Latest News

US flight cancellations continue

Severe weather hits air schedules across large parts of the country

Freight sector could be set for new wave of M&As - Panalpina chief

But CEO rules out acquisitions by his own company this year

Panama Canal eyes re-routed US west coast traffic

Authority boss Quijano says Suez is the winner right now, but he hopes Panama Canal will be the beneficiary of a permanent shift from US Pacific ports

Air France-KLM Cargo gets new temporary chief

Former KLM Cargo deputy Bram Gräber to head struggling business on an interim basis while continuing as executive VP of airline Transavia

Air Freight News

DHL to build major new regional hub in Singapore

S$140 million facility due to open in 2016 and will triple handling capacity of existing Changi centre

Kelowna launching Toronto-Brussels freighter

Canadian cargo carrier to commence four-times-weekly service from May with DC10-30 freighters

Sea Freight News

Ocean freight ‘still the problem child for Panalpina’

Productivity in group’s sea division currently lags peers by 30%, admits CEO

West Coast congestion highlights reliability differences

Matson maintained 100% performance in December and January, in spite of Pacific port problems, while major lines achieve 33-37% reliability

Road Freight News

Freight sector united in call for haulage grants

UK transport industry leaders ‘send clear message’ to government on urgent and ‘unprecedented’ need for driver training support

Haulage industry leaders meet UK government today over driver shortages

Freight transport representatives call for two-year funding to address ‘highly damaging’ skills gap

Rail Freight News

Freightliner sold to US rail group

Synergies in Europe and Australia, but ‘no impact on operations’ as UK intermodal operator becomes foundation for G&W’s European region

Eurotunnel orders three new freight shuttles to meet growing demand

Cross-Channel operator prepares to increase capacity by 20% and run up to eight departures per hour by 2020

Freight Forwarding & Logistics News

Global Freight Awards entries to open this month

Sponsors urged to get their sponsorship requests in early – to maximise their marketing exposure and before all opportunities are full

Amazon plans instant deliveries via 3D printers in vehicles

Notorious ‘disrupter’ files patent application for solution that aims to decrease the amount of warehouse or inventory storage space needed

Freight Technology News

Intra-Asia carriers equip entire box fleet with smart containers

Carriers say the technology will allow them to differentiate in a commoditised industry

CMA CGM to introduce 'smart' containers to box fleet

New technology developed in partnerships with French start-up company will bring Big Data to equipment monitoring

Freight Trade Route News

Boxships continue to be upsized on West Africa-Asia trade

Average size of ship in use on services from Asia to West Africa increases 38% compared with a year earlier

Panama Canal expansion will spark transhipment boom

Double-digit jump in transhipment activity expected upon opening of new locks, says Drewry

Advice & Insight

Worldwide Flight Services secures largest letting at Heathrow Cargo Centre

Worldwide Flight Services has secured its largest-ever letting at London Heathrow Cargo Centre - the major airside cargo transit facility at the London airport.

Moscow faced with glut of industrial and logistics space

A record volume of new industrial and logistics (I&L) space was delivered to the Moscow market in 2014, creating a large oversupply by the end of the year, largely the result of the combined effects of property speculation and the economic slowdown in Russia.

View from the Bridge: Jorge Quijano

Panama Canal administrator expects to welcome the first commercial vessel into the canal’s new locks at the start of next year

Financing ULCVs

Orders for big container ships are gaining momentum. How are the lines, many of whom are still in serious debt, able to both finance and pay back the mortgages on these new assets? Drewry Maritime Equity Research investigates

Building for the future

Vital logistics infrastructure projects will only go ahead if local residents get a share of the benefits, argues Multimodal’s Rob Jervis

Freight People

Geodis Wilson names new EMEA VP

Matthias Hansen has been interim regional VP for the last few months and now replaces Alain Chimene on a permanent basis

DGF appoints New Zealand country manager

Michael Dhu takes on new role for DHL Global Forwarding

Geodis India appoints new national sales manager

Martijn Tasma takes responsibility for sales and market development of group’s freight forwarding and logistics business in the country

Hansa Heavy Lift appoints new EMEA head

Addition of Maximilian Harmstorf marks end of HHL’s restructuring to a regional system

Thomas Kraus joins Geodis as group marketing director

Former CEO of TNT Express Germany charged with ‘developing a cohesive and differentiating marketing strategy’ for French group

Have Your Say

The sales performance gap

Smaller freight forwarders will continue to be outgunned by their larger competitors until they learn how to think and act differently, claims Paul Kelly

Building for the future

Vital logistics infrastructure projects will only go ahead if local residents get a share of the benefits, argues Multimodal’s Rob Jervis

Fuel surcharges – a level playing field?

The price of jet fuel and crude are closely linked, and jet fuel costs have also dropped sharply, falling by 45% between Jul-14 and Jan-15. However, fuel surcharges have hardly moved, says Andy Cliff, managing director of Straightforward Consultancy Ltd

Can the cloud solve your freight forwarding challenges?

Gerry Daalhuisen, from transport software specialist Kewill, outlines some of the issues and potential benefits

Eight surprising customs rules

From exporting edible insects to baby formula, FedEx managing director of Global Trade Services, Harald Schoenfelder, reveals some little-known customs rules that could easily catch cargo shippers off guard