February 2013

Air cargo industry call for customs push

The Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) is calling for customs procedures to be a key part of international trade talks and, if necessary, for trade f acilitation to be dealt with separately from other, more controversial aspects of the ongoing discussions. GACAG said it welcomed an agreement by World Trade Organisation (WTO) aimed at restarting the stalled Doha Round of negotiations, reached on 25 February. The international talks aimed at lowering ... [+]

RSPCA gets hearing over animal exports

The High Court has granted the RSPCA an oral hearing over whether it can take its judicial review application to a full hearing in its case against live animal exports from the port of Ramsgate, reports the Farmers Guardian website. This follows the court's rejection of its application for a ... [+]

Albania signs up for ATA carnets

Albania has introduced the international ATA Carnet system that allows for the temporary duty and tax-free export or import goods for up to one year. ATA Carnets remove the need for exporters to provide customs authorities with guarantees required for goods to cross borders and are commonly used for commercial ... [+]

Shippers Forum in April

The Global Shippers' Forum Annual Meeting, described by the organisers as "the ultimate event for shippers" takes place on 8 and 9 April at the Institute of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London SWP 3AA. There will be a varied programme covering key transport policy issues that affect shippers ... [+]

New agency deal for Safmarine’s project arm

Safmarine owners AP Moller-Maersk is to set up a separate agency network for the line's West African project arm, Safmarine MPV. Safmarine MPV has appointed Socopao South Africa to provide a complete shipping agency service in the South African market and main ports, and to handle the MPV vessels from April. ... [+]

New chief for TNT Express

TNT Express will appoint AkzoNobel Board member Tex Gunning as its new chief executive from 1 June 1. He takes over from Bernard Bot, who has been acting as interim CEO since the departure of former chief executive Marie-Christine Lombard to take up a similar role at French logistics firm ... [+]

Council sued for naimal export ban

Livestock exporters are suing Thanet District Council in the High Court for lost earnings during a now rescinded ban on using the port of Ramsgate last year. The council imposed the temporary ban following an incident in September 2012 in which more than 40 lame sheep had to be put ... [+]

Benefits in bulk from London Gateway

DP World's new London Gateway port says that it is reducing lorry miles on the country's roads even before it has opened. It received 90,000 tonnes of aggregate for the construction of the port’s gate complex, in a single direct delivery by the bulk cargo ship Yeoman Bridge, saving 9,000 ... [+]

APL Logistics chief to step down

APL Logistics president Jim McAdam is to leave the company later this year to pursue new career objectives. APLL owners NOL said that he will remain with the company until a successor has been named. [+]

APM signs Turkey port deal

APM Terminals and Turkish-based Petkim have signed an agreement to build and operate Aegean Gateway Terminal (AGT), which will be one of Turkey’s largest container and general cargo terminal. It will be entirely operated by APM Terminals under a concession agreement with operations expected to start in summer 2015. Petkim’s ... [+]

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