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Quicker freight Germany – China

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

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London to China freight service

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

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China largest exporter to Philippines

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

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China plastic ban: increased exports to other parts of Asia

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

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China Feb fuel exports to North Korea tiny

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

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Freight train service linking N China and Mongolia

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

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US bean exports to China fall 25%

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

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

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

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Commodity imports to China for February

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

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New train freight train connects the Netherlands to China

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

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China exports tunneling machine to Bangladesh

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

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Aluminium exports from China rise

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

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Fear of stock-piled bike Imports from China

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

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China rail freight volume on the increase

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

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Salmon exports from Norway to China fall

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

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New processed pork exports to China

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

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Service exports from China increase in 2017

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

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China imports more cars in 2017

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

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Forwarders need to compare air freight prices pre China New Year

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

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Freight train service to link Yanbian, China with Europe

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

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China ends its beef with Italian meat imports

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

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Norway salmon exports to China increase

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

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

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

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Sugar refiners in China lobby for increased import permits

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

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Strong exports of citrus to China

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

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China demand for citrus imports

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

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Record US imports from China, Mexico, Europe

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

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Regular express freight train from Chengdu to Russia

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

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

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

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China makes mainland ports available for Hong Kong wine imports

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

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China October exports & imports growth slows

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

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China to remove VAT on imports

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

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China will commit to buy more US soy imports

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

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Beef imports to China up 14.7%

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

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China says EU trade regulations against imports conflict with WTO rules

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

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Shipping Company Improves Container Freight Services

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

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China exports more books to other countries

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

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Vietnam-China freight route opens

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

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China’s wine imports continue upwards

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

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Beer exports to South Korea increasing

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

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China to exclude some metals from waste import ban

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

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China rail freight grows faster

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

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EU-China special products pact for exports

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

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Australia’s conflict with China over meat exports

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

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India Begins Anti-Dumping Investigation into Solar Imports from China

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

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Guangdong in China imports most wines

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

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China wine imports up

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

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China Bans Foreign Trash Imports

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

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China calls for more imports

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

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Norway signs agreement on salmon exports to China

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

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Furnace closures in China increase scrap exports

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

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China Made Car Exports go by train

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

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Vietnam fruit and veg exports surge

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

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China defends tariffs on sugar imports

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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China to boost imports to balance trade

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boost China exports with premium goods

A Shanghai based economist has advised New Zealand exporters struggling to meet Chinese demand for commodities such as milk powder, logs and lamb flaps, to try marketing more premium products to an increasingly worldly, wealthy Chinese consumer. "Given the importance ...Read More

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China Energy Imports

At present, China imports 55 percent of its oil, nearly half of which comes from countries in the Persian Gulf. In volume terms, that amounts to 5.3 mbd, or about 75 percent of Saudi Arabia’s production. China’s reliance on Middle ...Read More

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USA wrong to punish Chinese imports, says WTO

The U.S.A was wrong to impose punitive import fees on a range of products from China, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled a couple of weeks ago, in a decision that gave Beijing a key victory in a long-running tariff ...Read More

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Nepal concentrates on quality exports

According to the Nepali pashmina industry, shawls, stoles and scarves in natural, multi-colour and artistic designs are the most popular Nepali products among importers. The country’s industry had plunged into a prolonged downturn after some traders began shipping poor quality ...Read More

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Railway freight in China declines

Railway freight volume in China fell last month, according to China Railway Corp data released on Tuesday. The June total was 308.43 million metric tons, a 3.1 percent decrease from May and a 1.4 percent decline from the same period ...Read More

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China Exports Rise and Imports Bounce back

Exports from China were lower than estimates in June, which suggests that support for growth from global demand will be limited as China's leaders try to defend their economic expansion goal of about 7.5 percent this year. Exports gained 7.2 ...Read More

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China’s exports to continue improvement

Export activity from China may maintain a steady rebound in the coming months, as the country is faced with several favorable factors, an official said on Tuesday. Shen Danyang, spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce (MOC), told the press that ...Read More

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China’s exports rise 7% in May, imports fall

Exports from China increased in May thanks to firmer global demand, data showed on Sunday, but an unexpected fall in imports signalled weaker domestic demand which may continue to weigh on the world’s second-largest economy. Exports rose 7 per cent ...Read More

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Exports soar for rice fields of Italy

Italy is Europe's top rice producer. Exports are growing thanks to small-scale farmers growing premium rice varieties which are popular with health conscious connoisseurs. "It's considered a chic product for people who have money," said Sandro Guerrini, who farms 80 ...Read More

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Russia Suspends US Pig Imports

Russia - concerned over the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diahorrhea virus (PEDv) in U.S. pig populations, announced last week it was suspending U.S. imports of live pigs effective from May 30. The disease has already killed about 10 percent of ...Read More

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China freight volumes continue to rise

China’s total volume of freight transport rose in the first four months of 2014, but at a slower pace amid an economic slowdown, new data showed last Saturday. The volume of freight transport by road stood at 11.5 billion tonnes ...Read More

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Hong Kong wine imports static in 2013

Hong Kong imported 1bn US dollars' worth of wine in 2013. 100m US dollars' worth of this was of re-exported to Mainland China, said the region's secretary of commerce and economic development, at the opening of the Vinexpo Asia Pacific ...Read More

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Freight Forwarders Vietnam Fears

Freight Forwarders believe import and export demand to and from Vietnam may be affected for an extended period after many of the country’s key industrial parks closed.  A dispute with China over maritime rights escalated into violent anti-China protests earlier ...Read More

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Australian Exports To China Top $100 Billion

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures showing that the $6.881 billion in services exports which Australia made to China, tipped total Australian exports over $100 billion for the first time in history. This shows that the bulk ...Read More

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China wine imports from Australia increasing

