• Carrier port schedule reliability hits new lows

    The record low levels of carrier schedule reliability experienced last year continued into the first two months of 2019. According to SeaIntelligence Maritime Analysis, the January-February average on-time performance on the transpacific trade sunk to 38.6% on the US West Coast (USWC), and just 31.5% on the US East Coast (USEC). “For the USEC, this […]

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  • Power challenges slowing Eurasian rail reefer growth

    Despite growing demand from shippers in Europe and China to increase reefer capacity on the Eurasian rail freight routes, there are still technical and cost issues slowing the deployment of temperature-controlled containers. The main issue is the cost of installing new technology and engineering components to trains on the long-haul route. Diesel-electric reefers, commonly used […]

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  • Cambodia trade growth spurs cargo boom

    Cambodia has enjoyed strong trade growth in recent years, investing in transport and logistics infrastructure a top priority for long-term development. The economy expanded by 7.3% in 2018, pegging it as one of the fastest-growing in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Exports rose by 16.3%, while imports increased by 22%, and this was reflected […]

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  • Warning of serious consequences on mishandled containers

    Mounting concerns over the recent spate of costly containership fires have prompted a renewed focus on the correct declaration and handling of dangerous goods (DG). In March, a fire caused Grimaldi’s Grande America to sink off the coast of France, along with cargo that included a fleet of luxury cars. The incident capped off a […]

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  • Lack of supply stymies use of biofuel in aviation

    For several years now, biofuels have been used as a partial substitution in fuelling airplanes. The first test flight for a commercial airline, a cooperation between Virgin Atlantic and Boeing, took off in 2008. The technology has improved over the last decade, and there are now five processes for making internationally approved Sustainable Aviation Fuel […]

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  • The rise of the robots in warehousing

    As the logistics industry looks to drive down costs to maintain its competitive edge, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots are becoming mainstream in warehouse management. According to a report by McKinsey Supply Chain 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced robotics, analytics, and big data can potentially lower operational costs by 30 per cent, while […]

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  • LNG set to boost Eurasian rail freight volumes

    Rail freight between China and Europe is set to double during the next decade as China’s Belt and Road initiative connects the country’s Western Provinces to the transcontinental network, according to Juergen Trojak, a leading Swiss rail engineering expert. In a broad initiative, China’s Government is planning to connect Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Chongqing, Shaanxi, Ningxia, […]

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  • Bangladesh implements safety initiatives for garment sector

    Following decades of problems at garment factories in Bangladesh and increased scrutiny of standards by fashion brand buyers, the world’s second largest apparel exporter after China has implemented a nationwide program to upgrade fire and safety standards at garment factories. Siddiqur Rahman, President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) told Forward with Toll […]

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  • New laws to keep UK-EU cargo moving in no-deal Brexit

    European Union (EU) Ministers have adopted laws that will allow UK airlines and trucking companies to continue providing services to and from the EU in a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario. For UK hauliers, this means the vast majority of journeys to the EU will be permit-free until the end of 2019. Truckers transiting the EU […]

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  • BIFA voices concerns regarding post-Brexit duty rules on parcels

    There are growing concerns that the UK’s e-commerce sector may be disrupted if the country leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal in place. The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is asking the government to change the rules, which will leave freight forwarders acting on behalf of overseas parcel senders, rather than established […]

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  • New carrier spices up India’s air cargo sector

    India’s air cargo market has received some much-needed uplift following the introduction of the country’s first freighter fleet operated by a scheduled domestic airline. In September, low-cost carrier SpiceJet launched dedicated cargo business SpiceXpress with its first Boeing 737-700 freighter. Three additional 737s are due in 2019, which the carrier said would boost its total […]

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  • Australia launches piece-level screening for export air cargo

    Changes to Australia’s outbound airfreight security screening regulations, the Enhanced Air Cargo Examination program, went into effect on 1 March with the intent of increasing safety standards for Australia’s international outbound air cargo. According to the Department of Home Affairs of the Australian Government, the increased measures have been introduced after a terrorist plot in […]

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