, the company has attracted just one additional carrier to the platform. This, says Coin Desk, is...

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  • 2020 ship fuel overhaul will cost Russian oil firms billions

    2020 ship fuel overhaul will cost Russian oil firms billions

    Rules mandating cleaner shipping fuels – set to take effect from 2020 – will hit Russia’s wallet. The country is the world’s largest exporter of high-sulphur oil and, according to Bloomberg, it...

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  • Boeing Counts on Freighters

    Boeing Counts on Freighters

    It’s not all that long ago that the long-haul or heavy freighter market was more or less being written off by the industry due to a turndown in the air freight market. Some years have...

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  • JD.com to Study Underground Urban Parcel Delivery Network

    JD.com to Study Underground Urban Parcel Delivery Network

    Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has unveiled plans to study an underground urban parcel delivery network which may be justified by the high costs of providing last-mile fulfillment services in...

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  • TAC Index: new ‘tools’ in air cargo

    TAC Index: new ‘tools’ in air cargo

    TAC Index provides the most accurate, timely air cargo settlement price information, claims the company. Details of the product were presented at the Aircargo Club Deutchland (ACD) last week in...

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  • U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are mixed for week ending October 20, reports AAR

    Rail carloads, at 265,776, fell 0.7% annually, and intermodal containers and trailers saw a 1.6% annual increase to 289,330.

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  • Kilometerheffing vrachtwagens wordt de norm in EU

    Kilometerheffing vrachtwagens wordt de norm in EU

    Vanaf 2023 moeten EU-landen die vrachtwagens en bestelwagens laten betalen voor het gebruik van hun infrastructuur dat doen via een kilometerheffing. Schone trucks kunnen korting krijgen op de...

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  • Nooit meer stilstaan? Transport kan echt slimmer

    Nooit meer stilstaan? Transport kan echt slimmer

    Hoe kun je door slimme technieken de doorstroming en veiligheid verbeteren op de weg? Paul Swaak, programmamanager Talking Logistics geeft tekst en uitleg tijdens ICT&Logistiek.

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  • Spot Van Rate Hits Low Point as Freight Volume Falls

    Spot Van Rate Hits Low Point as Freight Volume Falls

    The number of loads posted on the DAT network of load boards fell 2 percent during the week ending Oct. 20 while posted capacity edged up 1 percent.

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  • New legislation focuses on upping multimodal freight investment

    New legislation focuses on upping multimodal freight investment

    Legislation introduced earlier this month by Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) takes a hard look at giving non-highway freight-based transportation infrastructure initiatives a more prominent seat at...

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  • CEVA takes shelter under new CMA CGM ‘partnership’ to ward off DSV

    CEVA takes shelter under new CMA CGM ‘partnership’ to ward off DSV

    DSV may now launch a hostile takeover bid (see today’s Market Insight) for CEVA Logistics, after the 3PL yesterday signed a new “strategic partnership” deal with major shareholder CMA CGM It’s a...

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  • IMO looks set to introduce ban on ships carrying high-sulphur fuel

    IMO looks set to introduce ban on ships carrying high-sulphur fuel

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will today decide whether to ban the carriage of high-sulphur fuels, The Loadstar has learned. Amendments to Marpol Annex VI were approved in April,...

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  • Panalpina has ‘stood its ground in a very volatile environment’, says CEO

    Panalpina has ‘stood its ground in a very volatile environment’, says CEO

    Panalpina’s poor showing in ocean freight dominated its finance and earnings call this morning as it released its third-quarter results. As investors privately expressed “disappointment”,...

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  • Air Partner increases freight profits in steady first half trading

    Air Partner increases freight profits in steady first half trading

    Air Partner reports “continued strength in freight” with gross profits up 36% to £1.5m in its results for the first six months of the year to July 31, 2018. Chief executive Mark Briffa noted that...

