May 2017

Road transport rules a curate’s egg – updated

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) said that while it welcomed publication of the long-awaited European Commission proposals for commercial road transport and which contained many positive elements, the proposals failed to bring clarity and simplicity. IRU welcomed the solutions to specific problems including strengthening of rules of establishment, making it harder for letterbox companies to operate, enhanced cooperation between Member States on enforcement, clarification of breaks for double crewed vehicles ... [+]

Feeling the squeeze

Air Charter Service found itself in a tight spot recently when it was asked to move two high cube containers from Italy to Saudi Arabia with oil and gas industry. The boxes fitted into the Ilyushin IL-76, with a clearance of less than 10 centimetres with the doors open. The ... [+]

Winter fails to baffle Baffin miner, thanks to Volga-Dnepr

Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ helped Canadian miner Baffinland Iron Mines increase its iron ore production at its Mary River site last autumn. It flew in extra equipment on one of its the IL-76TD-90VD freighters after ice having shut down the shipping lanes until late July or early August. [+]

UPS signs China deal

UPS has signed a joint venture with Chinese logistics firm SF Express to offer international delivery services initially from China to the US, with expansion plans for other destinations, subject to regulatory approval. The Chinese firm offers over 13,000 package service points across the country. [+]

Waberer to run Hungary/Germany rail link

Hungarian transport firm Waberer has launched a rail service between Budapest, Hungary and Neuss, Germany. It says it will offer predictable delivery of consignments even on public holidays. Departures are every weekday at 22.00 Day 1 and arriving at 06:00 on Day 3. [+]

Red letter day for the Black Rhino

Etihad Cargo and animal transport specialist Intradco Global are helping to take the endangered Black Rhino off the critical list. Intradco chartered two 777 freighters from the Abu Dhabi airline to move 19 of the animals from Johannesburg to the Rwandan capital, Kigali on behalf of the African Parks conservation ... [+]

Three more years for GBRf and MSC

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has extended its contract with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), to run container services out of Felixstowe by a further three years. GBRf runs three services daily, one to Newell and Wright in Rotherham, and two to ABP Connect in Hamshall. Under the new contract, GBRf will be ... [+]

Stena launches new Irish Sea schedule

Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish Sea South, Ian Davies, joined master of the Stena Europe, Richard Cleary on the bridge to celebrate the new Fishguard-Rosslare route timetable on 23 May. The new schedule offers three day sailings and an extended overnight crossing. Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish ... [+]

Mauritius offers airfreight rebate

Allport Cargo Services is recommending that buyers of airfreighted goods from Mauritius allow suppliers to prepay freight locally to easily take advantage of an airfreight rebate scheme in that country. The forwarder suggests adding the freight charges (net of rebate) to the supplier’s invoice as a freight charge, effectively making ... [+]

Nippon Express opens Yangon logisitcs centre

  Nippon Express  subsidiary Nittsu Logistics Myanmar has completed construction of its Thilawa Logistics Center in the special economic zone, about 20km southeast of Yangon. About 80 including Japan, Thailand and Singapore, have set up operations there, mainly in the construction material, food and beverage, apparel, and automotive industries. [+]

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