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Wine exports growth to China slows down

THE growth of wine exports from Australia to China is showing signs of slowing down. The value of exports shipped to China in the year to September 30 was $1.06 billion, an increase of 24 per cent on the previous ...Read More

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New import requirements from China

Growth of wine exports from Australia to China has eased, coincidental with the beginning of new “verification requirements” which were introduced by China in April. Import shipments of of Australian wine held up in customs. The Managing director of a ...Read More

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Scottish pharmaceutical exports growing

The value of Scotland’s pharmaceutical industry has been revealed in a new report by the Fraser of Allander Institute. This shows that the sector makes a significant contribution to all parts of the Scottish economy. The Industry is the second ...Read More

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Afghan Agriculture Exports at “WorldFood Kazakhstan”

The US Agency for International Development is supporting Afghanistan in showing off its foodstuffs at the World Food show. Agriculture is vital to Afghanistan’s economy, and provided over $700 million in annual exports in 2017. USAID’s agriculture programs are designed ...Read More

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Grain imports possible to Australia

Australia may import whole grain for the first time in more than a decade, as drought is increasing prices on the domestic market. The latest crop projections forecast that Western Australia will produce more than 50 per cent of the ...Read More

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Egypt’s Agricultural exports

Egypt’s agricultural exports were valued at about $1.2 billion during 2017/2018, according to Abdel Hamid Demerdash, Chairman of Export Council of Agricultural Crops and Member of the House of Representatives. He clarified that Egypt exported about 4 million tons of ...Read More

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More exports of pumpkins from Netherlands

In the first five months of this year, the Netherlands exported 21 million kg of pumpkins, up from 18.7 million kg in the same period one year previously. Total pumpkin exports in 2017 amounted to 38.2 million kg. In the ...Read More

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New Airport in Istanbul should Boost Turkish Exports

The Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) has begun a global campaign to announce the grand opening of Istanbul New Airport. The airport opened on 29th October 2018, housing 1.6m square metres of logistics space and with 5.5m tonnes of cargo capacity, ...Read More

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Ukrainian Goods Exports grow

Exports of Ukrainian goods grew by 12.4% in the first eight months of this year compared with last year, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine reported. "The export of goods in January-August 2018 increased by 12.4%, or ...Read More

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Russia to resume some beef and pork imports

Russia’s agriculture safety organisation says it will allow imports of beef and pork from nine Brazilian plants to begin again from Thursday, ending an 11-month ban caused by food safety concerns. There were temporary restrictions on imports of pork and ...Read More

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Apple exports from Turkey take off

The Turkey West Mediterranean Exporters Association (BAIB) say that west Mediterranean Turkish growers have exported 21,900 tons of apples to 31 different counties in the first 9 months of 2018. This represents a dramatic increase of 564% from last year ...Read More

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Pepper consortium wants to limit imports

The consortium of pepper traders and growers is appealing for limits to the quantity of pepper that can be imported under south Asian free trade agreement (SAFTA) from Sri Lanka at the concessional duty of 8% at 2500 tonnes. Earlier ...Read More

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Export permission from China for five more rice mills

China recently approved five more Indian rice mills for export of non-basmati rice. On Monday, India again pushed for sale of its rice to China, and urged the country to open up its market further. So far, a total of ...Read More

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Falling exports may hurt Italy’s economic growth

One of the traditional strong points of Italy's slowly growing economy - exports - is slipping, causing about prospects for an economic turnaround. ISTAT, Italy's National Statistics Institute, said last week that Italian exports to markets outside the EU fell ...Read More

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US plans tariffs on more China imports

Next month there will be a Group of 20 summit set in Buenos Aires, including the USA President and Xi JInping of China. If those talks don't go in a positive direction, the U.S. may impose tariffs on the remaining ...Read More

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Wine exports Italy to China increase by 21%

Over the last year, Italian wine exports to China have surged 14.2% in quantity and 21.76% in value. This was revealed in the newly released report China Vinitrac of Wine Intelligence on behalf of the Valpolicella Wine Consortium. This success ...Read More

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New freight route China to Pakistan

A new rail and road cargo service began last week, linking Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, with Islamabad in Pakistan. The first freight train, carrying 30 carriages of mechanical equipment, auto parts and daily necessities left a logistics ...Read More

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Fruit and vegetable import/exports grow in Spain

In the first 8 months of this year, 2,917,449 tons of fruits, vegetables, and legumes were imported or exported through ports in Spain. This is 25.5% more than in the same period of the previous year. These figures show that ...Read More

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Turkey experiences 100% growth in exports to Qatar

Turkey has gained a 100% growth in exports to Qatar from January to August 2018. This is greater than the same period for last year. The Turkish envoy said: “In the first eight months of 2018, Turkish exports to Qatar ...Read More

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Dumped Imports of steel wheels from China

The U.S. Commerce Department said that it had made an initial finding that imports of certain steel wheels from China were being dumped in the U.S. market. The Department has set preliminary antidumping duties on the products. The department had ...Read More

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Zimbabwe lifts imports ban

Zimbabwe has ceased a two-year ban on the import of basic commodities. This is likely to be welcomed by South African businesses. The lifting of the ban aims to allow import of products in short supply; Zimbabwe is facing critical ...Read More

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South Africa welcomes exemptions on imports by USA

The US Department of Commerce has granted exemptions for imports of 161 aluminium and 36 steel products from the duties which the USA imposed against foreign imports. On March 8, the President signed a Proclamation imposing a 10 percent ad ...Read More

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British exports affected by USA trade war

British exports over £1.9 billion have been affected by President Trump’s trade attacks on the European Union and China, some analysis shows. Economists fear that UK export goods worth up £3.4 billion may be affected by the trade war between ...Read More

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Denmark Exports Fall Again

Merchandise exports from Denmark declined further in August, while imports grew, figures from Statistics Denmark showed at the beginning of October. Exports excluding ships, aircraft and fuel, fell by 1.9 percent year-on-year following a 1.8 percent fall in July. Imports ...Read More

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Poland’s Shoe Sector suffers from Cheap China Imports

The oversupply of cheap, imports of shoes from China is being blamed for prompting a crisis in Poland's footwear industry. A children's shoe company ceased trading at the end of last month after 20 years. A statement from the company ...Read More

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Kenya seeks to stop imports which could be produced locally

A Bill aimed at forbidding cheap imports has been introduced in the Kenyan Parliament. The Bill intends to charge a tax that is 10 times the market price of the imports which compete unfavourably against locally manufactured products. If approved, ...Read More

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China Imposes Import Tariffs on Japan, India

China will introduce anti-dumping tariffs on Indian and Japanese imports of ortho-dichlorobenzene, a solvent which is used in the production of agrichemicals such as insecticides. Companies in China will pay temporary levies of 31.9 percent to 70.4 percent on imports ...Read More

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Egypt’s Exports flourish

In the 10 months from September 2017 to July 2018, Egypt’s exports of grape increased by 10 percent to reach $ 219 million. This was reported in a statement by Chairman of the Export Council of Agricultural Crops. He added ...Read More

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USA Beef Exports on the up

Beef exports from the USA set new records in August 2018; export value exceeded $750 million for the first time, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). August pork exports were comparable ...Read More

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EU imports almost 3 million tons of coffee in 2017

The European Union imported 2.92 million tons of coffee from abroad last year, according to the EU's statistical office. Eurostat said the amount of the 28-member bloc's coffee imports rose by 5 percent compared with ten years ago. The statistical ...Read More

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China: Inaugural NZ avocado import season kicks off with large fruit

A company in New Zealand has sent the country’s first ever commercial avocado shipment to China on Sept. 18. Closer to China than its Latin American Competitors, but with higher labor costs and far less volume, New Zealand's challenge is ...Read More

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Exports to benefit from robust US growth

The robust US growth is expected to help Indian exporters, according to the Indian press. “With the US, India’s largest destination for merchandise exports, showing a robust economic growth, its best in the last four years, Indian exports hold a ...Read More

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A Chance for Freight Forwarders and Road, Sea and Air Logistics Suppliers to Win

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has extended the deadline for entries to its annual Freight Service Awards, giving those logistics outfits that missed out on the opportunity to enter their nominations to all modal, general and specialist categories, an ...Read More

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Dairy exports to China making recovery

Dairy exports from South Korea to China are recovering quickly this year after a large reduction in 2017 due to a diplomatic dispute. One major dairy producer is estimated to have increased its exports to China by 20 to 30 ...Read More

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China Trade Tariffs affect USA Seafood Imports

The United States imports more than 90 percent of its seafood. The U.S. also exports seafood, but there is a big trade deficit, as the U.S.A exported about 5.5 billion dollars of seafood last year, and imported nearly four times ...Read More

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North American trade negotiations could increase dairy exports to Canada

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is to continue under a new name and new deals will impact United States exports. The new agreement will be known as the United State-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Dairy farmers and the car industry ...Read More

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Commerce ministry in India aim to increase exports

In India the Commerce ministry is focusing on nine sectors, including pharmaceuticals, food processing and textiles, to boost exports in the current financial year. The ministry is aiming for a minimum growth rate of 16 percent in exports. Last week, ...Read More

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New Shipping routes for Manila

A Special Adviser to the President of Manila urged seafarers to explore new routes in order to open more opportunities for the country’s shipping industry. “I encourage all of you to study the possibility of opening new routes for our ...Read More

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North company exports seaweed around the world

A company in Whitley Bay is exporting Hebridean seaweed for the industrial food and drink sector. It also produces a range of seaweed-infused cooking oils and nutritional supplements, under its Weed & Wonderful brand. The company started exporting three years ...Read More

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Basmati traders expect robust exports

Exporters of basmati rice in the Punjab and Haryana areas of India are unfazed by the recent incessant rains which damaged paddy. They hope to maintain the increase in exports which started from July this year. "The rain damaged 'Pusa-1509'; ...Read More

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Brazil exports mangoes to South Africa for first time

Brazil has shipped its first-ever mango export to South Africa, following an export agreement which was recently reached between the two countries. The Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil reported that South Africa has now opened its import market ...Read More

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Government denies coconut imports up

The Department of Foreign Trade in Bangkok has rejected criticism by coconut planters; they say that falling coconut prices are caused by an influx of imported nuts. The Government says that records show imports are down this year. Coconut farmers ...Read More

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China-Singapore rail-sea freight route improves transit times

Last week, a freight train loaded with auto parts and paper products left southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, destined for a port in southern China, where the goods will be shipped across the sea to Southeast Asia. The 356th freight train ...Read More

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Plastic waste imports to be levied in Malaysia

The Housing and Local Government Minister of Malaysia suggests that a levy should be imposed on plastic waste imports, in a bid to better manage the problem of plastic pollution from the recycling industry. She said that Malaysian factories are ...Read More

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French spirits exports grow marginally in 2018

In volume terms, French spirits exports in the first half of 2018 grew 4% to 25 million cases, according to the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux de France (FEVS). Cognac was the most important export, up by 9%, ...Read More

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Afghanistan’s exports worth $56 million

Afghan officials say that exports worth around 56 million US Dollars have been shipped to various countries via air corridors. The head of Public Relations said the exports have continued over a period of almost a year, since establishment of ...Read More

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Comment: Raising the game with Scotland’s exports

There was an increase in value from £24.1 billion in 2016 to £28.6bn in 2017 (18.5 per cent). The most recent HMRC stats for Scotland suggest that international exports continue to grow. The first half of 2018 saw exports reach ...Read More

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USA imposes more import tariffs on China

The USA imposed tariffs on $200bn worth of imports from China on 24 September, including plastics and petrochemicals. On 1 January, the tariffs will rise to 25%. If China takes 'retaliatory actions', then Trump threatened another round of tariffs on ...Read More

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Ports ready for increased freight

Fearing that the usual sea links with Europe will be disrupted following Brexit, shipping companies are researching alternative routes into the UK. Ports in the North of England say they are well-equipped to handle extra freight volumes. A shift from ...Read More

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Brazilian coffee exports jump 33 pct in August; robusta rebounds

Brazil exported 3.07 million bags (60 kg) of coffee in August. This is the largest monthly volume in the last two years, and 33 percent higher than levels in the same month a year before. A record harvest has been ...Read More

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US wine exports to China increase by 14%

U.S.A wine exports to China increased by 14 percent in value for the first half of 2018, compared with that period last year. Exports to that large Far East market were $38.4 million from January to June, according to the ...Read More

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UK exports grew in 2017

ONS figures published in July show that UK exports continued to grow against news of 'uncertainty' caused by Brexit. Overall exports of goods rose by 13%, while services rose by 7%.  The USA remained the top export market for the ...Read More

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Cherry exports dip in July

U.S.A fresh cherry exports dropped 17% in July, feeling the effects of retaliatory tariffs from China. Total U.S. exports of fresh cherries totaled 44,953 metric tons in July, down from 53,987 metric tons for the same month last year. Cherry ...Read More

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Lobster exports to China drop

America’s live lobster exports to China hit a two-year low in July. This was the first month when a new import tariff on Maine’s most significant export took effect. The United States shipped $4.2 million worth of live lobsters to ...Read More

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UK exports remain at record high

The National Statistics Office on Monday 10 September issued results showing that UK exports to the world rose by 5.2% compared to the same time last year. The service sector continues to thrive with exports up 3.9% to a record ...Read More

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Ireland chooses used car imports while sterling is weak

Consumers in the Republic of Ireland continue to take advantage of the weakness in sterling, by importing used cars from the UK. The number of imported vehicles licensed in the Irish State during the first eight months of the year ...Read More

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Cheddar imports rising

There has been a particularly large increase in the size of the trade deficit for cheddar, resulting from a noticeable increase in imports. The trade deficit for cheddar improved between 2016 and 2017, because of both lower imports and some ...Read More

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Bangladesh Government gives more incentives for exports

In order to encourage exporters, the Bangladesh government is giving a subsidy to extra products for the current financial year. Exporters will receive a 10 percent cash incentive for nine products, including pharmaceuticals, photovoltaic modules, motorcycles, chemicals (chlorine, hydrochloric acid, ...Read More

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Morocco to Push Exports at Paris ‘Rencontre Africa 2018’

The third Rencontres Africa (Africa Meetings) will be held in Paris this month. Morocco will send a business delegation, led by the Moroccan Association of Exporters which will also include representatives of the Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency (AMDIE), ...Read More

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Forest Distillery to expand alcohol exports capacity

UK-based Forest Distillery is planning to expand its alcohol exports capacity by 2023, having secured pre-orders from customers in Japan for its new brand Forest Whisky. The beverage is exported to more than ten countries, including Japan, China, Australia and ...Read More

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Spanish lemon season to be turning point in non-EU exports

The lemon industry of Spain aims to increase exports to countries outside the European Union. The industry forecasts a big increase in production from last season, so the country intends to strengthen its position as a global exporter. “At the ...Read More

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Container and vehicle imports to Nigeria fall

IN spite of a 56.7 per cent increase in cargo through Nigeria’s seaports, container and vehicle traffics have fallen in the last three months of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. Statistics from the Nigerian Ports Authority show that ...Read More

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Vietnam fish exports on track to surpass $2bn

The raised price level for pangasius, a freshwater fish which has become popular in the USA, is boosting Vietnam's chances of reaching, or even surpassing, its $9 billion exports target. Pangasius exports are likely to exceed $2bn for the first ...Read More

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UK exports higher to non-EU

For the ninth year running, UK exports of goods and services in 2017 were higher to the rest of the world than to the EU. Exports to non-EU countries amounted to £342 billion, compared with £274 billion to EU countries. ...Read More

Argentina lemon exports to Japan

Argentina recommenced lemon exports this year,to both the USA and Japan. Lemon exports from Argentina to Japan have been allowed since 2003, but protocols on cold storage resulted in problems for Argentine producers and hampered sales. The Argentine Foreign Office ...Read More

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EU allows solar panel imports from China

The European Union ended its five-year restriction on solar panel imports from China on Monday. The previous week, the European Commission had announced that it would not continue trade defence measures on solar panels from Beijing, The commission weighed the ...Read More

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Taiwan increasing its imports of plastic waste

As China banned the import of plastic trash this year, there has been a marked increase of imports to Taiwan. The CEO of a large Taiwanese Food company has asked why Taiwan should import garbage, especially since it could become ...Read More

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Japan freight on Trans–Siberian Railway

Test exports of Japanese freight to Russia using a sea link, and the longest railway line in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railway, began last week in Yokohama, Japan. “This is a significant event for Russia and Japan. The project literally ...Read More

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Argentina exports sweet citrus to China

Argentina has carried out its first shipment of sweet citrus to the China in eight years. A 22-metric-ton (MT) export load of W. Murcott mandarins was shipped on the Trébol Pampa and is due to arrive in Shanghai in late ...Read More

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Spain expects record grape exports in 2018 season

Murcia, Spain’s grape-growing region, expects exports to reach record levels of around 160,000 metric tons (MT) this season. In 2017 the region exported 130,000MT, so this season’s forecast would mark a sharp increase. 90% of exports go to the EU ...Read More

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Rice bran oil: exports on the rise

Rice bran oil from Bangladesh is gradually improving its exports thanks to manufactures' efforts to sell the antioxidant-rich edible oil abroad. The country exported more than 20,000 tonnes of rice bran oil for the second consecutive financial year in 2017-18. ...Read More

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State Bank of Pakistan allows advance payment for imports

The State Bank of Pakistan on last week allowed advance payments on imports of essential items which have been restricted by the caretaker government. The SBPsaid that it has been decided to allow advance payments on imports of items worth ...Read More

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Meeting to focus on banana exports

The National Research Centre for Banana in India focussed its Foundation Day on banana exports. It teamed up with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority and a banana producer to export bananas through sea ports last year.The post-harvest ...Read More

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MP committed to phasing out sheep exports

An Australian MP remains committed to ending long-haul live sheep exports, even though she and another Liberal have been forced to shelve a private member's bill. It would have also ended live sheep exports to the Middle East during next ...Read More

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Tariffs on foreign steel imports save American jobs

There has been debate in the USA about the imposition of 25 percent tariffs on foreign steel to protect national security and minimise foreign unfair steel imports. The steel industry has mitigated the effect of these import issues through anti-dumping ...Read More

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Coffee Exports Increased 15.9%

The total coffee exports by country totaled $32.7 billion in 2017, according to World’s Top Exports. This represents an increase of 15.9 percent over the past five-year period starting in 2013. The year over year gain increased by 7.5 percent ...Read More

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First ever American-style school bus export to South Korea

An American-made yellow bus, built in New York has been exported to South Korea and is taking pupils to and from school. The manufacturer struck a deal earlier this year, to export at least 100 yellow school buses annually to ...Read More

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Swedish healthcare industry booming in China

China's aging population has created a growing market for healthcare products from Sweden. Swedish exports of medical and pharmaceutical products have almost doubled in the period of four years, with China becoming an increasingly important market for healthcare companies in ...Read More

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Right policies will help cut imports

The government of Zimbabwe says local industry can reverse the tide of rising imports, which increased to $2,87 billion between February and June this year, if supported by the correct policies. This emerged during a Buy Zimbabwe-Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) ...Read More

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US will impose duties on imports of steel wheels

The US Commerce Department said it has made a preliminary determination that imports of certain steel wheels from China are subsidised at rates from 58.75 per cent to 172.51 per cent, and it would impose duties on the product. "As ...Read More

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Most Mexican auto exports can fulfil NAFTA rules

Most of Mexico’s auto exports should be able to comply with new rules drawn up under the re-negotiated agreement between Mexico and the United States of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico’s economy minister said. The minister told ...Read More

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Food and beverage exports increase by 1.9 pct

The exports of Lebanese food and beverage products made up18 percent of the country’s total exports in 2017. This made the F&B industry the second-largest exporter in Lebanon behind the jewelry sector. According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ...Read More

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UK food exports rise to record levels

UK food and drink exports have achieved record levels for the first half of 2018 at £10.6 billion, aided by a slight rise in exports of fresh produce. According to trade statistics from HMRC, in the first half of 2018 ...Read More

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Panama: Exports of bananas to Europe under the Panama Exporta brand

The government of Panama stated its commitment to provide all necessary support to strengthen banana production and exports in the province of Bocas del Toro. "The Panama Exporta program is providing a platform for companies that want to expand their ...Read More

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British Gin exports show record high

Exports of British gin have broken records, reaching £279m during the first half of 2018. The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), representing over 300 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wine and spirits, estimates that this will be the ...Read More

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Cognac Exports Set New Record

For the fourth consecutive year, exports of Cognac have continued a steady increase. The previous record number of bottles shipped (200 million) has been surpassed, with 205.9 million bottles exported between August 2017 and July 2018. Contributing 3.2 billion euros ...Read More

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Basmati exports down

India’s basmati exports have dropped by 89,000 tonnes in the first quarter of the current financial year. This is because of due Iran’s embargo from India and refusal of export cargos by several countries who they found traces of pesticides ...Read More

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Pork Producer Says China Imports Drop

China’s pork imports are declining, because of a trade war with the U.S. and a fall in domestic prices. A major pork production company shipped more pork from the U.S. to Japan and Korea in the first half of the ...Read More

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Chinese freight train enters Iran from Incheh-Burun

A freight train from China has entered Iran via Incheh-Burun;the train has 50 cars containing petroleum coke and will head to the Iranian city of Arak in Markazi province. This is the shortest route which decreases the duration of the ...Read More

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Turkey increases import tariffs

Turkey said yesterday that it is increasing tariffs on some U.S. imports like cars, alcohol, and coal — this is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the deteriorating relations with the U.S. The Turkish government said tariffs on ...Read More

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First shipment on Trans Siberian freight train

The first shipment on a new freight service on 14 August was 64FEU (forty-foot equivalent units) of knock-down (KD) automobile parts ordered for a Motor factory in Russia for shipment from Vladivostok. The freight train was due to arrive 9,600 ...Read More

Non-stop Trans-Siberian freight train

A regular nonstop express freight train service over the 10,000 kilometers of the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR) is being introduced between the Russian cities of Vladivostok and Saint Petersburg. On Aug. 14 there was a commemorative event for the departure of ...Read More

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£1m investment for Network Rail freight

The Tees Valley will receive a £1m investment in partnership with Network Rail to finance a study into the future of the region’s rail freight network. The study is intended to resolve issues between the Eaglescliffe to Northallerton branch of ...Read More

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July China exports maintain growth

Exports from China are expected to maintained solid growth in July, in spite of new import tariffs on billions of dollars of shipments to the United States. China proposed retaliatory import tariffs on $60 billion worth of USA goods, ranging ...Read More

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US dairy exports continue to grow during June

Dairy producers maintained growth during June despite new disadvantages from tariffs. On a volume-basis, exports of whole milk powder almost tripled over the previous year, while exports of all other product categories, except modified whey, were above the previous year ...Read More

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Pipe Fitting Imports From China damage USA Industry

The U.S.A International Trade Commission said that producers in the USA have been injured by imports of a certain pipe component from China. This finding justifies the government’s duties on imports from China, whilst exempting drain imports from those duties. ...Read More

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Mango growers advised to focus on exports

The Indian Industries Minister said that mango growers should focus on galvanising their business by exploring means of capturing external markets and exports to ensure internationally viable trade. The Minister was giving cheques to the mango growers near Chittoor. As ...Read More

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Major growth in beef exports Korea and Japan

The USA had exported 159,000t of beef to Japan (its largest export market) and 113,000t to Korea. These are gains of 6pc and 36pc respectively on the previous year. The USA has therefore a slightly larger export market share than ...Read More

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Beef exports from Australia increase

July production figures are encouraging despite gloomy expectations, and beef exports increased. Figures released by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources put the July production tonnage at 105,157, the second highest monthly total for the year so far. Japan ...Read More

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USA may impose higher tariff on China Imports

The USA government said that it is in the process of considering whether to increase the proposed import tariff on some goods from China to 25 percent from 10 percent. Last month they released a list of thousands of Chinese ...Read More

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Stena Line adds extra freight capacity

In response to growing market demand, the shipping company Stena Line is planning to increase its freight capacity on the Belfast – Liverpool route. Stena Line’s CEO said: “Demand for freight capacity from Belfast continues to increase and we believe ...Read More

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Traditional medicine exports from China

Exports of traditional medicine from China picked up last year, according to the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicine & Health Products. In 2017, China exported 358,000 tonnes of traditional Chinese medicine, an increase of 0.7 ...Read More

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China weak exports reduce factory activity

Manufacturing decelerated in China during July, as exports and domestic demand weakened, a survey showed. The China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing said that its monthly purchasing managers' index declined to 51.2 from 51.5 in June on a 100-point scale. ...Read More

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Exports must be a priority for India

A major Indian CEO has said that the Indian economy cannot survive without exports. Citing the example of 13 percent growth for China in 2016 with the country’s exports contributing more than 37 percent to the economy during the period, ...Read More

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Rise in freight costs at Russian ports

Freight costs for coal delivery from Russian ports rose in July, compared with June. There was an early start of grain exports from Russia's Azov and Black Sea ports which meant a sudden shortage of available vessels in Baltic and ...Read More

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Egypt will imports rice due to water shortages

The government of Egypt will import rice to meet local demands, and has limited the areas allocated for rice cultivation to adapt to a water shortage. This decision, turns Egypt from a major rice exporter into an importer. The President ...Read More

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Rapid growth in global freight forwarding market

The freight forwarding market grew by 8.0% in 2017, which is a rapid expansion compared with recent years. The forwarding market is using technology to transform their operations. The growth in ‘tech forwarders’ – including digital forwarders and spot market ...Read More

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S. Korea Exports Hold Up

Exports from South Korea held up despite global trade friction. Semiconductor shipments were the biggest exports, while domestic demand showed weakness. The latest figures provide a mixed picture of healthy exports for the key semiconductor industry. Export volumes increased by ...Read More

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Pakistan Government to increase duty to control imports

The Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan is planning to control increasing imports to the country, which reached an all time high of $60 billion during last financial year. "The government is planning to increase Regulatory Duty (RD) on more than ...Read More

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Dairy outlook:lower optimism due to lost exports

In April U.S. dairy exports were the highest ever recorded, accounting for 18.8 percent of production;this led to optimism about better export prices for the rest of the year. “If we don’t export dairy products, we have to move it ...Read More

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South Africa plans to sue USA over import tariffs

South Africa is planning to launch a lawsuit against the US, saying that proposed import tariffs on South African motor car imports will violate the contry's rights under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. SA’s Trade and Industry Minister said ...Read More

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Local farmers anxious over long-term effects of foreign tariffs on exports

The USA government will provide $12 billion in emergency relief to American farmers affected by the reduction in exports and imports due to the trade war with other countries. Import tariffs are being introduced by the USA on any product ...Read More

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Japan exports to US fall

Exports to the USA fell 0.9 percent in June compared with the same period a year ago due to a decline in exports of cars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment, two of Japan’s most important export products. The decline is slight ...Read More

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Russia trying to subsidise cost of parts imports

Russia’s Ministry of Trade wants overseas manufacturing companies to continue to comply with the industrial assembly agreements drawn up under Regulation 166. This regulation, which was amended in 2010, allowed overseas car manufacturers to import parts at preferential rates of ...Read More

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EU exports from Spain fall

The value of Spanish fruit and vegetables exports to the EU fell 4 per cent in value terms during the opening four months of the year, while exports to third countries grew by 5 per cent. Total Spanish exports in ...Read More

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Imports for Kenyan state double

The value of imports by State departments and parastatals more than doubled in the first four months of the year. Import orders placed by the government reached Sh22.33 billion in the January-April period. This is the largest four-month import order ...Read More

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Imports of European Cars into Korea increase

Imports of German cars into Korea showed a significant increase, in the first half of 2018, and improved European carmakers' market share. Smaller numbers of Japanese and American cars were imported. According to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association, ...Read More

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USA May dairy exports third highest ever

On a total volume basis, dairy exports from the USA were the third highest ever, according to Marc Beck, executive vice president of strategy and insights at the U.S. Dairy Export Council. In fact, he said these exports were greater ...Read More

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Salmon exports from Norway to China to triple after end of restrictions

China’s decision last to lift a ban on some Norwegian salmon imports will triple the volume of the trade in the second half of 2018 and drive up prices, the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) said. Imports of whole salmon from ...Read More

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Citrus exports from Peru could increase by 15%

According to the general manager of the Association of Producers of Citrus of Peru, the country could export 192 thousand tons of citrus this year, i.e. 15% more than the 167 thousand tons it dispatched in the previous season. He ...Read More

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USA Sea container imports expected to set record in July

Imports at USA major container ports are projected to set a new record this month; increasing consumer demand and rising retail sales are offsetting the initial impact of import tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly "Global Port ...Read More

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Chinese tariffs could affect beef and other USA exports

China only opened its import market to American beef last year and this new export market may now be lost to the UK and France because of high Chinese tariffs. Some US beef exports are almost up to 50 percent, ...Read More

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USA import restrictions will affect S. Korean exports

US restrictions on imports of South Korean steel, washing machines and solar cells may cost Asia's fourth-largest economy more than $2.4 billion in lost exports over the coming years, a parliamentary report said last week. The American administration's import restrictions ...Read More

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South African car exports under threat

After imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium, the USA is threatening to do the same on an important export for South Africa: cars. South Africa's exports of cars and automotive products to the USA have increased exponentially since the advent ...Read More

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EU countries vote on steel import restrictions

European Union countries were due to discuss on July 5 measures proposed by the European Commission to restrict steel imports into the bloc. The Commission proposed a combination of a quota and a tariff to prevent a surge of steel ...Read More

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Tbilisi mayor calls for ban on used car imports

The mayor of Tbilisi in Georgia, Kakha Kaladze, argued on July 3 that Georgia should introduce a ban on used car imports, calling the situation in the capital “a complete disaster”. Georgia and other countries from Eastern Europe and Eurasia ...Read More

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Indian Cotton Imports To Increase

Industry sources in India stated that an increase in the minimum selling price for cotton will eventually result in a higher average price for the current season. This may also result in an increase in cotton imports;industry members are planning ...Read More

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India’s seafood exports surpass $7 billion