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  • UPS sees nine-month revenues grow on strong pricing environment

    UPS sees nine-month revenues grow on strong pricing environment

    UPS has reported a 9.2% upturn in revenues for the nine months to September, with growth across its three divisions. Total revenues for the period hit $52bn, and while US domestic operations...

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  • Logistics is ‘the fall guy’ for government lack of planning for Brexit, says FTA

    Logistics is ‘the fall guy’ for government lack of planning for Brexit, says FTA

    It is now too late for the UK to implement new border infrastructure to handle a no-deal Brexit, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). The NAO’s UK Border: Preparedness for EU Exit  report...

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  • Is 2017’s impressive freight forwarding growth continuing in 2018?

    Is 2017’s impressive freight forwarding growth continuing in 2018?

    Transport Intelligence (Ti) has published a short update to its Global Freight Forwarding market report, following half-year figures for 2018. The data showed growth of 4.9%, year on year with air...

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  • Forwarders must act smarter to prevent peak cargo congestion, says Heathrow

    Forwarders must act smarter to prevent peak cargo congestion, says Heathrow

    Heathrow Airport has defended its peak season plans – but warned forwarders, hauliers and handlers to change their behaviour to ensure there are no congestion problems. Airport data indicates that...

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  • Market uncertainty impacts DP World volumes, but ‘we stay on track’

    Market uncertainty impacts DP World volumes, but ‘we stay on track’

    DP World has reported a 2.6% increase in container volumes for the nine months to September. But it has warned of deceleration in the market, as its third-quarter numbers declined 1.4% on the same...

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  • MPC eyes expansion into wider markets with purchase of bigger box ships

    MPC eyes expansion into wider markets with purchase of bigger box ships

    Emerging feedership owner MPC Capital has bought three secondhand panamax container vessels as it looks to expand into larger box ship markets. The combined price tag for the vessels was $42m,...

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  • Pessimism in the air as the IMO pushes for reduced greenhouse gas emissions

    Pessimism in the air as the IMO pushes for reduced greenhouse gas emissions

    The momentum behind efforts to curtail shipping’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions appears to have come to a standstill, insiders have said as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime...

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  • Boeing predicts need for 3,260 freighters by 2037

    Boeing predicts need for 3,260 freighters by 2037

    The global freighter fleet needs to increase by 70% to meet the expected doubling in air cargo volumes by 2037. ATW Online reports that 3,260 freighters will be required in the next 20 years, up...

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  • Air cargo innovator Saskia van Pelt quits Schiphol

    Air cargo innovator Saskia van Pelt quits Schiphol

    Saskia van Pelt, director business development cargo for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, is to leave the group in yet another shake-up for the Dutch air hub. Ms van Pelt, who has been instrumental in...

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  • A celebration of the past, a view towards the future

    A celebration of the past, a view towards the future

    ControlPay, leading global Freight Audit company is glad to announce an important milestone in its company’s history: the release of the ControlPay book that recounts our success story so far

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  • Ryder rolls out last-mile expansion plans

    Ryder rolls out last-mile expansion plans

    Freight transportation and logistics services provider Ryder System Inc. recently announced it has expanded its Ryder Last Mile service. Ryder describes this service as a home delivery and white...

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  • Stronger Capesize Rates Lifts Baltic Index to One-Week High

    Stronger Capesize Rates Lifts Baltic Index to One-Week High

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, hit a one-week high on Monday, supported by rising rates for the capesize vessel segment.* The...

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  • Truck manufacturers slam EU plan to slash truck emissions by a third by 2030

    Truck manufacturers slam EU plan to slash truck emissions by a third by 2030

    Tough new EU plans to cut CO2 emissions from new trucks by 35% by 2030 are unachievable, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has warned. The warning follows a vote by the...

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  • FedEx buys Australian forwarder

    FedEx buys Australian forwarder

    FedEx has agreed to acquire Australian freight forwarder Manton Air-Sea Pty. Sydney-based Manton will operate as a subsidiary of the FedEx Trade Networks operating company. “Adding Manton’s...

