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While UK Economy Grows Logistics Takes a Serious Hit

Latest Official Statistics Show Spending Down

UK – A comment from business tax relief consultancy Catax makes interesting, and worrying reading this week, examining as it does two consecutive quarters of negative business investment, based upon the latest ONS data that covers the logistics sector. The ONS business investment statistics are an indication of net capital expenditure by UK businesses, which includes spending on items such as plant and machinery, transport equipment, software and buildings.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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Another Major Shipping Group Launches Digital Supply Chain Platform

Multimodal Capability for End to End Logistics

DUBAI – WORLDWIDE – In common with just about every other major shipping group DP World has clambered aboard the band wagon to offer 'a seamless, end to end supply chain', something many will feel is what freight forwarding agencies have always sought to provide.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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New Guide to Aid the Employment of Private Maritime Security Teams Will Prove Invaluable

Useful Advice for Merchant Vessel Operators Transiting Dangerous Waters

UK – WORLDWIDE – The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has released a new information paper providing guidance on hiring Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs). The use of PMSCs on board merchant ships is widely accepted as one of the measures which can assist in keeping seafarers safe from harm and protecting vessels operating in areas of increased threat.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Flood of Illegal Drugs Prompts Complete Ban for Three Countries Goods

Port Group and Special Economic Zone Act After Discoveries

INDIA – It seems the recent seizure of almost three tonnes of heroin at the Port of Mundra was the last straw for the country's largest port operator Adani. From 15 November the company is banning all traffic emanating from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, a policy which has brought howls of protest.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Time to Tackle the Death and Injury Toll Due to Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Employers have a Responsibility for Drivers and Logistics Workers

UK – We have often written over the years with regard to the installation of alcohol interlocks, 'alcolocks', devices which ensure a driver cannot start the engine of a vehicle if his or her breath indicates alcohol has been consumed.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Multi-Million Dollar Investment to Create New Shipyard Facility

European Headquartered Group Expands its Portfolio

MEXICO – ITALY – Having signed a letter of intent in late 2020 with the Ministry of Economic Development and Labour of the Yucatán State to throw itself behind a plan to develop facilities at the Port of Progreso this week the Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri has put it corporate money where its mouth is.

Monday, October 18, 2021
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A Handful of Miscellaneous Transport Related News

Some Random Links from the Supply Chain

WORLDWIDE – The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the major reform of the international tax system that was announced last week at the OEDC. The landmark deal, agreed by 136 countries, will see Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) be subject to a minimum 15% tax rate from 2023. Helio Vicente, Shipping Policy Manager at ICS, commented:

Friday, October 15, 2021
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Container Shipping Line Continues to Extend Growth in Other Areas

eCommerce Sector Sees New Partnership

FRANCE – US – WORLDWIDE – Austin, Texas headquartered BigCommerce, which provides an eCommerce platform for brands of all types, has announced a partnership with shipping line CMA CGM and its subsidiary NewOxatis, which supplies eCommerce solutions.

Friday, October 15, 2021
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You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry, Santa Claus Ain’t Coming to Town

(or Maybe He is and This is Just Another Press Induced Panic)

UK – So once again the parlous state of the British press is making major headlines based on the problems currently blighting the shipping sector - like we didn't know. We have witnessed supply chain problems since the start of the pandemic, not that this is the sole reason for what is happening now.

Friday, October 15, 2021
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