Rail Freight

Polish rail freight giant set to expand international services

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

‘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

SNCF Logistics merges rail freight forwarding activities into single entity

Combination of French group’s activities aims to offer simpler access for customers and better management of resources

‘Rail motorway’ launch shelved due to Calais security risk

Planned commercial start of service for unaccompanied road trailers between French Pyrenees and Channel port delayed indefinitely because of concerns about the track passing close to ‘The Jungle’ migrant camp

China building high-speed freight trains

Designed to haul higher-value cargo at speeds of up to 250 kph, first vehicles expected to roll off an assembly line in the first half of 2016

Record breaking year for Eurotunnel's freight shuttle

Number of trucks transported surpasses previous high of 2012 a week before year end

New business model for DB Schenker Rail

Unit's production system to be 'simplified dramatically to make it less prone to disruption'

DHL opens China-Turkey intermodal corridor

Global Forwarding business backs up pledge to accelerate Asia-Europe rail growth with Lianyungang-Istanbul link

Eurotunnel truck shuttle ‘at maximum capacity’

UK-France cross-Channel operator running six freight shuttles per hour as pre-Christmas rush reaches peak – uninterrupted thanks to new security measures

Record November for Eurotunnel freight shuttle

Security improvements have restored cross-Channel operator’s service levels, supporting the transport of 134,000 trucks last month

DHL has big hopes for Asia-Europe rail

Global Forwarding division expects its east-west intermodal traffic to double or triple over the next five years as shippers see the price and speed advantages and the cargo types and origin points diversify

Eurotunnel reports incident-free period for traffic

Improved security proving successful as freight shuttle operator gears up for peak period, but tighter French border controls following Paris attacks could slow freight traffic flows

Bolloré eyes stock market float for African rail freight 'loop'

Ambitious project to link Burkina Faso and Niger with ports of Abijan and Lomé requires investment of €2bn-€2.5bn

Chinese rail freight falls 15% in September

Volume of goods carried by country’s railways in the first nine months was down 11.4%, year on year

Advice & Insight

Moscow gets China rail freight link

Service operates from north-west China carrying more than 40ft containers of PVC product per train convoy

Amtrak report addresses Chicago's chronic freight train gridlock

Report reveals shippers are spending millions of dollars a week to carry extra inventory to compensate for shipping delays caused by Chicago rail congestion

DB Schenker Rail UK adds more services from London Gateway

DB Schenker Rail UK has increased its services from London Gateway to run five days a week.

The middle way

Rail is now a serious Asia-Europe option as margin pressures push some high-tech shippers away from air freight, says Jeff McCorstin

Freight to the forefront at Eurotunnel

Outlook rosy for rail freight and truck traffic

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