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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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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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China ‘ s rail freight falls sharply in 2015

China's national rail freight volume, an indicator of economic activity, fell significantly in 2015, official data showed on last week. Railways carried 3.36 billion tons of cargo last year, down 11.9 percent year on year, the National Development and Reform ...Read More

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Aussie wine exports fuelled by China growth

Rocketing Chinese demand and new free trade agreements in Asia have helped lift the value of Australian wine exports to their highest level since before the global financial crisis. The value of wine exports to China grew by 66 per ...Read More

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Great British Food Unit launched to help exporters

A new Great British Food Unit launched on 21 January, with the aim of matching France and Germany for food exports. Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said the unit would support exporters and industry to help meet the target of increasing ...Read More

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Mango exports in Maharashtra may see 15% jump this year

After a disappointing 2015 due to the vagaries of climate, mango growers in the state of Maharashtra in India are hoping for a 15 per cent increase in exports this year. Although the European Union lifted ban on imports of ...Read More

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Scottish manufactured exports down

SCOTTISH manufactured export volumes fell by 0.4 per cent in the third quarter of 2015, and overseas sales of the key drinks sector, which includes Scotch whisky, were flat, official figures have shown. A 15.7 per cent tumble in exports ...Read More

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New Poole-Bilbao freight service

A vessel to carry freight between Poole and Bilbao, in northern Spain has been chartered by a French shipping company. A pure RoRo craft, Pelican has the capacity for around one hundred unaccompanied freight trailers and twelve drivers and will ...Read More

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Estonian rail freight volumes plunge

DECLINING trade with Russia inflicted a heavy toll on rail freight traffic in Estonia last year, according to annual traffic figures from national rail freight operator EVR Cargo. Freight traffic to and from Russia declined by 18% to 7.7 million ...Read More

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Australian wine exports value surges to $2.1 billion

The value of Australian wine exports has surged 14 per cent to $2.1 billion in 2015, the highest value since late 2007. The annual export report by the statutory authority Wine Australia tracks Australian wine exports globally. The latest report ...Read More

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Chinese cotton imports fall

Chinese cotton imports in December were down 29% year on year, as demand from the world's largest cotton consumer remains low. The Chinese trade website Cncotton.com said the country's imports stood at 188,200 tonnes in December. And concerns are growing ...Read More

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East Midlands freight interchange approved

The East Midlands Gateway Rail Freight Interchange, planned for a site north of East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire, has been granted development consent by the Transport minister Robert Goodwill MP. The strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) will be built over ...Read More

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New shipping container weighing regulations

The World Shipping council and other industry bodies have issued a new Frequently Asked Questions document to help with the new container weighing regulations which take effect on 1 July 2016.  The regulations require packed shipping containers to have a ...Read More

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Australia’s exports of infant milk affected by China economy

Exports of one of Australia's hottest-selling products, infant formula, has been caught up in the market woes about the health of China's economy. Shares in some of Australia's most-popular infant formula brands have plummeted. One dairy executive said that despite ...Read More

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Saudi Arabia suspends French imports over bird flu

Saudi Arabia yesterday suspended the import of poultry, eggs and dairy products from seven French regions, due to a bird flu outbreak. The Saudi Food and Drug Authority said the regions include France’s southwestern Dordogne. The director of the French ...Read More

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Turkish exports drop in value

Turkey’s exports in 2015 showed a decline of 8.7 per cent compared with the previous year, falling to US$144bn, according to data from the Exporters’ Assembly of Turkey. TIM attributed the disappointing result to fluctuations in parity, decreasing commodity prices ...Read More

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Sweden can provide clean tech to India

With deteriorating air quality becoming an area of concern, Sweden said it is keen to provide clean technology solutions to India. "Sweden has many years of experience in the field of clean technology. The much debated air quality, for example, ...Read More

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Britain’s manufacturing exports ‘approaching stagnation’

Britain's manufacturing exports are 'approaching stagnation', while sales and orders for both the domestic and international markets are now 'well below' their pre-recession levels in 2007, a UK business body has warned. Although the dominant services sector remains resilient to ...Read More

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Work on Indian dedicated freight corridor begins

Work has commenced on the Rs 4328 crore project to build the 320-kilometre stretch of the western dedicated freight corridor. This will be a dedicated freight line connecting Delhi and Mumbai, and is expectedto be completed within 48 months. "This ...Read More

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Iran bans Saudi imports

The Iranian government has said it has banned the import of products from Saudi Arabia, as well as the import of goods of Saudi origin from other countries. The move comes after Riyadh cut diplomatic ties with Tehran on January ...Read More

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Freight Forwarders Will Continue to Face Big Challenges

The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association for United Kingdom (UK) freight forwarders, says that 2016 will see its members continuing to face numerous challenges. Some of them will be caused by legislative changes and government policy rather ...Read More

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Australia to boost crocodile exports

Crocodiles have been a protected species in Australia for decades; the resulting population explosion is endangering the human population, and the Northern Territory government wishes to profit from this by exporting excess crocs, eggs and skins. The new Trade Management ...Read More

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Norway seafood exports hit new high

Norway seafood exports reached a record 74.5 billion Norwegian kroners (NOK) during 2015, NOK 5.8 billion more than the previous year. Farmed salmon again took the lead. In fact, farmed salmon and trout accounted for around two thirds of this ...Read More

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Zimbabwe to ‘increase wildlife exports to China’

Zimbabwe is to increase the export of wildlife, including elephants, to China, says the environment minister. She is quoted as saying that the move will reduce the chances of elephants dying because of drought. Critics have previously condemned the exports ...Read More

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RDF Exports growth may level out

The level of export growth for Refuse Derived Fuelis clearly slowing:some UK RDF operators expect 2015 to be the final year of growth, with attention beginning to turn to the domestic market as capacity of continental incinerator continues to reach ...Read More

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RDF exports to pass 2.75m tonnes in 2015

Exports of refuse derived fuel (RDF) from England during 2015 are expected to pass a record total of 2.75 million tonnes when provisional Environment Agency data for December is published soon. The latest provisional international waste export shipment figures published ...Read More

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China rail freight volumes post largest annual decline

China's rail freight volumes fell 10.5 pct in 2015, which is likely to add to concerns over China's economic growth rate. China needs growth to hit its 2020 rail freight volume goal. China's national rail freight volumes declined by a ...Read More

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Turkey Exports affected by currency

The dramatic rise in the U.S. dollar against other currencies has had a huge negative effect over the Turkey's exports. Under normal conditions, the loss of the Turkish Lira’s value against the dollar would be expected to be good for ...Read More

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Turkey’s exports drop 8.7 percent in 2015

Turkey’s exports decreased by around 8.7 percent to $143.7 billion in 2015 compared to 2014 due to fluctuations in parity, a plunge in commodity prices and escalating geopolitical risks, according to data from the Exporters’ Assembly of Turkey. The developments ...Read More

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Zimbabwe to step up maize imports

Zimbabwe is planning to import up to 700,000 tonnes of the staple maize this year to avert hunger as the El Nino weather pattern brings poor rains and affects crops in the Southern African nation. Last year the government imported ...Read More

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USA halts Spanish pepper, Colombian citrus imports

USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service announced last week that it has suspended imports of Spanish peppers following the discovery of Mediterranean fruit fly in a number of consignments arriving at US ports. Aphis said the ban also applied to ...Read More

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Decline in $A helps Australian wine exports

The Australian dollar has tumbled in value against its US counterpart for the third straight year, but wine exporters are only now starting to fully savour its benefits. A survey by National Australia Bank showed the country's exporters had about ...Read More

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US lobster exports to Europe down

Canada and the U.S. export the same species of lobster to Europe — the American lobster, known for its big, meaty claws and popularity with summer tourists to the northeastern New England states. Exporters started shipping large amounts of lobster ...Read More

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FTA expresses doubts on Clean Air Zones

The Freight Transport Associations Climate Change Policy Manager said “FTA recognises the urgent need for the UK to meet EU air quality targets and to improve local air quality for residents. We also recognise that the freight sector must contribute. ...Read More

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Imports from Spain, France and the Netherlands are stable

Imports to Italy from Spain, France and the Netherlands are stable. "The import of the main vegetables from the foreign markets at the moment is dead calm", explained CoFra, a wholesaler based in Verona specialising in imports from Spain, the ...Read More

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Freight takes main burden of air improvement – FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says that exempting cars from the proposed Clean Air Zones in five English cities is a missed opportunity to significantly improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ...Read More

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Freightliner promises to strengthen rail freight competition

Freightliner has made a commitment to help strengthen competition in the rail freight sector, according to The Office of Rail and Road. After receiving a complaint of anti-competitive behaviour, the ORR launched an investigation into the transport of deep-sea containers ...Read More

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CBI recommends Exports Commission to boost UK exports

With CBI forecasts predicting that the UK will fall over £300 billion short of its 2020 exports target, action is needed to ‘move the dial’ on exports and - the North East can lead the way. In its new report ...Read More

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Vietnam Garment exports to US near $10 billion

Total exports of textiles and garments from Viet Nam to the USA gained a year-on-year increase of 11.7 per cent to US$9.88 billion from January to November 2015. According to the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas), during these ...Read More

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Swiss Watch Exports Fall in November on Steep Hong Kong Decline

Swiss watch exports fell in November, led by a 28 percent decline in shipments to Hong Kong, the industry’s largest market. Export shipments slid 5.6 percent to 1.95 billion Swiss francs ($1.96 billion), according to figures released Tuesday by the ...Read More

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Welsh industry talks to boost Dubai lamb exports

Welsh red meat industry exporters have met up with more than 50 of Dubai’s influentialfood purchasers in an Hybu Cig Cymru-hosted networking event, aimed at boosting PGI Welsh Lamb exports in the Middle East. “We invited Dubai’s important decision-makers from ...Read More

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Russia wants rise in fruit imports from Iran

Russia has announced that it is considering reduction or elimination of import duties on Iranian agricultural products – a measure that may be meant to encourage larger exports of Iranian fruits and vegetables to Russia. Minister of Economic Development Alexei ...Read More

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WTO ends subsidies on agriculture exports

The World Trade Organization on Dec. 19 agreed to eliminate subsidies for farm exports, marking the "most significant outcome on agriculture" in the organization's 20-year history, according to WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo. "WTO members — especially developing countries — ...Read More

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‘Freight crisis’ may drive Tasmanian farmers to shoot their livestock

A freight bottleneck in Tasmania's rural sector has left about 10,000 sheep stranded in Tasmania; dry conditions have forced farmers to sell their stock, but it has clashed with the busy freight period leading up to Christmas which means shipping ...Read More

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Singapore’s exports dip 3.3% in November

Exports of electronic products from Singapore grew by 0.7 per cent on a year-on-year basis in November in contrast to the 3.2 per cent decrease in the previous month. The growth was largely due to telecommunications equipment (41.4 per cent), ...Read More

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State wants to market food exports to Middle East

Hawaii is hoping to export its food products to the Middle East, but both product and packaging will need to adhere to strict Islamic guidelines. In 2014, Hawaii’s agricultural exports totaled $122 million; the total so far in 2015 is ...Read More

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Government asked to consider maritime for freight

The New Zealand Shipping Federation has released a document called Full Steam Ahead, encouraging politicians to appreciate the advantages of maritime transport. The Executive director Annabel Young said shipping tended to get left out of discussions when the government planned ...Read More

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Japanese Farm exports projected to hit record high in 2015

Japanese exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products, as well as other foods, are expected to hit a record high in 2015, agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama said. Exports of such products from January to October reached ¥602.9 billion, jumping 23.2 ...Read More

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Farmer protests this Christmas over NZ lamb imports

Farmers are threatening protests against Tesco this Christmas, after talks broke down over reducing the large amounts of imported New Zealand lamb on sale in its stores. Members of farm lobby group Farmers For Action and North Wales sheep farmer ...Read More

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Scottish whisky and salmon exports to France soar

New Government figures have revealed a growing demand for Scottish produce among the French, largely driven by a growing taste for the Scottish national drink. Exports of whisky have risen by over 50 per cent since 2007. Wine continues to ...Read More

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Australia funds intermodal rail freight facility

The Australian Government has announced a A$9.6m investment in the Bromelton intermodal rail freight precinct project in south-east Queensland. The project to build the A$30m intermodal freight terminal at Bromelton has been given to SCT Logistics. Australia's Deputy Prime Minister ...Read More

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Exports of British gin rise 37 per cent in the last five years

Over the last five years, global exports of British gin have risen 37 per cent, with sales worth £1.76bn in 139 countries, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA). Two-third of gin distilled in the UK goes to ...Read More

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Drivers’ hours amendment to help freight industry with Christmas

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says a temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours will help freight operators make vital Christmas deliveries in Scotland after the closure of the Forth Road Bridge for emergency repairs. The Bridge will not re-open until the ...Read More

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China increases commodity exports

China's refineries shipped a record amount of fuel products, aluminum processors sold their second-highest tonnage of product and steelmakers increased exports by 22 percent to 102 million tonnes in the January-November period, setting a new record, according to preliminary customs ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association reports on Forth Bridge

Following the announcement that the Forth Road Bridge will be closed until the New Year, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is asking its members to report delays and problems with drivers’ hours. The Scottish Government has asked the Freight Transport ...Read More

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Slump in Basmati Rice Exports

A slump in the export of basmati rice is having a damaging effect on the economy of Pakistan. It has exacerbated rural poverty with often catastrophic consequences for small farmers. The causes of the slump are complex and both national ...Read More

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French trade deficit widens as imports increase

France's trade deficit widened in October from September as imports rose abruptly and exports declined slightly, the country's customs office said on Tuesday. The trade deficit of the eurozone's second-largest economy rose to 4.58 billion euros ($4.97 billion) in October ...Read More

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China imports and exports falling again

Chinese imports and exports both fell in November, official data showed on Tuesday, the latest poor figures from the world's second-largest economy. Exports sank 6.8 percent year-on-year to $197.2 billion in November, Customs said; a marginal improvement on the previous ...Read More

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Pakistan Exports in trouble

Exports from Pakistan have been static at $24-25 billion for the last many years, and their share in global export market ($19,002 billion: 2014) remains nominal 0.13 percent. In comparison, Bangladesh’s exports valued $33.2 billion, while exports of Malaysia and ...Read More

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FAST Act funding for freight infrastructure

A special Committee of the USA Government has filed a Conference Report recommending robust freight funding and sound federal policy. The five-year Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act funds a freight-specific competitive grant program, the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway ...Read More

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UK output eases but exports up

A recent report said that while UK manufacturing levels are slowing, exports are lifting slightly. The report added that export levels rose for the third consecutive month, boosted by new business from the USA, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, the Middle East, ...Read More

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Forecast increase in US exports to China

The US Department of Agriculture forecasts a considerable increase in China's imports of coarse grains, soybeans, cotton, beef, and pork by 2024. Furthermore, growth in U.S. exports of horticultural goods, dairy, and alcoholic beverages to China bode well for future ...Read More

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US agricultural exports to China increase

Over the past decade, the U.S. agricultural exports to China have risen sharply, propelling China into its position as the fastest-growing and highest-value export destination for U.S.A farm and food products. In 2011, China surpassed Canada to become the top ...Read More

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Nicaragua coffee exports drop more than 60 percent

Coffee exports from Nicaragua plunged by about 62 percent in October, the first month of the current 2015/2016 harvesting season, compared with the same month last year, the national export center Cetrex said on last week. Coffee exports in October ...Read More

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France bans imports of lion hunt trophies

France has banned the import of lion heads, paws and skins as hunters’ trophies, almost four months after the killing of Zimbabwe’s most famous lion by an American trophy hunter sparked international outrage. In a letter to the animals rights ...Read More

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Fastest growing exports – New Zealand

Food and beverage accounts for just under half New Zealand's exports, but the country has significant untapped capacity to export more, according to a Government-commissioned report. The report said New Zealand was still discovering its comparative advantages in the food ...Read More

