Global & Regional News

  • 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.
  • Trump’s DOT Pick Outlines Priorities for Agency

    Dec 22, 2016 — The effective enforcement of safety, repairing critical infrastructure and expediting the permitting process are priorities at the U.S. Department of Transportation that Elaine Chao said she will address if confirmed as transportation secretary in the Trump administration.
  • Uber for Trucking Firm in China Valued at $1 Billion

    Dec 22, 2016 — Truck Alliance Inc., an Uber-type service for trucks known in China as Huochebang, raised about $115 million in a financing round that valued the startup at $1 billion. Trucking remains the primary means of ferrying goods across China. More than 80% of goods are delivered via roads in a country whose logistics sector was worth $1.6 trillion in 2013, Deloitte has estimated. But the industry remains fragmented and inefficient.
  • The Scary Population Decline in Japan

    Dec 22, 2016 — Futoshi Ishii, director of population dynamics at the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in Japan, says that Japan's population decline will break a new record for decline every year from now until the 2060s. The country's population in 2060: just 87 million, dramatically down from 127 million currently.
  • NIMASA shuts 3 port facilities over security

    Dec 22, 2016 — THE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, yesterday, shut three facilities for non-compliance with Ship and Port Facility Security, ISPS, code. The facilities are Heyden Petroleum Jetty, Ijora; Waziri Jetty, Dockyard Road, Apapa, and Starz Marine Shipyard Limited, Onne, Rivers State.
  • Britain’s DP Rail in deal to build new port rail link in Bangladesh

    Dec 22, 2016 — The Government of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Railway have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British company DP Rail to deliver a new 240 km railway between Dhaka and Payra. DP Rail said it expects rail freight services from the port to start in 2024. In its first year, the line is predicted to transport two million TEU, increasing to around four million TEU by 2030.
  • UK cargo handlers the latest to announce strike action

    Dec 20, 2016 — Cargo handlers working for Swissport in the UK are the latest group to announce plans to go on strike in protest over pay. Unite, the UK's largest union, said that more than 1,500 check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew would take part in a 48-hour strike beginning at 00:01 on Friday morning.
  • CSA SMS Website Updated and Acute/Critical Violations Added to SMS

    Dec 15, 2016 — The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) Website has been updated with the November 25, 2016 snapshot. Please note: inspection and crash data is current as of November 16, 2016. The next snapshot will include inspection and crash data for November 17-25. Motor carriers, check your own safety assessments now.
  • Thai Cabinet Approves $25 Billion Infrastructure Plan

    Dec 15, 2016 — Thailand's cabinet has approved an infrastructure action plan worth 895.8 billion baht ($25.2 billion) for 2017, as the military government ramps up investment projects to boost a sluggish economy. The plan includes 36 infrastructure projects, covering rail, roads, air transport and ports throughout Thailand, Kobsak Pootrakool, vice minister at the Prime Minister's Office, told reporters.
  • Maersk Line to buy container shipping line Hamburg Süd

    Dec 12, 2016 — Denmark-based shipping company Maersk Line has agreed to acquire German container shipping line Hamburg Süd from its owner Oetker Group, for an undisclosed sum. Subject to final agreement and regulatory approvals, the deal is expected to be complete by the end of next year.
  • Call for logistics to play a key role in new Sydney airport

    Dec 12, 2016 — An Australian logistics group has called on the country’s government to ensure freight is a central component in the development of a second Sydney airport.
  • Truckers applaud move to revert to pre-2013 Hours of Service regulations

    Dec 8, 2016 — American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear praised the inclusion of a permanent hours-of-service restart fix in Congress’ bipartisan Continuing Resolution (CR) regarding budget funding in a House Appropriations Committee action to keep the federal government funded through April 17, 2017.
  • American Airlines launches new Dallas-Madrid 787-9 service

    Dec 7, 2016 — American Airlines announced the launch of a new 787-9 service between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Madrid Barajas (MAD) in Spain. The widebody jet provides capacity for up to 36 LD3 positions, or 12 pallets.
  • AeroUnion begins freighter service to Miami

    Dec 7, 2016 — As it continues an ambitious infrastructure upgrade, Miami International Airport (MIA) announced further growth in its freighter service with the addition of two weekly roundtrip flights on a triangular route between MIA, Mexico City and Mérida via AeroUnion. The service from the Mexico-based carrier, which departs every Tuesday and Friday, began on Dec. 2, making AeroUnion the fourth all-cargo carrier to begin service at MIA in 2016.
  • China Eastern to offload loss making China Cargo Airlines

    Dec 7, 2016 — China Eastern Airlines will sell its shareholding in freighter operator China Cargo Airlines on the back of continuing losses and to allow it to concentrate on its passenger business.
  • Yang Ming targeted for consolidation

