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  • Supply Chain weekly wrap-up: 8/10/18 – 8/16/18

    Supply Chain weekly wrap-up: 8/10/18 – 8/16/18

    The quickest quotes in the shipping industry Shipping has always been an important and competitive sector of the transportation industry, due to its large-scale efficiency and comparatively low costs.

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  • Rising Transportation Costs in Food Manufacturing: A Problem or An Opportunity?

    Rising Transportation Costs in Food Manufacturing: A Problem or An Opportunity?

    Transportation costs are a necessary part of doing business. Synchronizing the materials and information that flows through the supply chain can minimize production and distribution costs.

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  • DP World Gross Volume Up 4.8% for 1H 2018

    DP World Gross Volume Up 4.8% for 1H 2018

    Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World said that its gross volumes rose 4.8 percent to USD 35.6 billion s for the six months to 30 June 2018,  despite uncertainties in the container...

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  • DP World posts a strong first half as its customers wallow in an ocean of red ink

    DP World saw revenue jump 14.4%, year on year, in the first six months to $2.6bn, as the company’s core container terminal business benefited from the upswing in global trade. Net profit for the...

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  • Thai forwarders looking forward to a busy peak season as ocean trade builds

    Freight forwarders in Thailand are preparing for a busy peak season for ocean shipments. According to Sam Loke, managing director of Pan Asia Logistics (Thailand), the market will soon start...

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  • Hyperloop at five and sci-fi transport quickly becoming more sci than fi

    Hyperloop at five and sci-fi transport quickly becoming more sci than fi

    Those considering Tesla’s Semi may wish to rethink. It’s gone from bad to worse for Elon Musk’s company in less than a year since the announcement of the autonomous truck. Mr Musk has been...

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  • DFDS Orders New Freight Ferry

    DFDS Orders New Freight Ferry

    DFDS has exercised an option to order an additional freight ferry (ro-ro) newbuilding from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard.Similar to the five previously ordered large capacity freight ferries, the...

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  • Japan ships fewer cars to U.S. as export growth slows

    Japan ships fewer cars to U.S. as export growth slows

    Japan's export growth slowed more than expected in July as shipments to the United States fell for a second straight month, with the automotive sector down sharply and global trade disputes...

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  • Transport secretary promises to take steps to stop rail fares rocketing

    Transport secretary promises to take steps to stop rail fares rocketing

    In a letter to union bosses, Chris Grayling outlined plans to cut the link between annual UK rail fare rises and the widely discredited Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of annual inflation.

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  • Lufthansa Cargo and Brussels Airlines Cargo start close cooperation

    Lufthansa Cargo and Brussels Airlines Cargo start close cooperation

    Freight capacities of Brussels Airlines with departure from 1 September 2018 now bookable with Lufthansa Cargo

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  • APM Terminals Bahrain Opens New Online Platform

    APM Terminals Bahrain Opens New Online Platform

    APM Terminals Bahrain has launched the 'Lift' portal which allows customers to track and trace their goods, check the status of shipments and vessels and schedule deliveries - 24 hours per day,...

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  • The challenge of recruiting drivers

    As the workload for delivery companies heats up, the challenge of finding and retaining quality drivers is getting tougher. Today, delivery companies, on-line mega retailers, Uber and Lyft are all...

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  • HMM stays bullish as it sinks deeper into the red, and vows it can cut costs

    HMM stays bullish as it sinks deeper into the red, and vows it can cut costs

    HMM recorded a net loss of $215m in the second quarter, taking the South Korean ocean carrier’s deficit to a massive $371m at the half-year stage. The restructured container line...

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  • Airlines get a slight lift as freight rates begin to creep up again

    While data published last week showed that June’s air freight rates were depressed, it looks as if they are gently picking up again. This morning the TAC Index showed that, while a number of...

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  • Forwarders get a feeling of deja vu at prospect of congested air terminals

    Despite record investment in airports, consignees and forwarders are poised for a frustrating peak season with the prospect of freight again being trapped in overburdened cargo terminals. Neel...

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  • Uber Will Double its Investment in Uber Freight

    Uber Will Double its Investment in Uber Freight

    Despite shuttering its autonomous long-haul freight program, Uber is planning on doubling its investment in the Uber Freight unit over the next year. Uber Freight will not longer be part of Uber's...

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  • Baltic Index Edges Down on Lower Capesize, Panamax Rates

    Baltic Index Edges Down on Lower Capesize, Panamax Rates

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, inched down on Friday, weighed down by lower rates for capesize and panamax vessels.* The...

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  • Carriers take comfort as spot rates look to be entering calmer waters

    Today’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) offered some positive news for the container lines. Overall, the SCFI comprehensive index ticked up 3.36 points to 893.88, which compares...

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  • Hapag-Lloyd Deepens Cost Cut Drive after H1 Loss Widens

    Hapag-Lloyd Deepens Cost Cut Drive after H1 Loss Widens

    German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd said it accelerated cost cuts in the first half of 2018 to offset higher operational costs from fuel costs, charter rates and a slow recovery in freight...

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  • Bumper cargo quarter for American Airlines Cargo

    Bumper cargo quarter for American Airlines Cargo

    Increased e-commerce, flowers and blood products helped American Airlines Cargo achieve "record-setting growth" in the 2018 second quarter, handling 158,000 tonnes of freight, a 9.7% increase on...

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  • DHL Global Forwarding stemmt ein „Mammutprojekt“

    DHL Global Forwarding stemmt ein „Mammutprojekt“

    DHL Global Forwarding, der Luft- und Seefrachtspezialist von Deutsche Post DHL Group, transportiert vier überdimensionale Abhitzekessel von Deutschland nach Saudi-Arabien. Der intermodale...

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  • Understanding Sustainability and E-Commerce Packaging

    Understanding Sustainability and E-Commerce Packaging

    Quantifying the true cost of damage and impact can lead to truly sustainable outcomes. Dan Healey | Sealed Air A few years ago, on my way to the office, I was listening to a radio story about the...

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  • Uber poised to double investment in freight unit after making it independent

    Otto founder returns to run new stand-alone business. Move underscores Uber CEO's bullishness on model, company says.

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  • US-China spat set to put a dampener on trade, but air charter sector could fly

    The trade war is likely to dampen second-half air and sea cargo growth between the US and China, but greater production in South-east Asia and an increase in ad hoc air cargo could also be on the...

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  • Express and auto industry growth keeps Mexico’s TSM freighter fleet growing

    Aeronaves TSM, the aviation arm of Mexican expedited trucking firm Grupo TSM, is turning into the largest operator of CRJ200 freighters in North America, if not the world, according to Grupo TSM...

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  • Logistics companies appear to be unprepared for Brexit

    Logistics companies appear to be unprepared for Brexit

    Countless surveys have been polling businesses on Brexit expectations: will there be a deal, or not? But one from Blacks Solicitors, and reported in Logistics Manager, shows that more than half...

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  • DHL Q2 profits drop was expected, as PeP division comes up short

    DHL Q2 profits drop was expected, as PeP division comes up short

    Deutsche Post-DHL’s Post-e-Commerce-Parcel (PeP) division has continued to prove problematic for the group. Despite a 3.4% upturn in divisional revenue, PeP’s second-quarter operating profit...

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  • Blockchain JV for shipping of hazardous materials

    Blockchain JV for shipping of hazardous materials

    Chattanooga, TN — Block Array announced open beta of new blockchain-based shipping document application, FreightTrust, and a new hazardous material joint venture to enable drop-shipping of...

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  • Lidl starts work on EuroCentral distribution centre

    Lidl starts work on EuroCentral distribution centre

    Lidl’s Eurocentral regional distribution centre in Scotland is in its first stage of construction and is to erect its full frame comprising of 4,000 tonnes of steel which will take 12 weeks. The...

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  • JDA completes Blue Yonder acquisition

    JDA has completed its acquisition of supply chain artificial intelligence and machine learning specialist Blue Yonder. “As we execute on our vision for a truly autonomous supply chain, completing...

