Global & Regional News

  • Vietnam: Foreign shipping lines must now publicise fees

    Mar 24, 2017 — Foreign shipping lines will have to publicise charges, surcharges of freight services for containerised goods, and port service charges from July 1, 2017. The decree is expected to make the shipping market more transparent, ease the fee burden on Vietnamese import-export firms, and promote healthy competition.
  • Industry calls for action to prevent decline in UK shipping

    Mar 24, 2017 — All sides of the British shipping industry came together at the House of Commons on 20 March 2017 to make a united call for urgent government action to prevent catastrophic further decline of the UK merchant fleet and the country’s seafaring skills base.
  • Inland Freight Container Terminal Goes from Strength to Strength

    Mar 21, 2017 — An inland container storage facility in Teesside has reported record growth over the last year. The £2.6 million Tees Riverside Intermodal Park was part of a £12.5 million investment plan that logistics firm AV Dawson embarked on from 2012 to 2015 to develop its 100 acre freight and logistics terminal in Middlesbrough. The container terminal, which has been operational since 2013, has now reached over 300 units in storage, which continues to grow each month.
  • Heathrow makes its case in countdown to Brexit

    Mar 21, 2017 — Heathrow Airport Limited has reiterated the importance of the gateway to the UK’s international trade capability, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to activate Article 50, which will officially trigger the process of the country’s withdrawal from the EU. The operator of the UK’s biggest and busiest air cargo hub has also once again pointed to the value of a new runway to the country’s future economic success.
  • Increase in drone accidents prompt new restrictions in Canada

    Mar 20, 2017 — The Canadian government has instituted new temporary, on year rules that prevent the use of recreational drones near airports, garnering praise from private- and public-sector stakeholders in the air transport business. In addition to clearly marking their devices, drone operators in Canada are now forbidden from flying higher than 90 meters, within 75 meters of buildings and “within 9 kilometers of the center of any airport, heliport, aerodrome or water aerodrome, where aircraft take off and land.”
  • FMC Establishes Regulatory Reform Task Force

    Mar 20, 2017 — Acting Chairman of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission Michael A. Khouri today designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer. Ms. Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome, unnecessary, and outdated directives and recommend how they should be remedied.
  • Stakeholders agree on 24-hour services in Nigerian ports

    Mar 17, 2017 — Stakeholders have agreed that the maritime industry should operate for 24 hours to facilitate efficient cargo handling and delivery services to consignees. The stakeholders reached the consensus in a communique issued at the end of a one-day Town Hall Meeting on Cargo Handling and Port Charges organised by Publishers of Business and Maritime West Africa magazine.
  • Chennai Port Trust signs MoU for cargo handling

    Mar 16, 2017 — A Memorandum of Understanding was signed recently between Chennai Port Trust and the Government of Puducherry in New Delhi for handling EXIM cargo originating from Puducherry Port hinterland. The MoU envisages that Chennai Port Trust will assist Puducherry Port in handling its export cargo.
  • Panama Canal implements new vessel scheduling system

    Mar 16, 2017 — In response to growing traffic through the waterway, the Panama Canal has announced that it will launch a state-of-the-art vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system to further optimize costs, improve safety and increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the service it provides.
  • Opinion: Truck Speed Limiters Won’t Improve Highway Safety

    Mar 16, 2017 — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants all heavy trucks to have speed limiters – devices that block big rigs from driving above a certain predetermined speed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – which is also pushing for lower speed limits – and other groups support NHTSA’s planned regulation. While no one wants to see 80,000-pound tractor-trailers traveling at unsafe speeds, there’s plenty of evidence that shows why devices that keep trucks from accelerating above a certain level for what is likely to be a short distance isn’t a good idea.
  • Finnair hit by strike at Helsinki Airport

    Mar 16, 2017 — Finnair has confirmed that it will have to cancel more than 90 of its flights through its home hub of Helsinki Airport tomorrow (17 March) because of a strike at Finland’s biggest air gateway. The strike, to be held between 3pm and 7pm Eastern European Time (EET, two hours ahead of UTC), does not involve Finnair staff, but is the result of a dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union(IAU) and Palta, a service sector employer union.
  • Cargo ship escapes attack by pirates off Boan Island