China is becoming one of the top three wine-consuming countries in the world, with imports from Australia growing by nearly 150%, according to the latest National Australia Bank (NAB) Agribusiness Rural Commodities Wrap. Wine imports to China from Australia have ...Read More

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China approves Irish dairy exports

Ireland’s dairy sector had reason to celebrate after it was one of the countries to pass an audit by the Chinese authorities, which means that Irish plants have been found to meet fully the standards of China’s new food safety ...Read More

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US beef industry wants China to resume imports

China is working hard to resolve issues that would allow imports of US beef to resume for the first time since 2003 when a Washington State outbreak of "mad cow disease" prompted Beijing and other countries to restrict them. The ...Read More

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Report predicts annual growth in China beef imports

A new bank report suggest that China's government will need to increase beef imports in order to support the country's domestic beef supply. The bank forecasts five years of 15% to 20% annual growth in China's beef imports. The report ...Read More

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China Fair shadowed by weak exports

The Canton Fair - officially known as the 115th China Import and Export Fair-is expected to draw 200,000 international buyers, an increase of more than 180,000 over the autumn session when there was a drop-off in numbers, said Liu Jianjun, ...Read More

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Hong Kong shark fin imports fall 35 per cent

Exports of shark fins from Hong Kong to the mainland plummeted by 90 per cent last year, an environmental group has revealed, amid a crackdown on corruption and lavish living in China. While the amount of shark fin imports to ...Read More

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China imports less gold

Banks in China have been importing less gold over the past month as demand reduced after the festival season. Cheaper prices at home due to a softer yuan also curbed overseas purchases of the precious metal, banking sources and traders ...Read More

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Exports revive flat Champagne sales

Export demand is likely to drive Champagne sales over the coming decade as any consumption growth in France lags behind that in newer markets overseas, including Asia, the French region's trade association says. Mainland China and Hong Kong, while outside ...Read More

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New Freight Service from Container Shipping Groups

A new fixed-day weekly service between the Red Sea and Asia will commence May 8, 2014. The new routing will be provided by three Shipping Lines in co-operation, and is in answer to the growing demand and customer requirements in ...Read More

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UK Food Exports to China Grow

Exports of food to the USA generated £525m in total sales in 2013, up 7pc on the previous year, while China has grown 82pc to become the UK’s second-largest export market, representing £201m in revenue. According to new research from ...Read More

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Indian Yarn exports to China fall on pricing policy

Indian yarn exports have come under pressure as China has slowed down yarn imports from the country. China is also offering a lower price for Indian yarn because the rupee has strengthened against the dollar. The Chinese price for Indian ...Read More

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Scottish salmon improves UK food exports

Salmon exports from Scotland helped to increase Britain's export sales by 5pc last year. Exports of the Scottish fish to the USA rose by £43m to hit £199m, while sales to China almost doubled from £23m to £50m. “These impressive ...Read More

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UK Food And Drinks Exports To China Soar

China's imports of U.K. food rose 82 percent in 2013 from 2012, driven by spectacular sales of pork and salmon, making the world’s second largest economy a prime market for British food exports outside the European Union. The value of ...Read More

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Hong Kong Exports Decline For a Second Month

Hong Kong's exports declined for a second straight month in February, while imports increased strongly, leading to a larger trade deficit than a year ago, data from the Census and Statistics Department revealed Tuesday Exports fell 1.3% year-on-year, after decreasing ...Read More

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China Blocks Imports of American apples

The Washington Apple Commission has suffered a setback in its attempts to persuade China to import their apples. In December, Chinese officials appeared ready to resume imports of Washington Reds and Goldens after one more inspection trip, but they have ...Read More

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Imports meet China’s food needs

China is importing more and more food to meet its domestic needs, which is causing anxiety at home and abroad after years of near domestic self-sufficiency. This is particularly true of grain, the US Department of Agriculture reporting a near ...Read More

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Shipping Container Stuffed with drugs

Early in February, an estimated $180 million worth of crystal methamphetamine was discovered in a shipping container in Sydney. The drugs were found in kayaks which were being transported inside the shipping container from China. Customs officials x-rayed the 27 ...Read More

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India Cotton exports rising

China has started increasing imports of cotton from India. Demand from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam has also increased. So far this year (October – September) over 6 million bales (1 bale = 170 kg) of cotton have already shipped ...Read More

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Cloth Exports from Scotland to China on the rise

In the first nine months of 2013, Scottish tweed exports to China rose to a record high, reaching £9.7 million, which is higher than all of the exports in the previous year. China’s overall wool importsincreased by 6.5 percent to ...Read More

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China Imports Rising

Imports to China rose the most in five months in December, indicating that domestic demand will support economic growth.The Chinese government claimed the title of the world’s biggest trader of goods. Inbound shipments increased 8.3 percent from a year earlier, ...Read More

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China Rice Imports down 5% from Previous Year

China’s Customs General Administration (CGA) says that China imported around 2.24 million tons of rice in the calendar year 2013, which is about 5% less than the 2.36 million tons in 2012. According to the CGA, China also exported around ...Read More

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Record Buffalo meat exports from India to China

Though China has yet to formally open its doors to buffalo meat exports from India, a threefold rise (in dollar terms) in exports routed through Vietnam has lifted traders. China has, in principle, decided to allow direct imports, but the ...Read More

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China Railway Corp freight rise expected

China Railway Corporation (CRC) is expected to raise freight rates early this year in order to relieve its massive debt burden and speed up market-oriented reform in the industry, in which it has the monopoly. Such a move may further ...Read More

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International Freight Forwarding Group stresses Logistics Importance

The latest press release from the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) stresses how important the logistics sector and an efficient supply chain is to growing the international economy. The reports advises that the United Nation’s post 2015 Sustainable ...Read More

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Shenzhen luring container shipping from Hong Kong

Port authorities in Shenzhen are working aggressively to persuade foreign carriers to omit Hong Kong as a transit hub and do business directly with them. Shenzhen is well-placed to surpass Hong Kong as the world's third busiest container port this ...Read More