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  • Rails increasingly in sweet spot as trucking capacity crisis hits peak season

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  • Unifeeder brand to be added under the DP World umbrella

    Unifeeder brand to be added under the DP World umbrella

    Global trade enabler DP World yesterday announced the signing of the acquisition of 100% of the Unifeeder Group for EUR 660 million from Nordic Capital Fund VIII and certain minority... Der...

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  • DB Cargo: first modular logistics systems by Innofreight

    DB Cargo: first modular logistics systems by Innofreight

    On the 6th August 2018 DB Cargo and Innofreight signed their first contract for the leasing of InnoWaggons for slab transports. This type of wagon has been successfully used by... Der Beitrag DB...

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  • ICTSI Income Falls as Volume Rises

    ICTSI Income Falls as Volume Rises

    Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI)  has announced a 6% decrease in income in its consolidated financial results for the first half of 2018.However, the port...

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  • DPD Germany unveils “intelligent mailbox” project

    DPD Germany unveils “intelligent mailbox” project

    DPD Germany is working with email service providers WEB.DE and GMX to test an "intelligent mailbox" function which will help online shoppers group and prioritise their parcel tracking emails.

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  • DP World acquires shortsea specialist Unifeeder from private equity group

    DP World acquires shortsea specialist Unifeeder from private equity group

    Global container terminal owner and operator DP World has agreed to buy Aarhus-headquartered feeder and shortsea container line Unifeeder. The sellers in the deal worth around $760m are Nordic...

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  • Report examines two potential future digital scenarios for containerized trade

    Report examines two potential future digital scenarios for containerized trade

    London, UK — In their ‘Brave new world? – Container transport in 2043’ report, leading international freight transport insurer TT Club, in conjunction with global management consulting firm...

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  • 2018 Top 50 Ocean Freight Forwarders

    2018 Top 50 Ocean Freight Forwarders

    The 2018 Top 50 Ocean Freight Forwarders - As last year the Top 50 Ocean Freight Forwarders list is online now. Want to stay on top of all things Logistics? Visit out HUB now

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  • Singapore SMEs are Top Exporters in AP, FedEx Survey Finds

    Singapore SMEs are Top Exporters in AP, FedEx Survey Finds

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore were the top exporters by revenue in the Asia-Pacific last year, according to a study commissioned by FedEx Express, the Business Times...

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  • How the Final Mile Will Define Your Brand

    How the Final Mile Will Define Your Brand

    Delivery wherever and whenever is virtually upon us. Don't let your business get left behind. Andrew Busby | Retail Reflections For years, consumers were loyal. They picked a brand, a store and a...

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  • Fetch Package lands $3 million funding for urban parcel delivery network

    Crowded sector attracting increasing corporate investment and solutions from Bell and Howell, Amazon.

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  • Chief financial officer John Hardig to quit XPO Logistics

    John Hardig (pictured above, left) is to step down as chief financial officer of XPO after more than six years. The company said Mr Hardig had taken the decision to spend more time with his...

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  • Peak season looking happier for carriers with transpacific freight rates set to rise

    Peak season looking happier for carriers with transpacific freight rates set to rise

    Next week is set to see large increases in spot container shipping freight rates on the transpacific trades, according to figures from today’s Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) The...

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  • XPO hauls in another set of record results and zooms in on takeover targets

    XPO hauls in another set of record results and zooms in on takeover targets

    XPO Logistics this week reported another set of record quarterly results as it whittles down its possible acquisition targets to around a dozen. Chief executive Brad Jacobs told The Loadstar the...

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  • Atlas Air stays bullish on profit forecasts as demand and revenue soar

    Atlas Air stays bullish on profit forecasts as demand and revenue soar

    Soaring revenues have encouraged Atlas Air to increase its full-year forecasts, despite reporting a loss for the six months to June. First-half earnings hit $1.3bn, up 31% year on year, with a...

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  • Seaspan profits more than double in a ‘strong’ second quarter

    Seaspan profits more than double in a ‘strong’ second quarter

    Containership owner Seaspan Corporation does not rule out acquiring a smaller non-operating rival owner, but says its main focus is on “deleveraging the balance sheet and moving towards investment...

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  • 36pc growth for Amazon’s UK fulfilment business

    Amazon UK Services, the company that operates the retailer’s fulfilment centres in the UK, increased its turnover by 36 per cent to £1.99 billion last year. The increase in operating profit was...

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  • WienCont container terminal on the way to CO2 neutrality

    WienCont container terminal on the way to CO2 neutrality

    As a leading trimodal terminal in Austria, WienCont has committed itself to a clear growth strategy in new and existing business areas as well as sustainability in the business location... Der...

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  • CH Robinson eyes job cuts in Fresh division as road unit drives first-half growth

    CH Robinson eyes job cuts in Fresh division as road unit drives first-half growth

    CH Robinson recorded double-digit growth in revenue and profitability, thanks to its buoyant road division driving over losses in other business areas. Overall first-half profit hit $301.5m, up...

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  • Scrapping may make a comeback as smaller containerships lose their appeal

    Scrapping may make a comeback as smaller containerships lose their appeal

    Non-operating owners of ageing gas-guzzling small containerships are likely to renew their interest in scrapping as the charter market makes an unexpected U-turn. The latest idle tonnage report by...

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  • Yusen Logistics boosts its e-commerce capability with ILG takeover

    Yusen Logistics boosts its e-commerce capability with ILG takeover

    Yusen Logistics UK has boosted its e-commerce capabilities with the acquisition of delivery and fulfilment specialist ILG. The deal will boost its UK revenues by 12% and help propel Yusen into the...

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  • Furious lorry drivers slam ‘horror’ delays at port of Liverpool

    Furious lorry drivers slam ‘horror’ delays at port of Liverpool

    Bosses at Liverpool port operator Peel Ports popped open the champagne after Maersk and MSC announced they would switch two transatlantic services from Felixstowe due to congestion at the east...

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  • E-commerce fuels XPO's second quarter

    E-commerce fuels XPO's second quarter

    E-commerce helped XPO Logistics record a 16% year-on-year revenue rise to $4.36bn in 2018's second quarter, as the acquisitive US giant also gained $2.1bn of new business in the first six months...

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  • EU blokkeerde mogelijk onterecht overname TNT door UPS

    EU blokkeerde mogelijk onterecht overname TNT door UPS

    De Amerikaanse pakketbezorger UPS krijgt waarschijnlijk gelijk in een zaak tegen de Europese Unie over een bod op branchegenoot TNT Express.

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  • 2018 Ocean Cargo Roundtable: Unsettled seas

    2018 Ocean Cargo Roundtable: Unsettled seas

    Three prominent maritime experts share insight into the current ocean cargo arena— a freight sector that’s navigating from one crisis to the next.

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  • Container Terminal Utilisation Levels Set to Rise: Drewry

    Container Terminal Utilisation Levels Set to Rise: Drewry

    The medium term outlook for global container port demand growth is positive thanks to strong underlying economic momentum across the world’s major economies. While there may be clouds on the...

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  • Can the world’s ports and terminals take the strain as container throughput rises?

    Can the world’s ports and terminals take the strain as container throughput rises?

    “Cautious investor sentiment towards greenfield container terminal projects” could lead to steeply increasing box terminal utilisation and a possible decline in port productivity. According to...

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  • Air cargo market’s wings clipped in June as growth and rates slump

    Air cargo market’s wings clipped in June as growth and rates slump

    June was the first month in two years with no significant growth in air freight, according to WorldACD. The figures are backed by Drewry’s air freight index, which showed rates fell 3% in June,...

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  • Royal Mail to enhance e-commerce delivery

    Royal Mail to enhance e-commerce delivery

    Royal Mail is to enhance its tracked service to deliver items ordered online to improve the customer experience for retailers and online shoppers. Royal Mail will now provide more information on...

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  • CMA CGM hopes new mega-boxship bow design will be on the nose for economy

    CMA CGM hopes new mega-boxship bow design will be on the nose for economy

    A steel cutting ceremony took place in China last week on the hulls of the first two ships of CMA CGM’s order for nine 22,500 teu LNG-powered ULCVs, featuring a potentially game-changing bow...

