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May 2013

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Munich Trade Fair Will See Company Big Guns Rolled Out to Promote and Acquire Home Talent (whilst elsewhere it picks up a New Storage and Distribution Contract)

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE -The 2013 Transport Logistic Trade Fair being held in Munich between the 4th and 7th June will see some senior staff from freight group DB Schenker, the Transportation and Logistics Division of Deutsche Bahn, both speaking at various seminars and promoting the future of cargo by rail. DB’s top managers, including Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the Management Board of DB; Dr. Alexander Hedderich, Chairman of the Management Board of DB Schenker Rail; and Dr. Hansjörg Rodi, Chairman of the Management Board of Schenker Deutschland AG, will discuss a variety of topics at various forums and events at what they describe as the ‘world’s largest trade fair in the transportation logistics industry.’

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Logistics Professionals Gather in Turkey for Annual Meet

TURKEY – US – WORLDWIDE - Last month saw members of IFLN, the Texas-headquartered worldwide network of 210 independent freight forwarders based in over 85 countries, come together in Istanbul for the Group’s annual conference with the highlight of the event being the networking opportunities offered by the numerous one-to-one meetings held between members, allowing each of them to see just what can be achieved by inter-company cooperation.

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IMF and EU Demand Hard Management Decisions or Funding Stops

ROMANIA – After years of prevarication the sale of the country’s freight rail system to private interests is seemingly on track to be approved with an announcement due by the 20th June, in time for the next review of the country’s finances by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). After the only three bidders tendered for the contract originally all were subsequently precluded from bidding for CFR Marfa, the national rail cargo carrier, by the Transport Ministry after failing prequalification tests in early May.

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Goodbye to a Great Secretary of Transport - Ray LaHood's Final Broadcast

US – Whether dealing with road haulage or rail freight, inland waterways or mass passenger transport, Ray LaHood has left his own mark on the country’s transit and transport scene and will leave after four and a half years having achieved mutual respect from both peers and opponents. Mr LaHood has proved the most modern of advocates and has outlined his policies using his precise Midwestern tones and easy, down to earth writing style utilising all available media outlets.

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A Combination of Factors Make a Possible Game Changer for the Future of Trailer and Container Haulage and the Cross Channel Trade

FRANCE – UK – EUROPE – The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region has had a significance in British and French affairs which far exceeds its size for almost as long as historical records have been written. With developments in multimodal logistics and the growing importance of environmental factors and the Dover Straits Port Group, including the Channel Tunnel, currently handling 66% of all freight vehicles (including 88% of accompanied trailers) heading for mainland Europe from the UK, the region is about to further increase its predominance as the main cargo link between the two countries.

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Staff Changes at Senior Level Galore This Month

WORLDWIDE – Multiple positional changes throughout the world announced this month with freight and logistics personnel swapping positions in the supply chain industry and senior appointments in both the bulk and container sectors. Firstly possibly the most heavyweight as the World Trade Organization’s General Council has approved the appointment of Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the next Director-General of the WTO. He begins his term of office on 1 September 2013. Outgoing Director General Pascal Lamy has pledged to work closely with Ambassador Azevêdo in ensuring a smooth transition.

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Global Ports Witness Ownership Adjustment as MSC Sells to Infrastructure Investment Specialist

SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – When a company as substantial as MSC, otherwise known as Mediterranean Shipping Company, builds up a fleet of over 450 vessels and establishes itself as the second largest container line in the world, it needs to ensure that, whatever routes it chooses to operate on, it will always have facilities available to turn the freight carriers around no matter what the political, labour or geographic situation in the country concerned.

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Hey Presto - Tax Money Vanishes as Magic Transport Firm Disappears

UK – Following an investigation by the Insolvency Service, Harley Wenman, the director of Ipswich based road haulage company Magic Transport Limited, has been disqualified from acting as a director for three years and six months, as of May 21, after paying his other creditors but failing to pay taxes. Magic Transport went into voluntary liquidation in November 2011 owing £281,069 including £252,464 to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in unpaid tax, a road down which many in the world of freight transport have travelled before.

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Cargo Shipments Disappointing Worldwide - with Two Notable Exceptions

WORLDWIDE – Latest air freight figures released by IATA (International Air Transport Association) which represents some 240 airlines comprising 84% of global air traffic, have a disappointing look about them. Whilst two regions show some buoyancy the overall situations in the Asia-Pacific and North American areas mean that air cargo globally last month showed modest growth of 1.4% compared to April 2012. This small increase helped to offset the 2.6% decline recorded in March compared to the year-ago period. And it continues an 18-month trend of basically no growth in the cargo markets.

