Latest News

London confirms plans for world’s first ultra-low emission zone

FTA says five-year lead plan needed to help businesses and freight transport providers prepare

LA ports begin collaborating on supply chain efficiencies

Long Beach and Los Angeles start talks to improve cargo flows

DB Schenker performance ‘reasonable’

Company remains silent over CEO’s sudden exit but denies forwarding and logistics division’s results were disappointing

Dunkirk dredging project gains EU funding

Brussels pledges $600,000 to technical design studies into improving access to world's biggest boxships and capesize carriers

Air Freight News

Thai Airways exits freighter market

Loss-making carrier’s last two B747-400Fs to cease operating on 29 March

Cathay cargo revenues rise 7.3%

Full-year yields fall by 5.6%, despite improved second-half demand, while fuel price benefits tempered by hedging losses

Sea Freight News

Price is king, shipper debate concludes

Representatives say discussions between cargo owners and their supply-chain partners too often descend into exchanges about costs

Maersk orders seven ice-class container vessels

Line claims the 3,600 TEU ships will give Seago subsidiary ‘unprecedented economies of scale’

Road Freight News

STEF raises profits to €65 million

Leading refrigerated road transport group reduces exposure to flat French market through European expansion

Eastern European trucks vandalised in ‘dumping’ protest

At least 37 lorries and vans targeted in northern France in apparent reaction against alleged unfair competition by low-cost operators

Rail Freight News

First freight trains enter service in UAE

JV with DB Schenker oversees trials of bulk chemicals route

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

Freight Forwarding & Logistics News

SHD Logistics editor to cycle across Tanzania

Peter MacLeod’s ride in June aims to raise money for international development charity Transaid

TNT opens healthcare hub in the Netherlands

Company claims facility will allow next-day deliveries of medical devices to 96% of Europe’s 16,000 hospitals

Freight Technology News

Satellite container tracking solution close to launch

Strategic collaboration between two specialists set to offer unprecedented continuous global visibility of intermodal movements

Intra-Asia carriers equip entire box fleet with smart containers

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

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

FIATA and CLECAT sign up to support the Global Freight Awards 2015

These trade organisations will be promoting the awards to the 40,000+ freight forwarding companies they represent worldwide

Westbound Shipping Services sponsors ‘Lifetime Contribution to Freight’ at Global Freight Awards 2015

Freight forwarder will present the award at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London

Freightliner Group sponsors ‘Container Line of the Year’ once again

International rail freight and logistics company will present the award at Global Freight Awards 2015

Global Freight Awards 2015 categories

Please visit www.globalfreightawards.com/enter for detailed criteria for all of the categories.

Entries now open for Global Freight Awards 2015

Enter now to be recognised as a freight and logistics industry top player

Freight People

DHL Global Forwarding names new Singapore MD

Stephen Ly was previously Philippines MD and headed customs brokerage in Asia Pacific and Africa

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

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