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Cargo volumes at Chinese ports to drop by 6 mln TEU due to coronavirus impact — February 27, 2020

Cargo volumes at Chinese ports to drop by 6 mln TEU due to coronavirus impact

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BEIJING, Feb 27 (FAM) – The extended Chinese Lunar New Year holidays and ad hoc measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus are expected to reduce cargo volumes at Chinese ports, by over 6 million TEU, according to Alphaliner’s estimates.

The analyst said in its weekly newsletter that the volume contraction is expected to reduce global container throughput growth by at least 0.7 percent for the full year.

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Hong Kong exports plunged even before coronavirus showed its full impact —

Hong Kong exports plunged even before coronavirus showed its full impact

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HONG KONG, Feb 27 (FAM) – Hong Kong total outbound shipments in January plunged 23 per cent from a year earlier, far worse than the 3.7 per cent drop that economists expected, reports Bloomberg.

Exports from the facility, one of the 10 largest ports in the world, saw big drops to key markets: down 21 per cent to the rest of Asia, 33 per cent to the US and 37 per cent to the UK.

CargoLogicAir ends operations —

CargoLogicAir ends operations

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LONDON, Feb 27 (FAM) – UK-registered freighter operator CargoLogicAir (CLA) has effectively ceased operating after running into financial problems, with the cargo airline suspending flights since 9 February and giving notice of threat of redundancy this month to all its staff.

Although there have been reports that its suspension of flight operations may have been due to non-compliance with UK or European (EASA) air safety regulations, sources close to the airline have told Lloyd’s Loading List that those reports are incorrect and that the freighter operator’s problems relate to financial challenges, not to any issues of safety non-compliance.

Coronavirus: Freight firms rush to limit automotive production shutdowns —

Coronavirus: Freight firms rush to limit automotive production shutdowns

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BEIJING, Feb 27 (FAM) – Emergency logistics specialists are doing all they can to limit or prevent imminent production slowdowns or shutdowns among European automotive manufacturers whose supply chains are experiencing major challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak in China.

While various sectors have experienced disruptions to their supply chains from the impact of production closures and delays in China, automotive manufacturers are particularly affected – in part due to the pivotal role within China’s automotive sector of Wuhan.

Some train services start to resume operations —

Some train services start to resume operations

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SHANGHAI, Feb 27 (FAM) – Some train services in the Yangtze River Delta region have resumed operation, rail authorities announced on Wednesday.

These include high-speed trains between Shanghai Hongqiao and Nanjing South Station in neighboring Jiangsu Province, Shanghai Hongqiao and Wuhu and Anqing in Anhui Province, and Shanghai Hongqiao and Fenghua and Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province.

Coronavirus: Container truck drivers returning to Ningbo port — February 26, 2020

Coronavirus: Container truck drivers returning to Ningbo port

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NINGBO, Feb 26 (FAM) – Container truck drivers are quickly returning to Ningbo, home to the world’s third-busiest box port, following policy support to help unclog the port traffic amid the fallout from coronavirus.

The number of drivers back in position has topped 7,300 as of February 22, up from about 1,700 a week ago, according to a release by the Ningbo government. 

Maersk buys California's Performance to boost warehousing, trucking —

Maersk buys California's Performance to boost warehousing, trucking

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CALIFORNIA, Feb 26 (FAM) – AP Moller Maersk is acquiring US warehousing and distribution firm Performance Team for US$545 million in a bid to strengthen the shipping giant’s ability to meet customers’ end-to-end supply chain needs.

Maersk said the total acquisition price includes $225 million in lease liabilities. Subject to regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close on April 1.

DHL Express upgrades fleet with six new B777 freighters this year —

DHL Express upgrades fleet with six new B777 freighters this year

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CINCINNATI, Feb 26 (FAM) – DHL Express is to take delivery of six new Boeing 777F-200 cargo aircraft this year, with the first this year arriving last Thursday at its main US air hub Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) – from which the aircraft will be operated by DHL Express’ partner airline Kalitta.

As part of the overall modernisation and renewal of the international express service provider’s long-haul intercontinental fleet, in 2018, DHL ordered 14 new Boeing 777Fs, with four delivered in 2019, six to be delivered this year, and the remaining four to be taken into service in 2021, to replace older aircraft.