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Increased Freight Rates for container shipping lines

Container shipping lines hope for a better year as freight rates are increasing. They are expecting overcapacity to ease during the year. Surplus supply, which has been a major problem for shipping lines since 2008, should narrow to 1.5 per ...Read More

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Freight takes off at Shanghai Pudong Terminal

Shanghai Pudong cargo terminal saw freight tonnage rise by 2.83 percent to a total of 1,173,784 tonnes in the first 11 months of 2013. In 2012 the total was only 1,141,472 tonnes. Domestic cargo volume grew by 17.05 percent year-over-year ...Read More

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Exports boost Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce sales have increased so much that the luxury car maker will be increasing its workforce.  Much of this growth was built by exports to developing economies, where the new wealthy show their status by purchasing imports from the ...Read More

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More US cars Shipping to China

Exports of cars from the USA to Saudi Arabia and China are increasing revenue for shipping vessel operators. The U.S.A exported a record 1.8 million cars and light trucks last year. Exports rose another 8.9 percent in the first 10 ...Read More

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North East Exports to China

The North East of England exported goods and services worth about £327 million in 2012 to China.  The biggest volumes were in machinery, transport equipment and chemicals.  Local manufacturers say that there is potential to increase the exports, even though ...Read More

Competition Fears in Chinese Shipping

The China Shipowners' Association has expressed worries to the government about a planned alliance of three major shipping lines. The alliance is planned to begin operating in the second quarter of 2014, but other owners fear that shipping rates may ...Read More

Food Exports to China Booming

Last year the UK Government signed a deal allowing UK exporters to sell certain pork products, including offal, trotters and ears, to China.  Of the £57 million increase in food exports to China, pork and animal fats accounted for £45 ...Read More

New Air Freight service to Chengdu

In September a new air cargo route from London Heathrow to Chengdu began operation. This will be the only direct air service between Chengdu Airport and Heathrow.   The air freight service is expected to run three times a week ...Read More

Shipping Container crushes car

Last month a woman in China escaped virtually unharmed when her car was crushed by a shipping container.  She was driving alongside a lorry in Jiangsu Province, eastern China, when the weight of the container on the lorry forced the ...Read More

Guangzhou to Frankfurt Air Freight Service

A new freighter service to Frankfurt uses a Boeing 777 200F.  Flights depart every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, providing 270 tonnes of cargo capacity per week.  Most of the import and export freight between China and Germany is high value-added ...Read More

Hong Kong container trade struggles

The first six months of the year were challenging for Hong Kong, with container traffic down over 10% over the corresponding period of 2012.  Hong Kong is seeing a structural change in the types of cargo shipped; less transhipment cargo ...Read More

China container trade knocked by economy

This year rates of growth of freight volumes have eased, victim of muted demand for China's manufactured goods. In May, both imports and exports fell.  It is hoped that in future imports will be a source of sustainable growth; the ...Read More

Rail Freight in China

Volumes of container rail freight should rise in consequence of recent Government reform, increasing investment, and the launch of several international services. Under the reformed government institutions a network of intermodal rail hubs is being set up. Fewer containers are ...Read More

US Invests in Chinese Logistics

Chinese and American investors are co-operating to develop 17 new warehouses across China, including locations such as Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou. The ultimate plan is to operate a nationwide logistics warehouse network, with more than 1.8 million square metres of ...Read More

Fake Exports Stopped

French Customs authorities stopped a UK-registered express delivery van, carrying counterfeit goods to Belgium, initiating a full investigation. The perpetrators were identified and have recently been sentenced.  The goods were originally sourced from China.

Shanghai Port requests relaxation of charges

Shanghai International Port is asking the government of China to relax regulations on port charges and allow individual ports to set their own prices.  They argue that the current pricing regulation lags behind the development of the port and shipping ...Read More

Air cargo slump in Hong Kong

Cargo revenues for HOng Kong based air freight companies are falling, as demand remained weak.  Use of freighter planes has therefore been reduced, with freight being carried in the bellies of passenger aircraft.  Schedules from China were reduced and other ...Read More

Northeast Passage Freight to arrive next month

The first freight ship to use the North East passage north of Russia is expected to arrive in Rotterdam in September.  The ship carrying mixed cargo, including heavy equipment and steel is marking a new era in shipping goods from ...Read More

China inaugurates new shipping route

A Chinese freight ship has made the first ever voyage through the Northeast Passage. The Arctic Ocean shipping route north of Russia has been opened up by Arctic ice melting and reduces the journey from China to Europe by thousands ...Read More

China exports and imports recover

Growth in Chinese exports and imports was higher than expected in July, representing a sharp recovery from the previous month. Exports rose 5.1% compared with a year earlier, while imports gained 10.9%. The rises were large swings from June's figures, ...Read More

West Midlands Exports Expect to Grow

The West Midlands is forecast to grow its exports by 8.1% per year according to a report issued last week.  This is based on a strong hi-tech and auto manufacturing base.  The East Midlands is expected to show growth of ...Read More

Freight Forwarding China

The Conference and Supply Chain Forum will be held in Shanghai from 5 - 6 September 2013.  The organisers expect 500 people to attend, and are advertising the event as grand conference held in mainland China with the aim of ...Read More

Chinese Freight Train Record

The first freight train from Zhengzhou in North Central China travelled on Friday 2 August to Hamburg, making the journey in 15 days as against the projected 18 days. The train carried 51 freight containers and travelled through Kazakhstan, Russia, ...Read More

Timber exports support China housing

In the first half of 2013, house building activities in China increased so much that imports of timber have grown significantly.  The biggest exporters of timber are Russia and Canada, while New Zealand is the biggest exporter of logs. Timber ...Read More

China Policies to boost import/export trade

The Chinese government is aiming to maintain stable growth in the second half of the year by fine-tuning economic policies.  The policies cover a wide range of areas, including customs clearance, foreign exchange, taxes and inspections. The outlook for exports ...Read More

Exports from China faltering

In June, exports from China contracted by 3.1% compared with the previous year, the first monthly decrease since January 2012. The Chinese government is drafting detailed policies to help exporters use the internet to promote cross-border commerce.