    Mar 9, 2017 — The Vietnamese-flagged general cargo ship Phu An 268 was attacked by pirates in Philippine waters off Boan Island, on March 5, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre informs. Fortunately, the captain of the vessel managed to escape the attack by increasing speed and maneuvering head towards Malaysia.
  • Global rail traffic forecast for continued growth

    Mar 9, 2017 — According to a report published by SCI Verkehr, Germany, all types of rail traffic are expected to grow up to 2025, building on the growth already achieved since 2005. The strongest growth is expected in urban rail, followed by mainline passenger and freight.
  • The regulatory fights U.S. trucking expects to face

    Mar 9, 2017 — ATA’s chief executive expects trucking to debate on a wide range of different topics in the coming year, even down to the assignment of radio channels by the FCC.
  • Container Lines to Cut Terminal Cost in China

    Mar 6, 2017 — Eleven container liner transportation companies have promised to cut or standardize the Terminal Handling Charges in order to lower nearly 3.5 billion yuan burden of export enterprises each year, according to National Development and Reform Commission. This move is expected to save more than $500m annually for the country’s traders. THC is the major surcharge of sea transportation that is collected from export enterprises by container liner transportation companies.
  • Azerbaijan inaugurates new link to Iran

    Mar 6, 2017 — Azerbaijan officially inaugurated a new cross-border link to the Iranian city of Astara on March 5 when the first test train crossed the newly-constructed dual-gauge bridge over the Astarachay river, which divides the two countries. Construction on the 8.3km link began in April 2016, and the line runs from Astara, Azerbaijan, to the Iranian border city of the same name. The Azerbaijan - Iran project is considered as a key missing link in the North-South Transport Corridor, which is proposed to provide a direct rail link between India and the Caucuses to Russia and northern Europe, and is projected to carry up to 10 million tonnes of freight per year.
  • Determining Eastern Indonesia’s hub ports

    Mar 3, 2017 — The logistics and sea transportation sectors in Indonesia are now confused by government officials’ indistinct statements and the issuance of different regulations related to the appointment of international hub ports in Indonesia.
  • Airfreight volumes up in January despite Chinese New Year effects

    Mar 2, 2017 — Chinese New Year affected airfreight demand in January, but nonetheless volumes improved during the month compared with a year earlier. The latest figures from analyst WorldACD show that air cargo demand in weight terms improved by 4.9% year on year in January, with the origins Asia Pacific and North America registering improvements of more than 7%.
  • Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports enjoyed 2016 cargo boost

    Mar 1, 2017 — Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports continued their “overall growth trajectory” for airfreight volumes in 2016, according to December and full year regional statistics released by Airports Council International (ACI). Cargo throughputs at airports in Asia-Pacific and Middle East grew 10.9% and 10.4% respectively in December 2016, with full year increases of 4.5% for Asia-Pacific and a rise of 5.8% in the Middle East.
  • Fighting rising piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

    Mar 1, 2017 — ‘The Gulf of Guinea, which has been Africa’s main maritime piracy hotspot since 2011, could become the world's most piracy-affected area.’ This was a key observation made by American and African experts at a workshop organised by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Abidjan from 14 to 17 February. This finding and others depicted a rather disheartening picture of maritime security in Africa.
  • Brexit Bulletin: Team May Hits Back

    Feb 24, 2017 — Brexit negotiations have yet to formally begin, but U.K. lawmakers are already balking at the European Union’s position. Senior Conservatives are hitting back against claims from Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, made in a Bloomberg interview yesterday, that Britain should be charged about 60 billion euros when it leaves the EU.
  • Kenyan standard-gauge railway to start trial operation in March

    Feb 22, 2017 — Construction of the $US 3.8bn 472km Mombasa - Nairobi standard-gauge railway (SGR) is due to be completed in March by China Railway and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which has a 10-year concession to operate the line, to allow test running to begin in preparation for the start of train operation in June.
  • Mumbai Port’s staff strength to halve by 2021; operating profit to rise

    Feb 22, 2017 — Mumbai Port, the country’s biggest state-owned port, will see its staff strength halve by 2021 as large number of employees are due for retirement. With the port having no plans of fresh hiring to replace the retired employees, it is gearing up for a strong operating profit in the coming years. As on March 31, 2016, Mumbai Port has a staff strength of 10,364 employees.
  • Photos Reveal Fire Damage Aboard APL Austria in South Africa