E-commerce logistics market to expand by €500 bln by 2024 —

E-commerce logistics market to expand by €500 bln by 2024

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LONDON, Feb 26 (FAM) – The global e-commerce logistics market is continuing to expand rapidly and is set to be worth more than €500 billion by 2024, according to new research from Transport Intelligence (Ti).

But logistics service providers (LSPs) are unlikely to see many benefits of this growth, as retailers heap pressure onto their supply chain partners to limit costs while improving service levels at the same time, the Ti report indicates.

SF Express reports 40% rise in business volume during coronavirus outbreak —

SF Express reports 40% rise in business volume during coronavirus outbreak

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SHENZHEN, Feb 26 (FAM) – SF Express, a delivery service company based in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong Province, saw its business volume go up more than 40 percent in January during the coronavirus outbreak, despite an overall downward trend in the industry.

According to the company’s report, revenue for the first month of 2020 increased 14.4 percent compared with the same period last year, reaching 11.6 billion yuan ($1.65 billion). 

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Forwarders and carriers increase China freighter capacity — February 25, 2020

Forwarders and carriers increase China freighter capacity

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FRANKFURT, Feb 25 (FAM) – International freight forwarding and logistics group DSV Panalpina is poised to open a cargo air bridge between China and the US in response to backlogs and supply chain disruption resulting from the coronavirus.

Beginning 25 February, it will operate a Boeing 747-8 freighter airplane three times per week, east and westbound, between Huntsville, Alabama, in the US and Shanghai Pudong Airport.

Prioritise logistics or risk supply chain chaos, UK Brexit negotiators told —

Prioritise logistics or risk supply chain chaos, UK Brexit negotiators told

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LONDON, Feb 25 (FAM) – If the UK is to continue to trade efficiently with the EU, its biggest and closest market, there are six key areas the UK’s negotiators and government need to prioritise in the opening stages of talks with Europe about their future trading relationship, said a spokesman.

FTA policy director Elizabeth de Jong said failure by the UK government to prioritise the key areas outlined in FTA’s new policy blueprint, ‘Keeping the UK and the EU Trading’, “could have a devastating effect on the UK’s highly interconnected supply chain.”

Keswick Enterprises acquires north-east England based co-packer APS —

Keswick Enterprises acquires north-east England based co-packer APS

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LONDON, Feb 25 (FAM) – UK-based logistics and supply chain fulfilment services specialist Keswick Enterprises has acquired 100% of the equity of Northumberland-based Assembly and Packing Services Limited (APS).

APS is one of the UK’s leading non-food contract packing companies and has extensive expertise in assembling, collating and packing merchandise and giftware for manufacturers, importers and retailers.

Long Beach & Los Angeles ports boost collaboration to competitiveness —

Long Beach & Los Angeles ports boost collaboration to competitiveness

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LONG BEACH, Feb 25 (FAM) – The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will strengthen collaborative measures in the areas of cargo movement efficiency, connectivity, workforce development, cybersecurity and metrics under an agreement approved by their respective Harbor Commissions.

“Our two ports are the fastest way to move goods between Asia and U.S. markets and manufacturers,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “The kind of cooperation that will flow from this agreement ensures we will continue to be the most efficient gateway for shippers.”

Rail project quarterly meeting set March 4 —

Rail project quarterly meeting set March 4

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LONG BEACH, Feb 25 (FAM) – Learn the latest on the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility Program during a community meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Long Beach Multi-Service Center, 1301 W. 12th St.

The Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility is the centerpiece of the Port of Long Beach’s $1 billion rail program. It will shift more cargo to “on-dock rail,” where containers are placed directly on trains at marine terminals, significantly reducing trips by trucks throughout the region.

COVID-19 outbreak exerts serious impacts on Chinese ports —

COVID-19 outbreak exerts serious impacts on Chinese ports

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BEIJING, Feb 25 (FAM) – The China Ports and Harbours Association recently unveiled a report on the impact of the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak on production activities at ports and harbors during the week ended on February 16.

According to the report, 95% of the coastal ports had resumed normal operations. However, combined volume of containerized shipments handled at the eight major coastal ports in the week in question plunged 51% from a year earlier. At some ports, however, throughput plummeted 70% or even more.

