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image: BITRE Australia freight tonnage TEU cargo throughput port wharves Brisbane Fremantle Adelaide Sydney MelbournePort Throughput of Freight Tonnage and TEUs Up but Cargo Handling Speeds Declined
Government Figures Show Second Half of 2014 for Labour, Cranes and Ships

29 May 2015
AUSTRALIA – The Australian government’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) provides economic analysis, research and statistics on infrastructure, transport and regional development issues and this week has produced statistics in its ‘Waterline 56’ report showing the rate of flow of freight through the country’s ports in the second half of 2014 slowing noticeably, as the amount of cargo actually increased.
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image: US Detroit air freight Virgin Atlantic cargo Airbus 330 London Heathrow tonnesNew Air Freight Service with Daily Cargo Flights between London and Detroit
Virgin Atlantic Opens Eleventh US Routing

29 May 2015
UK – US – The start of June will see Detroit become Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s eleventh destination in North America when the airline commences daily flights to and from London Heathrow on the first of the month. Virgin Atlantic’s daily Airbus A330 flight will offer over 16 tonnes of capacity for freight in both directions and the airline expects customers in the UK, Europe, India and South Africa that already use its daily Chicago services to welcome a second destination into the popular US Midwest cargo market.
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image: Switzerland Egypt freight forwarding third party logistics forwarder customs Panalpina Afifi Cairo Swiss Freight Forwarder and Third Party Logistics Supplier Acquires Long Term Partner
Egyptian Forwarding and Customs Group Snapped Up by Panalpina

29 May 2015
SWITZERLAND – EGYPT – Panalpina the Swiss based freight forwarding and logistics company, is to acquire family owned partner Afifi, its partner in Egypt since 1995. Established in 1936 in Cairo by Mohamed Afifi senior, the Egyptian forwarder and customs specialist today employs around 150 staff in offices in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez / Sokhna. It also operates in Port Said East and West through a long-term subcontractor.
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image: DSV HQ freight logistics transport terminal Denmark Prince Consort Prince HenrikNew Freight and Logistics HQ Gets a Royal Launch
After Just Nine Months Terminal Expansion is Needed

29 May 2015
DENMARK – Both Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her Prince Consort, Prince Henrik, are known to be artistic and therefore freight and logistics provider DSV was only too happy when the Prince Consort, an enthusiastic poet and sculptor, provided a version of a piece he first modelled in the 1980’s, to adorn the main entrance of the transport company’s new global headquarters in Hedehusene.
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image: World Shipping Council US freight forwarders port congestion WSC containers containerisation West Coast labourFreight Delays at Ports are not Just Caused by Container Lines Shipping Alliances and Bigger Ships
WSC Speaks Out on Complexities of Congestion

29 May 2015
US – WORLDWIDE – Concerned that some within the logistics industry are expressing the view that the rising size of container ships, coupled with the plethora of vessel sharing alliances, are contributing largely to port congestion in the US, Europe and Asia, the World Shipping Council (WSC) has produced a short paper to open up the matter for discussion. The WSC says delays to freight on the US West Coast in late 2014 and early 2015 due to labour disruption has been another factor pushing the matter of congestion to the forefront.
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image: Eurotunnel MyFerryLink RoRo cross Channel ferry CMA Cross Channel RoRo Freight and Passenger Ferry Service Courts More Controversy
Eurotunnel Pulls Out of MyFerryLink Lease Deal - Who Will Step In Next?

28 May 2015
FRANCE – UK – At first sight it would appear that the persistence of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has at last sapped the will of Eurotunnel to maintain its cross Channel RoRo freight and passenger ferry service MyFerryLink, with a formal notice apparently served on the maritime carrier that the French undersea group would withdraw its support from what was perceived as a subsidiary when its leasing arrangement for the three ex SeaFrance vessels which serve the route expires in July.
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image: German minimum wage road haulage European Commission Road Haulage Industry Wages Under the European Spotlight
Pressure on German Government Over Minimum Wage Legislation

28 May 2015
EUROPE – GERMANY – The European Commission has decided to launch an infringement procedure against Germany concerning the application of the Minimum Wage Act to the road haulage sector, which sees the country enforce its newly introduced pay standard to foreign companies that provide services within German borders, something covered in our article in February. Following an exchange of information with the German authorities and a thorough legal assessment of the German measures, the Commission has sent a Letter of Formal Notice to Germany, the first step in the infringement procedure.
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image: Deutsche Post DHL Germany unions freight logistics postal staff AGM transport delivery Transport Unions Rail at Treatment of Postal Staff by Freight and Logistics Giant
Deutsche Post DHL Labour Practices Under Attack at AGM - Again

27 May 2015
GERMANY – It seems that once again the Annual General Meeting of Deutsche Post-DHL will be the scene of dissent by unions over the treatment of workers employed by the postal, logistics and freight delivery group. The difference this year is that the attack on the company comes, not from overseas as previously, but in the form of complaints about the working rights of postal transport staff employed in the home country.
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image: Eircode Ireland freight transport Association road haulage operatorsEircode - As New System Introduced so Freight and Transport Groups Consider the Consequences
Precise Postcode Format Has Potential for Good and Bad

27 May 2015
IRELAND – The last two weeks of June will see the country’s own controversial postcode system, Eircode, rolled out across the nation, with every business and dwelling allocated a unique seven digit reference. The occasion has caused the Freight Transport Association in Ireland (FTAI) to call for support from the IT and Geo communities to help small and medium businesses get the best from a system which has raised both fears and objections.
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image: UN road haulage freight transport climate change Ban Ki-moon ministers Leipzig Summit environmentUN Chief Urges Ministers to Reduce Environmental Impact of Passenger and Freight Transport
Ban Ki-moon Speaks Out Before Leipzig Conference

27 May 2015
WORLDWIDE – Once more climate change has been brought sharply into focus with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking directly to the world’s transport ministers in a bid to have them focus on reducing the effect of passenger and freight movements on the environment. In a video message released ahead of the annual meeting of transport ministers during their global summit in the German city of Leipzig which runs until 29 May, Ban said:
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