Reaching new highs in export performance, India’s shipment of 13,77,244 MT of seafood earned US$ 7.08 billion during the financial year 2017-18. Frozen shrimp and frozen fish continued to be the flagship export items. In rupee terms, exports of marine ...Read More

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Turkey exports $1.6B of hazelnuts in 10 months

Turkey sold over 255,000 tons of hazelnuts abroad in the first 10 months of the export season, realising $1.6 billion. The export volume between September 2017 and June 2018 witnessed a 25.3 percent jump in the same period from the ...Read More

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Imports of wooden windows to Japan down 25% in April

Japan’s April 2018 imports of wooden windows fell by just over 25% and compared with levels in March there was a 10% decline. There was a slight recovery in the value of wooden window imports in March, which reversed the ...Read More

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Retaliatory Tariffs on Exports from America by Canada and EU

Canada and the European Union have retaliated to the USA import tariffs which began on July 1. The Canadian government began to impose import tariffs on a long list of U.S. consumer goods, totaling about $12.6 billion of U.S. exports ...Read More

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China to US Exports reduce as Tariffs Approach

Growth in exports from China to the U.S. slowed significantly in the first half of 2018, according to official data, indicating that the brewing trade conflict between the two nations may already be taking a toll. China exports to the ...Read More

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Strawberry exports to Russia quadruple due to World Cup

Turkey's strawberry exports to Russia reached $14 million in the January-May2018, compared with $3.5 million last year, as a result of rising demand related to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Producers in Aydın's Sultanhisar district, which produce about 50 percent ...Read More

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Belgians drink less beer but exports rise

The Belgians export twice as much home produced beer as they drink. The average Belgian drinks about 240 250ml glasses of domestically produced beer a year. The volume of Belgian beer sold at home fell by 1.6% between 2016 and ...Read More

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Cotton exports from India to China fall

China, the largest importer of yarn, reduced its cotton purchases sharply in 2017 - 18. Global yarn exports declined 8.8% year-on-year by volume in 2017-18. Exports however increased by 2.2% in value terms. Yarn exports to China fell 30.7% year ...Read More

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Plastic waste exports seek new markets

UK recyclers have been searching for alternative markets for waste materials as China has banned further exports to them. Countries in South East Asia have been identified as possible options, including Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam. AS China has a ...Read More

Bengal state intends to double exports

The state of Bengal in India has a strategy to double exports in three years. The State finance minister said exports from Bengal in the last financial year stood at $9.15 billion, a growth rate of 11.17 per cent over ...Read More

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UK plastic exports to Malaysia triple following China ban

Exports of plastic waste from the UK to Malaysia have tripled in the first four months of 2018, after China banned the import of 24 grades of solid waste at the start of the year, according to the latest HM ...Read More

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Shoemaker intends to double revenue from exports

An outdoor adventure shoemaker in India plans to expand its reach in the overseas market, aiming to double its revenue from exports in the next 3-4 years. The parent company plans to increase its business from exports by strengthening its ...Read More

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USA threatens new tariffs for imports from China

US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose import tariffs on an additional 200bn  dollars' worth of  goods from China in a growing trade row.The President said that the 10% tariffs on imports would come into effect if China "refuses ...Read More

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Russia and China Railfreight

The national railways of Russia and China have signed a memorandum agreeing to develop a market jointly for ‘high speed' freight services between China, Russia and Europe. IN the rail freight market, would be China Railway Express and RZD Logistics ...Read More

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Exports from Japan accelerate in May

JAPAN'S exports grew in May at the fastest rate in four months. The main increases in export shipments were for cars, car parts, and semiconductor equipment, a sign that global demand is gaining strength. Exports rose 8.1 per cent in ...Read More

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Iran will Increase Exports to US

An Iranian trade official has announced that the country is trying to find ways to boost its exports to the USA, despite the threat of import sanctions after Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal. The Trade Promotion Organization of Iran ...Read More

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China to reduce import tariffs

China will further cut import tariffs for daily consumer goods starting on July 1, the State Council decided at an executive meeting. The average import tariff rate for clothing, shoes and hats, kitchenware, and sports and fitness supplies will be ...Read More

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Salmon exports from Norway to China rising

Norway exported 233 tonnes of fresh salmon to China during the third week in May, up from 44 tonnes the previous week and compared to 29 tonnes during the same week a year ago, data from Seafood Norway shows. Producers ...Read More

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Rwanda improves export performance

Statistics on Rwanda’s trade performances relating to exports in 2017 indicate export volumes of over 7000 tons in 2017, according to Steven Ruzibiza, the CEO of the Private Sector Federation in Rwanda. The feasibility of the government’s exports’ growth targets ...Read More

Rwanda Government to increase exports by 17%

Rwanda intends to increase its exports base by 17 per cent per year, according to Trade and Industry Minister, Vincent Munyeshyaka, during the 3rd National Exporters’ Conference in Kigali. The conference included various stakeholders in trade, including government institutions, private ...Read More

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Foie gras imports may be banned after Brexit

Imports of a luxury French food, made by force-feeding ducks or geese may be banned from being to the UK after Brexit, a UK government minister has hinted. British farmers are prohibited from producing foie gras - meaning fatty liver ...Read More

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French farmers blockade fuel over palm oil imports

The main farmers' union of France called for protesters to continue a blockade of refineries and fuel depots, after the government failed to address their concerns about the use of palm oil imports at local biofuel plants. "We have worked ...Read More

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European airports freight growth continues

The European airport trade association, has reported a continuing “robust growth trend” during April, with freight traffic across European airports up 3.9% over the same month of 2017. The number of dedicated cargo flights grew by 3.5% in April. Freight ...Read More

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China: ‘handling Australian wine imports as normal’

At the end of last month, Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates Ltd complained that it encountered delays in getting some export products into China. The government of China responded that it was handling customs processes as normal for imports of Australian ...Read More

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Vietnam coffee exports increase

Vietnam’s coffee exports for January to May rose an estimated 1.8 percent from the same period a year ago; rice exports surged an estimated 20.4 percent during the same period. Coffee exports from Vietnam will increase by an estimated 1.8 ...Read More

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Argentina to expand beef exports to Asia

Argentina intends to expand fresh beef exports to Asia; Japan and China having already approved import deals, Argentina's agriculture minister said. The Minister said in Tokyo that his country has signed a deal with the Japanese government, under which Tokyo ...Read More

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Freight by rail

Scotland has a number of heavy industrial sites - cement production for example - which generate large demands for freight ­movement. Some locations benefit from direct rail connection, offering a resilient and sustainable alternative to 100 per cent dependence on ...Read More

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Swiss watch exports rise in April

Watch exports from Switzerland rose 13.8 percent in April to 1.76 billion Swiss francs ($1.77 billion), induced by a boom in the important Hong Kong export market. The news is welcomed by Swiss watchmakers. The Federation of the Swiss Watch ...Read More

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Mexico plans more exports to China

A Mexican trade delegation travelled to China to complete talks which will allow more banana, pork and sorghum exports, a top Mexican agriculture trade official said last week. The talks, which centre on health and safety protocols, come at a ...Read More

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German Exports Decline

German exports fell at the highest rate for more than five years at the start of 2018, holding back growth in the largest economy in Europe. A breakdown of first-quarter GDP data showed foreign sales fell 1 percent, the highest ...Read More

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US initiates investigation into car imports from China

The US government has launched a national security investigation into car and truck imports which could lead to new U.S. tariffs. The national security investigation would assess whether vehicle and parts imports were threatening the industry’s health and ability to ...Read More

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China increases agricultural imports

After a recent agreement between China and the United States on agricultural trade, China is expected to expand and diversify farm produce imports more actively. China and the United States agreed to meaningfully increase the export of U.S. agricultural products. ...Read More

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S.Korea’s ‘new’ exports top growth of overall exports

South Korea's exports of products from 'new' industries grew at a faster rate than the exports overall in the first quarter, a government report showed. Exports from 12 new industries reached 20.42 billion U.S. dollars in the first quarter, up ...Read More

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Canada approves broad reforms to freight rail and air

Canada has approved broad air and freight reforms to specify passengers’ rights on planes, mandate the use of voice and video recorders in rail locomotives, and provide more choice for shippers with limited transport options. Reforms are intended to help ...Read More

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Ukraine – law to simplify rules for car imports

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on May 21 signed a bill to simplify rules for car imports into Ukraine, abolishing the verification of conformity of vehicles with environmental standards at border crossing points. This eliminates the need to submit environmental certificates ...Read More

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Japan exports accelerate

Japan’s exports accelerated in April because of increased shipments of cars and machines used to make semiconductors. Rising volumes suggest healthy overseas demand could help the economy recover quickly from a dip in the first quarter. Exports grew 7.8 percent ...Read More

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Russian Restrictions on US US Imports

Russia's lower house of parliament approved a bill that would give the Kremlin authority to ban trade in certain items with countries deemed to be 'unfriendly' to Moscow. Russian lawmakers promised a “painful” response after the United States imposed sweeping ...Read More

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China agrees to buy more US imports

China has agreed to buy more imports of goods and services from the USA, reducing the trade imbalance between the two countries and calming fears of a trade war. Washington has not said how much more China has agreed to ...Read More

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58% of US sock imports come from China

According to recent statistics the United States, the world's largest importer of hosiery products, imported $2.2 billion worth of socks in 2017 and in the January-March period of 2018, approximately $458.3 million worth were imported. China is the largest exporter ...Read More

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Freight Businesses want frictionless Irish border

The Freight Transport Association has repeated its call for an Irish border solution which protects frictionless trading arrangements after Brexit. In discussions with MPs at Stormont, the FTA’s Northern Ireland policy manager Seamus Leheny stressed that the association’s members need ...Read More

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Spanish exports to UK fall

Spanish exports to the United Kingdom fell for the first time in five years in 2017. Exports of Spanish products to Britain fell six per cent last year, while trade with the European Union grew eight per cent in the ...Read More

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USA Table grape imports rose

The U.S. imported higher volumes of table grapes in the first quarter of 2018. Imports amounted to 317,000 metric tons (MT) of grapes between January and March, compared to 303,000MT last year. Exports from Chile – the main supplier – ...Read More

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US places heavy import duties on Chinese steel via Vietnam

The USA government has just imposed heavy import duties on steel produced in China but finished and via Vietnam. The decision marked a victory for US steelmakers, who won anti-dumping and anti-subsidy import duties against Chinese steel in 2015 and ...Read More

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Agriculture, shipping and energy will gain most from the US-China trade agreement

The truce in the US-China trade war should benefit the agriculture and energy sectors, because of China’s commitment to increase related imports from the USA. Shipping companies and port operators will probablym also profit from stronger freight demand and trade ...Read More

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China’s rail freight up

China's rail freight volume, an indicator of economic activity, registered healthy growth in the first four months of 2018. Railways carried 1.29 billion tonnes of cargo in the Jan.-April period, up 6.1 percent from a year earlier. In April, rail ...Read More

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Rapid increase in Swiss fines for freight trucks

An increasing number of freight vehicles are being stopped for motoring offences at border crossings into Switzerland. Some 100 drivers were caught drink-driving. "Most drivers come from Eastern Europe, where working conditions are getting worse,” Jon Pult, president of the ...Read More

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China more welcoming to rice imports from Japan

In China, Japanese imported rice is only for the rich, as it costs four times as much as domestically grown rice. One reason Japanese rice is so expensive is because China imposes strict controls on imports of if from Japan. ...Read More

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Secondhand car imports to Ireland increase

New figures from the Central Statistics Office of Ireland show that 8,671 used cars were imported into the country in April, compared with 7,272 for the same time last year. For the first four months of 2018, the number of ...Read More

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Wine imports to China soar in Q1

From January to March, China imported 200.57 million litres of wines, representing a year-on-year growth of 32.34% in volume and a 35.84% increase in value, according to the latest figures released by the China Association for Import and Export of ...Read More

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1000+ freight trains from Xinjian, China

More than 1,000 freight trains from China to Europe have made journeys starting from Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since May 2016. According to statistics from the regional railway authority, a total of 314 China-Europe freight trains departed ...Read More

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Estonian exports decrease

According to a report from Statistics Estonia, exports fell by 3% compared with the previous year in March 2018. Imports into Estonia rose by 4% compared with March 2017. The total volume of exports from Estonia in March 2018 amounted ...Read More

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Freight forwarding apprenticeships

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is encouraging UK freight forwarders to take advantage of the newly authorised freight forwarding apprentice scheme. BIFA training development manager Carl Hobbis explained that the recent official approval from the Institute of Apprenticeships for ...Read More

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Good future for rail freight

Recent rail freight figures show a positive future for rail freight for consumer goods and construction materials, which together now account for almost two-thirds of UK rail freight. The biggest issue facing rail freight is a shortage of infrastructure capacity. ...Read More

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Rail Freight Service from Liverpool

The first rail freight service from the port of Liverpool made its inaugural journey on 8 May, officially launched by the mayor. The intention is to reduce road haulage miles locally. The mayor said; “Improving our connectivity, both logistically and ...Read More

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China Tech company in trouble, US imports delayed

A China tech company affected and delays for imported U.S. cars, apples, timber and other agricultural products are signs that the widening trade dispute between China and the U.S. is exacting a toll on both sides. The tech company said ...Read More

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Air freight grows more slowly

Demand for global air freight grew at the slowest pace for almost two years in March, as businesses ceased restocking their inventories. Demand in freight tonne kilometres rose 1.7 percent in March compared, with the year-earlier period, which is 5 ...Read More

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US trade deficit drops; exports achieve record high

The U.S. trade deficit reduced sharply in March, as exports increased to a record high due to an increase in exports of commercial aircraft and soybeans. The Commerce Department said last week that the trade gap dropped 15.2 percent to ...Read More

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US pork imports stuck at ports in China

China has increased inspections of pork imported from the United States, importers and industry sources said. This is the latest American product to be hit by a potentially costly slowdown at Chinese ports in the past couple of weeks. Some ...Read More

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Sweden and Finland team up for exports

Expanding food exports is a key project for the current government of Finland, led by the rural-based Centre Party, with a goal of doubling food exports by 2020. That target was set before economic sanctions by the EU against Russia ...Read More

Food from Finland exports purity

Finland’s food exports are growing quickly. In 2016 Finland exported 1.5 billion euros’ worth of foodstuffs, compared with 1.6 billion last year. The public research funding agency 'Business Finland' expects that to grow beyond 1.7 billion this year. An egg ...Read More

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Turkey hazelnut exports record

Turkey exported over 215,000 tons of hazelnuts in the first 8 months of the export season, making a $1.36 billion revenue, a national union of exporters of the nut said Wednesday. The export volume between September 2017 and April 2018 ...Read More

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Scottish exports fall

The volume of goods exports from Scotland fell sharply at the end of last year, according to official data. Food and drinks exports, in particular dropped, but the printing, engineering, wood and paper sectors also experienced falling volumes. The index ...Read More

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Algeria sends first cement exports to Europe

The Algerian Industry Ministry said last week that the country exported its first-ever shipments of cement to Europe in April. A subsidiary of the state-run GICA Group exported 45,000 tons of clinker cement to the European market. The export shipment ...Read More

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Sustainable cocoa imports rise

An increasing amount of the cocoa imported by Dutch companies is 'sustainable', according to a report by the national statistics office CBS. The percentage of sustainable cocoa imports used for processing in Dutch plants rose to 30% in 2016 from ...Read More

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Australian exports hit record levels

There was a surge in exports which jumped to the highest level on record;this should add handsomely to Australian economic growth when the March quarter report is released in one month. Surging commodity exports largely explain why Australia has been ...Read More

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EU to restrict imports of e-bikes from China

The European Commission has made imports of electric bicycles (e-bikes) from China subject to registration. Eventual duties can be backdated to May. The Commission has begun anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations; there have been a number of measures against Chinese exports ...Read More

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Algeria will end import ban on mobiles, food, home appliances

Algeria plans to lift a ban on imports of mobile phones, household appliances and food and introduce high customs duties in their place, its trade minister said yesterday, in a new attempt to generate more tax revenue to ease pressure ...Read More

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USA will postpone tariffs on imports of steel & aluminium from EU

The White House said on that it would postpone a decision on imposing tariffs on US imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico for 30 days. The government wishes to avoid the potential for a ...Read More

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US exports to China support American jobs

US exports to China have supported one million American jobs annually, a report released by the US-China Business Council (USCBC) on Monday (April 30) showed. Over the last decade, US exports of goods to China increased by 86 per cent, ...Read More

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Salmon exports from Norway to China rose

Norway exports of fresh salmon to China increased to 229 tonnes in mid April, up from 225 tonnes the previous week and none during the same week a year ago, data from Seafood Norway showed. Norwegian producers see demand from ...Read More

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US imports tariff won’t affect German exports

U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum would not reduce exports from Germany, if an exemption granted to the European Union expires on May 1 without a permanent solution. This was the view expressed Germany’s leading economic institutes. But they ...Read More

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Irish exports falls by 12% in value in February

The value of Irish exports fell by 12 per cent in February while imports rose marginally. This resulted in a trade surplus for the month of just under €4 billion. While the monthly trade figures from the Central Statistics Office ...Read More

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Demand for sheep exports growing

Australian sheep industry projections 2018 report showed that international demand for live and boxed sheep imports continues to grow, with the Australian sheep industry described as set to enjoy a robust future. In 2017, Australian sheep meat exports had their ...Read More

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Quicker freight Germany – China

A major freight carrier has launched a weekly less-than-container-load service from Duisburg to Wuhan. The first door-to-door LCL consolidation container shipment from Duisburg took 26 days to cover the 10 550 km, which included 18 days by rail. ‘The consolidation ...Read More

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Stockholm summit with Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and India

The Indian  Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sweden last week for trade talks. A Nordic-Indian summit took place with the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Modi and Löfven, the Prime Minister of Sweden. Sweden has been courting India recently, ...Read More

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London to China freight service

Following last year’s trial services (China to London and London to China), on April 10 the first scheduled freight service from DP World’s London Gateway terminal to the Duisburg freight hub in Germany departed. The load included containers destined for ...Read More

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Burgundy exports go on rising in 2017

Exports of Burgundy rose 0.7% by volume in 2017 versus 2016. The lack of Chablis and Petit Chablis hampered further gains as, if Chablis is removed from the equation, exports of Burgundy by volume rose 6%. Exports by value rose ...Read More

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EU imports from outside countries up 5%

European Union imports of fruit and vegetables from non-EU countries reached 15.5 million metric tons (MT) in 2017, representing an increase of 5%. Spain’s Federation of Fruit, Vegetable, Flower and Live Plant Grower Exporter Associations reported 13.3 million MT of ...Read More

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Russia lists US imports which could be banned

Russia has drafted legislation in response to new U.S. sanctions that would give authorities the power to ban or restrict imports of a number of U.S. goods and services to Russia. Many U.S. agricultural imports to Russia have been banned ...Read More

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China imposes deposit on US sorghum

China said on it will slap a hefty temporary deposit on imports of sorghum from the USA, after finding that the U.S. grain has damaged the domestic industry. U.S. companies will have to put a 178.6 percent deposit on the ...Read More

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Corporate banking executive appointed UK exports chief

A former Barclays corporate banking executive has been appointed Britain’s export chief by Liam Fox’s Department for International Trade. The new position will have the title of Director General for exports. Liam Fox said: “With the IMF predicting that 90 ...Read More

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North East exports grow at fastest level for over a decade

North East businesses have grown their export sales at the quickest rate for more than 11 years, according to the North East England Chamber of Commerce. The figures were published as part of the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey, which showed ...Read More

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Ukraine wheat exports down 4% year-on-year

Ukrainian wheat exports have remained steady during the last fortnight, with the gap on the 2016/17 marketing year remaining at around 4%. Total exports for the 2017/18 marketing year came to 14.4 million mt. About 214,000 mt of wheat were ...Read More

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Air freight volumes rise 7%

Air cargo volumes at the world's 20 busiest airports grew 6.8% in 2017. Hong Kong was again the number one freight hub. Airports Council International (ACI) reported that the top 20 cargo hubs handled 51m tonnes in total last year, ...Read More

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China largest exporter to Philippines

China was the Philippines' largest source of imports in February, contributing a 19.9 percent share of the total imports for the month. A report said that import bills from the top 10 countries for imports for February amounted to 78.7 ...Read More

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China plastic ban: increased exports to other parts of Asia

China stopped accepting 24 different types of waste imports, including plastic and paper, at the start of 2018 because it said contaminants were polluting its environment. In the first quarter of 2017, New Zealand exported $1.7 million dollars worth of ...Read More

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US craft beer exports rise 3.6% in 2017

Canada has retained the top spot as the leading importer of craft beer from the USA , representing 51.3% of total exports. The UK is the second import largest market, accounting for 10.5%, higher than Sweden (6.7%), Korea (4.6%), Australia ...Read More

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S A lifts ban on guava imports from Egypt

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority lifted last week the temporary ban on the import of frozen and processed guava imports from Egypt to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The authorities will only accept imports from facilities accredited by the ...Read More

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China Feb fuel exports to North Korea tiny

China kept fuel exports to North Korea to a minimum and shipped no corn or rice to its isolated neighbour in February, extending a months-long drop in export/import trade amid tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programme. The only fuel ...Read More

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Russian weekly grain exports on target

Russia remains on target to meet its revised grain export target, with 1.31 million mt of grain leaving in the week to March 26, data from the ministry of agriculture showed. Total grain exports are 40% higher than at the ...Read More

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S.Korea exempt from US heavy tariffs on steel imports

South Korea earned an exemption from the U.S. heavy tariffs on steel imports, in a deal to revise their free trade agreement. Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong told a press briefing that the U.S. side agreed to exempt South Korea from ...Read More

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Freight train service linking N China and Mongolia

A new freight train service between Caofeidian Port in Hebei Province, North China and Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia, was launched at the end of March. Departing from Caofeidian Port, a train loaded with freight consisting of electrical appliances, furniture ...Read More

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US bean exports to China fall 25%

Imports of US soybeans to China fell by 25% in February, compared with the same month a year earlier as Brazil's bumper crop displaced US farmer supply. China imported 5.42 million mt of soybeans in February, with the US taking ...Read More

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Date exports from Egypt increase 127%

Egypt’s exports of dates increased by 127 percent during the first two months of 2018, according to the Food Export Council. The Council added that the volume of date exports reached 21,600 tons in January and February 2018, compared to ...Read More

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Increase in Yorkshire & Humber food and drink exports

Food and drink exports from Yorkshire and the Humber reached £1.14bn in 2017, an increase of 11% compared with 2016. That is according to the latest HMRC figures, which also show that meat (£157m), dairy/eggs (£73m) and drinks (£58m) are ...Read More

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Peru expects mandarin exports to China to rise 15% in 2018

South America’s leading soft citrus exporter is expecting more strong export growth to China this year. Peru has become the largest soft citrus exporter in the region by volume, and is expected it to be on a level with South ...Read More

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USA Tariffs on China imports could raise prices

President Trump’s intention to impose hefty tariffs on Chinese imports and threats of retaliation from China sparked fresh worries last week about higher prices for American shoppers and steep revenue losses for U.S. businesses. Trump said he’ll impose 25% tariffs ...Read More

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Food and drink exports soar

Exports of food and drink from the South West of England rose by 8% in 2017 compared with the previous 12 months, the latest HMRC figures show. The amount of food and drink exports from the region increased to £810 ...Read More

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Government supports UK cyber security firms to increase exports

The UK government has decided to support cyber security firms in an attempt to grow exports of their products and services. The government has published a guide for security firms on how it plans to support their export efforts. The ...Read More

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Rail freight group to open new Wolverhampton logistics centre

An international rail freight operator is on scheduled to open its new Wolverhampton Logistics Centre this autumn The £6 million project will double the size of the city's steel rail terminal. The current Cargo UK facility has the capability of ...Read More

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Commodity imports to China for February

The strong demand for ethanol imports from China has strengthened. Last month, 197,652 cubic metres were purchased – up from just 9 cubic metres in February 2017, when tax rises on imports from Brazil and the US began to take ...Read More

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Swiss rail freight slump

The freight sector of Swiss Railways, SBB Cargo suffered a massive loss of SFr 239m, after a small but encouraging profit of SFr 1m the previous year. This was due completely to the slump in the domestic sector. SBB Cargo ...Read More

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Food imports to Kenya rose by 58% in January

Food imports into Kenya grew by 58.33% in January, compared with the same month of the previous year. The country's import bill rose from Sh13.2bn (US$130.7mn) in January 2017 to Sh20.9bn ($207mn) in January 2018, according to Kenya’s Bureau of ...Read More

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Chickpea exports from Australia drop 22pc

January chickpea exports from Australia at 62,781 tonnes dropped 22 per cent from the revised December total of 80,161t, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The reduction reflects the impact of the import tariff imposed by ...Read More

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Russian food exports to double by 2025

The agriculture sector in Russia is expanding; this is largely due to government policy in response to sanctions, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. “The policy of import substitution has proved its worth in a number of sectors. Talking about ...Read More

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IHMA welcomes shipping counterfeit measures

A new initiative, aimed at tackling the problem of counterfeiting in the shipping sector, has been welcomed by the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA.) The industry trade body says the new Know Your Customer (KYC) Best Practices* is a significant ...Read More

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Russia increases fuel exports

Russia plans to sharply increase fuel exports and acquire a larger share of the European market after an extensive $55 billion modernization of its refineries, companies’ plans and analysts’ reports show. Russia began modernising its biggest refineries in 2011 after ...Read More

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Trans Pacific Pact to increase Australian wine exports

A new trade agreement signed after the USA withdrew from trade negotiations is considered “a vital win” for Australia, according to the country’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. The countries participating in the pact include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, ...Read More

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Budapest seeks regional freight role

Hungary’s largest airport is beginning to establish itself as a regional air freight hub. It handled 127,145 tonnes of cargo in 2017. Starting this year, two freight carriers plan to operate flights to the U.S. from Budapest Airport (BUD), and ...Read More

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UK exports to Emerging 7 could be higher

The UK could benefit from £10bn worth of exports a year to a group of emerging economies, according to a study by Standard Chartered bank. Annual UK exports to the 'Emerging 7' (China, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia) ...Read More

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New train freight train connects the Netherlands to China

A new railway service connecting Amsterdam and Yiwu in China was launched on March 7. The 11,000-kilometre route travels through Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan before it reaches China. “Today, the first freight train begins its journey from Amsterdam ...Read More

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Freight growth increase in Europe

Freight traffic growth at European airports improved in January, increasing by 8.4% year on year according to ACI Europe. Airports in EU countries showed 6.4% of growth for the month while non-EU airports did significantly better, their cargo traffic increasing ...Read More

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Record India soybean imports

Traders overseas have signed deals to export up to 100,000 tonnes of soybeans to India since December, shipping mainly from the African countries of Ethiopia and Benin, with which India has concessional import duty agreements. India's soybean imports have hit ...Read More

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“Amber train” for Baltic state container rail freight

A new route for Baltic container freight is planned to go from Šestokai on Lithuania's border with Poland via Riga to Tallinn, state-owned Latvijas dzelzceļš (LDz) said. Representatives of Latvijas dzelzceļš, representatives of the Lithuanian state railway company AB Lietuvos ...Read More

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China exports tunneling machine to Bangladesh

A Chinese firm this week rolled off the largest-ever shield tunneling machine for export, which is destined for Bangladesh to assist with a river tunneling project. The export of the machine made by a manufacturing company based in east China's ...Read More

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Coffee exports may fail to meet 2025 target

Currently, Uganda exports only 4.6 million bags, far below their target. Uganda may not export the 20 million bags of coffee by 2025 if production is not increased. This is according to former finance minister Ezra Suruma who is part ...Read More

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Shark fin imports to Hong Kong ‘halved since 2007’

Shark fin imports to Hong Kong, which is the largest fin trading hub in the world, have been cut by half since 2007, owing to shipping bans and tighter international regulations, according to a conservation group. Between 2007 and 2017, ...Read More

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Consumers in China favour taste over price of imports

Consumers in China are primarily put off by the high prices of imported food, says a recent study. The report which was commissioned by the Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Shanghai, looks at nine categories of imported food products, including ...Read More

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EU considering import tax on Levi jeans from USA

The Euopean Union may levy a 25% import tax on Levi jeans and bourbon whisky if President Donald Trump imposes import tariffs on European steel and aluminium. The EU Commissioner for Trade said that the items were on a draft ...Read More

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Aluminium exports from China rise

Aluminium exports from China grew more than 25 per cent in the first two months of 2018, but steel exports fell by almost a third. China faces scrutiny as the US was planning to impose substantial tariffs last week. The ...Read More

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Joint venture for Denmark freight to end

Sweden based freight operator Green Cargo will withdraw from its joint venture with DB Cargo in Denmark. The joint venture handles principally transit freight traffic through Denmark for the two companies, but Green Cargo the companies could not reach agreement ...Read More

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Fear of stock-piled bike Imports from China

The European Bike Manufacturers Association is requesting the European Commission to begin registering imports of e-bikes from China. Because Chinese bike exporters fear that a provisional duty will be imposed on their exports, e-bike imports from China to Europe are ...Read More

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Record Investment in Portugal’s Export Sector

Investment in the export-oriented sectors in Portugal doubled last year to hit a record high. The head of the state agency for promotion of exports and investment said that this emphasised Portugal's fas move up the economic value chain. The ...Read More

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Wheat imports to South Africa rising

Imports of wheat to South Africa are expected to more than double to 2.1 million tonnes in 2018, from 935,000 tonnes last year. A severe drought is affecting production in the key Western Cape growing area. According to the Western ...Read More

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Fruit and vegetable imports to Russia recovering

Compared with the previous year, Russian imports of fresh fruit and vegetables have increased considerably in 2017. A total of 7,1 million tonnes was imported, 17% more than in 2016. This is much lower than the volume in 2013, when ...Read More

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Military exports from Sweden increase

Swedish military exports increased by 2 percent in value last year, much of the increase due export of fighter jets to Brazil. But critics are concerned that Sweden continues to export to non-democratic states. Swedish exports of military equipment were ...Read More

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German exports to Turkey grow