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Specifically Designed Platform Systems Can Make Damage in Transit a Thing of the Past

UK – WORLDWIDE – One of the stand out features at this year’s Multimodal exhibition was the display by Guernsey based Levaton Platforms who demonstrated the company’s versatile loading platform designed specifically for shipping cars safely and efficiently whether by ISO container or any type of trailer. Sending automobiles, particularly valuable ones, as freight is a process fraught with difficulties.

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Deutsche Post DHL Still Have Not Answered Two Year Old Questions About Their Employment Practices Overseas

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Sparks are expected to fly at the Deutsche Post DHL annual general meeting in Frankfurt tomorrow (29 May 2013) as unions gather to voice their ongoing objections to what they describe as ‘a growing catalogue of workers’ rights abuses’ by the freight and logistics group. Stories about DHL's labour policies have featured prominently here over the past year and, despite promises to investigate numerous allegations of widespread victimisation of workers in countries other than that of its home nation, the unions allege nothing whatsoever has resulted from these.

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New Online Training Tool Designed to Professionalise Procedures

UK – WORLDWIDE – Once again possibly the most serious threat to cargo, and even to personal safety, is being highlighted by insurance and logistics risk management specialists the TT Club which tells us that 65% of the claims it receives are attributable to loss of, or damage to freight, with some one third of these resulting from poor packing. With trailers, and particularly ocean containers shipping overseas having been stowed far from the ports, often by untrained personnel who do not realise the associated risks further along the supply chain, the time has come to act.

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Applications for Shipyard Grants Now Closed

US – Protectionism it seems has its costs, those familiar with the short sea general cargo or container feeder trades around the North American coastline or who may have read some of our earlier articles* will know of the Jones Act, that piece of legislation loved by many at home and derided by others, mostly overseas, which enshrines in law the principal that vessels trafficking in the domestic cabotage market have to be as homely as Mom’s apple pie. The Act decreed that shipping lines on these routes must utilise not just US flagged ships but ensure they have been built in the country and are crewed by natives and operated by US citizens.

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Main Seaport Will Commence Countrywide GPS Controlled Project Which Mirrors Neighbour Jordan

IRAQ – JORDAN – Returning to any sort of normality after years of bloody conflict is never easy but as Iraq emerges from the shadows of two debilitating wars, there are signs that both physical and intellectual infrastructures are returning stronger than hitherto despite the perceived need for constant security. In order to ensure safer freight movements from its ports, the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) last month signed a 10 year service contract with Jordan-based logistics service provider, Nafith Logistics, to police the movement of trucks transporting cargo to and from all Iraqi ports. GCPI General Director Omran Radhi was quoted by local sources, saying:

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Conference, Gala Dinner and Golf Day All to Provide Funds

UK – Four leading charities supporting seafarers and their families are set to benefit from the inaugural London International Shipping Week (LISW), taking place in the UK capital this September. Apostleship of the Sea, Mission To Seafarers, Sailors’ Society and Seafarers UK have been chosen by the LISW Steering Group to be the beneficiaries of fund-raising efforts during the week-long shipping showcase. Whilst major names from the maritime insurance and law sectors are sponsoring the event with the Baltic Exchange sponsoring the Charity Golf Day.

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ETF Has Worries Over Status of 'Technical - Nautical' Staff Such as Pilots and Tug Workers

EUROPE – A ruling by the European Commission when it adopted a recent regulation has been met with a degree of concern by transport workers representatives concerned with further liberalisation within European ports. Whilst the ‘Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports – COM(2013) 296 final – 2013/0157 (COD)’ does not impinge on port labour organisation, and cargo handling is excluded from market access rules, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) says it is ‘extremely concerned’ as to how the proposals might affect others in the freight supply chain.

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Savings of 1.43 Billion Euros Are Worth Hearing About

NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) throws its net wide amongst the manufacturing and logistics sectors with over 25,000 attendees at the organisations events during 2012. The CSCMP’s recent European conference held at Amsterdam Airport last week was no exception with delegates from 24 countries covering every continent turning out, no less than 63% of those present were board-level executives, with the largest attendance from major manufacturers and academia.

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Massive Fine Follows History of Abuse and Offences Disgusting in Every Sense

UK – In recent years professional road haulage outfits have done much to clean up the image of the road freight industry. The imposition of tougher environmental restrictions have meant cleaner engines whilst the adoption of strict working practices has meant many better turned out drivers, more proficient in outlook and polished in performance. Sadly though there still exist those companies who break the law for extra profit and drag the name of the industry into disrepute. This week we saw a prosecution which reveals how an offhand approach to the law can lead to serious consequences as an owner liquidates one of his many businesses.