China eyes further resumption of express delivery services — February 24, 2020

China eyes further resumption of express delivery services

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BEIJING, Feb 24 (FAM) – China is working to further resume delivery services to aid the nation’s epidemic control and prevention efforts, according to the State Post Bureau.

The bureau said while continuing to fight the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, China eyes to recover more than 60 percent of the courier sector’s normal delivery capacity by the end of February.

China's transport industry sees upbeat signs of work resumption: ministry —

China's transport industry sees upbeat signs of work resumption: ministry

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BEIJING, Feb 24 (FAM) – China’s transport industry saw upbeat signs of work resumption, with firms in the sector and major construction projects reporting orderly operation amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, a transport official said at a news conference Saturday.

The country’s passenger transport and logistics restored steadily in the second week of this month, with increased activities seen in railway, ports and express delivery, said Wu Chungeng, an official with the Ministry of Transport (MOT).

Shanghai No 1 box port with S'pore as No 2 & Shenzhen as No 3 —

Shanghai No 1 box port with S'pore as No 2 & Shenzhen as No 3

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SHANGHAI, Feb 24 (FAM) – China boasts seven of the 10 busiest container ports in the world with Shanghai coming in as No 1, Singapore and Shenzhen coming in as No 2 and No 3, reports London’s Port Technology International.

This list of the top ports in China has been measured by 2018’s containerised cargo traffic, but up-to-date figures have been included when they are available.

Containerized exports from US to Asia decline slightly in 2019 —

Containerized exports from US to Asia decline slightly in 2019

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LONDON, Feb 24 (FAM) – Containerized exports from the U.S. to 10 major countries and territories in Asia (based on volumes at ports of destination) remained nearly unchanged in 2019, going down a minute 0.7% from the previous year to 5,958,060 TEUs, according to U.S. research company Descartes Datamyne.

By origin, exports to China suffered a double-digit contraction of 15.8% to total 1,748,420 TEUs. Containerized exports to Japan and South Korea improved 1.6% to 744,654 TEUs and 8.8% to 715,050 TEUs.

Container freight rates continue to tumble —

Container freight rates continue to tumble

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BEIJING, Feb 24 (FAM) – Maersk CEO Soren SKou warned last week that factories in China were still only operating at 50-60% capacity and a rebound in shipping demand in the coming weeks would depend on a swift economic recovery from the impacts of coronavirus.

There are few signs of a respite for carriers just yet with Drewry’s composite World Container Index losing 5.8% this week and is now down 1.9% versus a year earlier.

Logistics association proposes measures to restore activities — February 21, 2020

Logistics association proposes measures to restore activities

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BEIJING, Feb 21 (FAM) – The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) has proposed a set of policies to help restore logistics activities, calling for prioritizing work resumption in the sector due to its key role in ensuring the provision of medical supplies and daily necessities.

A survey by the CFLP showed 49 out of the country’s 56 logistics demonstration parks had started operation as of Feb 17, but on average only 40 percent of the companies in the parks had opened for business.

China logistics set for ‘a slow return to normal’ —

China logistics set for ‘a slow return to normal’

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DUBAI, Feb 21 (FAM) – Projections from freight customers suggest a gradual ramping up of freight and logistics demand as domestic travel restrictions in China from the new coronavirus outbreak are eased, rather than a sudden return to manufacturing production that triggers a full-blown freight capacity crisis, according to Agility CEO Essa Al-Saleh.

Among the various effects of the China’s new coronavirus outbreak on the international freight and logistics market, one thing that has captured the headlines is reported increases in air freight prices of up to 300-400%, due to a sharp reduction in capacity; but Al-Saleh underlined that such inflated prices needed to be put into context.

Fleet Logistics starts using Lufthansa Cargo’s smartBooking —

Fleet Logistics starts using Lufthansa Cargo’s smartBooking

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FRANKFURT, Feb 21 (FAM) – Europe’s leading cargo airline expands its digital innovation portfolio by announcing a new API in 2019, which will now also used by Fleet. Lufthansa Cargo invested in Fleet in a Series round back in early 2018.

The strong collaboration between Lufthansa Cargo and Fleet has connected extensive airfreight experience with a technology-driven, fresh view on global logistics processes. Since the original investment, the teams have collaborated on various initiatives, such as the most recent smartBooking API, which simplifies Fleet customers’ ability to quote and book.