Exports to Turkey which are covered by a German government credit guarantee, called “Hermes”, increased by one third between 2016 and 2017, reaching nearly 1.5 billion euros, according to a report in a German newspaper. The export increase comes in ...Read More

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UK’s new inland rail freight hub opens

iPort Rail, the UK’s newest intermodal inland rail freight hub, has become officially operational. Within iPort logistics hub, iPort Rail is a state-of-the-art rail freight facility on a site of 30 acres. It can accommodate the UK’s longest trains up ...Read More

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Japan’s cosmetics exports annual record

Japan's cosmetics exports jumped 39% in value in 2017, marking a fifth record year. Tourists visiting Japan create new devotees who continue to use the products long after returning home. The export value hovered around the 100 billion yen range ...Read More

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New Zealand Apple Growers look for Export opportunities

In New Zeland there are six sheep for every person, so exports are the primary market for New Zealand apples. With only 4.5 million people in the country, there are few domestic opportunities for the fruit produced. New Zealand exports ...Read More

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China rail freight volume on the increase

Rail freight in China rose in January by 9.4 percent volume from the previous year to 339.6 million tonnes, the National Bureau of Statistics said. Rail freight volume in December fell by 3.8 percent from the previous year, marking the ...Read More

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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on UK lamb exports

Saudi Arabia authorities have this week lifted the 20 year-long ban on sheep meat from the UK, which had been put in place after the BSE crisis in the UK. Exports may begin as early as next month after export ...Read More

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Rail freight news

In conjunction with a major freight operator, Argentina’s Ministry of Transport has conducted trial 'piggyback' movements carrying lorry semi-trailers between Spegazzinni in Buenos Aires province and the port of Bahía Blanca. Slovenia Railways’ freight business has purchased 30 second-hand wagons ...Read More

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Japan wants to be excluded from US import curb

The steel industry in Japan wants the country to be excluded from any U.S. import restrictions, as steel from Japan poses no threat to the U.S. national security, the head of the steel federation said. The industry said last week ...Read More

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Car imports to Vietnam drop

Only 337 cars of all kinds were shipped to Vietnam in the first month of 2018. Of all these imports, there were only 17 passenger cars with nine seats or less, amounting to 567,000 USD. No cars were imported from ...Read More

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Exports from Ireland record high

The Central Statistical Office in Ireland issued statistics showing that Irish exports hit a record high in 2017, rising 2 per cent to reach €122 billion for the year. Imports were also at record levels, with an increase of 4 ...Read More

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Salmon Exports from Norway on the rise

Combined exports of salmon from Norway for China and Vietnam, rose during Week 6 of 2018 to 633 tonnes from 538 tonnes in same week last year. Export volumes to Hong Kong rose to 459 tonnes last week from 199 ...Read More

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Norwegian salmon exports to China rise

During Week 6 of 20189, Norway exported 420 tonnes of fresh salmon to China, an increase over 355 tonnes the previous week. This was a fraction of the total exports, but producers in Norway see demand from China as an ...Read More

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Rail freight in Scotland in disarray

A recent report explains that the rail freight business in Scotland is in a worse state than in other parts of Britain. It was previously heavily dependent on the delivery of coal to Longannet and Cockenzie power stations, both of ...Read More

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Singapore’s exports increase

Singapore's exports increased more than expected in January. Stronger exports of non-electronic items such as non-electric engines, measuring instruments and petrochemicals - as well as the timing of the Chinese New Year - helped January's performance. Non-oil domestic exports rose ...Read More

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New rail freight terminal at Cricklewood approved

Construction of a modern rail freight terminal at Cricklewood has been approved to help with a housing regeneration in Brent Cross. The Campaign for Better Transport argues that - without a new terminal - a regeneration project in the area ...Read More

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Port of Sunderland cargo imports grow

Last year record levels of cargo were handled at the municipally-owned Port of Sunderland last year; the port, which was 300 years old in 2017, recorded a 13% rise in freight tonnage passing through its docks when compared to 2016. ...Read More

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Record freight in 2017 at Rotterdam

Rotterdam port grew in 2017 helped by a significant gain in container throughput, the port authority said in a statement. Total cargo volume increased by 1.3% to 476 (461) million tonnes. Container volume was higher at 142.6 million tonnes, a ...Read More

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Salmon exports from Norway to China fall

Salmon exports from Norway to China fell to 355 tonnes last week from 523 tonnes the previous week. However, this was an increase from just 15 tonnes in the corresponding week last year. Exports to China remain small when compared ...Read More

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Ban lifted on exports of Avocados from Kenya

A ban on exports of Fuerte avocados grown in Kenya, was officially lifted by Kenya's Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) on 1 February. The decision has been welcomed by Kenyan exporters whose CEO said that the move would bring relief ...Read More

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China approves imports from Denmark

China has approved the import of processed meats from a leading processor in Denmark. China is the world's top pork consumer, and the export of these products will be valuable to Denmark. The agreement, comes after more than nine years ...Read More

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New processed pork exports to China

A Danish company which has just received approval for its products in China, says that exports of such products to China could be worth 250 million Danish krone ($42 million) a year in a few years time. They expect the ...Read More

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Service exports from China increase in 2017

Service exports from witnessed expanded quickly in 2017, exceeding the increase of imports for the first time in seven years, figures from the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) in China showed last week. The value of service exports increased by 10.6 ...Read More

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Wine imports to China grow

Imports of wine to China rose again in 2017; exports from Australia, Chile and Georgia showed notable growth. It seems that the market is increasingly demanding quality, as average prices for bulk and sparkling wines are increasing. Imports of bottled ...Read More

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Couple in Australia accused of making nickel exports to Iran

It is alleged that a couple from New South Wales exported two shipments of nickel alloy in 2009 and 2010 of which the ultimate destination was Iran. Nickel which contains heat- and corrosion-resistant alloys may be used in nuclear power ...Read More

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China investigates US sorghum imports

China is commencing an anti-dumping investigation into imports of sorghum from the United States. Less than two weeks ago, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed high tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines. The investigation in China is expected ...Read More

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Steel sector in EU expects import threat

Demand for steel in Europe is expected to rise in 2018, European steel association Eurofer said earlier this week, warning of a threat of rising imports. Steel consumption, is set to rise by 1.9 percent in the 28 countries of ...Read More

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EU court upholds fines for freight forwarding cartel

The European Union’s highest court last week said that the Commission was right to fine a group of freight forwarding companies over cartel charges, dismissing an appeal brought by major logistics groups. The Commission had handed out fines of a ...Read More

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China imports more cars in 2017

China imported more cars in 2017, the China Automobile Dealers Association announced last week. About 1.21 million automobiles were imported, 16.8 percent growth from 2016, the association said. Parallel imports, vehicles bought from other markets to be sold in China, ...Read More

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Rail freight funding must be protected

Rail freight funds must be safeguarded if the UK is to attract the private investment it needs to make rail a success. This is the view of Rail Freight Group executive director Maggie Simpson giving evidence to the Parliamentary transport ...Read More

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Turkey’s exports surge 16 pct in January

Turkey’s exports increased by 16.3 percent on a yearly basis, to reach nearly $12.2 billion in January, the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) announced on Feb. 1. According to TİM data, this was the third-best January export figure of all time. ...Read More

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Moldova’s 2017 freight traffic grows

The total volume of Moldova's railway, road, river, and air freight traffic grew by 23.8% in 2017 compared with the previous year, reaching some 17.3 million tonnes, the country's statistical office said last week. Calculated in freight tonne-kilometres (FTK), traffic ...Read More

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Businesses plan exports outside Europe in response to Brexit

In response to Brexit, 62 per cent of mid-market business leaders plan to increase investment in exports beyond the EU. Mid-market businesses are looking beyond Europe for their future success, according to research from national law firm Mills & Reeve. ...Read More

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Swiss Quartz watch Exports Slump

Switzerland exported the fewest quartz watches in 33 years as competition from fitness bands and smartwatches attacked the lower end of the market, forcing the industry to refocus on more expensive mechanical timepieces. Swiss watchmakers exported 17 million quartz and ...Read More

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Iran lifts ban on registration for rice imports

Iran has lifted its ban on registration for imports of rice for five months, the customs administration announced in a statement published on Tuesday. The Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said “the registration for imports of rice is ...Read More

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Courier businesses in China use international freight flights

Chinese private courier companies are increasingly using international freight flights as global e-commerce booms. Earlier this month a cargo airline company opened a freight air route between cities in northeast China and Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. They also ...Read More

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Russia-Vietnam rail freight service

A rail freight service from Russia to Vietnam has been successfully tested. A shipment containing shampoos, soap, shower gels, creams and masks for face and hair arrived in the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi on January 23 after setting off ...Read More

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US beef exports increase

The latest USA beef trade data for November shows continued improvement in beef exports. November beef exports were 260.7 million pounds, up 2.7 percent over exports in November, 2016. Beef exports have increased compared with the previous year each month ...Read More

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Very high US road freight rates set to reduce

Freight rates have been an important topic of discussion in the fresh produce industry across the United States recently. Growers and shippers have expressed their concerns about having to pay very high freight rates to get their produce to the ...Read More

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Forwarders need to compare air freight prices pre China New Year

Air freight rates have rebounded after severe weather disruption across Europe and the US, but one index is reporting a double-digit drop. China to Europe (at $2.68 per kg) and China to US (at $3.54 per kg) prices have fallen ...Read More

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Freight train service to link Yanbian, China with Europe

A new China-Europe freight train route is to open, which will link up northeast China's Korean Autonomous Prefecture of Yanbian with Europe this year, the prefectural government said last week. The freight train will begin from Changchun, capital of Jilin ...Read More

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Gothenburg container port endangered by industrial dispute

The CEO explained: “We had hoped for a recovery towards the end of the year in the absence of any industrial action since last summer. But this was not the case. The message from the freight owners is loud and ...Read More

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Port of Gothenburg 2017 container volume falls

The Port of Gothenburg in Sweden had its worst year ever for container volumes in 2017, due to prolonged labour issues. The number of boxes moving through the port plunged 19% to 644,000 teu from 798,000 teu in the previous ...Read More

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New markets for Belarus’ agricultural exports

Belarus began to export agricultural products to 17 new countries in 2017 the head of the main department for foreign economic affairs at the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry said. Belarus' dairy exports to China increased by a multiple of ...Read More

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Indian bicycle hub threatened by imports from China

Cheap imports from China are threatening the survival of Ludhiana’s bicycle industry in western Punjab. Once one of the leading manufacturing hubs in India, the town’s most famous industry is becoming only an assembly point for bike imports smuggled in ...Read More

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Global air freight demand expects seven-year high

The rise in air freight demand in November puts the air cargo industry on track for the strongest performance since the post-global financial crisis rebound in 2010, IATA said. The growth in freight demand comes despite indicators pointing to air ...Read More

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China adjusts tariff policies for major equipment imports

Chinese authorities have released tariff policy adjustments for imports of major technological equipment. Imports of major technological equipment on the revised list for government support will be exempted from tariffs and value-added tax. Tax exemption policies for imports of mixed-flow ...Read More

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India rice export record

India's rice exports increased by approximately 22 percent in 2017 to a record 12.3 million tonnes as nearby Bangladesh increased imports, after flooding hit its crops, industry officials said. The boost in exports from the world's top exporter will probably ...Read More

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Global air freight demand on increase

The rise in freight volumes in November puts the air cargo industry on track for the strongest operational and financial performance since the post-global financial crisis rebound in 2010, IATA said. The growth in freight demand comes despite indicators pointing ...Read More

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Irish Butter exports surged 60% last year

Butter that continues to be the big winner for Irish food and drink export; last year, dairy products were the largest sector of Irish exports and this was driven by butter sales worldwide. Exports of Irish whiskey, infant formula and ...Read More

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Plastics exports rise to non-China destinations

Exporters of plastic waste for recycling have increased volumes sent from the UK to Turkey, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia, Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment, has told Parliament. He has also cautioned against burning plastic for energy recovery ...Read More

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Dover freight increase for fifth year running

Freight volumes through the Port of Dover reached record levels for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, the south coast port has announced. Dover handled over 2.6 million freight lorries in 2017 – an increase of almost 10,000 on the ...Read More

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Freight service starts on Kenya’s standard gauge railway

The first rail freight service has been launched on Kenya’s 472km standard gauge railway between the capital of Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombassa. The 52-wagon train carried 104 freight containers, which is almost the equivalent amount of cargo ...Read More

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Record year for Irish food and drink exports

The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has announced that the value of Irish food, drink and horticulture exports increased by 13% in 2017. Speaking at the launch of Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects 2017-2018 report, the Minister said, ...Read More

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Algeria bans certain imports

Algeria has temporarily banned the import of 900 products which includes mobile phones, household appliances and vegetables. This is an attempt to cut an increasing import bill following a fall in energy earnings, according to an official document. The OPEC ...Read More

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Canada says US duties on lumber exports unfair

Canada has denounced the United States for imposing import duties on its some softwood lumber exports. "U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber are unfair, unwarranted and troubling. They are harmful to Canada's lumber producers, workers and communities," Canadian Foreign Minister ...Read More

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Rwanda bans fruits imports from South Africa

Rwanda has banned the import of meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit from South Africa. Listeriosis viral disease is purported to be present in the products. The import ban, aimed to prevent the spread of the disease to Rwanda, became ...Read More

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Zeebrugge-Tilbury freight reaches record levels

A major ocean carrier shipped more freight between Zeebrugge and Tilbury in 2017 than in any other year since the 10-year history of the route. The integrated ferry and logistics company shipped 185,908 freight units between January and December last ...Read More

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Row over pig imports in Cambodia

Government officials have rejected pleas from pig farmers to curb imports of pigs into the country. Speaking at a forum on agriculture, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said domestic family-run pig farming businesses that are struggling to keep in business should ...Read More

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Spice exports from India rise 24%

India exported 5.57 lakh tonnes of spices and spice products worth Rs. 8,850.53 crore during April-September 2017, compared with 4.5 lakh tonnes of exports worth Rs. 8,700 crore during the same period a year earlier. This is an increase of ...Read More

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Russians increase Italy wine exports to record level

Exports of wine from Italy reached a record six billion euros ($7.2 billion) in 2017, an increase of 7.0 percent on the previous year thanks largely to Russia, according to Italy's largest agricultural union. Sales of everything from the full-bodied ...Read More

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Fiji bans live coral exports

Fiji's government has banned the export of live coral, hoping to protect the Pacific nation's reefs. This has has stirred concerns about job losses among local companies. The export ban came into force last week; Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau saying ...Read More

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China ends its beef with Italian meat imports

China has lifted a longstanding import ban on beef from Italy, officials said earlier this month, paving the way for Florentine steak and other specialities to enter kitchens in China for the first time in 16 years. Italian beef exports ...Read More

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Bulgarian Wine Exports Rose by Nearly 13%

Exports of wines from Bulgaria grew by nearly 13 per cent in the first eight months of 2017, Deputy Economy Minister Lachezar Borisov has announced. 17 517 139 tons of wine for 17 432 629 million euro were exported, according ...Read More

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Illegal Clothing imports to South Africa

Counterfeit clothing imports into South Africa has seen the domestic clothing and textile industry suffer tremendously. More recently the industry has also been hit by the import of second-hand clothing, which has become available for resale on the market. Customs ...Read More

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Pakistan Exports continuously decline

Because domestic industries are not protected,energy costs are increasing, and import duties are too high, Pakistan’s exports have been losing international market share very quickly and imports are increasing. Representatives of different chambers of commerce and industry of the country ...Read More

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Norway salmon exports to China increase

Salmon exports from Norway to China rose to 395 tonnes during the second week of December,from 291 tonnes the previous week, and from 109 tonnes in the corresponding week last year, data from Seafood Norway showed. Volumes to China remain ...Read More

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Israel Exports fall due to big pharma crisis

Israel’s export-dependent economy is expected to be harmed by planned job cuts and plant closures at its largest company, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Teva, the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, accounts for as much as 3% of Israeli economic output, according ...Read More

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Japan exports/imports increase on strong demand from China/US

Japan's exports rose 16 percent in November from the previous year, while imports jumped 17 percent. Customs data showed the trade surplus slipping to $1 billion on exports of $61.4 billion. Imports totaled 6.81 trillion yen ($60.4 billion). Exports to ...Read More

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Sugar refiners in China lobby for increased import permits

Chinese sugar refineries plan to lobby Beijing to increase off-quota sugar imports next year, according to several sources, after the government took measures to reduce shipments this year. Major sugar refiners in China proposed at an industry conference that the ...Read More

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Freight Subsidy for Italy

The European Commission has approved an €9m Italian State Aid subsidy scheme designed to support the shift of freight traffic from road, on the Italian section of the Brenner corridor. The level operators receive is based on the reduction in ...Read More

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GB Railfreight protest

GB Railfreight has 'objected strongly' to proposals contained in the UK Office of Rail & Road’s Consultation paper concerning charges to recover fixed network costs. GB Railfreight say they show 'a lack of understanding of freight and end user contracts ...Read More

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Strong exports of citrus to China

Peru has made strong inroads into the China export market, increasing by over 300 per cent to 7,000 tonnes with exports of mostly mandarins in July and August. The growth in demand for Southern Hemisphere citrus is part of the ...Read More

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China demand for citrus imports

China’s insatiable demand for citrus continues as both South Africa and Australia record best ever exports to the Asian nation. In the 12 months to the end of October, China had imported over 250,000 tonnes of citrus, mostly oranges and ...Read More

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Exports to top Kenyan tea markets fall by 15 per cent

Tea exports to the main markets in the year to October dropped 15 per cent compared with the same period last year: all the top buyers except Pakistan registered significant decrease. Statistics from the Tea Directorate suggest that exports fell ...Read More

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Kazakhstan will increase grain exports

Kazakhstan is planning to increase the volume of grain exports by the end of 2017. "We plan to export about 9.1 million tons of grain and flour in 2017. This is 400,000 tons more than in the previous year," said ...Read More

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German car exports falling

Car exports from Germany have fallen in 2017, partly due to the weaker pound undermining British demand, the head of the Germany's car industry federation said earlier this month. "...lower demand in Britain caused by exchange rates" had contributed to ...Read More

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Record US imports from China, Mexico, Europe

In October, imports to the USA increased by 1.6% to a record $244.6 billion. Exports were unchanged at $195.9 billion. Almost half of the increase in the U.S. trade deficit was tied to larger imports of petroleum at higher prices. ...Read More

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Soaring Freight Costs Will squeeze profits

It’s getting more expensive to ship commodities around the world, threatening to squeeze profits for global traders and raise food prices. The Baltic Dry Index, which published current shipping rates, surged 73 percent in 2017 to a four-year high because ...Read More

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Shrimp Imports Continue to grow in USA

The latest shrimp import figures show that shrimp demand in the US continues to accelerate, particularly in retail categories. To the end of October, 2017, total US shrimp imports stand at a record 1.19 billion pounds, compared with a figure ...Read More

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Russia bans imports of pork from Brazil

From 1 December, Rosselkhoznador in Russia, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, has banned Brazilian pig meat and beef due to concerns that the meat contained a muscle growth stimulant called by ractopamine. Ractopamine is banned for use ...Read More

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UKWA approves Chancellor’s freight plan

The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has welcomed a recent announcement that the Chancellor has instructed an in-depth study to be done by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) on the future of freight. The UKWA CEO commented: “We are delighted ...Read More

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China imports corn as domestic price rises

China has bought around 10 to 12 cargoes of mainly U.S. corn imports during the past month and is likely to increase purchases. A record difference between domestic and international prices is encouraging buyers to seek out cheap imports, three ...Read More

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Tea exports from India increase 6.6 pct

India's tea exports in the first ten months of 2017 increased by 6.6 percent from a year ago. Iran and China increased their imports of tea from India,the state-run Tea Board said in a statement lastg week. Iran imported 20.98 ...Read More

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Rail track plan alarms freight groups

Government plans to give greater control of rail infrastructure to passenger franchises has caused concern in the freight industry. The new rail strategy, set out in “Connecting People: a strategic vision for rail”, says: “We will roll out joint teams ...Read More

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UK Construction Equipment exports and imports up

UK exports of construction and earthmoving equipment remained strong for the first nine months of 2017, showing a 21% increase compared with the same period 2016. Imports of equipment also showed resilience, with a 12% increase in the same period ...Read More

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Good news for UK construction exports

The UK remains a net exporter of construction and earthmoving equipment, both in weight and financial terms. In Q3, the trade surplus increased to £381 million, the highest quarterly level since 2014. In the first nine months of 2017, the ...Read More

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Vietnam exports less coffee

Vietnam exported nearly 1.3 million tons of coffee in the first 11 months of this year, amounting to a decrease of 22.5 percent, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said last week. Germany and the United States are still ...Read More

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Regular express freight train from Chengdu to Russia

An express freight train will run regularly between Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province and Moscow, Russia, local authorities said last week. This will be part of the China-Europe freight train service. In 2016, 460 cargo trains went from ...Read More

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Air Freight growth moderates

The recent surge in freight volumes began to recedd in September 2017, said Airports Council International (ACI). In figures published on 24 November, ACI said year on year figures fell to 6.8%, from 10.5% in August of the same year. ...Read More

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Favourable Conditions for Rail Freight in Germany

In June, Germany took what was seen as a landmark decision when the government announced that it was going to invest around 350 million Euros to halve track charges for rail freight traffic as part of the ‘Masterplan for Rail ...Read More

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Petition in Holland for rail freight policy action

A group of more than 50 rail freight stakeholders is presented a petition to the Dutch Parliament, asking for action to help stimulate rail cargo transport and put it on level footing with its German counterparts. The petition was organised ...Read More

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Decrease of Exports to Russia

The decline in Bulgaria's exports to Russia during the last four years is caused by problems of the Russian economy and not by EU sanctions against Russia. This is stated in a report of the Bulgarian Industrial Association concerning Bulgarian ...Read More

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UK food and drink exports continue to rise

Exports of UK food and drink increased to £5.9bn in the third quarter of the year, an increase of 14.7% on the same period last year. The Food and Drink Federation published its quarterly Exports Snapshot which highlights key UK ...Read More

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India cotton exports to drop

India is likely to export nearly one-fifth less cotton than estimated as pink bollworms are expected to eat into the south Asian country's output. Lower exports from the world's biggest producer will help its rivals like the U.S, Brazil and ...Read More

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Russia has suspended Brazilian beef imports

According to a Brazilian beef processor, Russian authorities have temporarily suspended bovine meat imports from Brazil, a measure Brazilian authorities have still not confirmed according to the company. The company said Brazilian beef will be exported to other markets, while ...Read More

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Swiss Watch Exports – Biggest Monthly Gain Since 2013

Swiss watch exports rose at the quickest monthly pace in more than four years in October. This has been largely fuelled by Asian demand for higher-priced timepieces. Exports increased 9.3 percent to 1.85 billion francs ($1.9 billion) in October, the ...Read More

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Slowdown of UK timber import predicted

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is predicting a slowdown in the UK’s softwood imports for next year. The TTF’s Softwood Import Forecast shows growth is expected to fall to just 0.5% in 2017-2018. In 2016-2017, softwood imports grew by 3.7%, ...Read More

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Northampton rail freight depot plans

Plans to build a multimillion-pound rail freight interchange, which could support 7,500 jobs, is going before Northampton councillors. Developers want to build the depot and warehousing on a 116 acre (468,000 sq m) site at junction 15 of the M1, ...Read More

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Japan exports climb

Japan's exports grew 14 percent over the previous year earlier due to strong demand for vehicles, electronics and machinery. However, customs data showed even faster growth in imports of oil, gas and coal that caused the trade surplus to fall ...Read More

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Bulgarian Exports to the EU Increase

In the period January - August 2017 Bulgarian exports to the EU increased by 11.0%, compared with the same period in 2016. The main trade partners of Bulgaria were Germany, Italy, Romania, Greece, France and Belgium. In August 2017 the ...Read More

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South Australia exports soaring

NEW airlines and more wide-body planes helped direct exports from South Australia’s agriculture and fisheries industries to increase by 50 per cent during the past two years. The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner wide-body service to Auckland saw freight capacity grow ...Read More

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China’s rail freight up by 4.3 per cent in October

Rail freight volume in China, an indicator of economic activity, showed steady growth in October, the national railway operator said last week. Railways carried 255 million tonnes of cargo last month, an increase of 4.3 percent from a year earlier, ...Read More

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China makes mainland ports available for Hong Kong wine imports

The General Administration of Customs in China has announced that all of its ports are open to wine imports from Hong Kong. From 9 November, China has made all ports accessible for wine imports from Hong Kong,;this is expected to ...Read More

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Digitalised intermodal freight project

A group of rail freight operators and logistics companies has initiated a project aiming to enhance intermodal transport services by using digital technologies. Participants in the three-year project will use a newly-developed data hub and standardised interfaces to obtain direct ...Read More

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China October exports & imports growth slows

Export and import growth for China eased in October, suggesting that the world’s second-largest economy is starting to cool after a strong first half. Growth is likely to slow even further due to Beijing’s crackdown on pollution from factory output. ...Read More

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China to remove VAT on imports

China intends to remove the value-added tax on imports of distillers dried grains (DDGS), the foreign ministry said in a statement last week. This should result in an increase of imports move from top exporter the United States. The news ...Read More

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Abu Dhabi New Container Port

A shipping line and port operator based in China has held a ground breaking ceremony for the new Abu Dhabi Container Terminal at Khalifa Port. The ceremony was presided over by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and ...Read More

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Freight carriage: EU Commission public consultation on electronic documents

On 25 October 2017, the European Commission launched a public consultation on electronic documents for the carriage of freight. Consignment notes, waybills, bills of lading are vital to freight transport operations. Moving to electronic format for these documents offers a ...Read More

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Bringing Sail Freight Back to the Hudson River

At any moment, more than 20 million shipping containers full of raw materials or finished products are crossing the oceans, neatly stacked on ships. Other goods travel by rail freight or airfreight. The shipping industry makes the modern global economy ...Read More

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India begins anti-dumping investigation into paper imports

India has initiated an anti-dumping probe into imports of paper from Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore following complaints from some domestic companies. Various companies have filed an application before the Directorate General of Antidumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) for initiation of ...Read More

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China increases campaign against illegal waste imports

China has expanded its campaign against the import of waste materials, arresting 39 suspects and seizing 33,000 tonnes of plastic and mineral waste during the latest action, the customs service said on Tuesday. Early this year, China launched the campaign ...Read More

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World’s largest freight vessel docks in Purfleet

THE world’s largest short sea ro ro freight vessel docked at the Port of London’s Purfleet terminal during the first week of November. She is the first ship in a series of eight ships being built in South Korea and ...Read More

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Intermodal Freight Service to increase Southampton freight Capacity

A Railfreight company has started operating its first intermodal service from Solent Stevedores terminal at Southampton to Hams Hall Rail Freight Terminal in the Midlands. The service will cater to the increased freight demand in the run-up to Christmas by ...Read More

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China will commit to buy more US soy imports

China will commit to import more U.S. soybeans during President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing this week. This emphasises the importance of trade in farm goods even though tensions are growing between the world’s top two economies. China is the ...Read More

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Korean pear exports increase

Exports from Korea are on the rise, according to a new report form the US Agricultural Service./ The total pear crop is expected to grow 4 per cent to 247,300 tonnes. For 2017/18, Korean fresh pear exports are expected to ...Read More

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French Air Freight Specialists Preparing for Beaujolais Nouveau

The annual Beaujolais Nouveau is in progress, and freight cargo companies are working with airlines to ensure the timely delivery of over 3,000 tonnes of this year's new young wine to customers in Asia. Freight forwarding teams spend several weeks ...Read More

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Beef imports to China up 14.7%

Imports of beef into China reached 502,887 tonnes valued at USD 2.2 billion in the first nine months of 2017, up 14.7% and 15.2% respectively according to China Customs. In September alone, the import volume rose 23.5% over the previous ...Read More

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Value of Scotch whisky exports on the up

Scotland’s whisky is the UK’s single largest food and drink export, which makes up about a fifth of Britain’s food sector exports. It’s also the number one internationally traded spirit in the world, so changes in the market can cause ...Read More

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Turkey’s exports and imports up

The Turkish Statistical office said that Turkey's exports in the first three quarters of 2017 amounted to around $115 billion — a 10.5 percent rise compared with the same period in 2016. Turkish imports climbed 15.5 percent to approx $169 ...Read More

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Scottish beef and lamb exports exceed £80 million

During the past year, the value of exports of beef and lamb from Scotland has increased to over £80 million. But almost 90% of the volume is to EU member states, which means they are not really 'exports' but intra-EU ...Read More

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Freight train derails and catches fire in central Sweden

A train carrying dangerous goods derailed and caught fire in central Sweden in mid-October. The 36-carriage train was derailed by the station in Ludvika, Dalarna, bringing train traffic to a stop. "It's a long freight train and one of the ...Read More

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China says EU trade regulations against imports conflict with WTO rules

China’s commerce ministry said earlier in the month that the European Union’s new trade rules against imports from China showed a lack of awareness of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. He urged the EU to abide by those WTO requirements. ...Read More

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Japan to propose changes to beef import rules

Japan is proposing changes to its safeguards for frozen U.S. beef imports, which will shorten review periods and allow importers to voluntarily lower import volumes. This proposal was be made at the second round of the U.S.-Japan economic meeting in ...Read More

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Northern Ireland exports ‘best on record’

Exports of goods from Northern Ireland increased by 12% in the second quarter of 2017, compared with the same period in 2016. The total value of the exports was just under £2.3bn. This is the best quarter on record in ...Read More

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Exports helping Norfolk traders

According to the latest report from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, manufacturing businesses had an improvement in export sales from 11% to 27% and export orders from 7% to 27%. Concern over exchange rates increased, with 76% of firms surveyed ...Read More

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Imports and exports linked for success

An examination of data for over 160 countries provides evidence that imports are just as important as exports for economic growth. For almost four-fifths of countries last year, the volume of exports and imports moved up or down in harmony. ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association wants Freight Commissioner