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  • Paketdienst GLS startet den 1-Minuten-Paketversand

    Paketdienst GLS startet den 1-Minuten-Paketversand

    Der Paketdienst GLS Austria startet ein Online-Portal, mit dem Sendungen schnell und einfach aufgegeben werden können. Ohne Registrierung und innerhalb einer Minute lassen sich auf www.gls-one.at...

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  • Improving rates may provide some peak season comfort for east-west carriers

    Improving rates may provide some peak season comfort for east-west carriers

    Improving freight rates on the main east-west container tradelanes may offer some comfort to embattled ocean carriers reporting disappointing first-half results. The latest Container Shipping...

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  • Uber autonomous truck division is dead, long live its self-driving cars

    Uber autonomous truck division is dead, long live its self-driving cars

    The big news in road freight today is that Uber has cancelled the development of autonomous trucks. The company spin is that it wants to concentrate on the development of its self-driving car...

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  • Uber trekt stekker uit project zelfrijdende trucks

    Uber trekt stekker uit project zelfrijdende trucks

    Uber stopt met de ontwikkeling van een autonoom rijdende vrachtwagen. Het tech- en taxibedrijf wil zich in plaats daarvan focussen op zelfrijdende auto’s voor personenvervoer. Dat heeft het hoofd...

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  • East-West airfreight rates fell 3% in May, says Drewry

    East-West airfreight rates fell 3% in May, says Drewry

    Airfreight rates fell 3% between May and June 2018, with Drewry’s East-West Airfreight Price Index dropping to $2.63 per kg. However, said Drewry, the rate remains some 7% higher than June last...

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  • How to Improve Supply Chain Performance By Improving Packaging

    How to Improve Supply Chain Performance By Improving Packaging

    ArticleHaving the right packaging design will maximize consumer value, sales, and profits.Contributed Author: Abhijeet ShahTopics: Operations

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  • ABB/Ballard zero emission fuel cells could replace shore power requirements for ships

    ABB/Ballard zero emission fuel cells could replace shore power requirements for ships

    The recently announced ABB (ASEA Brown Boveri) and Ballard Power Systems collaboration will build zero emission fuel cell modules that can eliminate the need for costly shore power installations...

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  • Shippers, forwarders and hauliers now planning for ‘no deal’ as Brexit looms

    Shippers, forwarders and hauliers now planning for ‘no deal’ as Brexit looms

    Shippers are pushing forwarders for more certainty on post-Brexit customs – some now actively working with a presumption of a hard Brexit. The UK Road Haulage Association (RHA) has slammed MPs...

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  • OOCL increases market share, but rising costs mean Q2 results could be in red

    OOCL increases market share, but rising costs mean Q2 results could be in red

    Orient Overseas International (OOIL) has reported increased liftings but lower average revenue per container in its final quarterly operational update for container arm OOCL. With 4.7%...

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  • Baltic Index Rises on Firmer Capesize Rates

    Baltic Index Rises on Firmer Capesize Rates

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday, boosted by stronger demand for capesize vessels.The overall index, which...

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  • E-commerce spurs double digit growth for Indonesian logistics industry

    E-commerce spurs double digit growth for Indonesian logistics industry

    Indonesia's logistics industry is expected to see continued double-digit growth this year, as a result of e-commerce demand and the government-supported investment in infrastructure.

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  • Container-Shipping Firms Focus on Asset Optimisation

    Container-Shipping Firms Focus on Asset Optimisation

    Asset quality, size and diversification will determine the success of shipping companies in the next 18 months as higher costs, tighter environmental rules and worsening global trade relations...

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  • Pros and Cons of Supply Chain Transactional APIs versus EDI Logistics Communication Technologies

    Much of the market is weighing the pros and cons of transactional APIs versus EDI communications, but these messages must be coupled with high-speed analytical solutions that allow shippers and...

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  • Peak season sees freight rates more buoyant and carriers bullish on price hikes

    Peak season sees freight rates more buoyant and carriers bullish on price hikes

    Container freight rates on the major east-west deepsea trades are beginning to lift as the peak season begins and price hikes scheduled for next week make their presence felt in the...

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  • Happy first half for Ceva Logistics as a successful IPO starts to deliver

    Happy first half for Ceva Logistics as a successful IPO starts to deliver

    Operating income more than halved after specific items and SBC for Ceva Logistics during the first six months of what the company described as a “transformative period”. Between January and June,...

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  • DHL the first global forwarder to establish a footprint in Ethiopia

    DHL the first global forwarder to establish a footprint in Ethiopia

    DHL Global Forwarding (DGF) claims to have become the first multinational forwarder to establish a presence in Ethiopia, following a joint venture agreement with Ethiopian Airlines. The move marks...

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  • UPS Q2 revenues soar after price rises, but profit is ‘not where we want it to be’

    UPS Q2 revenues soar after price rises, but profit is ‘not where we want it to be’

    UPS saw consolidated revenue rise 9.6% to $17.5bn in the second quarter, but said operating profit was “not where we want it to be”. The best performing divisions were international, supply chain...

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  • DB SCHENKER – LUNDA

    DB SCHENKER – LUNDA

    How much does your company spend on the cleaning and maintenance of your facility? Reducing the levels of Dust Build up can significantly reduce this cost. Find out how one logistics company...

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  • Dutch pilots demand AF-KLM Cargo cancels wet-lease freighter deal with Qatar

    Dutch pilots demand AF-KLM Cargo cancels wet-lease freighter deal with Qatar

    Dutch pilots’ association VNV has hit out at Air France-KLM for wet-leasing freighters from Qatar Airways, claiming the Qatari carrier engages in anti-competitive practices. In a letter to AF-KLM...

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  • EU approves K+N joint venture

    EU approves K+N joint venture

    The European Commission has approved a joint venture between Kuehne + Nagel and Temasek Holdings of Singapore to identify and invest in young growing logistics technology companies. The Commission...

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  • DP World to build and operate new logistics hub in Mali

    DP World to build and operate new logistics hub in Mali

    The multimodal logistics platform, Mali Logistics Hub (MLH), will have inland container depots (ICD) and Container Freight Stations (CFS) that will facilitate the import and export of goods.

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  • Cathay Pacific homes in on real-time cargo tracking

    Cathay Pacific homes in on real-time cargo tracking

    Cathay Pacific is ramping up the trial of a new track and trace technology for cargo shipments after a successful test at its home hub. The Hong Kong airline, along with ULD firm Unilode and...

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  • DP World Volume up 6.0% in H1 2018

    DP World Volume up 6.0% in H1 2018

    DP World Limited handled 35.6 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals in the first half of 2018, with gross container volumes growing by 4.8%...

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  • Schoeller sells Bengal Tiger Line to mystery investor group

    Schoeller sells Bengal Tiger Line to mystery investor group

    Decent little scoop from our friends at Splash247 on the transfer of ownership of one of Asia’s largest feedership operators: Singapore-based Bengal Tiger Line. According to this report, the...

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  • Cass Freight Index report highlights ongoing strength of freight economy

    The most recent edition of the Cass Freight Index Report from Cass Information Systems continued to point to a very strong freight economy, with both freight shipments and expenditures finished...

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  • Baltic Index Up for Second Session on Firmer Vessel Rates

    Baltic Index Up for Second Session on Firmer Vessel Rates

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday for the second straight session on higher rates for capesize and panamax...

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  • Legal double-whammy hangs over container lines caught up in US Iran sanctions

    Legal double-whammy hangs over container lines caught up in US Iran sanctions

    Major container shipping lines that withdraw services from Iran, following the re-imposition of US sanctions, could inadvertently fall foul of EU legislation. These regulations are designed to...

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  • AirBridgeCargo adds Ho Chi Minh City to its network

    AirBridgeCargo adds Ho Chi Minh City to its network

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has launched a freighter service to Ho Chi Minh City, one of the busiest cities in Vietnam and a major manufacturing hotspot in Asia. It becomes becomes ABC’s 12th...

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  • UK Mail rebranding to DHL Parcel UK

    UK Mail rebranding to DHL Parcel UK

    Following on from its acquisition by Deutsche Post DHL Group in December 2016, UK Mail is set to begin rebranding to DHL Parcel UK.