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Norway Power Dispute over gas exports

A dispute in Norway is centred on Nyhamna, a gas processing plant being expanded with freight-train sized modules to allow it to supply about 22 million European homes. Norway is set to export an unprecedented amount of the fuel to ...Read More

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Norway’s Economy Boosted by Exports Amid Krone Weakness

Norway’s economy grew more than estimated in the third quarter as a weaker krone boosted exports. Seasonally adjusted gross domestic product, excluding oil, gas and shipping, grew 0.2 percent, after expanding a revised 0.3 percent in the second quarter, Statistics ...Read More

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Irish beef exports to UK back 4% on September 2014

Exports of Irish beef to the UK are back 4% on the September 2014 at 16,000t, a drop which AHDB contributes entirely to lower imports of frozen boneless product. However, it states that overall export volumes moving from Ireland to ...Read More

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Exports roadshow to hits Telford

A travelling export roadshow called into Telford ON Thursday 19th November, week as part of a major campaign to get 100,000 more businesses exporting by 2020. As part of the Government’s Exporting is GREAT campaign, the roadshow visited Telford’s Welcome ...Read More

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Mongolian imports to quench thirst for forage

China will import more than 400,000 metric tons of forage from Mongolia next year, in order to cope with the growing demand in China for dairy and other high-protein products, officials said earlier this month. Import shipments have already started, ...Read More

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Ontario exports to rise

A new forecast by Export Development Canada predicts that Ontario will see broad-based gains in exports this year and next, thanks to a favourable exchange rate and rising demand caused by a strong recovery in the U.S. economy. The Crown ...Read More

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Freight operator to increase Irish Sea sailings

An Irish Sea freight operator is increasing the frequency of its sailings to and from the Port of Liverpool, due to the new Liverpool2 container terminal. The changes by the Freight company, in response to the creation of Liverpool2 and ...Read More

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Drinks sector could double exports for Ireland

Ireland’s drink industry could grow exports to more than €2 billion over the next 15 years and create an additional 13,000 jobs across the country, according to a new study. The report warns however that potential growth could be harmed ...Read More

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UK exports through Heathrow

U.K. exports to China via London's Heathrow Airport more than doubled in the year to July, which emphasises the importance of the world's second-biggest economy in global trade, despite its slowdown. Over £7 billion worth of British exports traveled to ...Read More

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Two European freight corridors open

CROSS-border railfreight operators can now use simplified tariffs and timetables through so-called 'one-stop shops' on two of Europe's growing network of freight corridors. The two new corridors, numbers 3 and 8 were opened on November 10. Freight Corridor 3 covers ...Read More

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Scotch Whisky Exports Fall due to Brazil Downturn

Scotch whisky exports continued to decline in the first six months of this year, as the economic downturn in Brazil and high import taxes in India curbed demand for the spirit. Export volume fell about 3 percent to 517 million ...Read More

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Fruit and veg growers soaring imports

Fruit and vegetable imports have hit record levels, according to a report by the NFU Horticulture and Potato Board. The value of UK field vegetable production plummeted 14% between 2010 and 2014 and outdoor vegetable growers shrank their cropped areas ...Read More

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Australia to invest $15m to increase rail freight capacity

The Australian Government is extending five passing loops across Victoria and South Australia to facilitate the operation of 1,800m freight trains. The $15m loops extension project will be carried out at Mile End in South Australia, and Pyrenees, Murtoa, Pimpinio ...Read More

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Loss of coal threatens Scottish freight prospects

Scotland’s rail freight industry is likely to suffer a severe decline without co-ordinated intervention, according to a consultation released by Transport Scotland. The 'Delivering the Goods' document, which was launched by Scottish Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay on ...Read More

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Florida exports fell 10.9% in August

Exports of manufactured goods contributed significantly to the state’s international trade, accounting for 75 percent of all state exports in August. Exports from state manufacturers decreased in August by 7.1 percent from the previous month to $2.99 billion. Meanwhile, exports ...Read More

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Port of Dover set to hit record-breaking figure increase in freight

The chaos in Calais and Operation Stack hasn’t affected freight figures, as the Port of Dover is set to have a record-breaking year. An increase of 4.2% in freight traffic was recorded in September, with 9,000 more freight units carried ...Read More

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French Railways testing 1000m freight trains

Fret SNCF, the freight transport arm of France’s national rail operator, is conducting a series of new trials with 1,000-metre freight trains. As continuation of last year’s Marathon long freight train project, Fret SNCF will run 12 trains between October ...Read More

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Freight Train Gridlock in Chicago

The State Railway of America, Amtrack, has just published the results of a year-long investigation into the chronic passenger and freight train gridlock in Chicago. Shipping delays on the freight line are so serious that customers often need to hold ...Read More

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Container shipping prospects

A recent report suggests that container shipping will continue to suffer from over-capacity and financial difficulties. The forecast for container shipping growth for this year has been reduced to 2.2%. Additional capacity is being added to the fleet this year, ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association welcomes Heathrow air freight expansion

The announcement that Heathrow plans to double the volume of air freight cargo was described as brilliant news for industry and the UK economy by the Freight Transport Association. The FTA has said that Heathrow’s proposals recognise the vital importance ...Read More

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Logistics Park Progress

Phase 1 of the Masterplan for the new Port of Felixstowe Logistics Park is completed. The Logistics Park will provide 1.4 million square feet of purpose built warehousing at theUK's largest container port. 40% of all UK container freight moves ...Read More

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German trade body expects 6% rise in exports

Germany's BGA wholesalers and exporters body raised its forecast for export growth for this year. They said that demand from Europe and the United States would offset weaker emerging export markets and any negative impact from Volkswagen's emissions scandal. The ...Read More

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US sets high duties on melamine imports from China

The United States has set steep duties on imports of melamine from China and Trinidad and Tobago, after finding the goods were produced using unfair government subsidies and sold too cheaply in U.S. markets. The Department of Commerce set final ...Read More

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China to welcome back pork imports from USA

China, the global leader in pork consumption, will resume pork imports from 14 U.S.A plants and warehouses, after banning the imports due to the use of a prohibited feed additive. "China's decision will 'mean a significant boost in sales for ...Read More

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Cretan Olive Oil Exports Grow Fivefold

Exports from the Greek island of Crete nearly doubled to €295 million for the first six months of 2015 according to Alkiviadis Kalabokis, president of the Exporters’ Association of Crete. This is mainly due to increased olive oil exports which ...Read More

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UK exports have fallen to lowest levels for six years

New research has shown exports have fallen to their lowest level for six years. A survey of 1,250 firms found that just over half said export orders have remained constant in recent months. Both measures have fallen to their lowest ...Read More

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Scottish food and drink exports could be at risk from Brexit

The SNP has warned that Scottish exports worth £733 million could be put at risk if Britain leaves the EU. External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop said the union was “essential” to maintaining trade in products such as whisky, which provides ...Read More

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Russia Plans Cheese Imports From Iran

Iran is ready to start shipping cheese to Russia, a little over a year after Moscow imposed an embargo on dairy products from most European countries. Iranian dairy products to be supplied to Russia successfully passed an inspection by Russia's ...Read More

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Asia’s love for Australian wine fuels export boom

As the world’s palate for fine wines evolves, Australia’s local export market is reaping the benefits. This year, Australia’s wine export value is experiencing its strongest growth in eight years. This follows Treasury Wine’s $750 million acquisition of Diageo Wine’s ...Read More

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China rail freight continues to decline

China's railway freight volume, a key indicator of economic activity, dropped in the first three quarters of 2015, the country's top economic planner said last week. The railways transported 2.53 billion tons of cargo from January to September, down 11.4 ...Read More

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Exports to turn around South Africa’s economy

South Australia's export sector, which has created more than 200,000 jobs, will help turn around the state's economic fortunes, the government says. Almost 30 per cent of SA's workforce is linked to interstate and overseas exports and tourism, Investment and ...Read More

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New Zealand Annual Imports From China Surge In September

Annual imports of goods from China hit a record high of NZ$10 billion, up NZ$1.6 billion (19 percent), for the year ending September 2015, Statistics New Zealand said earlier this week. Total goods imports reached NZ$52 billion, the highest-ever for ...Read More

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China’s gold imports from Hong Kong jump to 10-month high

China's net gold imports from the main conduit, Hong Kong, jumped to a ten-month high in September, data showed this week. Net gold imports from Hong Kong rose to 97.242 tonnes in September from 59.319 tonnes in August, according to ...Read More

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Tata Steel Blames China imports for 1200 British Jobs Cuts

Tata Steel Ltd. (IW 1000/196) on October 20 said it would cut around 1,200 jobs at two plants in Britain, blaming the action in part on cheap imports from China. "This comes in response to a shift in market conditions ...Read More

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Quarterly Exports of Watches Decline

Swiss watch exports had their biggest quarterly decline since 2009 as the industry struggles with the strong franc and as a slump in demand in China and Hong Kong began to spread across Asia. The value of exports fell 7.2 ...Read More

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Vietnam blocks Chinese apple imports due to island dispute

Apple exporters in China will have to come up with new, non-controversial packaging if they want to resume sending the fruit to Vietnam, authorities said last week. "Importers will have to cancel those cartons if they want to want to ...Read More

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South Africa stone-fruit growers see record exports

South Africa’s export volumes for nectarines, peaches and plums are expected to rise to a record in the 2015-16 season. Demand from the Middle East is climbing and new cultivars are being planted. The nation may export 3.9 million 2.5-kilogram ...Read More

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Coffee exports drop from India

India's coffee exports declined marginally to 3,00,522 tonnes in the 2014-15 marketing year due to multiple factors, including drop in global prices, according to the Coffee Board. Exports stood at 3,03,250 tonnes in the previous year. The coffee marketing year ...Read More

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Britain will probably miss target of £1trn exports by 2020

The Government will miss its target of exports worth £1trn of goods and services annually by 2020, unless Britain breaks all known growth records, the Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, has admitted. In his 2012 Budget, Chancellor George Osborne set a ...Read More

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Port of Tyne set to axe 40 jobs as coal imports fall

The Port of Tyne is to axe about 40 jobs as it looks to slash costs due to a fall in coal imports. The port issued a statement confirming it was in talks with staff and unions over the cuts ...Read More

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Ukrainian exports slump in first half

New figures show that the Ukraine has been hit by an export slump of 17% in the first half of 2015 fuelled by a combination of political instability and a lack of confidence in future development. The latest freight traffic ...Read More

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China bans African ivory imports for a year

Chinese authorities have announced a one-year ban on imports of African ivory acquired as hunting trophies in the country’s latest effort to fight wildlife poaching and trafficking. In a statement on its website, the State Forestry Administration (SFA) said it ...Read More

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Heavy Industry Gains Lustre as Sweden Pushes to Save Exports

Sweden wants to concentrate on heavy industry to strengthen exports. Having nourished fast-growing tech and gaming companies like Spotify and King, Sweden plans to boost exports by helping its manufacturing sector regain some of its former shine, says Enterprise Minister ...Read More

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London Freight Enforcement Partnership starts

The new London Freight Enforcement Partnership has been officially launched to tackle unsafe HGVs, and take any non-compliant and unsafe commercial vehicles, drivers and operators off London’s streets. The partnership brings together Transport for London, the Driver and Vehicle Standards ...Read More

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China slowdown continues as imports fall

The release of Chinese trade figures this week showed a nearly 18 percent fall in renminbi terms for imports in the year to September and a decline in exports. In dollar terms, the decline in imports comprised of raw materials ...Read More

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German exports show biggest fall since 2009

German exports suffered their worst month since the global recession, raising fears that Europe's manufacturing powerhouse is being hampered by slowing global demand. Exports in Europe's largest economy collapsed by 5.2pc in August. This was their largest drop since January ...Read More

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Dairy imports into China decline

USA Shipments of dairy products to China for the year to August 2015 were 1.2Mt, down 20% on the same period in 2014. This fall in volumes coincided with prices for dairy products decreasing resulting in the overall value of ...Read More

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Exports set for record year despite August dip

Germany is still on course for another record year of exports in 2015 in spite of a drop of 5.2 percent in August compared with the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Thursday. "The world economy is ...Read More

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Argentine apple exports to Brazil crumble

Apple producers in the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén fear that rising domestic inflation and the falling real could mean the disappearance of the Brazilian export market for Argentine topfruit. The warning follows the release of data which show ...Read More

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Road Haulage Lobby at Conservative Conference

The Road Haulage Association (RHA), which represents a large proportion of the country’s truck operators, had a stand at the Conservative Party conference last week to ensure that those in power become aware of the state of Britain’s freight industry. ...Read More

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UKTI deal with to boost UK exports

Amazon have done a deal with the Government, in an attempt to give more support to small businesses wishing to export. Last year the number of UK businesses using Amazon Marketplace to export was up by more than 90%. The ...Read More

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India’s biggest Jewellery exporter has designs on Europe

India's biggest jewellery exporter has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that it plans to market designer jewellery in Europe and North America. The jewellery exporter said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange that it has developed a special ...Read More

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Estonia exports and imports led by transport services

In the first half of 2015, transportation and storage represented the biggest share of exports and imports of services. Transport and storage formed 31% of exports and 17% of total services imports. According the Central bank of Estonia, in the ...Read More

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Swiss exports slip as strong Franc hits Demand

Switzerland's exports fell in August as the strength of the Swiss franc diminished demand in the European Union and China for its chemicals, pharmaceuticals, machinery and watches. Exports in August fell 2.1% from a year earlier, to 14.23 billion Swiss ...Read More

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China beef exports faltering

Australia will sell less beef to China next year but more to Japan and South Korea, where free trade agreements are already in place, according to new export projections. The forecast that beef and veal exports to China will fall ...Read More

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Foreign imports cause trouble for Kashmir

Many locals in the Kashmir walnut industry are struggling because India has begun importing the nuts from other countries. Traders say demand in the world markets was initially high, but now there are virtually no export orders. Traditional import countries ...Read More

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Greek Exports Expected to Decline in 2015

Greek product exports are expected to fall in 2015, the Federation of Northern Greece Exporters (SEBE) said in September. In a report, SEBE said that the introduction of capital controls in the country exacerbated an already difficult situation and were ...Read More

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South Africa promotes premium wines to boost exports

South African wine makers are promoting higher-priced product to boost exports in established European import markets. They are also trying to establish export business in the US and Asia, where they hardly have a presence. Wine exports fell to 422.7 ...Read More

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Freight industry welcomes Select Committee Investigation

The freight industry is welcoming plans to investigate the reasons for a shortage of professional drivers in the freight sector, announced by the Transport Select Committee. The Inquiry will investigate whether the Government has taken any action to remedy the ...Read More

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Irish Exports fall

Exports have fallen to their lowest level since March, official figures published in September showed, raising the first question about whether a remarkable upsurge which is driving the economic recovery in Ireland can last. Exports fell in July to €8.76bn ...Read More

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Network Rail postpones freight line upgrade

Network Rail has currently abandoned plans to upgrade the Ely and Soham section of freight line between Nuneaton and Felixstowe in its new cost-control drive. The project near Cambridge formed part of a wider programme of projects to enhance sections ...Read More

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Kenya Flower Exports Stalling as El Nino Threatens Disease

Kenya’s flower exports may stall this year, as wet weather curbs production and costs increase because of the weakening shilling, the Kenya Flower Council said. Exports totaled 54.6 billion shillings ($519 million) in 2014, and the industry will be “doing ...Read More

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China’s August exports fell by 5.5%

China's exports in August fell by 5.5% in US dollar terms, compared to expectations for a 6% fall year-on-year. Imports for the month fell by 13.8% in dollar terms, in comparison with forecasts for a decrease of 8.2%. Dollar-denominated exports ...Read More

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Weak euro bolsters exports from Germany

Germany's trade surplus hit a record high in July, as a weaker euro helped bolster exports to countries outside the eurozone, particularly the U.S. The Federal Statistical Office said that exports rose 2.4 percent to 103.4 billion euros ($115.25 billion), ...Read More

