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Monsoon floods hit port operations in Mumbai

Added 01/09/2017

Operations are expected to be suspended until further notice Monsoon rains are wreaking havoc on the Indian city of Mumbai, flooding vast areas of the city and halting port operations.MORE>

UK moves towards three-year Brexit transition

Added 17/08/2017

Chancellor claims broad support in government for a period of several years in which British-EU trading relations will remain much as they are UK government ministers this week signaled that the UK is now willing to accept the need for a prolonged Brexit MORE>

UK frictionless trade with EU ‘not possible’ after Brexit

Added 10/07/2017

Chief negotiator says EU’s refusal to grant ‘single market’ access piecemeal may not have been fully understood in London The UK’s insistence on leaving the European Union’s single market and customs union will make frictionless MORE>

UK and EU firms prepare to sever supply chain ties

Added 18/05/2017

Nearly half of European businesses expect to reduce their use of UK suppliers post-Brexit, while 32% of UK companies that use EU suppliers are looking for UK replacements MORE>

Shell Reseller Champion Awards Dinner

Added 18/05/2017

The Shell Reseller Champion Awards Dinner was held on Thursday 11thMORE>

Europe-Asia exporters facing ocean space crunch and backlogs

Added 31/03/2017

Shippers, forwarders, lines and analysts report tight capacity on eastbound container services, leading to booking restrictions and rising prices European exporters needing to ship export containers from Europe to Asia and MORE>

Fears of Calais migrant truck disruptions return

Added 02/03/2017

Drivers report several recent incidents of would-be stowaways trying to gain entry to trailers near French Channel port, but port downplays threat Migrant activity in and around Calais could be on the rise again on the MORE>

Air freight shows signs of improvement

Added 19/12/2016

September sees global tonnage growth of more than 5%, year over year, for the first time in two years, reports WorldACD After a torrid few months, international air freight has begun to show signs of improvement, with September seeing global volume growth of MORE>

Japan’s top lines to merge container businesses

Added 07/11/2016

Joint venture between NYK, MOL, and ‘K’ Line will create world’s sixth-largest box ship operator with 110 ships and around 7% of global capacity Japan’s three major shipping conglomerates have agreed MORE>

French president lays foundation stone for major Calais extension

Added 26/09/2016

France’s president François Hollande will today lay the foundation stone for a major extension to the Port of Calais earmarked for completion in 2021. The project MORE>

Fallout begins from Hanjin bankruptcy

Added 01/09/2016

Cargo customers of Hanjin Shipping have begun dealing with the widespread fallout from the carrier’s collapse yesterday in what MORE>

Giant Dover lorry park to go ahead

Added 21/07/2016

The government said today that a new 3,600-lorry parking area near Dover will go ahead after all, despite widespread controversy over the plan. The announcement comes only weeks after the House of Commons Transport Committee said more should be done to demonstrate MORE>

SOLAS container mass verification requirements

Added 20/06/2016

The declaration of the accurate gross mass of a packed container is critical to maritime safety, writes the International Maritime Organization, as it publishes its new FAQ document What are the new rules? On 1 July 2016, new requirements MORE>

US names first Cuba carriers

Added 15/06/2016

The US Department of Transportation has named six carriers that will be allowed to operate services from the US to destinations in Cuba for the first time in over half a century. The airlines - American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest and Sun MORE>

Urgent EU Action Needed on Container Weighting

Added 03/05/2016

An urgent, coordinated action by national authorities regarding SOLAS container weighting rules is needed, urged European organizations representing shippers, freight forwarders, terminal operators and port authorities. In November 2014, the International Maritime MORE>

World’s first freight airship set to enter service in 2018

Added 19/04/2016

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 ‘Revolution in remote MORE>

Expanded Panama Canal to shake up services

Added 12/04/2016

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 Container services from northern Asia to the US east coast would be better off using Panama instead of Suez routing With the Panama Canal due to open its new locks in just over two months’ time, competition with the MORE>

