February 2012

Cabotage under scrutiny again

The European Commission met with stakeholders to discuss further opening of the road freight cabotage market on 28 February. The hearing will provide information for a report to be drafted by the Commission in 2013. Under existing rules, introduced in May 2010, an operator may carry out up to three cabotage operations within seven days after unloading an international consignment. However, the Commission wants to build a Single European Transport Area ... [+]

Beijing airport will be world’s biggest

China is to begin construction this year of a third Beijing airport that would be the busiest in the world, handliong around 5.5m tonnes of cargo and 130m passengers a year. The 2,680-hectare airport, 28 miles south of the capital, would have nine runways.   [+]

Kuehne + Nagel in Chiang Mai

Kuehne + Nagel has opened a new office in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. It is the country’ssecond largest city with a high concentration of consumer electronics manufacturing companies and is home to the country’s leading flowers exporters, as well as a free trade zone.   [+]

London to Guangzhou

China Southern Airlines is to launch Airbus A330-200 passenger flights from London Heathrow to Guangzhou Baiyun in June 2012. The carrier already flies to several continental gateways but has been prevented from flying to Heathrow because of capacity restrictions.   [+]

Syria ban confirmed

EU foreign ministers agreed on 27 February impose further sanctions on Syria, including a ban on all-cargo flights operated by its carriers, along with trade in precious metals and diamonds. The sanctions are aimed at putting pressure on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime which has reportedly killed over 7,000 people in ... [+]

Tilbury terminal expects ERTS soon

The Logistics Terminal’s (TLT) at the Port of Tilbury says that expects shortly to gain ERTS status and is in line to become a major hub for the Olympics. The company says that it is taking up over 10,000 sq ft of space per month at the port-centric hub, one of ... [+]

DHL has 2050 vision

Deutsche Post DHL has taken a far-reaching look into the future of trade, business and society with the publication, on 27 February, of a 'scenario study'. "Delivering Tomorrow: Logistics 2050" outlines five visions of the future and their impact on trade and business. The research is based on a detailed analysis ... [+]

Norbert motors on

Norbert Dentressangle has a warehousing and transport contract with Honda Trading Europe for a further three years Honda Trading Europe (HTE) is a subsidiary of the Honda Motoring Corporation which manages the supply of parts from the Far East into the company’s UK manufacturing operations. The logistics specialist said the renewal “reflects ... [+]

British forwarder behind bars in Texas

Retired freight forwarder February is behind the razor wire of Otero County Prison in the heat of the Texas desert after finally being extradited to the US to face charges of attempting to illegally export batteries for Iranian missiles. Mr Tappin, a former director of Orpington-based Brooklands Freight Services, has been ... [+]

NYK ugrades India and Pakistan route

NYK Line said on 24 February that it was introducing an enhanced service between the Indian subcontinent and Europe. The weekly IOS service replaces the current Epic service from the end of March (northbound) and from late April (southbound). UK call for the new route is Tilbury instead of Southampton. ... [+]

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