Freight Trade Route

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

Grimaldi launches Med-North America car carrier

First direct regular ro-ro service of its kind between the two regions

Competitors cool over MyFerryLink purchase

P&O Ferries and DFDS welcome last week’s competition decision but show little interest in buying Eurotunnel subsidiary or its assets

Tribunal upholds MyFerryLink ban

Eurotunnel now seeks buyer for cross-Channel operator

Verdict imminent on Eurotunnel-MyFerryLink appeal

Six-month compliance period if tribunal upholds ban imposed by UK competition regulator

John Good Shipping to launch new multi-purpose service

Monthly frequency to link UK/North West Continent and US Gulf/Mexico-US East Coast

CMA CGM announces 'specialization' of EURAF 1 and EURAF 2 services

Move designed to improve its offer between Europe, the Mediterranean and West Africa

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

Russian imports drop as impact of sanctions bites

Traffic levels of containerised, bulk, general cargo, vehicles, and project cargo through St Petersburg depressed in recent months

DFDS may withdraw from Dover-Calais if MyFerryLink ban not upheld

Low rates sucking in volumes on the route

Calais strike hits cross-Channel freight

Delays in departures to Dover of up to 90 minutes

P&O Ferries to expand freight services at Teesport

Operator to take advantage of new intermodal rail connections opening at the port

CMA CGM adds Nhava Sheva to Africa service

Indian hub joins weekly Swahili loop

Advice & Insight

Toronto – a city with a strong economy of its own

Trade is equivalent in value to more than 60% of Canada’s GDP, and exports are directly linked to one in five Canadian jobs

Historic new agreement set to boost Canada-EU trade

Trade between the European Union and Canada is already very strong – and growth is expected to continue as a result of an historic new trade agreement now being finalised

Mexican freight rate summary

The ports of Veracruz and Altamira are situated on Mexico’s Atlantic coast, linking the country with Europe, the Caribbean and South America’s east coast

Vietnam economic overview

Exports drive GDP growth

Mozambique economic overview

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

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