UK and China allow more direct flights — December 14, 2017

UK and China allow more direct flights ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

LONDON, Dec 14 (FAM) – The United Kingdom and China have agreed to raise the limit on the number of direct weekly flights between the two nations to 150 from 100. The UK government said the move was the first of several “open skies” deals struck in an effort to increase trade post-Brexit.

The deal follows an agreement in October 2016 to raise the limit from 40 to 100.

Such services are regulated internationally, typically through bilateral agreements that limit the number and type of flights.


CNBM eyes Belt & Road expansion —

CNBM eyes Belt & Road expansion ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

BEIJING, Dec 14 (FAM) – China’s biggest cement producer will construct 100 cement factories across 50 economies in Asia and Africa during the next three years, the company’s chairman confirmed in London on Tuesday.

Song Zhiping, from China National Building Material, was speaking in the British capital, where he is attending the annual congress of the World Cement Association, which is also called the WCA.


Shanghai unveils $2.1bn unmanned box terminal — December 13, 2017

Shanghai unveils $2.1bn unmanned box terminal ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

SHANGHAI, Dec 13 (FAM) – Shanghai International Port Group launched a trial of the fourth phase of its Yangshan Deepwater Port, a Yuan12.8bn ($2.1bn) fully-automated container terminal, on Sunday.

The 2.2m sqm project consists of seven containership berths, with an initial annual handling capacity of 4m teu. After the three-year construction and 18-month equipment testing period, the terminal now has 10 quay cranes, 40 rail-mounted gantry cranes (AMG) and 50 automated guided vehicles (AGV) in position for the trial run.


Trans-Pacific Eastbound containers reach record high in Nov —

Trans-Pacific Eastbound containers reach record high in Nov ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

LONG BEACH, Dec 13 (FAM) – A total of 1,366,979 TEUs of containers were moved to the U.S. from 10 countries and regions in Asia in November, which increased 10.7% year on year, according to a report recently unveiled by American research firm Descartes DataMyne.

In the 11 months from January, 14,310,911 TEUs were carried on the same eastbound trade routes. Record highs were registered for both November and the January-November months.

Long Beach surges part 2016 cargo volume —

Long Beach surges part 2016 cargo volume ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

LONG BEACH, Dec 13 (FAM) – With just under one month left in 2017, the Port of Long Beach has already exceeded the cargo total for all of last year, and will handle more than 7 million containers for only the fourth time in its 106-year history.

A total of 612,659 twenty-foot equivalent units moved through Long Beach in November, an increase of 14.7 percent over the same month a year ago. Through the first 11 months of the year, shippers have sent 6,847,589 TEUs across the Port’s docks, a 10 percent increase. The Port handled 6,775,171 TEUs in 2016. eyes cargo aircraft — eyes cargo aircraft ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

BEIJING, Dec 13 (FAM) – China’s largest online retailer is exploring plans to develop its own air cargo network and fleet, as it continues to build its domestic and international logistics capabilities.

Speaking on the sidelines of a global logistics forum in Beijing, Bill Fu Bing, head of logistics planning and development at, told the South China Morning Post (SCMP): “Do we need to buy our own planes or build our own airports? This is something we are looking at. We don’t have [exact plans].”


Caution expressed over PPP railways —

Caution expressed over PPP railways ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

BEIJING, Dec 13 (FAM) – Experts expressed a cautious view of the development of China’s private-led railways, as news of the latest of these projects emerged on Tuesday.

The Beijing News reported on Tuesday that the provincial government of East China’s Zhejiang Province has given a green light for a high-speed railway project linking the provincial capital, Hanghzou, and Wenzhou in southeastern Zhejiang.

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