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is once again asking for a Freight Commissioner for London. The FTA represents more than 16,000 businesses transporting goods and services across the UK and Europe; it says that there is an urgent need for ...Read More

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Kaliningrad freight route

Freight containers 'the first rail freight service' to be routed from Łódź in Poland to Chengdu in China via the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad were transhipped between different size networks at Chernyakhovsk on September 25. The 9559 km service via ...Read More

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Europe exports suffer from sanctions

A study by an Austrian based think tank shows that sanctions against Russia imposed due to the Ukraine crisis have resulted in a reduction in exports to Russia. In Austria alone, the sanctions are estimated to have caused a fall ...Read More

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Shipping Company Improves Container Freight Services

A major Shipping Company has announced enhancements to its container freight services; they have added a new line connecting the Far East with the Red Sea, revised its Australia Express Service. Transit times to the North West Continent ports of ...Read More

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EU exports to Russia fall 10.7 percent after sanctions

Economic sanctions between the European Union (EU) and Russia in early 2014 led to a reduction of 10.7 percent in EU exports to Russia until 2016, a new Austrian study has revealed. The study says that when factoring in a ...Read More

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India’s coffee exports up 9.36%

Coffee exports from India, Asia s third-largest producer and exporter of coffee, increased by 9.36 per cent to 3,76,873 tonne in the year ending September 2017, buoyed by higher global prices, according to state-run Coffee Board. The country's export coffee ...Read More

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Freight association warns Brexit negotiators

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is urging British and EU negotiators to pay attention to the warnings from traders and logistics operators on both sides of the Channel. Operators are warning that post-Brexit arrangements will need time and effort to ...Read More

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Pakistan rice exports take off

Pakistan rice exports have started the current financial year well, giving rise to hopes that the export turnover for the full year will hit $2 billion after a gap of two years. Rice exports jumped 40 per cent year-on-year to ...Read More

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RDF exports become ‘increasingly difficult’

Industry experts are suggesting that the boom-time for refuse-derived fuel (RDF) exports could be over. Between January and August this year, exports of RDF and other associated material from England was nearly 17,000 tonnes lower than the same period in ...Read More

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Pharmaceutical exports from India decline

Pharmaceutical exports from India registered a negative growth of 4 per cent during the first five months of the current financial year, owing to increased regulatory issues and pricing pressure. According to the Director General of the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion ...Read More

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US shrimp imports grow in August

Shrimp imports into the USA rose 5.7% in August compared with the previous year; major increases came from India, China and Vietnam though imports from Thailand, Indonesia and Ecuador fell. The US imported 61,902 metric tons of shrimp in August ...Read More

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Longer freight trains to go ahead in Germany

In Germany, planning for introducing 740 m long freight trains across the German core national network is to be speeded up, following a favourable evaluation by the Federal Transport Ministry. The Secretary of State for Transport said that efficient railway ...Read More

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American Vehicle exports increase, imports decline

Vehicle exports from the U.S.A have come as a welcome encouragement for American ports, but they are wondering The question a boost in exports will offset declining auto import volumes. Last year, the Port of Portland, Oregon recorded double-digit increase ...Read More

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Migrants use freight trains to Germany

German police searching a freight trains in a small town found flattened water bottles and biscuit packaging under a freight container,suggesting that a migrant was on the train. Such finds are becoming increasingly common as freight trains gain popularity with ...Read More

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Estonia August exports up 8 percent imports 12 percent

According to information from Statistics Estonia, goods exports increased by eight and imports by 12 percent compared with last August. The increased exports and imports of mineral products and mechanical appliances contributed to this. Exports from Estonia amounted to €1.1 ...Read More

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German exports increase

German exports increased strongly in August due to strong demand from the eurozone, although strictly speaking these are not 'exports' but intra-Eu trade. The Federal Statistical Office of Germany said that total goods 'export's in August rose 3.1% from July. ...Read More

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European Industry Complains about E-Bike Imports

European e-bikes are undercut at home by illegally dumped e-bikes from China, which are sold below the production costs,” explains a spokesman. “The import of e-bikes from China have now exploded. Imports in the first seven months of 2017 already ...Read More

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Air freight hits double digit growth

Global freight ton kilometers (FTKs) posted double-digit growth. According to the International Air Freight Index's (IATA) July 2017 report, the freight volumes increased for the fourth time in five months. IATA's H1 2017 report last month showed that in 2016, ...Read More

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Rastatt rail freight corridor reopens

The Rhine Valley rail freight corridor via Rastatt reopened last week, allowing European intermodal operators full-capacity on north-south services again. However, an intermodal operator said that “due to the intense re-routings of locos, wagons and staff on alternative routes over ...Read More

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State Railway Stifled Competition for Rail Freight

The European Commission has fined state-owned rail firm Lithuanian Railways a total of €27,873,000 for hindering competition in the rail freight market. The company physically removed a rail track connecting Lithuania to neighbouring Latvia. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of ...Read More

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Farmers market at Singapore airport to promote exports

Japanese foods are on sale at the newly opened Premium Japan Farmers Market in Singapore’s Changi Airport for local consumers and globe-trotting travelers. It is hoped that promoting theses products to travellers will stimulate export orders from their countries. A ...Read More

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Major upgrade to increase freight services for Felixstowe branch line

A £60.4 million scheme to increase freight services to and from Felixstowe has been given the green light by the Secretary of State for Transport. A second track will be installed between Trimley station and Grimston Lane foot crossing on ...Read More

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European imports of Chilean fruit through Netherlands falling

Chilean fruit exports to Europe increased by 8.7% in 2016-17, but there were noticeable shifts in the distribution between markets. The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association's recently released statistics show that despite this upward trend, the leading European importer and re-exporter ...Read More

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Italian Companies Profit from Greek Exports

The export of world renowned Greek olive oil is an example of how the country’s productive potential is wasted. Greece exports in bulk tons of olive oil at half the price of what Greek customers pay in supermarkets. Italian companies ...Read More

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Tea exports from India rise 4.6%

In spite of the loss of exports on account of the prolonged closure of the Darjeeling tea estates, India’s tea exports have increased 4.6% by volume duringthe first seven months of 2017. Two countries where Indian teas made major inroads ...Read More

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New rail freight service for ‘new Silk Road’

A new rail freight service has been launched, offering customers a 16-day transit time both east and westbound along the ‘new Silk Road;, between Duisburg, Germany, and Hefei, Chongqing, and Chengdu, China. Customers can charter a train, or book Full ...Read More

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Hong Kong bans meat imports from firms in Brazil

Hong Kong has suspended imports from an exporter and two manufacturing plants in Brazil, after 200 tonnes of meat which they had produced as pet food were claimed to be fit for human consumption. The Centre for Food Safety revealed ...Read More

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Taiwan conditionally lifts import ban on Japanese beef

Taiwan has conditionally lifted a 16-year-old ban on beef imports from Japan. FDA Division of Food Safety section head Wu Tsung-his said the Taiwan government will wait for the Japanese government to provide a list of government-certified facilities so that ...Read More

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Freight Association Updates STCs

The new edition of the British International Freight Association's (BIFA) Standard Trading Conditions (STC) will be published on 1st October 2017. The terms were last revised in 2005. There has been an extensive review of the existing STC by the ...Read More

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Vietnam’s shrimp exports grow

While Vietnam’s exports of shrimp thjroughout the world rose in the first seven months of 2017, it is not shipping as much to the United States, mainly due to an increase in duties. The U.S. used to be the top ...Read More

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Freight tariffs on New Silk Road must be protected

Part of the success of the New Silk Road are the attractive freight rates for rail freight between China and Europe. Particularly eastbound traffic enjoys favourable tariffs. However, the tariffs depend on subsidies, market mechanisms and operation efficiency. Safeguards are ...Read More

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Taiwan Suspends oil Exports, clothing imports with North Korea

Taiwan has suspended refined oil and LNG exports to North Korea, as well as clothing and textile imports. Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, because of Beijing's position that it is simply a province of China, and ...Read More

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EU wheat exports to fall

European Union soft wheat exports are expected to fall this season, despite an increased harvest. A threat is posed by exports from Russia after a huge harvest. An industry analyst cut by 1.3m tonnes to 23.1m tonnes its forecast for ...Read More

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All-year Peak season for China air freight market

China’s air freight market may not see much of a peak in volumes this year, because it has been at peak levels all year and there is little available capacity for more freight. There were concerns in July that the ...Read More

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Irish Drinks Exports grow

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland has said that newly published figures confirm the massive contribution the drinks industry makes to Ireland’s agri-food exports. The CSO data indicates that drinks exports have grown by 8.65% since June 2016. Whiskey exports ...Read More

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Brexit may be dangerous for Ireland’s exports

The importance of the UK to the Irish Republic as a destination market for exports has declined over the last 40 years. In the 1970s, the UK accounted for more than 50% of Irish exports, whereas in 2015 the figure ...Read More

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China exports more books to other countries

China will export more publications to other countries, both in print and digital formats, to expand its visibility in the world, officials said. And it needs more translators. According to figures released at the 13th Chinese Books Overseas Promotion Project ...Read More

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Dutch flower exports higher than ever

The export of cut flowers and plants was the highest ever in the first eight months of this year, the sector organisation VGB reported last week. The export sales figure reached €4.2bn by end-August. TotaL plant and flower exports were ...Read More

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Farm assurance ‘important’ for UK dairy exports

The UK Red Tractor scheme is keen to show off its credentials in the face of cheap imports. Red Tractor assures the quality of product and animal welfare for more than 13 billion litres of milk produced in the UK. ...Read More

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Freight Transport Group wants better driver facilities

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), whose members operate around half of the UK's road haulage fleet and which represents various other sectors of the freight and logistics industry, is aksing policy makers to provide improved facilities for freight drivers. According ...Read More

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First two £20m Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trials on track

The first two projects which were funded in the £20 million Low Emission Freight and Logistic Trial earlier this year, are now hitting the roads. The funding is being given to 20 firms who set out plans for innovative ways ...Read More

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Vietnam-China freight route opens

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh of Vietnam on September 11 announced the opening of a freight route, connecting Vietnam and China at the Huu Nghi (Friendship) International Border Gate in Vietnam’s northern province of Lang Son. The Vice Chairman ...Read More

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China-Europe rail freight hits air cargo business

Rising rail freight volumes between China and Europe now include more electronic goods, which in turn is reducing the volume of electronics sent by air cargo. Overall growth in exports and imports is also being partly attributed to China's Belt ...Read More

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UK exports disappoint in July despite sterling’s fall

The UK’s goods exports were disappointing in the three months to July, despite the fall in the sterling exchange rate, official figures released on Friday showed. The volume of exports was up 1.2 per cent on the previous quarter, the ...Read More

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Turkey earns $1.88B through hazelnut exports

Turkey earned around $1.88 billion with exports of more than 235,000 tons of hazelnuts in the last 12 months, a hazelnut exporters’ association said. The 2016-2017 hazelnut export season ended on Aug. 31, the President of Black Sea Hazelnut and ...Read More

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European Rail Freight Group Call for Action

The collapse of the new rail tunnel at Rastatt in Germany has caused serious disruptions to intermodal freight travelling in western Europe. The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has written an open letter to Federal minister Alexander Dobrindt, Ministry of ...Read More

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Brazil chicken exports strong as food scandal subsides

Brazilian chicken exports rose by 14.6 percent in August, the third-best monthly result on record. Chicken exports totaled 416,800 tonnes last month, confirming a recent forecast. In financial terms, processed and chicken exports generated revenues of $690.6 million in August, ...Read More

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Norway Clears Shipping Lines Acquisition

The Norwegian Competition Authority has approved the proposed acquisition of the Norwegian freight shipping firm, Nor Lines, by the Dutch logistics company, Samskip. The competition commission decided that the acquisition of activities associated with Nor Lines AS would not result ...Read More

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Gothenburg Reports fall in Freight Containers Handled

The Port of Gothenburg has reported an unprecedented fall in freight container volumes for the first six months of the year; a 22% fall in the number of containers shipped is the biggest decrease in the history of the port. ...Read More

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Driver shortage concern for freight industry

The freight and logistics sector is still suffering from a deficitof skilled drivers, according to the Freight Transport Association FTA July Quarterly Transport Activity Survey (QTAS). The survey, which asked the opinions of 6,000 freight and logistics businesses in the ...Read More

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Turkey exports ice cream to 68 countries

Turkey exports ice cream to a total of 68 countries and four free zones, earning nearly $204 million in the past 5.5 years. According to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) and the United Nations, nearly 88.4 thousand tons ...Read More

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Spain fears rise of Egyptian citrus exports

Egypt’s expandion of land devote3d to citrus is destabilising the European export market, and threatening Spain’s dominance as an exporter. Egyptian exports have risen by 66 per cent in the last five year. This is set to accelerate in the ...Read More

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Rwanda Earns $22.9 million From Meat Exports

Rwanda exported over 6.2 million kilogrammes of meat during the past year, up from 5.3 million kilos exported the previous year, indicating 17.5 per cent growth in volumes. According to the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) annual report released this ...Read More

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Wine exports get Federal Government funding

The Australian Federal Government has announced a new $50 million initiative to bolster Australia's wine exports and tourism. The Export and Regional Wine Support aims to boost wine exports to a record $3.5 billion, including help in marketing product to ...Read More

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China’s wine imports continue upwards

Wine imports to China continued the resilient growth trend seen in the first half of the year, increasing its total import volume and value from January to July. The country’s total wine imports in the first seven months of the ...Read More

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Upward curve for Spain’s exports

Spain's fresh fruit and vegetable exports continued to increase through the first half of 2017. According to figures from the Ministry of Economy's Customs and Excise Department, processed by Fepex, fresh produce exports grew just over 6 per cent in ...Read More

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Swiss parliament to vote on kosher meat imports

The Swiss Federal Assembly is to vote on the possibility of banning the import of kosher meat into the country. The bill, which was introduced to the Swiss parliament in June, would make it illegal to import any meat slaughtered ...Read More

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Beer exports to South Korea increasing

South Korea is “fast gaining a taste for British beer”, with exports to the country shooting up 77% in the first half of 2017. Belgium and China had the highest exports value percentage growth in the first half, with shipments ...Read More

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UK food and drink exports lifted by whisky

According to figures released by the Food and Drink Federation, food and drink exports from the UK achieved £10.2 billion (US$13.1bn) in the first half of this year – the largest H1 food and drink exports value on record. During ...Read More

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UK Wine Exports Grow 21%

UK wine exports were worth £270 million in the first six months of 2017. This is a 21% growth year-on-year, according to data from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). Overall, exports grew by 8.5% to £10.2 billion during this ...Read More

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Exports help UK manufacturers

Results of the CBI's recent survey of manufacturing prospects suggest that exports have had a big influence, possibly due to the weakness of the pound sterling. Export orders for UK manufacturers increased to +11 from +2 - there was a ...Read More

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Rhine Alpine rail freight corridor closure causes chaos

The railway line from Rotterdam via Duisburg to Basle and Milan, which is vital for international rail freight transport, was closed for the long-term on 12 August 2017 due to subsidence during works in South-West Germany. The usual diversion routes ...Read More

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UK imports of Swiss watches fall

The Swiss watch industry is in recovery after two years of falling exports. The country recorded its third successive month of export growth in July; the value of watches sold increased by 3.6% to CHF 1.7 billion. For the the ...Read More

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Trains return after Ely freight derailment

The railway line blocked by a freight derailment reopened today, after extensive repair work' to restore the track. It is as yet unclear what caused the derailment on 14 August at about 14.40, when 11 wagons of a 33-wagon freight ...Read More

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Slow month for EU exports

The deceleration of EU pork exports continued in June, with volumes down 25% year-on-year at 158,300 tonnes. This equated to almost 80,000 tonnes less than the month 2016, and was also almost 6,000 tonnes lower than in May this year. ...Read More

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China to exclude some metals from waste import ban

China said on it would still allow imports of some kinds of steel and non-ferrous scrap, as the country outlined the first concrete details of its plan to curb waste imports. The Ministry of Environmental Protection published a list of ...Read More

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Scottish salmon exports reach record value

Scottish salmon exports reached a record value of £346m in the first half of 2017, an increase of 70% on the same period last year. Fresh salmon worth £190m was sold in the second period of this year alone. That ...Read More

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China rail freight grows faster

Rail freight volumes in China recorded faster growth in July, the Chinese national railway operator said on Wednesday. Railways carried 246 million tons of freight cargo last month, up 17 percent year on year, according to figures from the China ...Read More

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China imposes import bans on products from North Korea

China is to stop imports of coal, iron, iron ore and seafood from North Korea. This is an implementation of UN import sanctions, which were imposed in response to North Korea's two missile tests last month. China accounts for more ...Read More

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UK exporters less confident

The British Chambers of Commerce 'trade confidence index' shows that exporters' confidence has softened slightly The measure, based on export documentation provided by regional chambers of commerce during the three months to June, was 2.5 percent lower than a year ...Read More

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French Wine Exports Increase

France has been outstanding among wine-producing countries in the first quarter, but the USA suffered a major fall in exports. A Wine Quarterly survey showed healthy growth for French wine exports, which increased by 5.9 percent in volume. Champagne and ...Read More

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UK remains Ireland’s top export customer

The UK remained Ireland's largest trading partner with almost 40pc (€4,804m) of total exports by value in 2016. Figures from the Department’s Annual Review and Outlook for Agriculture, Food and the Marine show that Irish agri-food exports went to over ...Read More

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EU-China special products pact for exports

In June, the EU and China published a list of 200 European and Chinese geographical indications (GIs) that are protected in both countries as part of a bilateral deal that should be concluded by December. Many European items, particularly those ...Read More

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Shrimp demand may increase seafood exports from India

Seafood exports from India could exceed $6 billion in the current financial year, driven by demand for shrimps in the global market. In 2016-17, India exported $5.78 billion worth of marine products. Cultured shrimps amount to about 70% of the ...Read More

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Japan to raise tariffs on frozen beef imports

Japan has raised tariffs on frozen beef imports from the United States and some other countries in order to protect domestic producers against an increase in imports. Tariffs on frozen beef increased to 50 percent from 38.5 percent between Aug. ...Read More

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Freight potential on East West Rail

The Rail Freight Group has released a document about East West Rail, detailing how freight services can help the proposed new railway become the catalyst for economic development along the Oxford-Cambridge corridor. The paper says that rail freight could supply ...Read More

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Australia’s conflict with China over meat exports

Australian beef which was exported to China before the Asian powerhouse imposed a temporary import ban on some producers, will now be allowed into the country. Australian authorities have been negotiating with Chinese officials since Beijing refused to accept imports ...Read More

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India Begins Anti-Dumping Investigation into Solar Imports from China

India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry has initiated an anti-dumping investigation into solar cell imports from China. The Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) signed a petition which claimed that solar imports from China were damaging the local industry. Previous attempts ...Read More

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Guangdong in China imports most wines

China’s coastal province Guangdong, near to Hong Kong, remains the country’s biggest consumer of bottled wine imports. From January to June, the province imported US$437.3 million worth of bottled wines, surpassing US$332.2 million to Shanghai, although the latter had more ...Read More

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China wine imports up

From January to June this year, China imported 254 million litres of bottled wines, representing a 13.9% increase in volume and a 3.34% increase in value over the same period last year. France still ranks as the biggest wine exporter ...Read More

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UK Production High as Exports Grow

U.K. factory production reached a two-decade high point in the second quarter of the year, as optimism about export orders grew to the highest since the 1970s. A Confederation of British Industry survey showed that volume output rapidly grew, with ...Read More

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Stena Line to add North Sea freight capacity

Stena LIne is adding extra freight capcacity to the Rotterdam - Harwich route, by using larger ships. As a result, the overall freight capacity of the route will increase by approximately 20%. There has been a significant investment program in ...Read More

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US attack on Spanish olive imports

The US authorities are preparing anti-dumping measures on imports of Spanish black table olives as of September. Farmers have warned the European Commission that this sets a “dangerous” precedent for CAP-subsided EU agricultural products. In late June, the US Coalition ...Read More

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Exports of coconut products declining

Philippine exports of virgin coconut oil (VCO) fell by 38 percent in volume last March, three months before an organization of American heart doctors advised against VCO in the diet. In terms of value, VCO exports dropped by 40 percent ...Read More

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Third country imports up in Nepal

Nepal’s imports from third countries have soared in recently, with shipments from France, Ukraine, Argentina, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, in particular, rising sharply due to lower costs. According to the Trade and Export Promotion Centre (TEPC), imports from these ...Read More

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Indian spices exports at all-time high

Exports of spices and spice products from India have touched an all-time high during 2016-17, said the Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently. Spices exports from the country have touched Rs. 17665 crore in the year, compared with Rs ...Read More

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China Bans Foreign Trash Imports

On July 18, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it would stop accepting imports of waste such as plastic, paper, slag from steelmaking, waste wool, ash, cotton, and yarn; the import ban would be effective by the end ...Read More

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Australian freight inquiry

The Australian government has requested final submissions for its National Freight and Supply Chain Inquiry discussion paper. They say that stakeholder input is essential to ensure Australia can take advantage of the growing freight task. The Minister for Infrastructure and ...Read More

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Ethiopia’s coffee exports up 20 pc

Ethiopia's coffee exports have shown a 20 percent increase during the past three months, according to the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority. The Authority has introduced various measures to reduce the impact of contraband and other illegal ...Read More

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EU to allow in more Ukraine exports

EU foreign ministers approved last week measures to allow Ukraine to export more industrial and agricultural products tariff-free to the EU in recognition of reforms undertaken by Kiev and the fragility of the country's economy. By the end of September, ...Read More

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Freight volume increase in US

Improving freight demand may presage improved prospects for transport companies, if they can persuade retailers and manufacturers to pay more for shipping. Freight and logistics firms should be showing their prospects for the rest of the year, as they will ...Read More

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Ireland exports to UK increase

Goods exports to Britain were €153m higher in May than in the same month last year. Exports to Britain last year being almost half a billion euro lower, the Central Statistics Office painted a more positive picture for 2017 so ...Read More

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Agricultural imports into China rise

China's imports of major agricultural products continued to increase rapidly in the first five months of the year; domestic products tend to be more costly than imports. Wheat imports between January and May reached 2.2 million metric tons, an increase ...Read More

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China calls for more imports

The President of China, Xi Jinping has called for an increase in imports and fewer restrictions for foreign investors. China is coming under pressure from the US and Europe to provide better access for overseas companies in the country. Donald ...Read More

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US says no timetable to restore Brazil beef imports

Brazil needs to make progress on meat inspections before a schedule can be set to end a U.S. ban on imports of fresh Brazilian beef, the U.S. agriculture secretary said. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his Brazilian counterpart Blairo Maggi ...Read More

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Freight ship staying in Poole Harbour

BRITTANY Ferries intends to continue operating the freight ship MN Pelican out of Poole Port for another two years. The 155-metre long vessel has been vital in building improved freight routes between Poole and Spain, ferry bosses say. The freight ...Read More

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Road Freight rates decline in India

Freight rates within India for a nine-tonne pay load section to certain southern Indian destinations are falling in Delhi because there are too many trucks in the market and not enough cargo movements. Freight forwarding companies said that an abundance ...Read More

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Freight forwarders report increased air volumes

A major freight forwarderreports that airfreight volumes have grown at almost double the market rate during the first half of the year, with performance improving during the second quarter. The freight forwarder saw first-half airfreight demand increase by 18%, while ...Read More

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German exports reach record high in May

Germany's exports soared in May as total exports of goods hit a record high, reflecting a recovery in global demand since the beginning of the year. Total exports of goods increased by 1.4%--the fifth straight monthly increase. Germany's exports leapt ...Read More

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Mexican car exports hit record high

Mexico's car exports set a record in June. This was driven by a surge in exports to buyers in the United States, the Mexican Auto Industry Association (AMIA) said. Vehicle exports had risen 12 percent from a year earlier. Mexican ...Read More

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British Wheat Exports Slow

Britain's May wheat exports were at the lowest monthly level since July 2014. This means it is likely to be a net wheat importer in the 2016/17 season, customs data showed. Exports in May amounted to only 29,509 tonnes, against ...Read More

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Uncertainty affects Bangladesh exports

Political changes in the West and devaluation of currencies have adversely affected growth in Bangladesh exports. The clothing sector contributes over 82% to overall export earnings, and this sector has been particularly badly affected. According to provisional data of Export ...Read More

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Gems & jewellery exports rise

India gems and jewellery exports from India rose by over 11 per cent to $6.78 billion during the first two months of the current financial year. In April-May last year, the sector's exports amounted to to $6.1 billion, according to ...Read More

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Strong transpacific air freight demand

Shippers need to be prepared for expensive air charters on the transpacific route in the fourth quarter of the year. E-commerce sales and volcanic ash will begin to affect airline freight capacity. Freight forwarders and carriers are currently reporting record ...Read More

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Brazil advises EU no salmonella in poultry exports

Brazil notified the European Union's Food Service Authority last week that it had found no traces of salmonella in poultry exports. The statement was issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply in Brazil. It had been informed in ...Read More

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Russia extends ban on food imports

The government of Russia has extended a ban on imports of perishable foods from the European Union, the USA, and several other countries. The banned food imports include meat, fish, dairy, fruit, and vegetables. The import embargo was first imposed ...Read More

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Poll shows public support for rail freight investment

Almost two-thirds (61%) of people would like to see more freight transported by rail, a new poll suggests. The findings, of the YOuGov poll suggest that only 2% of people wanted to see more freight transported by road in lorries. ...Read More

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Seed potato exports

A new bi-lateral trade agreement means that Scotland will export seed potatoes to Kenya. The organisation’s head of crops export market development, Rob Burns, said: “The seed potato sector is already particularly successful at exploiting overseas markets with roughly 30% ...Read More

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Port of Tilbury plans to reinvigorate rail freight offering

The Port of Tilbury, London's major port, unveiled its plans to reinvigorate its rail offering at a Rail Freight Group conference recently. June. The port has three rail terminals; the Essex Thameside rail corridor already accounts for approximately 10% of ...Read More

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Outlook for air freight good, says IATA

The outlook for air freight is still healthy, according to the airline association which has published its air cargo stats for the three months ending April. The news has been good for air freight but not perhaps if you are ...Read More

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Germany to reduce rail freight track access charges

RAIL freight operators in Germany will be charged lower rates for using infrastructure in accordance with a new rail freight master plan announced by Germany’s federal minister for transport and digital infrastructure. “Our goal is to shift more freight transport ...Read More

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China’s freight growth accelerates

The growth rate of national freight volume in China, an indicator of economic activity, accelerated in May, official data showed in June. Railways, highways and waterways carried in total of 4.06 billion tons of cargo in May. This was a ...Read More

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Freight Forwarding – market up 2.7%

A new Global Freight Forwarding Report has been published; the freight market grew 2.7% in real terms in 2016 – but revenues for freight forwarders fell in line with sea freight rates. As global trade picks up, global freight forwarding ...Read More

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Namibia bans poultry imports from South Africa, Belgium

Namibia has suspended poultry imports from South Africa and Belgium with immediate effect after outbreaks of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu in the two countries, its Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) said last week. South Africa has confirmed outbreaks on ...Read More

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Tanzania: PM Bans Food Exports

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has asked Tanzanians to take part in safeguarding the country's resources, as he put an immediate ban on food exports. On the food export ban, he said that a study had established that as the long ...Read More

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Salmon exports worth £500m to Scotland

Exports worth £500m and 2,000 direct jobs make salmon a healthy part of the Scottish economy. The fish have become Scotland’s number one food export worth £500 million to the country’s economy. Salmon has now regained its position as the ...Read More

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Rail freight from China to Scandinavia

A new rail freight service, we can now transport containers all the way from China, through Russia and Belarus, to Sweden by rail. Previously, the freight was unloaded in Karpin, just outside Warsaw in Poland, before being forwardewd by road ...Read More

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Norway signs agreement on salmon exports to China

Norway has agreed in principle to begin farmed salmon exports to China after a seven-year trade conflict. "For some weeks now there have been discussions between the Food Safety authorities in China and Norway on how we can ensure predictability ...Read More

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Dutch exports continue to rise

The volume of goods exports from the Netherlands was 2.9% higher in April compared to the previous year. However growth was lower than in March, when exports rose by 6% year-on-year. Imports were marginally lower in April, while the April ...Read More

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Baltic Exchange exploring new freight indexes

The Baltic Exchange is researching the possibility of freight indexes for grains and liquefied natural gas. The London-run business is targeting new markets after its acquisition by Singapore Exchange last year, the Baltic's chief executive said. Founded in 1744 as ...Read More

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Oslo airport imports biofuels from California

Oslo airport is importing jet fuel made from waste cooking oil in California. This has invoked criticism that shipping and trucking it more than 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) invalidates environmental benefits. Oslo was the first international airport hub to offer ...Read More

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Hull’s ports may need more staff for food imports

Exit from the EU may put more pressure on ports at Hull and Goole because of an increase in check on food imports. The chief port health inspector for Hull and Goole says more staff could be needed to check ...Read More

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NZ primary sector exports to hit high

The Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand released its 2017 'situation and outlook' recently. By June 2018 the ministry is expecting agricultural exports to lift to over $41bn, explained by the forecast that dairy prices are likely to remain ...Read More

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Logistics company combines with Vehicle Manufacturer for Electric Freight Vehicle

A multi-national logistics company is entering a partnership to manufacture of battery-electric freight delivery vehicles. Using an existing chassis, the new van will be equipped with a battery-electric drive train and fitted with a special body. The start of production ...Read More

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Record increase for UK food and drink exports

UK FOOD exports have achieved a new high, with the figures for the first quarter of 2017 up 8.3% on 2016, hitting a record-breaking £4.9 billion. This was once again based on the UK's top three export products – whisky, ...Read More

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Robots may tackle urban freight problem

A new report suggests that the use of robots for last mile deliveries could address the problems of urban freight distribution. The Independent Transport Commission's (ITC) report on urban freight distribution in the UK considers the problem of more deliveries ...Read More

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Intelligent freight wagon programme

A Swiss rail freight operator plans to retrofit 2000 freight wagons with sensors by the end of 2018. The sensors record information on the position and condition of the wagon and its freight, including temperature and humidity. This is then ...Read More