    Dec 7, 2016 — Taiwanese politicians yesterday debated the future of the island’s second largest containerline, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp, with calls for it to merge with other lines or possibly state-run Taiwan International Port Corp (TIPC).
  • Trump, trucking, and the outlook for 2017

    Dec 6, 2016 — Lots of change may be on the menu for trucking in 2017 as economic trends and federal policy efforts could make further alterations to the U.S. freight market – everything from canceling regulations to the adoption of new strategies for meeting customer demands.
  • Greek Ports Face New Strikes

    Dec 6, 2016 — A new 24-hour general strike, which could affect commercial vessel calls at Greek ports, is scheduled to start at 11 am on December 8, according to the Greek Dockworkers’ Union.
  • FMCSA posts clearinghouse rule

    Dec 2, 2016 — Four years after the U.S. Congress called for a national clearinghouse of truck driver drug and alcohol violations, the FMCSA on Monday will publish the final rule that establishes the database. The purpose of the central repository is to prevent CDL holders with positive test results from moving to different states where the records would not follow them.
  • Airlines' group criticises Frankfurt Airport fees increase

    Dec 2, 2016 — Airlines have slammed a decision to raise the charges for carriers using Frankfurt airport (FRA) in Germany at a time when rival European hubs are lowering their pricing structures.
  • French: Lingua Franca

    Dec 2, 2016 — French is currently ranked sixth among world languages, after Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Hindi and Arabic. But it is gaining speakers quickly and, the study reports, will be spoken by 750 million in 2050, up from 220 million today.
  • CargoLogicAir and ABC end African operation

    Nov 30, 2016 — UK-based freighter operator CargoLogicAir (CLA) and AirBridgeCargo (ABC) have ended their scheduled operation between Europe and Africa after less than seven months. Speaking to Russian Aviation Insider, ABC general director Sergey Lazarev said the airline had decided to end the operation it ran through a CLA Boeing 747 freighter because of weakness in the African market.
  • Port of Montreal inaugurates new container terminal

    Nov 30, 2016 — Canadian government officials last week marked the inauguration of a new container terminal at the Port of Montreal in the Viau sector. The new container terminal will boost the port's handing capacity by 450,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), according to a press release issued by port officials.
  • Trump nominates Chao as U.S. transportation secretary

    Nov 30, 2016 — At the Department of Transportation (DOT), Chao will play a prominent role in helping Trump to get an infrastructure spending bill through Congress and to start government-backed projects. Trump has vowed to push through a trillion-dollar increase in infrastructure spending in the next decade with his plan relying heavily on public-private partnerships and tax credits.
  • Dangers of the BAM

    Nov 23, 2016 — The implications of a declining security environment in the Bab el-Mandeb are substantial. The strait is one of a few strategic maritime choke points worldwide, a narrow but vital waterway that sea traffic must be able to navigate for maritime trade to function effectively. Almost all maritime trade between Europe and Asia, approximately USD700 billion annually, passes through this narrow waterway.
  • EU Commissioner Bulc - her plans on road toll rules

    Nov 23, 2016 — On the 8th of November, Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, outlined her plans in regards to road toll rules during a small Conference.
  • Empty Container Repositioning Costs Shipping Industry Up to $20 Billion Per Year

    Nov 23, 2016 — Repositioning empty containers costs the shipping industry $15-$20bn a year – up to 8% of a shipping line’s operating costs – according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
  • Astral Aviation to open drone hub at Kapese Airstrip, Kenya

    Nov 22, 2016 — The first drones in service are a fleet of Flyox units that can transport up to 1,850 kilograms up to 1,200 kilometers. While most commercial drones use top-mounted rotors, Flyox drones are unmanned prop-planes with retractable tail-wheel and amphibious landing capacity as well as precision parachute drop capability.
  • Truckers See Largest Pay Raise of Any Profession, Glassdoor Finds

    Nov 17, 2016 — To combat a shortage of truck drivers, trucking companies are giving drivers some of the largest pay increases in the job market.
  • Cargo release in Philippines delays blamed on storage issues

    Nov 17, 2016 — Customs Commissioner Nicanor E. Faeldon will meet with port stakeholders on the matter of storage space for shipments, which he identified as one of the issues causing delays in trade facilitation. “Only 6% of the importation process is under the control of Customs, and the rest are controlled by other regulatory offices,” said Mr. Faeldon in a statement e-mailed to journalists this weekend.
  • Not All Doom and Gloom for Shipping as Two Ports Report Increased Freight Tonnages

    Nov 16, 2016 — While the collapse of Hanjin and poor freight rates on containers is still a major concern for the freight industry globally, two ports on different continents are reporting that they are confident in the future and reporting improved cargo figures, one of them concerned principally with that very deep sea trade.
  • Port of Long Beach: Cargo volumes down compared to last year

    Nov 16, 2016 — The Port of Long Beach recently announced that the container volumes in October were down 6.2 percent compared to the same month last year, as the fallout from the Hanjin bankruptcy continues to settle.
  • ELDs, Trucking, and Trump

    Nov 16, 2016 — Will the incoming Trump administration delay the still-contentious electronic logging device (ELD) mandate? That question popped up more than few times at the TU-Automotive Connected Fleets USA being held this week in Atlanta during conversations among the participants and during panel discussions.
  • New U.S. overtime regulations: Are you ready?