UK economy cannot operate without 'vital' logistics workers – FTA —

UK economy cannot operate without 'vital' logistics workers – FTA

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LONDON, Feb 21 (FAM) – “Vital” logistics workers must be excluded from the UK government’s “restrictive” post-Brexit immigration policy, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Yesterday, the government announced a  new points-based system, representing arguably the biggest structural change to the UK labour market in decades when it comes into force in 2021.

Cargo theft report confirms upward trends in 2019 —

Cargo theft report confirms upward trends in 2019

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LONDON, Feb 21 (FAM) – Cargo theft worldwide continues to focus overwhelmingly on trucks, compared to all other modes of freight transport while food and beverages is by far the most targeted segment by thieves, according to the second edition of an annual report published by BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions and international transport and logistics insurer, TT Club.

The Cargo Theft Report 2020 found that both of these trends remained consistent from 2018 while it also noted an increase last year in the number of cargo truck hijacking incidents, with thefts of and from vehicles similarly rising as a percentage of all theft incidents recorded in 2019.

Cathay flies 151,964 tonnes of cargo & mail in Jan, down 8.9% —

Cathay flies 151,964 tonnes of cargo & mail in Jan, down 8.9%

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HONG KONG, Feb 21 (FAM) – Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon transported a combined 151,964 tonnes of cargo and mail in January, representing a year-on-year decrease of 8.9 per cent, prompting a warning that the group’s financial performance in 2020 will be “significantly” weaker than last year.

The cargo and mail load factor dropped by 1.4 percentage points to 60.2 per cent. Capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometres (AFTKs), was down by 3.2 per cent while cargo and mail revenue freight tonne kilometres (RFTKs) declined by 5.4 per cent.

General Motors launches new electric vehicle in China —

General Motors launches new electric vehicle in China

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CHICAGO, Feb 21 (FAM) – General Motors (GM) on Thursday launched the Chevrolet Menlo sedan in China, the brand’s first fully electric vehicle in the world’s largest EV market.

The sporty-looking hatchback was also the third EV that GM rolled out in China, following the Buick Velite 6 EV and Baojun E-series, all produced by joint-venture partnerships in China.

Jaguar Land Rover flying components out of China in suitcases — February 20, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover flying components out of China in suitcases

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LONDON, Feb 20 (FAM) – The UK’s biggest carmaker, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), has resorted to flying components out of China in suitcases as part of emergency logistics contingency plans as it races to prevent its UK plants from closing by the end of this month, according to a report in The Financial Times (FT).

At an event to unveil the company’s autonomous electric car, Project Vector, chief executive Sir Ralf Speth said that the company’s British plants were “safe for this week” and the week after, but faced difficulties sourcing parts from China in the following weeks, which represented “a risk for overall production”.

Canadian shippers facing weeks of intermodal disruptions —

Canadian shippers facing weeks of intermodal disruptions

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VANCOUVER, Feb 20 (FAM) – Canadian intermodal shippers face weeks of further disruptions due to blockades of key rail track and port infrastructure facilities throughout Canada, with indigenous communities intensifying their protests against the construction of a natural gas pipeline across their land in British Columbia.

The disruptive protests began locally nearly two weeks ago and have spread across much of Canada, with some predicting that Canada’s intermodal system and supply chains will take weeks or months to recover even once the blockades eventually end.

Trainmaker Alstom in talks for US$7 billion buyout of Bombardier unit —

Trainmaker Alstom in talks for US$7 billion buyout of Bombardier unit

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PARIS, Feb 20 (FAM) – French train maker Alstom confirmed it’s in talks to acquire the rail business of embattled Canadian train and plane maker Bombardier, the state-inflated giant that has driven itself to near bankruptcy.

No final decision has been made, but Alstom and Bombardier said talks were continuing. The business could fetch about US$7 billion, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Double-digit growth in seaport-hinterland rail transport in Hamburg port —

Double-digit growth in seaport-hinterland rail transport in Hamburg port

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HAMBURG, Feb 20 (FAM) – In the seaport-hinterland transport segment of such importance for the Port of Hamburg, it was environment-friendly container transport by rail that achieved double-digit growth.

In 2019 a total of 2.7 million TEU were transported between the terminals in the Port of Hamburg and those in the hinterland. That represents an increase of 10.4 percent, setting a fresh record for Hamburg’s Port Railway.