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Tax on imports gives local Kurdistan farmers a boost

While farmers are harvesting their crops, the local government of Kurdistan will is imposing a tax on some agricultural crop imports to boost sales of local fruits and vegetables while they are in season. The tax began at the beginning ...Read More

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Furnace closures in China increase scrap exports

The closure of dangerous induction furnaces in China has caused flows of displaced steel scrap exports to India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, despite the country’s 40% export duty. A delegate told the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) conference in ...Read More

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Seafood exports from Pakistan increase

The exports of fish and fish preparations from Pakistan showed an increase of 17.08 percent during the first ten months of the current financial year compared with the previous year. Fish exports during July-April (2016-17) were $316.926 million compared with ...Read More

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China Made Car Exports go by train

Sweden based Volvo Cars recently announced it has exported the first consignment of China-built cars to Europe by train. It has become the first car maker in the world to export China-made cars to Europe by rail freight, via the ...Read More

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Sudan bans imports from Egypt

Sudan’s cabinet has instituted ban on imports of agricultural and animal products from Egypt, and also urged the private sector to import products directly from countries of origin, bypassing neighbouring Egypt. Growing tension between Egypt and Sudan has led to ...Read More

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Vietnam fruit and veg exports surge

Vietnam is expected to earn nearly 1.4 billion U.S. dollars from exports of fruits and vegetables in the first five months of this year. Vietnam's fruit and veg export turnover to China in the five-month period rose 36.8 percent, while ...Read More

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Mangoes boost India’s export

India has boosted agricultural exports, by beginning shipments of juicy varieties of mangoes such as Kesar, Alphonso and Banganapalle to South Korea and Japan. Devendra Kumar Singh, chairman of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority (APEDA), who ...Read More

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Exports suffer in political uncertainty

The gloomy outlook of the world economy have challenged into the export earnings of Bangladesh this financial year. Exporters and economists are calling for policy support to aid recovery. In the first ten months of 2016-17, export earnings stood at ...Read More

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Russian Exports to US Increase in Spite of Sanctions

The volume of Russian exports to the United States is increasing despite US sanctions and less friendly bilateral relations, Russia's Trade Envoy Alexander Stadnik said. 'In 2014 – 2016, the physical volume of our exports to the United States was ...Read More

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Malaysian pineapple exports to China expected to double

Malaysia’s exports of pineapples to China are forecast to double to RM320 million annually by 2020. This follows the signature of a protocol on phytosanitary requirements for the export of pineapples from Malaysia to China. Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister, ...Read More

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US may put emergency tariffs on solar imports

The United States has notified the other 163 members of the World Trade Organization that it is considering imposing emergency "safeguard" tariffs on imported solar cells. There is a global battle to dominate the solar power industry, which has grown ...Read More

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Swedish Exporters Struggle

The economy in Sweden slowed at the start of the year as exports tried to maintain momentum, dulling a housing-fueled investment and consumption boom in the largest Nordic economy. Gross domestic product in Sweden grew 0.4 percent in the first ...Read More

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Strike affects Chilean salmon exports

Salmon exports from Chile have been stopped, following a customs strike which began on May 24th. The decision to strike involves grievances over staffing issues, working hours and retirement benefits. This has limited exports and imports of all goods, including ...Read More

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Exports help improve outlook for Spain

Spain's economy improved in the first three months of the year thanks in part to strong exports, emphasising that expectations that growth will be better than initially forecast this year. Exports by companies emerging from a prolonged downturn in Spain ...Read More

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Russia possibly using railroad monopoly to retaliate against Baltics

Russia's state-owned railway monopoly is mainly refusing requests to move cargo from Russia to ports in Latvia, industry executives said. The monopoly, Russian Railways, has in many cases offered no explanation to customers for turning down the cargo, mostly oil ...Read More

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China may expand imports from US

China has suggested that it may import more goods from the United States, as Beijing attempts to thaw once frosty ties with the Trump administration over its trade policies. A report issued by the Ministry of Commerce said China may ...Read More

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NZ dairy, wood & wine exports up in April

More dairy, wood, and wine exports in April 2017 resulted in a goods trade surplus of $578 million, said Statistics New Zealand. April's goods trade surplus was the largest monthly surplus since March 2015 and the largest April surplus since ...Read More

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China – Belarus rail freight service launched

An international Forwarding company launched a new rail freight service between Shenzhen, China, and Minsk, Belarus, on May 22 with a transit time of less than 12 days. The new service passes through Alatau Shankou - Dostyk on the Chinese-Kazakhstan ...Read More

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Most of South Africa’s fish exports go to EU

Half of all the fish caught in South Africa is exported to the European Union (EU). Cape hake is the most popular fish species, making up more than 50 percent. South Africa is a net exporter of fish with the ...Read More

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Turkey imposes limits on Russian wheat imports

Exports of Russian wheat to Turkey are facing another barrier, after Ankara introduced a new law restricting Russian imports to 25 percent of the total amount of grain imported. Russia's main exporters confirmed the information reported by a business daily ...Read More

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China defends tariffs on sugar imports

China's recent decision to impose extra tariffs on sugar imports would help maintain a fairer market and trade, accordi8ng to the Chinese commerce ministry. This followed criticism of the decision by major sugar exporter Brazil, which is set to suffer ...Read More

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Three freight companies increase use of China-Europe rail

Three leading freight companies have announced plans to increase their usage of rail services between China and Europe. The growth of rail freight service between China and Europe hasn't been entirely good news, however. As the Railway Gazette has revealed, ...Read More

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Norway signs deal to resume salmon exports to China

Norway moved closer to resuming its exports of farmed salmon to China on Tuesday after the two countries signed an agreement, Norway's Fisheries Ministry said on Tuesday. The exports have mainly been blocked since the 2010 award of the Nobel ...Read More

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Freight companies call for action at ports

Freight companies in Kent are urging the government to meet French officials to help protect freight lorry drivers in Calais following reports of increased migrant activity. According to drivers, rubbish bins were placed on the entry to the Port of ...Read More

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Rwanda: Horticulture Exports to Soar – Airlines Cut Freight Charges

Rwanda has intensified efforts over the past few years to increase exports, particularly for non-traditional trade products like flowers, vegetables and fruits. These efforts have encountered various challenges, including the high cost of air freight and other logistical issues, such ...Read More

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UK pork exports slow down but imports up

UK exports of fresh and frozen pork during March were 3% lower than last on year but imports rose by a massive 47%. The fall in export volumes to 19,100 tonnes highlights the lack of supply in both clean pigs ...Read More

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Exports to Asia May Slow

The Asian Export boom may be about to end. Demand from consumers and manufacturers in China, a key driver for an unexpected jump in Asian exports so far this year, is likely to reduce as Beijing shifts its focus toward ...Read More

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Swiss Boom in Clothing Exports deceptive

A large increase in Swiss exports of clothing and shoes isn’t quite what it appears; export shipments of textiles and footwear rose 10 percent in 2016, second only to pharmaceuticals and chemicals. But that really reflects dissatisfied shoppers sending back ...Read More

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Georgia wine exports to China to increase

Georgian wine exports to China are set to grow; the two countries have officially signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on 13 May. China will drop import tariffs on 93.9% of exported products from Georgia. The import tariff on remaining ...Read More

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Tunisia Seeks to Increase Exports to Russia

Tunisia is hoping to increase its exports to Russia. Many government and private institutions are seeking to boost the Tunisian presence in the promising Russian market. The capital Tunis hosted a workshop to study potential to export to Russia, the ...Read More

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Decline in food exports from Ireland

Export growth from Ireland to the UK fell sharply from 12% in 2015 to just 2% last year. Total exports to the UK, which account for 35% of net Irish indigenous exports, were worth €7.5 billion last year. Enterprise Ireland ...Read More

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Dutch avocado imports

In 2016, the Netherlands imported a record €433m of avocados. This makes it the largest importer of avocados in the world after the US, according to the national statistics office. Avocados are now the second biggest fruit import in the ...Read More

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FTA – new government to “help not hinder” freight industry

The Freight Transport Association says the next government must support freight and logistics businesses to enable them to reduce vehicle emissions. It’s launched what it calls its General Election Manifesto which says this support must also help develop the market ...Read More

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Turkey says Russian wheat imports resumed

Turkey resumed wheat imports from Russia on 8 May,just a few days after the trade dispute between the two countries was settled. Turkey, traditionally the second-largest importer of Russian wheat after Egypt and the top buyer of its sunflower oil, ...Read More

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RFG: Put rail freight at heart of post-Brexit trade links

Rail freight should be put at the heart of post-Brexit trade links, a statement sent by the Rail Freight Group (RFG) stated last week. RFG has published a list of five key freight priorities for the next government to consider. ...Read More

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German Exports Increase

German exports rose for a third month in March- a sign that Europe’s largest economy is benefiting from a pickup in global trade. Exports rose 0.4 percent from February, the Federal Statistics Office said last week. The data come a ...Read More

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UAE bans imports from five countries

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates banned the importation of fruits and vegetables from five countries because of concerns about the high amounts of pesticides used in their production. Since the ban on the import of fruits and vegetables from ...Read More

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Turkey’s exports rise in April

Exports for the month of April rose to $12.83 billion, which is a 7.83 percent increase from April 2016, according to estimates. Imports also increased by 9.58 percent. In April, the country’s total foreign trade volume soared by 8.65 percent ...Read More

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First freight train between China UK arrives in Yiwu

The first freight train to link China directly with the UK arrived in Yiwu eastern China, on Saturday 30 April, after covering over 12,000-kilometres (7,500 miles), making it the second-longest train route in the world. China launched the "One Belt, ...Read More

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Pakistani Women entrepreneurs go to Europe to explore export potential

A delegation of women entrepreneurs has left Islamabad for a 10-day visit to explore the European market and find ways to increase exports. The delegation, led by Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) Founder-President Samina Fazil, will visit ...Read More

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Scotland’s whisky exports on the rise again

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has released new figures showing that Scotch represents more than 20% of the UK’s total food and drink exports. It is 73% of Scotland’s export output. The SWA says scotch exports increased last year by ...Read More

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Exports of lamb on increase

While imports of lamb declined during February, exports rose by 10 per cent on the previous year to 5,600 tonnes. This is despite a decline in volumes going to France, which is the UK’s largest export market. French exports were ...Read More

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Good news for British farmers as UK imports less lamb

Imports of lamb into the United Kingdom are down substantially so far this year, which is helping to improve the income of British producers. The volume of sheep meat imported into the UK in February was down 36 per cent ...Read More

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Co-op Group chops fresh meat imports

The Co-op Group is the first retailer to switch all of its own-brand fresh meat to British suppliers, and not rely on any imports. From 2 May, the Group will provide only 100% fresh British bacon and lamb – dropping ...Read More

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China imports more wine in Quarter 1

China’s wine imports reached 151.1 million litres in the first quarter of 2017, representing a year-on-year increase of 8.7%, while the value of imports value has dropped by 1.6%, the latest figures from the Chinese Customs have shown. Bottled wine ...Read More

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Russia bans wine imports from Montenegro

In a statement released on Monday Montenegro's largest wine producer said it had received notice from Russia’s consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor that imports of its products had been banned from the Russian market. Rospotrebnadzor claimed that it had discovered elevated levels ...Read More

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Exports of Scottish farmed salmon leap by 17%

Exports of farmed salmon from Scotland rose 17% by value last year, but there was another big reduction in the volume of fish sold overseas. There was also a big recovery in exports into the European Union, up by more ...Read More

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Swiss Watch Exports Break Record

Swiss watch exports rose for the first time in 21 months in March. This ended their longest slump on record. Shipments to Hong Kong pulled out of a two-year decline. Exports gained 7.5 percent to 1.6 billion francs ($1.6 billion), ...Read More

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Irish exports to Britain rebound

Ireland’s trade surplus fell by 9 per cent to €4.7 billion in February, after a record-high €5.74 billion a month earlier as imports jumped 16 per cent. Preliminary data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicates exports rose 3 per ...Read More

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Int’l freight forwarders congress in Malaysia for first time

More than 1,200 local and international delegates from the freight forwarding industry are expected to take part in the 56th International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (Fiata) World Congress Kuala Lumpur in October. The four day World Congress will be ...Read More

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60 countries at risk from tainted Brazilian meat imports

Sixty countries, including the US, Canada and some EU nations, are at risk from imported meat from the companies at the centre of a Brazilian meat scandal. 12 countries which did not even import meat from the affected companies imposed ...Read More

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Freight transportation study shows barges superior

The National Waterways Foundation (NWF) in the USArecently released an updated national study comparing selected societal, environmental and safety impacts of using inland river barge freight transport to road and rail freight transport. Entitled “A Modal Comparison of Domestic Freight ...Read More

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Indian Export recovery on stream

The Indian export sector started the last financial year badly, with exports falling by 6 percent in the very first month. By the end of the year the sector has distinctly reversed the trend, growing for seven months in a ...Read More

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India celebrates 10 years of mango exports to Japan

The country will be close to completing a decade of export of the famed Alphonso mangoes to Japan this season, the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) said. The first export consignment for the season has already left, and more ...Read More

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US investigates biodiesel imports

The US International Trade Commission has announced an investigation into imports of biodiesel from Indonesia and Argentina. The investigation will look for evidence of dumping and subsidisation from the two countries. A preliminary decision will be made by 8 May ...Read More

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White fish exports from Norway rising

Fish from Norway are continuing to enjoy an export boom; sales of the main white fish species are showing a steady increase. The Norwegian Seafood Council published statistics showing that the country exported 129,000 tonnes of cod, haddock and saithe ...Read More

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America’s Imports From China Tumble

In January 2017, the U.S. imported nearly $41.4 billion worth of product from China, which dropped to nearly $32.8 billion in February 2017. This marked a record month-to-month decline of just over $8.6 billion worth of imports from China. In ...Read More

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Harvest and exports up for Rhône Valley in 2016

Export volumes of Rhône wines declined very slightly by an estimated 2.7% to 913,000hl: – this was broadly in line with the global downward trend for French exports of still wines. Export values however rose and stayed stable on €460m ...Read More

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North East England exports fall for second quarter

Export sales in the North East ofEngland have fallen for the second quarter in a row, in spite of the fact that many manufacturers claimed that the weak pound was boosting business. The statistics were quoted in the North East ...Read More

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Cyprus Imports and exports up

Both imports and exports rose markedly during the first two months of this year, compared with the same period in 2016, according preliminary data from the Statistical Service. This is in spite of the turmoil at the port of Limassol, ...Read More

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USA Beef Exports growing

U.S.A beef exports continue the 2016 trend with more improvement so far in 2017. In February total beef exports increased by 19.3 percent and combined with the January figures add up to a 20.1 percent year over year increase. Japan ...Read More

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Russia Suspends Imports of Poultry Products from EU Countries

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) banned imports of live poultry and hatching eggs from several EU countries, including Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, France, Poland and Sweden over the threat of avian flu. The countries affected ...Read More

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UK manufacturers take extra export cash due to weak pound

British car manufacturers are benefitting from the weak pound. New figures show that exports are generating higher revenues once translated into sterling. Exports are now accounting for a bigger share of turnover for UK car and trailer companies, reversing the ...Read More

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China March exports and imports up

China's March exports rose 16.4 percent from the previous year, while imports increased 20.3 percent. Both exceeded market expectations. Exports in the first quarter of the year rose by 8.2 percent last year, while imports surged 24.0 percent. China's first-quarter ...Read More

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Dutch exports increase

The volume of Dutch exports rose by 8% in February compared with the same period a year earlier. The increase was due largely to exports of machinery, chemical products and transport equipment. Imports in February were 4% higher year-on-year. The ...Read More

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E-certificates for US-EU organic imports

Next week a new system of electronic certificates of inspection will begin for EU imports of organic products from the US and other third countries. And US exporters have six months to adapt to the digital system before e-certification becomes ...Read More

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Falling exports haunt experts

Exports need from Pakistan currently account for only 7.4 percent of Pakistan's GDP, whereas Bangladesh's exports that are equivalent to 14.8 percent of its GDP. Despite its improving GDP growth, Pakistan's exports are declining, creating a big trade deficit. With ...Read More

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UK-China rail freight service starts in Essex

The first direct rail freight service from the UK to China departed from Essex on Monday. A train with 30 containers filled with British-produced exports began the 7,500-mile journey from the DP World London Gateway rail terminal in Stanford-le-Hope. Whisky, ...Read More

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Rwanda:Targeted Support to initiate Exports Growth

There is currently a drive in Rwanda to diversify agriculture exports, and National Agriculture Exports Board (NAEB) is already promoting horticulture exports including flower farming and growing of fruits. This initiative is mainly designed increase non-traditional cash crop exports. Besides, ...Read More

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Exports boost for manufacturing in Ireland

There was a marked rise in new export business during March, according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the sector. An economist with specialist bank Investec,said: "More than twice as many firms reported growth in new export orders ...Read More

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Price of imported fruit and vegetables

The price of food imported from the EU is likely to rise by up to 8% as Britain is forced to impose extra border controls after Brexit, making it more difficult import foods that we cannot produce ourselves. Last year ...Read More

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UK rail freight operators relinquish 50% of freight path allocations

Infrastructure manager Network Rail has announced that 50% of the UK rail freight operators’ weekly path allocations will be relinquished as they are not being used. This decision followed a two-year joint review by Network Rail and freight rail operators, ...Read More

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Government approves Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship plan

A group of employers from within the UK's freight forwarding and logistics industry has been given approval by the UK Department for Education to develop the standard for a specific International Freight Forwarding Operative apprenticeship. For many years interested parties ...Read More

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Danish exports to Britain growing

Denmark’s exports to the UK have continued to increase even after the Brexit vote, says Sydbank’s chief economist Jacob Graven. At the end of 2016, Danish exports to Britain were about 37 billion kroner. According to Graven, Britain was Denmark’s ...Read More

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Hong Kong lifts ban on meat imports from Brazil

Hong Kong said last week that it has lifted a ban on the import of Brazilian meat. An investigation into corruption has hit exports from the world's top beef and poultry exporter. Meat exports fell by around a fifth the ...Read More

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Six cities added to China – Europe rail freight network

A trans-continental freight rail network has added Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan, joining Zhengzhou and Chengdu. The additional cities were chosen for their proximity to manufacturing, commercial and cultural centres in inland China. Duisburg and Warszawa have been added to ...Read More

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EU farmers seek exports as quotas end

EU farmers are increasing production of sugar beet this year, when they will be freed at last to grow as much as they want and export it globally, after a decade of strict quotas and export limits. Several EU member ...Read More

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Mexico Looks Beyond USA for Corn Imports

In response to widespread concern over the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) under the Trump administration, Mexico proposes to reduce ties to U.S. agriculture and look for new exporting partners. After indications of a possible 20 ...Read More

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UK car exports to India grow 11-fold in 7 years

Export of cars from Britain to India grew almost 11-fold in the past seven years with Land Rover and Jaguar models topping the best selling list, according to UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. On the other hand, imported ...Read More

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Scotch meat exports excel

SCOTTISH MEAT has made a great contribution to the country's record year of food and drink export growth. New figures released by the Scottish Government showed that total food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, ...Read More

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China drive toward sustainable freight

In China, trucks dominate the freight transport market. In 2014, this transportation method was used to move more than 33 billion tonnes of freight in the country - more than 75 percent of the total. As a result, freight trucks ...Read More

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Japan trade surplus with China

Japan has logged a surplus of 111.8 billion yen (S$1.4 billion) with China - its first in five years. Overall, Japan's seasonally adjusted trade surplus stood at 680.3 billion yen. This is the highest since April 2010. Analysts said that ...Read More

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USA Protectionism threatens exporters

President Donald Trump has singled out Japan, China and Germany for their high net exports to the American market. This is a concern for exporting countries, who fear that global trade could falter. Japan and the US will start a ...Read More

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Japan February exports up

Japan's exports had the biggest increase in more than two years in February. Exports recovered from a Chinese New Year slowdown in January, as a widening trade surplus with the US potentially raises tensions in expectation of rising protectionism from ...Read More

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Turkey may stop Russia wheat imports

The economy minister of Turkey said that the country has not banned the import of wheat and similar products from Russia, but imports may completely stop as Turkish companies do not like to import from Russia. Turkish import buyers have ...Read More

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Freight forwarder expresses concern about shipping alliances’

A Miami-headquartered online freight forwarder has warned that the launch next week of new shipping alliances will result in a shortage of options for freight forwarders. The company’s co-founder raised concerns that the shipping companies’ reshuffle may reduce shipping options, ...Read More

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Exports of NZ lamb to Iran delayed

The first steps for New Zealand to resume a trade deal on lamb exports to Iran will not be until next season, says one meat processor. A spokesman for one of two exporters working with import companies in Iran, said ...Read More

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Brazil’s meat exports drop sharply

According to Brazil's Trade Ministry, the country's meat exports have dropped to $74,000 (68,500 euros), compared with the daily average of $63 million - a drop by 99.9 percent. Last week a police investigation showed the existence of a corrupt ...Read More

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Rains damage produce exports from Peru

Spectacular growth in Peru’s fruit and vegetable exports could be temporarily disrupted by the heavy rains that have been battering coastal regions since December, killing dozens of people and causing widespread flooding and damage to roads and houses. Carlos Posada ...Read More

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Freight ship tries rotor sails

Shipping companies have been working on innovative solutions to shipping's carbon footprint. Operating cargo ships at lower speed can dramatically reduce emissions, and there have been trials of interesting add-ons like kite-powered ships—although. Now a major shipping company is installing ...Read More

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Exports up, revenue down for 2016-17 cherries from Chile

By the end of February, total exports were 17% higher, but total FOB returns were 28% down at US$444 million. The drop is revenue is due to the significantly lower unit price, which was US$4.70 per kilo on average – ...Read More

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Export increase may guide UK through Brexit

Stronger exports and the British consume spending will help the UK to weather Brexit uncertainty this year, according to Morgan Stanley. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) expects the UK’s net trade position to improve “over the next few years”, ...Read More

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Brexit to help farmers with China chicken feet exports

Farmers could profit from chicken feet by increasing exports to China for business after Brexit, a farming minister has said. George Eustice said there were opportunities to increase exports of this popular snack to China, and other areas where parts ...Read More

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Log exports from British Columbia under threat

Log exports are a contentious issue.; some politicians, policy analysts and unions have argued for a ban on log exports, whereas the current government has allowed limited exports of logs, but with an excessively complex export-approval process. Some commentators think ...Read More

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Freight Demand Continues Slow Recovery

Air freight demand was up 6.9 percent in January, as export orders increased and the shipping of consumer electronic parts witnessed a steady rise, IATA said in its monthly update. Africa had the biggest regional jump in demand, 24.3 percent, ...Read More

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China imports surge almost 40%

China's imports increased by almost 40% in February 2017, according to official data, driven by higher commodity prices and strong domestic demand. Exports fell 1.3 percent, far below the 14 percent estimate. The readings left China with a trade deficit ...Read More

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Tea exports from India drop in January

Tea exports fell by 6.62 per cent to 19.02 million kg in January this year from 20.37 million kg in the corresponding month a year ago, according to Tea Board data.  By value, exports fell 4.14 per cent.  Most of ...Read More

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UK Customs ‘asleep’ as illegal Chinese imports avoid VAT

UK Customs has been accused of being “asleep at the wheel”, by allowing imports of illegal goods from China without paying VAT. Several executives involved in imports into the UK, have noted the scale of the problem, particularly in regards ...Read More

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German rail organisation expects China to boost freight

The International Rail Freight Business Association (IBS) in Germany has expressed its hope that 'Belt and Road' to be held in China forum will help further boost transnational railway freight. IBS Chairman Olaf Krueger said that the expectation for the ...Read More

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Scottish ministers to boost exports

Scotland could struggle to meet export targets because of "significant cuts" to the enterprise budget,Scottish Conservatives have warned. The party has asked the Scottish Government to do more to help boost exports from businesses. MSPs were debating a report on ...Read More

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South Korea exports to China increase by 28.7%

South Korean exports to China rose for a fourth month in February, leaping 28.7 percent compared with a year ago, trade ministry data showed. The February rise was the strongest since November 2010, driven by exports of intermediate goods like ...Read More

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Exports from Pakistan

The textile export figures in January 2017 have finally registered an increase. This means that the government’s textile package for exports may be working and perhaps it's now time to further strengthen it. Commentators say that the government should quickly ...Read More

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Chengdu, China starts freight train to Belarus

Chengdu city in Southwest China started freight trains to Belarus on 1 March, the first of the city's planned 150 freight trains to countries such as Belarus, Russia and Lithuania this year. The train, which was carrying 41 containers of ...Read More

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Chile leads fruit exports to China in 2016

Chile became the leading exporter of fresh fruits to China in 2016, overtaking Vietnam and even Thailand, local media reported last week. Chile exported $1.2 billion of fresh fruit, mainly cherries, to China last year, the report said, citing data ...Read More

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US trade policy may affect pigmeat exports

Donald Trump's trade policies, could damage the USA'S future pigmeat exports, causing a knock-on impact on other exporters, including the UK, according to one pork producer. “President Trump has been supporting a protectionist, anti-globalisation agenda which he believes will support ...Read More

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Swiss Watch Exports Continue Decline

The Swiss watch industry began the year where it left off, with exports falling in January, albeit at a slower pace than in 2016. Export shipments of Swiss timepieces fell 6.2 percent, according to the Federation of the Swiss Watch ...Read More

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Greece’s poor export performance

The lack of export growth in Greece has caused the recession there to be longer and deeper than in any comparable country. In Asia, and in all the other countries of the European periphery, growing exports provided vital support to ...Read More

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Growth in UK Rail Freight

Consumer freight rail traffic in the UK has reached its highest traffic level since 1998. According to the Offcie of Rail and Road’s Q2 2016-17 statistics for freight moved by rail, consumer intermodal freight traffic rose by 3.9 per cent ...Read More

Decrease in German rail freight

Unlike the UK, where the growth in rail freight seems only to be limited by network capacity, rail freight seems to be struggling in Germany. Statistics released on 17 February 2017 by the Federal Office show that, while the total ...Read More

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UK goods may cost more as import prices rise

Britain’s manufacturers fear that increased cost of raw materials may threaten a robust recovery since the Brexit vote that has included total export orders hitting a two-year high. A survey of the sector found that firms said the weak pound ...Read More

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Rail Freight Body welcomes new London Freight Interchange

The decision by planning authorities to give permission Howbury Park rail freight interchange in Dartford, South East has been warmly welcomed by the Freight on Rail group. RFG is a partnership consisting of various rail freight operators, the Rail Freight ...Read More

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Reduction in UK rail freight grants will drive freight back on roads

Rail freight may be undermined by a UK government decision to reduce funding by more than 20% funding for a grant encouraging a modal shift from road. The Department for Transport (DfT) has reduced the annual Mode Shift Revenue Support ...Read More

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Swiss trade surplus rises due to big fall in imports

The Swiss trade surplus rose to CHF 4.7 billion in January from CHF 2.7 billion in the previous month, attributable to sharp declines in imports during the month. The report showed that imports during January slid 5.3 percent compared to ...Read More

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Spain Exports Hit Record high

Spanish exports hit a new high in 2016. Companies have been continuing to expand internationally because there has been an unprecedented economic crisis at home. Total exports jumped to a record 255 billion euros. This was the the seventh year ...Read More

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UK food and drink exports reach record levels

An increase in exports to the USA and China helped global exports of UK food and drink rise to a record-breaking £20bn last year, says Defra. Food and drink exports grew in total by nearly 10% in 2016, according to ...Read More

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India Imports More Wheat

Wheat production in India will probably fall short of a government forecast, causing the world’s second-biggest grower to import a large quantity amid declining domestic inventory. Imports in 2017-18 may total 2 million tons, the second highest level in 11 ...Read More

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Sterling devaluation reduces value of Irish exports to Britain

The Brexit-related crash in sterling reduced the value of Irish goods exports to Britain by about half a billion last year, the latest trade figures show. According to the Central Statistics Office, exports to Britain fell by €496 million to ...Read More

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Brazil forced to import Robusta coffee

Brazil's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Monday that he has asked the country's Foreign Trade Chamber to authorize robusta coffee imports at near zero tariff, according to the ministry. If the board approves the request, it would be the ...Read More

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Trade shows increase UK fashion exports

UK exports of clothing and textiles increased by 7% year on year to £9.1bn in 2016, following success at European trade shows. The UK Fashion & Textile Association reported that exports have increased by 28% in the last five years. ...Read More

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Imports of potatoes to Romania up

Romania imported 120,830 tons of fresh and frozen potatoes in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 45% against the similar period of 2015. The sums spent surpassed 27.4 million euro in the mentioned period, while in the ...Read More

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Pakistan government offers exports package

The export package enabled exporters to improve cash flows for the next six months, as the eligible sectors got refunds on all exports made between January and June. Thereafter, producers would need to make a10 percent export increase to receive ...Read More

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2016 Air Freight Demand improved by strong December

Global demand for air freight increased by 9.8 percent in December, growth in Europe was particularly strong. Africa was second and the Middle East third;Latin America was the only region that posted negative growth with a 1 percent drop in ...Read More

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Honda enjoys export bounce to the US and Japan

Honda UK is producing more cars as the lower pound has boosted exports of its new British-built Civic hatchback to the USA and other international markets including Japan, executives said last week. Honda’s European spokesman Nik Pearson said: ‘The lower ...Read More

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Thai Rice Exports fall due to Vietnam Competition

Rice exports from Thailand, the largest world supplier after India, are likely to decline about 4 percent this year because of increased competition from Vietnam and other producers. Exports will total 9.5 million tons in 2017,the honorary president of the ...Read More

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Cheap NZ imports could damage UK lamb industry

The Welsh rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths has expressed fears that a free trade deal with New Zealand could damage the UK lamb industry irreparably. She said that a huge influx of lamb imports' would absolutely destroy' the industry. Phil ...Read More