New container weight verification rules thrown into disarray

Added 04/03/2016

Shippers say situation now ‘clear as mud’, fear multiple interpretations and call for delay in implementation and development of global standards Efforts by shippers and the global transport industry to prepare for the implementation of new MORE>

London Gateway reaps rewards of UK storms

Added 12/02/2016

River Thames port has received 25 ad hoc calls diverted from Felixstowe in recent months due to high winds DP World’s London Gateway has received as many as 25 ad hoc calls since the start of December at the expense of fellow UK port Felixstowe as its rival MORE>

Terminal operators call for clarification on box weighing

Added 25/01/2016

With less than six months to go until the implementation of amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention requiring the verification of gross mass of all containers loaded on vessels, terminal operators are calling for weighing rules to be clarified at national MORE>

P&O Ferries says it carried more freight between Dover and Calais in 2015

Added 18/01/2016

P&O Ferries says it carried more freight between Dover and Calais in 2015 than in any previous year in its modern history and expects demand for cross-Channel transport to continue to increase. The ferry company’s six ships on the English Channel MORE>

Poll backs FTA call to move Calais migrant camp

Added 07/01/2016

But Freight Transport Association says plans to build a new camp near another port – Dunkirk – are ‘madness’ An online poll has overwhelmingly supported the Freight Transport Association (FTA)’s call for the Calais migrant camp to be MORE>

Calais at ‘unprecedented’ crisis point for truck drivers

Added 18/12/2015

Freight Transport Association reports increasingly violent scenes yesterday, with ‘thousands of migrants attacking trucks as they queued on the motorway’ Violent scenes witnessed yesterday in and around Calais have been described as MORE>

Plans for a new lorry park in England’s south-eastern county of Kent

Added 14/12/2015

In response to a consultation, FTA urges Highways England to act quickly and consider a day-to-day facility for drivers that can also be used in emergencies Plans for a new lorry park in England’s south-eastern county of Kent to MORE>

China’s 10 biggest ports handled fewer containers in October

Added 30/11/2015

Volumes drop as exports fall for a fourth straight month China's 10 biggest container ports handled 1.2% fewer boxes in October than in same period last year as the global appetite for goods from the world’s second-biggest economy has MORE>

Migrant ‘intrusions’ disrupt Eurotunnel for third day

Added 16/11/2015

CEO blames inadequate security on the French rail network for allowing people to target its terminals Eurotunnel’s freight services have been disrupted for the third consecutive day after intruders got into the French terminal. The cross-Channel MORE>

China exports fall 5.9% in Q3

Added 21/10/2015

Contraction in September less severe than expected, but the country’s latest trade figures offer little reason for freight positivity Exports from China showed some signs of vitality last month, at least beating pessimistic forecasts, but weak demand MORE>

Sea freight 'set for three more years of overcapacity'

Added 09/10/2015

Global Supply/Demand Index will fall to its lowest level yet over the next few years, Drewry predicts, unless lines idle a much larger portion of the fleet Container lines are set to face at least three more years of financial pain as slowing global trade and excess MORE>

Calais threatened with strike by port workers

Added 28/09/2015

Action due to start at midnight tonight unless union demands met for greater police presence to deal with migrants The CGT staff union representing port workers at Calais is threatening to stage strike action from midnight tonight if the Port Authority does not heed MORE>

Road freight hit by new border delays and costs

Added 21/09/2015

Truck operators may introduce waiting time surcharges as immigration problems add to the supply chain complexities New border checks within Europe being introduced as a result of the ongoing migrant crisis are adding to transit times and costs for road freight MORE>

Asia-Europe box volumes continue to slide

Added 14/09/2015

Disappointing start to the peak season as traffic falls 7.1% from last year's level There was no let-up in the decline of container traffic on the Asia-Europe trade at the start of the peak season as volumes in July slipped for their fifth consecutive month on MORE>

MyFerryLink vessels handed over to Eurotunnel

Added 04/09/2015

DFDS plans three-ferry operation between Dover and Calais The two MyFerryLink vessels occupied by protesting seamen in the port of Calais for more than two months this summer were finally freed up and handed over to Eurotunnel yesterday. DFDS, which is MORE>