    Nov 15, 2016 — On December 1, 2016 major changes to the overtime rule will be going into effect. The U.S. Department of Labor is changing the overtime exemption regulations and that change has the potential to impact 4.2 million employees who are currently classified as exempt. And I am betting some of them work for you.
  • Rickmers Maritime Doubts It Can Continue

    Nov 15, 2016 — Rickmers Maritime, a Singapore-listed trust that operates container ships, said it faces the risk of going out of business given the uncertain outcome of its discussions with bondholders and senior lenders about restructuring its debt. The firm said it would not be able to pay an interest of S$4.26 million, which is due on November 15, on a S$100 million ($71 million) bond that it has been trying to restructure.
  • German Shipping Bank DVB Seeks Capital Increase Amid Downturn

    Nov 15, 2016 — German shipping bank DVB said on Monday it will seek a capital increase after write-downs on bad loans pushed the lender to forecast an even bigger net loss for 2016. German shipping banks have also been hit by slowing growth in China and sluggish global trade. These banks are believed to be behind up to a quarter of the world’s $400 billion of outstanding shipping loans.
  • New Zealand’s earthquake causes port and infrastructure issues

    Nov 14, 2016 — Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising of a number of port and infrastructure issues following New Zealand’s biggest earthquake in 150 years. The earthquake, measuring a magnitude of 7.5, struck the upper South Island of New Zealand at midnight local time on 14 November.
  • Alibaba Rival JD Envisions Its Own Delivery Drone Fleet in China by End of 2017

    Nov 14, 2016 — JD.com Inc. has drawn up plans for drones to ply 100 regular routes by the end of next year. Taking advantage of less-restrictive regulations, it’s spent months testing its drones and beginning Nov. 10 — the same day as China’s annual 24-hour online shopathon — it intends to start operating four routes delivering packages to rural residents on a trial basis.
  • Pakistan’s Gwadar Port Open for Business With Arrival of First Chinese Ship

    Nov 14, 2016 — Pakistan’s prime minister and army chief welcomed on Sunday the first large shipment of Chinese goods through the renovated port of Gwadar, part of a trade link between western China and the Arabian Sea.
  • Liberia poised to be a cargo hub again with GLS contract

    Nov 9, 2016 — Liberia has taken a major step toward rejoining the world’s global supply chain by securing Global Logistics Services Inc. with a 25-year air cargo operations concession at the country’s only international airport: Roberts International (RIA).
  • Trump's Election Win Raises Uncertainties for Shipping

    Nov 9, 2016 — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has expressed opposition to free trade in general, and to NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership in particular. As he will have same-party partners in both the House and Senate, he will have added traction in achieving policy objectives – potentially including his promises for new tariffs on imports and a rollback of free trade.
  • Massive investments to take place in Antwerp port

    Nov 9, 2016 — The port of Antwerp has announced a significant amount of invetments to come in the next few years. Specifically, the SEA-Invest group is planning construction of a new tanker terminal in the Delwaide dock representing an investment of 250 million euros. In the same dock the group will also operate an independent container terminal that it has acquired from Independent Maritime Terminal.
  • Bank of Ireland Joins Others in Shipping Loan Wind Down

    Nov 9, 2016 — Bank of Ireland said it is winding down its shipping business, joining other banks looking to cut non-core lending and exposure to an industry suffering its worst downturn. Parts of the shipping industry are suffering their deepest ever downturn as international trade slows. Around 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea.
  • New Austrian Toll Charges Will Hit Freight Trucks on Road Haulage Operation

    Nov 7, 2016 — The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has informed road haulage outfits using Austrian roads of the planned changes to the current truck and bus toll system in the country, which come into force from January 1, 2017. The new tolling structure is set to include a surcharge for noise and harmful emissions, instead of the previous four-stage bonus-malus system in line with the Euro emission classes.
  • Panama Canal to reward ships with low emissions by 2017

    Nov 7, 2016 — With sustainability washing over the shipping industry, the new Panama Canal emissions rewards program enables green-conscious ships to gain an edge over vessels built without the environment in mind. The new program is also another tool the Panama Canal is using to increase its market share of East-West trade.
  • Somali Pirates Attack First Ship in Two and a Half Years