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Air freight demand drops

Global demand for air freight dropped in July, heralding tough times ahead for international trade, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its monthly air freight report released today on 4 September. Air freight volumes dropped 0.6 per cent ...Read More

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‘Sally Traffic’ to host BIFA Freight Service Awards

It has been announced that Sally Boazman will host the British International Freight Association’s Freight Service Awards 2015 Ceremony in London next year. Better known to drivers as ‘Sally Traffic’, her BBC Radio 2 travel reports have helped keep the ...Read More

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Brazil’s Poultry Exports to Decline

Brazil's export market is strongly affected by economic events in China, according to a joint Agricultural Outlook report from the OECD and FAO. Brazil’s agricultural exports to China have surged since 2000, especially in the last five years. The main ...Read More

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Calais refugees:Freight companies warn of ‘grave’ consequences

Freight companies have warned of "grave" consequences, unless security is tightened in Calais. Eurotunnel has lifted a suspension on British-bound freight trains passing through the tunnel, which started over the Bank Holiday weekend, one of the busiest times of the ...Read More

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Rail freight decision day looms in St Albans

A decision on whether to sell land in St Albans for a massive rail freight depot will be taken by the county council’s nine-man cabinet; only two members of the Cabinet represent the district. The ‘executive decision’ on the sale ...Read More

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Russia bans food imports from Bulgaria

Russia has banned some food imports from Bulgaria from September 1, after Sofia told Moscow about an unspecified number of cases of false phytosanitary certificates. The temporary restrictions were imposed on any imports and re-exports to Russia accompanied by such ...Read More

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Increased Railfreight capacity at Port of Felixstowe

GB Railfreight ran its first train in its new slot at the Port of Felixstowe on 2 September. The freight operator has been able to increase its capacity at the Port by over one fifth (23%). The new slot, GB ...Read More

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Canadian exports jump in July

Canada’s export sector posted healthy growth for the second month in a row in July, helping cut the country’s trade deficit. Exports grew by 2.3 per cent from June to $45.46-billion, the second highest figure on record. The main areas ...Read More

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Only 0.8% of UK Renewable Electricity Lost To RDF Exports

The RDF Export Industry Group has launched a report examining the legal, environmental and economic reasons for refuse derived fuel (RDF) export in the UK. The report suggests that if the 2.6m tonnes of RDF currently exported was processed domestically, ...Read More

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Florida exports drop 9.9% in June

The latest international trade figures show that $4.54 billion worth of goods left Florida for international markets in June, a decrease of 9.9 percent from May. Exports of manufactured goods contributed significantly to the state's international trade, accounting for 75 ...Read More

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US imports of cell phones and drugs tumble

The U.S. trade deficit fell 7.4% in July, mainly because of smaller quantities of imports such as cell phones and pharmaceutical products. Exports rose for the first time in three months. Exports rose 0.4% in July to $188.5 billion, led ...Read More

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Scottish Salmon Company reports ‘record’ Q2 exports

National figures indicate that exports of whole, fresh salmon rose again in 2014 to an all time maximum, with a value of £494M. While the USA remained the top export destination with sales worth £213M, there was also significant consolidation ...Read More

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Shipping container freight rates jump

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped by 26 percent to $591 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday 28 August, data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange showed. The rise ...Read More

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Asian imports of Iran oil fall slightly in July

Asian imports of Iranian oil fell slightly from a year ago in July, after a landmark agreement on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme that may pave the way for an increase in crude exports as early as next year. Imports by ...Read More

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Pulse imports to India set new record this year

Indian importers are looking for huge quantity of chickpeas, yellow peas, pigeon peas (tur) and black matpe (chana) from Australia, Canada and other countries. Lower prices are expected, which is prompting importers to sign early contracts. Imports are being ordered ...Read More

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Fruit and meat exports from NZ rise

The value of total goods exported from New Zealand was $4.2 billion in July 2015, up $514 million (14 percent) compared with July 2014. Fruit exports led the rise, up 51 percent ($105 million) to $311 million. Meat exports rose ...Read More

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Northern Ireland exports feel chill from China

Exporters in Northern Ireland expressed concern that other markets will be caught up in China's problems. PwC chief economist Esmond Birnie said that Chinese sales were probably around £90m out of total manufacturing exports of about £6bn ever year. Jonathan ...Read More

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Schiphol streamlines freight forwarding

Cargo carriers at Amsterdam Schiphol – Europe’s third-busiest freight airport – are trying out a new logistics system to cut CO2 emissions. The ‘Milk Run’ concept uses a single delivery from a handling agent to multiple freight forwarding facilities in ...Read More

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Chinese crash could affect Plymouth exports

PLYMOUTH’S manufacturers are becoming victims of their own success;an increased focus on exports means they are being hit by turmoil in the global economy. Manufacturing experts say firms with a focus on exports are likely to experience further disturbance, particularly ...Read More

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German pork imports at a 10-year low

Increased pigmeat production in Germany in the first half of 2015 has resulted in the country exporting more and importing less. Although Germany was a relatively small direct outlet for the UK, at 14,700 tonnes for January to June 2015, ...Read More

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All Finland exports to Russia down this year

Customs data show a significant decline in exports to Russia from all sectors in Finland during the first five months of the year. Worst effected were exports of foodstuffs and oil products, which fell by 78 percent and 42 percent ...Read More

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Finnish exports to Russia down more than 35 percent

Finnish Customs reported last week that exports to the eastern neighbour had fallen 35 percent in the months up to May this year compared to 2014, reflecting a shrinkage of exports in almost every sector. Customs official said that Finnish ...Read More

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Rosy outlook for exports from Denmark

Strong competitiveness, favourable exchange rates, lower oil prices and continuing positive growth outlooks in Europe and the US will result in a 35 billion kroner increase in Danish exports in 2015. This is the message from the Foreign Ministry, which ...Read More

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Transport for the North to create freight strategy

Transport for the North (TfN), a group comprising major northern cities in the UK, is working on development of a new pan-regional freight and logistics strategy for an integrated transport network in the north. The Northern Freight and Logistics Strategy ...Read More

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Investment pours into freight despite shipping slump

Global trade and shipping figures continue to be disappointing, but investment into the freight sector continues, with logistics providers hoping that better routes to market will help buck the trend. In Asia, a major parcels company has initiated an extension ...Read More

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China Imports beef offal

According to a recent report, the majority of Irish beef exports to China are in the form of edible offal and are worth in the region of €8m annually. Irish exports of edible beef offal to China were worth €7.8m ...Read More

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Irish beef exports to China and US increase

Irish beef exports to China and the USA for the first six months of 2015 stood at 3,325t, according to latest figures. However, the majority of these exports, particularly to China were in the form of fifth quarter products. Only ...Read More

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Rail Freight Group urges ministers to back channel rail freight

The Rail Freight Group has welcomed the meeting between Theresa May and French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve to agree a deal on providing greater security measures to protect cross channel freight traffic. In a statement, the Group said this would ...Read More

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Sauvignon Blanc dominates NZ Exports

Sauvignon Blanc continues to dominate the export picture, accounting for 86.5% of international export volumes. Bulk wine exports are rising fast – up 34% over the year, compared to a 2% increase for bottled wines. Beyond New Zealand’s big three ...Read More

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Government in Russia destroys illegal imports

Vladimir Putin's latest show of defiance has used bulldozers, steamrollers and tractors to destroy hundreds of tons of illegal food imports, in televised spectacles that some Russians are calling absurd and grotesque. In a country where millions starved in the ...Read More

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NZ Marlborough Sauvignon exports rise

Total exports of New Zealand wine rose 7% to reach NZ$1.42bn in the 12 months ending 30 June, initiated by Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc sales to the US, according to the 2015 Annual Report of New Zealand Winegrowers. Exports to the ...Read More

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Japan exports stumble on China slowdown

Exports from Japan slowed in July, official data showed last week, adding to concerns about the fragile recovery in the world's number three economy as demand falls in neighbouring giant China. While the value of Japan's exports rose 7.6 percent ...Read More

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Peru: Mango exports grew by 26.2% in first half of year

Comexperu has announced that since 2010, mango exports have been growing at an average annual rate of 11.5%. Peruvian exports in the first half of 2015 did not perform well, with a drop of 15.5%. At the same time, however, ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association calls for compensation

A freight haulage trade body is demanding compensation for lorry drivers caught up in the Operation Stack chaos. The Freight Transport Association called for "suitable compensation" to be considered by the French government. The trade association says freight operators should ...Read More

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Minister works with agencies on exports

Indonesia's Minister of Trade is confident that his ministry can find a way to boost exports despite weak global demand, saying it is coordinating with other state agencies to support export-oriented industries. He said the ministry had laid out several ...Read More

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Tianjin blast increases air freight demand

Intra-Asia supply chains are beginning to face disruption,following last week’s blasts at the port of Tianjin. Many companies are turning to air freight, in spite of its higher cost, in order to be able to move their freight out of ...Read More

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Broken down freight train delays commuters

Rail commuters face severe delays today after a freight train broke down on the East Midlands line between Bedford and Wellingborough. Network Rail have warned that the broken-down freight train is not expected to be moved until later this evening ...Read More

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Swiss July exports fall

Switzerland's exports fell in July, as the strength of the Swiss franc curbed demand in the European Union and Asia for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, machinery and watches. Exports in July fell 4.9% from a year earlier, in real terms, to 17.93 ...Read More

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SMEs account for most Turkish exports

The percentage of exports stemming from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was 56.5 percent in 2014, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat). SMEs also accounted for 37.8 percent of imports. According to the report, 62,987 enterprises ...Read More

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Russia extending ban on food imports

The Russian government has extended the ban on food imports for another year. The ban on imports includes cheeses and dairy products, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables from Australia, Canada, the EU, the US and Norway. Demand for domestically produced ...Read More

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Cheap imports threatening Black Country

Cheap imports, particularly from China, 'risk undermining Europe's steel industry', according to Tata Steel. A combination of the imports, the strength of the pound and high energy bills in the UK have combined,Tata Steel, leading to a sharp drop in ...Read More

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New Zealand Craft beer exports soar

Sales of craft beer outside pubs, clubs and restaurants have soared 42% in a year in New Zealand. It found the number of craft brewers has more than doubled to 111 from 52 in 2010 and about 25 of them ...Read More

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Inquiry for Perth Freight Link

The Australian Senate has determined it will conduct an inquiry into the contentious Perth Freight Link project, angering the West Australian government. Senators are particularly curious about the decision-making process that led to the freight link receiving federal government funding. ...Read More

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New freight route to connect Liverpool with Greenock, Belfast and Rotterdam

Peel Ports has signed a deal with shipping operator BG Freight Line for a new freight service which will connect Greenock, Belfast and Rotterdam with the Port of Liverpool’s £300m Liverpool2 terminal. This will open up global opportunities for Scottish ...Read More

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Russian boycott damages Dutch food exports

The value of Dutch agricultural exports fell in the first four months of 2015, the first time exports have gone down since 1996, the national statistics office CBS said last month. Compared with the year earlier period, exports fell 2.7% ...Read More

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New Pipeline Infrastructure would help Freight Rail Backlog

Expanding America's pipeline infrastructure would relieve the nation's overburdened freight rail network and improve service for farmers across the country, according to a new study from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The booming energy business in the Upper Midwest increased ...Read More

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China leads wine export growth

Wine Australia will be working hard to improve producer access to the United States, as exports continue to slide in the industry's most valuable market. The Wine Australia export report for the 12-months to June this year shows that exports ...Read More

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Impact of Collapsing Chinese Coal Imports

Global seaborne coal trade is currently projected to drop 1% y-o-y in 2015. This would be the first annual decline in almost three decades. The driving force behind the slump has been a collapse in Chinese seaborne coal imports, which ...Read More

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Britain’s farmers face less red tape to help food exports

During a visit to the Royal Welsh Show in Powys, the Prime Minister announced that red tape would be cut to help Britain's farmers export more produce. He said that 20,000 fewer farm inspections will be carried out under a ...Read More

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Russia eases ban on seafood imports from Japan

Russia’s agriculture ministry said that it has partially lifted a ban on seafood imports from Japan which was imposed in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. A total of 23 fish processing companies in Aomori Prefecture will now be ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association to offer migrant detection device

The Freight Transport Association is making available a CO2 emissions sensor, combined with a worldwide tracker to detect human stowaways. The Freight Transport Association, hopes that the device will help ensure that drivers of freight lorries are not subject to ...Read More

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Pakistan struggles to avoid ban on mango exports

For the second year in a row, Pakistan is struggling to avoid a possible ban on its fresh food exports to the European Union. Last year, when the EU put a ban on the import of a few Indian fruits ...Read More

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Pakistan Europe exports intercepted

During the current mango season, three consignments from Pakistan have been intercepted in Europe. If there are two more interceptions and the country may face a ban on exports to the EU. Pakistan exported about 91,700 tons of mangoes during ...Read More

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Watches thwart declining export trend from Switzerland

According to the Federal Customs Administration, Switzerland has seen a 2.6% decrease in exports in the first half of 2015. But while exports to the eurozone continue to drop, those to the United States increased, as did exports in the ...Read More

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Russia considers ban on flower imports from Netherlands

Russia's agricultural watchdog is proposingto ban the import of flowers from the Netherlands after discovering a pest in shipments. Currently, the federal regulatory service is discussing the legal implications of this ban, and analyzing the consequences while considering the direct ...Read More

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China imports shrink again

China's export sales unexpectedly rose for the first time in four months in June, and imports fell again but posted their best performance this year, causing some optimism. The General Administration of Customs said Chinese exports grew 2.8 percent last ...Read More

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Asia boosts Australian export value

In the 12 months to 30 June 2015, the value of Australian exports rose 5% to AU$1.89 billion, driven mainly by the value of Australian exports to Asia, while the total volume of exports increased by 4% to 724m litres, ...Read More

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Egypt cancels decision to ban cotton imports

The Egyptian cabinet cancelled a decision banning cotton imports to Egypt two weeks ago. During a cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb the door for importing cotton and conducting studies to define the market’s needs were discussed. Minister ...Read More

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Changes ahead for Freight Forwarding

A growing shift in geographic focus towards the regional, plus the application of advanced technology and data analysis is bringing the traditional freight forwarding model into question, according to Transport Intelligence (Ti). Ti’s annual Global Freight Forwarding 2015 Report gives ...Read More

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Man uninjured after being run over by freight train

State police say a man escaped injury after being run over by a freight train two weeks ago, while sleeping in the middle of railroad tracks in an upstate New York town. Troopers say 38-year-old Aaron Collins of Stillwater was ...Read More

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Largest Ever Freight Shipment of Fuel Biomass Arrives

What is claimed to be the largest ever single shipment of biomass fuel docked and discharged this week at Humber International Terminal (HIT) at the Port of Immingham after a 34 day voyage. The freight consisted of nearly 60,000 tonnes ...Read More

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Home Secretary praises freight industry

Mrs May said last week: "We need to ensure that the rest of the world’s freight transport industry is keeping up with the UK’s. "So we have offered to host an international event focused on best practice in freight vehicle ...Read More

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Britain to build ‘secure zone’ for freight traffic

The UK Government willbuild a new “secure zone” for British-bound freight lorries at Calais, to stop vehicles being targeted by illegal immigrants. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said that a special holding area will be constructed next to the ferry ...Read More

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Japan proposes low-tariff quotas for butter imports under TPP

Japan has proposed setting low-tariff quotas for imports of butter and skim milk powder, under terms being thrashed out for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiation sources said last week. The proposal was made in response to strong calls from other members ...Read More

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Marine product exports from India raises huge foreign exchange

The ministry of commerce and industry in India has stated that during the financial year 2014-15, exports of marine products reached an all-time high of $5511.12 million. Marine product exports crossed all previous records in quantity, rupee value and USD ...Read More

