Rotterdam and partners set up Blockchain pilot

ABN AMRO bank, tech firm Samsung SDS and the Port of Rotterdam Authority are launching a container logistics blockchain pilot. The ultimate goal is for a complete, paperless integration of physical, administrative and financial streams within international distribution chains. The pilot involves the multi-modal transport of a container from a factory in Asia to a location in the Netherlands. In the first instance, the pilot will be implemented by the three ... [+]

Wisetech to acquire UK’s Datafreight

Global logistics software group, WiseTech Global, has acquired UK  logistics management software provider, LSI Sigma Software, better known as DataFreight. Headquartered near Southampton, DataFreight provides services including HMRC customs software, specialist consultancy for UK customs compliance and freight forwarding solutions along with warehousing management for bonded ... [+]

FTA frustrated at Brexit lack of progress

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said it was frustrated by the lack of progress in Brexit negotiations, following the failure of the latest summit talks to achieve anything concrete in mid-October. Head of European policy, Pauline Bastidon, commented: “With March 2019 fast approaching, it’s frustrating negotiators ... [+]

Brexit breathing space would be welcome, says Irish freight industry

FTA Ireland said it would welcome an extended Brexit transition period, following suggestions by UK Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday during negotiations with Brussels. The Trade Association suggested that it should last at least one year, to allow the logistics sector to prepare for the future ... [+]

FedEx buys forwarder Down Under

FedEx is to acquire Australian-based forwarding and logistics company Manton Air-Sea. The acquisition is expected to close later this year and is subject to conditions. Headquartered in Sydney, Manton will operate as a subsidiary of the FedEx Trade Networks forwarding arm. [+]

UK customs plans will take a decade to realise, says Clecat

UK plans for a Facilitated Customs Arrangement (FCA) could take up to a decade to put into practice and are not a realistic solution to the problems posed by Brexit, says forwarder’s group Clecat in a new position paper published on 16 October. The group is ... [+]

Strong start for new Rhenus hub

Rhenus UK says its Manchester facility has processed over 5,000 vehicle movements in the first year since its opening in October 2017. The figure included over 2,500 exports to destinations in Europe, Asia and South America. The hub, situated at Port Salford is also home to ... [+]

Agility gains carbon mark

The Carbon Trust has validated the methodology and processes that Agility uses to generate carbon footprint reports for logistics customers. It demonstrates that the freight forwarder’s  reporting methodology and processes comply with the organization’s reporting guidance for transparency and accuracy. Agility has been providing free ... [+]

B&H makes move into the Continent

Heathrow based aerospace logistics provider B&H Worldwide is to open new offices in Frankfurt and Prague and will be launching a Europe-wide road freight network to provide an alternative to airfreight. The Frankfurt office will be located at the Cargo City site at the airport ... [+]

CMA ups Ceva stake to fend off DSV

Shipping line CMA CGM is increasing in its shareholding in logistics specialist Ceva, with the latter rejecting an advance by rival logistics firm DSV. CMA CGM announced that it would take a 25% share in Ceva Logistics in April, a deal which also allowed it ... [+]