New Calais security measures agreed

Added 21/08/2015

As UK and France announce joint ‘command and control centre’ and additional freight search teams, FTA calls for compensation for freight operators affected by cross-Channel crisis The UK and France are set to announce new cross-Channel security MORE>

FTA slams Channel Tunnel night-closure plan

Added 14/08/2015

Proposal by UK ministers to combat migrant incursions would have a massive impact on imports and exports the Freight Transport Association (FTA) insists. The FTA has strongly rejected an idea discussed by senior UK Government ministers at a recent emergency MORE>

Carriers fail to make August GRIs stick

Added 10/08/2015

Asia-Europe spot prices fall more than 20% as supply-demand imbalance continues to hinder GRI longevity, but transpacific rises hold better Analysts’ predictions that carriers operating the Asia-Europe and transatlantic trades would struggle to uphold their MORE>

Eurotunnel fighting ‘highly organised gangs trafficking migrants’

Added 10/07/2015

Cross-Channel freight shuttle operator tells customers it is doing all it can to protect them and their business As truck operators face further delays and backlogs today due to a technical fault at Eurotunnel after weeks of disruptions and intimidation, MORE>

Eurotunnel services disrupted again following further migrant fatality

Added 07/07/2015

Latest interruption to freight shuttle services prompts renewed calls for ‘an effective and lasting solution’ A fatality in the Channel Tunnel earlier today has led to renewed calls from its operator Eurotunnel for the UK and French governments to work MORE>

Port of Calais and Eurotunnel battle backlogs after blockade

Added 24/06/2015

Queues of lorries several kilometres long reported on French side, with operators hoping to clear freight vehicles by end of today The Port of Calais and Eurotunnel are today busy clearing considerable backlogs of cross-Channel freight vehicles following traffic MORE>

New low for Asia-north Europe rates

Added 08/06/2015

Freight prices fall for third consecutive week to $342 per teu, a further 23% decline Gains experienced from the mid-May general rate increases on the Asia-north Europe trade are now a distant memory for carriers operating the route, after spot prices fell to a new MORE>

Stowaways ‘threaten future of cross-channel freight’

Added 02/06/2015

BIFA says targeting of trucks by would-be illegal immigrants has reached unprecedented levels, putting the security of drivers, vehicles, and customers’ loads at risk The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is warning that a significant recent MORE>

Asia-north Europe carriers fail with latest price push

Added 11/05/2015

But GRIs raise rates to US west coast, South America and Mediterranean Box carriers operating on the Asia-north Europe trade last week failed again in their attempts to increase freight prices, as their latest round of general rate increases fell flat once MORE>

Asia-north Europe carriers fail with latest price push

Added 05/05/2015

But GRIs raise rates to US west coast, South America and Mediterranean Box carriers operating on the Asia-north Europe trade last week failed again in their attempts to increase freight prices, as their latest round of general rate increases fell flat once MORE>

UK haulage levy generates £44m in first year

Added 02/04/2015

Fee ensures all vehicles over 12 tonnes contributing towards use of UK roads, government claims The UK’s HGV levy has raised more than £44 million from foreign-registered trucks in its first year of operation since being introduced on 1 April MORE>

Freight rates down again

Added 30/03/2015

Asia-Europe box prices at their lowest level since June 2013, while transpacific rates also fall further Container freight rates on the transpacific and Asia-Europe trade lanes have continued to decline and are still tracking below the levels recorded for the MORE>

World’s largest container ship makes maiden call at Port of Felixstowe

Added 16/03/2015

MSC Oscar is third weekly service to call at UK gateway with ships of 18,000 teu or more The latest vessel to hold the title of world’s largest container ship, the 19,224 TEU MSC Oscar, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe, in the MORE>

Deal agreed on US west-coast ports

Added 23/02/2015

PMA and ILWU announce ‘tentative agreement’ on a new five-year contract for workers After nine months of often bitter and damaging negotiations, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have MORE>