    Feb 17, 2017 — The salvage of the APL Austria has entered the mop-up phase after a major fire broke out in one of the vessel’s cargo holds as it was off Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The fire started in one of the cargo holds of Liberian-flagged vessel on Sunday while the ship was some 30 miles off the coast of South Africa, headed west to the Indian Ocean. Overnight on Sunday the vessel was brought to the nearby port of Ngqura where firefighting continued for several days.
  • White House to Issue New Travel Order

    Feb 17, 2017 — After criticizing the “bad decision” he got from an appeals court panel last week, President Trump said in a press conference today that he will issue a new executive order on travel next week. It appears that instead of pursuing the issue through litigation, Trump will issue a new directive which he said will conform to the legal ruling handed down by the courts. “The new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider to be a very bad decision,” Trump said. “We can tailor the order to that decision and get just about everything, in some ways more.”
  • Rickmers in Plea to Creditors for Help to Escape Going Under as Debts Mount

    Feb 17, 2017 — Beleaguered panamax containership owner Rickmers Maritime Trust (RMT) has pleaded with its creditors for help to restructure its debts. Singapore-headquartered RMT posted a full-year 2016 net loss of $180m, after charter revenue of just $69m, and continues to carry an enormous debt pile.
  • Port of Los Angeles sets busiest January record

    Feb 16, 2017 — The Port of Los Angeles handled 826,640 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2017, an increase of 17.4 percent compared to January 2016. It was the busiest January in the port’s 110-year history, outpacing last January, which was the previous record for the first month of the year. It was also the second-best month overall for the Port, eclipsed only by last November’s 877,564 TEUs.
  • Lufthansa and pilots' union agree to mediator's recommendation

    Feb 16, 2017 — The dispute over pay between Lufthansa and its pilots looks to be coming to an end as both groups have agreed to mediator recommendations. The two groups said they agreed to the mediator’s recommendation of an annual pay rise of 2% backdated to January 2016, another rise of 2.3% from January 2017, another rise of 2.4% in 2018 and a further 2% in 2019. Lufthansa said that implementing the agreement would cost around €85m per year. The dispute resulted in strikes late last year.
  • Adapt to situation, closure to continue for 2 years – Official; ‘Ghazali’ traffic chaos irks motorists

    Feb 15, 2017 — The closure of Ghazali Bridge on Sunday brought traffic to a standstill on several roads leading to the surrounding areas. Director General of the Public Relations and Security Media Department at the Ministry of Interior Brigadier Adel Al-Hashash explained that closure of the far end of Ghazali Bridge at the intersections with Jahra Road and Jamal Abdulnasser Road caused the traffic jams. He affirmed the closure is “temporary” to pave way for the completion of Jahra Road Development Project. He said the closure will continue for two years.
  • Dryad Maritime’s Piracy Report Highlights Gulf of Guinea as New “Hotspot”

    Feb 14, 2017 — Dryad’s 2016 figures highlighted a significant increase in offshore maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea compared to 2015. The figure of 49 attacks at sea for 2016 is a huge increase on the 2015 total of 20 attacks. The number of crew kidnapped (51) is also significantly greater than the 31 abducted for ransom the previous year. The Somali pirate threat in the Indian Ocean remains broadly contained with the main focus being the ongoing civil war in Yemen and the implications to shipping in the region.
  • World’s Biggest Shipping Company Voices Alarm at Trump Trade War

    Feb 9, 2017 — A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, the owner of the world’s biggest container shipping line, is paying particular attention to noises coming from the United States that suggest the new administration is moving closer to a trade war with China. President Trump’s rejection of trade agreements with the rest of North America and Europe have done little to unsettle Maersk’s management. “But when the talks come to a potential trade war with China, we sit up and listen,” Soren Skou, the CEO of the Copenhagen-based company, said in an interview Feb. 8. “That would have a very negative effect on our business.”
  • Tanzania awards standard-gauge contract