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  • U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes see gains for week ending July 14

    U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes see gains for week ending July 14

    This was ahead of the 240,154 carloads for the week ending July 7, which was likely impacted by the July 4 holiday and ahead of the week ending June 30 at 270,916.

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  • Baltic Index Rises on Higher Capesize Rates

    Baltic Index Rises on Higher Capesize Rates

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday on higher capesize rates.* The overall index, which factors in rates for...

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  • Carriers announce price rises as peak season looms and rates falter

    Carriers announce price rises as peak season looms and rates falter

    Container shipping freight rates in the major east-west trades look set to decline next week, according to today’s Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI). The index, which shows rates quoted...

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  • JAL looks to Silk Way West for cargo capacity on European routes

    JAL looks to Silk Way West for cargo capacity on European routes

    Silk Way West Airlines is to share capacity with JAL Cargo under a new cargo cooperation deal. JAL will have access to Silk Way West’s capacity on scheduled routes between Europe (via Baku) and...

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  • Market Insight: CEVA Logistics on the right track back to its comfort zone

    Market Insight: CEVA Logistics on the right track back to its comfort zone

    My banking sources recently remarked that it was pretty obvious to predict that CEVA Logistics would “never pop” at IPO, when its shares were floated in early May. Dear me, things have not fared...

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  • 1H 2018 in Supply Chain in Numbers and Charts

    We Look at the Economy, US Manufacturing, Freight Rates, Oil Prices and More

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  • Baltic Index Down on Lower Capesize Rates

    Baltic Index Down on Lower Capesize Rates

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a second straight session, on lower rates for capesize vessels.* The...

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  • Designer freighters with no pilots may become a reality, says Boeing strategy chief

    Designer freighters with no pilots may become a reality, says Boeing strategy chief

    Developments in technology and demand for freight capacity is enhancing the prospects of aircraft being designed solely to carry cargo. Boeing VP for product strategy and future airplane...

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  • Cargo must be ‘at the forefront’ of Britain’s post-Brexit aviation policy

    Cargo must be ‘at the forefront’ of Britain’s post-Brexit aviation policy

    Chief executive of CargoLogicAir David Kerr has called on the UK government to define its post-Brexit aviation policy and put the needs of cargo at the “forefront”. Speaking at Farnborough...

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  • New York launches $100m barge and rail freight programme

    New York launches $100m barge and rail freight programme

    Hinterland connections have always been an issue at the port of New York/New Jersey, which currently sees around 90% of the cargo in and out through its gates transported by truck, causing serious...

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  • Boeing says sold 528 planes at Farnborough

    Boeing Co said on Thursday it had won 528 new orders and commmitments at the Farnborough Airshow this week, buoyed by demand for freighters as air cargo markets rebound.

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  • K+N sees airfreight volumes grow ahead of the market in Q2

    K+N sees airfreight volumes grow ahead of the market in Q2

    Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) recorded an above market increase in airfreight volumes in the second quarter of the year, while overall group profits were also on the rise. The Switzerland-based freight...

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  • DP World Acquires India's Continental Warehousing

    DP World Acquires India's Continental Warehousing

    Hindustan Infralog (HIPL), a joint venture between DP World and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), announced that the transaction to acquire 90% stake in Continental...

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  • ‘Drones are the ‘ideal solution’ to getting cargo to Africa’s remote areas’

    ‘Drones are the ‘ideal solution’ to getting cargo to Africa’s remote areas’

    Unmanned aircraft could represent “an opportunity to get into Africa’s vast and untapped air cargo markets”. Speaking at the Farnborough Airshow, founder and chief executive of Astral Aviation...

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  • Can Blockchain reduce supply chain complexity and costs?

    Can Blockchain reduce supply chain complexity and costs?

    Blockchain – the technology behind the digital asset and payment system Bitcoin – is being mooted as the next big thing for supply chains. But how can this fledgling technology be used to...

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  • UPS tests smart locks for parcel delivery to apartment lobbies

    Project reduces missed deliveries of e-commerce goods as UPS expands pilot from Manhattan into Brooklyn.

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  • LTL market is solid but shippers need to watch out for freight ‘turndowns’

    LTL market is solid but shippers need to watch out for freight ‘turndowns’

    There is another challenge in the LTL sector that directly impacts LTL shippers not getting what they need from carriers, with carriers widening embargoes on shipments in certain parts of the...

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  • Delta Cargo and Korean Air Cargo launch joint venture partnership

    Delta Cargo and Korean Air Cargo launch joint venture partnership

    ATLANTA and SEOUL: July 17, 2018, 2018: Delta Air Lines Cargo (NYSE:DAL) and Korean Air Cargo are launching new cargo cooperation in connection with the implementation of their Joint Venture...

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  • Air France KLM Cargo rolls out digital platform to pharma customers

    Air France KLM Cargo rolls out digital platform to pharma customers

    Air France KLM Cargo has expanded its myCargo digital platform to cover pharmaceutical shipments. The myCargo solution, which was previously launched for general cargo, provides quotations, the...

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  • Boeing gets a boost from air cargo boom as its freighter orderbook bulges

    Boeing gets a boost from air cargo boom as its freighter orderbook bulges

    Confidence is flying high in air cargo, with Boeing buoyed by the strength of its freighter orderbook for the next two decades. At this week’s Farnborough Air Show, Boeing’s vice president of...

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  • Dover-Calais trade ‘facing economic catastrophe’ due to Brexit

    Dover-Calais trade ‘facing economic catastrophe’ due to Brexit

    Same song, different singer. This time the warning is from former president of the Hauts-de-France region Xavier Bertrand of the chaos facing those involved in cross-Channel trade, post-Brexit....

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  • XPO Logistics wins UK contract with plastic pipe system supplier Wavin

    XPO Logistics wins UK contract with plastic pipe system supplier Wavin

    XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of transport and logistics solutions, has been awarded a multi-million-pound contract by Wavin to manage its UK transport operations. Wavin is a subsidiary...

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  • Baltic Index Rises on Strong Capesize Rates

    Baltic Index Rises on Strong Capesize Rates

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday, driven by strong rates for capesize vessels.* The overall index - which...

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  • Customers search for capacity with the future of cargo at Etihad in the air

    Customers search for capacity with the future of cargo at Etihad in the air

    As the Farnborough Air Show opens this week, all eyes will be on aircraft orders, and the Volga-Dnepr Group, sponsor of the Cargo Village. But in fact, causing more of a stir is the presence of...

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  • Threat to container charter market as carriers drift towards heavy losses

    Threat to container charter market as carriers drift towards heavy losses

    While container shipping lines face soaring operational costs, recent signs that they are preparing to suspend services in light of weakening demand suggest vessel charter rates could also come...

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  • Lufthansa Cargo: New digital sales channel for the spot segment

    Lufthansa Cargo: New digital sales channel for the spot segment

    cargo.one, the provider of an airline-independent digital platform for marketing and booking of air freight capacities, and Lufthansa Cargo seal their cooperation with a cooperation contract....

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  • Creative logistics partnership between DB Schenker and Airbus to benefit Mobile, Alabama

    In an announcement that has many global implications for one of world’s largest logistics providers, DB Schenker has developed a streamlined logistics and transportation system for Airbus’ final...

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  • Air cargo forward price curve could dull the pain of pricing instability

    Air cargo forward price curve could dull the pain of pricing instability

    Exposure to price volatility in air freight could soon be mitigated by the launch of an air freight ‘forward price curve’. The index could help forwarders manage the risk of rapid price changes in...

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  • Forwarders braced for impact on trade in China retaliation to latest Trump tariffs

    Forwarders braced for impact on trade in China retaliation to latest Trump tariffs

    Forwarders are advised to brace themselves as the China-US trade war kicks up a gear. The US administration has announced plans for a further $200bn worth of tariffs on Chinese exports. This...

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  • China-Europe air cargo rates expected to rise despite unexpected dip

    China-Europe air cargo rates expected to rise despite unexpected dip

    Airfreight rates on services from China to Europe are expected to pick up during the summer and beat last year’s levels during the fourth-quarter peak. The first airfreight rate forward curve from...

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  • Baltic Index Falls on Weaker Capesize Rates

    Baltic Index Falls on Weaker Capesize Rates

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the second straight day on Tuesday due to lower capsize rates.* The overall index...