Shipping Companies Query VAT in China

Freight charges payable in China are now subject to a 6 percent VAT rate, but shipping companies are asking for clarification before accepting the change.  Several shipping firms have issued guidance, and the British International Freight Association announced on 2 ...Read More

China introduces VAT on Freight

After a pilot scheme in Shanghai last year, the Chines government decided to introduce VAT on transport and some other service sectors from 1 August. The pilot was extended to another eleven regions, including Beijing, Tianjin and Shenzhen. The tax ...Read More

Containers change Gauges

Freight containers on the new rail service from China to Germany will have to be transferred by crane to different guages twice.  The route goes via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland changing gauges at the border with Kazakhstan and at ...Read More

New Rail Freight from China to Germany

Zhengzhou in Central China has started a rail freight service to Hamburg in Germany.  The train takers 18 days but this is more than twice as fast as shipping. It is also potentially 80 per cent cheaper than air freight.

Low Growth for China Exports

According to one of the major shipping lines, export volumes out of east and central China have grown by just 3% in the first half year of 2013. Customs data suggests that overall import-export value grew 1.1% over last year; ...Read More

China Reforms Rail Freight

China has begun modernising its rail freight industry after seeking opinions from customers. The Beijing Railway Bureau Freight Center is offering new services, including a direct freight container train from Beijing to Chengdu in Southwest China. Reforms began on June ...Read More

Freight Improvements in China

The rail freight industry, which is one of the last few monopoly industries in China, is improving its services and introducing reforms. As well as adding new direct services, more freight carriages will be added to some trains and goods ...Read More

Rail Freight Developments In China

The Chinese Government is investing heavily in rail infrastructure to enable freight traffic from manufacturers in the interior to gain access to ports.  The development also offers the possibility of other shipping options; some Third Party Logistics Providers are considering ...Read More

Boost to Chinese Imports

As the Chinese people become wealthier, the domestic market for consumer goods is growing.  China is now importing more goods than ever from the rest of the world, so much so that in March the country posted a rare trade ...Read More

Japan exports more to China

Exports to China from Japan rose 0.3 percent in April compared with the previous year, while exports to the USA jump 14.8 per cent. However, imports increased 9.4 per cent which increased the trade gap.

China Rail Freight serves Russia

The rail freight service from China to Poland crosses Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus, during its 10 000 km journey, where freight containers can be unloaded.  It reaches its final destination in 14 - 15 days.  The departure point at Chengdu ...Read More

China to Poland Rail Freight Service

A weekly rail freight service between Chengdu in China and Lodz in Poland began at the end of April.  The service carrying between 41 and 52 wagons with multi-sized freight containers, has been so well received that a daily service ...Read More

Southern China Provinces Lose out

As land, labour and other production costs rise in China's southern provinces, producers are moving north and inland. In the Southern province of Guangdong, ocean exports from manufacturers there fell by more than 5% last year. Shanghai also saw a ...Read More

China Orders New Ships

The second largest shipping company in China has ordered what will be the world's larges container ships from Korea. The order consists of five container vessels, and delivery is expected to start in 2014. The new vessels should reduce the ...Read More

Air Freight Recovery

One of the sharpest increases in freight rates was for the Shanghai to Frankfurt route.  The price index rose 13.8% in April, while other routes saw more stability or decreases.  Commentators think that overall there is little cause for optimism ...Read More

China – UK Freight Trade Increase

Trade between China and the UK increased by 7.5% last year, compared with the previous year.  Two of China's major shipping lines use Felixstowe as their port of call in the UK, and Felixstowe is developing its infrastructure to accommodate ...Read More

China visits Container Port

The Chines ambassador visited Felixstowe last week, and went on a tour of the facilities at the UK's largest container report. China's two main container shipping lines call at Felixstowe: Chinese freight accounts for over 40% of all container movements ...Read More

China quashes air freight

IATA statistics show that the late timing of the New Year in China had a detrimental effect on global air freight statistics in February.  Volumes were 6.2% lower than in the previous year.  North American and European cargo carriers posted ...Read More

Shipping workers end strike

Hundreds of workers at the port of Hong Kong accepted a pay increase to end the biggest industrial action there in decades. Container traffic has been disrupted by the strike, which reduced the daily handling rate from 33650 tonnes to ...Read More

Chinese Shipping optimism

China Shipping Group is forecasting higher volumes of freight this year, but is not certain whether it can deliver higher profits.  They foresee more uncertainty over freight rates, and think that revenue may fluctuate accordingly.  The carrier is adjusting its ...Read More

Idle Container Ships Increasing

The percentage of container ships in the world shipping fleet has increased to more than 4.3%. The last time that the idle shipping fleet exceeded this was in March 2012.  Last year, the idle fleet decreased during the shipping peak ...Read More

No more noodle imports

A leading manufacturer of food products is moving production of its noodles from China to the UK, which will create up to 50 jobs when the factory is opened in Yorkshire later this year. The factory in Hunslet, near Leeds, ...Read More

Extra Air Freight Flights from China

Two new freighter services from Shanghai to Europe started last month.  This will enable freight to move more quickly to and from Zhengzhou in north-central China.  Both routes operate once a week.

China Tackles Freight Trucks

At last the authorities in China are taking action on the safety standards of freight haulage operators. 28% of all road traffic accidents involve a commercial truck and the government says that from the first of April they will be ...Read More

China Imports fall in New Year

The Lunar New Year celebrations in China have had a considerable impact on import figures: in February imports declined 15.2% compared with the previous year. Factories and businesses in China are shut for days during the New Year celebrations.

