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  • Self-driving truck startup TuSimple raises $95 million, breaks “unicorn” barrier

    Feb 13, 2019 — TuSimple will use the investment to grow its commercial autonomous fleet. The company, which claims to run the only fully autonomous semi-trucks capable of driving from depot-to-depot without human intervention, makes daily deliveries in Arizona, and soon in Texas, for large shippers and fleets.
  • Challenges to US urban supply chains mount

    Feb 6, 2019 — Problems rooted in truck capacity and driver availability are likely to get worse, rather than better, regardless of the economic cycle. “Relentless competition” and widespread urbanization are two of the top trends that will reshape trucking and logistics in the US and elsewhere as e-commerce expectations set by Amazon and its customers challenge traditional delivery strategies.
  • Georgia Ports Authority Unveils ‘Big Berth, Big Ship’ Expansion Plan for Savannah

    Feb 6, 2019 — The Georgia Ports Authority unveiled a plan Tuesday to expand the Port of Savannah to simultaneously handle six 14,000 TEU vessels by 2024.
  • A 'freight first' approach is need to beat road and rail congestion in the UK

    Jan 29, 2019 — “Prioritising improvement on just 2.4% of England’s road network and key routes in Scotland and Wales, together with just seven out of around 1,000 major junctions on the rail network, would transform our freight network and unlock value to the UK economy which would by far outstrip the cost of investment.”
  • First call by MOL car carrier in Cambodia

    Jan 28, 2019 — A Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) car carrier has made a first call for such a vessel type in Cambodia. The 6,400 standard passenger car capacity, MOL-operated Grand Orion was the company’s first car carrier to call in Cambodia when it berth at the Port of Sihanoukville this week.
  • China: Nanjing Customs procedure change

    Jan 25, 2019 — AGS Shanghai wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that Nanjing customs has decided to harmonise its procedures with those practiced at a national level.
  • Singapore developing standards for seamless digitalisation of shipping trade documents

    Jan 23, 2019 — Singapore is aiming to move forward with the digitalisation of shipping trade documentaton such as Bills of Lading (BLs) by developing standards inter-operability of different solutions that use technology such as block chain.
  • DSV-Panalpina deal could get 'messy' as the offer is considered

    Jan 23, 2019 — A response to DSV’s Sfr170 per share bid for Panalpina is expected on Friday – but analysts and investors are increasingly asking who, exactly, will respond. Last week’s news that DSV was looking to buy the Swiss 3PL triggered a flurry of talk about the deal, while Panalpina issued a simple statement saying it was considering the merits of the offer.
  • Sudan: Continued protests to cause delays

    Jan 22, 2019 — AGS Sudan wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that the country is still in the grips of serious social unrest.
  • Economic double-whammy and softening demand add to pressure on box carriers

    Jan 22, 2019 — A slowdown in European economies and fallout from US-China trade war has upped the risk factor for ocean carriers this year, according to the latest analysis by research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International.
  • Forwarders step up to prepare for ‘hard Brexit’

    Jan 18, 2019 — Following the rejection of United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May’s European Union withdrawal agreement, in a statement today the British International Freight Association (BIFA) recommended its members prepare for what it expects will be “a hard Brexit.”
  • Maersk to begin random container inspections over safety fears

    Jan 16, 2019 — Maersk Line is set to begin physically inspecting container contents as part of its efforts to stem the increasing numbers of fires that break out inside boxes during transit, as well as boxes in which cargo moves or is damaged due to not being lashed correctly.
  • Zimbabwe: Social unrest to cause delays

    Jan 16, 2019 — Zimbabwe has been facing a difficult economic situation for the past couple of months. The president's announcement on Saturday evening of a 300% fuel price increase triggered a three-day strike by the Zimbabwean Trade Union Confederation. Many protests followed, paralyzing the economy in the country's two largest cities; the capital, Harare and Bulawayo.
  • Sudan: New anti-government protests expected

    Jan 16, 2019 — AGS Sudan wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that a call for protest was launched in Sudan for Thursday 17 January 2019. The country is facing regular anti-government protests which slow down economic activity in the capital of Khartoum and other cities around the country.
  • Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why

    Jan 15, 2019 — Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move.
  • Mali: Strike to cause delays

    Jan 11, 2019 — The National Union of Workers of Mali (UNTM) announced, on Tuesday evening, a 72-hour general strike of workers in the public and private sectors throughout the country. Malian Customs is at a standstill, blocking all operations. The stoppage, scheduled between 9 and 11 January 2019 could be renewed if no dialogue is initiated with the government. Additional charges (storage, demurrage, etc.) are to be expected.
  • Container terminals still ‘solid, profitable business’

    Jan 11, 2019 — The global container terminal industry is expected to “remain a very solid, profitable business” this year with a throughput of more than 800 million TEUs generating earnings before income, taxes, depreciation and amortization in excess of $25 billion, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants.
  • Cambodian container traffic sees solid growth

    Jan 11, 2019 — Container traffic at Cambodia’s main ports increased significantly in 2018, according to port authorities. The number of containers handled at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, the nation’s only deep-sea port, increased by 16.9 percent, reaching a total of 537,107 TEU by the end of 2018.
  • Will This Year’s Moving Season be Better than 2018?

