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 forwarding chief resigns

Roger Crook, CEO of Global Forwarding, Freight division, steps down ‘for personal reasons’

Norbert Dentressangle appoints new forwarding MD

Loïc Gay to head up the group’s rapidly expanding Air & Sea division

Schiphol appoints new cargo director

Jonas van Stekelenburg to take over from Enno Osinga from August

DGF names new country manager for Papua New Guinea

David Cels rejoins DHL Global Forwarding following seven years as a regional operations director

DHL Global Forwarding names new Singapore MD

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

Have Your Say

Cross-Channel pricing review: Quarter 1

The UK-mainland Europe haulage market has seen some significant volatility in prices, says Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

Boosting growth through logistics connectivity

CLECAT and FIATA director generals discuss the perils of inefficient logistics which can raise the costs of trading and reduce the potential for global integration

The value of quality is often underestimated

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s risk management director, says container buyers need to consider whether the product meets not just the statutory requirements, but all details of the specification

Ten tips for reducing your haulage spend

Often unsuspecting shippers have requirements they don’t realise add costs to carriers, says Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

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

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