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  • Haus-zu-Haus-Angbeot spart CO2: Geodis: Intermodal nach Spanien

    Haus-zu-Haus-Angbeot spart CO2: Geodis: Intermodal nach Spanien

    Intermodal-Angebot zwischen Deutschland und Spanien: Geodis hat seine Zugabfahrten auf fünf bis sechs pro Woche erhöht.

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  • What is Integrated Supply Chain Planning?

    What is Integrated Supply Chain Planning?

    Mike Reibsamen – the Director of Integrated Supply Chain – at Berry Global, spoke about Berry Global’s supply chain transformation at the Council of Supply Chain Management...

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  • ABN Amro, Rotterdam Port, Samsung SDS Launch Container Logistics Blockchain Pilot

    ABN Amro, Rotterdam Port, Samsung SDS Launch Container Logistics Blockchain Pilot

    The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Samsung SDS and ABN AMRO are preparing to launch a container logistics blockchain pilot.The pilot will seek to use blockchain technology to build a platform for...

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  • BVL Congress Displayed Stunning Innovations in Logistics and Air Freight

    BVL Congress Displayed Stunning Innovations in Logistics and Air Freight

    Logistics has built up a rock-solid reputation for being conservative, lacking dynamism, trailing other industries in many ways, thus falling behind developments in automotive, trade or ...

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  • DPD opens first electric parcel depot in London

    DPD opens first electric parcel depot in London

    DPD has opened an all-electric parcel depot in Westminster and set out plans for a further seven all-electric sites in London. The 5,000 sq ft facility on Vandon Street will be known as DPD...

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  • China's JD.com unwraps FedEx-style parcel business to bolster sales

    China's JD.com unwraps FedEx-style parcel business to bolster sales

    Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com Inc said on Thursday it would add a FedEx-style parcel delivery service to its e-commerce offerings, a move which could help the firm leverage its network of...

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  • Ocean Express Network Incurs a USD600 mln Loss in First Year

    Ocean Express Network Incurs a USD600 mln Loss in First Year

    Japanese carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) is set to see losses spiral to $600m in its first year, says its revised consolidated business forecast for FY2018 (April 1, 2018 to March 31,...

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  • Volvo issues warning on truck emissions

    Volvo issues warning on truck emissions

    Truck-maker Volvo says it has detected that an emissions control component used in certain markets is degrading more quickly than expected, which could cause the engines to exceed NOx emission...

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  • B&H launches Euro road freight network to complement air services

    B&H launches Euro road freight network to complement air services

    B&H Worldwide, which specialises in aircraft-on-ground (AOG) and aerospace supply chains, is to launch a European road freight network. It says it is looking to provide “cost effective” transport...

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  • APM Terminals sells its stake in Turkey’s Petlim container terminal

    APM Terminals sells its stake in Turkey’s Petlim container terminal

    APM Terminals is selling its stake in Turkey’s Petlim container terminal, near Izmir, having reached an agreement with majority shareholder Socar. The deal continues the terminal operator’s...

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  • China-US trade war could be the founder of a feast for intra-Asia box traffic

    China-US trade war could be the founder of a feast for intra-Asia box traffic

    Booming intra-Asia trades stand to benefit the most from a lengthy US-China trade war. But low freight rates, overcapacity and poor schedule reliability is putting pressure on shipping lines...

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  • Forwarders hit back at ‘shipping monopoly’ and ‘no limit’ box detention fees

    Forwarders hit back at ‘shipping monopoly’ and ‘no limit’ box detention fees

    Ecuadorian forwarders are fighting back against a “major trade risk” presented by what they call the “monopolisation” of the shipping sector, and unregulated container detention fees. Speaking to...

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  • End-of-year decisions for shippers

    End-of-year decisions for shippers

    US-bound imports are on course for record high levels. Logistics Trends and Insights, citing Port Tracker, predicts that, between September and December, imports will grow 2.3% to 4.3% year on...