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Two Wheeled Sponsorship Deal Sees Partnership Continue

UK – World-class motorcycle racing champion Michael Rutter has clinched a sponsorship deal with an award-winning freight forwarder as he sets out on a challenging 2013 season. Midlands-based Global Freight will have its name emblazoned on the leathers of Michael 'The Blade' Rutter, as he takes on the famous Isle of Man TT races, the Endurance World Championships and the whole of the MCE British Superbikes season. This will be the third consecutive year Global has had direct links with the two wheeled world.

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Hyundai Subsidiary Formally Qualified to Educate Seafarers

SOUTH KOREA – Lloyd's Register (LR) has recently awarded Approved Training Provider Certification to Hae Young Maritime Services Co. Ltd. (HMS), a subsidiary of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd (HMM), one of Korea’s largest shipping companies which controls its own liquefied natural gas tanker fleet. The HMS Training Centre at Busan, Korea trains seafarers under the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) training standards.

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Report Draws on Multiple Sources - Some of Which are Science Fiction Turned Reality

WORLDWIDE – The ceaseless search for cleaner modes of transport right through the logistics supply chain throws up a seemingly never ending set of new technological advances, many of which may seem frivolous at first sight but, as has been evidenced time and again, may eventually prove to hold the key to further advances, often in disassociated fields and with real potential for some elements of the freight and shipping industry in the not too distant future. Indeed we have ourselves published many stories over the past few years outlining practical and innovative designs aimed at saving time, energy or both whilst reducing emissions.

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Industrial Action May Follow Conciliation Talks as Two Sides Become Entrenched

LUXEMBOURG – Deteriorating relations with unions could hardly come at a worse time for Europe’s largest freight only air carrier Cargolux as the airline strives to find a new investor after Qatar Airways withdrew support at the end of last year having only held its 35% share of the stock for 16 months. The cargo only outfit is currently reliant on Luxembourg government support and needs to save on operating costs to attract interest elsewhere and possibly even to survive in its present form.

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Little Known Sports Can Blossom Into Major Events and Reap Dividends for Financial Support

UK – One of the time honoured ways for a company to ensure it raises its public profile (besides an advert in a prestigious trade publication) is to sponsor something worthwhile usually a charity or sporting event or team. The problem now, particularly with sport, is that such support can be extremely costly and thus companies tend to seize upon any relatively young and potentially popular activity which initially may not be well known by the general public. Now a time critical freight and logistics outfit based in the Midlands has funded such a little known activity – ball hockey.

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Listed Products Must Comply with Government Standards or Risk Delays and Costs

UGANDA – Freight forwarders and shippers should be advised that the Ugandan National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has reinstated the new product conformity assessment programme for the control of certain categories of imported consumer goods. The new programme, to be known as Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to standards was originally implemented in 2010 but was later suspended. The PVoC programme has now been reinstated by UNBS for all regulated product shipments to ensure that all imports of such goods comply with the approved Ugandan technical regulations (i.e. Ugandan or other approved international standards), prior to shipment.

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Con-way Expands into Larger Facility

US – Con-way Freight, the less-than-truckload (LTL) trucking division of Con-way Inc., this week announced a major investment in the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, community with plans to build a new, state-of-the-art 96 door, 47,000 square foot freight service centre in the city. The new $8 million facility will serve as the local hub from which the company will provide daily local freight pickup and road haulage delivery services connecting the greater Fond du Lac metropolitan area with one-, two- and three-day service points in Con-way Freight’s nationwide network, as well as Mexico and Canada.

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Undercapacity Looms Large as Huge Traffic Volume Increases Predicted by OECD

WORLDWIDE – GERMANY - Today sees the opening of the three day International Transport Forum at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meeting in Leipzig at which the responsible ministers from the fifty four member countries will consult and debate in an attempt to thrash out the future of funding transport infrastructure, a matter of grave concern to all in the freight and logistics sector in many parts of the world.

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Hong Kong the Latest City Looking to Clean Up

CHINA – HONG KONG - Following on from our recent article on the City of Bonn’s initiative to install all electric freight vehicles in Germany earlier this week global logistics service provider, Kerry Logistics announced that it has deployed three hybrid electric vehicles (HEV’s), as part of its green initiatives across the globe. The HEV’s operating in Hong Kong are using a combination of fuel and battery- powered electricity and from 1 April 2013 for 24 months, the company will operate three conventional trucks in parallel to the new hybrid trucks. A research team from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU), assigned by the Environmental Protection Department, will compare performance, diesel consumption, and maintenance cost.

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Gold Vanishes in Air Cargo Heist Whilst Technology Aids Enforcement

US – With another massive air cargo crime this week comes good news for road haulage freight truck operators as Heavy Vehicle Electronic License Plate Inc (Help), a not-for-profit public-private partnership dedicated to advancing the safety and efficiency of the transportation industry, has announced that it is to bolster its support of stolen cargo recovery efforts by delivering CargoNet® theft alerts through the Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) system, PrePass.