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  • Feeder operators lose out as Maersk cuts costs via exclusive deal with BG Freight

    Feeder operators lose out as Maersk cuts costs via exclusive deal with BG Freight

    As part of the cost-saving measures announced after Maersk Group’s first quarter $239m loss, its container arm has taken the knife to its feeder service network and reverted to a policy of...

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  • China-Europe air freight rate blip, but forward curve expects Q3 surge

    China-Europe air freight rate blip, but forward curve expects Q3 surge

    Air freight rates on the China-Europe route surprisingly declined this week but are expected to rise, according to the new forward curve published by the TAC Index in conjunction commodity broker...

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  • Airlines looking to add spice with freighters as confidence in cargo soars

    Airlines looking to add spice with freighters as confidence in cargo soars

    Newfound confidence in air freight after a bumper 2017 and surging e-commerce sales, is seeing more passenger airlines look to freighters. Spicejet, a low-cost Indian passenger carrier, is to...

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  • More carriers to cut back on Asia-Europe container capacity after summer peak

    More carriers to cut back on Asia-Europe container capacity after summer peak

    More deepsea carriers have announced plans to cut capacity on the Asia-Europe trade in preparation for a slowdown in volumes after the summer peak season. 2M partner MSC today said it would...

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  • DHL will become market leader for road freight

    DHL will become market leader for road freight

    DHL Freight celebrated the grand opening of a new warehouse in the Manisa Organized Industrial Zone near Izmir, Turkey, on July 5th. The 38,000 square meter facility, which represents an... Der...

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  • Etihad Decides on Strategic U-turn

    Etihad Decides on Strategic U-turn

    Loss-making Gulf carrier Etihad Airways is changing its strategy profoundly. It will scale back its global network, focusing on point-to-point services over its Abu Dhabi hub instead. Also, it...

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  • Packaging Corner: Capture length, width and height without a tape measure

    Dimensioning app uses mobile phone’s internal sensors to accurately determine parcel volume.

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  • Other Voices: Insights on Cross-border E-commerce in China

    E-commerce is expanding in China. The rest of us need to pay attention.

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  • Airfreight rates on the up in June

    Airfreight rates on the up in June

    The month of June saw airfreight rates continue to track ahead of last year’s levels, however the summer slowdown and tourist season has seen some drop off on certain routes compared with May. The...

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  • Lufthansa Cargo Triple Seven fleet grows

    Lufthansa Cargo Triple Seven fleet grows

    Lufthansa Group’s decision-making bodies have approved Lufthansa Cargo’s operation of two brand-new Boeing 777F freighters. Lufthansa Cargo ordered two brand-new Boeing 777F freighters in May of...

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  • Baltic Index Higher on Demand for Larger Vessels

    Baltic Index Higher on Demand for Larger Vessels

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, inched up on Friday, helped by higher demand for capesize and panamax vessels.* The...

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  • Continental lanceert Airbnb voor truckonderhoud

    Continental lanceert Airbnb voor truckonderhoud

    Het kon niet uitblijven. Na een Airbnb voor warehousing komt er nu een variant op het gebied van garages voor de onderhoud van vrachtwagens.

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  • Container rates stable, but carriers still cutting capacity despite peak season

    Container rates stable, but carriers still cutting capacity despite peak season

    Container shipping spot freight rates on the main deepsea east-west trades largely remained stable over the past week. The composite Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) slipped just 0.5%...

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  • Amazon and eBay account for 66% of German ecommerce

    Amazon and eBay account for 66% of German ecommerce

    Amazon, eBay and eBay Classifieds together have a 66 percent market share in the German ecommerce industry. Every other online retailer from the top 50 list can’t even pass a market share of...

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  • CMA CGM FAK Rates from Asia to North Africa

    CMA CGM Freight All Kinds (FAK) rates(*) as follows as from July 15th, 2018 (date of loading in the origin ports in Asia) until further notice (but not beyond July 31st, 2018)

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  • Airbus expects freighter fleet to increase by 65% over the next 20 years

    Airbus expects freighter fleet to increase by 65% over the next 20 years

    Airbus expects the world’s freighter fleet to grow by more than 50% over the next 20 years, fuelled by demand in North America and Asia Pacific (see charts below). The aircraft manufacturer today...

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  • Air freight volumes look to have resumed a modest uptrend

    Air freight volumes look to have resumed a modest uptrend

    Last out of the gates to report May air freight data is IATA, which notes a “modest uptrend”. While growth in freight tonne km slowed to 4.2% in May, from 5.2% in April, seasonally adjusted FTKs...

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  • Groundbreaking for new technologies

    Groundbreaking for new technologies

    DHL Freight is investing in the future: a modern transshipment facility will be built near Hanover on an area of 63,000 square meters by mid-2019 – an important reinforcement of the line network...

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  • Air freight volumes continue to grow: IATA

    Air freight volumes continue to grow: IATA

    Geneva, Switzerland — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 4.2% in...

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  • Kerry Logistics signs deal to build new Black Sea deepsea container port

    Kerry Logistics signs deal to build new Black Sea deepsea container port

    Hong Kong-based 3PL Kerry Logistics has signed a deal to build a third box port in the Black Sea country of Georgia. Kerry today revealed it had signed a memorandum of understanding between...

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  • Singapore-Chongqing logistics hub takes shape

    Singapore-Chongqing logistics hub takes shape

    The Straits Times reports from the Chinese hi-tech manufacturing hub of Chongqing on the visit of Singapore deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean, inspecting the latest developments of the...

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  • What should warehouse managers know about supply chain digitalisation?

    What should warehouse managers know about supply chain digitalisation?

    The Digital Supply Chain is expected to revolutionise supply chain operations by applying Industry 4.0 innovations – such as Internet of Things, advanced robotics, analytics, and big data...

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  • TLN: ‘EU-plan benadeelt Nederlandse transportsector’

    TLN: ‘EU-plan benadeelt Nederlandse transportsector’

    De wetswijzigingen die de Europese Commissie wil doorvoeren voor de hervorming van het Europese wegtransport werken oneerlijke concurrentie juist in de hand in plaats van tegen. Dat stelt TLN aan...

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  • Tech titans JD and Google team up to expand global logistics operations

    Tech titans JD and Google team up to expand global logistics operations

    Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is set to expand overseas logistics operations, following a $550m cash investment from Google. The two tech titans have formed a strategic partnership aimed at...

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  • Rhenus and LBH unveil plans for joint pan-European inland waterway services

    Rhenus and LBH unveil plans for joint pan-European inland waterway services

    German 3PL Rhenus Group and Dutch port services provider LBH Group have announced plans to create a joint-venture company to run inland waterway transport operations across Europe. “Both companies...

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  • Strong Capesize Demand Lifts Baltic Index

    Strong Capesize Demand Lifts Baltic Index

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for the fourth consecutive session on Tuesday, propelled by higher demand for capesize...

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  • Swissport CEO and president Eric Born to quit at the end of the year

    Swissport CEO and president Eric Born to quit at the end of the year

    Swissport is to lose its CEO and president at the end of the year. Eric Born, who has led the company since August 2015, has announced his decision to leave at the end of December. During his...

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  • CMA CGM deploys container tracking technology

    CMA CGM deploys container tracking technology

    Marseille, France — The CMA CGM Group announced that the CMA CGM Bougainville is the first container ship in the world to be equipped with TRAXENS technology, which transforms containers into...

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  • UPS vergroot slagkracht in Europa met nieuwe hub

    UPS vergroot slagkracht in Europa met nieuwe hub

    UPS heeft een nieuw, geavanceerd sorteercentrum geopend bij Parijs. Het nieuw complex is onderdeel van een veel groter Europees expansieplan.

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  • Update on DHL Freight Network

    Update on DHL Freight Network

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  • CMA CGM FAK rates changes from North Europe and Mediterranean to the Pacific Islands

    CMA CGM Freight All Kinds (FAK) rates(*) as follows as from August 1st, 2018 (date of loading in the origin ports) until further notice

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  • JLL research highlights top ten U.S. markets to establish a warehousing presence

    When it comes to determining the best locales for shippers and 3PLs, and other concerns, to establish a warehousing presence, recent research from commercial real estate firm JLL clearly indicates...