China exports exceed expectations

Exports from China rose more than expected in February; shipments increased by 21.8% over the previous year, helped by strong demand from the USA and South East Asia. Exports have recently slowed due to a slowdown in key markets but ...Read More

Container ship sinking

A container ship with 14 on board sank off the coast of China on Monday, with the loss of 11 lives.  The ship was approximately 40 nautical miles north east of Longkou in Shandong province, and capsized due to strong ...Read More

China invests in Belgian container port

A giant Chinese terminal operator has signed a memorandum of understanding to  buy a 24% share of a Zeebrugge Port company. In 2012 Zeebrugge handled approx 2.2 million TEU of freight, and it can handle ultra large container vessels.

Giant Freight Container Ships

Whilst shipping lines can benefit from the scales of economy offered by larger and larger freight ships, terminal operators have concerns about being able to handle the huge vessels.  An industry spokesman told the Container Supply Chain Asia conference in ...Read More

Irish Exports to China

China is expected to become the fourth largest export market for Ireland according to HSBC's trade forecast. Ireland's main export markets of the UK, USA and Germany will remain at the top, but the main growth area will be in ...Read More

Weak Container Trade

Figures from 11 ports in China, seven elsewhere in The Far East, four in Europe, two in the USA and one in the Middle East, show that volume growth is at its slowest since 2009. Freight volumes on the Asia ...Read More

China Exports Increasing

In January this year exports from China froze by 25%, while imports soared 28.8%.  This suggests that external and domestic demand are both strong, although exports of tableware to Europe have been hit by excessive import duties.

Freight Containers made in Chile

The world's largest shipping line has set up its new insulated container factory in San Antonio, Chile.  This is the first such production facility outside China;the reason is that there is a huge amount of food exports from the west ...Read More

Shipping Line Surcharges

Most of the shipping lines offering services from Asia to Europe will impose surcharges by the end of the month.  Some carriers will also be withdrawing capacity in preparation for reduced volumes of exports from China, due to the Chinese ...Read More

Illegal Imports via Norway

Prosecutors in Sweden have issued international arrest warrants for two British men accused of smuggling garlic via Norway.Other smugglers have been arrested by police in Britian, Ireland, Austria and Poland for importing illegal garlic.  The main route for evading EU ...Read More

Smugglers arrested in Gothenburg, Sweden

Two British men have been arrested in Gothenburg, charged with bringing illegal imports of garlic into the EU.  Since the imposition of a heavy import tax on garlic from China, smugglers have been trading huge quantities of the vegetable, usually ...Read More

Garlic smuggled from China

A huge illicit trade in imports of garlic from China to the EU countries has been growing up since 2001.  The EU imposed a 9.6% duty on garlic imports to try and stop Europe's garlic towers being driven out of ...Read More

Bangladesh Ceramic Export Boom

The government of Bangladesh is expecting a large increase in exports of reasonably priced tableware to Europe.  The European Commission is proposing implementing anti-dumping duties on exports of tableware from China in May in order to increase its defences against ...Read More

Baltics chase Eastern Freight

Lithuania and Latvia are investing in port infrastructure and rail freight systems in an effort to become the gateway to Western Europe for exports from China and Japan.  Lithuania is offering favourable freight transit rates to China and Japan through ...Read More

China opens cross-Strait shipping ports

Two more ports have been opened in China for direct shipping links to Taiwan.  Yantai in eastern Shandong and Shenzhen in southern Guangdong will bring the number of port in China with direct links to 72.  In Taiwan, 13 ports ...Read More

Freight recovery in China

Shanghai and Ningbo ports in the east of China experienced a strong recovery of freight container throughput in September, and their biggest cargo flows of the year.Shanghai is the world's busiest container port, and freight volumes increased there by 11.6% ...Read More

China Freight values climbing

The logistics and freight industry in China carried 9.6% more cargo by value in the first 10 months of this year compared with last year. The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said that the rate of growth  had remained  at ...Read More

Speedier freight China – Germany

Train operators have been testing the use of a common consignment note, which contains all the information needed to clear borders between China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany.  The simplification of freight documents should significantly reduce the journey time ...Read More

China Imports Duty Increase

The European Commission has imposed high import taxes on pipe fittings and tableware from China.  The 'crockery' tax will affect cheap tableware, and add between 17.6 and 58.8 per cent to wholesale prices.  The British Retail Consortium has criticised this ...Read More

London Gateway visits China

Representatives of the new London port on the Thames have been visiting Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Taipei and Seoul.  Officials are keen to attract shipping to the new port, with the message that freight arriving there will be closer to two-thirds ...Read More

Scotland Exporters Target China

Total Scottish seafood exports to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and China in 2011 increased by 56% over the previous year.  The value of exports to China in 2011 was up 103%.  Scottish exporters are hoping to improve on this by ...Read More

Logistics Academy in China

A major European freight forwarding company has opened its own logistics academy to train employees in China.  There is a going need for qualified employees in China, as customers are constantly expecting better service and projects are becoming increasingly complex.

China Import Export Fair Disappoints

The China Import and Export Fair opened on Monday 15 October with disappointing attendance. The Canton Fair spokesman attributed this to flagging external demand, rising trade fractions, the rising value of the Chinese currency and seasonal factors.  

China Export Growth Slows

Many Chinese exporters have experienced slowing foreign trade due to reduced overseas demand.  Others have managed to maintain growth by technical innovation and exploring new markets.  China's exports in the first three quarters of the year rose only 6.2%, compared ...Read More

New Freight Container Factory

A new dry freight container manufacturing facility was completed in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China in the first half of 2012.  Trial production started in July.  Phase 2 of the facility, for the production of refrigerated freight containers, should be completed ...Read More

Container Shipping lying idle

It is estimated that about 41% of the world's idle container fleet is laid up in China, South Korea and Russia while 27% is laid up off Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. A record number of ships are lying idle ...Read More

Xiamen, China to build shipping hub

Xiamen, a special economic zone in East China, is preparing to develop a global shipping hub. The centre's core framework and services will be in place by 2020. By then, the shipping hub will be able to deal with a variety of businesses, such as international transit,purchase, allocation and distribution, ship leasing, customs clearance, and offshore outsourcing. As the city is located on the western side of the Taiwan Straits, the shipping hub will also strengthen ties with port cities in Taiwan, such as Kaohsiung, Taichung and Keelong.

