December 2013

business

Descartes acquires Impatex

The UK’s largest and oldest-established customs and freight forwarding software company, Impatex has been acquired by US-based Descartes Systems. Owned by its founder, Peter Day, who launched the company in 1980 and was joined in the business by his wife Sue in 1982, Impatex provides its iCE (Integrated Customs for Europe) Customs processing system for high-volume forwarder users which is progressively replacing its well-established Customs Manager predecessor, in use by hundreds ... [+]
business

Learn to trade with TNT

TNT Express has published ‘The Art of Nimble’, a free white paper to help UK smaller companies take the first step into international trade and exporting. It looks at how understanding supply chains can bring competitive advantage. To download a free copy visit: www.tnt.co.uk/supplychainwhitepaper   [+]
air

Swissport-Servsair merger cleared

The European Commission cleared the merger between the airport ground and cargo handlers Swissport and Servisair on 18 December, conditional on Swissport disposing of its ground handling activities at Birmingham Airport and Servisair's of activities at London Gatwick Newcastle and Helsinki. The executive did not raise any competition concerns over ... [+]
shipping

FCL-LCL partnership

LCL shipping service provider ECU-Line and part of the Indian-owned Avvashya Group has signed a partnership with full-load specialist FCL Marine Agencies Rotterdam, a leading neutral NVO service provider in FCL segment, operating in Europe, USA and Canada. ECU-Line has a network of 90 countries and 200 offices. [+]
shipping

Memorial to Felixstowe ferry tragedy

A memorial has been unveiled at Wolsey Gardens in Felixstowe to the victims of a ferry disaster 31 years ago, the BBC reports. Six people were killed when Townsend Thoresen's European Gateway, capsized after colliding with the British Rail ferry Speedlink Vanguard on the night of 19 December 1982. The Townsend ... [+]
rail

New deputy CEO for Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel has appointed Emmanuel Moulin, currently chief financial and corporate officer for corporate activities, as deputy chief executive officer. He will report to chairman and chief executive officer Jacques Gounon. Pascal Sainson, chief operating officer with responsibility for rail freight, will continue as before, under Emmanuel Moulin.   [+]
business

Chair for software group

Gordon Tutt (right) has taken over from Ken Gower (left) as the chair of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers (AFSS). He is only the third chair for the AFSS; Brian Friday was the original holder when the Association was formed in 1993. Ken Gower has been chairman of the ... [+]
shipping

Project shipping option from Tilbury

NordiKmaritime is offering inducement calls at Tilbury as well as other North European ports to its project and break-bulk shipping service between Bilbao and Esbjerg. It also calls at Nantes, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge Bremen and Hamburg, as well as other Baltic and North Sea destinations, using flexible single hold vessels ... [+]
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Cathay’s new bird touches down in Manchester

Manchester Airport welcomed its first Cathay Pacific 747-8 Freighter from Hong Kong on 19 December. The new aircraft will fly regularly on the Manchester to Hong Kong route and can carry over 130 tonnes of cargo. Manchester Airports Group (MAG)'s commercial director for cargo, Graeme Ferguson, said: “This aircraft offers greater ... [+]
business

New North Europe MD for Geodis

Andrea Metzger has been appointed managing director of Geodis Logistics Northern Europe, which includes Ireland, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. She was latterly MD of Geodis Logistics in Germany.   [+]

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