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India onion exports fall

Onions from India have gained fame worldwide for their pungency and good quality. In the last five years, however, erratic weather and shifting policies on export have left the country behind others. Countries such as China and Pakistan are fast ...Read More

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German exports strong monthly rise

German exports rose at their fastest pace this year in May, encouraging expectations that Europe's largest economy will achieve stronger growth in the second quarter after expanding modestly in the first. Seasonally-adjusted exports climbed unexpectedly by 1.7% on the month ...Read More

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Yemen running short of imports

Yemen is running critically short of imported food and fuel as war has cut internal supply lines and a near-blockade by Saudi-led naval forces has held up shipping to the country. The United Nations says that more than 80 percent ...Read More

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Greek firms fear slow death as bank freeze cuts off imports

Thessaloniki is famous for its wines and spirits that are in high demand across the world, regardless of Greece’s economic crisis. But it cannot be exported without bottles, which have to be imported. “We don’t make bottles in Greece, we ...Read More

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Russian Food Will Squeeze Out Imports – Agriculture Minister

Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachyov said earlier this month that Russian farmers will push foreign food imports off the Russian market entirely in the course of just 10 years, news agency TASS reported. "The main task that faces Russian agriculture is ...Read More

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Australian miners boost exports

Australian miners are continuing to expand coal exports despite weak demand in China and sliding prices, with three ports in Queensland setting new export records for the 2015 financial year. Minerals Council analysis found Australian coal exports rose 5 per ...Read More

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‘Freight Industry overlooked’

Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association, is appealing to the government for investment in freight. The freight industry is often overlooked by politicians, he said, despite the fact that 2.2 million people in the UK – ...Read More

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Northern Freight Strategy for UK

A Northern Freight and Logistics Strategy is to be developed by Transport for the North, which was set up by the government last October. The body says that 90% of containers currently enter the UK through the southern ports, but ...Read More

Fuel duty freeze welcomed by Freight Transport Association

The Freight Transport Association says common sense prevailed with the Chancellor’s Budget announcement of a freeze on fuel duty last week, but that it will continue to campaign for cuts on behalf of its members. James Hookham, FTA’s Deputy Chief ...Read More

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UK logistics needs real investment,says Freight Forwarding chief

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) called for real investment in the UK’s logistics network. ahead of the Chancellor’s Emergency Budget. While road traffic – passenger and freight – has surged over the past three decades, the capacity of the ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association urges Eurotunnel action

The Freight Transport Association has told David Cameron that the death of a migrant on a freight train at Calais highlights the need for urgent action to tackle chaos at the port. Following weeks of violent disturbances, FTA has written ...Read More

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US trade deficit widens in May as exports struggle

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in May, reflecting declines in sales of American-made aircraft and machinery as exports continued to suffer from a strong dollar. The deficit increased 2.9 percent to $41.9 billion in May, up from an April ...Read More

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India’s plan to curb steel imports could hit small mills

Steps by India to protect its large steelmakers from a flood of cheap imports could end up closing scores of small, local firms that process the metal, industry analysts and executives said. These processors currently buy imported steel at up ...Read More

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Top 20 Irish building firms exports top €1bn

The companies have a combined turnover of €3.8bn, according to a recent report from the Construction Industry Federation, with estimates suggesting growth of 20% on last year. The recovering strength of construction firms is helping them take advantage of opportunities ...Read More

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Indian Poultry Industry Demands Soybean Imports to Compete with USA

The Indian poultry industry has demanded permission to import at least one million tonnes of soybean meal, to help them deal with the impending competition of cheaper imports of chicken legs from the USA. Producers think this will help the ...Read More

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Multi Million Investment in Freight Route

It has been confirmed that there is to be an investment of over €6 million by port and ferry companies in the future of the Rosyth-Zeebrugge freight route. The importance of a continuation of the only RoRo freight route connecting ...Read More

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Australian Beef exports hit 1.35m tonnes

Helped by increased cattle slaughter, the Australian dollar steadily weakening against the US, and a shortfall in US beef production, perfect conditions were created for Australian beef exporters in 2014/15, with export shipments hitting 1.35 million tonnes slaughterweight. This was ...Read More

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Thousands evacuated after freight train catches fire

Thousands of Tennessee residents were evacuated after a US freight train carrying highly flammable and toxic gas caught fire. Approximately 5,000 people were evacuated following the declaration of a one-mile evacuation zone around the route taken by the CSX train ...Read More

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Greek Exports Hurt by Capital Controls

Greek exporters could lose 80 million euros per week after the imposition of capital controls and the closing of banks, estimates the Panhellenic Exporters Association (PSE). Also, PSE predicts a shortage of imports adding up to 600 million euros per ...Read More

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Last post for French high-speed freight

AFTER 31 years of service, mail freight trains on the French high-speed network ceased on June 27. A postal freight TGV made a final run between the terminals at Cavaillon in Marseilles and Charolais near Paris Gare du Lyon. French ...Read More

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Rail freight latest: Council refused permission

The council had challenged the Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission for a strategic rail freight interchange at Park Street near St Albans, which has been the subject of years of protest by local residents. The High Court ...Read More

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Turkey’s exports and imports both sink in May

According to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (Turkstat) on last week, Turkey's exports decreased by 18.8 percent to $11.11 billion and its imports decreased by 14.4 percent to $17.86 billion in May 2015 when compared with the same ...Read More

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Campaign boost for Western Australia wine exports

A NEW campaign to help Western Australia wine producers satisfy the growing global thirst is planned. The State Government is in talks with the local wine industry to set up a specialist “export development office” in Perth. If given the ...Read More

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Wine imports expected to surge in China

China's imports of wine are expected to increase sharply this year, after a free trade agreement was signed with Australia on June 17. Under this, tariffs on Australian wine exports to China will be reduced to zero within five years, ...Read More

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Increase in exports to key African nations from Vietnam

Viet Nam's exports to major African markets recorded high growth over the past five months of this year, the Vietnam Economic News reports. Major export products included mobile phones and components, computers, electronic products, vehicles, machines and equipment, as well ...Read More

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Russia can change list of banned Western imports

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that a list of banned imports from Western countries could be changed according to the state of relations with the European Union and other countries. Medvedev told a government meeting he had ...Read More

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India signs biggest wheat imports deal in a decade

India has signed the biggest wheat import deal in over a decade, despite surplus stocks at home, with a deal with Indian flour millers and the local units of global trading giants to import 5,00,000 tonnes of premium Australian wheat ...Read More

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Export activity falls in Scotland

In the latest survey of business performance, a balance of 24 per cent of Scottish companies reported a fall in export activity in the three months to May. In the preceding three months, a net six per cent had reported ...Read More

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China cargo carriers merge to form huge freight company

The three largest airline cargo carriers in China will merge to form Asia's largest freight transport company, according to a senior official at the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The three merging companies are Air China Cargo, China Cargo Airlines ...Read More

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UK Export progress disappointing

A commission set up by Ed Balls and led by Graham Cole took evidence from thousands of companies to come up with an action plan to increase exports. Recommendations include reforms to government bodies dealing with exports, more focus on ...Read More

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Cabinet must lead drive to get Britain out of ‘export slow lane’

The government must do more to turn around Britain’s weak export performance, according to a new report calling for cabinet-led action to simplify support to exporting businesses. The report, commissioned by former shadow chancellor Ed Balls last year, said Britain ...Read More

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Turnover grows but exports tumble in Scotland

SCOTTISH companies have achieved growth in overall turnover in the latest three months, but the production sector remained weak as services firms drove the improvement, a key survey has revealed. Bank of Scotland's latest business monitor,conducted by Strathclyde University's Fraser ...Read More

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Shipping subsidy to help exporters

A director of e-commerce Archway Cards, a Norwich-based exporter of cards and stationary, said governments could subsidise translation and shipping services to make it easier to do business – and could even offer up embassy and industry contacts to help ...Read More

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China’s coal imports from Australia down 37.6 percent

China imported 4.89 million tonnes of coal from Australia in May, down 37.6 percent from the corresponding period last year, figures from the country’s customs authority showed. The figure was also down 25.9 percent from April, despite some predictions that ...Read More

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India’s sugar exports may double

Sugar exports from India may double as farmers prepare to harvest the third-biggest crop ever, extending the country’s surplus for a sixth year. Farmers will be shipping 2 million metric tons in the 12 months starting October 1, according to ...Read More

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Make exporting easier; says manufacturer

One of the fastest growing exporters in Norfolk, pet food manufacturer Natures Menu, based in Watton, 
said exporting would be easier if complex paperwork outside the EU was cut. “Selling in the EU is easy. Being part of the EU ...Read More

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Small Manufacturers want export support

“If we are serious about exports, we have to change the culture. UK governments for the last generation have favoured the service sector and dismissed manufacturing as...something we can buy-in from overseas,” said Mr Mawdsley. “[They] have been quite happy ...Read More

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Norfolk business calls for ‘culture’ change on exports

national drive to reduce the trade deficit would be boosted by making it easier to export to non-EU markets such as India, China, the US and Canada, business leaders have said. It comes as a report has claimed that the ...Read More

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Talks on railway freight base for Cheshire town

Cheshire East council is talking to rail bosses about a new rail freight base in Middlewich; if the scheme goes ahead, it could transform the Cheshire town into a major logistics hub. Middlewich which is close to junction 18 of ...Read More

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Turkey’s exports decline sharply

Turkey’s exports in May 2015 were 19% lower than for the same month last year. Exporters Assembly of Turkey has announced that exports that were $12.87 billion in May 2014, but this year have fallen to $10.82 billion. Total exports ...Read More

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Global air freight slowing

Growth in demand for air freight is slowing, as world trade growth weakens, a leading air industry body said on last week. Air cargo volumes rose 3.3 percent in April, compared with average growth of 5.3 percent over the first ...Read More

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Freight project agreed in Australia

Two major Australian Logistics groups will develop and operate an import-export freight terminal connected to Sydney's Port Botany, as part of a project forecast to create 7,700 jobs and cost around $1.5 billion, under an agreement with the federal government. ...Read More

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Fertilizer curbs threaten German wheat exports

Pending fertilizer legislation could threaten Germany's role as a key exporter of hard wheat, by cutting the protein content in grain, industry players warned. Verein der Getreidehändler der Hamburger Börse (VgD) the German grain trade body, warned of "drastic consequences" ...Read More

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Transport and Logistics Awards Promote Women in Freight

The 8th Annual FTA everywoman Awards for Transport and Logistics took place last week. The list of nominees for the seven standard categories longer than ever. Once again the Everywoman event was sponsored by the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The ...Read More

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Export/Import balance narrows

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), published last month, showed a slight narrowing of the UK’s trade deficit; imports of goods outstripped exports by £10.1bn in March, down £700m from February. Exports of goods rose by ...Read More

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Winderpower blasts lack of support for exporters

An engineering firm recently praised by Chancellor George Osborne has criticised lack of Government support available for boosting exports. Winderpower called on the Government to provide tax relief to businesses looking to grow their exports. Group managing director Laurence MacKenzie ...Read More

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France expects threat from Russia to wheat exports

French crop officials, ending a series of upgrades to wheat export forecasts, highlighted the threat to the country's trading prospects due to Russia lifting an export a tax on shipments of the grain. FranceAgriMer, which had raised its forecast for ...Read More

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Steel bars damage freight train in Australia

A freight train has been extensively damaged after hitting two steel bars believed to have been deliberately put on the tracks near Stawell, about 230 kilometres west of Melbourne in Australia. The freight train with 34 carriages was travelling west ...Read More

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Strong pound constrains exports

THE STRENGTH of sterling is serving to stilt Britain’s economic growth by constraining export performance and driving a surge in cheap imports, experts have warned. The chief economist of a financial information firm, called on the new Government to revive ...Read More

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New rules on Japanese food imports to be enforced

A new measure that will tighten regulations on Japanese food imports will be enforced from May 15 as scheduled, a Cabinet spokesman said earlier this month. Sun Lih-chyun reaffirmed the government's stance after Japan again criticized the new measure. Sun ...Read More

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South Africa Shifts Freight From Road To Rail

In 2013, about 71 percent of the 734-million tons of freight in South Africa was moved by road, despite the fact that railways make up 80 percent of Africa’s infrastructure, according to a PWC report. Over the next four years, ...Read More

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South Australia expects to grow China exports

South Australian businesses have the potential to create jobs and double in size by embracing exports to China, said Australian Trade Minister. The minister is about to lead the state's largest trade mission to China, which is South Australia's biggest ...Read More

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Scottish salmon exports worth £500 million

Scottish salmon brought in £500 million in overseas sales for the first time in 2014, as it leapt to the top of the UK food export league. Figures released by industry body the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) showed the ...Read More

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Malaysia’s March exports rebound

Malaysia’s exports in March 2015 rebounded with a 2.3% growth to RM66.47bil from a year ago, defying economists forecast of a 4.2% decline. The International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) said that exports were higher than the RM64.96bil a year ...Read More

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E-commerce site to slash price of wine imports

A major e-commerce platform is slashing prices of wine imports to China by offering direct sales to retailers, according to media reports. Using a business to business (B2B) model, the company is connecting exporters in Spain to retailers in China. ...Read More

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France leads world wine exports

The world wine export market is largely dominated by Spain, Italy and France, who represent more than half of the world’s wine exports in terms of value of sales as well as in terms of volume. Whereas Spain exported the ...Read More

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Ghana’s exports to Italy on the rise

Ghana’s total export to Italy in 2013 amounted to $751 million dominated by petroleum oils, cocoa beans and tuna, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry at the launch of Milan Expo in 2015. He said while the country ...Read More

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California nut exports beat competition in March

Led by almonds and walnuts, California exports slipped slightly in March but managed to do better than Texas, its primary shipping rival, and the rest of the USA. California businesses shipped merchandise valued at $14.9 billion in March, down about ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association Conference

On 2 June, the FTA will hold a dedicated Managing Freight in London conference.  Freight is a vital part of London's economy and its success relies on safe, reliable and efficient deliveries.  For freight operators this is a day to ...Read More

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Food imports may be allowed into Turkey

Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said the government might allow the import of some products in order to decrease food inflation. Zeybekci said the ministry expects a growth rate of 1.5 percent for the first quarter of the year, but this ...Read More

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Undersea Tunnel to facilitate freight

The Danish Parliament has adopted the proposed Construction Act which provides for a direct road and rail link between Scandinavia and Central Europe. This is expected to create new opportunities for international freight transport and save rail cargo carriers approximately ...Read More

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Seedless Grape Exports Surge

South Africa’s table grape farmers are switching to seedless varieties, with exports more than doubling over 5 years as consumer demand for the seeded varieties collapses. Exports of black seedless grapes increased to 482 million cartons last year, compared with ...Read More

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Iron ore imports from Australia to China fall

China's iron ore imports from Port Hedland, Australia, fell 4% in April as demand weakened, according to data released by the Pilbara Ports Authority on 4 May. Data showed that iron ore imports fell from 31.2 million tonnes in March ...Read More

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Shipping Freight Rates to Stay Low

Shipping freight rates, which have hit record lows this year, are set to remain weak for the rest of the decade or longer. There are too many ships and low fuel prices are capping operating costs, a recent report said. ...Read More

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US trade deficit largest since 2008 as imports surge

The U.S.A trade deficit increased to its highest level in nearly 6-1/2 years in March, as imports rebounded strongly after being held down by a labour dispute at key West Coast ports, suggesting the economy contracted in the first quarter. ...Read More

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Fast-tracked freight in Dubai

Dubai Customs and the Department of Economic Development in Dubai have unveiled a ‘Virtual Corridor’ to improve the overall trade sector and facilitate goods movements. This corridor is a virtual freight and logistic passage which will connect seaports, airports and ...Read More

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Global air freight demand up 1.6 % in March

Air freight volumes rose by 1.6 percent in March, the International Air Transport Association said on last week, continuing a steady growth path after February was boosted by the Chinese New Year. In the first quarter, air freight demand grew ...Read More

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Oswestry the place for exports expertise

Oswestry was the destination for exporters from across the region when the Shropshire branch of UKTI held an event to look at exports. The 'Exporting for Growth' conference at Walford & North Shropshire College’s campus in Oswestry was aimed at ...Read More

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How freight is supporting London

Business leaders, operators, trade associations and local authorities are stepping up their work to ensure that the freight and logistics industry continues to support London as it changes and grows. At a major conference last week, a range of stakeholders ...Read More

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Complex procedures delay imports

Lack of standard norms for clearance of inbound shipments at ports coupled with complex procedures lead to inordinate delay in imports,the government auditor of India said earlier this week. "It was seen that the procedural complexities and consequent delays in ...Read More

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Australian freight owners want government funds

Seven of Australia's transporters of freight on rail and road have written an open letter to the country's prime minister Tony Abbott to take a call on the Inland Rail project. Around A$300m ($235m) has already been allocated for this ...Read More

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Zimbabwe imports maize

Zimbabwe plans to import 700 000 tons of the staple maize grain to compensate for a deficit after bad weather affected the crop from the current farming season, state radio reported on Tuesday. It quoted Agriculture Minister Joseph Made as ...Read More

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Exports soar 77 per cent in Sheffield

Exports through Sheffield Chamber of Commerce leapt 77 per cent last year - sparking a visit from the head of a national commission which aims to tackle the UK’s 30-year trade deficit. South Yorkshire International Trade Centre, part of the ...Read More

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Freight Forwarders urge an end air freight surcharges

Freight forwarders have urged airlines to simplify their surcharge schemes and move to inclusive pricing. Speaking at an air freight seminar at Multimodal in Birmingham last week, Doug Overett, UK business development director for CEVA, said: “I just want to ...Read More

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Benefits of rail freight

The Campaign for Better Transport has published a study arguing that an earlier government study made use of national averages that failed to take account of the fact HGV traffic tends to be concentrated on certain routes, such as those ...Read More

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Report: Are environmental savings from rail freight being underestimated?