China Shipping goes slow

Shipping lines carrying cargo from China are likely to increase slow steaming to save fuel in preparation for Golden Week.  The first week in October is a national holiday, during which about 20 Far East sailings will be omitted. Slow ...Read More

Japan exports fall

A slow down in China and economic difficulties in Europe have caused Japanese exports to fall and the trade deficit to increase.  Higher prices for oil meant that imports became more expensive, and shipment to the EU fell 25 per ...Read More

Freight Rate rises fail

Although Far Eastern shipping lines tried to implement rate rises on 1 August, an analysis of spot rates showed that this attempt has failed. The Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI), an index of port-to-port spot rates for cargo departing China ...Read More

UK Exports to China grow

Led by the export of luxury cars, the UK's exports to China have grown over the first five months of 2012 by 201%.  Although China is a minor export market for the UK, other sectors could repeat the success of ...Read More

Unusual Freight from China

Earlier this month a three month old kitten was found  in a shipping container having survived three weeks without food and water. The kitten was discovered by workers at a business in Compton, Los Angeles after being inadvertently shipped the six ...Read More

China reduces rare earth exports

It appears that China has begun stockpiling strategic reserves of rare earths in case of future shortages. China has so far granted companies the right to export 21,226 tonnes of rare earths this year. In 2011, the government granted rare earth ...Read More

New Shipping route China-Brazil

A new direct container shipping groupage service is now available from Shanghai to Santos.  It can also be used for LCL consignments from Ningbo; they can be transported daily from Ningbo to Shanghai and then loaded directly into the consolidated containers. ...Read More

Freight growth slowing in China

The growth in  volumes of import and export freight flowing through China's freight container ports is slowing down.  In the first three months of this year, volume increased by 8.4%, but this is slower than the previous year. The world's ...Read More

Pharma Freight for China

According to a report recently published by Cold Chain IQ, in five years times China will represent a great opportunity for exports of pharmaceutical products.  The number of temperature sensitive drugs is rapidly increasing in the pharmaceutical pipeline, and with ...Read More

Wedding dress exports boom

Exports of wedding dresses from China are buoyant in spite of the general economic gloom.  Chaozhou in southern China's Guangdon province is a leading supplier of wedding and evening dresses. The city's garment and textile exports totaled $367 million last year, up 24 percent year-on-year. Exports in the first quarter of this year increased by 5.9 percent on thesame period last year, according to the city's foreign trade and economic cooperation bureau. Wedding and evening dresses account for a huge 80 percent of this trade. The city is ...Read More

China Export Growth

Official statistics issued by China's government over the  weekend show that the economy is still growing, although more slowly than expected in some areas. Exports, however, rose 15.3pc in May, according to customs figures released on Sunday. This is more ...Read More

China logistics weakness

Local Logistics in China tend to be unreliable and expensive according to a recent report. About 49% of the respondents to the survey reported high costs and low reliability as the biggest problems with China’s logistics industry. The survey also found that ...Read More

UK Pig Exports to China

The UK is exporting thousands of pigs to China, to interbreed with the inferior Chinese pigs. The Food Minister flew out to China last week, and will spend much of the time drumming up trade for British food exports. Demand for ...Read More

Food Exports to Grow

The UK food industry is planning to hugely expand its exports, especially to China, where there is pent up demand for pork meat and pigs. According to the Food Ministry, China will not be self-sufficient in pork for some years. ...Read More

China Export Recovery

The Chinese government said in a press conference that export growth  showed recovery during the first ten days of May, but the country is still facing difficult trading conditions. Chinese exports grew 27.3 percent and imports rose 28 percent in ...Read More

UK Car Exports Boom

The first quarter of 2012 has been an exciting one for the UK car industry - export sales increased to a level of £6.1 billion. For the first time since 1976, car export values exceeded import values. There has been ...Read More

New Shipping route via Suez Canal

Two container shipping companies have announced that they will begin services from South China and Vietnam to the East Coast of the USA via the Suez Canal.  Beginning in June, the service is designed to answer customer's requirements for improved ...Read More

New Air Freight Service for China

An air cargo carrier has just launched a new twice-weekly scheduled service to Chongqing, China. The flight from Luxembourg via Doha and Sharjah, lands at Chongqing’s Jianbai International Airport. The return route is via Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Baku.  The second ...Read More

Bridge the freight gap China – Europe

Discussions between the premiers of Turkey and China began last month to reach agreement on a high speed rail link across Turkey, which would finalise a land bridge which will revolutionise freight transport between Asia and Europe. If this is ...Read More

Solar Exports to fall

AS Germany has reduced the level of subsidy for solar power industries from 1 April, China is expecting that exports of solar panels will reduce in volume.  China is home to the biggest producers in the world of solar panels, ...Read More

Asia link for Gothenburg

A new shipping service between the Far East and Europe has added a call at Gothnburg, Sweden to its route. This is the second weekly service linking Gothenburg with Asia, and will provide links to the China - at the ...Read More

China Exports to target BRICS

Analysts in China are advising exporters to concentrate more efforts on emerging markets such as Brazil or India.  In the first quarter of 2012, exports from China fell by 1.8 percent, and imports rose by 9.8 per cent. Brazil, Russia, ...Read More