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Best Practice Report Published to Encourage Global Equivalence

WORLDWIDE – The standard of support offered to seafarers who are in difficulties varies tremendously according to where they are when the problems occur and now the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has issued a report detailing best practice in establishing and operating a port levy scheme in all ports around the world to even out care and assistance for those from freight and passenger vessels who are suffering. Despite the effort made by many shipping lines to contribute much remains to be done. Speaking at the ISWAN seminar on port levies and seafarers’ welfare Ben Bailey, Public Affairs Manager, from The Mission to Seafarers said:

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Major Logistics Group Supports 'Carbon Free' City

GERMANY – Today’s announcement from Deutsche Post DHL that it is to exchange all its conventionally fuelled delivery vehicles for electric powered units in the city of Bonn and surrounds hides another bigger story showing how efforts to revolutionise all urban transport is likely to move forward in the foreseeable future. For an outfit such as Deutsche Post DHL which mainly carries small, express freight consignments to inner city and industrial areas the concept of small, pollution free, cheap to run delivery vehicles makes absolute sense.

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TT Club and UKWA Warn Innocent Parties of Hidden Liabilities

UK – The TT Club has commented on recent problems in which the Customs authorities have acted against freight, road haulage and warehouse interests which have been unwittingly caught up and held to account in cases where Excise Duty has been avoided by third parties. Anyone involved in the storage or movement of goods on which the proper duties have not been paid is liable to be fined as HMRC clamps down on the offences. Standard terms such as those recommended by the British International Freight Association (BIFA) allow for the recovery of such penalties after they have been imposed but this is of little use when a customer has disappeared or simply folded.

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Progress for the Employment of Women in the Shipping Sector is Still Too Slow - But Where Does the Fault Lie?

UK – Last week saw the winners of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards announced at a ceremony held at London's iconic Savoy Hotel. As title partner for the Awards, the FTA has supported everywoman and its initiatives since 2008, including the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Leadership Academy and the FTA everywoman Accelerate Programme. Now in its sixth year, the Awards celebrate women working within the transport and logistics industry who are enjoying success and who will ultimately inspire others to join the sector.

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Punitive Fines Aimed at Deterring Would Be Criminals

US – The New Jersey General Assembly approved legislation earlier this month aimed at cracking down on cargo theft in the area where the crime has grown into a serious problem. The new bill would create specific criminal provisions for cargo theft including fines against leading or organising a freight theft network with penalties of $250,000 for a second-degree crime, $500,000 for a first-degree offence or five times the value of property seized – whichever is greater. There will be a new criminal offence for operating a facility to sell or store stolen cargo plus additional fines against those convicted of cargo theft which will go to fund law enforcement against truck and other freight theft activity.

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EST Launches Site Aimed at Calculating Fleet Carbon Footprint and Cutting Costs

UK – The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has developed and released a new online service to help road haulage operators reduce their fleet emissions whilst simultaneously reducing running costs. Any freight or passenger carrier simply have to complete a straightforward questionnaire with a few details of their fleet to obtain an accurate business transport carbon footprint, as well as recommendations for next steps to help reduce their costs and pollution levels. 

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New Noise Road Map Welcomed by Head of All Party Parliamentary Group

UK – WORLDWIDE – We hear much these days about carriers of all types reducing the environmental impact of their everyday activities, from road haulage operators opting for automatic new generation trucks, often controlled by social initiatives such as London’s LEZ, to shipping lines opting for larger container vessels with new efficient power sources, technologically advanced hull coatings and ballast water treatment systems. One sector which is constantly under pressure is the air freight and passenger market which is currently addressing a problem particularly associated with the industry – noise pollution.

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New Smaller Machines Can Carry More Weight on Less Chassis

UK – Any experienced fork lift truck driver will know the problems associated with trying to negotiate in tight spaces and although sometimes the problems can be relieved by exchanging for shorter forks as necessary this is not a solution that works with larger trucks carrying variable loads. The Port of Poole faces the common challenge that although freight commodities are becoming larger and heavier, the need of larger capacity lift trucks was compromising space in storage areas when manoeuvring cargo throughout the port and turned to handling specialist Cooper SH to resolve the logistics problem.

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New Symbol for KLU as German Millionaire Sponsors Relocation

GERMANY – That haven of specialist transport knowledge which it seeks to impart to the next generation of freight professionals, the Kühne Logistics University (KLU), is moving to a new location this summer. The building on Großer Grasbrook 17 in Hamburg’s HafenCity was formerly occupied by SAP and is currently undergoing extensive conversion work. Of all the new features, the most impressive will be the auditorium in the foyer of the building. The egg-shaped space will be decorated in gold and provide seating for up to 300 people.