Shifting more freight from road to rail and water could lead to significant reductions in congestion and environmental impacts, according to new research. The research suggests that previous studies may have underestimated the economic and environmental benefits that could result ...Read More

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Car Imports to Russia Down 50 Percent

Imports of new cars to Russia dropped 45.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015, as car sales in the weakening economy collapsed, it was reported. The market for car imports to Russia has been hit hard by the steep ...Read More

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EU threatening to ban seafood imports from Thailand

The EU has given Thailand, the world’s third-largest seafood exporter, six months to crack down on illegal fishing or face a trade ban on its fish imports. “The commission has put Thailand on formal notice, after identifying serious shortcoming in ...Read More

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Ontario Expands Wine Exports to China

Ontario exports of the province's wine into China are significantly expanding due to two important agreements that will bring millions in investment. As part of the 2015 Agri-Food Trade Mission to China, Ministers Jeff Leal and Michael Chan participated in ...Read More

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Scottish salmon exports ‘reach £500m for first time’

Figures released last week show that exports of Scottish salmon grew by £50 million last year, reaching £500 million for the first time ever. This announcement comes as Scotland’s salmon farmers head for the Seafood Global Expo, the world’s largest ...Read More

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Flood of Imports to West Coast Ports

There was a virtual flood of imported cargo to the USA West Coast ports in March. Container ships steamed into West Coast ports last month after the end of a labour dispute. While the resulting surge in imports may be ...Read More

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Mexico bans poultry, egg imports from Iowa

Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said last week. Mexico and other major ...Read More

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Freight Event

The annual freight event in Birmingham, Multi-modal, takes place next week from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 April with the focus on air freight. As well as the usual trade stands, there will be a series of seminars.  Organised in ...Read More

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New Design Freight and Passenger Ferry

A marine engineering company in Denmark will introduce a freight and passenger ferry capable of making an entire voyage entirely on electric power. The new ferry will replace the 40 metre RoPax ferry which is currently servicing the islands of ...Read More

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Railway freight scam in India

Country-wide surprise inspections in India have brought to light multi-crore irregularities at the Electronic In-Motion Weigh Bridges (EIMWB) where systematic manipulations in weighing freight has been detected. The surprise checks revealed an intricate web of railway officials and private vendors ...Read More

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Japan exports improve

Japan posted its first monthly trade surplus in nearly three years in March, due to falling import costs from cheaper oil prices, along with a modest recovery in exports. It is unclear how long surpluses will continue - Japan's oil ...Read More

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Weakening euro causes concern for Northern Ireland exports

Northern Ireland's economic growth has been healthy in the first quarter of 2015 but there are concerns about manufacturing exports, research has shown. The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry's quarterly survey said that the balance of firms here ...Read More

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Underground freight pipeline project

A technology company in Cambridge is testing a concept to distribute freight across a town through a network of underground pipelines. The freight will travel in capsules propelled by magnetic levitation. The technology is already used by the world's fastest ...Read More

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Coal imports to China fall nearly half in 12 months

Imports of coal to China fell by nearly half in the first three months of the year as the slowing economy and tougher rules on pollution took their toll. Imports by the world’s biggest coal consumer reached 49.07m tonnes in ...Read More

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Irish Exports up 17% to €7.93bn

Ireland’s trade surplus decreased by €34 million (or 1 per cent) to €3.8 billion in February, as exports rose 3 per cent, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Exports increased by €238 million or 3 per ...Read More

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Manufacturing exports on the rise in the Black Country

An economic survey of the first three months of the year, carried out by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, found continuing confidence in both the manufacturing and service sectors. Unveiling the survey results, at the Park Inn, West Bromwich, ...Read More

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Food exports from Sweden increase potential

The Swedish Food Federation believes that there is money to be made from increased export sales of Swedish pork, peas and Daim cakes, made from fragments of Daim bars, the globally famous Swedish sweet snack that first launched in Stockholm ...Read More

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Syria slashes imports to save foreign reserves

Importers require government licences that allow them to request a favourable exchange rate at the Syrian central bank. But the government has in recent months issued fewer licences, and the central bank has increasingly declined to offer importers the favourable ...Read More

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Sweden exports bread to France

Sweden has a long tradition of making products such as milk, margarine, bread, coffee and buns and Spirits are the crown jewel of the export industry of Sweden. France and the US are the current core customers outside of Scandinavia, ...Read More

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World imports more Swedish sweet treats

Food and drink account for an increasing share of exports from Sweden, with France and the US among the countries gobbling up a growing number of cakes, breads and pastries from the Nordic nation. Food and drink exports from Sweden ...Read More

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USA February meat exports lower

While still affected by severe congestion in the West Coast ports, February exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb bounced back to some degree from the totals posted in January, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the ...Read More

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Petition opposing St Albans rail freight sale

Thousands of people have already signed a petition opposing the sale of an old airfield for use as an international freight interchange. The petition has been set up in the wake of a ruling from the High Court last month ...Read More

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France bans imports of Italian vegetables

Italian farm associations have accused France of starting a trade war, by announcing a ban on imports of vegetables from the southern Puglia region because of a bacterial outbreak that has infected hundreds of thousands of olive trees. French Agriculture ...Read More

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EU cannot maintain protection against Chinese imports

European fears of being forced to lower tariff defences against cheap Chinese imports have grown following a confidential warning from the EU's own lawyers. The head of the European Commission's Legal Service, Luis Romero Requena, warned the head of the ...Read More

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Vital freight deliveries delayed to Stornoway

Lifeline freight deliveries to the islands are being delayed on the mainland as it is now almost impossible for hauliers to get to the new earlier freight ferry service in time. CalMac have this week implemented a new overnight freight ...Read More

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Facilities improving for live animal exports

Calgary airport has set up a live animal facility with 28 000 sq ft of warehouse and a 14 000 sq ft of loading area. The system has been designed to make handling of animal exports more humane and quicker. ...Read More

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China air cargo forecast bleak

Chinese imports and exports account for 30 per ken of the global air freight market; it is the second largest exporter of high tech and fashion goods in the world. It is believed that 375000 shippers in China use air ...Read More

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Air freight symposium in Shanghai

A speaker at the recent IATA conference said that modal shift is reducing the volume of air freight.  He said that the airfreight industry lost five million tonnes of cargo to sea, road and rail freight. This had still enabled ...Read More

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Air freight symposium in Shanghai

In the IATA symposium held in Shanghai last month, the president of China Eastern warned of the need for the air freight industry to modernise its systems. Shanghai airport is the third largest airport in the world for air cargo, ...Read More

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Indian Wheat imports hit five-year high

India has purchased some 80,000 tonnes of Australian wheat in recent deals, the biggest amount of such imports by Asia's third-largest economy in five years. The imports were necessary after unseasonal rains damaged the crop in the Indian subcontinent. Imports ...Read More

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Cotton exports to fall as China curbs buying

Cotton exports from India, the world's second-biggest producer and seller, are expected to fall 41 percent to 7 million bales this crop year, ending on Sept. 30 as top importer China curbs purchases, the Textile Commissioner of India said. Last ...Read More

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Dutch exports boost on downtrodden euro

Dutch exports have been boosted by the low rate of the euro and the sharp fall in oil prices. The top three most important export markets for the Netherlands are the United States, Canada and Turkey. This is the first ...Read More

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Japan trade gap narrows on lower oil prices

Japan's trade deficit narrowed in February, due to a plunge in import costs due to lower crude oil prices. The Finance Ministry said two weeks ago that the trade deficit fell 47 percent from a year earlier to 424.6 billion ...Read More

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Peru fruit and veg exports increase

Fruits and vegetable exports from Peru increased 5.1% in January compared to the same period last year: the Minister of Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), Magali Silva announced the positive results which mean that Peru has 19 consecutive months of expansion ...Read More

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LEDs brighten Taiwan exports

While exports of Taiwan-made bicycles took a minor dip in 2014, exports of LED cycling lights registered a 41 percent increase as cyclists paid more attention to their safety, according to government data released at the opening of Taipei Cycle ...Read More

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Swiss exports slip as franc strengthens

Switzerland's exports fell in February as the strong Swiss franc eroded demand from the European Union and Asia for the country's pharmaceuticals, chemicals and machinery products. Exports in February dropped 3.9% from a year earlier, to 16.12 billion Swiss francs ...Read More

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Government invests to boost exports

The increase in funding for UKTI in China will help companies tap into the fast-growing Chinese economy, which is expanding at a rate of more than £600bn a year as the country's domestic consumption booms. The extra money will be ...Read More

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Budget 2015: Incentives to export

Following last year’s announcement to double export lending to £3bn, the government pledged a continued commitment to improving economic ties in emerging markets in the 2015 Budget. George Osborne revealed plans to nearly double funding for UK Trade and Investment ...Read More

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Where now for fight against St Albans rail freight scheme?

A High Court challenge to a government decision to grant planning permission for a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) on the former Radlett Airfield in Park Street was unsuccessful. St Albans council has until mid April to decide whether to ...Read More

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Budget 2015: Freight businesses disappointed Severn tolls to continue

The freight industry described as a “kick in the teeth” the Budget announcement that tolls would continue when the Severn crossings come into public ownership. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said it was a bitter blow for the freight and ...Read More

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Roads Congestion Increases According to Freight Transport Group

The latest Quarterly Transport Activity Survey from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) reveals that congestion on UK roads is at the worst it has been for over 10 years. The results from the survey of over 100 logistics operators are ...Read More

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New Zealand wine exports hit record in 2014

Wine from New Zealand became the country’s sixth biggest export commodity last year, albeit still lagging traditional product sectors such as dairy products and meat. The news comes as New Zealand’s 2015 grape harvest gets ahead, with prospects so far ...Read More

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USA Wine exports hit near record levels

Despite two significant challenges, U.S. A wine exports in 2014 hit near-record levels in volume and dollar value.  These are important benchmarks since 90 percent of all exports come from California, according to the San Francisco-based Wine Institute. Exports reached ...Read More

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Buffalo meat exports decline

Buffalo meat exports from India are likely to fall, due to traders’ reluctance in bringing animals for slaughtering in registered abattoirs following a ban on certain kinds of cattle in Maharashtra and Haryana. The other big challenge for Indian exporters ...Read More

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Falling imports improve euro zone trade surplus

Euro zone imports dropped in January compared with last year, while exports remained flat, boosting the single currency area's trade surplus, data from the European Union's statistics office showed on last week. Eurostat said unadjusted imports fell 6 percent in ...Read More

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PKP Cargo makes cooperation deal with Croatian freight carrier

The largest rail freight carrier in Poland, PKP Cargo, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with HZ Cargo, the rail freight company of Croatia, to open up opportunities in central and southern Europe. The partnership with Croatia’s national rail freight ...Read More

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Exports increase from China, but slide in imports

Imports to China shrank in February for a second month in a new sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy. Imports contracted by 20.5 percent to $108.6 billion compared with a year earlier, customs data showed. Trade data for ...Read More

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Lower ringgit boosts rubber glove exports

Top Glove Corp, the world’s biggest rubber-glove maker, said the fall in Malaysia’s currency to its weakest level in six years would benefit the country’s exporters. The stronger US dollar “augurs well” for exports, chairman Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai ...Read More

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Strong pound hits exports

THE UK’s economic recovery suffered a setback after industrial output unexpectedly fell in January, increasing concerns over the impact of a strong pound on manufacturing exports. The Office for National Statistics said overall production fell by 0.1 per cent from ...Read More

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US exports at risk from avian flu

A case of bird flu confirmed last week in the heart of America's poultry region, is certain to mean more export restrictions, increasing U.S. supply and forcing the world's biggest poultry companies to trim prices. The USA Poultry & Egg ...Read More

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Rose imports bloom in Japan

Rose imports to Japan are starting to peak before the nation’s annual rites for graduation ceremonies and corporate personnel reshuffles. Workers at the flower importer Classic Japan Ltd. have been especially busy this week inspecting rose imports from Kenya at ...Read More

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Freight shipping prices down on oversupply

Freight shipping prices have fallen to a historic low, fuelled by a long-standing problem of too many ships and lower demand from China. Shipping industry experts however caution against seeing it as a warning on the health of the global ...Read More

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Rwanda Starts Exports Drive

According to the recently presented Monetary Policy and Financial Stability statement, exports from Rwanda show a slight decline compared to 2013, and 2012. Rwanda's exports grew moderately by 4.7% in 2014; a significant slow down as compared to 18% in ...Read More

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Beijing Destination for fresh fruit imports

Beijing has become the main destination for fresh fruit imports in northern China, with increased direct shipments in the past five years, according to a recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report, ‘Fresh Fruit Market ...Read More

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Trucks still moving most freight from USA

The dollar value of freight hauled across the borders by U.S., Canadian and Mexican truckers in December was more than 9 percent greater than a year before. That is according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, which also says trucks ...Read More

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New Jobs at Container Freight Terminal

The London Container Terminal (LCT) situated at Tilbury which iscurrently the third largest such freight facility in the UK, has announced the creation of 75 new permanent jobs this year as the Forth Port’s owned facility gears up investment. The ...Read More

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Poultry from Turkey risk export loss

The Turkish poultry sector, which has the fourth largest share in the world’s poultry market, has faced a risk of losing its biggest market, Iraq, due to additional import taxes.  With the new taxes, which began to be enforced in ...Read More

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Surging gold exports limit Turkish export decline in February

An apparent surge in Turkey's gold sales limited a general decline in the country's exports in February. February exports fell 4.36 percent from a year earlier to $12.241 billion, the Customs and Trade Ministry said on Monday. Their figures were ...Read More

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Air Freight has Slow Start

On March 3, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released statistics for global air freight markets showing a 3.2% expansion in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) in January 2015 compared to the same month last year. The growth in freight volumes ...Read More

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Chinese freight train carries Christmas toys and olive oil

A freight train from China’s eastern province of Zhejiang finished its maiden journey to Madrid and back, establishing the world’s longest rail link. China has dubbed the route the “21st-century Silk Road.” After a 24-day journey, 64 freight containers bearing ...Read More

