Friday, October 4, 2019

Weekly Snippets of Freight and Logistics News from Around the World

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CHINA – Austrian headquartered logistics outfit cargo-partner has introduced a multimodal service utilising rail and sea links via a corridor in Western and Central China. Until recently connections to China's main sea ports in the east of the country have been limited to road or barge transport. Road is expensive, barges slow with restricted availability and complete suspension of services during the winter season.

By making use of the block train from Chongqing in southwest China to Qinzhou Port in the south cargo-partner says the 1,200 kilometre route can be covered in two days with daily departures at around a third of the cost of road-sea alternatives. The new service covers 16 provinces in China’s western and central regions and is connected to cargo-partner’s rail transport service across the New Silk Road to provide access to numerous destinations in Europe, with comprehensive distribution options.

INDONESIA – The Noatum Logistics division of the Noatum Maritime Group has reinforced its business in Asia with the acquisition of PT. JCL Indonesia, and its offices in Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Bandung and Yogyakarta. The group is now directly present in 28 countries with Noatum Logistics having 35 offices of its own in Asia, 15 of which are in China.

ITALY – Global exhibition organiser Easyfairs has acquired a majority stake in the Packaging Première exhibition, which takes place on 26-28 May 2020 in Milan, dedicated to designers, luxury packaging manufacturers and international brands, held in the hub of fashion and design and home to the many of the world’s leading luxury brands. Growth since its launch in 2017 saw 2019 having 242 exhibitors, 13,000 square metres and 6,700 visitors, and focused on packaging for fashion & accessories, cosmetics, wines & spirits, fine foods and other luxury goods.

US – If anyone doubted the seriousness of giving women a better chance to make a contribution to the logistics sector all such doubts should be dispelled by the latest Women in Trucking (WiT) awards. More than 150 nominations were submitted to the WiT magazine ‘Redefining the Road’ editorial staff, with more than 10,000 votes cast to identify top companies named to the list.

Eighty two transportation companies made the final cut for the Women In Trucking award with companies including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies and original equipment manufacturers. The full list of those selected can be seen here.

IRELAND – GERMANY - Liebherr Container Cranes has received an order for two megamax ship to shore (STS) container cranes for the MSC Gate Terminal Bremerhaven. These will be the 22nd and 23rd such cranes delivered to North Sea ports in Germany since 2017. The cranes due for handover before the end of 2020, have an outreach of 73 metres (25 container rows), a backreach of 25 metres, a span of 30.48 metres and a lift height over rail of 51.2 metres which makes them amongst the largest cranes sold by Liebherr and easily able to handle the world’s largest container vessels.

MSC Gate Bremerhaven is a joint venture between Eurogate and TIL Terminal Investments Limited, a related company of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, and which operates the berths and terminal facilities exclusively for MSC vessels.

UK – In the run up to Brexit one of the smaller British ports wanting to heighten its profile is hosting an event this month to try and do just that. The free to attend Logistics/Maritime event : 'Re-establishing the Great Yarmouth-Europe maritime connection - new partnerships for UK/Europe trade', will take place between 13:15-16:00 on Monday 14 October 2019 at The Assembly Room, Great Yarmouth Town Hall, Hall Plain NR30 2QF.

All companies, from hauliers to offshore specialists, with an interest in logistics can register and find out more HERE at an event focused on practical opportunities and overcoming barriers to trade into and out of Great Yarmouth and Continental North Sea/Channel ports. High level delegates and other experts from the Ostend logistics/maritime cluster and the British Chamber of Commerce, EU and Belgium will be in attendance.

UK – Exporta, the Kinross based handling products supplier, has picked up an award at the 2019 National UK eCommerce Awards for its Business Plus Account Scheme. The company embarked on a new digitalisation project following the arrival of their new Head of eCommerce in July 2018 resulting in its shortlisting in four categories and the victory in a category dominated by some of the bigger names in the eCommerce industry.

UK – The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has launched a nationwide programme to help businesses understand the potential impact arising from a no-deal Brexit and to provide the practical support needed by members to minimise the immediate impact. 66 seminars across 22 locations start on 7th October 2019.

The sessions aim to examine the impact of a no-deal Brexit for border management and the movement of goods and explain how this will impact traders, importers, exporters, hauliers and drivers. They will also explore key protocols and rules, offer advice on where to find information and provide a dedicated helpline and weekly webinars. Details HERE.

Photo: The view from below a Liebherr megamax STS crane in operation.