FTA to rebrand as Logistics UK —

FTA to rebrand as Logistics UK

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LONDON, Feb 20 (FAM) – UK freight and logistics representative organisation the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is to change its name this year to Logistics UK, in an attempt to more broadly reflect its representative role across the multimodal logistics sector, including on behalf of cargo owners.

Explaining the rationale behind the switch, FTA chief executive David Wells said: “It is important to note that we are not changing our focus, or the important services, support and advice that we provide to members. 

China will ultimately win battle against COVID-19: BMW China chief — February 19, 2020

China will ultimately win battle against COVID-19: BMW China chief

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BERLIN, Feb 19 (FAM) – BMW China chief Jochen Goller has expressed his confidence in China’s fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We are confident that China will ultimately win this battle” against COVID-19, said Goller, president and chief executive officer of BMW Group Region China, in a written interview with Xinhua.

Orient Overseas Container Line reopens all but a few mainland offices —

Orient Overseas Container Line reopens all but a few mainland offices

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HONG KONG, Feb 19 (FAM) – Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has announced the re-opening of all but a few of its mainland offices closed because of the outbreak of the coronavirus.

All but the following mainland offices have been reopened. Still closed are the Chongqing office that will reopen on Monday; Ningbo that has applied to re-open, the Wuhan office, whose opening has yet to be confirmed; Yiwu, that has applied to re-open, Shenzhen that has applied to re-open and Zhongshan has also applied to re-open.

Hutchison Port Holdings Trust appoints Fong Chi Wai Alex as director —

Hutchison Port Holdings Trust appoints Fong Chi Wai Alex as director

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SINGAPORE, Feb 19 (FAM) – Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) has announced the appointment of Fong Chi Wai Alex, 63, as independent non-executive director, replacing retiring Kevin Anthony Westley.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr Fong to the board, who brings with him rich experiences in the transport and logistics industry. We would also like to thank Mr Westley for his valuable contribution to the HPH Trust, and we wish him the best in his retirement,” said HPH Trust chairman Canning Fok.

ONE levies $1,000 per reefer container surcharge for Shanghai, Xingang —

ONE levies $1,000 per reefer container surcharge for Shanghai, Xingang

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SHANGHAI, Feb 19 (FAM) – Ocean Network Express (ONE) has implemented a $1,000 per container congestion surcharge for reefer cargoes arriving in Shanghai and Xingang (Tianjin) due to the slow inbound container pick-up activity caused by the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the extension of the Lunar New Year holidays.

Some Chinese terminals, especially Xingang (Tianjin) and Shanghai are already facing a serious shortage of available reefer plugs, the Singapore-based carrier said.

Apple warns of supply-chain shortages from coronavirus —

Apple warns of supply-chain shortages from coronavirus

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CHICAGO, Feb 19 (FAM) – US electronics giant Apple has become one of the first major ‘bellwether’ global manufacturers to warn of supply-chain shortages resulting from the Covid-19 coronavirus – to the extent that its financial results will be affected.

In an investor update yesterday, Apple –which makes most of its iPhones and other products in China – said that manufacturing production “is starting to resume around the country, but we are experiencing a slower return to normal conditions than we had anticipated”.

Air freight and postal representatives link up on cross-border air mail —

Air freight and postal representatives link up on cross-border air mail

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VANCOUVER, Feb 19 (FAM) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Post Corporation (IPC) have yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce cooperation between the two organisations.

The aim for both IATA and IPC is to promote the development and expansion of safe, secure, accessible and high-quality airmail and air cargo services to help their respective members provide quality solutions aligned to consumer needs. 

Moveable barrier unveiled to keep UK-EU road freight moving — February 18, 2020

Moveable barrier unveiled to keep UK-EU road freight moving

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LONDON, Feb 18 (FAM) – At a time when the UK’s European trading partners have become increasingly perplexed by Britain’s apparent determination to erect new barriers to frictionless trade, the UK has unveiled a new type of barrier that is designed to keep trade moving.

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday announced that a new moveable barrier solution will be available and on standby from later this year to keep traffic moving on the key freight roads leading to and from UK Channel crossings at times of cross-channel disruption.