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Exports Germany to Iran increase on sanctions easing

German exports to Iran jumped 30 percent last year to 2.4 billion euros, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed. Western sanctions were eased as progress was made in talks on the country's nuclear programme. Germany is traditionally Iran's biggest ...Read More

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UK Rioja wine imports up 10.3%

Imports of Rioja wine to the UK rose 10.3% by volume year on year in 2014. Total exports of the wine reached a record 106 million litres. The UK imported more than a third of this volume. Most of the ...Read More

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Japan exports surge, imports shrink

Exports from Japan continued to rebound in January while imports shrank, as the yen's sharp fall and the nation's powerful manufacturing industry helped the country deal with a weak domestic economy. Exports for the month grew 17% from a year ...Read More

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US Meat Exports Face adverse conditions

US meat exports are facing significant barriers at the moment, be this due to the sharp increase in the value of the US dollar, lower prices for competing meats in other countries or the slowdown strike in West Coast ports. ...Read More

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Action to increase exports from Peterborough

Business leaders in Peterborough are taking action in an endeavour to increase the amount of goods and services city firms export. Currently, the value of exports from Peterborough companies is rising - recent figures showed that across the county it ...Read More

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Fruit exports halved

Citrus and fruit growers in California complain that ongoing port congestion on the US West Coast, saying it was costing them US$3m a week during the peak export period. One company complained of shipping half of its usual 350 containers. ...Read More

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China food exports to grow

China’s fruit and vegetable exports will continue to grow globally, according to studies done in Australia. China is moving away from low value added manufacturing to high value added sectors. although they are labour intensive, fruit exports have a high ...Read More

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Budvar Beer exports hit by Ukraine conflict

The current conflict in the Ukraine affected Czech brewery Budějovický Budvar’s exports to both Russia and Ukraine last year. Exports to Russia halted completely at the year's end, and those to Ukraine fell by 60 percent. This year, the brewery ...Read More

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Swiss exports fall

Swiss exports fell 0.8 percent in January in real terms from the previous year. Export sales of chemicals and pharmaceuticals were hit hard, the Federal Customs Office said on Thursday. The surge in the Swiss franc since the country scrapped ...Read More

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Car exports to China up

Car exports from the UK to China have increased seven-fold since 2009, according to figures released last week by a British industry body. The export growth has been driven by a demand for luxury brands such as Rolls-Royce and Jaguar. ...Read More

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Norway GDP Expanding as Exports Increase

Exports and domestic consumer demand prompted a greater than expected increase in the economy of Norway for the fourth quarter of 2014. The largest economy in Scandinavia expanded its GDP by 0.5 percent, according to Statistics Norway. This excludes oil, ...Read More

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December Exports in Greece Better than expected

Projections were surpassed by the Greek exports recorded in December 2014, significantly reducing the decline records of the first nine months of the past year. The Panhellenic Exporters Association (PEA) announced that the total value of Greek exports for last ...Read More

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Road Freight would increase without new airport capacity

The Freight Transport Association argues that - without additional airport hub capacity in London - additional trucking costs would be around £41.5 million in 2050 with potentially significant effects on freight users.Without additional capacity, the air freight industry and freight ...Read More

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Airport Expansion – Air Freight Report

The Freight Transport Association commissioned York Aviation, with support from Transport for London, to consider the potential long-term effects on the UK economy, the air freight industry and freight customers in the UK arising from the runway capacity options identified ...Read More

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Extra London airport capacity vital to freight

The Freight Transport Association said that “Extra airport runway capacity in London and the south east of England is vital to the UK economy” to the Airports Commission Consultation. The submission highlighted the importance of air freight, and focussed on ...Read More

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China’s exports weaker than expected

Surprisingly weak trade data shows that the world's second largest economy, China, may be faltering. Figures released on Sunday showed exports were up 3.3% in January from a year ago, while imports tumbled 19.9%, far worse than analysts' expectations.

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Engine on freight train derails

The engine on a freight train has derailed near Georgemas Junction in Scotland earlier today. Rail services on the Far North Line may be disrupted between Helmsdale and Wick until about 18:00. Network Rail described it as a low speed ...Read More

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UK factories expect export down-turn

British factories expect their export orders during the next three months to be the weakest since the middle of 2012, the Confederation of British Industry said last month. Expectations for export order volumes fell, showing a balance of +1, down ...Read More

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Hong Kong bans Japanese poultry imports

Hong Kong is banning some imports of poultry from Japan, Israel and Nigeria, after the announcement of avian influenza outbreaks there. The latest ban covers imports of poultry, poultry products and eggs from Okayam prefecture in Japan, Haifa in Israel ...Read More

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Champagne exports to ‘overtake’ sales in France

The Comite Champagne is predicting that more champagne will be exported that sold in France in 2015. The new managing director of the Comite said that export sales will continue to go, and will overtake French sales by the end ...Read More

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Indian Government prepares China export strategy

Concerned about the widening trade deficit with China which is expected to surpass $40 billion this financial year, the Commerce ministry of India is preparing an export strategy identifying specific products to boost outbound shipments to the neighbouring country. "The ...Read More

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Finnish facility approved for export to China

A pork slaughtering facility in Forssa, Finland, has been approved for export to China. This is viewed as a major achievement in the company's strategy to expand its international sales. The company is also keen to export other meat products, ...Read More

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Food and Drink Exports from Ireland on increase

Irish food and drink exports earned €10.5 billion in 2014, which is a four per cent increase and the fifth consecutive year of export growth, says The Irish Food Board (BordBia). Changing destinations for Irish exports in 2014 were one ...Read More

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Australia wine exports bounce back

Wine exports from Australia to the rest of the world have grown 1.9% in 2014. This is the first time that exports have risen in value since the global recession in 2007. Australian wine was imported into 121 countries in ...Read More

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Indian mango imports to EU to resume

A ban on Indian mango imports into the European Union will be lifted, clearing the way for them to return to the UK and other EU member states. But imports of other foodstuffs such as Indian aubergines, two types of ...Read More

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Loan funding for new freight operator

The Latin American development bank CAF has approved a US$45m loan to Servicios Logísticos Ferroviarios, a new freight operating company formed by state railway AFE and national development corporation CND in Uruguay. With US$11⋅5m of local match funding, the loan ...Read More

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New Export Markets for Ireland

The Irish food industry has made stringent efforts to reach markets outside the EU. The shift in market destination was demonstrated by increases in the value of exports to Asia to reach €850 million (+45 per cent), as well as ...Read More

US Opens Road Freight Trade to Mexican Operators

The USA Department of Transportation (DOT) has opened the door for Mexican road freight operators to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services in the United States. A three year pilot programme was conducted, which evaluated the safety of Mexican road freight ...Read More

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Georgia Wine Exports hit all-time high

Georgian continues to be exported to foreign countries, resulting in the highest volume of wine exports in 2014 in for the last 20 years. By 15 December, Georgia had exported 59 million 0.75 litre bottles of wine, valued at $183 ...Read More

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English Wine exports to hit high

English wine could be the toast of the country’s farmers this week, with more than £100m in export sales expected this year for sparkling and still varieties combined, the environment secretary will announce on Wednesday. Elizabeth Truss, secretary of state ...Read More

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Exports from Ireland down by 7 % in November

Exports from Irelandfell sharply in November, while imports rose by 2 per cent:this was mainly due to a 57 per cent increase in the number of vehicles coming into the country. Preliminary figures from the Central Statistics Office indicate that ...Read More

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China December exports rise

Exports from China exports rebounded in December, but imports shrank in a sign of weak domestic demand. Total trade in 2014 grew just 3.4 percent, well below the official 10 percent target. Exports rose 9.7 percent in December to $227.5 ...Read More

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Chinese Coal Imports: Regulatory Risks

In recent years, Chinese seaborne coal imports have been surging, registering average growth of 67% p.a. between 2009 and 2013 to total 265mt. However, this trend has not continued - seaborne coal imports into China are down 7% year-on-year in ...Read More

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Air Freight Event

The Nordic Air Cargo Symposium will take place later this month in Stockholm. From 27-28 January, air freight industry leaders will discuss market trends and how to enhance collaboration between shippers, freight forwarders and air carriers. The theme is "Collaboration ...Read More

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Air freight November bounce

Demand for air freight in November, measured by freight tonnes, grew by 4.2 per cent compared with the previous year. The most significant growth was recorded by carriers in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. The International Air Transport Association ...Read More

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Freight Association welcomes clarity

A major freight carrying international airline has decided to quote all-inclusive freight rates. This will replace the current system where there are separate charges for weight/volume, plus fuel and security surcharges. The Director General of the British International Freight Association ...Read More

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Exports from Latvia dropped by 13.4%

Provisional data of the Latvian Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in November 2014 compared to the previous month exports value of goods at current prices dropped by 13.4%. Imports value of goods decreased by 5.7%. The balance of trade ...Read More

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Nigeria imports rice from Vietnam

The Nigerian-Vietnam Chambers of Commerce and Industry says that the Nigerian government’s yearly rice import bill from Vietnam has hit about $500 million. The President of the chamber said in an interview that Vietnam was also spending about $100 million ...Read More

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Turkey hoping to increase exports

The Economy Minister of Turkey said on Dec. 26 that things would be much better in 2015. “We live in such an unpredictable region, where everything can change in a matter of weeks. So many negative developments happened in 2014 ...Read More

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India Asks For Protection Against Cheap China Imports

Indian industries are seeking a limit on imports from China and a string of other measures to give local manufacturers a chance against a tidal wave of cheap Chinese imports. Industry players also urged a policy on import substitution, the ...Read More

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Biggest container ship – for now

Local shipping journalist at the port of Felixstowe said on Wednesday that the CSCL Globe will be the biggest ship in the world for only a short time. "In about eight or 10 weeks there will be a bigger ship ...Read More

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Spectators watch container ship

Hundreds of spectators arrived along the Suffolk coast to watch the world's largest container ship dock at Felixstowe's deep-water berths eight and nine, which were opened in 2011, costing £300m. A shipping enthusiast watching the ship come in told BBC ...Read More

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Largest Container Ship at Felixstowe

The world's largest container ship has arrived in the UK for the first time at Felixstowe. The Hong Kong-registered CSCL Globe, measuring more than 400m (1,313ft) in length, docked at the Suffolk port loaded with about 19,000 standard containers. The ...Read More

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Everywoman Freight Awards

The everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards aims to recognise outstanding females in the transport and logistics industry. There are eight categories of awards to highlight the diversity of talent - business owners, outstanding drivers and young leaders have all ...Read More

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Freight Service Awards

The British International Freight Association, which represents members of the freight forwarding industry, is staging its annual Awards Ceremony later this month on 22 January in London. There are several awards categories for companies, in addition to four employees competing ...Read More

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Regional conflicts stem Turkish exports

Turkish efforts to diversify trade partners, which have been ongoing following the 2008 global financial crisis, stalled in 2014 amid regional conflicts. Since the financial crisis that erupted in the USA in 2008 before affecting the world economy, the Turkish ...Read More

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US to resume beef imports from Ireland

The United States will permit imports of beef from Ireland, the first European Union country allowed to resume exports to the USA since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago, officials said on Monday. Simon Coveney, Ireland's minister ...Read More

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US relaxes Chinese solar import tariffs

A group of US solar firms has welcomed proposals to lower the tariffs imposed on Chinese solar imports as "a step in the right direction" for the industry. The US Department of Commerce recently completed an administrative review of the ...Read More

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Perth freight link to be Western Australia’s first toll road

Freight truck drivers will be charged a toll to use the new $1.5bn Perth freight link. It will be Western Australia’s largest road infrastructure project and will provide a direct freight route from Muchea, just north of Perth, to Fremantle ...Read More

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Falling Oil Prices’ effect on freight

Falling oil prices, and thus transportation fuel costs, will have different effects on these different modes, according to a report by a major investments bank. The report says that freight carriers generally charge customers fuel surcharges based on lagged recent ...Read More

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Russia bans poultry imports

The Russian federal service for veterinary matters, Rosselkhoznadzor, has banned the imports of all kinds of poultry from Italy where an epidemic of bird flu broke out. Earlier, the Russian veterinary watchdog had imposed a similar ban on imports of ...Read More

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Hong Kong suspends chicken imports

Hong Kong began culling 15,000 chickens on Wednesday, and suspended imports of live poultry from mainland China for 21 days after the H7 bird flu strain was discovered in a batch of chickens from the southern province of Guangdong. Authorities ...Read More

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Russian Shoppers Want Imports

January 1 is Russia’s answer to Christmas - a day for exchanging gifts after a night of feasting. But as shoppers crowd into Moscow’s malls, they may glimpse some truths about their economy that could spoil the festive mood. At ...Read More

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2014 a bubbly year for sparkling wine imports to USA

It has been a bubbly year for sparkling wine imports. They will set a record in 2014, as will overall wine imports, annual U.S. Census Bureau statistics will show when they are released in February. In October, sparkling wine imports ...Read More

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USA Sparkling wine Import-Export Imbalance

Looking strictly at exports and imports,the United States is running a deficit totaling $698.72 million this year, with — and here’s the imbalance — about 96 cents of every dollar in sparkling wine trade a U.S. import and just 4 ...Read More

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Prosecco Imports fizz

The most rapid growth in sparkling wine imports to the USA is not those originating in France but in Italy,perhaps best known for one of its leading varieties, Prosecco. France will end 2014 year responsible for a lower percentage of ...Read More

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‘Dangerous drug’ imports to be banned from Japan

The Japanese government and the ruling parties are expected to revise the Customs Law to ban imports of quasi-legal drugs known as dangerous drugs, it has been learned. The planned revision will place such drugs in the same category as ...Read More

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Now Calais migrants threaten imports

Fresh food imports to the UK are coming under threat because illegal immigrants are hiding in the back of lorries; entire truck-loads of imported fruit and vegetables are being destroyed if a migrant is found inside a transportation vehicle. This ...Read More

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Government rejects call for Queensland Rail to ship freight

QUEENSLAND Rail will not be returning to the freight industry, after the Queensland Government rejected a parliamentary recommendation. The state parliamentary transport Committee recommended Queensland Rail should provide freight services in the "short term" until commercial providers could fill the ...Read More

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10 freight forwarders fined

A cartel of freight forwarders shipping cargo from Japan to Singapore have been fined over $7 million for price fixing. The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) said in a statement that eleven companies were fixing prices, and exchanging price and ...Read More

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Russia May Start Fish Imports From Iran

Russia may start importing fish and fish products from Iran this month, a spokesman for Russia’s agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said a couple of weeks ago. Russia had banned imports of fish, seafood and other foodstuffs from the European Union and ...Read More

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Romania Freight Integration

Within the EU28, Romania appears to have achieved the best balance between the various modes of transport, with roads, rail and inland waterways each representing about one third of all freight carried. The data from a report published in October ...Read More

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EU Freight Integration Failure

EU initiatives to better integrate and improve connectivity between road, rail and water freight have failed to yield any significant results, according to the latest Eurostat data on freight transport. In 2012, 74.5% of freight travelled by road in the ...Read More

Pharma shippers turn to sea freight for reliability

Pharmaceutical shippers have urged airlines to become more reliable, in a good-natured discussion at the Life Science and Pharmaceuticals conference last week in London. Global category leader for AstraZeneca, Julian Wann, said that by the end of next year the ...Read More

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Passenger delays after freight train breaks down

A BROKEN down freight train in Brough caused delays yesterday for motorists and train passengers. Dozens of trains due to leave Hull had to be cancelled, and replacement bus services were been laid on. The broken down freight train stopped ...Read More

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Rail Freight Group Lunch

The annual Rail Freight Group (RFG) Christmas Lunch raised £5,500 for Shelter, the RFG’s ongoing chosen Christmas charity and guests also heard Mark Carne, CEO of Network Rail, give a strong statement of support for the rail freight industry. Carne ...Read More

