Sea Freight

Tianjin: China strengthens hazardous cargo shipment regulations ?

Unconfirmed reports that all import and export cargo must be labeled in both Chinese and English

Dalgaard to head up Gulftainer's ambitious growth plans

Former DP World executive switches to rival UAE group to develop overseas portfolio

Tianjin: 'Threat of severe air pollution and labour shortages' weighs on traffic

DB Schenker says new export customs clearance applications 'processed swiftly' but still considerable backlog in processing cancelled entries and re-declaring cargo

Merger puts Hapag-Lloyd in the black

Line remains 'highly resilient' in 'very challenging' market environment

TT Club could face payout on over 1,000 boxes after Tianjin blast

But any claim manageable, Peregrine Storrs-Fox insists

Marine insurers face huge Tianjin blast exposure

Overall bill likely to be in the $2bn ballpark, although split with other lines

Shippers raise concerns over Cosco-CSCL proposed merger

Call for regulators to closely examine impact on existing liner alliance structures and their respective market shares

Asia-Europe rates continue downward spiral

Analysts place the blame firmly on the 2M carriers as freight rates fall by more than half within just three weeks

CMA CGM gives Tianjin update

Terminals and off-dock depots operating, but berth congestion, low productivity and longer port-stays expected

More shipping line mergers ‘would stabilise market’

Fragmented industry creates rate instability, says Maersk, but analysts question whether consolidation alone would reduce price volatility

DFDS plays down cost of Calais disruption

Cross-Channel carrier reluctant to improve its offer to solve MyFerryLink dispute, with France hosting meeting of key participants on Monday

Freight welcomes latest Calais security measures

But fresh industrial action could undermine progress, FTA warns Minister, calling for area to become ‘strike-free zone’

Maersk to sit out next round of consolidation

Line focusing on organic growth as APL looks for a buyer and Chinese carriers open merger talks

DFDS raises 2015 outlook again

Freight growth, particularly to and from the UK, boosts profit growth at ferry firm in the second quarter

New Calais security measures agreed

As UK and France announce joint ‘command and control centre’ and additional freight search teams, FTA calls for compensation for freight operators affected by cross-Channel crisis

Advice & Insight

Port of Santos' newest container terminal reaches traffic milestones

Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), a joint venture between APM Terminals and Terminal Investment Limited, has announced that its container terminal at the Port of Santos, has reached two traffic milestones, as well as recording significant productivity and efficiency gains.

Double-digit growth in transpacific traffic

Pacific ports continue to win back trade from east coast rivals as normal service is resumed

Reefer madness

Despite a variety of adverse economic and climatic conditions, perishable reefer cargo growth appears unstoppable, according to Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast

Asia-ECSA southbound box volumes down

Drewry’s rolling 12-month average for total Asia-ECSA volumes indicates that the trade will remain in deficit for the remainder of the year

Does Temasek really want to sell NOL-APL?: Part 2

Speculation that NOL-APL is being readied for a sale abounds. Is anyone prepared to take over a habitual loss-maker and more importantly, would majority owner Temasek go for a fire sale?

Freight People

SEKO Logistics names Sinker as Chief Client Solutions Officer

Newly-created post 'pivotal' to company's growing business

GAC Japan names National Operations Manager

Appointment in response to rising demand for ship agency services in the energy sector

AMI promotes French to VP Africa

Manager has spent over 30 years in the freight industry, holding a variety of senior posts for leading forwarders

Thewes to take the helm at DB Schenker Logistics

Appointee currently heads company's activities in Asia/Pacific region

Maersk names new Country Manager for Australia, Papua New Guinea

Predecessor to take up a position in Singapore

Have Your Say

Export growth still encouraging for UK SMEs

Dachser UK managing director Nick Lowe sees significant potential for further expansion, which logistics providers and infrastructure planners must respond to

Calais – a freight transport insurance perspective

As the political and humanitarian situation in Calais continues to unfold, specialist freight transport insurer TT Club’s Peregrine Storrs-Fox provides a perspective on the implications for the freight and haulage industry

Finding an alternative to ‘Operation Stack’ won't solve this crisis

Priority Freight’s operations manager, Ed Bembridge, says the ultimate responsibility rests with Europe’s leaders to find a compassionate solution to a very human problem

Cross-Channel pricing review: Quarter 2

Freightex CEO Tim Phillips expects UK international road freight prices to rise in the coming months, due to the impact of the migrant crisis and seasonal demand increases

Russia: Clear understanding of freight insurance is vital

Panditrans’ Alexander Petrenko outlines the crucial differences between liability and cargo cover in this sometimes-confusing market