    Feb 9, 2017 — Tanzania’s government has awarded a contract for the construction of 205km of Tanzania’s proposed standard gauge railway to Yapi Merkez Insaat Ve Sanayi (YMIVS), Turkey, and Mota-Engil, Portugal. The $US 1.2bn contract is part of the 1216km stretch that will eventually link Dar es Salaam with the rest of the country as well as Rwanda and Burundi.
  • Port of Antwerp opens new training centre in India

    Feb 9, 2017 — Indian port professionals who follow courses given in Mumbai by APEC, the port of Antwerp training centre, can now benefit from a purpose-built training facility. The new facility was officially opened on Monday this week during the annual Port of Antwerp Mission to India, in the presence of Belgian deputy prime minister Alexander De Croo, port alderman Marc Van Peel, APEC principal Kristof Waterschoot, JNPT chairman Shri Neeraj Bansal and Indian Port Association chairman Shri Sanjay Bhatia. After the inauguration the guests attended a first lesson in the new training centre.
  • On the rails: Growth in Asia’s slower lane

    Feb 9, 2017 — Last October the British and Chinese governments agreed to allow more than double the number of passenger flights between the two nations and threw the door open to unlimited cargo flights. To date, however, no air carrier has availed itself of the opportunity. Instead, rail, as well as rival ground-based modes, have risen in popularity.
  • Made in Vietnam: Emerging logistics giant isn’t slowing down post-TPP

    Feb 6, 2017 — With an already existing free-trade agreement with the European Union that will begin to kick in next year, and with its proximity to the massive Chinese economy directly to the north, Vietnam has enough options – even without the Trans-Pacific Partnership – to become a thriving manufacturing country, a logistics nerve center for Southeast Asia and a booming airfreight hub.
  • Alabama Port Authority Announces Deal With Cuban Counterpart

    Feb 6, 2017 — The Alabama State Port Authority has announced a new memorandum of understanding with the National Port Administration of Cuba, potentially laying the groundwork for future trade deals.
  • Panama Canal Breaks Monthly Tonnage Record

    Feb 6, 2017 — In January, the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), with the transit of 1,260 ships through both the expanded and original locks, the canal authority announced.
  • Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

    Feb 3, 2017 — A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK's exit from the European Economic Area. But the judges refused to give the green light for the challenge, saying the judicial review was "premature". The latest legal challenge was brought by supporters of a so-called "soft Brexit" - which would see the UK remain a member of the EU's internal market.
  • Algeria: $3.5bn El Hamdania port to compete with Tanger Med

    Feb 2, 2017 — The government of Algeria is to press ahead with the development of a new $3.5bn port and industrial zones at El Hamdania, in an attempt to replicate the success of the Tanger Med project in neighbouring Morocco. El Hamdania, which is located 70km west of Algiers, is to be developed in phases with eventual annual handling capacity of 6.3m TEU per year, spread over 23 berths. This would rank it second in Africa, after Tanger Med’s 9m TEU per year.
  • Aramex May Move U.K. Jobs to Netherlands or France on Brexit

    Jan 31, 2017 — Aramex PJSC, the Dubai-based courier and logistics company, is considering minimizing its operations in the U.K. and serving Europe through the Netherlands or France if Brexit agreements do not favor free trade flows.
  • After Chaos at Airports, Homeland Security Says Order to Return

    Jan 31, 2017 — The U.S. government said it was taking steps to restore order to the global air transport industry after a weekend of chaos following President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. Permanent U.S. residents from nations covered by Trump’s order should no longer be detained at American airports and no one covered by the ban should be getting on planes overseas, the Department of Homeland Security said.
  • Pony Express makes first approved Dublin drone delivery

    Jan 30, 2017 — A drone has made Ireland’s first Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)-approved parcel delivery, ferrying emergency supplies 200 metres to a boat at sea. The Dublin flight, lasting two minutes from take-off to parcel drop, was performed by Pony Express Couriers, using a DJI Inspire 1 drone laden with a parcel weighing 250 grams.
  • U.S. Pending-Home Sales Rebound Despite Rise in Mortgage Rates

    Jan 30, 2017 — Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rebounded last month as buyers adjusted to the recent jump in mortgage rates, according to figures released Jan. 30 from the National Association of Realtors in Washington.
  • Freight Trade Between Cuba and the US in the Balance Despite Recent Softening of Regulations

