April 2021

Ceramic firms call for shipping probe

The ceramic industry is being affected by the unprecedented surge in freight rates, says the European Shippers Council.The imbalance in shipping following the Covid-19 pandemic have driven up costs and disrupted global trade to an extraordinary degree, it says. The Cerame-Unie trade group is calling on the European Commission to investigate the behaviour of shipping lines, as has already happened in the US, South Korea and China. In the European ... [+]

Spec build for East Mids

Logistics property developer Segro is to build its first speculative units at its 700-acre East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park. It will create over 220,000 sq ft of warehousing, scheduled for occupation in October. The unit will have a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and will be a net carbon zero. [+]

Freight falls at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport said its cargo volumes were down 25.7% on an annual basis in March but cargo movements have increased by 21.4% compared with March 2020. Passenger numbers fell by 82.6% year on year. [+]

Mass shooting at FedEx US site kills eight

Eight people have been killed and others injured in a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis at around 23.00 local time.The lone gunman is reported to have killed himself. Authorities said there was no further threat to public safety. In a statement, the express carrier said: “We are ... [+]

Big box order for Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 150,000teu of new dry and reefer containers from China most of which are expected to be delivered in coming months. It has also ordered 8,000teu of special containers for over-sized or dangerous goods. At US$550 million, the carrier says it is one of the biggest container orders ... [+]

Last call for Euro-IT grants

Small businesses that move freight based in East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Norfolk or Suffolk are being invited to apply for one of the remaining 33 ERDF-funded TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies) grants of up to £10,000 to improve their logistics. They can be used for support software, consultancy, or the ... [+]

Agility opens Maputo logistics park

Agility has opened a logistics park in Maputo, Mozambique. The 290,000sq m site is on the new Maputo ring road with easy access to major highways leading to the north of Mozambique and to South Africa. The 32,000sq m of Agility warehousing constructed for the first phase of the development ... [+]

Young Forwarders hit a half-century

The British International Freight Association's Young Forwarder Network (YFN) has held 50 events, two years after it was launched in March 2019, despite the disruption caused by Covid-19 and Brexit In its first year, 741 individuals attended 28 events organised by the YFN, which included regional launch events, airport and port ... [+]

ABP offers more space on Merseyside

Associated British Ports (ABP) is offering additional covered and external storage at its Garston site, near Liverpool. Since November 2020, ABP has been working with shipping and logistics company Armitt Group acquire 230,000sq ft of covered and nine acres of open storage, historically used by Armitt at the port. ABP ... [+]

Heavyweights get it together

Dutch maritime heavy lift transport and engineering contractor Jumbo Shipping has launched an alliance with SAL Heavy Lift, the German-based breakbulk and project cargo specialist. They will combine their fleets and all commercial activities with a single commercial entry point in over 20 countries, including marketing of 30 project cargo ... [+]

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