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SNP to miss exports target

The Scottish National Party government is set to miss a target to increase international exports by four years, the Scottish Labour Party claims. They said the government will probably miss a target set in 2011 to deliver a 50per cent ...Read More

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Turkey’s exports, imports fell in 2016

Turkey's exports fell by 0.9 percent and imports fell by 4.2 percent in 2016 compared with last year, while the foreign trade deficit fell by 11.7 percent helped by low oil prices. The Turkish Statistical Institute (Turkstat) published the foreign ...Read More

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Adriatic – Baltic rail freight service launched

What is described as 'the first direct rail freight service' between the ports of Trieste in Italy and Kiel in Germany was launched on January 25. There are connections with shipping services to Scandinavia, Greece, and Turkey. The service is ...Read More

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Texan Business Owners Fear Tax On Imports From Mexico

A possible import tax to pay for president Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border is causing protests from business owners in Texas. The tax is not yet in operation but has created anxiety among businesses who import on a ...Read More

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Newcastle and Sunderland exports go to the EU

A new report shows that Sunderland is in the top 10 cities in the country to be reliant on the European Union for exports. It is also one of only seven which are heavily reliant on a specific industry for ...Read More

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Australia to Resume Japanese Beef Imports

Australia will probably cease a 16-year ban on imports of Japanese beef by the end of this year, now that Japan's government has confirmed that the meat is safe for human consumption. The government in Japan has set an objective ...Read More

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Russia needs new markets for grain exports

Russia needs to find new markets for its grain exports and export to xisting customers more quickly, to ease pressure on the domestic market. There was a record crop of 119 million tonnes in 2016, the SovEcon agriculture consultancy said. ...Read More

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Trump Will Need Imports for His Domestic Priorities

The new President of the USA wants to minimise imports, which he says take away American jobs. These criticisms seem not to take account of the fact that, apart from energy, the U.S. imports significant amounts of the commodities it ...Read More

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Scottish exports grow

According to figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), exports from Small and Medium Enterprises were worth £12.4billion to the Scottish economy in 2014.This represented a 59% rise since 2006. As a percentage of total exports from Scotland, SMEs ...Read More

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Exports of Scottish-made gin and beer on the rise

Exports of gin and craft beer from Scotland have grown during last year, new figures show. Whisky remains the "driving force of the UK food and drink industry", however. It accounts for nearly a quarter of all exports each year. ...Read More

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Japan Shifting to Trains for Freight

Companies in Japan are switching from freight lorries to rail to transport freight over land. In some cases, competitors are cooperating in the venture. The moves from one mode of freight transportation to the other has been prompted by the ...Read More

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Champagne exports plummet

According to the estimates released by the Comité Champagne in January, Champagne exports worldwide, and sales to the French market, fell by 6 million bottles in the past 12 months, compared with the same period in 2015, when the region ...Read More

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Israel Exports more avocados to EU

Heavy rainfall this winter is expected to increase Israel’s avocado crop significantly this year. Some 24,000 tons will be harvested, instead of the usual 15,000 tons – much of it for export to Europe. That’s an increase of some 60 ...Read More

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Weak pound boosts exports

Rain Newton-Smith, the CBI chief economist, said: “UK manufacturers are firing on all cylinders right now, with domestic orders up and optimism rising at the fastest pace in two years. “The weaker pound is driving export optimism for the year ...Read More

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Freight train arrives Chinese city to London

About 34 containers packed with clothing, bags and millions of pairs of socks completed the 7,456-mile journey to east London on January 18th. During the 18-day trip, the containers were transported from the city of Yiwu in eastern China to ...Read More

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Taiwan cabbage exports troubled

Cabbage is not yet one of Taiwan's major agricultural export products, due to a lack of integrated marketing systems. The Council of Agriculture showed that Taiwan dedicates 9,000 hectares of farmland to cabbages, with annual production estimated at over 360,000 ...Read More

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Cognac exports reach highest level yet

Cognac exports reached their highest ever level in 2016,mainly because of the expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) zone, according to the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC). AFter a positive 2015, Cognac exports continued to rise ...Read More

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Ireland cost of imports rise

The value of Irish imports increased by 18 per cent to €6.15 billion in November, as weakness in sterling could be inflating the cost of British-manufactured goods. The latest trade figures also reveal the value of exports fell by 1 ...Read More

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Government reveals £20m low emission freight funding support

A £20m government competition to boost low and zero emission technology in the UK freight and logistics industries has given funding to twenty projects, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced last week. There were more than 40 applicants. The successful ...Read More

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Irish food exports to UK slump

There was an 8 percent fall last year in Irish food and drink exports to the United Kingdom, some commentators suggesting that this was caused by uncertainty over Brexit. The UK accounts for about 17 percent of exports from Ireland. ...Read More

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Greek exports continue recovery in November

Greek exports continued to rise in November, coming to 4.2 percent on a monthly basis. This was the fourth consecutive month with a rise in the value of exports. Data analyzed by the Panhellenic Exporters’ Association showed that the total ...Read More

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New Year Celebrations in China

The build up to Chinese New Year has already started, and can involve business disruption for about two weeks. Companies in China begin winding up for the year on 12 January, as workers head for home and the biggest holiday ...Read More

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Exports add £35 a pig to UK industry

Pork exports add about £35 to the value of UK pigs, with products going to China making a major contribution to that total, an industry lader told participants at the Oxford Farming Conference. According to some current estimates, pigmeat exports ...Read More

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November Air Freight Demand Strong

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released data for world air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 6.8% in November 2016 compared to the previous year. This was a slight slowdown from the ...Read More

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Nigerian Importers will spend extra N59 Billion On Freight

Nigerian importers and shippers will spend N59 billion in 2017, due to the increase in freight charges on every container coming into the country by foreign shipping lines. The foreign shipping lines, which increased the freight rate with a caption ...Read More

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Freight calls for Government support for ‘green’ fuels

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on the Government to offer transport operators by providing significant financial support to help achieve more widespread take-up in the freight industry of green fuels and technologies. The FTA’s comments follow the release ...Read More

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Iraq poultry import ban includes Serbia, Finland and Britain

Iraq widened a ban on live and frozen poultry imports to include Serbia, Finland and Britain on Monday. This reflects government concern over the spread of bird flu. The country imports nearly 50 percent of its annual poultry needs. Iraq ...Read More

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German output lower, but exports surge

German exports surged 3.9% in November from the month before, while imports increased 3.5%. But total exports in the first eleven months of the year were only 0.8% higher than in the same period in 2015, a sign that global ...Read More

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Good citrus exports end difficult year for Australia

Queensland citrus growers are expanding their planting of export varieties because of good prices for exports, which outperformed domestic markets. Prices for fruit popular in export markets are encouraging compared with the domestic market. A grower said that export prices ...Read More

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West Wales freight company on TV

A goods and freight supplier in Wales will be stepping into the headlights with a new six part documentary series on Welsh television. The series focuses on the goods and freight supplier Mansel Davies and Son, which has been a ...Read More

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Italian machinery exports recover

A third-quarter 2016 recovery in exports of plastics and rubber machinery by Italian machine makers helped improve sales. In the nine months from January to September 2016, imports of machinery to Italy increased by 8.5 percent. Exports climbed by 1.5 ...Read More

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Alcohol imports to China grew in 2016

China’s imported alcoholic drinks continued to grow in the first 11 months of 2016, with spirits imports registering positive growths in both volume and value. Figures were released recently by China Association for Imports and Export of Wine & Spirits. ...Read More

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New ‘inland port’ near East Midlands Airport

An'inland port' planned for farmland near East Midlands Airport may create 7,000 new jobs. The East Midlands Gateway project will provide a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange on farmland north of East Midlands Airport. Plans include up to 6 million sq ...Read More

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Sterling exchange rate affects RDF exports

Since the Brexit referendum in June, the significant change in currency has had a direct impact on exports of Refuse Derived Fuel from the UK.  The majority of gate fees  and a high proportion of the logistics costs are paid ...Read More

China launches freight train to Britain

According to China Railway Corporation, China began operating its first freight train to London on 1 January. The freight train will commence from Yiwu West Railway Station in Zhejiang Province, Eastern China to arrive at Barking, London. It will take ...Read More

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Why a US recession could cause pain for China

A recession in the USA could be a big challenge for major exporters to the US, such as Germany and China. The US is the world’s biggest importer. 14 percent of global imports in 2015 were to the US and ...Read More

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Romania – Sweden rail freight service – RW Freight

Romania – Sweden rail freight service RW Freight The service will join two existing freight routes, to form the 'first unified rail connection' between Romania and Scandinavia, taking advantage of Samskip's hub at Duisburg in Germany. Exports from Romania will ...Read More

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Afghanistan exports decline

Cool relations between Kabul and Islamabad have slowed down Afghanistan’s plans to boost fruit exports. Pomegranates and grapes have long been a part of Afghan exports, but trade from the landlocked country has suffered due to poor air connectivity and ...Read More

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US continues probe of China plywood imports

U.S. trade officials said they will continue their anti-dumping investigation into some hardwood plywood products imported from China, after deciding there was a "reasonable indication" that the domestic plywood industry was hurt by subsidized imports. The U.S. International Trade Commission, ...Read More

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China to boost imports to balance trade

China has promised to increase imports, and cut import tariffs on some products in order to promote balanced trade. This will contribute to its effort to push forward a new pattern of a more open society. The country will expand ...Read More

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Rwanda Flower exports gain momentum

After more than three years of planned rose exports from Rwanda’s Gishari Flower Park in Rwamagana District, ‘encouraging’ flower shipments have been exported to key European markets. Since production started in July, the project managed by Bella Flowers, has shipped ...Read More

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New export markets for English wine in 2017

Wine producers in the UK intend to increase exports by ten-fold by 2020, and have claimed strong early progress, with bottles of English and Welsh sparkling wine being exported to 27 countries in 2016. Even France and Italy, which produce ...Read More

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Romania – Sweden rail freight service

A new rail freight service will begin during January, linking Curtici near Arad in western Romania with major logistics centres in Sweden. The service will join two existing freight routes, to form the ‘first unified rail connection’ between Romania and ...Read More

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UK car exports at record high

The car industry in the UK reported record exports in the first 11 months of the year. It is thought that the low pound boosted sales. UK car exports increased to 1.25m, the highest ever. Factories had put on more ...Read More

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Cultural goods exports from Turkey rise by 120 per cent

Cultural goods exports from Turkey, which mainly consists of the exports of handicrafts, has increased by 120 percent in the past five years. The exports value of cultural goods was 17.8 billion Turkish liras ($5.06 billion) in 2015, compared to ...Read More

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China oil imports from Saudi Arabia rise

In November, crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia jumped nearly 30 percent from the year before. Saudi Arabia has now overtaken Russia to become the largest crude oil exporter to the world's second largest economy. Imports from Saudi Arabia rose ...Read More

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Burgundy Exports to UK increase

Despite yields in Burgundy falling to 1.15 million HectoLitres from an average 1.5 million HectoLitres due to frost and hail in the Spring, the region saw gains in exports to the UK, recording a17.7% rise in wine exports. Meanwhile Beaujolais ...Read More

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Cool-climate wines increase French exports

Overall wine exports from France dropped 1.4% in volume in 2015, with FranceAgriMer
 reporting AOC wines down 1.5% for AOC and PGI wines down 5%. However cool climate wines remained level and an increase in export volumes, with key US ...Read More

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Russian wheat exports up 1.9% on year

Russian wheat exports in the 2016-17 marketing year from July 1 to December 14 were up 1.9% year on year at 14.317 million mt, Ministry of Agriculture data showed last week. Wheat exports from Russia have been slower than expected ...Read More

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EU sets import duties on steel bars from Belarus

The European Union will impose duties on imports of concrete reinforcement rods and bars from Belarus, to counter what it considers are excessively cheap prices, according to news on Tuesday. The European trade bloc will impose import duties of 12.5 ...Read More

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China’s wine imports forecast to grow 25% in 2016

China’s wine imports in 2016 are expected to increase by 25% over the previous year, which would make it the highest in the past five years. The country imported 505 million litres of wines, worth about US$1.9 billion in the ...Read More

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Georgia wine exports to China highest ever

Georgia’s wine exports to China registered the highest growth rate among all export markets in the first 11 months of the year. According to the latest figures released by Georgia’s National Wine Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture, wine exports ...Read More

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Afghan dried fruit, herbal exports up

Officials of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) last week claimed an increase in the export of dried fruit from the province of southern Kandahar. They said that the quality of dried fruit had driven up demand in ...Read More

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Singapore November exports fall for 3rd month

Singapore's exports in November are expected to have fallen for a third straight month, a poll showed last week, reinforcing the adverse forces buffeting the trade-reliant economy in the face of sluggish global demand. Non-oil domestic exports (NODX) in November ...Read More

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Freight services begin through Gotthard Base Tunnel

Passenger and freight trains have begun scheduled services through the Gotthard Base Tunnel, marking the completion of a record-breaking project. The first two trains to use the tunnel left Zurich and Basel for Lugano, Italy, at 6:09 am and 4.55 ...Read More

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UK Rail Freight Group: rail reforms must benefit freight customers – RW Freight

UK Rail Freight Group: rail reforms must benefit freight customers RW Freight The UK's Rail Freight Group (RFG) has warned that government reforms to the structure of the nation's railways must benefit freight shippers as well as passengers. The government ...Read More

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Uncertain outlook for exports to US, China from Germany

German engineers expect low growth in 2017, with an uncertain outlook for exports to the United States and China offsetting a recovery in exports to other markets such as Russia and India. They warned it was unclear what path the ...Read More

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EU bans Ukraine poultry imports due to avian flu

The European Union has banned poultry imports from Ukraine, due to concerns over avian flu, Ukraine's food safety watchdog said last week. The ban, which is for an indeterminate period, is linked to a recent case of avian flu in ...Read More

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Brazil’s export lull precedes record soybean shipments

Although Brazil's exports Shipments of corn and its byproduct, ethanol, were down by nearly 80 percent in October and November versus a year ago, encouraging results are expected for 2017. Soybeans fared slightly better in October/November, with exports down two-thirds ...Read More

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China November exports reverse decline

China's November exports rose 0.1 percent on-year, thus reversing October's 7.3 percent decline. Imports to China in November meanwhile grew at the fastest pace since September 2014, rising 6.7 percent from a year ago. Imports into China had fallen 1.4 ...Read More

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Small business sector produces 26% of Dutch exports

More than 26% of the Dutch exports last year were made by independent small businesses, the Dutch statistics bureau CBS said last week. CBS noted that most of these goods were manufactured in the Netherlands. The export figure for the ...Read More

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UK Rail Freight Group: rail reforms must benefit freight customers

The UK’s Rail Freight Group (RFG) has warned that government reforms to the structure of the nation’s railways must benefit freight shippers as well as passengers. The government proposals aim to bring operational management of the infrastructure into future franchises, ...Read More

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Trump’s China tariff may damage US industries

Donald Trump is still taking a tough stance on China and some investors are starting to wonder who who will suffer if he puts words into action. The ramifications of the president-elect's talk of a punitive 45 percent tariff imports ...Read More

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American agriculture export fears

Since winning the presidential election, Donald Trump’s anti-trade tone has moderated, but not completely faded. Farmers and ranchers, remain wary, because 20 percent of all U.S. farm production is exported. In 2015, U.S. agriculture exported $133 billion of bulk commodities ...Read More

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NZ freight shipping suffers from earthquakes

New Zealand's shipping federation say coastal transport is a resilient lifeline during natural disasters such as earthquakes,but that not enough attention has been paid to ensuring ports are equally adaptable. Shipping Federation executive director Annabel Young said that coastal shipping ...Read More

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Russia intends to boost agriculture exports

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced an obujective of increasing exports of Russia’s agricultural products from $17 to $19 bn. He added that the goal is to "boost the potential of exports in the future, keeping in mind that the ...Read More

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Pakistan puts cotton imports from India on hold

Pakistan has suspended cotton imports from its top supplier, India, because the shipments failed to fulfil phyto-sanitary certification. Traders say it is possible that rising hostility between the neighbours might have prompted Pakistan to restrict imports. This will help other ...Read More

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Continued decline in machinery exports to Russia

Exports of plastics and rubber machinery to Russia have continued to fall sharply this year, figures issued by a German industry association have revealed. Before the Interplastica exhibition which will happen on 24-27 January 2017 in Moscow, the association put ...Read More

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China’s meat imports growing against trend

This year China beat Japan as world's largest pork importer. Contrary to other agricultural imports, which are proving weak in 2016 thus far, China's meat imports are reaching record levels in 2016 because of shortages in local production. Local meat ...Read More

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Turkish exports down

Exports from Turkey decreased by three percent and imports increased by 0.5 percent in October, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (Turkstat) last week. The Turkish lira's recent loss of value against the U.S. dollar in was ...Read More

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Turkey’s exports in October

The main destination for Turkish exports in October was Germany with $1.308 billion, followed by the U.K. with $1.049 billion, Iraq with $774 million and Italy with $739 million. The overall volume of exports decreased in comparison with the same ...Read More

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Autumn Statement good news for Exports

In his autumn statement earlier in November, the Chancellor announced doubling support for export shippers as the government looks to make it easier for British companies to export. He has extended the export credit guarantee and increased the number of ...Read More

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Dutch flower/plant exports to UK fall by 7%

Floridata said overall exports increased in September by almost one per cent during the month, but exports to the UK dropped by seven per cent, while France consumed four per cent fewer products. Germany showed average growth in imports from ...Read More

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Wien Süd freight terminal test operations begin

Rail Cargo Austria has begun test running at the Wien Süd freight terminal. The official opening will be on December 5. This is planned to be Austria's biggest import and export transshipment hub. The multi-functional terminal includes an intermodal facility ...Read More

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WWF reveals ‘challenging’ furniture imports to UK

The WWF-UK has revealed that imports from outside the EU are the furniture industry’s biggest challenge when dealing with sourcing timber from legitimate producers. According to its new report ‘Are you sitting comfortably? Sustainable timber sourcing and the UK furniture ...Read More

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Shipping on Rhine in Germany increases as water rises

Freight shipping on all of the river Rhine in Germany has returned to its normal levels, as rain has raised water levels to allow full vessel loading. Levels on the River had been below normal since early September, compelling vessels ...Read More

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Value of UK Pork Exports Increases

The value of pork exports from the UK during September increased 16 per cent on the year, reaching £21.7 million. A 26 per cent rise in average unit prices supported the total export value. The weak the pound which protected ...Read More

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Eurotunnel Sells UK Rail Freight Carrier

Eurotunnel Group has completed the sale of GB Railfreight (GBRf) which is the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, to equity company EQT Infrastructure II. GBRf currently runs over 1,000 trainloads a week, around 15% of the UK’s ...Read More

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Chinese firm exports transistor chips to India

The leading locomotive maker in China said last week that it has made its first bulk export of eight-inch transistor chips to India for upgrading the transformers of 100 electric locomotives to make the electric trains more energy-efficient. The state-run ...Read More

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Falling pound fails to boost exports

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the goods and services deficit - the gap between exports and imports - rose from £3.7bn in August as exports fell by £200m and imports increased by £1.2bn. The trade ...Read More

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USA Thanksgiving demand to increase import volumes

A new report predicts major retail container ports will see a 4.4 percent increase in import cargo volumes this month before the Thanksgiving holiday. The monthly forecast from the Global Port Tracker also indicates that December "should see a slightly ...Read More

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Donald Trump may jeopardize New Zealand wine exports

The New Zealand Export Organisation is concerned that Donal Trump's election as US President will reduce opportunities for NZ exporters. His apparent desire to introduce protectionist measures for international trade may mean that it is no longer economic for exports ...Read More

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Air Freight shows stronger Growth in September

IATA has released figures showing that global airfreight volumes increased by 6% in September. European airlines showed a 12.6 percent increase in freight volumes in September 2016. The European performance corresponds with an increase in new export orders reported in ...Read More

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Clear policy needed for rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager, reflects on the DfT’s new rail freight strategy and what it means for the sector. The DfT rail freight strategy, published in September, is most welcome as it provides a clear vision for rail ...Read More

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Pakistan tea imports up by 10.8% in first quarter

Tea imports into Pakistan increased by 10.79 percent during the first quarter of the current fiscal year compared to the corresponding period of last year. The tea imports into the country were recorded at $134.448 million during July-September (2016-17) compared ...Read More

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Zimbabwe Clothing Industry Suffering From Imports

Zimbabwe's clothing industry is under pressure from a worsening economy, which has made most local clothing lines uncompetitive against cheap imports which have flooded the market. The sustained erosion of incomes has forced Zimbabweans to resort to cheap imports, including ...Read More

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Taiwan Government continues to monitor Japan food imports

The government will continue to rigorously monitor food products imported from Japan to ensure public health. There had been rumours that Taiwan is considering lifting a ban on food imports from Japanese prefectures close to the site of the Fukushima ...Read More

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Chinese rail freight volumes hit 21-month high

China Railway Corporation (CRC) announced on November 7 that China’s rail freight volume increased for a third successive month in October, to a 21-month high. During the first nine months of the year, volumes fell 4.8% year-on-year, but during October ...Read More

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US may launch investigation into Chinese steel imports

The Department of Commerce is expected to launch a formal investigation into whether Chinese steel companies are shipping steel through Vietnam to avoid U.S. import tariffs. The decision to investigate, follows a complaint in September from U.S. steelmakers, and is ...Read More

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Freight in the City Expo 2016

The second annual Freight in the City Expo took place on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at Alexandra Palace, London. Supported by Transport for London, this one-day free-to-attend event saw over 700 delegates attend and featured 53 exhibitors showcasing the latest ...Read More

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Freight Need to Make Climate Adjustments

Freight transport contributes 7% of the emissions which may contribute to global warming. With the expectation that trade-related freight transport is expected to grow by a factor of 4.3 between 2010 and 2050, there is a need for the industry ...Read More

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German September Exports Decline 0.7%

Seasonally-adjusted exports from Germany declined 0.7% in the year to September following a 3.4% gain seen the previous month, while imports declined 0.5% over the year after a 1.9% gain previously. During the first nine months of 2016, exports secured ...Read More

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South Africa’s industry hurt by cold-rolled steel imports

Imports of cold-rolled steel products, particularly from China, are hurting South African producers, initial findings from a local trade agency showed earlier this week, potentially paving the way for import duties. The International Trade Administration of South Africa launched an ...Read More

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Uber for freight in USA

In the past 2 years, there have been a number of startup businesses seeking to improve the process of moving freight. Because all utilize an app in some way, some people have referred to them as “Uber for freight” operations. ...Read More

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France’s trade deficit widens as exports fall

France's trade deficit widened in September as declines in exports were sharper than the fall in imports, the French customs office said this week. The eurozone's second-largest economy recorded a 4.77 billion euro ($5.28 billion) trade deficit in September after ...Read More

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Low point for beef exports from Queensland

Released last week the export figures showed that just 72,607 tonnes of beef were dispatched to overseas markets in October, a figure not seen since April 2012 By contrast peak export tonnage over the same period was 123,000 recorded in ...Read More

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Taiwan October exports increase

Taiwan's exports rose at their fastest rate in over two years in October, suggesti8ng strong year-end shopping demand for hi-tech goods remains on track. Exports related to microchips and smartphone components rose by double-digit percentages, and a surge in imports ...Read More

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China Imports falling

China's imports of iron ore, crude oil, coal and copper all fell in October, after its robust demand drove global prices of many major commodities higher this year. Analysts had expected October exports to have fallen 6 percent from a ...Read More

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China exports, imports fall more than expected in October

China's exports and imports fell more than expected in October. Weak domestic and global demand adding to doubts that a pick-up in economic activity in the world's largest trading nation can be sustained. October exports fell 7.3 percent from a ...Read More

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Output stable as declining sterling drives exports surge

A trade report by a Northern Ireland trade consultant said sterling's slump since the Brexit vote had helped manufacturers rake in more export orders from America, China and the EU. However, it added that the currency weakness had also increased ...Read More

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North Korea imports rice on large scale in September

North Korea imported the largest-ever amount of rice from China per month in September since the launch of the Kim Jong-un regime in 2011, in an apparent bid to stabilize prices, a U.S. broadcaster reported last week. North Korea imported ...Read More

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UK wood pellet imports expected to reach new record in 2016

The United Kingdom is by far the largest importer of wood pellets in the world followed by Denmark, South Korea and Belgium. In the 2Q/16, the U.K. imported record volumes of just over 2 million tons, which was 11 percent ...Read More

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Sweden exports more to Nigeria

Nigeria’s trade exports to Sweden have continued to increase reaching N222.713 billion as at 2015 while exports from Sweden to Nigeria is N74.237 billion according to Swedish Minister for European Union (EU) Affairs and Trade, Mrs. Ann Linde. Speaking to ...Read More

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China’s coal imports surge again

China’s imports of coal from the seaborne market surged again in October, thereby justifying the jump in prices but also raising questions as to how much more of the fuel the world’s top buyer can import. Seaborne coal imports were ...Read More

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Bordeaux exports to China ‘at highest level’

Speaking at Hong Kong’s eighth Wine & Dine Festival an industry spokesman also outlined that exports to Hong Kong fell 11% by volume to 74,000 hectolitres of Bordeaux wines but increased by 24% to a value of €278 million, reflecting ...Read More

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Air Freight Posts Stronger September Growth

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in September 2016, which showed that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 6.1% year-on-year. This was the fastest pace of growth in freight since the ...Read More

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Growth in Scotch exports

Trade in Scotch whisky – the UK’s biggest food and drink export – grew by 3.1% during the first half of the year, helped by booming demand in India where exports have risen by a record 41%, new figures show. ...Read More

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Concerns rise over declining exports

Latest customs data show South Korea’s exports tumbled by 18.2 percent from a year earlier in the first 10 days of October, making it almost certain that this month will post another sharp decline in outbound shipments. The country’s exports ...Read More

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Swiss Watch Exports Drop for fifteenth month

Swiss watch exports are in their longest slump since monthly records began in 1988 after lower shipments to Hong Kong led a decline in September. Exports dropped 5.7 percent to 1.7 billion francs ($1.7 billion). “We’re seeing export data flatten ...Read More

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Wood Exports from Sweden in July up 5%

Significant increases in exports of softwood lumber and planed lumber to Africa (+3%), and particularly to Asia (+42%), led to an increase in exports from Sweden by a total of 5% to approximately 986,000m³ in July. Concerning sales in Africa, ...Read More

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Container shipping lines see export growth

The Indian unit of global shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line, is also seeing an exports revival, helped by a “slight rebound” of demand in the U.S.A and Europe. Orders for exports of agricultural goods and cars was strong among ...Read More

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India’s Exports Showing Signs of Recovery

Container shipping companies, which handle about 55 percent of India's merchandise trade, say exports volumes are picking up. The improvement they have witnessed is starting to show in official exports figures, which in September rose at the fastest pace in ...Read More

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Live sheep exports from Australia sink by 16 per cent

MONTHLY live sheep exports from Queensland, Australia, have dived 16 per cent below the average export volume this year at 157,855, performing 11 per cent below the volume for this time last year. The volume of sheep exports began rallying ...Read More

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Shortage of air freight space for Australian exports

Some sectors of the air transport industry say that boosting flight numbers further is not easy, due to aviation quota restrictions, whilst starting new routes involves considerable risk for airlines. "If you are repositioning a $100 million aircraft, it's a ...Read More

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Australia air freight crunch affects exports of fancy foods

An unprecedented shortage of air cargo space, after years of booming exports to Asia, is forcing Australian producers of premium foods to potentially miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars in exports of everything from lobster to cherries. Australia ...Read More

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Chinese freight volumes fall 13.7% in 2015

The passenger rail market in China remains stable, but the country’s freight sector is under pressure due to slowing economic growth, intermodal competition, and a crisis in the steel, iron and coal sectors, according to a recent report. China Railway ...Read More

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Air freight demand improves

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for August 2016 global air freight markets which shows that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 3.9 per cent year-on-year. Freight capacity measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs) ...Read More

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British gin exports skyrocket

The rest of the world has developed a bigger taste for British gin than ever before. New figures show global exports have risen 166 per cent by value since 2000. According to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, exports since ...Read More

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US trade deficit widens in August on higher imports

The U.S.A trade deficit rose more than expected in August because a rise in imports offset higher exports. The Commerce Department said last week that the trade gap widened 3 percent to $40.73 billion. Imports hit their highest level since ...Read More

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Thailand Suspends Exports of Seahorses

Thailand, the largest exporter of dried seahorses, has announced that it will temporarily ban exports of the fish. The announcement was made on Sept. 23 in Johannesburg. Thailand exports about three-quarters of all seahorses in international trade. “We’re pleased they’ve ...Read More

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Canada Exports Rise

Canadian exports rose for a third month in August - the country posted a smaller-than-expected trade deficit, adding to signs of a modest rebound in the trade sector. Canadian exports rose 0.6 percent during the month. The largest component of ...Read More

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China Allowing Corn Exports

Big crops in the U.S.A are expected to find more competition on the world market, as China announces plans to start exporting its massive corn stockpile. This would be the first time in 10 years that China has issued permits ...Read More

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Ann Linde leads Swedish delegation to Indonesia, Vietnam

Ann Linde, Sweden’s Minister for EU Affairs and Trade led a business delegation to Indonesia, then Vietnam during 2-6 October, for talks with government officials and business representatives. During the delegation visit Ann Linde will show how Swedish world-leading system ...Read More

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Monsoon Rainfall Seen Trimming India Imports

India may import less sugar than predicted three months ago, after global prices surged to a four-year high and the first normal monsoon in three years boosted the outlook for domestic crop. Imports may total 1.25 million metric tons in ...Read More

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Estonia imports rubbish to keep power plant running

Estonia has become an importer of other countries' rubbish in order to keep one of its power plants running. Last year, the country importede some 56,000 tonnes of refuse for its waste-to-energy power plant at Iru. That fuel imports - ...Read More

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Norway seafood exports up a record 26% in 2016

Norway has beaten all previous records, and exported seafood worth NOK 65 billion (€7.3bn) this year to date; an increase of 26%, or NOK 13.2bn, compared with last year. September exports marked an all time high, totalling NOK 8.8bn, an ...Read More