Volga-Dnepr operates ‘sterilised’ cargo charter flights to China —

Volga-Dnepr operates ‘sterilised’ cargo charter flights to China

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MOSCOW, Feb 18 (FAM) – Volga-Dnepr Group has stressed that its cargo airline subsidiaries are continuing to operate charter flights into China despite the current disruption to the air freight market, with additional hygiene measures in place and its previously scheduled services operating on a charter basis.

It said commodities flown into China include essential items in response to the Coronavirus outbreak such as masks, sanitiser gels, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, adding: “In addition to this, the fleet is depended upon to keep global supply chains moving by supporting some of the largest Chinese companies.

Logistics firms must start preparing for post-Brexit customs changes —

Logistics firms must start preparing for post-Brexit customs changes

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LONDON, Feb 18 (FAM) – Freight forwarders and hauliers now have enough clarity to start preparing for a post-Brexit business landscape and should begin implementing the systems they will need from the end of December, according Peter MacSwiney, chairman of UK customs clearance solutions provider Agency Sector Management (ASM).

He stressed that there was “limited time to implement the systems needed to tackle trade friction” following the UK government’s announcement this week that import controls would be brought in on European Union (EU) goods at the border from 1 January.

Belt & Road explores chances in East Africa as geo-political challenges grow —

Belt & Road explores chances in East Africa as geo-political challenges grow

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NAIROBI, Feb 18 (FAM) – Doubts grow about the sustainability of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in East Africa, where big spending is focused around the newly-built standard gauge railway from the Port of Mombasa to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, 274 miles away.

Recent sustainability doubts are fuelled by the cooling of relations between China and the West, which has dampened China’s income from trade, the profits of which largely sustains ambitious mega projects like Belt and Road.

BMW Brilliance resumes operation amid epidemic —

BMW Brilliance resumes operation amid epidemic

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SHENYANG, Feb 18 (FAM) – BMW Brilliance Automobile, a joint venture between BMW and Chinese car maker Huachen Auto Group, has resumed operation in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang amid the novel coronavirus epidemic.

Nearly 20,000 of the company’s employees have returned to work and its two vehicle factories are expected to fully resume production on Tuesday after substantial preparations for epidemic prevention and control, according to BMW Brilliance Automobile.

Zhengzhou to Europe freight train resumes operation — February 17, 2020

Zhengzhou to Europe freight train resumes operation

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HENAN, Feb 17 (FAM) – A freight train left China’s central city of Zhengzhou on Sunday, marking the resumption of Henan Province’s exports to Belt and Road countries following the conclusion of the Spring Festival holiday amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The train’s 41 containers weighing 615.8 tons contain goods such as mechanical and electrical equipment, metal products, precision parts and daily necessities.

Illegal blockades on rail network —

Illegal blockades on rail network

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LONG BEACH, Feb 17 (FAM) – Long Beach said it wanted to update its customers on the status of the illegal blockades on its rail network.
 
The blockades in Vaughan, ON and Vancouver, BC have been removed on Saturday. However, a new blockade south of Winnipeg, MB has been set up affecting some rail traffic moving south into the United States.

Novel Coronavirus brings about spike in Ex-China spot rates —

Novel Coronavirus brings about spike in Ex-China spot rates

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SHANGHAI, Feb 17 (FAM) – The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) declined 7.2% from two weeks earlier to 910.58 points at the end of the week of Feb. 3, the Shanghai Shipping Exchange (SSE) announced recently.

Transport demand has only been recovering slowly since Lunar New Year, as novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia is keeping workers from returning to work at many factories.

Robots and drones join the battle against virus —

Robots and drones join the battle against virus

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QINGDAO, Feb 17 (FAM) – High-tech products, such as drones and robots, are being deployed to fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic since the outbreak began.

A technology company based in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, donated 30 disinfection robots to six hospitals in Qingdao and neighboring city Rizhao. The robots are expected to be used in 20 more hospitals in the province.

Geely Auto, Volvo Cars team up in ambitious merger —

Geely Auto, Volvo Cars team up in ambitious merger

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ZHEJIANG,, Feb 17 (FAM) – Volvo showcases its V60 at the second China International Import Expo in November 2019. Move by the two companies expected to create China’s most valuable carmaker.

China’s Geely Auto and Swedish brand Volvo Cars, both subsidiaries of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, are planning to merge their businesses, a move that is expected to create the country’s first truly global and most valuable carmaker.

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