Star Cargo plc have moved offices

Added 12/02/2015

Star Cargo plc is excited to announce that we have moved into our new offices in St Albans. Our new offices are larger and more modern than our previous offices, Star Cargo House in Harpenden, which provide us with a greatly improved working environment, as well as MORE>

Husk (UK) Ltd – NEW Workshop Manager

Added 10/02/2015

Husk UK Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Clarke as Workshop Manager. Robert is a time served PCV mechanic by trade and during his career has worked in several different roles within the truck and bus industry.  These roles include skilled MORE>

Eurotunnel freight operations return to full service

Added 26/01/2015

Shuttles back to normal after week of disruptions and backlogs Eurotunnel’s freight operations have returned to full service following a week of disruptions after smoke from a lorry carrying a “smouldering MORE>

Air cargo volumes up in November but growth slower than previous months

Added 05/01/2015

Asia Pacific-North America stand-out route for revenue and yield growth Air cargo volumes were up in November although year-over-year (YoY) growth slowed compared to earlier months, according to the latest monthly bulletin issued by MORE>

Sulphur rules claim another casualty as Transfennica ends Spain-north Europe ferry service

Added 08/12/2014

Brussels emissions legislation kills off European Union-backed bid to shift freight from road to sea Dutch shortsea operator Transfennica has told customers that its service linking Bilbao, Portsmouth, and Zeebrugge is to be terminated at the end of December because MORE>

Ships of 24,000teu could be set for Asia-Europe trades

Added 01/12/2014

Classification society DNV GL says such vessel sizes will soon be possible, technically Ships up to 24,000teu capacity could soon be plying the Asia-Europe container trades, putting further pressure on rates, according to the latest analyst reports.

Shippers’ fears grow over US port shutdowns

Added 17/11/2014

Cargo owners join forwarders and other associations in writing to President Obama as they see US west coast terminals slip towards total gridlock A sudden deterioration in the last few days in the relationship between unions and port employers “suggests that a MORE>

November GRIs push Asia-Europe box prices up 88%

Added 03/11/2014

But observers warn that undercutting will bring new pressure BOX prices on the Asia-Europe trade grew as expected last week in light of November’s recommended general rate increases by lines serving the route. The latest Shanghai Containerised MORE>

Port of Hamburg launches Ebola checks

Added 23/10/2014

German gateway will quarantine ships if inspections spot seafarers with symptoms HAMBURG has instituted inspections of all vessels arriving in the port that have visited countries affected by the Ebola outbreak countries in the previous 30 days, and will MORE>

Channel ferry operators plan ‘low-sulphur’ surcharge

Added 06/10/2014

P&O estimates new rules will increase its annual fuel bill by £30 million. European cross-Channel ferry operators are planning to implement surcharges on freight and passenger traffic in order to compensate for the projected steep hike in fuel costs MORE>

Maersk and MSC unveil 2M routes and ports

Added 25/09/2014

Carriers plan Asia-North America east coast calls via Suez not Panama The 2M carriers Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co have released their full service rotations for their proposed co-operation. The two carriers plan to MORE>

No freight rate recovery for years to come, warns Skou

Added 01/09/2014

Maersk Line boss says strategy remains focused on cost-cutting as prices continue to drift lower Erosion of freight rates in the global container shipping trades is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, Maersk Line chief executive Søren Skou is MORE>

Fish shippers and road hauliers set to feel the pinch from Russian ban

Added 26/08/2014

Salmon and seafood trade among hardest-hit European road hauliers and shippers transporting fish and other seafood to Russia are set to feel the pinch from a ban on food imports imposed last week by Vladimir Putin’s regime. Transporters of MORE>

Up to 1,000 Spanish trucks turned back from Russia

Added 19/08/2014

Impact of embargo on perishable freight becomes clearer Up to 1,000 Spanish trucks carrying fruit have reportedly been turned back from Russia as a result of the country’s embargo introduced last week on many food products from countries that have imposed MORE>

Haulier outcry over French truck law

Added 06/08/2014

Road freight operators and unions claim ‘protectionist’ rules ignore security, cost and competition implications International road freight operators and union representatives have hit out against a “protectionist” new law in France MORE>