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Mumbai Works Caused Problems but Now it's Business as Usual

INDIA – UK – Nothing is more frustrating to a transporter, whether road haulage outfit, shipping line or air freight carrier, than losing out on business through no fault of their own. Such was the situation Virgin Atlantic Cargo found itself in after night-time runway closures for maintenance work in Mumbai restricted its cargo capacity. Virgin says it is delighted now to find, having re-started services in October last year, that it’s now business as usual with up to 15 tonnes of uplift a day on its flights to London Heathrow thanks to the support and understanding of its customers. Nick Jones, Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s Head of Sales, said:

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After Two Years Spanish Group Reviews How Their Big Investment Has Paid Off

SPAIN - In 2011, Liebherr delivered an LHM 550 mobile harbour crane to Galigrain S.A., in the port of Marín, located on the west coast of Spain. The equipment was needed principally to handle the group’s bulk materials which includes various types of cereals and bulk products from vessels up to Panamax size. For such an operation it is necessary that the port infrastructure builds a common entity. Investing in an advanced mobile harbour crane is probably just one piece of the puzzle as the whole cargo handling chain needs to be adjusted to achieve maximum efficiency, otherwise the material throughput is limited to the capacity of the weakest link of the chain and parameters to adjust may include truck capacity, hopper position or size of the grab.

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First Dedicated Cargo Plane Converted as KQ Also Attains Accreditation to Train Forwarders

AFRICA – Kenya Airways (KQ) Pride Centre, a training facility run by the national carrier, has been granted a new global certification by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The new certification from the association designates the centre as an IATA Accredited Training School, allowing it to deliver endorsed training programmes in the field of Dangerous Goods Regulations to shippers, freight forwarders, airlines and governments.

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Kuwait Oil Giant Selects Company with Worldwide Reach but Based Locally

KUWAIT – Global logistics provider Agility, announced this week that it has won a new contract with the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), one of the leading oil companies in the Middle East. As part of the five-year contract, worth an estimated US$24.4 million, Agility will provide ocean, air and road transport services to move KNPC procurements worldwide. Much of the work will involve project freight forwarding works which Agility says is perfectly matched to the specialist services it offers. Tarek Sultan, Chairman and Managing Director at Agility, said:

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Food and Automotive Supply Chain Deals as Another New Depot Announced

WORLDWIDE – Much happening again this month within the DB Schenker group as plans for yet another new freight terminal are announced plus news of further inroads into the world of automotive logistics support. The new facility, once again to be constructed within BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Good and Very Good standards will also hold TAPA ‘A’ security certification and will be situated in Vantaa, the capital area of Finland with completion due by July 2015.

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ODFL Continues with Countrywide Expansion Plans

US – Having just opened a new container drayage facility to service the requirements of rail heads, container yards and ports in the Birmingham, Alabama region Old Dominion Freight Line Inc (ODFL) apparently now has plans to construct a new cargo distribution centre in New York State close to the borders with New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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Schiphol to Stimulate Debate in Germany as U Ocean Division Relocates

NETHERLANDS – GERMANY – News from two Netherlands based outfits this week as Schiphol Cargo announces it will be employing its tried and trusted formula to stimulate debate at the Air Cargo Europe event with a mini conference on freight handling and the forwarding division of U-Freight moving premises.

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Naval Force Says Stay Vigilant as Private Security Group Gains Formal Credentials

SOMALIA – UK - SRI LANKA – NORWAY – MALTA – WORLDWIDE – With the threat of piracy much diminished of late comes news of both a timely warning that a real threat to merchant shipping still exists and news of formal accreditation for one of the private companies charged with escorting bulk freight and container vessels through the hazardous waters of the Gulf of Aden.

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DHL Releases First Quarter 2013 Figures

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Deutsche Post DHL released first quarter figures yesterday showing a 5.9% fall in consolidated net profits as some sectors of its activities suffered from the general malaise facing the industry ending at €498 million against 2012’s €529 for the same period. Basic share earnings fell 6.8% to €0.41 but the company however said that the final sale of Postbank last year to Deutsche Bank would have boosted profits in the postal sector by almost 45% taking net income closer to €500 million. Freight forwarding suffered particularly with an interesting contrast between air and ocean cargo offerings.

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Latest European Hub Dedicated to Single Market

ITALY – Yesterday Ceva Logistics officially opened its ‘City of Pharma’ storage and distribution hub dedicated to serving the healthcare market. The 20,000 square metre centre follows Ceva’s ‘City of Books’ project which saw companies from the same industry strategically housed together in one location. The latest addition is sited in Stradella, in province of Pavia and has access to major freight arteries being at the intersection of the country’s rail and road routes.

