December 2016

Is Calais Wall the freight industry’s Maginot Line?

Work on a UK-financed €2.7m, 4-metre high wall around the port of Calais was completed in December, but it was no cause for celebration, said chair of the All Party Group on Freight Transport, Rob Flello. The Stoke-on-Trent South MP said the problem of illegal migrants trying to steal on board UK-bound trucks, and intimidation of drivers, could only be solved by “boots on the ground, police or military, to protect ... [+]

Forget sleighs – pallet firms are delivering Xmas this year

The Palletways network in the UK is on course for  an industry record number of pallets this Christmas. Having move a total of 500,000 pallets in November, this has now risen to around 850,000, said managing director Dave Walmsley. The month started with a record week of 117,000 pallets handled. ... [+]

Hutchison signs Ukraine port deal

Managing director Hutchison Ports Europe Clemence Cheng and Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop Chornomorsk port. Chornomorsk is one of the largest ports in the Black Sea handling a range of cargo including containers, ferries, general and bulk cargoes in the south-west ... [+]

New cargo chief for Air France-KLM

Air France-KLM Cargo has appointed Marcel de Nooijer as its new executive vice president. He joined KLM in 1995, becoming executive vice president of KLM Cargo in November 2013.   [+]

Yusen offers groundbreaking import service in Russia

Yusen Logistics has launched air import consolidation services at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and Domodedovo airports and for Pulkovo in St Petersburg. The forwarder describes them as “a genuine innovation in the Russian transportation industry, with Yusen Logistics being the first international airfreight forwarder to offer such consolidation services at these three ... [+]

Can’t wait for Xmas? Try 12send

Parcel International, has launched 12send, a same-day intra-European air cargo delivery that uses Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s baggage system and KLM’s European network.It follows a successful pilot in October 2016 on KLM routes between Amsterdam and Barcelona-El Prat, Spain. Cargo shipped on the 12send service is processed and loaded by Schiphol’s luggage ... [+]

Parcels firm passes on a little Christmas cheer

Parcel collection service, Pass My Parcel is heading to six cities this week to hand out 5,000 articles of winter clothing to homeless people. Employees at the company and its sister brands - newspaper and magazine wholesaler Smiths News and coffee company Jack’s Beans - have been collecting the clothes to distribute ... [+]

FMC gives green light to THE Alliance

The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has given the green light to the five line ‘THE Alliance’ container grouping. It comprises Hapag-Lloyd; K Line; MOL; NYK; and Yang Ming, along with UASC, recently acquired by Hapag Lloyd. FMC approval applies only to trades to or from the US. [+]

Ceva to handle Oz DIY firm

CEVA Logistics has won a contract with Australian-owned designer and manufacturer of DIY electronic and electrical products, Arlec, to handle warehousing, storage and relabeling services for its entry into the UK market. CEVA will services from its multi-user site at Mendlesham in Suffolk to serve its customer Homebase, now owned ... [+]

GAC eases EU customs burden

Shipping and marine services company GAC has introduced a new centralised service to allow ship owners declare cargo information to the customs authorities in advance of the vessel’s arrival for import cargoes to European Union (EU) ports from outside the Union. It has formed a dedicated team of fiscal experts ... [+]

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