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UK Government Simply Doesn't Get the Importance of Freight and Logistics

All Industry Experts Agree New Immigration Policy is a Disaster in Waiting

UK – Three of the UK's most prominent transport and logistics industry associations have all come out strongly against the UK government's proposed points-based immigration system that will limit the number of low-skilled workers entering the UK. The shortage of staff in the sector is by no means new. The UKWA, the RHA and the FTA have all warned for several years that more needs to be done to address the shortfall of workers across the industry but such restrictive measures will only worsen the situation with the government focusing seemingly on higher skilled workers.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
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Global Shipping Group Acquires in US to Boost Logistics Profile

Warehouse and Distribution Company Snapped Up

DENMARK – US – AP Moller - Maersk has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Performance Team, a US-based warehousing and distribution company, as the Danish shipping giant looks to further strengthen its capabilities as an integrated container logistics company, offering end-to-end supply chain solutions to its customers.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
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European Container and Short Sea Operator Opens New Service

London and East Coast UK to the Continent Starts Soon

UK – EUROPE – Hardly a surprise as Unifeeder, which boasts it has the biggest container feeder and short sea network in Europe, has announced yet another new service to run from DP World's London Gateway as the two share the same parent organisation.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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Two Middle Eastern Air Powers Align to Improve Cargo Handling

UAE Based Competitors Tie Up Freight and Passenger Deal

UAE – WORLDWIDE – Abu Dhabi based Etihad Cargo, the freight and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, has bolstered its global handling partnership agreements with dnata, the airport services provider owned by the Emirates Group (which owns rival Dubai based Emirates Airline).

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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EU Regulation Aims to Negate the Horrific Practices Associated with Ship Breaking

Recycling is Essential but IMO Must Also Act

UK – WORLDWIDE – Regular readers will know that the horrors of ship breaking have caused death and misery, particularly on the unlicensed beaches of the Indian subcontinent. On the 31st December 2020 the European Union (EU) Ship Recycling Regulation (SRR) will come into force and it is time for ship owners to start taking notice.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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Intermodal Show Gets Postponed Due to Coronavirus Corvid-19

Blow to Container Logistics as Development Awaited

CHINA – The fact there is no trading in Chinese currency, with Exchanges unable to handle Renminbi notes shows just how serious the current Coronavirus Corvid-19 is being taken and another casualty has now been announced with the Intermodal Asia show, a favourite amongst logistics interests, being postponed until July.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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Another Logistics Outfit Moves to Save Native Wildlife

Container Port Group Aids Conservation Project

PHILIPPINES – International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) has recently partnered with the Katala Foundation (KFI) to implement a wildlife research and conservation project within Palawan's Victoria-Anepa'an Mountain Range aimed at improving the conservation status of a critical segment of the country's threatened wildlife.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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Road Hauliers Happier with New Flexible Solution to Avoid Cross Channel HGV Congestion

Moveable Concrete Barriers May Help Solve a Perennial Riddle

UK – The government has announced that a concrete barrier that can be set up within hours to keep Kent's roads moving at times of cross-channel disruption will be available and on standby from later this year. The barrier, which has been developed as a solution to handle potential traffic disruption from the ports in Kent, has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) which says that it is promising news for businesses in the county, and for hauliers who need to keep goods moving between the UK and the Continent.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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How is Coronavirus Affecting the Shipping and Logistics Sectors?

Corvid-19 Sees Fuel Supplies, Port Calls and Workforces Cut

WORLDWIDE – The biggest story in the past few weeks has of course been the spread of the Coronavirus, or Corvid-19 as it is now known. Anyone walking across Westminster Bridge in London or along Walking Street in Bangkok will have noticed the almost complete absence of Chinese faces, a sign of just how seriously the disease is impacting tourism and trade. So, what is the impact on the shipping and logistics sectors ?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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