January 2018

Rail Freight Group’s Tony Berkeley to retire

Rail Freight Group chairman Tony Berkeley is to retire at the RFG annual general meeting in November. In the meantime, he will continue his work for RFG including in Brussels as a Board Member of the European Rail Freight Association and ALLRAIL. Executive Director Maggie Simpson will continue to lead RFG’s work in representing the interests of the rail freight sector to Government, Network Rail, the Office of Rail and ... [+]

DB Cargo extends Scots rail contract

DB Cargo UK has extended its contract with Malcolm Logistics for container rail services from Daventry to Scotland until August 2020. The rail freight operator, the UK’s largest, signed an initial three year deal with the logistics operator in 2014, which will now continue for a further three years under a ... [+]

Emerging markets on the mend, says Agility

Emerging markets growth rose to 4.6% in 2017 from 4.3% in the two previous years, says freight forwarder Agility in a report. Agility, which specialises in developing world countries, said that markets were driven by stronger growth – and therefore demand – in advanced economies, a modest rebound in world commodity ... [+]

Clean, green fleet for Yusen

Yusen Logistics UK is investing in a fleet of 45 new Euro 6 T-range Renault tractor units. It follows the addition of 50 new MAN TGX 460s to the fleet. The new trucks will be in place by the end of January. [+]

Crane appoints Germany expert

Supply chain specialist Crane Worldwide Logistics has appointed Christian Nielitz as country manager Germany. Nielitz has been a member of the team since June 2014, starting his career as gateway development manager and appointed to branch manager for Duesseldorf in 2017. Crane operates in over 100 locations in 25 countries and ... [+]

Gefco opens Heathrow healthcare site

Gefco Group has opened its first UK dedicated temperature-controlled warehouse for the life sciences and healthcare sector at Heathrow Airport, complementing the global logistics operator’s warehouses in Frankfurt and Amsterdam. The new 15,000sq ft facility offers ambient (15ºC to 25ºC), and cool (2ºC to 8ºC) to frozen (-15°C to -25°C) ... [+]

Calais trucks stage recovery

Cross-Channel truck traffic continued the recovery that started in 2016 last year following the dismantling of the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp, said the port of Boulogne Calais. With a record 1.99 million vehicles transported, heavy goods vehicle traffic increased by 4.25% in 2017. However, market share has not yet returned to ... [+]

DP World signs India investment deal

Port operator DP World and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund have set up an investment platform for ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses. The platform will invest up to US$ 3 billion across India to acquire assets and develop projects in the sector. It will also look at opportunities ... [+]

Small firms triumph at BIFA awards as freight industry goes back to its roots

Levi Roots of ‘Reggae Reggae Caribbean’ sauce fame helped spice up this year’s BIFA awards, where director general Robert Keen also paid tribute to the many small and start-up firms that had entered this year’s competition. The winners of the eight General, Modal, and Specialist categories in the Award, revealed tat the ... [+]

Emirates introduces pharma corridors

Emirates SkyCargo has introduced a pharma corridor concept offering  additional protection across selected stations, including Dublin. The carrier is working with ground handling partners and other stakeholders to ensure that handling operations for pharmaceuticals at these stations are uniform and comply with both its own stringent norms for pharma transport as ... [+]

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