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EU to control cyber-security dual-use exports

The European Commission has proposed measures to increase controls on exports of cyber-surveillance goods and technologies. The Commission had earlier identified deficiencies with the current system, which also imposed heavy administrative burdens on industry and authorities and sometimes lacked legal ...Read More

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China adds duty USA Distillers’ Grains Imports

China will impose an anti-subsidy duty on imports of distillers’ dried grains with or without solubles from the U.S.A. The provisional anti-subsidy import duties range from 10 percent to 10.7 percent and will be implemented from Sept. 30. Imports from ...Read More

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Russia revises ban on imports of Egyptian foods

In 2015, Moscow imported Egyptian fruit and vegetables worth around $350 million. Russia has a history of limiting imports in trade disputes, but has said officially that the fruit and vegetable ban was due to "insufficient Egyptian phytosanitary controls". "Egyptian ...Read More

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Study suggests increased exports from LAC to China

A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank has found that exports from Latin America and the Carribean could increase by 10% if China reduces its tariffs by more than 50 per cent. The study also found that manufacturing goods ...Read More

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Operator aims to benefit from Finland – Russia freight liberalisation

In advance of the expected imminent ratification of a bilateral agreement liberalising the market for cross-border rail freight between Finland and Russia, a logistics provider in Finland and a Russian transport company have announced the formation of NR Rail as ...Read More

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Basmati exports from India on credit banned

Basmati rice exports are likely to be affected temporarily by a ban on their export on credit. The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) has restricted exporters from shipping basmati on credit, known as 'document against acceptance' ...Read More

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Olive oil imports likely to rise 20% in 2016-17

India's olive oil imports are expected to rise 20 per cent to 13,500 tonnes this financial year, on the back of rising demand in large conurbations, a top Indian Olive Association official said. The country had imported 11,106 tonnes of ...Read More

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China Removes Ban on Some U.S. Beef Imports

China has removed the ban on imports of some U.S. beef products, opening up the trade for the first time since 2003. The ban on imports of U.S. bone-in beef and boneless beef for livestock under 30 months has been ...Read More

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Sudan bans Egyptian imports

Sudan has temporarily suspended imports of fruit, vegetables, and fish from Egypt from Sept. 20 on safety grounds, the Sudanese trade ministry said. This action comes less than a week after Russia announced it would suspend fruit and vegetable imports ...Read More

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China has to cut steel exports

China's international commitment to cut its massive steel capacity must result in a reduction in exports, an official from the World Steel Association said, as countries around the world scrutinize Beijing's progress tackling a huge stockpile. The world's biggest steel ...Read More

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Japanese Exports Decline for 11th Month

Japan’s poor exports performance continued in August; shipments fell for an 11th consecutive month as a strong yen and tepid global economy reduced demand. Exports dropped 9.6 percent in August from a year earlier, the Ministry of Finance said last ...Read More

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UK bedroom furniture imports surge

Intensifying competition and higher imports has caused continued growth within the UK bedroom furniture market. Figures suggest that the 2% growth is likely to continue into 2016/17 as competition looks set to dictate the future rate of growth. Another major ...Read More

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Polish exports set record

In 2015, Polish exports to Germany, which is its main trading partner, totalled 48.7 billion euros. Exports to Russia, however, were worth 5.1 billion euros, according to a report by Poland’s Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers (ZPP). The Association said ...Read More

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Czech exports to Russia continue to fall in 2016

Czech exports to Russia have continued to fall in 2016. According to figures released by the Czech Statistics Office earlier this week, exports to Russia fell by 12 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the ...Read More

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Ports company to invest £50 million to support growth of UK exports

Britain's leading ports company is to invest £50 million to support the growth of UK exports. The Port of Southampton is number one in the UK for handling vehicles, with more than 900,000 vehicles passing through in 2015, including around ...Read More

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Industry welcomes rail freight strategy

Representatives of the rail sector have welcomed the publication on September 13 of the government’s rail freight strategy. This has been developed in collaboration with operators and customers as well as infrastructure manager Network Rail. The strategy sets out a ...Read More

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How Donald Trump could wipe $420 billion off China’s exports

Victory for Donald Trump in the US Presidential election may effect China's economy in a major way. The candidate's promise to slap punitive tariffs on Chinese imports would be highly contractionary, deflationary and wipe hundreds of billions off the value ...Read More

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Russia adds salt to list of banned imports

Russia has expanded the ban on Western and Ukrainian food imports, adding salt to the list, according to a government decree published on yesterday. The ban will become effective on Nov. 1 and apply to both white and industrial salt, ...Read More

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Air freight demand growth gathers pace in July

Demand for global air freight rose 5 percent in July, at the fastest rate in almost 18 months, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said last week. The positive result in spite of subdued global trade, IATA said. "July was ...Read More

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How Rwanda Can Achieve Flower Exports Target

As part of export promotion and diversification, Rwanda wants to more than double its flower exports by the end of the year. A new flower park project plans to export flowers by the end of the year. Emmanuel Hategeka, permanent ...Read More

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Dispute holds up freight at Surabaya airport

International cargo operations at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, face delays. State airport operator Angkasa Pura and publicly listed cargo and ground-handling firm Jasa Angkasa Semesta have become involved in a dispute. JAS suspended the handling of international ...Read More

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Vietnam’s coffee exports conquer historic drought

Vietnam’s coffee exports hit 1.27 million tons in the first eight months of 2016, increasing by 40 percent compared with the same period last year, according to data from from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Export value also ...Read More

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China’s Imports of Soybeans Rebounding in Fourth Quarter

China’s soybean imports are likely to rebound in the fourth quarter, as seasonal demand rises. China’s imports dropped 13 percent from a year earlier in the two months to July to 15.3 million tons. This was caused by demand from ...Read More

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Car imports to Zimbabwe decline

THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has recorded a 2,7 percent decrease in car imports through Beitbridge border post between January and June this year, compared with last year. Official figures from Zimra show that a total of 13 976 motor ...Read More

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Electric switch needed to increase freight speeds

Switching from diesel engine to electric traction will have more effect on freight train speeds than simply increasing speed limits from 75mph to 90mph, according to Network Rail in its draft Freight Network Study. Average speeds of freight trains remain ...Read More

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Algeria: Medicines – Imports Rise By 10 Percent in Seven Months

Pharmaceutical imports into Algeria rose by 10% in the first seven months of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015. The value of imports reached US$1.14 billion between January and July 2016, against US$1.03 billion during the same period ...Read More

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Network Rail study targets faster freight

Longer and faster freight trains running on a higher-capacity rail network form the basis of Network Rail’s draft Freight Network Study which was released for consultation last month. Increases in line speed on important sections of the Strategic Freight Network ...Read More

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German exports growth cut on Brexit

Germany’s BGA trade association slashed its 2016 forecast for export growth, its head said last week, predicting sales abroad may later stagnate as the delayed impact of Brexit hit home. Global demand for German imports has slowed significantly, with several ...Read More

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Gold exports from India drop

Exports of gold jewellery contracted by 25.13 percent to $1 billion during the first quarter of the financial year, from $1.36 billion a year ago. Exports of gold medallion and coins too fell by 9.51 percent to $1.48 billion. The ...Read More

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Gems, jewellery exports from India rise

Exports of gems and jewellery grew 11.7 percent to $11.4 billion during the first four months of the current year, driven largely by demand in India's major markets like the USA. In the April-July period of last year, exports from ...Read More

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Venison import fears

Venison imports could dramatically overtake domestic production volumes in the next five years, the Scottish Venison Partnership (SVP) has warned. They forecast that if UK market trends continue, the UK will import more than double the amount of venison it ...Read More

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Australian potato imports rise

New data suggests Australian potato imports have increased over 2016, igniting concerns about the profitability and competitiveness of the domestic industry. Figures released by Global Trade Atlas for the first quarter of 2016 indicate that imports rose by 23 per ...Read More

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Nepal garment delegation seeks incentives to boost exports

Nepali apparel manufacturers have sought incentives from the government to boost their exports. In a meeting with Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a delegation of Garment Association Nepal (GAN) — an umbrella body of readymade garment producers and exporters — ...Read More

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China may exempt some US farm exports from Zika rules

U.S. farm exports from regions not affected by the Zika virus may eventually be excluded from China’s new rules requiring mosquito treatments for incoming goods. Currently, however, agricultural exporters have to treat outgoing shipping containers with pesticides to kill the ...Read More

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MEP Keith Taylor backs ‘Animals are Not Freight’ campaign

A Green Party MEP for the south east has thrown his weight behind a campaign against live animal exports which will roll into Ramsgate this bank holiday weekend. Keith Taylor will be speaking at the first ever global day of ...Read More

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New Zealand wine exports rising

Exports of New Zealand wine rose by 10% in value to reach nearly NZ$1.6 billion in the year up to 30 June, said New Zealand Winegrowers. Extra wine from the 2016 vintage is expected to boost export volumes by a ...Read More

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UK road freight and logistics ‘more efficient than ever

The amount of goods transported on UK roads last year increased by 12%, but the logistics sector was able to deliver this with only a 9% increase in HGV use. This is among the key findings from the Department for ...Read More

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German exports to Iran soar

German exports to Iran, mostly machines and equipment, jumped in the first half of the year after the removal of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic, official trade data showed earlier this week. Exports to Iran surged by 15 percent ...Read More

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Australian potato imports rise

New data suggests Australian potato imports have increased over 2016;this has sparked concerns about the profitability and competitiveness of the domestic industry over the coming months. Figures for the first quarter of 2016 indicate imports rose by 23 per cent ...Read More

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New South Wales freight funding

The government of New South Wales announced an additional A$15m of funding to support rail freight projects in the state on August 8. The government said it had invested more than A$1bn in the operation, maintenance and upgrading of the ...Read More

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Irish Exports increased ahead of Brexit vote

Exports of Irish goods rose sharply in the weeks before the Brexit vote, but analysts say that that favourable conditions may be reversed in the coming months after the euro lost much of its competitiveness against sterling. The figures show ...Read More

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Air China sees steady growth in passenger and freight traffic

Air China said earlier this week that it had witnessed steady growth in passenger and freight traffic during the first seven months of the year. Freight traffic rose steadily, hitting 977,200 tons in total volume during the first seven months, ...Read More

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Questions Over Export Finance are Raised in UK

The Office for National Statistics recently released trade figures for the month of June, showing a widened trade deficit, meaning the difference between imports and exports has widened by around £900m since May 2016. Import / export data are important ...Read More

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Value of Irish exports rises

The value of Irish exports rose 5 per cent to €9.5 billion in June 2016, while imports fell 8 per cent to €5.05 billion. As a result, the State’s trade surplus for the month rose €826 million or 22 per ...Read More

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Car imports “dramatically” increased since Brexit vote

There has been a 60% increase in the amount of car imports into Ireland since the UK voted to leave the EU in June, year-on-year. A currency exchange specialist has reported that it is dealing with a huge influx in ...Read More

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Sumatra robusta exports down 66%

Robusta coffee exports from Sumatra, Indonesia's main growing region, dropped 66% in July, reflecting drought damage from last year's El Nino event. Sumatran robusta exports for July were 12,350 tonnes, compared to 36,644 a year ago, government data shows. Exports ...Read More

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Indian Govt to take steps to boost exports

Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman today said that the Indian Government has taken a number of steps like promoting access to new products and finding new geographical areas to boost exports. The share of Indias export in global ...Read More

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Vietnam exports more coffee

Exports of Robusta coffee beans from Vietnam are running ahead of last year's pace. The Vietnamese government forecast July exports at 130,000 tonnes, up 17% year on year. The year-on-year rise in exports has less to do with production, than ...Read More

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Colombia Maintains Tariffs on Panama Imports

Colombian Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas and the Minister of Commerce Maria Claudia Lacouture announced Sunday, July 31 that they will be maintaining tariffs on footwear and textile imports from Panama to Colombia. The decision reportedly goes against World Trade Organization ...Read More

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Mujuru says now a vendor, sues Bob over imports ban – New Zimbabwe.com

New Zimbabwe.com Mujuru says now a vendor, sues Bob over imports ban New Zimbabwe.com This is according to papers filed at the High Court in which Mujuru is seeking an order to set aside Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 which ...Read More

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Former Vice President brings imports lawsuit in Zimbabwe

Former Vice President and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, has filed a lawsuit against President Robert Mugabe and his government over the controversial import ban on basic consumer goods. She argues that the imports ban is in ...Read More

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Rapid growth in Polish exports expected

Poland’s Deputy Development Minister Jerzy Kwieciński has announced that Polish exports could grow by up to 7 percent over the whole of 2016. Kwieciński told journalists: “Our exports are rising. We expect them to rise this year by around 6-7 ...Read More

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Sales and exports soar for cleaning product firm

A Yorkshire based cleaning products company has recorded what it described as “unprecedented” sales at the end of its financial year, with export sales up by 68 per cent. Demand for the range from overseas, from countries including Norway, China ...Read More

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Scotland’s £12bn ‘exports’ to Europe are at risk

BREXIT puts almost £12 billion a year worth of Scotland's exports to Europe at risk, a new report has warned. A briefing by Holyrood researchers highlights the significance of access to the single market. The briefing by the Scottish Parliament’s ...Read More

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New China-Kazakhstan freight rail route launched

The first freight train service linking northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region with Kazakhstan launched two weeks ago. The freight train, which was loaded with building materials and other commodities, left Jiuyuan Logistics Park in Baotou City. The 4,332-km trip ...Read More

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US set to relax rules on UK lamb imports

Restrictions on British lamb imports could be lifted by the USA within months,paving the way for a trade worth £35m to British farmers, says Defra minister George Eustice. Mr Eustice said that the long-running mission to get British lamb chops ...Read More

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Nigeria: Govt will encourage Crop growth for Exports

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbeh has disclosed that the federal government will continue to encourage the production of some crops for export. Ogbeh said the measure was in line with the government's efforts to diversify ...Read More

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Call for anti-dumping probe into iron ore imports to China

Chinese iron ore miners have called for an anti-dumping investigation into imports of iron ore from top suppliers Australia and Brazil. More than 20 Chinese miners made a statement on the Metallurgical Miners' Association of China website which said "a ...Read More

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Brexit uncertainty hits June imports of Swiss watches

Exports of Swiss watches to the UK fell by 26.1% fall in June. Uncertainty over the EU referendum had caused retailers and wholesalers to delay purchasing decisions. The subsequent fall in the value of the pound against the Swiss franc ...Read More

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Less-than-expected fall in Japan’s exports

Japan's exports fell less than expected in June. This may show that overseas demand could be recovering from persistent weakness which began last year. Slowing decline in exports could ease concerns for Japan's policymakers, who are trying to revive growth ...Read More

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More evidence of China’s “booming” pigmeat imports

Chinese pork imports continued to “boom” throughout the first half of 2016, with June imports of fresh/frozen pork up 138% on the year at 762,000 tonnes. China has been rationalising its breeding herd, and domestic production has yet to recover. ...Read More

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Jamaica to resume mango exports to the UK this year

Jamaica is to resume exports of mangoes to the United Kingdom (UK) this year, after voluntarily suspending exports in 2014 when there was a spike in detentions due to pest contamination. Speaking at a Fresh Produce Forum organised by JAMPRO ...Read More

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Hong Kong June exports fall for 14th month

Hong Kong's total exports in June fell for the 14th straight month, dampened by a slowdown in China. Hong Kong's total exports in June fell 1 percent from a year earlier to HK$296.5 billion ($38.2 billion), government data showed last ...Read More

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Freight delay fears over Dover chaos

The Freight Transport Association has warned there is a danger of Operation Stack being triggered in Kent, if French border authorities do not address the backlogs which occurred at Dover this weekend. Holidaymakers and freight lorry drivers endured queues of ...Read More

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Rising fruit sales help offset falling dairy exports

Japanese and Chinese consumers' appetite for kiwifruit continues to soar, with Japanese sales rising by $55 million and Chinese by $39m in June, compared to the same month last year. Annual exports of all fruit were up $617m and apples ...Read More

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Kiwifruit lead NZ Export increase

New Zealand fruit exports have been the shining star over the past year, countering a weak period for exports of dairy products. The country's merchandise exports advanced 2 per cent to $49.34 billion in the 12 months ended June 30, ...Read More

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Beijing slaps import duties on Japan, EU, South Korea

China said on Sunday that it has started imposing anti-dumping tariffs on certain steel imports from the European Union, Japan and South Korea, as Beijing itself is criticised for similar trade practices with its exports. Import duties on the materials, ...Read More

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Afghanistan optimism over Iranian port

Afghani fresh fruit merchants are complaining of Pakistani officials’ attitude toward Afghanistan’s fresh fruit exporters. Chabahar port in Iran is viewed as a golden opportunity for Afghan businessmen to swiftly move their goods and services across borders. The Chabahar port ...Read More

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Afghanistan has high hopes for its grape exports

In Afghanistan's Kandahar province, fresh fruit businessmen expecta higher grape harvest this year and are hoping to export 40,000 tonnes of the fruit. Around 50 tonnes of the fruit are exported to Pakistan from Kandahar on a daily basis, Haji ...Read More

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Dutch flower and plant sales exports continue to rise

The Netherlands exported cut flowers and plants to the value of €3.2bn in the first six months of this year, a 3% rise on 2015, export organisation VGB said last week. Much of the rise was due to exporters raising ...Read More

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Alcohol leads Finnish food exports

In the small town of Isokyrö in Ostrobothnia, rye-based gin and whisky maker Kyrö Distillery Company is growing so quickly that its one million euro turnover for last year is set to quadruple in 2016. Napue gin, is flying off ...Read More

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Freight train driver ‘travelling at six times the speed limit’

A FREIGHT train which derailed in Ayrshire causing extensive damage to the track and major disruption to train services for more than two weeks was travelling at nearly six times the speed limit when it crashed, a report has found. ...Read More

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Royal Welsh Show: Welsh meat exports depend on unity

Farmers and meat processors must present a united front if the sector is to maintain or even grow its export markets when the UK leaves the EU. Dai Davies, chairman of Wales’s red meat levy body, Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), ...Read More

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Brazil to Increases Exports to European Union

An agreement signed at the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week will allow Brazil to export an extra R$250 million per year to the European Union, especially sugar and poultry exports, announced the Brazilian Foreign Relations Ministry, Itamaraty. “After three ...Read More

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US and Vietnam reach deal on US imports

The United States and Vietnam signed an agreement on this week, resolving two longstanding World Trade Organization disputes over imports of Vietnamese shrimp into the United States, the U.S. Commerce Department said. "The agreement also provides a framework for the ...Read More

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German business group forecasts fall in exports

A German business group is forecasting that Germany’s exports to Britain will fall 1 percent this year, and drop by 5 percent in 2017 following British voters’ decision to leave the European Union. The Association of German Chambers of Commerce ...Read More

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EU to investigate rise in Russian, Brazilian steel imports

The European Commission will investigate whether Russia, Brazil and three other countries are flooding the bloc with cheap hot-rolled flat iron and alloy and non-alloy steel products. The investigation follows a complaint from European steel producers. As well as Russian ...Read More

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India leads China in pharma exports

India has maintained its lead over China of pharma exports, according to a statement by the ministry of commerce and industry. The country’s pharma exports rose 7.55%, from 2014 to 2015. China’s pharma exports rose 5.3% from $6.59 billion to ...Read More

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Decarbonising freight: will Sweden’s eHighway take us in the right direction?

Sweden last month became one of the first countries to introduce a highway with overhead electrical wires to transfer electrical power to trucks. The so-called eHighway is a 2 km line of electric light rail cables in Sandviken, north of ...Read More

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Revealed: massive increase in Cambridgeshire exports

There has been a dramatic increase in worldwide exports from Cambridgeshire in the past month. Exports from the county's companies exceeded £47 million in June – almost double the value of the same month the previous year. The annual increase ...Read More

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Brexit: Farming exporters share their market worries

An exit from the EU may have a big impact on trade – particularly for those farming businesses and sectors that rely heavily on exports to other member states. The weak pound may have helped make UK exports more competitive, ...Read More

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South Africa aims to boost exports to India, France

Trade and Industry Minister of South Africa, Rob Davies says the country will use the up-and-coming state visits involving India and France to boost trade and investment, in a bid to boost exports to those markets. The Minister also said ...Read More

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India maintains lead over China in pharma exports in 2015

India maintained its supremacy over China in pharmaceutical exports in 2015 with a growth of 7.55 per cent to $12.54 billion, the commerce ministry has said. "India's pharmaceutical exports continued its lead over China in 2015...India maintains its supremacy over ...Read More

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World’s Biggest Coal Producer Exploring Exports

Coal India Ltd., the world’s largest producer, is exploring options to export the fuel amid rising production and mounting stockpiles. The state-run miner, which produces the bulk of the country’s coal, is “exploring avenues to export” amid record production, Coal ...Read More

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E-Bike Imports Show Vast Growth in 2015

The increase in the sale of electric bicycles across Europe’s main markets is underlined by comparing import figures for 2015 to those of 2014. They account for close to 50% import growth. A figure that’s even higher when taking the ...Read More

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Pulses imports to India may rise to 5 mn tonnes

India is likely to import about 5 million tonnes of pulses during April-December period of this financial year, largely by private traders, to boost domestic supply and cool retail prices which have reached up to Rs 200 per kg. India, ...Read More

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Creative exports can ‘grow to £31bn’ following Brexit

Creative exports can grow to £31bn by 2020 following Brexit, the Creative Industries Council (CIC) has claimed. The organisation, which is a partnership of industry and government, has released a five-year blueprint called 'Create Together' to help creative exports grow ...Read More

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Norwegian fish exports surge 25% in value

NORWAY has unveiled a ‘fantastic first six months’ for its fishermen and fish farmers, as figures show exports were up by 25 per cent on the same period last year. Seafood exports hit a new high of 42.6 billion kroners ...Read More

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Brexit will not affect Pakistan’s exports

The British vote to leave the European Union (EU) would not immediately affect Pakistan’s exports, Pakistan's Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir said on Wednesday. The ministry, however, fears that Pakistan might lose Britain's support voice in Brussels for the continuation of ...Read More

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Freight must be a priority in Brexit negotiations

New costs, restrictions and bureaucratic requirements are all possible risks following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, according to the Freight Transport Association. The group, which represents the freight and logistics industry, is warning that “additional burdens” could ...Read More

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Brazil/Uruguay beef overtakes Australian exports to China

Australia has lost its place as the number one beef exporter to China, because the Chinese are seeking cheaper imports from Brazil and Uruguay. Australian beef exports have dropped overall by 41 per cent in May 2016, compared to the ...Read More

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Irish Rail tests longer freight trains

IRISH Rail operated a 440m-long container freight train between Dublin North Wall and Claremorris on June 27. This was part of trials to introduce longer freight trains later this year. The maximum length of freight trains in the trails willincrease ...Read More

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Exports face Brexit squeeze

THAI exports and capital markets may face a prolonged negative impact from Britain's vote last week to quit the European Union, local analysts have said. Although Thai exports to the UK are relatively small - worth around 1 per cent ...Read More

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China to stimulate economy as UK exports expected to decline

China’s exports to Britain and Europe will face barriers in the post-Brexit world, impinging on the mainland’s economic growth. A report by investment bank China International Capital Corporation (CICC) suggests the government will stimulate growth as a precaution. China’s export ...Read More

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India’s apparel exports to decline 5%

India's apparel exports are likely to decline by five% during the first quarter (April-June) of the current financial year. This is because of the global economic slowdown and uncertainty over recovery. Apparel export was $4 billion in the same quarter ...Read More

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Danish exports may recover slightly in future

Danish exports have been weak and had dropped 3.7 percent in the first quarter of 2016 on a year-on-year basis. Very weak trade growth globally in 2015 was one of the reasons for weak exports in Denmark. The nation’s shipping ...Read More

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UK freight strategy questioned

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has called for the British government to urgently introduce a national multi-modal freight strategy with the aim of easing traffic congestion, improving air quality and boosting the economy. Too many imports enter the UK via ...Read More

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First Freight Containers Transit Newly Expanded Panama Canal

The long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal has officially opened. Despite the latest slump in shipping, those associated with the Canal’s development are maintaining a positive outlook. The deputy canal administrator, points out that trade is cyclical and that the ...Read More

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Electric-highway test for freight haulers begins in Sweden

The world’s freight moves via trucks. Even when cargo is flown or shipped in containers around the world, delivery to the end of the supply chain is by freight lorry. And while the carbon footprint for a freight truck is ...Read More

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New West Midlands freight hub for public consultation

A rail freight hub with direct access to the West Coast Main Line could be built near Featherstone in Staffordshire. The planned development, which the developer hopes will create 8,500 jobs, will feature warehouses for the storage, processing and movement ...Read More

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Irish exports holding up despite Brexit nerves

A €254m jump in the value of goods exports helped drive a near 22% surge in Ireland’s trade surplus in April; according to the latest seasonally adjusted data, the value of Irish goods exports increased by 3% to €9.24bn in ...Read More

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Big hopes for kiwifruit, pipfruit exports

Horticulture has boosted export revenue for New Zealand over the past year, prompting the Ministry for Primary Industries to predict a 3 percent rise. The ministry is hoping export revenue from the export revenue sector will rise to $36.7 billion ...Read More

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Russian Railways to develop new freight services

Speaking at the China International Transportation and Logistic Expo in Shanghai, JSC Russian Railways President Oleg Belozerov confirmed that the company will develop new freight services on the Europe–China Route. In his speech, delivered at the 'Railway Business at Transit ...Read More

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EU fish imports increase by €1 billion

FISH imports to the EU have increased by an average €1 billion every year since 2009. The 2015 increases were spread across all the main EU suppliers – Norway, China, Iceland, Morocco and the US. The EU’s €141 million, or ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association fears London’s air quality plans

The chief executive of the Freight Transport Association has written to the new mayor of London requesting a meeting to discuss the potentially devastating impact of his plans on the freight industry. Sadiq Khan has already announced proposals to improve ...Read More

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A new direction for Scotland’s freight sector

In March 2016, Scotland's transport minister Derek Mackay launched the government's new rail freight strategy. It puts forward a vision to develop a state-of-the-art, efficient and competitive rail freight system ready to meet the demands of modern markets. The Scottish ...Read More

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Swedish company develops dry-bulk rail freight concept

KIRUNA Wagon, an engineering company in Sweden, is building a demonstrator dry-bulk freight wagon and unloading station for salt traffic in Catalonia. This is under the aegis of the European Union-funded Hermes project, which is attempting to enhance the productivity, ...Read More

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Cambodia rice exports dramatically increased

Agencies in Cambodia announced in May that the country's rice exports have increased more than fivefold over the past five years. A joint statement released by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Cambodia ...Read More

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Tasmania gains new China freight link

A new shipping service will connect Bell Bay with interstate ports and China. Five Great Southern Shipping container vessels will service Bell Bay as of August, with the service calling into Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle, as well as the ...Read More

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DB Cargo cuts freight activities

GERMAN Rail's (DB) rail freight subsidiary, DB Cargo has confirmed it will withdraw freight services from 215 locations in Germany. DB Cargo is attempting to return to profitability and growth. It is possible that some of the withdrawn freight routes ...Read More

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Strong USA demand for exports from Canada

In the motor vehicles and parts sector, export growth from Canada is due to strong prices and an upswing in demand from U.S. consumers and businesses for heavy trucks and SUVs. According to Export Development Canada, this sector's exports will ...Read More

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Nova Scotia’s Exports Charge Ahead in 2016

Nova Scotia's exports will grow by six per cent this year and by four per cent in 2017, according to Export Development Canada's (EDC) bi-annual Global Export Forecast. The positive outlook is being driven by a weaker Canadian dollar and ...Read More

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Mango exports to start early

Pakistan started mango exports from May 20 this season, aiming to export 100,000 tons which is expected to fetch over $75 million, Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) said. PFVA Chairman Waheed Ahmed said the country ...Read More

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South African poultry imports destructive

South African poultry producer Astral has warned that cheap imports coming into the country threaten to destroy South Africa’s poultry industry. The group said its operating profit dropped 22 percent to R429 million, down from R550m for the six months ...Read More

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Whisky exports affected by commodity prices

The Scottish Whisky Association has found that export sales are affected in countries whose economies were driven by oil and other commodities. The industry organisation said that the recession in Brazil in particular had "a notable impact" on overall export ...Read More

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Top Chinese steelmaker urges support for exports

China's biggest privately-owned steel producer, said last month that the government should provide steelmakers with more support in their efforts to export products. Foreign steelmakers have been accusing the country's firms of flooding the global market with cheap, subsidized steel ...Read More

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Decline in Scotch Whisky Exports Decline Slowing

The decline in Scotch whisky exports in recent years is showing signs of slowing, according to a report by the Scotch Whisky Association. (SWA) said the customs value of overseas sales fell by 2.4% last year to £3.86bn, compared with ...Read More

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India doubles grape exports to Europe

Exports of grapes from India touched an all-time high in 2015-16, with exports to Europe more than doubling compared to that in the previous financial year. At the same time, India became an importer of many other commodities such as ...Read More

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French Wheat Exports Improve

French wheat stockpiles will be much smaller than previously forecast, as exports accelerate and farmers hold back grain in hopes of higher prices. French wheat exporters are benefiting from increasing demand from Morocco, where severe drought slashed the harvest by ...Read More

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Russian Wheat Exports Threatened by stronger Ruble

A strong ruble is threatening to slow Russia’s wheat exports, as grain from Ukraine and European nations including France remains cheaper. In May Russian wheat prices were more than $20 above French prices and about $6 more expensive than in ...Read More

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Freight train direct China to Lyons

A direct freight train linking Wuhan in central China and Lyons in France began operations on 6th of April. The train, loaded with mechanical, electronic and chemical cargo, exits China through Alataw Pass in Xinjiang, the westernmost Chinese region, and ...Read More

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Shandong to Pakistan freight train starts operations

The international freight train "Linyi," which will operate from Linyi in Shandong province in China to Gwadar Port in Pakistan was put into operation on 30th April. The train will pass via Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Linyi ...Read More

