March 2020

Tudor Freight boss calls for post-Brexit extension

Adam Johnson, director of Leeds-based Tudor International Freight, said that the Covid-19 pandemic should prompt the government to request an extension of the UK’s post-Brexit transition period. The crisis had already led to the second round of negotiations on a future free trade agreement between Britain and the EU, being postponed, even before Michel Barnier, the bloc’s chief negotiator, announced he had contracted Covid-19 and David Frost, his opposite number on ... [+]

Etihad to fly 787s as freighters

Etihad Cargo said on 26 March that it was introducing a fleet of Boeing 787-10 aircraft as ‘passenger freighters’ to operate 34 weekly flights and to complement its fleet of Boeing 777 full freighters,. Each 787 aircraft will provide capacity for 12 lower deck pallets and four containers, carrying up ... [+]

Clecat welcomes air guidance

The CLECAT European forwarding association has welcomed the European Commission’s speedy release of a guidance document, which aims to ensure that essential transport flows keep moving during the current COVID-19 crisis. CLECAT stresses that continued and uninterrupted air cargo services are of essential strategic importance for the European Union and ... [+]

APM North America offers critical cargo service

APM Terminals in North America and the Virginia Port Authority is offering a COVID-19 critical cargo handling service at its facilities in Port Elizabeth, South Florida Container Terminal, Mobile, Los Angeles, and Lazaro Cardenas (Mexico). Qualifying shipments include COVID-19 test kits, medical ventilators and respirators, personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, ... [+]

State sponsored ‘hold-ups’ of China freight trains?

With airfreight services from China to Europe still in short supply and shipping services dislocated, many operators have been resorting to rail services to get urgently goods from the Far East, particularly urgent medical supplies. However, one freight forwarder spoken to by FBJ said that some European governments had become aware ... [+]

Italy normal for now, says Europa

Group operations director at Europa Worldwide Group, Dan Cook, said the groupage operator was, in late March continuing to operate three scheduled round trips per day between Como and its 1Hub in Dartford. He commented: “The drivers are therefore consistently on the route, and testament to them, we have had ... [+]

Liner block exemption – Global Shippers react

The Global Shippers Forum (GSF)has criticised the European Commission's decision to extent the EU liner consortia block exemption regulation (BER) until 25 April 2024, but said now was not the right time to mounct a challenge. It said: “After conducting an intensive and well-evidenced campaign against the CBER, GSF is ... [+]

Triple crown for HACTL

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has achieved certification under IATA CEIV Live Animals, becoming one of the very first companies to have achieved all three CEIV standards. IATA CEIV Live Animals is a voluntary programme designed to improve competency, infrastructure and equipment, quality management and training for the handling ... [+]

A very supportive freight firm

Kerry Logistics Network has donated its services to deliver 5,000 pairs of compression socks, from Glasgow-based online travel retailer Trtl to frontline health professionals across Scotland. Kerry Logistics distributed the socks to National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Dundee last week, with 5,000 more planned for delivery ... [+]

China returns to full throttle

Hong Kong-based freight forwarder and logistics group U-Freight says its operations around the world are working “as normally as possible” given the circumstances. And it is seeking innovative solutions to overcome the challenges of managing supply chains hit by the virus. Whilst there have been air capacity reductions, freighter and passenger ... [+]

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