Asia-Europe GRI takes effect

Added 14/07/2014

Spot rates jump to highest levels since February Global carriers are looking to take full advantage of the traditional peak season on the Asia-Europe trade as the planned general rate increase comes into effect. This week’s Shanghai MORE>

Rates set for ‘unprecedented volatility’ until 2016

Added 30/06/2014

Excess capacity expected to remain on key trades, while new orders for 24,000 TEU vessels could further disrupt market, TOC Europe CSC conference speakers claim Excessive container shipping supply will continue to see volatile and bearish rates for some time to come MORE>

US box imports spike due to west coast ports threat

Added 16/06/2014

Shippers act early to avoid potential labour disputes later in the year US container imports are expected to spike this month following surges in April and May as shippers act early to avoid potential labour disputes at west coast ports later in the year, according MORE>

France orders Maersk to find 500 lost containers

Added 04/06/2014

Danish giant to charter sonar search vessel France has given Maersk Line until the end of the summer to pinpoint the location of around 500 containers which tumbled overboard from the Svendborg Maersk in international waters off the Atlantic coast in February this MORE>

Asia-Europe freight rates rise

Added 19/05/2014

Shanghai Containerised Freight Index shows growth in container market The latest container market figures show that container freight rates for containers transported from Asia to northern Europe rose to $1,401 per teu last week.  Average rates MORE>

Ro-ro operator Transfennica in Portsmouth service

Added 06/05/2014

Service to offer direct Spain-UK connection Transfennica will next month add Portsmouth to its existing Bilbao-Zeebrugge route, giving customers "a direct connection and fast transit times from Spain to the UK." The Tuesday and Friday MORE>

Carriers prepare for May Asia-Europe rate push

Added 25/04/2014

Maersk Line plans to increase prices by $550 per teu Maersk Line is the latest shipping line to announce a general rate increase on services from Asia to Europe as carriers look to follow up their early April success.  The Danish shipping line MORE>

French Customs intercept fake cosmetics heading for UK

Added 22/04/2014

Shipment valued at €60,000 French Customs officers based near Calais have intercepted a truck carrying more than 10,000 tubes of a faked top brand of hair coloring cream heading for the UK.  The shipment, with a street value estimated at MORE>

Fourth Maersk shipping container bobbing off UK coast

Added 17/03/2014

A fourth Maersk shipping container has been discovered bobbing off Devon on the southwest UK coast.   The incident saw containers fall off the Svenborg Maersk in the Bay of Biscay during stormy weather, and was reported by Lloyd’s MORE>

Quay extension at the Port of Felixstowe

Added 24/02/2014

Increases port's ability to berth future mega vessels The Port of Felixstowe has received consent from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for the extension of its newest container handling facility, Berths 8&9.   The expansion MORE>

New Dover logistics hub could create 600 jobs

Added 11/02/2014

A new logistics hub to be located at the Port of Dover’s Western Docks could create more than 600 jobs. The major re-development project could also safeguard 140 posts through the construction of a new cargo terminal. The project is MORE>

London Gateway doubles cargo lifting ability

Added 27/01/2014

Another first for DP World London Gateway; UK’s first quad lift shipping crane goes live DP World London Gateway has become the first port in the UK to lift four containers at one time on its quay cranes, which doubles the amount of containers it can lift in MORE>

Boeing 777F lands in Asia for the first time

Added 21/01/2014

Indian metropolis of Mumbai welcomes Lufthansa Cargo flagship A good seven weeks after the maiden flight of Lufthansa Cargo’s Boeing 777F, the freight airline’s new flagship landed in Asia for the first time.  The MORE>

India mulls five new container port expansion projects

Added 07/01/2014

INDIA’S government is considering five new public private partnerships to develop the country’s container port sector. The government is looking at a fourth container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, the country’s largest box hub with MORE>

Tribunal questions Competition Commission jurisdiction in Eurotunnel ferry appeal

Added 12/12/2013

Decision turns on whether Eurotunnel acquired enterprise or just assets Decision turns on whether Eurotunnel acquired enterprise or just assets The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) today quashed the decision by the Competition Commission MORE>

