Monday, February 7, 2011

Freight And Logistics News From Around The Globe

Snippets from the World of Haulage, Shipping and Forwarding
Shipping News Feature

US – Thursday saw Boeing conducting yet another test flight for the 747-8 Freighter (coded RC523) from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The aircraft is the fifth 747-8 cargo model being used in the flight-test programme. Each airplane is used for a specific set of tests, with this airplane focusing on functionality and reliability testing in a three and a half hour flight including the standard two and a half hour "B1" flight profile that Boeing conducts on all production airplanes prior to delivery, plus an hour of engineering testing woven into the profile.

The Boeing 747-8 is a wide-body commercial jet airliner and the largest US built commercial plane and delivery of the seventy or so freight versions has been delayed several times and are now expected to commence later this year.

UK – Evidence of the slump in trade witnessed worldwide is evidenced by a report last week on ‘Social Trends’ issued by the Office for National Statistics. In 2009 around 1.9 billion tonnes of freight was transported in the UK, 80% of which was by road. There was a 15% dip in total logistics movements with road freight falling 17%, rail freight by 16%, air cargo down 10% against 2008 totals. International freight forwarded dropped 10.4% and domestic haulage 6.7%.

The survey contains lots of other social information of interest to the industry including diesel price fluctuations showing fuel prices have doubled since January 1999 and it an be read in full HERE.

CHINA – Swiss owned freight forwarding group Panalpina announced it has expanded into western China, where it has had a presence for a decade, by opening an office in Chonqging, following its Wuhan Centralized Services Center and Chengdu office. Panalpina have employed staff at the new location with significant supply chain and logistics management experience which they say is a rare commodity in this market. From Chongqing offers access to international ocean ports via the Yangtze River and now has 20 branches and 1,500 employees in the Greater China region.

RUSSIA – According to local sources Russian Railways freight operations saw a 10.6% increase in year on year tonnage during January 2011. The company says it shipped just short of 100 million tonnes in the month up from 88 million tonnes in 2010 which was 17% more than in 2009.

NORWAY - GAC Norway is continuing its expansion with the opening of its newest office at the south-eastern port of Borg Havn, Fredrikstad. The shipping and logistics company was invited to set up a local base as part of plans to generate more traffic to the versatile multi-purpose port which handles all kinds of cargo and vessel calls, from chemical and containers to bulk loads and project shipments to and fro Norwegian industry. A statement from the Dubai headquartered group said the new office was an extension of the company’s strategic growth plan, which has recently seen other new bases opening in Sandnessjøen and Bergen.