    Jan 26, 2017 — The inauguration of President Trump leaves many areas of US policy in some doubt, none more so than in the area of Foreign Trade, as has been evidenced by the recent scrapping of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The President’s unpredictability also leaves many unanswered questions such as where he stands on relations with Cuba.
  • Report: Tanzania to Get Funds for Dar es Salaam Port Expansion

    Jan 26, 2017 — Tanzania’s port of Dar es Salaam has taken a step toward a major expansion project as the World Bank agreed to provide the country with funds for a number of development works, according to Reuters.
  • Amazon Expands Into Ocean Freight

    Jan 26, 2017 — Inc. is taking to the high seas. The online retail giant has begun handling shipment of goods by ocean to its U.S. warehouses from Chinese merchants selling on its site—taking on a role it previously left to global freight-transportation companies.
  • Trucking Industry’s Use of Drivers as Independent Contractors Under Siege

    Jan 25, 2017 — Several recent court rulings have dealt setbacks to the trucking industry’s practice of classifying drivers as independent contractors rather than full employees. In decisions against the California Trucking Association and the giant Swift Transportation carrier, two federal judges ruled that truckers should be categorized as employees unless their working conditions meet specific requirements that qualify them as independent contractors.
  • VP-Elect Mike Pence Tells Mayors to Expect ‘Big’ Infrastructure Bill

    Jan 25, 2017 — “We’re going to do an infrastructure bill, and it’s going to be big,” Vice President-elect Mike Pence told the hundreds of mayors meeting in downtown Washington Jan. 17, three days before Trump is sworn-in as the country’s 45th president.
  • A Hot Spot gets Hotter: China hits back at US over South China Sea claims

    Jan 24, 2017 — China has asserted its "indisputable sovereignty" over parts of the South China Sea after the Trump administration vowed to prevent China from taking territory in the region.
  • East African standard-gauge network takes shape

    Jan 24, 2017 — The quest to bring standard-gauge rail to Africa has gained traction following an announcement from the Tanzanian government that it is seeking bidders for the construction of the final portion of the new line that it plans to build between Dar es Salaam and Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Japan’s Orix Looking to Scoop Up More European Shipping Debt

    Jan 24, 2017 — Japanese financial services firm Orix Corp said it was looking to buy more shipping loans in Europe after confirming on Monday that it would purchase $289 million worth of such debt from Royal Bank of Scotland in a landmark deal.
  • Philippines Continues to be Piracy Hotspot

    Jan 23, 2017 — For the period of January 3 – 9, three attempted piracy incidents were reported to the Asian regional piracy center ReCAAP ISC, two of them in Philippine waters. There have been 16 attacks since last March on ships in the Sulu and Celebes Seas, through which about $40 billion worth of cargo passes each year, according to ReCAAP.
  • UK forwarders want more detail on Brexit plan

    Jan 19, 2017 — The British International Freight Association (Bifa) has said freight is "none the wiser" after the UK prime minister outlined the government's plan for leaving the European Union.
  • The automation of work: How will trucking cope?

    Jan 19, 2017 — We all know that many observers expect autonomous technology to help alleviate the truck driver shortage, at least to a degree, but how will it affect other trucking jobs like dispatching? Load planning? Could they be automated as well?
  • Difficult ice conditions trap convoy of four vessels

    Jan 19, 2017 — A convoy of two bulk carriers and two icebreakers has been stuck in the ice off the coast of Chukotka Peninsula, according to Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Directorate.
  • First China – Britain freight train arrives in London

    Jan 19, 2017 — The first container train from China to Britain arrived at DB Cargo’s London Eurohub terminal in Barking on schedule on January 18, having left Yiwu in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, southeast of Shanghai on 1 January.
  • Freight is none the wiser on how Brexit will affect its operations following May’s speech

    Jan 18, 2017 — The British International Freight Association (BIFA) says that whilst Prime Minister Theresa May’s much anticipated speech today has delivered some clarity on the UK’s plans to leave the European Union’s single market, it remains short on the details that will assist its members as they go about their business of managing much of the UK’s visible international trade.
  • FMCSA Suspends Unified Registration System Requirement

    Jan 18, 2017 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has suspended its rule requiring freight forwarders, motor carriers and others under FMCSA jurisdiction to submit required registration and biennial update information to the Agency via a new electronic on-line Unified Registration System.
  • Hong Kong International closes out 2016 on a high note

