Latest News

No deal in sight on US west coast labour contract

PMA warns of permanent damage for Pacific seaboard ports

Maersk: Russian imports ‘struggling’, but exposure limited

European shipping and freight firms downplay effects on their business as country’s trade volumes slide

FedEx admits new interest in logistics acquisitions

Market changes mean it makes sense to add some 3PL capabilities to its portfolio

Lithium-metal battery ban looms for bellyhold cargo

Further tightening of rules on lithium-ion batteries also forecast following new FAA tests

Air Freight News

IAG Cargo gains global pharma certification

First carrier to achieve wholesale distribution authorisation for medicines

US West Coast port disruption hits Japan’s chip supplies

Fast food chain McDonald’s forced to fly in ‘Fries’ due to container congestion issues

Sea Freight News

More transpacific rate rises in January

TSA recommends $600/feu GRI and reinstatement of a $400/feu peak-season surcharge

Hapag-Lloyd mulls new orders in 2015

Fuel price is the X-factor when it comes to investing in ships, says CEO

Road Freight News

French truck drivers poised to disrupt traffic around Paris

Industrial action today and tomorrow set to congest major roads and block warehouses and distribution hubs in the region

EXCLUSIVE: Russian currency crisis hastens freight slowdown

Drop in road-borne volumes from western Europe has accelerated in recent weeks as rouble has weakened further

Rail Freight News

France to pay €60m compensation for SNCF holocaust role

Rail firm’s US ambitions had been adversely affected by alleged refusal to assume responsibility for transport of Jews to concentration camps between 1942 and 1944

WACO expands with new Mexico member

Universal Cargo becomes 99th member of global freight management network

Freight Forwarding & Logistics News

West-coast port congestion ‘has major retail impact’

Most people unaware of the significant effects on supply chains and stock availability, says FedEx president and CEO

Europe ‘ripe for logistics M&A surge’

Report from Ti identifies micro-economic factors it claims will drive a significant upturn in mergers and acquisition activity

Freight Technology News

Tech ‘big hitter’ joins freight automation firm

Former head of strategy at online travel leader Priceline, Robert Mylod, joins Freightos board of directors

Dutch shippers trial digital bill of lading signatures

Netherlands becomes first country to offer standardised electronic receipt of goods by mobile phone

Freight Trade Route News

Dover breaks annual freight record

Volumes expected to be 2% higher than previous busiest year, 2007

Swedish Orient Line appoints John Good as UK agent

New service between Finland and Tilbury launched on 1 December

Advice & Insight

How FedEx delivers a successful Christmas

This year Fedex reported an 8.8% increase in year-on-year peak seasonal volume globally between Black Friday and Christmas Eve

Vietnam economic overview

Exports drive GDP growth

Shipping industry’s future hopes hit a two-year low

Survey reveals worries about the cost of eco-laws and a newbuilding glut

Mozambique economic overview

Growth increased to 7.5% year on year in the first quarter of 2014

New boxship strength standards agreed for mid-2016 entry

IACS members will adopt new unified requirements for containerships to avoid repeat of MSC Napoli and MOL Comfort catastrophes

Freight People

New head to replace Koch at WSC

The association’s General Counsel John Butler will take over in July when current CEO retires

Steve Manser leaving Saudia Cargo

Set to join Qatar Airways Cargo as senior manager of cargo charter sales

Oliver Evans to step down from Swiss

Long-serving head of cargo and TIACA chairman to leave carrier in September

Peter Scholten to leave Saudia Cargo in January

Successor for the position of vice president commercial to be announced ‘in due course’

ACS appoints new president for North America

Richard Thompson responsible for operations in New York, California, Texas and Canada

Have Your Say

Maritime safety – two steps forward, but much still to be done

TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox assesses just how last month’s deliberations by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee will advance the cause of container and unit load safety in the future

Competition implications of 2M and mega-alliances

Higher vessel utilisation of ultra-large containerships will give participants a strong hand, but improving profitability ‘involves much more’, analysts argue

Driver shortages are no surprise

Robert Jervis, director of freight and logistics exhibition Multimodal, says the profession has lost much of the appeal it once had

Pack it in! We mean it.

TT Club’s risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, highlights the dangers of badly packed containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs) and welcomes the attention the subject is getting internationally

Drivers can face penalties for illegal immigrants

Concern continues as number of clandestines stowing away in vehicles increases, reports Rothera Dowson solicitors