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Making sense of the supply chain

  • EU could ban 37 airlines from carrying cargo to Europe on security grounds

    EU could ban 37 airlines from carrying cargo to Europe on security grounds

    Thirty-seven airlines, as well as aviation-related companies, will not be allowed to carry or handle cargo going to the EU after 29 March 2019, if the EU fails to create a new ACC3 designator...

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  • Whitehall ‘lays bare the grisly prospects’ for supply chains of a no-deal Brexit

    Industry associations have reacted badly to the UK government’s latest round of technical notices explaining what will happen if the UK leaves the EU with ‘no deal’. The Road Haulage Association...

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  • CMA CGM and MSC follow Maersk with bunker surcharges for IMO 2020

    MSC and CMA CGM have followed Maersk Line in announcing plans for surcharges to recover the cost of compliance with the IMO’s 2020 0.5% sulphur cap regulations. The French carrier said that...

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  • India’s forwarders eye more use of barges to reduce logistics costs

    India’s government and logistics operators are looking to barges to bring down the cost and improve the routing of domestic cargo. Promoting the use of barges was welcomed by the Federation of...

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  • E-commerce boom may be the key to attracting India’s youth into logistics

    Indian logistics operators need to do more to attract the younger generation into the industry, delegates at this week’s FIATA World Congress in Delhi were told. As the country’s infrastructure is...

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  • Analysis: a Schenker IPO on the board’s agenda at Deutsche Bahn?

    Corporate Germany and its financiers have never been busier: Deutsche Post-DHL last week announced a restructuring of its PeP unit; Thyssenkrupp has this month decided to spin off its shipbuilding...

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  • Birkir Hólm Guðnason to take CEO chair at Samskip

    Following the resignation of Pálmar Óli Magnússon as chief executive, Samskip, the Icelandic shipping line and perishable logistics specialist, has appointed Birkir Hólm Guðnason (pictured above)...

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  • Fearful US importers brace for clearance stumbles in third tariff round

    As the US implements the third stage of tariffs in the escalating trade conflict with China, logistics providers and importers are concerned whether systems in the US will be ready to cope with...

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  • Suspicious shippers urge Maersk rethink on new fuel surcharge plan

    Shippers have joined forwarders in condemning Maersk’s plan for new fuel surcharges to help recover the additional costs of low-sulphur marine fuel, to be introduced in January. The new charges,...

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  • 2M ‘white knight’ sails to the rescue of ailing Asia-Europe trade

    2M ‘white knight’ sails to the rescue of ailing Asia-Europe trade

    The 2M’s decision this month to remove 6% of westbound capacity on the Asia-North Europe tradelane will not be enough to push up freight rates, but should “temper the decline”, said...

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  • Xpediator reports strong growth, rising profit and an eye for the next takeover

    UK-based freight forwarder and road freight operator Xpediator will continue to scout for acquisition opportunities after reporting a 60.7% increase in first-half revenue and 44.2% year-on-year...

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  • ‘Be more vigilant’ message to forwarders on potentially dangerous shipments

    Forwarders need to improve levels of due diligence to avert the risks to cargo security, with e-commerce lowering the industry’s barrier to entry. Senior loss prevention executive at TT Club Mike...

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  • Swissport expands handling footprint in Germany with Apron acquisition

    Air cargo handler Swissport has acquired rival Apron GmbH in Stuttgart, making the city its second largest German hub after Frankfurt. The acquisition gives it a “large scale cargo warehouse” and...

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  • Chinese company reshaping the world leaves a troubled trail

    Behind China’s multi-faceted Belt and Road initiative sits the state-owned China Communications Construction Co (CCCC), the largest construction contractor of the myriad infrastructure projects...

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  • Carriers cannot afford to ‘sit on their hands’ as Asia-Europe spot rates tumble

    Container spot rates between Asia and North Europe have tumbled by around 18% since the beginning of the month, as the peak season gives way to weaker demand months. The Shanghai Containerized...

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  • DFDS revamps service network from Norway, adding capacity and new call

    DFDS has announced plans to shake-up its service network connecting the UK, Norway and continental Europe. The revamp will, effectively, merge its Brevik-Immingham and Brevik-Ghent services into...

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  • Air charter brokers brace for a bumpy ride in the final quarter

    Air charter brokers are bracing for an uncertain fourth quarter, uncertain whether this year’s peak season will match that seen 12 months ago. Jamie Peters, director of air charter provider Hunt &...

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  • Warning to forwarders as appetite for fake goods will rise alongside trade war tariffs

    Forwarders must protect themselves from the risk of shipping counterfeit goods, trade in which is forecast to increase. The business of fakes is expected to get a boost from the next round of...

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  • Maersk confirms merger of MCC Transport Seago and Sealand

    Maersk confirms merger of MCC Transport Seago and Sealand

    Maersk Line today confirmed it would wrap its three intra-regional brands, MCC Transport Seago and Sealand, into one operating unit. Maersk said the new entity, branded Sealand – A Maersk Company,...

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  • Comment: When should importers start shopping for Christmas shopping?

    There comes a point in every peak season when western importers, especially retailers desperate to get their goods onto the shelves to catch the Christmas shopping frenzy, have to ask themselves:...

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