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  • Amazon’s in-house delivery push has the industry’s attention

    Amazon’s in-house delivery push has the industry’s attention

    While it may not be a tremendous game changer, last week’s news that Amazon is taking steps to step up its plans to increase its package delivery and logistics services capabilities through the...

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  • Hapag-Lloyd Slashes 2018 Profit Outlook

    Hapag-Lloyd Slashes 2018 Profit Outlook

    German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd has cut its profit outlook for the year 2018 amid a challenging and volatile environment for ocean carriers. A Reuters report quoted the shipper saying that...

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  • Hapag-Lloyd issues profit warning in face of potentially weak peak season

    Hapag-Lloyd issues profit warning in face of potentially weak peak season

    Hapag-Lloyd spooked investors this morning, issuing a profit warning based on its accounts for the first five months of trading, causing its shares at one stage to drop 21%. The German carrier has...

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  • Comment: Brexit commitments – but ‘commitment’ in the loosest way

    Comment: Brexit commitments – but ‘commitment’ in the loosest way

    It took a whole week to get a copy of Robin Walker MP’s speech to the recent FTA’s Keep Britain Trading event in Westminster. (Anyone would think the Department for Exiting the EU might have...

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  • China’s ‘debt trap’ even worse than we thought

    China’s ‘debt trap’ even worse than we thought

    Not the huge pile of debt within China’s economy itself, but the prohibitive debt it is managing countries into, via signing them up for One Belt, One road projects – projects built by Chinese...

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  • Kuehne + Nagel further expands its global services for BMW Group

    Perfect aftersales services are crucial within the premium automotive market. In order to permanently fulfil increasing customer expectations and minimising waiting time, the aftersales supply...

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  • Preparing the Supply Chain for Digital Transformation

    Preparing the Supply Chain for Digital Transformation

    Supply chain management has improved leaps and bounds in the past two decades thanks to advancements in logistics, infrastructure, communications and IT. Key industries have proven adaptable and...

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  • Cargo-partner to build new Ljubljana airport logistics centre

    Cargo-partner to build new Ljubljana airport logistics centre

    Freight forwarder cargo-partner will construct a new logistics centre close to Ljubljana Airport as it looks to capitalise on growth in the Slovenian market. Work on the new centre, which will...

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  • The Top Three Best Practices for Custom Shipping

    The Top Three Best Practices for Custom Shipping

    Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is from Tim Jennings, President of Custom Case Group. Tim discusses the top 3 best practices to use for custom shipping.  After decades in the custom...

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  • Can’t get no satisfaction: latest customer survey reveals poor carrier service levels

    Can’t get no satisfaction: latest customer survey reveals poor carrier service levels

    Shippers regard poor customer service as the biggest failing of ocean carriers, closely followed by cargo rollovers and a lack of schedule integrity. According to the second annual container...

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  • Marine Shipping Sector Eyes LNG to Meet Clean Fuel Rules

    Marine Shipping Sector Eyes LNG to Meet Clean Fuel Rules

    With new global emissions standards looming, the marine shipping industry is increasingly looking at liquefied natural gas as alternative to high-sulfur bunker fuel, shipping and energy executives...

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  • East Europe border town strains under Silk Road train boom

    East Europe border town strains under Silk Road train boom

    The growth of Asia-Europe container rail services has been one of the great transport success stories of the past five years. However, a Reuters visit to the Polish town of Malaszewicze, close to...

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  • Frank Yau to take over as head of cargo sales HK for Cathay Pacific

    Frank Yau to take over as head of cargo sales HK for Cathay Pacific

    Cathay Pacific has appointed Frank Yau take over from Aaron Chan as head of cargo sales, Hong Kong, in September. Mr Yau was previously based in Shanghai as cargo airlines partnership manager. He...

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  • Paz opts for KEBA parcel lockers

    Paz opts for KEBA parcel lockers

    Paz is installing KEBA KePol parcel lockers in its network of petrol stations throughout Israel.

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  • DB Schenker en MAN beginnen eerste platoon-test in Duitsland

    DB Schenker en MAN beginnen eerste platoon-test in Duitsland

    Logistiek dienstverlener DB Schenker en truckfabrikant MAN zijn in Duitsland gestart met een platoon-test. Andreas Scheuer, de Duitse Bondsminister van Transport & Digitale Infrastructuur, gaf...

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  • Amazon Plans Start-Up Delivery Services for Its Own Packages

    Amazon Plans Start-Up Delivery Services for Its Own Packages

    Applicants accepted into Amazon’s new start-up delivery program will get access to Amazon-branded vehicles and uniforms like these.

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  • Amazon and DHL give Atlas Air a lift as carrier boosts profit expectations

    Amazon and DHL give Atlas Air a lift as carrier boosts profit expectations

    Atlas Air has increased its full-year profit outlook by 5%, citing high demand and its strong market position. In an analyst presentation, the company forecast a 35-40% increase on 2017’s adjusted...

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  • Transpacific capacity still outpacing demand, putting more pressure on rates

    Transpacific capacity still outpacing demand, putting more pressure on rates

    Despite the move last week by the 2M alliance to withdraw one of its transpacific loops, ocean carriers are failing to keep capacity in check, according to latest analysis by Alphaliner. Faced...

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  • Transport industry frustration growing at lack of UK progress on Brexit

    Transport industry frustration growing at lack of UK progress on Brexit

    Businesses are becoming increasingly vocal about the UK government’s lack of progress on Brexit. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today urged the government to commit to...

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  • Local forwarders must diversify as trade boom attracts global 3PLs to Vietnam

    Local forwarders must diversify as trade boom attracts global 3PLs to Vietnam

    A surging Vietnamese economy has created space for local forwarders to expand across South-east Asia, but it is also attracting international 3PLs, creating fierce competition. Vietnamese...

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  • Air Cargo Innovation Lab confirmed for November

    Air Cargo Innovation Lab confirmed for November

    The third edition of the Air Cargo Innovation Lab event has been confirmed for November 8 in Frankfurt. The English-language conference brings together leading figures in the airfreight industry,...

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  • Containerships to merge with shipping giant CMA CGM

    Containerships to merge with shipping giant CMA CGM

    Containerships has assured staff and customers that it is business as usual after the announcement it is to merge with French shipping giant CMA CGM. Under the deal, the French carrier will...

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  • Trends on the Radar

    Trends on the Radar

    In the fourth edition of its Logistics Trend Radar, DHL has revealed 28 key trends which it believes could impact the logistics industry in the next five to ten years.

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  • Long-haul with natural gas

    Long-haul with natural gas

    DHL Freight is starting to use four trucks powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Belgium.

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  • FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index sees another month of strong activity

    FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index sees another month of strong activity

    FTR said that motor carriers can expect these favorable conditions to remain intact into the third quarter and further on into 2019. And it added that the tight labor market, as well as the driver...

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  • Lessons Learned on the Path to Sustainable Urban Logistics

    Lessons Learned on the Path to Sustainable Urban Logistics

    Major European cities have become a testing ground for the next phase of city delivery. Crystal Lassiter | UPS UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer Juan Perez talked Monday about the...

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  • Hapag-Lloyd: USA empty container redelivery charge

    Hapag-Lloyd: USA empty container redelivery charge

    Hapag-Lloyd announced that effective July 25, 2018, Hapag-Lloyd will revise the Empty Container Redelivery Charge in the USA

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  • LTL Vs. Full Truckload: When Does It Make Sense to Go From Full Truckload to LTL and Vice Versa?

    LTL Vs. Full Truckload: When Does It Make Sense to Go From Full Truckload to LTL and Vice Versa?

    Less than truckload (LTL) and full truckload shipping make up to of the dominant types of over the road shipping options. LTL shipping is reserved for shipments that are too large to be considered...

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  • Changi's moderate May for cargo

    Changi's moderate May for cargo

    Singapore Changi Airport's airfreight throughput in May grew "moderately "at 1.8% to reach 180,490 tonnes, compared to the same period last year. As at 1 June 2018, more than 100 airlines operate...

