Box traffic from Asia to Europe rises 5.3% in Aug — October 19, 2017

Box traffic from Asia to Europe rises 5.3% in Aug ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

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TOKYO, Oct 19 (FAM) – Containerized exports from Asia to Europe increased 5.3% from a year earlier to 1,431,976 TEUs in August, achieving a year-on-year improvement for the sixth straight month, according to a report released by the Japan Maritime Center (JMC).

In the eight months from January, a total of 10,756,513 TEUs were moved outbound from Asia to Europe, which also hiked 5.3%. From Europe, meanwhile, 635,379 TEUs were imported in the month in question, which went up 4% and registered a year-on-year expansion for two back-to-back months. In the first eight months, 5,209,238 TEUs were carried inbound, up 6.7%. New records were set in both directions both in August and in the January-August term.


Cosco Shipping Ports’ Sept box volume soars 18% —

Cosco Shipping Ports’ Sept box volume soars 18% ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

BEIJING, Oct 19 (FAM) – COSCO Shipping Ports (CSP) – continues to perform well in September, with overall volumes rising 18 per cent to 7.7 million TEU from 6.5 million TEU in the same month last year, driven by huge gains in its overseas investments and recovery in traditional markets such as the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta regions.

CSP’s overseas ports saw throughput increase dramatically by 47 per cent to 1.5 million TEU from just over 1 million TEU previously as volumes at its Turkey investment in Kumport and at European terminals in Antwerp and Zeebrugge spiked. Meanwhile volumes at Busan Port Terminal also nearly doubled to 288,300 TEU, according to Seatrade Maritime News of Colchester, UK.


Vanguard Logistics launches in Vietnam —

Vanguard Logistics launches in Vietnam ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

HANOI, Oct 19 (FAM) – Less than container load (LCL) ocean freight consolidation specialist Vanguard Logistics Services has launched its own operations in Vietnam, with offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, after using an agency partner in the country for several years.

The company said the establishment of Vanguard Logistics Services Vietnam would allow it to provide its full suite of services, including import and export LCL consolidation – “a continuation of Vanguard’s strategy to bring the highest performing and global reaching NVOCC network to our customers”.


Digital forwarders not equipped for ‘a Hanjin’ – DHL —

Digital forwarders not equipped for ‘a Hanjin’ – DHL ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

FRANKFURT, Oct 19 (FAM) – DHL Global Forwarding claims digital start-up freight forwarders are not offering a wide enough service range to significantly disrupt forwarding markets, and traditional rivals remain its true competition as supply chains go digital.

The digitalisation of forwarding markets will see substantial customer service improvements but will not lead to incumbents being displaced by start-ups, according to Tobias Meyer, COO of DHL Global Forwarding.


China’s rail freight up 14.6% in Jan-Sept period —

China’s rail freight up 14.6% in Jan-Sept period ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

BEIJING, Ocr 19 (FAM) – China’s rail freight volume, an indicator of economic activity, registered steady growth of 14.6 percent to 2.76 billion tons in the first three quarters of the year, data showed Wednesday.

The pace slowed from 15.3 percent for the first eight months, dragged by tepid September growth of 9.2 percent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.


DB Cargo announces change —

DB Cargo announces change ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

FRANKFURT, Oct 19 (FAM) – Dr. Jürgen Wilder, the CEO of DB Cargo AG, said he has decided to quit the position of Board Member for DB Freight Transport and Logistics and will not pursue his interest in the position of Group Board Member.

“I hope that my decision will put DB Cargo in a better position to focus on the issues, instead of having personnel-related questions continue to overshadow these issues,” he said.



Kuehne + Nagel expands rail transport service between Asia and Europe — October 18, 2017

Kuehne + Nagel expands rail transport service between Asia and Europe ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)


HAMBURG, Oct 18 (FAM) – Kuehne + Nagel is continuing to strategically expand its network and it is for the first time ever, it is offering shipments from northern China, Japan, South Korea and South-East Asian countries to locations in Europe.

Among the new points of origin is Changchun, an industrial metropolis in northern China, which will now be connected to Hamburg with weekly departures. This route is particularly attractive to customers from the automotive industry. Also for the first time ever, Kuehne + Nagel is offering shipments between Japan and South Korea as well as destinations in Europe as a combined sea and rail service.


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