Fragrant Exports

Yunnan, in south West China, is one of the major world suppliers of geranium oil, which is an essential ingredient for many perfumes. In 2010, exports from Yunnan's fragrance manufacturers amounted to 80 million euros worth - a 20% increase ...Read More

Export Licences for British Pork

The international manager of the organisation for the British pig industry was in China early in March to finalise details of the logistics of the pork trade with Chinese officials. They hope to export 'fifth quarter products' such as offal ...Read More

China big on pig imports

In 2011 imports of pig offal accounted for more than 65 pe cent of the total pig products imported in China.  Demand for meet has been growing in China, and this is helping exports in other parts of the world. ...Read More

China restricts rare earth exports

It is likely that the USA, EU and Japan will lodge complaints with the World Trade Organisation over China's restrictions on exports of rare earths. These commodities contain 17 elements which are essential for the manufacture of high tech products, ...Read More

Incentive for Chinese Exports

The Commerce Ministry of China has said that tax rebates for exports are likely to be increased this year.  Exports have declined sharply due to the European debt crisis, and the government wishes to stabilise export growth.  The announcement was ...Read More

China lowers import duties

A former deputy commerce minister in China announced that the import taxes on a large number of consumer and luxury goods will be lowered this year. The aim is to promote domestic consumption in China. This is encouraging news for ...Read More

China exports subject to VAT

China has recently implemented a VAT programme which now covers all services.  This includes a 6% rate for the logistics and international freight forwarding industry. Shanghai has been chosen as the pilot city, but it appears that most freight forwarders ...Read More

Ireland exports to China

Ireland is hoping to increase its exports of agri-food products like dairy goods, meat and seafood.  They are forecasting that shipments will grow by nearly 42 per cent by 2020 from the average in 2007 to 2009. The sector is ...Read More

Spectacle of falling exports

Wenzhou, in the provide of Zhejiang in China, is one of the main regions for the manufacture of spectacles.  Manufacturers there are expecting to reduce production by about 20% this year because of falling demand from Europe. Last year, the ...Read More

Hong Kong Freight Contraction

This time last year Hong Kong airport was at the top of the league table for freight volumes, mainly thanks to soaring exports from China throughout 2010.  Now that Chinese exports are contracting, there has been a severe correction in ...Read More

China Exports Prospects

Chinese exports to Europe fell 9% in October compared with the same period in 2010.  The foreign trade director of the Ministry of Commerce in China told the BBC last year that the 'foreign trade situation will be severe' in ...Read More

Chinese Shipping Companies squeezed

The downturn in world trade and increased fuel costs are affecting profits and cash flow in Chinese shipping companies. One major shipping line has handed back two chartered vessels to their owners, whilst another company halted payments on some long-term ...Read More

Gateway Targets Chinese Imports

London Gateway port, currently under construction 40 km east of London, will be the United Kingdom's newest deep-sea container port combined with one of Europe's largest logistics parks. The port is hoping to attract at least 70 percent of containers ...Read More

Beaujolais Nouveau Exports

China is now the top export destination for the Bordeaux region of France, and wealthy Chinese are increasingly investing in wine. Perhaps more surprising is the growing fashion for Beaujolais Nouveau, and Chinese are buying this wine in bulk as ...Read More

China Import Exhibition

The International Chamber of Commerce in China will be hosting an import Trade Fair on March 29th in Jiangsu province. The exhibition will include machinery, IT, high tech products and consumer goods and will enable potential exporters to China to ...Read More

China Exports Slow

Growth in China's exports is expected to be slow in the first half of this year because of the complicated situation in the world economy.  It is expected that growth in imports will be higher than that in imports. Exporters ...Read More

Air freight Service suspended

The first going venture air cargo service in China has been suspended due to falling volumes of freight. The Shenzhen-based carrier  was founded in 2004 and operated a fleet of six B747 extended range freighters to destinations including Frankfurt and ...Read More

New Service between China and Taiwan

A new container shipping service between Taiwan and Northern China will take advantage of increased volumes of freight between the two countries. Two 1,200teu vessels will operate on a 14-day loop, calling at Tianjin, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Keelung, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Taipei ...Read More

EU investigates China steel imports

Eurofer, the European steel producers' group, has filed an anti-dumping complaint with the European commission against imports of organic-coated steel from China.  A formal investigation is expected to begin next month. A series of complaints have been brought by the ...Read More

Tumbling freight rates continue

Container freight rates are continuing to fall while shipping lines have excess capacity and compete with each other for reducing volumes of cargo. Rates on the Asia to Europe and Asia to west coast Europe are falling according to the ...Read More

China Freight growth prompts development

The volume of freight through China's ports has been on the increase, with domestic movements out-stripping international freight. Overall freight movements in China have increased over the first 10 months of the year. The Chinese government is investing heavily in ...Read More

Whisky exports to China grow

The UK trade association for the Scotch whisky industry have published figures showing that the value of China's imports of Scotch whisky is increasing steadily.  In 2001 the value was 2.9 million dollars, in  2010 it was more than 85 ...Read More

China Exports slowing

Exports from China to the rest of the world slowed in October, as growth in Europe stagnated.  But China continued to buy products from the rest of the world and imports grew by over 28%. Exports to the USA grew ...Read More

China Exports Slow

With demand from the European Union and the USA slowing in September, China is expecting the export sector to face difficult times in the months ahead.  Imports of processing materials remained slow in September. China engages a lot in the ...Read More

Freight Rates on the rise

Freight rates for containers between the USA West Coast and China are rising, according to the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index. This could be a reaction to reduced capacity on the route, as shipping lines remove vessels in response to lower ...Read More

Direct Rail Freight to China

This month a new direct rail container service from  Germany to China will be officially opened. The transit time of 23 days for a journey of about 11 000 kilometers will run from Leipzig to Shenyang in Northeast China.  The ...Read More