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Brexit ‘already impacting Irish exports’

Ireland exported nearly €14billion of goods in 2015 and over €20bn of trade in services in 2014 to the United Kingdom. Most Irish companies aiming to export test the water and begin expanding their business through exports to the UK. ...Read More

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The British Are Coming, This Time With Cheap Wheat Exports

The U.S.A is about to import the largest wheat cargo from the U.K. in more than two decades. A combination of ample British supply, a weaker pound and rock-bottom freight rates are making the unusual trade viable. It’s unusual for ...Read More

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China Announces Measures to Boost fall in Exports

China's Cabinet has approved measures to boost exports. This may increase tensions with Western trading partners, who are accusing Beijing of flooding their markets with steel and other goods at improperly low prices. Beijing is struggling to reduce a glut ...Read More

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UK exports to Germany, India and China increase by 7.2% in 2015

The amount by which UK businesses are exporting to Germany, India and China increased by 7.2% in 2015 compared to 2014, according to export data from the government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (DBIS). Germany remained the UK’s biggest ...Read More

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Strong demand for German exports

Destatis, the German Statistical Office, noted that the rise in exports during March was attributable to stronger demand in the eurozone and across the European Union in general. By contrast, the value of goods delivered to overseas markets like the ...Read More

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German exports pick up

German exports rose by 1.9 percent in March month-on-month, the National Statistics Office (Destatis) reported,with monthly shipping abroad amounting to 107 billion euros ($122 billion). It was the biggest monthly increase in half a year, and came as a surprise ...Read More

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Rail freight growth in China slowing

But growth of freight volume transported through the Chongquing - Duisberg rail network, which opened in 2011, is losing steam, along with economic slowdowns in both China and Europe. The volume of Europe-bound freight during the first three months of ...Read More

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Shrinking rail freight signals economic problems for China

The trans-Eurasian railway route linking theindustrial metropolis of Chongqing, southwest China, with Duisburg, Germany, has been operating as a key infrastructure component of China's "New Silk Road" trade expansion strategy. But the modern version of the legendary Silk Road trading ...Read More

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North American wood pellet exports reach record high

North American overseas pellet exports increased for the third consecutive quarter in the 4Q/15, rising seven percent from the previous quarter. In the 4Q/15, total Canadian pellet overseas exports increased by 17 percent from the previous quarter with exports increasing ...Read More

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Iran bans import of Chevrolet cars

Iran has banned the import of Chevrolet cars, after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticised imports of U.S. autos, and asked the government to support domestic production. The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted an unnamed official in the Ministry of ...Read More

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Group tries to ban US exports of fur

Wildlife advocates earlier this month said they will seek a court order, halting a United States government program that allows the export of tens of thousands of pelts from bobcats and a small number of gray wolves. The exports are ...Read More

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Scotland needs formal Strategic Rail Freight Network

The top priorities for a Strategic Rail Freight Network are easy to identify: the key Anglo-Scottish West Coast Main Line (in particular) and East Coast Main Line need the full capability and capacity to accommodate 775m-long intermodal trains carrying industry-standard ...Read More

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Scotland needs to update rail freight

But much more needs to be done to increase the amount of freight carried by rail.   The industry  should work in partnership with government and customers to deliver rail freight services in sectors such as aggregates, timber and movement ...Read More

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Timesaving import system implemented in Turkey

A risk-based inspection system for imports has been put into effect on May 2. The system reduces the waiting time for imports and helps trace risky products and companies. The Customs Minister, Tüfenkci said the system electronically carries out the ...Read More

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Rail freight must speed up its development

New markets must be found for rail freight to continue its valuable contribution, as Transport Minister Derek Mackay said, in his introduction to the Scottish Government’s recent Delivering the Goods strategy. He remarked that ‘time is of the essence for ...Read More

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Senegal’s plans to boost mango exports

In Senegal, the mango fruit is among the key agricultural exports of the country. Last year, Senegal exported about 16,000 tons of mangoes, mostly to Europe and Asian markets. Authorities now consider export of the fruit as an important sector, ...Read More

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SA imports tons of maize

South Africa’s largest grain terminal is ready to receive millions of tons of maize imports, aimed at combatting the ongoing drought. The Durban Agriport terminal is poised to handle the lion’s share of imports from across the world. From 2 ...Read More

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Major rise in Iran’s imports from Russia

A recent report announced that the value of Iran’s imports from Russia in March stood at $132 million. It said the figure marked a significant rise compared to the same period last year. This came as a surprise given that ...Read More

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Sweden introduces 730m-long freight trains

Regular operation of 730m-long freight trains began in Sweden on April 28, following the completion of a multi-annual project by infrastructure manager Trafikverket to accommodate longer trains. Hector Rail is now operating 730m-long freight trains on the Hallsberg/Katrineholm - Malmö ...Read More

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US Steel launches campaign to stop China imports

U.S. Steel Corp has launched a campaign to prevent imports from China's largest steel producers,the boldest step yet by a U.S. company, as a trade brawl with the world's largest steel producer in China escalates. In a complaint to the ...Read More

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Australian citrus exports growing across Asia

Australian citrus exports to Asia are set to grow, as trade missions and changes to export protocols continue to open up key markets in the region. Citrus Australia CEO, Judith Damiani, says two recent trade missions showed there is great ...Read More

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China’s ‘teapot’ oil imports may stall on port bottlenecks

Logistical bottlenecks and growing crude inventories will soon force China's independent refiners to cut back on a surge of imports. China's independent oil refiners, known as teapots, were granted licenses to import crude only last year. Frenzied buying of oil ...Read More

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Onion exports from India fall 6.75%

Onion exports fell by 6.75 percent to 8.28 lakh tonnes in the first ten months of 2015-16 because of restrictions on the overseas sale of this key vegetable. However, in terms of value, exports rose over 35 percent to Rs ...Read More

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Russian ban on EU food imports causes European farmers’ fury

The export/import market – especially for beef, pork and dairy – is continuing to worsen, fuelled by the Russian ban on EU farm exports. Pork prices were lower that they were 11 years ago. “It is unacceptable that farmers are ...Read More

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Rail freight spend eases pressure in Melbourne area

A JOINT rail freight initiative is planned to help ease pressure from some of the state’s busiest roads. The state government will partner with Graincorp and will invest $8.5 million into upgrading and building new train loading and infrastructure suitable ...Read More

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Freight train plans in York region

There are plans to increase freight traffic on certain routes, such as the one running through Thornhill and other York Region cities, in order to improve commuter services in other areas. A local residents' association is in full support of ...Read More

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Japan’s auto exports up 1.8% on year in March

Japan's exports of cars, trucks and buses increased 1.8% year over year in March for the second consecutive month, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Thursday. Exports totaled 404,004 vehicles in March, up from 396,796 vehicles in the same month ...Read More

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Russia: Putin highlights Uzbek fruit imports

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed a rise in imports of Uzbek agricultural products into Russia this year. This includes a 54-fold jump in citrus exports, an industry news outlet reported. The move comes amid a strained supply environment since ...Read More

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RDF exports see strong start to 2016

Exports of refuse derived fuel (RDF) from the UK have shown a strong start to the year.More than 600,000 tonnes of material were exported to Europe during January and February, according to the latest provisional Environment Agency data. This suggest ...Read More

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China rail freight falls 9 per cent in Q1

China's rail freight volume fell 9.0 percent in the first quarter of 2016 from a year earlier to 791 million tonnes, the country's economic planner said on last week. For March, the amount of cargo moved by rail freight declined ...Read More

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China imports offer hope to NZ dairy farmers

Desperate dairy farmers in New Zealand can now see a glimmer of hope. After being suffering from a plunge in prices in a world market flush with supply, things are finally improving as China is importing more. New Zealand-based Fonterra ...Read More

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Food imports to Pakistan up by 2.68 percent

Food imports into Pakistan has increased by 2.68 percent during the first three quarters of the current fiscal year compared with the corresponding period of last year. The food imports into the country during July-March (2015-16) were recorded at $3.98 ...Read More

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Imports from UK to surge in the next 10 years

The value of imports into Ireland from the UK will grow by 66% in the next 10 years, adding a further €26bn to the overall level of imports which currently stands at a record-high of €40bn, a recently published forecast ...Read More

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British drink exports hit £391m

More than 220 million pints of ale, including from Yorkshire’s Ilkley Brewery and Aberdeenshire-based Brew Dog, were shipped to the USA in 2015. Exports of British ale are up 35% since last year, with figures hitting £164m. Exports of gin ...Read More

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Uganda cocoa exports surge: Farmers hope to reap big profits

There is a bumper harvest for cocoa in Central Uganda. Farmers are looking forward to more earnings as world market prices increase. A campaign to popularize cocoa as a cash crop by the Uganda Agriculture Ministry has been ongoing for ...Read More

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£8m Staffordshire rail freight development

Bold plans for the West Midlands Interchange have been revealed for the first time; under the plans, a rail freight interchange will be built on 618 acres of land west of Junction 12 of the M6. The freight interchange will ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association visits Calais

Freight Transport Association (FTA) representatives and members were invited to Calais at the beginning of the month by Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP.   The visit was to explore progress and ongoing challenges with migrants trying to board freight vehicles ...Read More

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Boost exports to grow sales and jobs – plan in Philadelphia

Offering tantalizing growth prospects, economic-development officials in Philadelphia USA last week released a three-year export plan. Prepared by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, it was the cornerstone of Wednesday's World Class ...Read More

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Higher tariffs on imports of Chinese steel being considered by EU

Steel imports from China could be hit with fresh trade duties by the EU, according to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Mr Juncker said the commission was investigating China’s largely state-backed steel industry, which European producers say is one of ...Read More

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India’s wheat imports to hit decade high

India’s 2016/17 wheat imports are expected to increase more than five-fold to the highest in a decade, as a severe drought and unseasonal rains push domestic output down to the lowest since 2011. A spike in overseas purchases by India, ...Read More

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Logistics students against Northants rail freight terminal plan

A scheme which would sacrifice farmland for a major rail freight terminal has been questioned by students from the University of Northampton. The proposals, which are to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate, are for a rail depot the size ...Read More

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Imports to Russia though March plummet 14%

"According to preliminary customs statistics, in January-March 2016 imports from non-CIS countries decreased by 14.2 percent compared to the same period last year and amounted to $32.254 billion,” said the Federal Customs Service in a statement last week. Even so, ...Read More

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China Shipping co negotiates with Greek companies for Athens freight terminal

A Chinese shipping conglomerate is in advanced talks with a Greek real estate developer and logistics provider, about jointly bidding to build and operate a rail freight terminal near Athens, a Greek newspaper reported. Greece has launched a tender for ...Read More

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High-Tech Exports Grow Compared to Natural Exports – Russia

Russian high technology production exports are growing,compared with natural resources exports, Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week. "Industrial production has increased, we noted a positive trend for the first time in February, and the export of high-tech products is ...Read More

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Kenya: Wheat Farmers complain as Imports Increase

Kenya's wheat imports hit Sh35.6 billion last year, amid rising concerns by local farmers that millers are ignoring their produce. The farmers said millers are shunning their crop, in favour of imports. Imports have become cheaper because oversupply in the ...Read More

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First Chinese export growth in nine months

Healthy growth in Chinese exports helped Asian stock markets make huge gains this week, as trade data revealed that the world’s second largest economy was much more robust than previously believed. Chinese exports rose by 11.5pc in March, compared with ...Read More

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Freight volumes down at Frankfurt

Air freight volumes at Frankfurt airport fell 1.6% year on year in March and 1.2% in the year to date. Passenger business meanwhile rose 3.9% in the month and 3.3% for the year to date. Cargo traffic appears to be ...Read More

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US Senate Votes to Ban Imports of Syrian Art

The US Senate voted on Wednesday to ban the import of virtually all ancient art and artifacts from Syria, to discourage the looting and trafficking of illicit objects by the Islamic State and other armed groups. The Senate voted by ...Read More

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China clarifies rules for online imports of infant milk

Infant milk formula imports to China through international websites will need official approval by 2018, the finance ministry said recently. China raised tariffs on online retail imports last Friday, but also published a "positive list" which tightened restrictions on some ...Read More

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Glasgow freight firm to pay £2.2m over corrupt deals

A Glasgow-based company has agreed to pay £2.2 million after its employees carried out corrupt deals. A Scottish freight company is to hand over more than £2 million after its employees were found to have carried out corrupt deals. An ...Read More

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February US shrimp imports rise 17%

Shrimp imports from all but one of the top seven US suppliers rose in February 2016, with a total shrimp import increase of 17.5% year-on-year, according to latest figures. The reason seems to be lower prices, with the average price ...Read More

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First freight train links China to France

A direct freight train linking Wuhan in central China and Lyons in France began operation on Wednesday 6 April. The train, loaded with mechanical, electronic and chemical products, left China through Alataw Pass in Xinjiang, the westernmost Chinese region, and ...Read More

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India spice exports drop 6% in April-December

India's spice exports fell by 6.26 per cent to 6,03,885 tonnes during April-December 2015-16 on sharp decline in shipments of spice seeds and cumin. But in value terms, the spices exports increased to Rs 11,453.99 crore in the first nine ...Read More

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Freight at Baltic terminal declines 1.1% in Q1

The freight turnover of the terminals of the Estonian freight transit operator Transiidikeskus AS in the first quarter totaled 639,000 tons, 1.1% less than in the previous year. The Muuga container terminal of Transiidikeskus handled 48,400 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) ...Read More

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Kenya: Mango exports rising

Kenya registered a significant increase in mango production across the 2015/2016 season compared with the previous year. Mangos From Kenya reported 30% jump in exports, mainly due to their intense continuous training which guides farmers to plant and maintain mangoes ...Read More

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Dairy segment gets Russia exports boost

India’s efforts to boost falling farm exports has got a boost as Russia has agreed to drop a stringent condition which was obstructing Indian exports of dairy products to that country. Once formalities are completed, major dairy producers like Amul ...Read More

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Turkish Exports Rise First Time in 4 Months

Turkey’s trade gap shrank in February from the previous year, as exports rose for the first time since October. The shortfall narrowed to $3.17 billion from $4.7 billion in February 2015, compared with the median estimate of $3.2 billion in ...Read More

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Rail bridge in Gothenburg Port opens

A new rail bridge over the Göta Älv River – the South Marieholm Bridge – opened to traffic on 31 March. The new double-track bridge will result in a long-awaited expansion of rail capacity to and from the largest cargo ...Read More

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Officials urged to resist Sweden’s plan to ban lobster imports

The lobster fishing and export industries in Maine, USA, are moving swiftly to pressure the European Union not to approve a proposal from Sweden to list the American lobster as an invasive species. This listing would effectively ban 28 EU ...Read More

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Germany’s Deutsche Bahn to slash 2100 rail freight jobs

Germany’s railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) plans to cut 2,100 jobs from its freight transportation subsidiary, DB Cargo. 215 freight transport points in Germany will be closed. DB Cargo employs 17,000 people in Germany and, despite of a loss of ...Read More

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Poor standards damage Bangladesh veg exports

Bangladesh's reputation as a vegetable exporter is suffering, due to a lack of health regulations affecting exports. The presence of pests and harmful organisms in vegetables, and local exporters' presentation of fake phyto-sanitary certificates are tainting the country's image as ...Read More

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Scotland government unveils new rail freight strategy

Scotland's Transport Minister Derek Mackay has launched the government's new rail freight strategy called 'Delivering the Goods.' The strategy aims to make the country's rail freight sector competitive and sustainable for meeting the demands of modern markets, as well as ...Read More

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Exporters should diversify markets as Egypt cuts imports

Exporters who ship products to Egypt have been advised to improve their competitive edge and/or explore new export markets following the announcement of a plan to slash Egypt’s imports by 25 percent. An economic analyst from the University of Indonesia ...Read More

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FTA delivers Freight Manifesto

The Freight Transport Association delivered its 'London Elections 2016 - Freight Manifesto' to the Mayoral candidates in the city on 25 Mrch, along with a box of trucks, illustrating how many freight vehicles it would take to build and furnish ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association backs rail freight strategy

The Freight Transport Association is backing the launch of Scotland’s rail freight strategy, stating that it will be good for the freight and logistics industry. Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, launched the Scottish Government document ‘Delivering the Goods’, described as a ...Read More

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Freight Association urges resolution of dispute

The British International Freight Association has urged the Unite Union and Forth Ports, the owner of Grangemouth port in Scotland, to meet in order to achieve a swift resolution to the current industrial dispute. The dispute has seen all shipside ...Read More

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Cheap vegetable imports harm Australian growers

The viability of Australia's vegetable industry is under threat from cheap imports, according to industry body AUSVEG. Figures show nationally the amount of land sown to vegetables decreased by 12,000 hectares last financial year, resulting in a $159 million drop ...Read More

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Shippers want transparency in air freight bookings

A Supply Chain executive for a chemicals company has complained that despite spending millions on air freight, he has no contact with the airline. Lars Droog called for more transparency in the booking process: “We select which shipping lines we ...Read More

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`Brexit’ Debate helps Wheat Exports

U.K. wheat sales jumped to the highest in four years, due to a slumping pound as the country approaches a vote on whether to leave the European Union. British wheat exports climbed to almost 310,000 metric tons in January, the ...Read More

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Irish State’s export trade fell by €624 million in January

The value of the Republic’s export trade fell by €624 million in January, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office; preliminary figures for January 2016 show that seasonally adjusted goods exports decreased by 6 per cent to ...Read More

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Chemical imports into Ireland decrease

Seasonally adjusted goods imports decreased by €1.7bn, to €4.6bn, leading to an increase of €1.1bn, in the seasonally adjusted trade surplus to almost €5bn in January. Imports of organic chemicals decreased by €214 million, while imports of petroleum dropped by ...Read More

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Brussels urges EU members to regulate steel imports from China

The European Commission announced plans on Wednesday 16 March, to speed up trade defence cases against cheap imports from China. The Commission urged member states to stop blocking measures that could set higher import duties against dumped and subsidised products. ...Read More

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Environmentalists wants freight corridor realigned

There is strong opposition to the Delhi-Mumbai Freight Corridor, because it will cause large-scale tree-felling at Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Environmentalists are demanding that the corridor be realigned. The freight corridor, which is part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, is ...Read More

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German exports fall in January, imports soar

German exports dropped for the second consecutive month in January but imports jumped more than expected, data showed on Thursday, in a sign that weak foreign demand held back growth in Europe’s biggest economy at the start of 2016. Seasonally ...Read More

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Sweden December exports higher than 2014

With an increase of 0.6% to a total of 904,200 m³, Swedish exports of softwood lumber and planed products in December 2015 were only slightly higher than the previous year. Exports to buyers within Europe were raised by roughly 13% ...Read More

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French Wheat Exports increased In January

France exported 1.1 million tonnes of soft wheat outside the European Union in January, the second-highest monthly volume since the start of the 2015/16 season. This was helped by substantial sales to Morocco, Egypt and Algeria, customs data showed. In ...Read More

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Turkey’s exports rise for the first time in 14 months

Turkey's exports have increased slightly in February compared with the same period last year. Exports totaled $10.8 billion last month, with an increase of 3.1 percent year-on-year, while it reached $20.4 billion in the first two months of 2016, which ...Read More

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Electrified rail link for Tilburg freight terminal

Electric locomotives can now operate to the Railport Brabant (RPB) freight terminal in Tilburg, the Netherlands. ProRail has completed the installation of 1.3 kilometres of OLE to the terminal, which allows freight trains hauled by electric locomotives to access the ...Read More

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Turkish January exports worst since 2011

Turkey's monthly exports fell below the $10 billion mark for the first time since 2011 in January, while regional political crises dealt a major blow to Turkish exports to such traditional markets as Russia and the EU, government data showed ...Read More

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South Africa: Cost of Cheap Imports

Poultry and pork producers in South Africa are struggling, not only because of the impact of dry climatic conditions on production, but also because they have to compete with “cheaper” imports. South Africa, which has an unemployment rate of over ...Read More

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South Florida’s imports fall

Last year, South Florida’s imports fell to their lowest level since 2011. Against that backdrop, the top 10 imports were all valued in excess of $1 billion for the first time. Overall, imports totaled just shy of $48.60 billion, down ...Read More

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Vietnam Pepper Producer to boost Exports

Pepper shipments from Vietnam, the world’s biggest producer, will probably rise 13 percent this year, pushing down export prices, according to the chairman of the nation’s industry group. Exports will climb to 150,000 metric tons from about 133,000 tons in ...Read More

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Busselton Airport funding bid for freight

The City of Busselton is soliciting support from other south-west Western Australian areas, in its bid for federal funding to upgrade its airport to international standards. The city's community and commercial services director, Naomi Searle, said the airport's third application, ...Read More

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Nigeria: Tomato processors competing with cheap imports

Tomato processing factories in Nigeria are working to secure the local market and keep out cheap imports. This is difficult for Africa’s second largest tomato producer due to inadequate facilities. They face a variety of problems, ranging from cheap imports ...Read More

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Treasury Wine Estates wants government to boost exports to China

Treasury Wine Estates CEO Michael Clarke says that China's free trade deal with Australia will bring major benefits to the company, and the entire Australian wine industry. But he said a lack of harmonisation between customs officials in Australia and ...Read More

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Bulgaria Increases Wine Exports to China, Germany, UK

Bulgaria's wine production industry is working under the conditions of a drop in exports to Russia and a surge to China, Germany, and the UK. The Agriculture minister said that estimates suggested that the output of the wine production industry ...Read More

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Shandong Fuji apple exports recover

Recently, China's export volume of apples has risen, especially for the Shandong Fuji apple. At the same time, a price decrease in the domestic market has increased demand. In 2014, Fuji apple prices soared in the autumn. This led directly ...Read More

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US farming company helps boost Ukraine exports

A US agriculture firm, has announced a $100m (£71.5m) investment in a Ukrainian port. Under a deal with Ukraine's M.V. Cargo, the money will be used to build a grain terminal on the Black Sea which will boost agricultural exports. ...Read More

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Argentina weaker peso will keep imports flat

Argentina's imports in 2016 are expected to be approximately unchanged from last year, as a devalued peso offsets the lifting of most import restrictions imposed by the country's previous government, Buenos Aires' top trade official has said. Argentina has removed ...Read More

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South Africa’s maize imports to soar

South African maize imports could cost up to 19 billion rand ($1.2 billion) this year, a sharp increase from 2 billion rand in 2015, as a severe drought hits farm output and pushes up food prices, the Treasury said in ...Read More

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South Africa and USA resolve poultry imports problems

South Africa and the United States (US) have resolved all the outstanding issues relating to agricultural imports from the USA. In a statement issued by the government on Tuesday, Minister Siyabonga Cwele said that solving the issues had paved the ...Read More

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Rolls-Royce to export 100 MTU engines for freight locomotives

Chinese locomotive manufacturer China Railway Rolling Stock has awarded a contract to Rolls-Royce worth more than €30m to deliver a total of 100 MTU Series 4000 engines. CRRC will equip the 16V 4000 R43 type engines in 100 freight locomotives, ...Read More

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Norwegian rail freight operator ceases operations

Open-access rail freight operator Cargolink of Norway ceased operations on February 11 after the company's board decided to file for insolvency. Founded in 2008, the company operated freight trains across Norway, including regular intermodal services from the terminal at Alnabru ...Read More

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TfL creates freight holding areas

Transport for London, in collaboration with the London Bridge Working Group, has created freight holding areas in the area of London Bridge. The sites are designed for freight and construction vehicles to park, and wait until they have access to ...Read More

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Russia banning imports of US soy

Moscow's ban on imports of US soybeans may have forced Russia to use genetically-modified crops to gain enough oilseeds for its burgeoning livestock industry – at least, according to US officials. In 2014 Russia banned a swathe of agricultural imports ...Read More

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Singapore exports to China suffer biggest decline for seven years

China’s slowdown really hit home last month, with Singapore’s shipments to the country taking the biggest hammering in seven years. Non-oil domestic exports (Nodx) to China plunged 25.2 per cent last month over January last year, in the wake of ...Read More

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German exports to Russia likely to drop 5 pct

German exports to Russia are likely to fall 5 percent this year. In 2015 they fell by about 30%, because of sanctions over the Ukraine conflict and low oil prices, the head of foreign trade at Germany's DIHK Chambers of ...Read More

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Russian vodka exports slump by 40 per cent

Exports of Russian vodka have hit a 10-year low, falling by more than 40 per cent largely, because of economic sanctions. Sales of the national drink fell by 42 per cent last year, the lowest level in a decade. Russian ...Read More

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Air freight firms get rebates from Changi

In Singapore the challenging outlook for the global air freight industry has prompted Changi Airport Group to offer about $14 million in rebates for firms in the industry. A one-time rebate for cargo carriers, and firms helping companies organise air ...Read More

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UK Deep Water Ports will weigh Freight Containers

More of the country’s deep water ports have revealed their plans for assisting shippers in the weighing of containers which will be a mandatory requirement for all box freight consignments from 1 July. Lack of a verified container weight document ...Read More

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Kenya’s Exports Spike

Kenya is seeking ways to take advantage of the turnaround in exports, which have risen faster than imports for the first time in over five years. It appears that falling energy prices helped fuel a 13 per cent year-on-year fall ...Read More

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China Fuel Exports Slump

China’s net oil products exports fell to a seven-month low amid speculation refiners chose to sell more fuel at home after the government stopped cutting domestic prices amid crude oil's crash. Net product exports -- a measure that strips out ...Read More

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First freight train from China arrives in Iran

A freight train from China arrived in Tehran on Monday, Iranian and Chinese media reported; the train, carrying 32 freight containers, arrived in Tehran after a 14-day, 10,399 kilometre (6,462 mile) journey from Yiwu city in east China. The train's ...Read More

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French wine and spirit exports reach all-time high

France scored record-breaking sales of wines and spirits in 2015, due mainly to robust exports of champagne and cognac, with €11.7 billion ($13.15 billion) flowing in. "This good result should not distract from the constant erosion of our export market ...Read More

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Asian markets boost exports of Canadian cherries

British Columbia cherry exports are soaring thanks to new access to Asian markets. Sour cherry exports grew 300 per cent between 2014 and 2015, with China as the main trade partner. Exports of fresh sweet cherries — mainly to the ...Read More

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Container Weighing

The Port of Felixstowe will be offering a freight container weighing service for UK shippers in accordance with new international regulations from 1st July. The regulations relate to an amendment to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention, and ...Read More

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Mayor’s freight ban “counterproductive”, says Freight Transport Association

Mayor Boris Johnson is ‘exploring a range of options’ for banning or charging some freight vehicles at certain times of day in the capital. The Freight Transport Association has said this would make London a more expensive city to do ...Read More

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Sweden expects trade with India to grow in 2016

After a lull in bilateral trade with India from 2011 to 2013, Sweden saw an increase in trade with India in 2015 and expects its trade prospects to be much better in 2016. During the first nine calendar months of ...Read More

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NFU welcomes DairyUK Exports Strategy

Dairy UK has published a new export strategy to help the dairy industry unlock a ‘new world of opportunity’ on international markets. The strategy, ‘United Kingdom: Exporting Dairy to the World’, identifies a raft of actions and recommendations that will ...Read More

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Salmon gives Norway exports a boost

NORWEGIAN seafood exports surged to 6.7 billion ironers in January, a rise of 18 per cent or one billion kroners. The farmed salmon sector accounted for well over half that total. Although salmon export volumes were down during January, continued ...Read More

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Government’s new push to increase farming exports

British farmers must be helped to sell their produce to countries in Asia and America as part of the Government’s new push to increase exports, the farming industry’s union leader said. National Farmers’ Union president Meurig Raymond welcomed the announcement ...Read More

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Poland-Russia permits dispute threatens EU freight trade

Freight traffic between the EU and Russia is under threat. After an agreement allowing Polish trucks to ship cargo to and from Russia expired at the end of January, Polish freight vehicles are now banned from crossing the border. Negotiations ...Read More

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Japanese food exports hit record high

Japan's exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products, as well as foods, in 2015 rose 21.8 percent from a year earlier to ¥745.2 billion, hitting a record high for the third straight year, a preliminary government report showed last week. ...Read More

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Georgia’s hazelnut exports decreased 2015

In 2015 the volume of hazelnut exports from Georgia, in the Caucasus region, decreased 2.5% in comparison with the previous year; the monetary value of exports also dropped to US $176.4 million (a decrease of 3.8 percent on the year). ...Read More

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Timber exports from Sweden rise

Swedish exports of sawn and planed softwood were up 5% in January-November 2015 compared with the same period 2014, according to Statistics Sweden. Exports in November were up 2% compared with the same month last year. Sweden’s biggest export market ...Read More

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Record for New Zealand wine exports

New Zealand's most improving markets included the USA, where the value of its exports grew 26% to £207m, and Canada, which witnessed an 18% rise to reach £45 million. The UK market for New Zealand wine also grew; exports here ...Read More

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TfL launches low emission freight programme

An industry-led programme aimed at reducing emissions from freight and fleet operators in the UK capital was launched by Transport for London last week. 85% of London’s cargo is transported by road, with freight making up 17% of the capital’s ...Read More

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‘Mixed picture’ for Scottish exports

An increase in sales to the rest of the UK helped to boost overall exports from Scotland in 2014, according to official estimates. Total exports, excluding oil and gas, rose by 0.8% to £76bn. Sales to the rest of the ...Read More

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Kenya: Boost for Horticulture Exports

Kenya's prospect of increased horticultural exports has received a major boost, after the State laboratory got permission to test chemical pesticide residues. The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service said its Analytical Chemistry Laboratory was given a clean bill of health ...Read More

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South Korea exports suffer

For a country whose exports account for roughly half of its economic output, 2015 was a difficult year for South Korea, with overseas shipments declining for 12 months in a row. A number of factors contributed to the export downturn, ...Read More

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Ethiopia Coffee Exports to Rise 45 Percent

The Ethiopian government has announced its intention to raise coffee exports by 45% this year. This is to be done by offering incentives and increased government support to farmers. Shimelis Arega, a Trade Ministry spokesman said in a statement early ...Read More

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