January 2013

Rail package disappoints forwarders

CLECAT, the European freight forwarders' association says that it is disappointed that the European Commission has backtracked from plans to impose separation of the infrastructure management and railway operations, in its long awaited Fourth Railway Package. It said the proposal would allow incumbent rail freight operators to keep their holding structures, making separation ‘optional’. Clecat director-general Nicolette van der Jagt said:  “the Commission has clearly considered the political ramifications of its ... [+]

Record reunion for freight family

The WCA group of independent forwarders says that it is expecting over 2,500 companies to gather in Bangkok on 3-10 March at what has become the largest logistics networking event in the world. In 2012 a total of 2,080 paying delegates registered and attended the conference, but demand in 2013 ... [+]

Home help boosts UPS

UPS shrugged off its disappointment over its failed takeover of TNT to announce record earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 2012 of $1.32 and $4.53 respectively, led by a strong US domestic performance. UPS chairman and CEO Scott Davis said that while “2012 presented its challenges, most notably weak global ... [+]

Supercar, super service

IAG Cargo, the single business created by British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, moved a monster car to Hong Kong on its freight service recently. The twin turbo, 720 horsepower Pagani Huarya travelled from Frankfurt to Hong Kong on IAG's B747-8F freighter service, in conjunction with Dusseldorf-based Globaltrans International ... [+]

New VP for Emirates Skycargo

Emirates SkyCargo has appointed Moaza Al Falahi as vice president cargo business and product development, managing the SkyCargo product line. She originally enrolled on the company’s graduate training programme for UAE Nationals with the Information Technology department and later worked with SkyCargo as a performance development manger. [+]

AV Dawson rail terminal open for business

North-east logistics operator AV Dawson has opened the first £2.6m phase of its Tees Riverside Intermodal Park (TRIP) on the banks of the River Tees. The terminal is the first phase of AV Dawson’s £10m infrastructure expansion and follows a 25% increase in its container business at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Park. It ... [+]

Fedex forwarding arm in Bangkok

FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding arm of the express parcels giant, has opened its first office in Thailand. The new Bangkok site brings the number of Asia-Pacific forwarding locations to 17. [+]

EU formally vetoes TNT takeover

The European Union formally vetoed UPS's planned takeover of rival TNT Express on 30 January. UPS's divestment plan was insufficient, said Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia. UPS had already announced that it was abandoning its takeover plan in the face of Brussels' opposition. [+]

London Gateway prompts logistics rethink

The availability of the London Gateway port and logistics park may prompt a supply chain rethink by manufacturing giant Kimberley-Clark. Speaking at the recent Logistics Leaders Network Forum, hosted by London Gateway Kimberley-Clark's European supply chain director Peter Surtees said that Project Sphinx, a collaborative initiative led by Kimberley-Clark, in which ... [+]

More trucks to the Benelux

Twente Express has made a £500,000 investment in additional trucks and trailers. The Brownhills, West Midlands-based company operates daily departures between the UK and the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, specialising in the express delivery of parcels, pallets, part and full trailer loads. Following a 16% increase in revenues in 2012, Twente ... [+]

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