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US shippers demand delay for container-weight rules

Group of 60 exporters claim it will be impossible to implement SOLAS box-mass verification amendment by 1 July without severely disrupting trade

C.H. Robinson captures forwarding market share

US group outperforms analysts’ expectations in Q4, despite double-digit falls in ocean and air freight pricing

Russia and China weigh on HHLA results

Revenues down as throughput at key terminals falls

Polish rail freight giant set to expand international services

PKP Cargo secures €100m loan to complete the acquisition of Advanced World Transport

Air Freight News

Air freight growth slowed to 2.2% in 2015

IATA predicts that total cargo revenues in 2016 will not exceed US$51 billion, well below the $67 billion peak in 2011

New ‘British’ cargo airline launches

CargoLogicAir receives UK Air Operator Certificate, expects to operate a fleet of five B747Fs by 2018

Sea Freight News

Liner woes hit container lessors

Prices for new boxes fall to their lowest level since 2003, Drewry reports

Idle box fleet falls in lead-up to Chinese New Year

But numbers will soon rise with analysts anticipating a post-new year deluge

Road Freight News

Poland continues to dominate EU road freight

Country consolidates position as Europe’s leading international haulage provider, latest figures confirm

Freight operators urged to join ‘clandestine’ protection scheme

UK Freight Transport Association says Civil Penalty Accreditation Scheme is the best way to protect firms and their drivers against fines if illegal migrants are found in their trucks

Rail Freight News

‘Communication, not more fencing’ the solution to Calais ‘rail motorway’ delay

Postponed French truck-train service cannot be fully secured physically, requires migrants to understand its road trailers will be systematically searched

Bankrupt intermodal operator Combiwest points finger at SNCF

Road-rail combined-transport firm says sub-standard service from French rail network operator, ‘obstacles’, and ‘sabotage’ had hindered its business

Freight Forwarding & Logistics News

UPS downplays concerns about Amazon’s logistics ambitions

CEO doubts e-retail giant’s moves towards operating its own air express network will significantly affect pricing

CEVA implements new US customs brokerage system

Logistics firm completes nationwide rollout ahead of ACE deadline at the end of this month

Freight Technology News

Panalpina unveils advanced ‘lean inventory’ tool

Research partnership with Cardiff Business School leads to launch of ‘remarkable’ D2ID forecasting application, expanded to include 3D printing

Panalpina reaches key forwarding IT milestone

First successful shipments made via SAP Transportation Management platform, ‘the foundation for future sustainable growth’

Freight Trade Route News

P&O Ferries reports ‘growing’ UK-Scandinavia freight demand

Operator plans to set up more partnerships to extend its geographical reach after carrying more than 2,000 units in first eight months of offering Gothenburg-east coast connection

Eight people face court after storming Calais ferry

Road Haulage Association demands deployment of French military to protect port and hauliers after around 50 migrants breach security and board P&O vessel

Advice & Insight

O-Licence self-service system

Laura Newton, from Rothera Dowson Solicitors, details how the new changes demonstrate the DVSA’s focus on bringing the system in line with other areas of government administration to create a more accessible and streamlined service

Fuelling a downturn?

Investors are in a panic as oil prices continue to plummet and China’s economy slows. Will container demand follow the stock markets down?

DP World group chief executive Mohammed Sharaf retires

Sharaf leaves post with immediate effect having overseen the company’s transformation from a small domestic terminal operator into a major global player

Chinese New Year in logistics

Warrant Group’s business development director, Andy Simpson, discusses planning for this holiday in the logistics industry

One to Watch: Rwanda

UK exports to Rwanda totalled an impressive £7 million in 2014

Freight People

Nadia Ribeiro returns to head CEVA Logistics in South America

Richard Vieites moves to the company’s North American operations to become EVP of Contract Logistics

SEKO Logistics appoints chief sales officer

Carol Kijac spent 17 years with Expeditors, ultimately as VP sales and marketing for the Americas

CEVA Logistics appoints senior VP for global healthcare operations

Kamaljit Hunjan joins from General Electric Healthcare where he was responsible for logistics strategy

Crane Worldwide Logistics adds to its Latin American team

Brazil-based Paul Higgins to lead its project operations in the region

Ken Lee wins AP role at DHL

Replaces retiring Jerry Hsu as CEO of group’s Asia Pacific express operations

Have Your Say

Seven reasons why investing in training is essential

Andy Dennis, founder and principal of Advisory Services, discusses the importance of developing understanding as well as necessary knowledge among staff within the international freight and logistics sector

Container weight verification rules – a key issue in 2016

Shippers, packers, forwarders, carriers, terminals, and regulators must all prepare thoroughly for 1 July, says TT Club’s Peregrine Storrs-Fox

Cross-Channel pricing review - Quarter 4

Despite lower fuel prices and less Christmas price pressure than usual, UK import prices reached record levels in the fourth quarter, driven probably by concerns on cross-channel delays and low export volumes, reports Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

Big Data in the Supply Chain

Priority Freight’s Ed Bembridge says logistics managers are now able to monitor every stage of operations and manage assets more effectively

The situation in Calais can no longer be tolerated

There is an urgent need for a safer, lasting, and more humane solution