July 2014

Freight forwarding: big challenges ahead

The freight forwarding market is facing major challenges as it fights to stay viable in a changing global environment, according to the latest report from Transport Intelligence (Ti). In its ‘Global Freight Forwarding 2014’, Ti says that the value of the market has fallen 3.3% since 2012. Moreover, “troubling capacity concerns within the air and sea freight markets” combined with manufacturers moving away from globalisation and towards regionalisation will need a ... [+]

Transport Security Expo now open

Registration is now open for Transport Security Expo 2014 at Olympia National, London on 2- 3 December. The event brings together international experts and offers a wide range of educational experiences as wsell as showcasing the leading technologies and products. See: [+]

Virgin sheds the pounds

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has taken delivery of its first 800 of 1,050 lightweight air cargo containers being delivered ovedr the next few weeks. The airline will ultimately replace all 3,200 of its LD3 units. The first phase of its new composite container fleet will enable Virgin Atlantic to achieve further ... [+]

Port conference in September

DB Schenker Rail UK will hold its third annual Intermodal Port Conference on Wednesday 3 September at Eastwood Hall Hotel in Nottingham. The key note speech will be given by its CEO, Geoff Spencer. The event will include sessions on ‘The World in 2020’, providing attendees with invaluable insight into ... [+]

Tilbury wins Zeebrugge link

SCS Multiport is to add a twice-weekly call in Zeebrugge to its existing service between Amsterdam and Tilbury. It will cater for Far East transhipment and continental traffic. The new regular service, which begins on 3 August, follows a strategic agreement between the ports to offer Far East deep sea ... [+]

More UK firms need to export, says FedEx survey

Only a quarter of UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are internationally active, according to the Great British Export Report, published by international logistics firm FedEx Express today (31 July). The survey of 1,000 British firms found that while many SMEs were exploring overseas sales, there is still a great ... [+]

Norbert Dentressangle buys US firm

French-owned forwarding and logistics company Norbert Dentressangle is to buy Des Moines, Indiana-based transport and logistics firm Jacobson from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital for $750 million. The deal, which is expected to close mid-September 2014, is subject to regulatory approvals. Founded in 1968 Jacobson is described as one ... [+]

AEO falls short of expectations, says ESC

The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) complained that there was integrated vision for AEOs (Authorised Economic Operators) at either the European Union or national customs administrations, in its ‘AEO manifesto’ to the European Commission presented on 30 July. The manifesto gives an indication of how, five years after the introduction of ... [+]

Hamburg Sud opens Nanjing office

Hamburg Süd is opening an office in Nanjing, China which will take over from the Ben Line agency. The new Nanjing office will be responsible for all Hamburg Süd operations in the Yangtze area, the ports of Chongqing and Wuhan, and also Lianyungang. [+]

Logwin gets essential aid to Central Africa

Freight forwarder Logwin supported a Save the Children project to provide urgent aid to the Central African Republic in early July, moving ten tonnes of medical supplies from Amsterdam to the capital, Bangui. The country has been a state of civil war for almost 18 months and hundreds of thousands of ... [+]

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