February 2018

Arctic could be China’s link to Europe

Finland and Norway say they will push forward with plans for an ‘Arctic Corridor’ which they say could offer the shortest route between Asia and Europe, the EUObserver website reports. Under the plan, ships from Asia will off-load in Kirkenes or other northern Norwegian ports with goods transported by rail thereafter via Finland, through a new tunnel to Estonia and from there to central Europe. The scheme would involve building 500km ... [+]

Europa in search for telesales talent

Europa Worldwide Group  is to increase its telesales team, based at Minworth, Birmingham, by 50% during 2018 to support its air and sea, road, warehousing and showfreight divisions. Telesales manager, Sonal Patel, explained: “Telesales is an integral aspect of the business and it’s not just time spent on the phone; ... [+]

Dachser blends in Italian food specialist

Dachser has completed its acquisition of Italian food logistics provider Papp Italia. The German-owned family forwarding and transport company acquired a 50% share in Italian in Papp Italia back in 2012 following two years of collaboration and then, in 2017, . acquired the company outright. The transition to Dachser systems and renaming ... [+]

Grand theft porto-cabin

Smart-Space, one of the UK's leading manufacturers and installers of re-locatable structures, says it was the victim of sabotage at the IntraLogisteX event at Coventry's Ricoh Arena, where it was sponsoring a café area. CCTV coverage from before the event shows an individual from a competitor's stand dismantling the Smart-Space marketing ... [+]

Northern Ireland could remain part of EU customs territory, says report – updated

Northern Ireland may be considered part of European Union customs territory after Brexit, says the BBC and quoting a report by Irish broadcaster RTE. It says it is contained in a draft legal text due to be published by the European Commission tomorrow (28 February). The text apparently refers to “a ... [+]

Manchester comes to Felixstowe

Maersk Line’s latest Triple-E vessel, the Manchester Maersk has made her maiden UK in Felixstowe. The 20,000teu ship and her sisters operate between Asia and Europe and are named after important cities in major Maersk markets. While the new ship is clearly far too big to get up the Manchester Ship ... [+]

High speed freight firm gets green certificate

Lufthansa Group’s high speed freight specialist arm time:matters has been awarded ISO 14001 environmental management joining its parent, which has already been ISO certified since 2008. In March of this year time:matters will begin trialling electric vehicles at Frankfurt Airport. [+]

Bullet creates Baillieston jobs

Scottish-based Bullet Express has created ten jobs at its pallet storage site at Baillieston. Bullet, which moved to the site in 2016, is now offering pick and pack operations and electronic breakdown teams creating 12 jobs in the last 4 weeks with more in the pipeline . Managing director David McCutcheon ... [+]

UPS to sue Brussels for billions over failed TNT deal

UPS said on 26 February that it plans to sue the European Commission over its blocking of its planned takeover of Dutch-headquartered operator TNT five years ago. It follows the General Court of the European Union annulation of the Commission regulators’ decision last year on the grounds that they had used ... [+]

Electronic customs plans are fantasy, says Labour Transport chief – updated

Suggestions by the government that an electronic system can somehow solve all the problems of getting trucks in and out of the country are “fantasy”, said Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald. In answer to a question at the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group on 26 February about whether any ... [+]

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