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ETF says No to Further Market Liberalisation as Standards Fall

EUROPE – The ongoing debate regarding the liberalisation of the road haulage market takes a new turn today as transport unions say they will ‘storm’ the European Commission with a barrage of complaints via e mail, fax and using social networking sites expressing the view that, three years into the adoption of the new road cabotage rules, the sector is not ready for more opening of the market. In the past few years we have seen vast changes to many countries native haulage practices with tension between road freight representatives from different states as they compete for work.

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United Front as to the Definition of Professional Driver

UK – Senior representatives from the logistics sector have expressed their deep concerns over advice issued recently by the Department for Transport (DfT) regarding garage technicians and mechanics driving heavy goods vehicles to statutory annual tests being considered in-scope of the Driver CPC Directive (2003/59/EC). The Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Road Haulage Association (RHA) have again joined forces with a joint letter to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Hammond MP.

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Global Connections with Credibility Can Enable Smaller Agents to Compete with the Big Boys

THAILAND – SRI LANKA - WORLDWIDE – Considering our recent piece regarding the way shipping and logistics conferences are returning to fashion with many in the freight community thoughts turn to the growth of industry networks which many freight forwarders in particular use to commence and develop trusted partnerships with counterparts overseas.

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NGO's warn that high profile projects are responsible for diaspora and deaths

BURMA/MYANMAR – The widely hailed opening up of Myanmar – generally known as Burma by the rest of the world – has got Western politicians and companies, including those in the field of freight and logistics, scrambling to get a piece of what one investment specialist described as “…probably the best investment opportunity in the world right now.” With the freeing of Aung Suu Kyi and sanctions now largely dropped by the United States and the EU despite clear evidence of ongoing unrest, many energy and resource exploitation corporations now consider that Burma is ripe for development and major infrastructure developments are already having concrete poured to meet the expected demand. With accusations that greed and corruption involving energy interests have fathered the growth of violence and piracy in other regions such as the Niger Delta the ethics of development must be watched carefully.

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Road, Rail, Ocean, Air and Rocket all Involved in Recent Transport Movements

INDIA - SRI LANKA – FRANCE – RUSSIA – OUTER SPACE – News of many project freight forwarding movements this month with two particularly standing out, one very much on terra firma (plus some terrum oceanus - excuse the bad Latin) the other up in the air and onward. Our photograph shows part of a shipment of six giant wind turbines being offloaded having crossed via sea freight from India.

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Allegations of Permit Cheating and Discrimination Come to a Head

EASTERN EUROPE – Road haulage operators throughout Western Europe have grown used to the ease with which borders can be transited with the development of free trade over the past few decades. It seems that the situation further east however sometimes harks backs to days when driving an international freight vehicle could prove a lot more complex and time consuming experience as one customs point was closed to freight traffic allowing only buses and private cars to cross.

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Serious Business Undertaken at the Big Events

UK – BELGIUM – SPAIN – CHINA - WORLDWIDE - Following the undoubted success of this year’s Multimodal Exhibition held in Birmingham last month freight and logistics trade industry shows seem to be back in fashion. At a time when budgets are restricted it seems the need to step out and advertise plus explore the chance to network with both potential and existing clients has become more, rather than less, important. Next week the great and the good of the shipping world will gather in Antwerp for the Break Bulk Europe event which runs between May 13 -16 and next month freight forwarders will have a chance to explore the Chinese markets.

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UKWA Funding Will Assist Good Causes (as will the HSG Swear Box)

UK – AFRICA – With 2013 marking the 15th year anniversary of officially becoming an independent organisation and charity, Transaid is celebrating this milestone by hosting three fundraising activities, which have now been bolstered by an announcement from the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) that it has pledged to raise significant funding in support of various key Transaid projects in addition to adopting Transaid as its official charity. The charity also benefitted this week from the uncouth staff within our own offices as the not inconsiderable contents of the Handy Shipping Guide swear box was donated online.

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RoSPA Sets Out Its Stand Against Traffic Accidents

UK – It seems incredible that in just four years the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) will celebrate its centenary, but to evidence how much the organisation has had to change with the times, much of the emphasis at the Safety and Health Expo being held next week at Birmingham’s NEC will be devoted to the dangers of the road with RoSPA representatives joining the panel debates taking place at the Business Driver Safety Zone, a feature commercial truck drivers and road haulage operators may find of interest.