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  • B&H Worldwide strengthens European aerospace logistics offering

    B&H Worldwide strengthens European aerospace logistics offering

    Aerospace logistics provider B&H Worldwide has launched a pan-European road transport network “to enable the provision of a reliable alternative to airfreight across the continent” and has...

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  • Pharma Does not only Travel by Air

    Pharma Does not only Travel by Air

    Even if the Cool Logistics Conference in Antwerp is traditionally maritime oriented, in its 10th edition air cargo was able to slip in through a debate on the supposed competition with the...

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  • U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes see slight annual gains

    U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes see slight annual gains

    Rail carloads, at 269,394, saw a 0.7% annual gain, and intermodal containers and trailers headed up 1.8% annually to 284,604.

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  • Baltic Index Rises as Capesize Rates Jump

    Baltic Index Rises as Capesize Rates Jump

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, helped by strong demand for capesize vessels.* The overall index, which...

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  • Hapag-Lloyd and ONE set to operate joint feeder services round the world

    Hapag-Lloyd and ONE set to operate joint feeder services round the world

    Hapag Lloyd and it’s the Alliance partner Ocean Network Express (ONE) have agreed to operate feeder services around the world together. Under the terms of a “bilateral strategic feeder network...

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  • Early AE2/Swan return would add to the pressure on Asia-Europe carriers

    Early AE2/Swan return would add to the pressure on Asia-Europe carriers

    The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI), published today after a break for the Chinese Golden Week holiday, reveals a sharp contrast in fortunes for the major carriers. The decision by...

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  • DSV takeover bid for CEVA Logistics rebuffed, but CMA CGM eyes bigger stake

    DSV takeover bid for CEVA Logistics rebuffed, but CMA CGM eyes bigger stake

    CEVA Logistics has rejected an unsolicited takeover bid by Danish rival DSV worth around $2.5bn. DSV confirmed today it had made an offer of CHF27.75 per CEVA share, which is listed on the Swiss...

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  • 2020 sulphur fuel cap may spark a crisis for carriers that can’t recover the cost

    2020 sulphur fuel cap may spark a crisis for carriers that can’t recover the cost

    The IMO’s 0.5% sulphur fuel cap will cause an “existential crisis” for container carriers, unless they can pass on the added bunker costs to shippers. APL chief executive Nicolas Sartini said...

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  • UK shippers opt for Liverpool to avoid congestion and scare haulage capacity at southern ports

    UK shippers opt for Liverpool to avoid congestion and scare haulage capacity at southern ports

    Increasing numbers of UK shippers are switching their container import gateway from the congestion of Southampton and Felixstowe to Liverpool. According to freight forwarders and importers, the...

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  • 2M decision to reactivate AE2/Swan service early prompts freight rate warning

    2M decision to reactivate AE2/Swan service early prompts freight rate warning

    Freight rates on Asia-North Europe trades could be set to fall steeply at the end of the year if 2M partners Maersk Line and MSC follow through on their plan to relaunch the suspended AE2/Swan...

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  • China-US trade war brings box carriers a bonus – but 2019 looks less promising

    China-US trade war brings box carriers a bonus – but 2019 looks less promising

    The US-China trade war has seemed “positive” for transpacific shipping lines, so far, with importers rushing to beat tariff deadlines. But there is growing concern that a prolonged dispute would...

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  • Two new UK air cargo operations take to the skies

    Two new UK air cargo operations take to the skies

    Two new cargo services are to launch in the UK. Turkish Cargo has launched freighter operations to Stansted with an A330 widebody freighter, three times a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays,...

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  • Will freight fly when the pilot is a robot?

    Will freight fly when the pilot is a robot?

    It perhaps comes as little surprise that investors in companies such as ATSG and Atlas don’t appear too worried about the pilot shortage and labour negotiations. According to this Bloomberg...

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