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  • SM Line signs intermodal deal with Union Pacific

    OMAHA, Nebraska: July 26, 2017. Union Pacific has signed a partnership agreement with SM Line for intermodal rail distribution from Pier A at the Port of Long Beach. Owned by the South Korea-based Samra Midas Group, SM Line launched in December 2016 after the company acquiring the Hanjin Shipping terminal at Seoul Incheon. Since then the rapidly expanding container line has launched services to East and West India, China and the U.S. with its first Long Beach call in April. The company now has more than 20 ships and 78,000 TEUs. "International intermodal is typically a mature business; we're used Read More
  • Customs app a hit at Brussels

    BRUSSELS: July 23, 2017. A new Customs Export app is proving popular among the BRUcargo forwarding community at Brussels Airport following a launch at the beginning of July. According to BRUcargo (right) over 25 companies, responsible for 90 percent of its 650,000 tons of annual cargo traffic, have confirmed they will roll out the app in the next few weeks. The application, part of the BRUcloud open community platform, combines manifest information with newly-added forwarder data to provide a complete filing report to Customs. "This collaboratively created app results in a lower administrative burden for all the parties. Digitization within Read More
  • SAL Heavy Lift joins with Combi Lift

    BREMEN/HAMBURG: July 27, 2017. Shipowner Harren & Partner (H&P) is to purchase SAL Heavy Lift from the 'K' Line Group for an undisclosed sum. Part of 'K' Line since 2011, SAL operates a fleet of 15 heavylift vessels and combined with H&P's Combi Lift subsidiary will increase its capacity to 26 ships - ranging from multipurpose (300 ton crane capacity) to offshore construction with a combined crane capacity of up to 2,000 tons. Founded in 1980 SAL is one of the world's leading heavylift and project cargo carriers. Its offshore subsidiary, SAL Offshore, develops and supplies installation solutions for the oil Read More
  • Samskip to buy Nor Lines

    ROTTERDAM: July 25, 2017. Multimode logistics services company Samskip is to acquire Nor Lines from the DSD Group to expand its shipping, transport and logistics business in Norway. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and are subject to approval by the country's regulators. With an annual turnover of €110 million, Nor Lines operates terminals, road haulage, warehousing and seven multi-purpose vessels - including two Rolls Royce Marine-designed LNG-powered RoRo units that were delivered in 2015. The vessels eliminate NOx emissions, minimize SOx emissions and, in per ton/km terms, produce 70 percent lower CO2 emissions than the equivalent truck freight move. Read More
  • Turkish Cargo supports perishables exporters

    ISTANBUL: July 21, 2017. Phuket has become Turkish Airlines 300th destination with the launch of a four times weekly passenger service plus A330 freighter capacity from Istanbul on July 17. Turkish Cargo has also begun shipping fish from Bodrum on the Aegean Sea to Kuwait via a B737-800 passenger service for same-day delivery to consumers in Kuwait City. One of the leading fish farms in the Bodrum region is Kılıç that has expanded in the past 20 years and now produces 40,000 tons of Mediterranean Sea Bream and Sea Bass, Meagre, Rainbow Trout and Bluefin Tuna. With a turnover of Read More
  • America’s largest trade gateway aims for near-zero emissions

    SAN PEDRO BAY, CA: July 19, 2017. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, America's two largest ports, have published a plan to reduce trucks and terminal equipment emissions "to zero or near-zero" levels by 2035 at an estimated cost of US$7-US$14 billion. The two ports handle approximately 40 percent of all U.S. containerized import traffic and 25 percent of its exports. Their updated Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. A shopping list of objectives planned to launch next Read More
  • United Cargo increases revenue

    CHICAGO: July 18, 2017. United Airlines has reported a 39.1 percent increase in net profit to US$818 million for the second quarter 2017 on a 6.4 percent rise in revenue to US$10 billion compared to the same period last year. Revenue from Cargo rose 22.1 percent in the quarter to reach US$254 million and 18 percent in the first half of the year to total US$474 million. United expects its 2017 capacity to increase 2.5-3.5 percent year-over-year. "The positive financial and operational performance this past quarter demonstrates that United is firmly on the right path," said CEO Oscar Munoz. "No Read More
  • Post-Brexit Britain to rely on emerging markets?