    Jan 18, 2017 — Cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) – already the top cargo airport in the world, in terms of tonnage – added to its lead with a 3.2 percent increase, compared to 2015, to 4.52 million tonnes in 2016. Over the year, HKIA also handled 411,530 flight movements, representing a yearly rise of 1.4 percent.
  • Schiphol handles record cargo volumes in 2016

    Jan 18, 2017 — As the year-end data starts to flow, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport joins a list of cargo handlers and carriers that saw their volumes surge back into profitability in 2016, after a lean start to the year. With a throughput of 1.66 million tonnes, up 2.5 percent over 2015, Schiphol set a new annual record for cargo lift.
  • Hungary, Bulgaria Ban Shipping on Danube as River Freezes Over

    Jan 11, 2017 — Hungary and Bulgaria have banned shipping on the Danube as the river is freezing over and floating ice poses a risk.
  • Budapest volumes surge 22.7% in 2016

    Jan 11, 2017 — Budapest Airport recorded a 22.7% surge in cargo throughputs in 2016 to around 112,000 tonnes. Rene Droese, director property and cargo at the Hungarian hub, said that the increase was a "clear indicator that the Hungarian economy is doing well." Droese continued: "Our foreign partners continue to find more and more advantages in flying their cargo directly to Budapest due to its central location in the heart of Europe."
  • Autonomous Trucks Hold Promise, But Sensible Regulation Is Needed, ATA?s Spear Tells TRB

    Jan 10, 2017 — Autonomous truck technology holds the potential to enhance safety, efficiency and productivity in the trucking industry, but its successful deployment will depend on regulation that supports it rather than hinders it, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said.
  • Port Klang outlines massive new terminal complex

    Jan 10, 2017 — The Port Klang Authority (PKA) has outlined plans to develop a huge new terminal complex on a nearby island. To be built on Pulau Carey, the RM200bn ($44.7bn) project is likely to tap Chinese firms for investment. PKA chairman Kong Cho Ha told local media a new port is necessary to compete in the industry and also to vie for a bigger share of the container trade from Singapore.
  • Panama Canal Cost Overrun Claim Rises $2 Billion

    Jan 10, 2017 — Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the contractors' consortium that built the Panama Canal Expansion, may claim a total of up to $2 billion in additional cost overruns from the Panama Canal Authority, according to figures published Monday by Spanish newspaper El Pais. The Canal was originally bid at $3.2 billion, but GUPC has now reserved the right to claim up to $5.4 billion more, potentially tripling the canal?s final cost.
  • IMO Cautions Against Extending EU-ETS to Shipping

    Jan 9, 2017 — Including shipping in the EU?s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping on a global basis, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said in a letter to senior European officials.
  • Vienna announces expansion of air cargo facilities

    Jan 6, 2017 — Vienna Airport has announced plans to expand its air cargo facilities by one third as demand continues to improve. The Austrian airport said the project would expand its Air Cargo Center by 15,000 sq m at a cost of around ?16m.
  • Romania-Sweden rail freight service

    Jan 6, 2017 — A new rail freight service will begin during January, linking Curtici near Arad in western Romania with major logistics centres in Sweden. The service will join two existing freight routes, to form the ?first unified rail connection? between Romania and Scandinavia, taking advantage of Samskip?s hub at Duisburg in Germany.
  • Unions, industry seek consensus with Limassol port operators

    Jan 6, 2017 — The commercialisation of Limassol port will only be complete once the new operators reach mutually acceptable agreements with local stakeholders that safeguard their rights and responsibilities as Cyprus shipping enters a new era. This was the main message from the annual general meeting of the Cyprus Shipping Association (CSA), which took place in Limassol.
  • Maersk, Alibaba Partner to Offer Online Ship Booking

    Jan 5, 2017 — Maersk, the world's largest container shipping line, has teamed up with Alibaba to allow customers to reserve space on its vessels through the Chinese company, illustrating growing cooperation between e-commerce and logistics firms.
  • The New Silk Road: China Launches Beijing-London Freight Train Route

    Jan 5, 2017 — On Sunday, the Chinese government launched a rail freight service between China and London. This is the first direct rail link between China and Great Britain. The route of the service will traverse from Beijing, across Asia and Europe, before terminating in London.
  • EXIM Bank Releases its FY 2016 Annual Report

