July 2019

Maritime increases London Gateway’s northern exposure

Maritime Intermodal has launched two new daily rail services from DP World London Gateway to its terminals at Trafford Park (Manchester) and Wakefield. The DB Cargo-hauled trains are the operator’s fifth and sixth to date, following the launch of Maritime Intermodal in April and can move up to 76teu in each direction. Export services operate Monday to Friday and imports Tuesday to Saturday. Maritime also plans to increase the number of ... [+]

Russia to lift ban on lorry-driving ladies

Russia’s Ministry of Labour is to lift a ban on women becoming professional truck drivers as part of a sweeping away of legislation that currently bans them from a range of ‘physical’ jobs including firefighting and driving buses of more than 14 seats The legislation inherited from the former Soviet ... [+]

Tyne’s fast work ensures express delivery

The Port of Tyne handled an express delivery this summer – unloading five fully-finished carriages for northern train operator Transpennine Express in less than an hour. Built in Japan, Hitachi is bringing its lightweight, aerodynamic bullet train technology to the North. The 50.4 tonne carriages arrived from Kobe on board the ... [+]

COA publishes guide to box tracking

The Container Owners Association has published a Guide to Container Tracking and Telematics Technology. It gives an overview of the technology issues and the choices available, including the evolution from ‘wired’ to ‘wireless’ and associated complexity, tracking dry freight containers, including data flow, communication frequency, battery life and installation cost, ... [+]

Unifeeder to offer enhanced Swedish service

Unifeeder has upgraded its short-sea and feeder service between Sweden and the rest of Europe. From August, it will offer eight weekly sailings between Sweden and major hubs in the UK, Poland, Germany and Russia. According to the carrier, it is the first intra Baltic service dedicated to the Swedish market ... [+]

Young forwarder finalists revealed

International insurer, TT Club and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, FIATA, have announced the regional winners of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA) 2019. They are: Europe - Mrs Evgeniya Khokhlova (Russia); Africa/Middle East - Mr Enos Chapra (Zimbabwe); Americas - Ms Rachael van Harmelen ... [+]

Rail link for Lahore

Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) - a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services - and Pakistan Railways have launched a rail container service between Karachi and Lahore. PICT is the only terminal at the port of Karachi with an internal rail connection. [+]

Register now for Cool Chain conference

Registration for the Cool Chain Association (CCA)’s Airfreight Pharma Conference has opened. Topics range from the benefits of drones for the pharma chain, to learning from shippers about the importance of getting the cool chain right to help save infant lives. Panelists include Dr Radhika Batra, founder and president of Every ... [+]

ACS turns on the lights in Niger

Air Charter Service was recently called into action to move almost 400 tons of components from France to Niamey, Niger to allow a new power plant to completed in time for the African Union summit. The only aircraft capable of carrying three 40 foot containers of these weights in one ... [+]

Government ‘fails to heed BIFA Brexit advice’

Very few companies have registered for a new government online VAT system for foreign parcels in the event of a no-deal Brexit, which could make forwarders and customs agents liable for import VAT and other charges, warns BIFA. The industry association’s director general, Robert Keen, questioned whether Government is listening to ... [+]

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