    Nov 7, 2016 — Somali pirates launched their first attacked on a merchant vessel in more than two and a half years, the European Union’s counter piracy operation Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR) has confirmed.
  • Leased Hanjin Containers Going Back to Asia

    Nov 4, 2016 — Containers that were leased to Hanjin Shipping Co. and stuck at the trucking company’s yard can now be returned to the Port of Long Beach, California, and loaded onto a vessel chartered to take them back to Asia.
  • New Container Service to Connect Port of Wilmington and Asia

    Nov 1, 2016 — A new container service connecting the Port of Wilmington in North Carolina to Asia commenced this month, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Oct. 31. The TP10/Amberjack service, part of the Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Maersk Line, will call on the ports of Qingdao, Xingang, Ningbo and Shanghai in China and Busan in South Korea.
  • Intermodal Transport: The Little Engine That Could

    Nov 1, 2016 — After two years of steady acceleration, intermodal transportation in North America hit a slowdown in 2016. Intermodal volume in the second quarter of 2016 fell by 6.1 percent compared with the same quarter in 2015, according to the Intermodal Association of North America.
  • Indonesia Reopens Sulu Sea Route for Larger Cargo Ships

    Nov 1, 2016 — The government revoked a ban for Indonesian cargo ships with gross tonnage above 500 tonnes from making voyage into Philippine waters, allowing some businesses to resume trade on the pirate-infested route. But the government decided to keep its ban on tugboats and barges on the route, since the smaller vessels are easier to be hijacked.
  • Analysts welcome Japanese box merger and ponder who’s next in consolidation wave

    Nov 1, 2016 — Shipping analysts have applauded the move from Japan’s big three lines to merge their container divisions, while musing who will be next in the box sector’s round of consolidation. Lars Jensen, a partner at SeaIntelligence Consulting, noted the merger puts the trio on a par with Hapag Lloyd and China Cosco Shipping, providing a platform to continue to compete in what Jensen described as “a game that is all about scale”.
  • China To Pump $770 Million Into Another African Port

    Oct 31, 2016 — China Harbour Engineering Company signed a contract with Guinea’s government on Monday to upgrade the port in the capital, Conakry. Under the contact, CHEC, a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Co Ltd, will construct three docks, roads and other infrastructure. The port in Conakry handles nearly all goods shipped into Guinea, and to some landlocked neighbours like Mali.
  • Japanese Shipping Companies to Merge Container Operations

    Oct 31, 2016 — Nippon Yusen KK, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Japan’s three largest shipping companies, agreed to merge their container operations into one company. Combining the container line business of the three Japanese companies will create an entity that will have a market share of 7 percent, making it the world’s sixth largest, according to the firms.
  • Bulgaria's Truck Drivers Block Border Points

    Oct 31, 2016 — Road haulage workers are protesting on Monday morning against what they describe as "inhumane conditions" conditions of waiting for hours to cross out of the country.
  • Asia air cargo – so far so good

    Oct 28, 2016 — There was a continued uptick in air cargo during September, although the future is clouded, says the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Provisional figures show a further improvement with 5.3% growth in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), despite prevailing weak trade conditions.
  • Suez Canal in talks with shippers for early toll payments

    Oct 28, 2016 — The Suez Canal Authority, along with the Central Bank of Egypt, is currently in talks with major global carriers over introducing a new toll scheme where charges are levied three or five years in advance in return for a discount.
  • Willis Towers Watson Publishes Transportation Risk Index

    Oct 27, 2016 — Willis Towers Watson recently published a major study to uncover the threats, challenges and opportunities facing the transportation industry over the next ten years. While the report is not specific to HHG transport, it highlights many overlapping challenges that we all face as part of and participants in the global supply chain.
  • Strike called in Chile

    Oct 27, 2016 — Fiscal employees in the country have called a 72-hour strike in support of their wage demands. Services such as customs offices will be affected. This means that the processing of consignments arriving at the country's ports and airports could be delayed while the strike continues.
  • U.K. finally decides to add third runway to Heathrow Airport

    Oct 27, 2016 — The U.K. government has made the long-awaited decision to approve a third runway at London Heathrow Airport. Since last year, Heathrow and Gatwick airports had been hanging in limbo, waiting to see which facility would get the green light on a much-needed expansion for both airfreight and passenger operations.
  • An Intermodal Resurgence

    Oct 27, 2016 — The historically severe winter of 2013-14 proved to be a major challenge for intermodal shipping in North America. Inclement weather disrupted intermodal networks, leading to comprehensive struggles with service that lasted well beyond the winter season. The winter caused "things to really implode" in the intermodal sector and "it took a good 18 months to recover," says Phil Shook.
  • 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.