UK and China sign air deal

The UK and China agreed on 11 October to more than double the number of flights between the two countries. Under the deal passenger flights can now increase from the current maximum of 40 per week for each nation to up to 100 and there will be no limit on the number of all-cargo services. A restriction on the number of destinations that airlines can serve has also been lifted, ... [+]

Chinese clear up VAT question

The Chinese Ministry of Finance has clarified that shipping and airline agents who make payments to international transportation providers directly or indirectly are entitled to VAT exemption, rep[orts BIFA. When Notice [2013] No.106 was published on December 12th, 2013, it seemed to imply that only agents directly making payments to ... [+]

DHL offers temperature-control on China rail service

DHL Global Forwarding is offering a temperature-controlled option on its new China-Europe rail service. Diesel-powered reefer boxes allow internal temperature control and tracking for temperature sensitive products that traditionally were unable to use the rail corridor, during harsh winter and hot summer months that can range from above 26C to ... [+]

China fraud warning

The British International Freight Association is warning of a scam involving Chinese freight forwarders. UK forwarders receive emails that appear to be from independent forwarding companies in China looking for UK partners and offering cheap ocean rates. But cargoes arrive at the UK port without the UK forwarder having received the ... [+]

Lufthansa adds Lima and returns to Chongqung

Lufthansa Cargo is adding the Peruvian capital Lima to the schedule of its MD-11 freighter service on Mondays and Fridays from Frankfurt via Dakar (Senegal) and Manaus (Brazil) from 27 October. The return journey to Frankfurt will include stops in Quito, Ecuador and Aguadilla in Puerto Rico. The German carrier is ... [+]

Panda plane

British Airways drew a panda face on one of its 777-200 aircraft to mark the start of its three-times-a-week direct service from Heathrow to Chengdu – home of China's renowned research centre into the furry animals. BA/IAG, as the only UK cargo carrier to offer a direct service on the ... [+]

Two more for UPS in China

UPS has opened two new contract logistics distribution facilities in Chengdu and Shanghai, bringing the total number of such centres in China to more than 130, covering 87 cities. The two new facilities are in addition to the UPS healthcare facilities that opened last year in Shanghai and Hangzhou. [+]

China VAT switch

China is switching from Nationwide Business Tax (BT) to Value-added Tax (VAT) for freight forwarders and will affect invoicing procedures, reports the Expeditors website. Forwarders will have to use the special VAT invoice for freight transportation services including a 6% VAT fee. Further information is available at: [+]

Xiamen braced for forwarder invasion

Organisers of the Sino-International Conference are expecting over 1,200 independent freight forwarders to gather in Xiamen, China on 16-19 September for what it says is the largest and most influential logistics networking event in the world. The event is organised by China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA) and freight forwarder ... [+]

China grapples with logistics skill shortage

China is facing a massive shortage of logistics skills, said the vice-president of the country's main logistics body on a visit to the UK. Ren Haoxiang, vice president of the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing (CFLP) explained that there was an acute lack of people with practical and operational ... [+]

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