London Gateway receives Safmarine’s maiden call

Added 02/12/2013

Current panamax ships to be upgraded to 6,500 – 7,000 teu types in the first quarter of next year Founding SAECS member Safmarine made its first call at the newly-opened DP World London Gateway on November 15 with the arrival of the 5,057 teu Safmarine MORE>

Philippines to receive relief support from MOL for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Added 18/11/2013

Central Philippines devastation to be aided by US$30,000 donation MOL has announced plans to make a donation of US$30,000 to aid afflicted people of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central Philippines. The main portion of MOL’s donation MORE>

Algerian port of Oran's major extension plans

Added 05/11/2013

Investment to target container traffic facilities Oran, Algerian’s second biggest port behind Algiers, is to invest in a dedicated terminal for container traffic, according to local media reports. The world’s biggest MORE>

HGV restrictions

Added 23/10/2013

Longer HGVs, currently being trialled on UK roads, should be restricted to local authority designated routes on road safety grounds, say transport experts ‘Campaign for Better Transport’ and The Technical Advisers’ Group have written to the MORE>

Dover freight traffic growth due to SeaFrance/MFL effect

Added 10/10/2013

An increase in truck traffic of just over 11% on ferry services from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk, in the first half of the year, can be explained by the ’SeaFrance/MyFerryLink (MFL) effect,’ according to P&O Ferries. "For the year to MORE>

Forecast mid-September box rates rise fails to bear fruit

Added 07/10/2013

Prices keep tumbling on Asia-Europe trade OOCL and Hanjin Shipping have joined the November freight-rate push on the Asia to Europe trade as prices declined again this week despite hopes of a cargo rush due to holidays in China.  This MORE>

Risk of leaving registration for Ecotaxe until December

Added 23/09/2013

Lengthy delays expected, leading to transporters unable to use the French road network if they don’t register in time UK-based companies using the French national road (N’ Road) network are being urged not to delay in registering for the new Ecotaxe, a MORE>

'Continued uptick' in cargo traffic - IATA

Added 03/09/2013

Growth encouraging but premature to say air cargo is emerging from the doldrums of past 18 months. Global freight traffic, measured in tonne kilometres, was up 1.2% in July year-on-year, "showing a continuation of the modest improvement trend experienced MORE>

Uncertainty over start of French HGV tax scheme

Added 23/08/2013

It was originally scheduled to take effect from 1 July 2013. The scheduled introduction of a French tax on trucks on 1 October has been cast into doubt as a result of delays in the administration of the scheme. It was originally scheduled to take MORE>

Thamesport loses three deepsea services

Added 21/08/2013

Transatlantic express shift to Southampton ‘will improve schedule reliability’ Hapag-Lloyd has announced it will switch three of its transatlantic services from Thamesport to Southampton in another blow for the UK port. The German carrier MORE>

Capacity cuts boost Asia-Europe spot prices

Added 30/07/2013

SCFI shows $120 increase last week ahead of carriers’ August rates hike Spot rates on the Asia-Europe trade have increased as carriers reduce capacity on the trade lane and implement an 1 August general rate increase. According MORE>

MOL Comfort fore section on fire

Added 15/07/2013

The surviving fore part of containership MOL Comfort has caught fire while being towed to safe harbour in the Indian Ocean, Mitsui OSK Lines said. MOL said the fore part, with some 2,672 boxes on board, has been on fire since Saturday and that the Indian Coast MORE>

MOL Comfort stern section sinks

Added 03/07/2013

MOL has reported that the aft section of MOL Comfort sank in open sea this morning in 4,000 m of water near 14°26’N 66°26’E at around 1148 hrs local time. MOL said that about 1,700 containers were lost with the section, MORE>

Sir Bobby and 'King' Kenny push the button in Liverpool

Added 17/06/2013

Over 300 industry guests join Peel Ports to celebrate launch of Liverpool2 Soccer legends Sir Bobby Charlton and Kenny Dalglish pushed the button to start dredging operations and launched a dazzling display of fireworks over the site of the new terminal in the MORE>