    Jan 9, 2019 — After the unfortunate moving season of 2018, with numerous military families reporting damage to their household goods and delays, U.S. Transportation Command has been working with defense and service officials to improve the relocation experience.
  • Panama cuts maximum draught for new locks

    Jan 9, 2019 — The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has decreased the maximum allowable draught for vessels transiting the neo-panamax locks at the beginning of January, effective 11 February.
  • Air cargo and ocean carrier rates should make for sustainable supply chains, say analysts

    Jan 8, 2019 — All regions and trade lanes are expected to report profits for air and ocean carriers in 2019.
  • Sudan: Protests to cause delays

    Jan 8, 2019 — AGS Sudan wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that due to ongoing protests in Sudan, and especially in Khartoum, our operations are expected to slow down until Wednesday, 09 January 2019.
  • 8 executive moves that will impact air cargo in 2019

    Jan 8, 2019 — It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day… It’s a new CEO? Now that 2019 has arrived, Air Cargo World is looking back one more time to see which of the recent executive moves in 2018 will likely have the greatest impact on the transformation of airfreight logistics in the new year.
  • Gabon: Tense political situation to cause delays

    Jan 8, 2019 — "AGS Gabon wishes to inform our colleagues and partners of possible delays following an attempted coup that took place on Monday morning in Gabon. The situation appears to be under control at the moment and troops have been deployed, but the situation remains unstable. Please note that operations at our Gabonese branches will be affected."
  • North American Van Lines 2018 Migration Report

    Jan 7, 2019 — To kick off 2019, North American Van Lines has released their 2018 Migration Report, which covers the state-to-state relocation of millions of Americans over each of the past seven years.
  • Crew leave Yantian Express for salvage tug as box ship blaze spreads

    Jan 7, 2019 — The crew of Hapag-Lloyd’s fire-stricken Yantian Express have been taken off the vessel as efforts to bring the blaze under control have failed. Fire broke out in one of the containers on Thursday and the crew’s efforts to put it out were hampered by bad weather. Over the weekend, the fire grew more dangerous, the company said in a statement today.
  • As the U.S. shutdown drags on, the threat to supply chains grows

    Jan 7, 2019 — Initial repercussions for logistics from the US government shutdown have been slight so far, but the prospect of lingering paralysis is raising fears of severe supply chain disruption that may take a long time to mend.
  • 18-Wheelers At App Speed: An $800M Startup Is Trying To Pull An Uber On The Trucking Business

    Jan 3, 2019 — Trucking is a $700 billion market, and the bill for moving full truckloads in the U.S. runs to more than $500 billion a year. Most trucking is done by contractors, small operators who are desperate to keep their rigs full to cover the financing on those trucks. Transfix is on track to collect $100 million in shipping charges for 2018. It will remit the lion’s share of this gross revenue to people who own the vehicles.
  • Top 5 airfreight trends to expect for 2019

    Jan 3, 2019 — Every January brings anticipation of the months to come and what they hold for airfreight logistics. Trade wars, recent WorldACD reports and the impending finale of Brexit have instilled uncertainty into the market, but the outlook for this year still suggests growth.
  • Toys and televisions litter island beaches after cargo ship loses containers

    Jan 3, 2019 — At least 21 containers which fell off a cargo ship near the German Wadden Sea island of Borkum have washed up on the Dutch coast, littering the beaches with toys, chairs and even flat-screen tvs.
  • Global 3PLs to double down on technology

    Jan 2, 2019 — Logistics software providers are trying to arm shippers with systems that render 3PLs less important. In addition, some ocean carriers are aiming to recapture the supply chain management ground they ceded to 3PLs over the last decade.
  • Burning Car Carrier Sincerity Ace Abandoned in Pacific Ocean; Two Missing, Three Fatalities Confirmed

    Jan 2, 2019 — The U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and two merchant vessels are continuing searching for two missing crew members from the burning car carrier Sincerity Ace approximately 1,800 nautical miles (2,000 miles) northwest of Oahu, Hawaii, the Coast Guard updated Tuesday.
  • Warning issued about West Coast port congestion

    Dec 21, 2018 — Terminals are being hit with heavy volumes because of tariffs at a time when many longshoremen are taking vacation.
  • A ‘no-deal’ Brexit will slow air connectivity

    Dec 21, 2018 — Ahead of the 29 March 2019, ACI Europe has warned that a no-deal Brexit scenario would halt growth of the aviation industry.
  • Landmark Call to Thailand Port as Largest Ever Container Ship to Visit the Country Takes on Freight

    Nov 27, 2018 — A landmark was reached at the weekend when the ONE Columba called at Laem Chabang Port, making it at 145,647 gross tonnes the largest ever container ship to berth anywhere in the country. The vessel is 364 metres and with a carrying capacity of 14,053 TEUs.