    BAAR, Switzerland: July 19, 2017. As Britain's Conservative government acknowledges the one-time cost of leaving the EU could be £66 billion, Agility Logistics expects the country "will try to spark its economy through trade with emerging markets" after March 2019. In a report produced in conjunction with analyst Transport Intelligence, Agility says the more difficult the divorce, the more likely Britain will seek quick trade deals with Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Brazil. China and India, it notes, "have the muscle to press the UK for significant concessions and [deals] are unlikely to be hashed out rapidly." Read More
  • DHL Vietnam delivery goes electric

    HO CHI MINH City, Vietnam: July 17, 2017. DHL eCommerce has launched a nationwide domestic delivery operation including the use of electric motorbikes for last-mile delivery. The company is offering nationwide coverage to SMEs with next-day delivery in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. "Practical innovation lies at the core of our domestic delivery networks all around Southeast Asia, and Vietnam is no exception with its fleet of environmentally-friendly electric motorbikes already in action on the streets," said DHL eCommerce Vietnam managing director Thomas Harris. Last year Vietnamese consumers spent US$1 billion on eCommerce transactions despite only 50 percent of the Read More
  • Bahri and Bolloré build a business

    RIYADH: July 18, 2017. The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) is setting up a joint venture with Group Bolloré to provide end-to-end logistics and supply chain solutions throughout the GCC. With an initial capital of SAR15 million, the joint venture will leverage Bolloré's global reach and logistics platform and Bahri's local logistics expertise and fleet of multi-purpose vessels. The new company will be called Bahri Bolloré Logistics with Bahri owning 60 percent of the shares and Bollore the remaining 40 percent. Both companies have agreed to increase the share capital to SAR30 million following incorporation that is expected Read More
  • How to avoid digging with spoons

    Fred Smith, founder, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp. says new technology and innovation can be a force for good rather than to feared: "Legend has it that well-known 20th-century economist Milton Friedman once visited a canal-building site in China where thousands of people were digging with shovels to complete the project. Friedman asked the foreman why they didn't bring in heavy equipment to get the job done better and faster. The foreman told him that would put a lot of people out of work. 'In that case, why not have them dig with spoons?' Friedman said. "Despite the many Read More
  • Freightweek news update Week 29

    LONDON: July 21, 2017 - In response to demand on its North Sea route from Rotterdam (Europoort) to Harwich (UK), Stena Line is replacing its current RORO capacity with larger vessels. Read more: North_Sea.pdf WILMINGTON, NC: July 20, 2017. North Carolina Ports and CSX will begin a daily, intermodal rail service between Wilmington and Charlotte from July 28, 2017. This double stacked train, dubbed the Queen City Express, marks the official return of intermodal rail to North Carolina Ports. Read more: intermodal.pdf BASEL: July 20, 2017. Panalpina has reported a consolidated a net profit of CHF29.9 million for the first half of 2017 Read More
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Written on 27/07/2017, 17:55
supply-chain-staff-crisis-warns-dhlBONN: July 26, 2017. A report sponsored by DHL Supply Chain into a shortage of industry talent says as much as a third of the current workforce is at or...
Written on 25/07/2017, 20:14
dp-world-australia-wins-cosco-endorsementSYDNEY: July 25, 2017. DP World Australia has set up a logistics stevedoring subsidiary DP World Logistics Australia and full-service container park...
Written on 25/07/2017, 19:40
bollore-signs-new-cameroon-concessionKRIBI, Cameroon: July 25, 2017. CMA CGM and Bolloré Transport & Logistics have signed a 25-year concession to manage a new container terminal at the...
Written on 21/07/2017, 19:35
new-india-tax-will-mean-savings-say-expertsDELHI: July 21, 2017. The implementation of a new Goods and Services tax (GST) in India, as a replacement for a myriad of local and state levies, has...
Written on 20/07/2017, 22:27
america-s-largest-trade-gateway-aims-for-near-zero-emissionsSAN PEDRO BAY, CA: July 19, 2017. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, America's two largest ports, have published a plan to reduce trucks and...
Written on 19/07/2017, 17:41
post-brexit-britain-to-rely-on-emerging-marketsBAAR, Switzerland: July 19, 2017. As Britain's Conservative government acknowledges the one-time cost of leaving the EU could be £66 billion, Agility...

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