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Nordic Air Cargo Event

The Nordic Air Cargo Symposium takes place from 27 - 28 January in Stockholm, Sweden.  This is the premium event for air freight shippers and suppliers.  The Symposium will review trends in the air cargo market and discuss how to ...Read More

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First freight train from China arrives in Spain

The first direct freight train to connect China and Spain reached Madrid on Tuesday 9 December after a journey of around 13,000 kilometers that began 21 days previously in the Chinese city of Yiwu, on the east coast. It is ...Read More

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Air Freight Growth in Middle East

The Middle East is expected to be the fastest growing region for air freight within the next five years.  Africa is second in line, followed by Asia-Pacific and Latin America.  The mature air freight markets of Europe and North America ...Read More

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Air cargo optimism

The International Air Transport Association's five year forecast predicts reasonable future air cargo growth. They suggest that international freight volumes a expected to increase as a compound annual growth rate of 4.1 per cent over the next five years. The ...Read More

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Record Container Shipments at Grangemouth

Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container port, last week handled a record breaking 4,200 containers, surpassing their previous record by over 200. The busy pre-Christmas period for the container business has been boosted by a strong potato seed season and ...Read More

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Kiev resumes imports of Russian coal

The Ukrainian government has partially resumed imports of Russian coal which were suspended in late November, Ukraine’s acting energy minister told journalists last week. “The import of Russian coal is facing certain problems. Some part of the coal is being ...Read More

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Fish traders want cheap imports banned

Fish traders in Zimbabwe have appealed to the government to protect the local industry from cheap and poor quality imports from Cahora Bassa in Mozambique, which they say are hurting the local fish market. Foreign fish exporters have flooded the ...Read More

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Road Haulage & Freight Forwarding Welcome Road Development

Representatives from both the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the British International Freight Association (BIFA), which represents the freight forwarding community, have welcomed the government’s plans to invest £15 billion in the country’s road infrastructure. Both organisations however tempered their ...Read More

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China to Europe rail freight services expand

China is seeing a growing number of rail freight services to Europe, in spite of lack of profitability on the the services. Efforts are being made to integrate these services with different cities to reduce high costs. Costs are higher ...Read More

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Freight Logistics Centre opens in Dubai

Dubai World Central has officially opened the 6,500m2 Total Freight Logistics Centre. Located within the Logistics District, the warehouse can accommodate 8,500 pallet positions, while its designated temperature controlled space has an initial capacity of 600 pallet positions that can ...Read More

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London hosts Quiet Cities freight summit

The first Quiet Cities summit has taken place in London. The summit aimed to bring key members of the freight industry together, to take a long-term look at how to efficiently manage freight deliveries in the future. With 90 per ...Read More

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Small Airports restrict export growth

Although the West Midlands has been increasing its exports significantly, Birmingham airport was until recently a limiting factor. The runways were simply too short to enable take-off for jumbo jets, so the second largest city in the UK did not ...Read More

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Midlands Exports to continue growth

West Midlands exports are expected to continue growing, according to a report last year by Ernst & Young. the report described the area as an export “powerhouse”, predicting growth of over 8% between 2012 and 2017. Apart from automotive, the ...Read More

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West Midlands export success

Exports from the West Midlands are on the increase, having grown by over 100% in the past five years, according to figures from HMRC. While growth in exports from all other English regions have slowed down this year, growth in ...Read More

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Freight Aircraft to aid of West Africa

There is a large backlog of freight exports from China, as shippers re-direct freight from ocean shipping to air. One of the major factors is that some Chinese airlines are switching more than 20 freighter aircraft to transport relief medical ...Read More

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Freight piles up in China as exporters switch from sea

In circumstances reminiscent of the 2009 air freight peak, freight forwarders in Asia are reporting an air cargo backlog in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, which is showing no signs of easing. Although more than 15 air freight charters have been ...Read More

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Imports of illegal timber fall

Five major timber importing countries have made progress in cutting contraband wood from their markets since 2010, argues a series of reports published by Chatham House. The analysis — covering Britain, France, Japan, the Netherlands, and the US — is ...Read More

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Freight Organisation promotes South East development

The Freight Transport Association is emphasising the importance of airport development in the South East of England. A spokesman for the organisation said: “We believe that London, as the UK hub for freight, is exceptionally important and that this should ...Read More

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Larne no longer second-largest freight harbour

Larne has lost its status as Northern Ireland’s second biggest freight port to Warrenpoint, according to newly-released official figures. The statistics reveal that over the course of 2013, nine per cent of freight moved through Larne, while 11 per cent ...Read More

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Declining US beef production increases imports

Beef production in the USA is declining and resulting in higher beef imports according to Eoin Kelly, Business Analyst at Bord Bia. Kelly says that with domestic production declining stronger prices in the US are expected to lead to an ...Read More

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China opens door to Aussie wine imports

China will erode import tariffs for Australian farm products – including wine – over the next decade, after the signing a landmark trade agreement. Australian wine imported to China currently faces tariffs of between 14% and 30% according to ABC ...Read More

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Freight association wants action on air cargo

The Tunbridge Wells based Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on Sir Howard Davies to ensure that air cargo flights are well catered for when he releases his report into expanding the UK’s aviation capacity. The Airports Commission – led ...Read More

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Singapore exports slide in October

Non-oil domestic exports in Singapore contracted 1.5 per cent on-year in October, dragged down by a decrease in both electronic and non-electronic exports. The fall comes after a 0.9 per cent growth in the previous month, according to statistics released ...Read More

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Pact With China facilitates Australian Exports

China and Australia have sealed a trade agreement that significantly expands ties between Asia’s largest economy and one of Washington’s closest allies in the region. Separately, China said that it was giving Australia more access to its capital markets and ...Read More

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Eurozone Exports Jump

The eurozone's trade surplus widened in September as exports surged. The European Union's statistics agency on Friday said the eurozone economy grew at an annualized pace of 0.6% in the third quarter, a slight acceleration from the second, with France ...Read More

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China October cotton imports low

China imported 81,900 tonnes of cotton in October, down 42 per cent on the same month last year - the lowest level since January 2009, data showed. It was the first time monthly imports of the fibre dropped below 100,000 ...Read More

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Freight trains cause ‘major disturbance’

An independent report has raised "significant" concerns over noise levels from freight trains in Stirling. Stirling Council commissioned a detailed study after complaints from residents along the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line. A report from consultants in acoustics and vibration concluded that night-time ...Read More

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USA Pork Exports Increase Dramatically

Pork exports have increased dramatically since the 1990s and currently account for over 20 per cent of total domestic production in the USA. The US is by far a net meat protein exporter and as such, it is in the ...Read More

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Lorry and freight train crash in Norfolk

A lorry struck a level crossing yesterday near Downham Market in Norfolk, before being struck by a freight train. The train service has been suspended on Great Northern between Ely and Downham Market but fortunately no-one was injured.

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Declining Irish exports

Exports from Ireland fell by 4 per cent, or € 323 million from August to September, pushing the trade surplus down, also by 4 per cent, to €3.3 billion. According to statistics from the Central Statistics Office, when considered on ...Read More

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Difficult times for Road freight

The road freight sector in Europe endured another year of weak growth and anaemic profits, according to the latest market report from Transport Intelligence, 'European Road Freight Transport 2014.' Overall the road freight industry experienced growth of just 1% in ...Read More

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Turkey exports to Russia slide

Turkey’s exporters may have reported their best-ever October, but exports to Russia have dropped one-fifth year-on-year. There had been hopes of boosting trade after Russia downgraded links with the West, figures released by the country’s leading export organization have shown. ...Read More

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Saudi Export Increase

Saudi exports continued their consistent growth in August after realizing SR18.5 billion in returns, a 22 percent increase over the same period last year. Monthly volatility noticeably dampened this year, averaging at around SR18.2 billion a month. The contractual nature ...Read More

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China exports may be weaker

The China Import and Export Fair, held in Guangzhou has just finished, with a slight decrease in forward orders compared with the last event. Popularly known as the Canton Fair, it generated 179.2 billion yuan ($29.30 billion) in export orders, ...Read More

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Vietnam to stop fresh fruit imports from Australia

Australia's Department of Agriculture (DoA) has confirmed that Vietnam has 'raised concerns with Australia's fruit fly management systems and is considering suspending trade in Australian fruit'. The export market is worth about $40 million, including grapes and cherries. Alan Bramble, ...Read More

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Network Rail gains control of UK freight sites

Network Rail has taken over 105 leasehold sites from three of the UK’s biggest freight operators with the aim of improving competition in the sector.The acquisition process, which includes 87 sites from DB Schenker, 15 from Freightliner and three from ...Read More

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Canada import barriers

When it comes to the value of goods that can be shipped into the country before duty is assessed (referred to as the de minimis level), Canada comes near the bottom of the list. Americans can import $200 worth of ...Read More

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Skye brewery gets £100k grant boost for exports

A brewery based on the Isle of Skye has received a £116,000 grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to boost exports. Overall, the Isle of Skye Brewing Company intends to spend £450,000 to expand production and re-brand their products ...Read More

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Freight Association Welcomes Road Re-organisation

The UK government has outlined its plans to reform the Highways Agency and to introduce a long term vision for improving the UK road network by creating new ‘watchdog’ and ‘monitor’ bodies. Together they will aim to better the performance ...Read More

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Panama Canal extension using barge freight

The ongoing Panama Canal expansion project has reached an important milestone in its aim to meet the expected traffic growth and meet with the requirements of the international freight and shipping community. A heavy lift barge has delivered the first ...Read More

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Suez Canal to Expand Freight Capacity

As part of Egypt’s $8.4 billion plan to increase the freight capacity of the Suez Canal, the country’s Government and the Suez Canal Authority has awarded over $2 billion worth of contracts to two consortia, to dredge the vital shipping ...Read More

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East Midlands freight hub controversy

A 250-acre freight distribution hub planned for land close to East Midlands Airport will "destroy the area", campaigners have said. If granted permission, the East Midlands Gateway freight depot will be built on farmland and woodland close to junction 24 ...Read More

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Manufactured Scottish exports grow by 2.8%

The volume of Scottish manufactured exports grew by 2.8% during the second quarter of 2014, according to new statistics, lifted by strong performances from the chemicals and engineering sectors. However, there was a slight quarterly fall in export figures for ...Read More

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Finland Post to cease air and sea freight business in Scandinavia

Finland’s postal operator, Itella, said it will abandon its business activities in the fields of air and sea freight in Scandinavia in order to improve profitability within the organisation. Itella will give up service warehouses in Sweden, Norway and Denmark ...Read More

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Rise in red meat exports from Scotland

A modest 4 per cent increase in red meat exports from Scotland in the past 12 months was welcomed last week by Quality Meat Scotland chairman Jim McLaren. He said that - while it was good to see exports rise ...Read More

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Hong Kong record Australian wine imports

Hong Kong was one of the best performing export markets for Australia in the year ending September 2014 according to the latest Wine Export Approval Report September 2014. Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan were among the strong Asian performers with Hong ...Read More

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Freight Companies aid West Africa

Freight and logistics companies are playing their part in shipping vital supplies to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak. One company has airfreighted more than 70 tonnes of urgent supplies to Monrovia, Liberia to help combat the spread ...Read More

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Call to use canal as freight route

THE Regent’s Canal could be a key route for getting freight vehicles off the streets of Camden Town, according to campaign groups and the Canal and River Trust. A report, commissioned by developers Stanley Sidings Ltd from engineers Arup, said ...Read More

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Russia Bans Imports of EU Meat

Citing health concerns, Russia last week announced new sanctions on meat products from the European Union, widening its restrictions on Western food imports. Its federal supervisory agency for agriculture, the Rosselkhoznadzor, said "temporary restrictions" will go into effect Tuesday on ...Read More

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Europe could save on energy imports

The European Union could save up to $80 billion (50.21 billion pounds) in energy imports if oil prices remain low. The price of oil has dropped over a quarter since the summer to below $85 per barrel, a level last ...Read More

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Mississipi Freight charges limit Exports

As U.S.A farmers begin the biggest corn and soybean harvests ever, the bins in Illinois remain almost empty because it simply costs too much to send Midwest crops by barge to New Orleans export terminals. Shipping fees along the Mississippi ...Read More

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Heathrow calls for expansion as freight grows

The chief executive of Heathrow has re-iterated calls to expand the airport;its freight business grew rapidly last month. and Heathrow now handles a quarter of all UK exports by value. According to Heathrow's CEO, cargo traffic was up 7.8 per ...Read More

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UK Wheat Imports to fall

UK wheat imports will fall more than 40% this season due to the boost to domestic supplies from the strongest year-on-year rise in production in history – requiring  bumper exports to avoid a huge stocks build-up. UK wheat imports - ...Read More

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China Exports and Imports Surge

China's exports and imports in September were far higher than expected, according to official data: exports were 15.3% higher than last year, while imports rose 7%, giving a trade surplus of $31bn for the month. The data beat the expectations ...Read More

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Indian Railways’ freight traffic up 4.2%

The Indian railway has registered an increase in freight traffic during the six months between April and September this year compared with the corresponding period last year. According to data published by the Rail Ministry, marking an increase of 4.2 ...Read More

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Musketeers and Mr Selfridge drive exports

'The Musketeers' and 'Mr Selfridge' have helped cause a 5% rise in British TV exports, a new report has revealed. The findings by Pact, which represents independent television producers, show that international sales in 2013/14 of £1.28 billion, up from ...Read More

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China Railways faster freight service

China Railway Corporation has launched faster freight service amid a reform to cut logistics costs in the country, it was reported earlier this week. All of the existing 4,200 transportation centers of CRC will form a nationwide network offering faster ...Read More

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Mystery of North Korean exports to China

It is believed that millions of North Koreans are suffer from malnutrition, but Pyongyang has reportedly increased rice exports to its powerful neighbour by more than a third this year. It emerged last week that the isolationist state may be ...Read More

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Russian import sanctions lower fruit prices

Fruit growers in the United Kingdom are suffering from the impact of Russian sanctions on EU food imports, which are lowering the price of their produce by up to a quarter. Russia has banned fruit imports from EU nations, which ...Read More

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Prediction of strong growth in freight traffic

Boeing is projecting that air cargo traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7 per cent over the next 20 years, with global air freight traffic expected to more than double by 2033. The company released its biennial World ...Read More

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Estonian rail freight improvement

The Estonian state-owned rail freight carrier EVR Cargo’s freight volume reached 1.23 million tons in September, increasing by 3.8 per cent year-on-year, said the company. The overall freight volume during the first nine months of the year remains 3.7 per ...Read More

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German exports dive

Exports from Germany plunged in August by their largest volume since the height of the financial crisis, and leading institutes slashed forecasts for growth. The figures fuelled debate on whether Berlin is doing enough to prop up the domestic and ...Read More

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Russia increases food imports from ‘non-sanctioned’ countries

Russia is increasing the volume of imports from third countries, following the ban on food from the United States, Canada, the European Union, Norway and Australia. Turkey is exporting poultry and fish, Switzerland is delivering dairy products, and Uruguay is ...Read More

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Significant Reduction in UK wheat imports

UK wheat imports will fall more than 40% this season due to the boost to domestic supplies from the strongest year-on-year rise in production in history. Bumper exports will be needed to avoid a huge build-up of stocks. UK wheat ...Read More

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Drought cuts California food exports

Exports of California food products dipped in August, with fruit and tree nuts decreasing by 8 percent when compared to the same time last year and vegetables dropping by 7.8 percent, according to data released on Friday by Beacon Economics. ...Read More

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Rail Freight worth a decade of growth in Washington

Washington state residents in the USA can thank rail freight for insulating the state during the recent recession. Rail freight contributes $28.5 billion to Washington's economy each year, the same as a full decade of economic growth, according to a ...Read More

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Exports from Kenya to Europe Face Tariffs

Since October 1, Kenya has lost its free access to the European market as the East African Community (EAC) has failed to negotiate a free trade deal with the European Union (EU). Two-thirds of Kenyan exports face fresh tariffs, ranging ...Read More