Air freight pricing to remain weak

Added 04/06/2013

Stuttering demand weighing on rates, but looking ahead, sentiment in Asia is improving, says Drewry Air freight rates posted a small gain last month, making up for some of March’s unexpected lost ground, according to Drewry’s latest Sea & Air Shipper MORE>

Slow-steaming to escalate

Added 22/05/2013

The freight rate war between Asia and Europe, and Asia and the US, plus more new ships, will force carriers to resort to slower speeds, says analyst   Although slow-steaming continues to be a contentious issue with shippers, more is MORE>

Asia-Europe box volumes fall

Added 10/05/2013

Latest data shows 9.7% slide in March on weak European demand Volumes on the Asia-Europe trade dived nearly 10% year on year in March, because of demand weakness in Europe, resulting in volumes for the quarter sinking into negative territory.

Stay underground, message to Eurotunnel

Added 02/04/2013

Eurotunnel decided not to pursue its interest in running the ports of Calais and Boulogne because of lack of support and also hostility to the move, group chairman and CEO Jacques Gounon has revealed. Gounon told a French newspaper: “I came to recognise the MORE>

Jury out on GRIs

Added 20/03/2013

Friday 15 March was a crucial date for ocean carriers plying the overcapacity-plagued Asia to Europe tradelane – the day when their profitability-setting $700 per teu, or more, general rate increases (GRIs) were due to be implemented. The MORE>

Rates set to rise again as carriers follow mid-month GRI with peak season add-ons

Added 30/01/2013

Major carriers on the Asia-Europe trade are preparing to implement peak season surcharges (PSSs) before the end of the month, having increased spot rates as recently as last week.   MSC started the ball rolling, announcing a US$300/teu PSS, MORE>

Asia - Europe box trade on the rise again

Added 07/01/2013

The Shanghai to Rotterdam element of Drewry’s World Container Index jumped 13.8% last week, to US$2,727 per feu, after falling back by a similar number around the Christmas period. The rise is evidence that the lines’ strategy of stalling ships in MORE>

With 20% of Christmas Toys from Asia being classed as dangerous Rotterdam Customs step up their inspections

Added 17/12/2012

Europe’s largest maritime gateway handles over 25,000 containers of toys each year and nine out of 10 toys sold in the EU come from Asia – the vast majority from China.   On the evidence of the inspections, around 20% of toys from Asia MORE>

Asia to Europe Sailings suspended after Christmas

Added 06/12/2012

Some lines have already announced blanked sailings during the traditionally quiet period just after New Year when carriers like to take advantage of slack conditions to dry-dock vessels or carry out repairs. Nearly all global players are caught up in the MORE>

Planning Application For World Logistics Hub Approved

Added 04/12/2012

The planning application for the development of a £100 million World Logistics Hub in Greater Manchester’s Airport City Enterprise Zone was approved by the Planning and Highways Committee. Manchester Airport Group (MAG) Director MORE>

The balance between exports and imports in Europe

Added 13/11/2012

The balance between exports and imports in Europe’s north range ports has broken down, with imports now failing to match exports for the first time in five years. This analysis will dent the confidence of finance ministers who are hoping to MORE>

Adverse weather forced the Pride of Burgundy to collide with the Berlioz

Added 31/10/2012

The Berlioz was damaged but no passengers or crew were injured. In the middle of very strong winds and rough seas, the Pride Of Burgundy was deflected from its course, striking the docked Berlioz. The Pride of Burgundy MORE>

10,000 British firms to be helped to increase exports

Added 08/10/2012

Vince Cable has decided to award over £13 million in funding to aid more than 10,000 British businesses to boost their current export activities. The funds will go to UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to help companies make contacts and sell overseas. The majority of the MORE>

Brittany Ferries: settlement in sight?

Added 17/09/2012

Their fleet still lingers at the dock, however discussions continued over the weekend which may lead to the settlement of the dispute with seafarers later today. Brittany Ferries’ fleet remains in dock today, following a decision by the company on Friday to MORE>

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