    Jan 4, 2017 — Today the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) released its Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report highlighting its support of more than $8 billion in U.S. exports and an estimated 52,000 U.S. jobs. The Bank also announced it has transferred $284 million in deficit-reducing receipts to the U.S. Treasury's General Fund for fiscal year 2016.
  • Swim or Sink Outlook Prompts Asia Shipping Lines to Face Mergers

    Jan 4, 2017 — Faced with a prolonged trade slowdown and depressed freight rates, the region?s container lines are set for further consolidation after a year that?s seen the collapse of South Korea?s Hanjin Shipping Co., a mega merger among Japanese rivals and the sale of Singapore?s shipping flagship. With capacity in excess, firms will continue joining forces to cut costs and improve efficiency.
  • Shipping faces threat from EU of unilateral levy on carbon emissions

    Jan 4, 2017 — The shipping industry faces the threat of paying a levy to the European Union on its greenhouse gas emissions as lawmakers from the bloc grow increasingly impatient with the slow progress being made by the global effort to tackle the issue. The industry, which accounts for around 90 percent of goods transported globally, ‎has rejected unilateral moves by the EU, arguing it would distort world trade and instead wants the issue handled through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nation's shipping agency.
  • Colombo Port surpasses 2 million teu milestone

    Jan 4, 2017 — Colombo International Container Terminals has reported a throughput of 2 million teus for the 12 months ending 31st December 2016, achieving impressive YoY growth of 28 per cent in volume. This new volume has enabled the Port of Colombo to register overall incremental growth in the three consecutive years since CICT came into operation.
  • Fewer cases of piracy, robbery in Straits of Malacca

    Jan 3, 2017 — The seas around the Straits of Malacca and Singapore have become safer, a situation experts attribute to increased enforcement against pirates in what is one of the world?s busiest trade routes.
  • Petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices for Rulemaking; Notice of Filing and Request for Comments

    Jan 3, 2017 — Notice is hereby given that the Coalition for Fair Port Practices (hereinafter Petitioner), has petitioned the Commission pursuant to 46 CFR 502.51 of the Commission?s Rules of Practice and Procedure, to initiate a rulemaking ?to clarify what constitutes ?just and reasonable rules and practices? with respect to the assessment of demurrage, detention, and per diem charges by ocean common carriers and marine terminal operators when ports are congested or otherwise inaccessible.? The Petition will be posted on the Commission?s Web site and comments are due by Feb. 18.
  • IAM Submits Comments to USTRANSCOM on Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program

    Nov 10, 2015 — IAM yesterday submitted comments on the U.S. Transportation Command’s recent Federal Register Notice about the Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program. IAM believes the proposed pilot is ill-conceived and poorly timed.
  • IAM attends GSA pre-solicitation meeting

    Aug 6, 2015 — IAM attended the GSA pre-solicitation meeting yesterday in Washington D.C. IAM’s Senior Vice-President, Chuck White, and Programs Director, Brian Limperopulos, discussed international trends and issues affecting the industry with both GSA officials and transportation service providers from the industry.
  • IAPH: A Smart Conference in a Smart Port City

    Jun 15, 2015 — The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) convened at its 29th World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2015, under the theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”, was successfully concluded, attracting more than 900 delegates, accompanying persons, guest speakers and exhibitors from across the world.
  • Scott AFB Visit Summary and 2015 Peak Season Shipment Refusals

    Apr 2, 2015 — On Mar. 31, IAM President Terry Head and Senior Vice President Chuck White met with the new Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Personal Property Director, Lt. Col. Michael Erhardt; the outgoing Personal Property Director, Capt. Aaron Stanley; and other key SDDC staffers. The key discussion item was obviously SDDC’s recent decision not to allow shipment refusals during the 2015 Peak Season.
  • International Association of Movers Names Charles L. White Senior Vice President

    Feb 2, 2015 — The International Association of Movers (IAM) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” L. White has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President.
  • IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Online Directory Launch

    Dec 10, 2014 — The new and improved ILN Online Directory has launched. Now anyone can easily search for ILN member companies geographically or by name keywords, allowing IAM members, ILN members and the general public to find companies they can potentially partner with on logistics projects.