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Swiss Watch Exports Remain Flat in August

Watch exports from Switzerland remained flat year on year at $1.569 billion (CHF 1.493 billion) in August, according to the Federation of the Swiss ‎Watch Industry.‎ The federation noted that August is one of the weakest months of the year ...Read More

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Apparel exports from India expected to increase

India's cotton and apparel exports are expected to climb by around 10 percent this year as higher wages, political instability and concerns about workplace conditions in other markets lead international buyers toward Indian exporters, industry officials said. The rise in ...Read More

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USA top nation for Australian beef

The US also can't get enough of meat farmed in Victoria state, with the country remaining the top export nation for the state's beef ($266 million). Japan remains the third-highest meat importer. "A significant fall in the value of the ...Read More

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Record meat exports for state of Victoria

The growing appetite for beef and lamb farmed in Victoria, Australia in both China and the USA has helped drive the value of the state's food and farm exports into another record-breaking year. Victoria's total food and fibre exports reached ...Read More

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USA Onion exports suffer

The huge crop of onions in Europe has created a glut of product available for export. The continent's onion shippers have found markets for their products in the Caribbean and South America; this has squeezed out American onion exports there. ...Read More

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UK Exports Increasing

The UK Environment Secretary has been giving encouraging news to the Conservative party conference about food exports. She said that almost 600 new markets had been opened overseas, adding that exports had increased by more than £1 billion in the ...Read More

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Food imports ‘a disgrace’

British children should grow up knowing the taste of Melton Mowbray pork pies, Norfolk turkeys and black pudding, Liz Truss, the Environment Secretary, has said. She said that the UK imports of large quantities of apples, pears and cheese at ...Read More

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Rail Freight Meeting Warning

Lord Tony Berkeley, head of the Rail Freight Group (RFG) has written an open letter to the EU member states on behalf of the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) ahead of the EU meeting on October 8. He urges those ...Read More

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Polish Miners Block Cheap Coal Imports from Russia

Miners in Poland protesting against imports of cheap Russian coal have blocked a border route into northern Poland, according to mining union leaders. More than 200 workers blocked the passage in order to protest against imports of Russian coal. Polish ...Read More

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Food and drink exports from UK

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose to £6.5bn in the first six months of the year, according to a report released today by the Food and Drink Federation which is an increase of 4.8% on the same period in ...Read More

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Brazil starting dairy exports to Russia

Three Brazilian companies have received permission to export dairy products to Russia, and one of them has already started to send cargo there, the secretary for international affairs of the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry Marcelo Junqueira told reporters last week. According ...Read More

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Turkey preparing to cut imports

Turkey is preparing to introduce new measures to curb imports by the end of the year, in the latest measure to cure the chronic current account deficit problem, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has announced. “We performed a study on ‘the ...Read More

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Senators Want to modernise Rail Freight Regulation

Amid complaints of poor service and excessive rates, two US senators have introduced a bill to overhaul federal regulation of the nation’s freight railroad network. The Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014 is aimed at helping shippers cut through ...Read More

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Abu Dabi Export and Import Growth

Abu Dhabi Ports Co (ADPC) expects a surge in shipping traffic towards the end of this year, as work on major infrastructure projects in the capital gathers pace, the company’s chief executive said. Container traffic at Khalifa Port is expected ...Read More

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Russia to increase imports from Vietnam

Russia is enacting measures to import more agricultural products from Vietnam due to sanctions imposed by the West over Moscow’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis. The increase in imports is also meant to boost trade ties between the two countries, ...Read More

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Vietnam Seafood Exports to Russia

Ten Vietnamese seafood companies are currently exporting products to Russia, according to a report by the Export Department. However, the Russian trade representative in Vietnam said the number of Vietnamese businesses entering the Russian market has increased on a daily ...Read More

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Euro zone July trade rises on exports

The euro zone's trade surplus rose year-on-year in July as exports grew faster than imports, indicating a positive contribution to economic growth at the start of the third quarter, the European Union's Statistics office data showed. Eurostat said the non-seasonally ...Read More

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Dutch exports grow thanks to previous imports

The volume of exports in June 2014 increased by 4.1 percent over June 2013, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in Holland has reported. The bureau said in a statement that this was mostly due to transshipment of goods through ...Read More

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Oversize Freight Containers on the Track

An innovative design of 50ft rail freight containers is being used for the first time in the UK with the start of a new service between Daventry and Grangemouth. The 50ft container was launched earlier this year at April’s Multimodal ...Read More

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Argentine seafood exports up 3.9% in value

The volume of exports of seafood from Argentina reached 285,608 tons, 3% more than in the same period in 2013, when 277,389 tons were shipped abroad. Exports to China grew 30% compared to those of the first half of 2013 ...Read More

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Whisky exporters oppose Independence

Whisky exporters in Scotland have been vocally opposed to the independence movement. "Internationally, as an export oriented sector, we rely on effective support from government in our overseas markets, whether in influencing EU negotiations or pressing other governments to allow ...Read More

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Will a Yes Vote Impact Scotland’s Exports?

'No' campaigners are adamant that Scotland, a nation of just five million people, is economically ill-equipped to deal with life alone. The crux of the argument is the fact that its exports sector is weighted towards international communities which, after ...Read More

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Exports of French Wine and Spirits Drop

Exports of wine and spirits from France dropped sharply in the first half of the year, hit by a dramatic slowdown of demand for luxury drinks in China. Exports of wines and spirits—one of France's top 10 exports—fell 7.3% to ...Read More

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Rail Freight Awards

The Rail Freight Group recently selected DP World, the port operator, as the winner of its Business of the Year award. The company’s involvement in ‘helping move the rail freight industry forward and setting the standard to which others should ...Read More

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Rail regulation “strangling” small freight operators

The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has warned the European Parliament that competition in the rail freight sector is being "strangled" by an inadequate regulatory structure and monopolistic behaviour by existing operators. There was a seminar in Brussels on September ...Read More

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France will be top wine producer despite fall in exports

There was good news for France’s wine industry this week as it emerged the country is set to overtake Italy to become the world’s largest wine producer, although a fall in demand from China has seen exports plummet. Italy was ...Read More

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Non-EU markets key for sheep meat exports

EXPORTS of sheep meat in the first six months of 2014 have hit their highest half-year level since 1998, according to industry body EBLEX. Global freight shipments totalled 48,000 tonnes in the first half of the year, an increase of ...Read More

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USA rail freight delays

Senators and shippers complained yesterday that widespread delays in freight rail shipments are harming a wide array of industries and driving some companies out of business.They expressed doubt that the railway companies are doing all they can to fix the ...Read More

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China exports up but imports shrink again

Exports from China grew more than forecast in August while imports shrank unexpectedly for the second month in a row, a reminder of the fragile recovery in the world's No. 2 economy, customs data showed on Monday. Exports rose 9.4 ...Read More

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Manufacturers reluctant to export

Only one in three small manufacturing businesses is relying on exports for business growth, it is shown in survey results released last week. More than two thirds of the firms questioned by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) feel they will ...Read More

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Rotterdam/Immingham extra freight shipping capacity

Shipping company DFDS is introducing extra sailings on the Immingham to Rotterdam freight route, taking the total to eight freight sailings a week. Customers will be able to take advantage of two extra round trips a week, in addition to ...Read More

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German exports at record high

German exports for July were up 8.5 percent year-on-year to 101 billion euros ($130.8 billion):this was the first time a single month's exports were above the 100-billion euro mark, according to Destatis, Germany's Federal Statistics Office. Nearly 60 billion euros' ...Read More

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Germany to China freight train quicker than sea freight

A new train service from Hamburg to Zhengzhou is about 20 days faster than sea freight. Claimed to be the first ever, the freight train service runs from Hamburg to the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou. The train, with a ...Read More

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Freight industry reaction to airport decision

The Aiports Commission to reject the so-called 'Boris Island' airport plan, has been broadly welcomed by the freight industry. The Freight Transport Association’s director  for global and European policy said: “Air freight accounts for about 40 per cent of UK ...Read More

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Export Plans for Taiwan

It is hoped that the new law allowing consolidations of cargo for different destinations will make Taiwan one of the most competitive logistics hub in the world. Consolidating goods in Taiwan and re-exporting them to Europe and America should increase ...Read More

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Taiwan Measures to Increase Export Trade

Measures are in hand to ensure that Taiwan stays abreast of its partners and competitors with regards to exports both within, and beyond, the local region. The recent decision to allow the country’s freight forwarders to operate multi-destination export consolidations ...Read More

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Rail Freight Decision legal challenge

St Albans council is challenging the Secretary of State's decision to allow a new rail freight interchange on the old Radlett aerodrome on three points of law. The first is concerned with the legality of his approach in taking his ...Read More

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Rail freight: St Albans District Council to challenge permission

St Albans District Council has lodged a claim in the High Court to challenge the Government’s decision to approve plans for a rail freight terminal on a Green Belt site. The claim challenges Eric Pickles' decision to grant planning permission ...Read More

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Lamb exports go outside EU

Increases in exports of lamb to the Far East have been particularly encouraging, while other key markets outside the EU included Ghana, Congo and the Ivory Coast in West Africa and Norway and Switzerland in Europe. Export values in total ...Read More

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Exports of British lamb rising

UK export volumes of sheep meat in the first six months of 2014 have hit their highest half-year level since 1998, according to latest statistics. Global shipments totalled 48,000 tonnes in the first half of the year, an increase of ...Read More

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Australian cherry growers ramp up exports

Australian cherry growers want to increase exports of fruit. Their objective is to send half the annual crop to overseas markets. About 25 to 30 per cent of last season's cherry crop was exported, with about 80 per cent of ...Read More

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India – PM says port development will increase exports

IndianPrime Minister Narendra Modi said development of ports is essential to promote exports from India and take the 'Made in India' brand global. The recently elected PM was speaking as he laid the foundation of a special economic zone (SEZ) ...Read More

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China considering high-speed freight trains

China is considering high-speed freight trains, to meet growing demand for faster shipping in the world's biggest e-commerce market. China Railway is setting its sights on two different types of freight trains – super fast trains with a speed of ...Read More

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Exports essential to India

As the Indian Prime Minister laid the foundation of a highway connecting the country's biggest container port to the hinterland, he emphasised repeatedly that if India wants to focus on exports it needs to focus on port-led development. "Port development ...Read More

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Body Found in Shipping Container on Freight Ship

A police investigation is under way after 34 people thought to be from the Indian sub-continent were found early on August 17 in an import shipping container at Tilbury Docks, together with a man’s body. The survivors were discovered after ...Read More

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Eurozone exports to Russia down 14 per cent in 2014

Exports and imports between the Eurozone and Russia have plummeted in the period January to May, figures from Eurostat revealed last week. The was a 14 per cent decline in exports to Russia in January-June 2014 compared with the same ...Read More

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Singapore July exports down

Singapore's exports in July fell less than expected, as freight shipments to major economies picked up. This suggests that the manufacturing sector may have bottomed out, on the back of an improving economic outlook in the United States and signs ...Read More

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British Freight Industry Awards Ceremony

Members of the country’s freight forwarding community will gather next January for the 2014 British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards and this year’s host will be the financial journalist and regular 'BBC Breakfast' presenter, Naga Munchetty. There is still time ...Read More

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Shipping Lines face cost increase

As from 1st January 2015, the new EU sulphur directive will come into force, regulating the maximum allowed sulphur content of bunker fuel. The directive means that the sulphur content of the shipping line's bunker fuel must be reduced dramatically from the turn ...Read More

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America biggest exports market for British businesses

The majority of the United Kingdom’s small and medium exporters are targeting the US market, according to a new survey from Barclays Business. Identifying the top UK export destinations, the study found that 55% of small and medium-sized exporters are ...Read More

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Russia turning to Israel for fruit imports

Russia is interested in increasing its fruit imports from Israel, after boycotting imports from Europe as part of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Russia and the West. This new development comes as buyers in Gaza, Jordan and some European nations ...Read More

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Rail freight transport in Latvia increases by 4.1%

In the first seven months of 2014, the total amount of rail freight in Latvia increased by 4.1%, reaching 35 tons, as compared to the same period of 2013, the Ministry of Transport informed the business portal Nozare.lv, cites LETA. ...Read More

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Singapore exports fall 3.4% over last year

A drop in electronics shipments continued to oppress Singapore's exports in the second quarter, trade agency IE Singapore said last week. Non-oil domestic exports from Singapore fell by 3.4 per cent in the April to June period over last year, ...Read More

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UK wheat imports top forecasts

UK wheat imports finished high in 2013-14, far exceeding expectations, as exports put in their worst performance in more than 20 years, with imports of corn rising too. The UK imported 2.21m tonnes of wheat in the year to the ...Read More

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Russia bans most food imports from EU and US

Russia has banned meat, fish, dairy and fruit and vegetable imports from Western countries in the most drastic retaliatory measures taken by the Kremlin so far. The measures - a response to sectoral sanctions designed to punish Russia for stoking ...Read More

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Austrian Railways seeks freight locomotives for Slovenia

ON August 7 Austrian Federal Railways' subsidiary ÖBB Produktion published a tender for five second-hand electric locomotives certified to operate in Slovenia. This seems to be an urgent case as ÖBB has given bidders just two weeks to respond to ...Read More

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Exports from Dorset increase by 25 per cent

BUSINESSES in Dorset exported nearly £132m worth of goods last year, which represents an increase of 25 per cent. The Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has shown that it processed 12,022 export documents between 2013 and 2014, up ...Read More

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Freight growth spike at DWC in Quarter 2

Freight volumes at Dubai airport surged by triple-digits in the second quarter, recording 199,751 tonnes, up 308 per cent from the 48,955 tonnes recorded during the corresponding period in 2013. The year to date freight volumes reached 276,567 tonnes, an ...Read More

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Finland fears crisis as Russia curbs food imports

Finland warned last week that Russian retaliation against EU sanctions could push its economy into crisis, while President Vladimir Putin ordered curbs on food imports from countries that join the Western action over Ukraine. The central bank warned that import ...Read More

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Canada’s export recovery firmly on

Canada’s trade surplus soared unexpectedly to a two and a half high of $1.86-billion in June, boosted by record exports and falling imports, Statistics Canada data indicated last Wednesday. This was the largest surplus since the $2.43-billion recorded in December ...Read More

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Warning of over reliance on food imports

THE PROPORTION of food which the UK produces for itself is continuing to fall, with the country able to feed itself only up until today without imports, farmers have warned. The UK’s self-sufficiency in food dropped by two percentage points ...Read More

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Freight train driver investigation, Germany

The driver of the freight train which collided with a passenger train in southern German city of Mannheim on Friday night last week is under investigation over suspected negligence, local media reported. The collision which left more than 30 people ...Read More

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Russia to ban all US agricultural imports, EU fruit & vegetable imports

A one-year ban has been imposed on certain agricultural produce, foods and raw materials imports from countries that have sanctioned Russia. An order for economic measures 'to protect the country's security' has been signed by President Putin. The decree “on ...Read More

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Small USA firm exports to Africa

The Obama administration is this week encouraging U. S. companies to boost investment and exports and imports with Africa. One small business is already was embracing the challenge. Hann Powerboats, of Sarasota Fla., recently changed from making fishing and patrol ...Read More

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Air Freight Security a Major Issue

Members of the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) are being asked to attend the advance data workshop at Air Cargo Forum 2014 to be held in South Korea in early October. Their request has been reinforced by the British International ...Read More

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UK Exports to Chile, China and UAE Increase

UK exports to Chile, China and United Arab Emirates (UAE) grew faster than to any other countries in the world in 2013. Overall, the UK's exports grew by just 1.4% in 2013 - but exports to Chile grew by 72% ...Read More

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Upgrade brings longer freight trains to Selby terminal

A Selby based logistics firm will now be able to welcome some of the longest freight trains in the country following the opening of its upgraded rail terminal. The logistics company which is located on the Barlby banks of the ...Read More

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