September 2017

UPS gets go-ahead for China joint venture

UPS and SF Express have gained China Ministry of Commerce approval for their joint venture. They will collaborate initially on international delivery services from China to the US and other trade lanes in future. SF  Express has extensive network coverage throughout China for small parcels. [+]

Agility makes the grade for pharma

Middle East-owned Agility says it has become the first freight forwarder to receive Envirotainer’s QEP experto accreditation for its cold chain management of pharma and life sciences products. The container specialist’s Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) program evaluates freight forwarders and airline stations and recognizes those that meet the highest standards. ... [+]

Stena to boost North Sea space next January

Stena Line has confirmed plans to increase capacity on its Rotterdam-Killingholme route in January 2018, following its earlier announcement that it intends to increase capacity on Rotterdam-Europoort to Harwich by replacing the current two RoRo vessels by two larger ships. Stena Line will increase its total capacity from Europoort by about ... [+]

London Gateway cuts greenhouse gases

DP World London Gateway Port reduced its carbon emissions by 28% per teu in 2016 over 2015, according to its certification programme, The Planet Mark. The reduction was due to a significant increase in the number of containers being handled by the port – ensuring savings through increased efficiencies and economies of scale ... [+]

Rail route to Felixstowe set for upgrade

Network Rail has unveiled plans to increase capacity on the branch line between Ipswich and the port of Felixstowe. The £58million project will allow the number of trains serving the UK’s busiest container port to increase from 33 to 45 a day late 2019. Work on the project, which will include ... [+]

Longer trucks ‘safer and cleaner’

The Freight Transport Association says that 2.05 metre longer trailers than the standard 13.6m units – introduced in the UK as part of a ten-year trial on 2012 – are making a significant contribution towards reducing HGV miles and cutting emissions. At the same time, a Department for Transport report ... [+]

At last they’re listening, says FTA

With the latest round of Brexit negotiations getting underway in Brussels in late September, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) welcomed the call from Prime Minister Teresa May for a transition period. It said it had been lobbying for such a period since Article 50 was triggered, to enable the preparation of ... [+]

Industry calls for action on container packing

The Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council (WSC) called for government backing for the International Maritome Organisation (IMO)’s code of practice for container packing at London International Shipping Week in September. GSF secretary general, Chris Welsh, told a meeting held at the IMO: "Our coalition epitomises the depth ... [+]

New Zealand and Latam links for London Gateway

The joint CMA-CGM and Marfret Panama Direct Line (PAD) service – also known as North Atlantic South Pacific – has started calls at London Gateway. It will be the only direct service between the UK and New Zealand when Seatrade joins the existing partners later this autumn, says port operator ... [+]

Ekol launches Italy-UK intermodal link

Turkish-owned Ekol Logistics has launched a block train connecting between Trieste, Italy and Zeebrugge, Belgium, with connections to and from the UK. It leaves Trieste twice a week and will offer connections on P&O Ferries to Tilbury, Hull and Teesport, with space for equipment including mega trailers, containers and swap ... [+]

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