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Death Toll Rises as Mystery Surrounds 'Routine Manoeuvre'

ITALY – Terminals at one of the country’s busiest ports came to a halt following the accident which has left seven dead with two still missing after the RoRo container vessel MV Jolly Nero struck a control tower in the harbour at Genoa just before midnight on Tuesday (7 May). The tower was crowded with staff as a shift change was underway at the time the 23,500 dwt box ship loaded with freight apparently attempted a routine manoeuvre reversing away from her berth.

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Temperature, Pressure, Poor Handling all Monitored as well as Location

US – Air freight reliability and security took another step forward with the news released this week that American Airlines Cargo will begin offering a one-time use programme with FlightSafe®, a leading GPS and sensor-based tracking device for air cargo shipments. The programme, delivered in partnership with OnAsset Intelligence, allows shippers, freight forwarders and couriers to work directly with American Airlines Cargo to add a tracking device to a shipment and monitor the package from point of origin to destination.

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Lloyd's Register Rules Maintain Standards at Sea

SINGAPORE – UK – WORLDWIDE – The raison d’être of Lloyd’s Register is the provision of independent assurance to companies operating high-risk, capital-intensive assets in the energy and transportation sectors and demonstrate best industry practice via its rules and last week saw the group’s Global Technology Centre in Singapore hold an inaugural Offshore Technical Committee to discuss offshore operating rules and regulations with representatives from national and international oil companies, energy, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors, owners, operators, fabricators, shipbuilders, equipment vendors and representatives from a number of academic and research organisations.

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Although not Mandatory at Last Masters Have a Blueprint to Defend their Vessels

WORLDWIDE – One of the most difficult and traumatic things which can happen to any individual or group is to be subjected to a physical assault. Although it is universally agreed that everyone has a right to defend themselves against such an attack the response, and the specifically acceptable methods and degrees of defence, vary from culture to culture and there can never can be a definitive answer to what constitutes reasonable force in what are, after all, unique experiences. With the rise in piracy and the promotion of new security methods the shipping industry needs guidance as to the use of force when a container vessel or bulk tanker comes under attack and this month someone has released the closest thing possible to a definitive guide to the amount of force acceptable when attempting to fend off a hijack.

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European Committee Hears Evidence on What is Needed to Switch from Road Haulage

UK – EUROPE – If European governments are to achieve their aims and aspirations in which rail freight, which they believe to be a cleaner and more economical way to ship the majority of cargo throughout the continent, can be effectively maximised there needs to be a clear focused and mutually agreed system for the carriage of goods by rail. At a public hearing of the European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) Rail Freight Group (RFG) Chairman Tony Berkeley spoke on the need for a liberalised governance of the railway as a necessary first step towards full opening of the market and a realistic chance of competing with road haulage.

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Industrial Action Halts Island Service

UK – Industrial action over the Bank Holiday weekend brought misery to the Orkney Isles when disaffected ferry crew refused to take on extra duties leaving insufficient staff to man ships and bringing delays to freight and passenger services as scheduled sailings were cancelled. We wrote last month how the dispute between three unions and Orkney Ferries Ltd was continuing and the past few days the dispute apparently came to a head. Ronnie Cunningham, senior national organiser for the union of maritime professionals, Nautilus, said:

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New Economical Ships Will Prove a Good Investment if Over Capacity Continues

NORWAY – BERMUDA – UK – WORLDWIDE – Historically Norway has always had a position in terms of global shipping status belied by the country’s size and that tradition continues to this day. In the past couple of weeks we have witnessed another major move from an oil tanker tycoon native to the country and the birth of a new company linked to the air freight sector.

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Recapitalisation Sees Reduced Interest Debts as Revenue Increases

WORLDWIDE – Unlike so many of their competitors the Ceva group has been extremely candid when revealing its financial report for 2012. Without resorting to the usual plethora of verbiage which accompanies such news comes a frank and straightforward assessment of the freight forwarding and logistics company’s performance for what for almost the entire shipping industry, has been a difficult period.

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Recruitment and Dismissals This Month

US – Firstly the biggest staff change to affect the global freight and logistics sector will certainly be the news that President Barack Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor, Anthony Foxx as the new Transportation Secretary replacing outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood, who announced in January, that he is to step down from his role. As a council member, Foxx chaired the Transportation Committee where he led improvements to the city’s transportation infrastructure. In nominating Foxx, President Obama said:

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Switzerland is Latest Site for Green Distribution Hub

UK – SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – DB Schenker Logistics has been busy of late with the extension of its portfolio in France and Ukraine and now the news of a new freight terminal for the forwarding group in the Zurich area offering services to industrial and trade customers for contract logistics, land transport, air and ocean freight, and customs clearance. The Schenker brand has been prominent at all the major trade shows of late and will be present at the AP&M Europe show, at Olympia, London running from the 7-9th May 2013.

