Rail

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 of that potentially vital supplies of goods were passing through their territories and there have been allegations of containers being ... [+]

UK bucks cargo crime trend

Cargo thefts from supply chains in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) more than doubled to 8,548 incidents in 2019 with product losses of well over €137 million, according to the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA). However, the UK was the sole major country ... [+]

Geodis offers air and rail solutions to beat the virus

Freight forwarder GEODIS is operating air charter services to move urgent shipments during the COVID-19 crisis along with rail alternatives to and from China. Weekly round trip flights have been established between Frankfurt and Shanghai, along with flights from Hong Kong to Europe. The schedule will ... [+]

Freight continues to flow to and from Italy

Freight services to and from Italy are continuing at fairly normal levels, despite the near-lockdown of the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, says Phil Denton, managing director of Manchester-based specialist, ITAL Logistics. He told FBJ: “As we have round trip trailers operating as normal, we ... [+]

Multimodal postponed to 4-6 November

The Multimodal exhibition and conference at the Birmingham NEC is to be rescheduled from mid-June to 4-6 November, due to the corona virus outbreak. Rob Jervis, portfolio director at organisers, Clarion Eventsn said: “I suspect that this announcement won’t be a great surprise to you. Despite ... [+]

No stopping the Hefei Express

Nurminen Logistics said on 12 March that its Chinese train made the journey from Hefei to Helsinki in a record 11 days. While air and maritime modes struggle with significant challenges, the rail freight operators have been able to run their operations almost as usual. ... [+]

Brexit effect hits Le Shuttle traffic

Le Shuttle Freight carried 131,346 trucks in February, down 7% compared to February 2019 due to pre-Brexit stockpiling last year, said Getlink. No impact from covid-19 has been identified at this stage, it added.  Since the beginning of the year, more than 260,000 trucks have ... [+]

Multimodal ‘going ahead’ and going green

The full Multimodal 2020 conference programme is now available with sustainability a major theme in a programme that has seen major changes from previous years. The organisers say that, as of now, the show will be going ahead although the situation remains fluid and that ... [+]

China freight – some semblance of normality returns

Freight forwarders and shipping lines are reporting that freight services from China are slowly getting back to normal after the corona virus outbreak in the country. However, volumes remain depressed and services have been dislocated by the outbreak. Davies Turner head of supply chain services, Tony ... [+]

P&O on the growth track

P&O Ferries has opened a second rail line into its Europoort, Rotterdam terminal. The 650-metre long track will allow the ferry company and its Ferrymasters logistics arm to handle up to eight trains a day with up to 36 trailers or 42 45 foot containers ... [+]