Sunday, January 23, 2011

This Weeks Shipping, Logistics and Freight News In Brief

Some Snippets from Around the Globe
Shipping News Feature

HONG KONG – Shares in China Shipping Container Limited (CSCL) were suspended here on the 19th January after the company issued a statement it would be issuing an announcement in relation to a profit positive alert for the twelve months ended 31 December 2010 which may be price sensitive in nature. An application to resume trading in the shares will be made as soon as the statement is published.

DUBAI – IRAQ – Emirates Sky Cargo, the freight division of the Middle East Airline, has started a new four times a week service between Dubai and Basra principally for supplying the oil field companies in the region with spares and retail goods. There will be return traffic for produce, mainly petroleum products, wool and dates mostly headed for the US, European, Chinese and Indian markets and, yes, the service will be via the belly of the scheduled Emirates passenger aircraft which travel the route.

Emirates is also in the process of introducing the much vaunted e-freight paperless customs processing system to all its ten Indian airport destinations. The system commenced operating at Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai airports this week.

FINLAND - Agility, the global logistics provider, has received the AEOF (Authorized Economic Operator Full) certification in Finland. This is the highest recognition which combines the customs certification (AEOC) and the security certification (AEOS). The AEO / Customs certification was awarded following an audit of Agility operations by customs authorities in Finland that confirmed that customs obligations were fulfilled, accounting criteria met and financial solvency guaranteed. In addition, Agility demonstrated compliance with appropriate safety and security rules in order to receive the AEO / Security status.

SOUTH AMERICA – With the forthcoming World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 South America is gearing up for a flurry of interest in the region. Independent association of air freight wholesale specialists, Air Cargo Group, has two major events planned for South America this year to further develop global partnerships and value-added international services exclusively for freight forwarders.

Air Cargo Group (ACG) members will gather in Buenos Aires from the 29th March to 1st April for their seventh annual conference and, along with its global partners, will exhibit at Intermodal South America in Sao Paulo from 5th to 7th April.

GERMANY - Transnautic Aero Managing Director Mike Staeck celebrates thirty years with the company on the 1st February. Mike joined the group which owns Transnautic Aero in 1981, with the specific task of setting up a new air cargo GSSA (General Sales and Service Agents) arm. He had already spent 14 years working for British United, Air India and a consolidator when he launched Transnautic Aero.

Since then, the company has grown from a single office in Frankfurt representing original customer, Aeroflot, to handle cargo sales and management for over 20 carriers through a network of offices at Germany’s top seven cargo airports.

UK - The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport’s (CILT) President, Sir Moir Lockhead OBE FCILT, announced today that Peter Hendy CBE, Commissioner, Transport for London, has been nominated President Elect of the Institute. He will take over the role of President from Sir Moir on 20th May 2011. Peter was appointed Commissioner in 2006, having previously served as TfL's Managing Director of Surface Transport.

Peter is a Fellow of the Institute and has been a Vice President since 2008. Until last year Peter was Chair of the Commission for Integrated Transport, and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Highways & Transportation.