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Somalia Conference is One Event in a Series Aiming at the Reform of Economy and Social Structure

UK – SOMALIA – WORLDWIDE – With everybody in the international community agreed that the secret to solving the economic and cultural wasteland that has become much of modern Somalia a conference is to be held in London tomorrow (Tuesday May 7) one of a sequence of events in 2013 that will support Somalia, including the G8 meetings (June 17 – 18 Enniskillen, Northern Ireland), the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (1 – 3 June) and an EU-hosted conference in September on the New Deal for fragile states. The movement for change has largely been driven by the high profile which the country gained during the peak days of piracy which has affected freight and passenger shipping from around the world.

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New Facility to Boost Distribution

US – Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) has received a welcome boost to its drive to increase freight and logistics activity, with the April opening of a brand new 18,600 square metre facility for 3PL provider, TAGG Logistics at Free Trade Zone 102, adjacent to the airport. The new logistics centre replaces TAGG’s three current sites around the city, improving its efficiency and adding 35% to its capacity. It will feature high-specification bulk distribution space, multiple kitting and assembly lines, a high-volume order-picking system and a state-of-the-art warehouse management system. TAGG Principal Tod Yazdi said:

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Cargo Protection Exhibition Thrives in Times of Worsening Economy

UK – WORLDWIDE – As one of the subjects uppermost in the mind of shipping and forwarding executives the security of freight in its widest context is right up there with environmental matters as very much something which has grown tremendously in importance over the past few years. From the hijacking of container ships by pirates to simple thefts from trucks a worsening economy anywhere across the globe always engenders cargo security chain crime in one form or another.

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Unions Increase Pressure on Company to Install and Maintain Essential Equipment

THAILAND – The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is coming under increasing pressure from unions for its attitude to whistle blowers and labour leaders. The case dates back to 2009 when the company dismissed thirteen union leaders and branch officials who took part in an occupational health and safety initiative in October of that year to publicise the serious rail safety failings which led to two derailments and one fatal accident within just four days and centres around the absence of vital safety devices in the cabs of freight and passenger trains.

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NorthLink Ship Should be Back in Service This Month

UK – Ships, like trucks and, even occasionally aeroplanes, break down but when the vessel is a ferry and the lifeline for a system of scattered islands the situation can rapidly turn into a serious incident. Yesterday saw Serco NorthLink Ferries searching around desperately trying to replace its damaged freight and passenger ferry the MV Hamnavoe which was making her way on her one good engine to Babcock Rosyth to repair a broken crankshaft.

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Latest Carbon Review Avoids Compulsory Eco Training for Drivers

UK – Yesterday the Department for Transport published its Freight Carbon Review, a study launched in October 2010 as a response to an earlier consultation to consider the benefits of training road haulage and bus and coach drivers in an ‘eco-friendly’ fashion. At the time it was initiated it was decided, after lobbying from vested interests, that mandatory training would not be introduced as part of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). The review has announced that this policy will continue after monitoring statistical evidence as it came available.

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Current Truck and Trailer Trend is for 'Ready to Wear' Retrofitting of Cost Saving Measures

UK – US – With fuel consumption and pollution reduction being the main aspirations of all road haulage operators wherever in the world they ply their trade comes news about some of the companies dedicated to using simple, physical solutions to shift the aerodynamics of freight vehicles on the move to a position where the more miles they cover, the more money they save.

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DoT Safety Chief Tells Rogue Operators to Cease and Desist

US – The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered four Olathe, Kansas-based trucking companies – Royal Transport Inc, Nationwide Inc, Freight Inc, and Midwest A Inc. – to immediately cease all interstate transportation service based on evidence that they are reincarnated ‘chameleons’ for an unsafe road haulage company previously shut down by the agency. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood commented:

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Seamen Have Endured Horrific Ordeal

SOMALIA – INDIAN OCEAN – DENMARK – News has come in that the unfortunate crew of a Danish vessel hijacked at the height of the epidemic of attacks in the region have finally been released following the payment of a ransom. It is more than two years since the MV Leopard, was seized by pirates and the crew captured and the freighter, believed to be carrying a cargo of arms, was the subject of our story in January 2011, an incident which latterly turned into one of the most harrowing tales of piracy in modern times.

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Blind Spots and Manoeuvres Will Be Addressed During Brake Meeting

UK - Brake, the road safety charity is urging road haulage operators with transport fleets to sign up for a seminar on blind spots and manoeuvring: preventing crashes with cyclists and pedestrians being held on 28 May 2013 in Birmingham. The half day seminar, sponsored by Brigade Electronics producers and distributors of technically advanced safety aids for drivers, will aim to address the causes of collisions between cyclists and commercial vehicles.

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