Xiamen Container Port Expansion

Xiamen Port in the Fujian province of East China has plans to increase freight volumes in response to reducing exports caused by weakening demand from the USA and Europe. By building large scale industry clusters and port warehouses, accompanied by ...Read More

Freight Transport Congress Bremen

Starting tomorrow, the Breakbulk Africa Transport Congress covers a variety of topics. How China is investing in Africa, infrastructure and port development, bulk transport  bottlenecks and the challenges of doing business in Africa will all be covered.  The event will ...Read More

Natural disasters affect Global Shipping

Flooding in Queensland, Australia has had a huge impact on exports; up to 30 million tonnes of iron ore were unable to be dug out, processed and shipped to China and elsewhere after the mines were flooded. Exports dropped by ...Read More

Direct freight shipping Asia to Rotterdam

In September a new weekly LCL shipping service began between Rotterdam and Asia.  The new services which are guaranteed to operate, will improve the supply chain between Asia and Europe, reducing transit times by two to four days and carbon ...Read More

New Air Freight Service to China

A new direct air freight service has been launched from Schipol airport in Amsterdam to Chongqing in China. The cargo service to one of China's major centres for the production of computers will operate twice a week.  There is a ...Read More

China exports increase in price

According to Customs Data, Chinese export prices are increasing as growth is slowing. Meanwhile, the nation's foreign trade with countries such as India, ASEAN members, Russia, Brazil and South Africa is growing. The average price of Chinese exports rose 10.3 percent ...Read More

New air freight link to MidWest

A new direct air freight service from China to the Mid West of the USA has been inaugerated.  On 23rd September the first cargo flight to St Louis in Missouri arrived from Shanghai in China. The Chinese Consul General to ...Read More

China slow-down in Container Freight

Although the monthly volume of container freight through China's ports was the highest in history in the first half of 2011, growth began to slow down in the second quarter.  A shipping industry expert said that this was caused by ...Read More

‘On time’ shipping

One of the world's major shipping lines has announced a new service from Asia to Europe which will 'guarantee' a sailing every day at the same time, with a guaranteed arrival time.   From next month, the service will operate ...Read More

Taiwan Imports delayed

Cargo importers in Taiwan are complaining that their shipments are being delayed because Customs authorities are taking too long to inspect goods.  The Customs officials say they need more time to prevent 'possible misunderstandings' while the importers complain that officials ...Read More

Freight and Logistics Opportunities in emerging economies

Emerging markets will become more and more important in the global economy, as countries like India and China report growth rates of around 10%, in sharp contrast to the developed Western economies.  The CEO of Agility Europe wrote in the ...Read More

New air freight service from Russia

The largest all-cargo airline in Russia has started a new freight service to Zhengzhou in China.  The airline already operates routes from Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai to Russia and other major centres in Europe.  The new flights are operating ...Read More

New port terminal for Sri Lanka

A new container terminal at the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka will be built with the help of finance from China. The agreement between Sri Lanka Ports Authority and Colombo International Container Terminals (a consortium between a Chinese and ...Read More

Shipping peak surcharge

The world wide economic climate resulting in lacking consumer confidence has meant that orders for consumer goods are falling below expectations, and ships are sailing below capacity.  Carriers on the Asia-US container lines usually introduce surcharges around mid-June.  But this ...Read More

Air freight still weak

Latest figures from the International Air Transport Association show that air freight is still suffering from high fuel costs and lack of demand. June cargo volumes were 3% lower than the same month last year, and 1% lower than the ...Read More

Shipping between Murmansk and China

A gas tanker followed by three ice breakers left Murmansk on Saturday carrying gas condensate for China.  The journey will take two weeks, and the crew will collect data on ice conditions in the area. This is the first time ...Read More

EU Import controls for plastic kitchenware from China come into force

EU controls on the Import of polyamide and melamine plastic kitchenware from China and Hong Kong came into force on 1st July 2011. The full details are contained in EU Commission Regulation Number 284/2011

China Exports potential

Yesterday some 31.4 bn of trade agreements with China were announced by the government to coincide with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Britian.  The ban on poultry exports to China has been lifted but even with these helpful developments, ...Read More

China to increase US imports

The President of the American Soybean Association has announced that exports to China are expected to rise by 5 % more than last year.  It is hope that this will promote relations between China and the USA and help to ...Read More

New Air Cargo route for China

A new cargo route was launched last month between Chongqing in the southwest of China, and Europe. The route Shanghai-Chongqing-Moscow-Luxembourg-Shanghai flies every Wednesday and Sunday. The "Yangtze River Express" will help to build an air service network to Russia with Moscow ...Read More

China drought affects shipping

Although rain is now giving relief from China's six month drought, navigation for cargo shipping is still restricted on the Yangtze river - the longest river in Asia - as conditions vary from drought to flood. The drought suspended cargo ...Read More

Shipping lines reduce services

Low utilisation rates have forced shipping lines to reduce capacity on the Asia to Europe routes in an effort to cut costs.  Freight rates have been steadily declining on the route, and shipping lines are hoping to push up rates ...Read More

Chinese Roads protection

A subsidiary of China Highway Engineering Consulting Group company has signed an agreement with a company based in Milton Keynes to use its road preservative product. The product protects against surface deterioration which is caused by weather and high volumes ...Read More

China – US exports dive

The government in China is due to announce its May trade figures on Friday, and some economists expect that they will show a slowdown in growth.  A  recent report estimates that Chinese export growth dropped to 20 percent year-on-year, down ...Read More

China freight rates tumble

Freight container rates from Asia to Europe are declining, even though shipping lines are increasing bunker surcharges. The Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI), all-in spot rates from Shanghai to Europe were $9 lower than the previous week. Shipping lines may ...Read More

Kitchen imports from China and Hong Kong

From 1 July 2011, imports of plastic kitchenware from China and Hong Kong will have to be a accompanied by a declaration and analytical results to confirm that they comply with limits on the release of harmful chemicals. Although the ...Read More