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  • The Next-Generation Logistics Network

    The Next-Generation Logistics Network

    Take a closer look at how UPS is bringing the global smart logistics network to life. Juan Perez | UPS In 2017, UPS aligned its technology and engineering functions into one organization and named...

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  • Airbus Threatens to Leave Britain in Case of No-Deal Brexit

    Airbus Threatens to Leave Britain in Case of No-Deal Brexit

    NewsAviation giant Airbus is threatening to leave Britain if the country exits the European Union without an agreement on trade relations, underscoring the concerns of business leaders who say the...

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  • Logistics sector fears Customs chaos post-Brexit – ‘Cargo won’t move’

    Logistics sector fears Customs chaos post-Brexit – ‘Cargo won’t move’

    A two-year transition period is “not nearly long enough” for the logistics industry to tackle the myriad challenges brought about by Brexit, delegates at the FTA’s Keep Britain Trading event heard...

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  • Report paints cloudy picture of container shipping’s future

    Report paints cloudy picture of container shipping’s future

    London, U.K. — Coinciding with its 50th anniversary, leading international freight transport insurer TT Club, in conjunction with global management consulting firm McKinsey, have published ‘Brave...

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  • Baltic Index Slips to Two-week Low

    Baltic Index Slips to Two-week Low

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index on Thursday fell to its lowest level in two weeks, pulled down by falling rates for capesize and panamax vessels.The overall index, which tracks rates...

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  • Nestlé en XPO Logistics bouwen meest geavanceerde dc ter wereld

    Nestlé en XPO Logistics bouwen meest geavanceerde dc ter wereld

    Voedingsconcern Nestlé en logistiek dienstverlener XPO Logistics hebben de handen ineen geslagen voor de realisatie van wat wordt genoemd het meest moderne en geavanceerde distributiecentrum ter...

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  • Full Truckload, Parcel, LTL, Intermodal…Oh My! How to Manage All Over the Road Modes Effectively

    Full Truckload, Parcel, LTL, Intermodal…Oh My! How to Manage All Over the Road Modes Effectively

    Surging e-commerce, demand for faster and cheaper shipping, and unrelenting demand for superior customer service are enough to make any shippers has been, but as shipping costs soar throughout...

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  • New Boost for Dutch Rail Freight Transport

    New Boost for Dutch Rail Freight Transport

    Various parties active in the rail freight transport sector have reached agreement with State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven about an incentives package that is intended to make rail freight...

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  • CMA CGM set to buy European shortsea specialist Containerships

    CMA CGM set to buy European shortsea specialist Containerships

    Shipping consolidation continues apace with CMA CGM announcing it is to acquire European shortsea specialist Containerships. The announcement follows the signing of an agreement between CMA and...

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  • MSC to axe prestigious Eagle service as pressure grows on transpacific rates

    MSC to axe prestigious Eagle service as pressure grows on transpacific rates

    The world’s two biggest container lines, Maersk Line and MSC, are closing a number of services on their networks in an attempt to plug losses and regain profitability in the final half of the...

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  • Air cargo feels the heat as US trucking rates soar after controversial ELD rule

    Air cargo feels the heat as US trucking rates soar after controversial ELD rule

    The mandate for US truckers to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) continues to feed controversy as its repercussions reach beyond domestic surface transport. Air cargo providers are also...

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  • CMA CGM deploys new container tracking solution

    French container transportation and shipping firm CMA CGM has decided to deploy its innovative solution for containers tracking at a larger scale.

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  • Startup Cargoseeker betreedt vrachtmarkt

    Startup Cargoseeker betreedt vrachtmarkt

    Waar bij de meeste vrachtenbeurzen het ingeven van orders door de verladers en het zoeken naar ladingen door de vervoerders nog een handmatig en tijdrovende klus is biedt het nieuwe Cargoseeker...

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  • UPS breidt CNG vloot uit met 730 voertuigen

    UPS breidt CNG vloot uit met 730 voertuigen

    Ups bouwt vijf extra CNG-tankstations en voegt 730 nieuwe CNG-voertuigen toe aan de vloot. Met de investering is 130 miljoen dollar gemoeid.

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  • Weakened Rates Weigh on Baltic index

    Weakened Rates Weigh on Baltic index

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index fell for the second day in a row on Tuesday, pressured by weaker rates for capesize and panamax vessels.The overall index, which tracks rates for ships...

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  • Schiphol local rule for freighter operators rejected

    Schiphol local rule for freighter operators rejected

    The Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management has rejected the 'local rule' proposal for Amsterdam's slot-constrained Schiphol Airport. The proposed rule would have given freighter...

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  • Cass Freight Index Report is strong again in May

    Cass Freight Index Report is strong again in May

    The most recent edition of the Cass Freight Index Report from Cass Information Systems pointed to an ongoing thesis describing the state of the United States freight economy as “extraordinarily...

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  • PostNL delivering on emissions-free plans

    PostNL delivering on emissions-free plans

    PostNL will be making all its post and parcel deliveries in the city centre of Leeuwarden, the provincial capital of Friesland, using by "emission free" means.

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  • Qatar Airways Cargo Fleet Review

    Qatar Airways Cargo Fleet Review

    The fast expanding Middle East air cargo market is said by some to be slowing down somewhat and forcing carriers based there to take a new look at their cargo fleets. Qatar Airways Cargo ...

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  • Maersk Container Industry consolidates reefer container manufacturing

    Maersk Container Industry consolidates reefer container manufacturing

    To better suit market needs, Maersk Container Industry announces that is has taken the decision to consolidate its manufacturing of reefer containers in the company’s original facility in Qingdao...

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  • Carrier hopes for price hikes tumble with spot rate declines on major routes

    Carrier hopes for price hikes tumble with spot rate declines on major routes

    Container spot rates seem to have shrugged off carriers’ attempts to add an emergency bunker surcharge (EBS). And there are doubts emerging as to whether the lines can secure peak season...

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  • Brussels Airport cargo community the early bird with blockchain launch

    Brussels Airport cargo community the early bird with blockchain launch

    Brussels Airport and its community have become one of the first air cargo organisations to implement blockchain technology. Forming the basis of its Landsite Management Tool, blockchain will be...

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  • Madrid: fastest-growing cargo airport

    Madrid: fastest-growing cargo airport

    A report from LogIndex, the data company that is part of freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel Group, has ranked the world’s airports according to their airfreight growth rates on a moving 12-month...

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  • Why Supply Chains Need Blockchain

    Why Supply Chains Need Blockchain

    Ants – yes, ants – can teach us a thing or two about how blockchain could revolutionize supply chains. Larry Gee | San Jose State University In early 2013, a number of grocery stores in the UK...

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  • Rotterdam Joins Start-ups for Port of the Future

    Rotterdam Joins Start-ups for Port of the Future

    The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed partnership agreements with four recent participants in the annual PortXL innovation programme. The products developed by these promising start-ups range...

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  • Oosterhout Container Terminal Joins West-Brabant Corridor

    Oosterhout Container Terminal Joins West-Brabant Corridor

    Oosterhout Container Terminal (OCT) has now joined the West-Brabant corridor, the partnership launched in February 2018 between deep-sea terminals, inland shipping companies and inland terminals...

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  • CAPA: retired B747s could help solve cargo capacity crunch

    CAPA: retired B747s could help solve cargo capacity crunch

    A report from CAPA – Centre for Aviation – published earlier this month indicates that with airfreight demand on the up, the conversion of retired Boeing B747-400 passenger aircraft could help...

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  • Cascading of bigger box ships brings headaches for vessel planners

    Cascading of bigger box ships brings headaches for vessel planners

    Some 30 ships with an average capacity of 11,700 teu will be replaced by larger newbuild tonnage on the Asia-Europe and transpacific tradelanes this year, according to ClipperMaritime’s cascade...

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  • Alibaba picks Emirates to make global 72hr delivery a reality

    Alibaba picks Emirates to make global 72hr delivery a reality

    Alibaba’s logistics arm, Cainiao, has teamed up with Emirates SkyCargo as it looks to fulfil its pledge to complete domestic Chinese orders within 24hrs and global orders in 72hrs. Alibaba...

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  • Stronger Rates Lift Baltic Index for Third Day

    Stronger Rates Lift Baltic Index for Third Day

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for the third consecutive session on Thursday supported by stronger rates across capesize...

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  • Kuehne + Nagel to open a new site in East Midlands Gateway

    Kuehne + Nagel to open a new site in East Midlands Gateway

    London / UK, 11 June 2018 – Kuehne + Nagel has agreed a 15-year lease on almost 200,000 sq. ft. of space at the Segro Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway.  The new facility will be developed on...

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  • HMM launches China-Australia Express Service

    HMM launches China-Australia Express Service

    [Seoul, Korea, June 14, 2018] HMM announced that it is launching a new premium China-Australia express service, under the name ‘A1X (Australia No.1 Express) with global carriers, Evergreen and...

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  • The axe falls at DHL as PeP division is revamped after a poor first quarter

    The axe falls at DHL as PeP division is revamped after a poor first quarter

    DHL is revamping its Post-ecommerce-Parcel (PeP) division after disappointing first-quarter results. The first casualty looks to be former head of the division Jürgen Gerdes, who led PeP for a...

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  • Rakuten Super Logistics increases investments in advanced technology

    Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) has announced it continues to expand its investments in state-of-the-art logistics technology, with the goals of managing costs and maximizing delivery efficiency for...

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  • DB Cargo goes digital

    DB Cargo goes digital

    Railway cargo carrier DB Cargo has launched a digital rail services system, myRailportal, using the AX4 logistics platform from Siemens subsidiary AXIT to provide customers with visibility of rail...

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  • Baltic Index Rises on Higher Large Vessel Rates

    Baltic Index Rises on Higher Large Vessel Rates

    The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for a second day this week on Wednesday, helped by higher rates across capesize and...

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  • IATA: April sees fuel prices pick up and load factors decline

    IATA: April sees fuel prices pick up and load factors decline

    The latest Airlines Financial Monitor from IATA indicates that cargo load factors have dropped back to levels last seen at the start of 2017. Across the air cargo industry, the freight load factor...

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  • Hamburg and Rotterdam lead the way in call for data sharing among ports

    Hamburg and Rotterdam lead the way in call for data sharing among ports

    Two of Europe’s largest container gateways, Rotterdam and Hamburg, today revealed that they have been involved in ‘unprecedented levels of collaboration’. Joyce Bliek, director of digital business...

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  • What You Need to Know About Full Truckload Freight Allocation

    What You Need to Know About Full Truckload Freight Allocation

    Poor visibility in freight allocation is a leading reason shippers experience difficulty in managing freight, and this problem is evidence of a disconnect between the person managing freight and...

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  • Cargo handling industry looks for real-time visibility and connectivity to improve efficiency and productivity

    Cargo handling industry looks for real-time visibility and connectivity to improve efficiency and productivity

    The cargo handling industry increasingly explores cloud-based, collaborative data sharing platforms to provide real-time visibility and connectivity required to improve efficiency and...

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  • European airport's freight growth continues in April

    European airport's freight growth continues in April

    ACI Europe, the European airport trade association, has reported a continuing “robust growth trend” during April, with freight traffic across European gateways up 3.9% over the same month of...

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  • More freight services out of China as Kerry and Damco announce new rail routes

    More freight services out of China as Kerry and Damco announce new rail routes

    One Belt, One Road is continuing its inexorable march into Europe, with both Damco and Kerry announcing new rail freight services out of China. Kerry’s westbound service will leave from...

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  • Australian Post Report: Online Shopping Tops $21.3b in 2017

    Australian Post Report: Online Shopping Tops $21.3b in 2017

    Australians spent A$21.3 billion (US$16.3b) last year on online shopping - an 18.7% increase compared with 2016 - Australia Post said in its annual Inside Australian Online Shopping ...

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  • Top 50 Air Freight Forwarders 2018

    Top 50 Air Freight Forwarders 2018

    Top 50 Air Freight Forwarders 2018 - Based on the figures from analyst Armstrong & Associates showing the world’s top airfreight forwarders. Check out the ControlPay hub for daily logistics news.

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  • Kerry Logistics launches rail and road freight services from China to Caucasus and Turkey

    Kerry Logistics launches rail and road freight services from China to Caucasus and Turkey

    Kerry Logistics is launching new cross-border rail and trucking services running from China through Kazakhstan to Caucasus and Turkey.

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  • Supply Chain 2018 Mid-Year Analysis: What’s Happened and What’s Still to Come

    Supply Chain 2018 Mid-Year Analysis: What’s Happened and What’s Still to Come

    As we enter the last half of 2018, companies will continue to turn to technology to increase efficiencies while at the same time begin addressing industry constraints such as the electronic...

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  • US Container Imports to Hit Record: NRF

    US Container Imports to Hit Record: NRF

    Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to set record numbers this summer and fall even as the debate over trade and tariffs continues in Washington, according to the...

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  • AAR reports annual gains for U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes in May

    Carloads were up 3.2%, or 41,078 units, annually to 1,319,420, and intermodal containers and trailers rose 6.6%, or 86,010 units, to 1,398,203.

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  • Freight rail sector affirms commitment to local communities in letter to mayors

    Privately funded industry documents its strong safety record and outreach programs, updates key constituency on technological innovation occurring across network

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  • Container spot rates in retreat as ‘gung-ho’ carriers jockey for market share

    Container spot rates in retreat as ‘gung-ho’ carriers jockey for market share

    The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) lost a cumulative 2.8% this week as container spot rates on the transpacific and Asia-South America trades went into retreat. The SCFI’s...

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  • Market insight: As Flexport focuses on market share, can it match its ambitions?

    Market insight: As Flexport focuses on market share, can it match its ambitions?

    After discussing last week how much Flexport could be worth under three different scenarios for revenue growth, profitability and funding mix, I now find myself in the unenviable position of...

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  • Air cargo must adopt truly open modern standards and accelerate adoption

    Air cargo must adopt truly open modern standards and accelerate adoption

    Inspired by The Loadstar’s recent interview with Lufthansa Cargo’s Alexis von Hoensbroech, the founder of Freightos, Zvi Schreiber, looks at which directions the air carrier market needs to evolve...

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  • Daimler Trucks launches e-mobility organisation

    Daimler Trucks launches e-mobility organisation

    Daimler Trucks is creating global organisation for e-mobility, including a new leadership function, as well as opening a research centre in the US for automated truck research. The company has...

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  • DHL eyes first services to the US from Leipzig with its European airline, EAT

    DHL eyes first services to the US from Leipzig with its European airline, EAT

    European Air Transport (EAT) Leipzig, DHL’s European airline, is planning its first services to the US. The carrier filed an application on Tuesday to the US Department of Transportation for a...

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  • Box terminals fare better financially than their carrier customers, but can it last?

    Box terminals fare better financially than their carrier customers, but can it last?

    The container terminal industry has been able to navigate around a predicted ‘perfect storm’ in Q1, but are there more dark clouds on the horizon? While reported losses by ocean carriers in...

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  • Kuehne + Nagel goes the final mile with Zebraxx partnership deal

    Kuehne + Nagel goes the final mile with Zebraxx partnership deal

    Kuehne + Nagel is set to expand its capabilities in the final-mile delivery sector, signing a partnership deal with logistics services solutions provider Zebraxx. The agreement will enable K+N to...

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  • Comment: How to make sense of the digitalisation of the ports industry

    Comment: How to make sense of the digitalisation of the ports industry

    The latest Loadstar LongRead, on ports and technology, examines the challenges of digitisation in the sector. It seems making sense of container supply chains has become virtually impossible. It...

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  • DHL Global Forwarding looks to expand dedicated freighter service

    DHL Global Forwarding looks to expand dedicated freighter service

    DHL Global Forwarding (DHL GF) is looking at addition routes with dedicated freighters, providing steady and predictable cargo uplift on trunk routes for customers as demand continues to outpace...

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  • Kerry Logistics buys logistics firm Saga Italia

    Kerry Logistics Network has purchased a majority interest in Milan-based logistics firm, Saga Italia, for an undisclosed sum.