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New export markets for English wine in 2017

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

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French Wheat Exports increased In January

France exported 1.1 million tonnes of soft wheat outside the European Union in January, the second-highest monthly volume since the start of the 2015/16 season. This was helped by substantial sales to Morocco, Egypt and Algeria, customs data showed. In ...Read More

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French wine and spirit exports reach all-time high

France scored record-breaking sales of wines and spirits in 2015, due mainly to robust exports of champagne and cognac, with €11.7 billion ($13.15 billion) flowing in. "This good result should not distract from the constant erosion of our export market ...Read More

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Scottish food and drink exports could be at risk from Brexit

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

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France expects threat from Russia to wheat exports

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

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France bans imports of Italian vegetables

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

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France will be top wine producer despite fall in exports

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

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Prosecco exports to UK leap by 40%

The Italian sparkling wine enjoyed a huge increase in popularity last year as exports to the UK soared 40.2 per cent in a single year, according to new research. This follows a dismal year for champagne, UK sales of which ...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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Norway Fish Exports at all-time high

EXPORTS of Norwegian seafood in January soared in value by 25 per cent to 5.9 billion Norwegian kroners (NOK) – an increase of NOK 1.2 billion over January last year. One of the reasons for this was the continued high ...Read More

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Long freight trains test in France

The first 1·5 km long freight train was run between Sibelin yard near Lyon and Nîmes on January 18, marking the start of the demonstration phase of the Project Marathon research programme. Project Marathon was launched in April 2011 and ...Read More

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Rail Freight programme reaches midpoint

On December 4 a conference in Paris, France marked the mid-point of the EU-funded Sustrail research programme to ‘integrate vehicle and track innovations for a more sustainable freight railway’. Sustrail is an EU funded research programme which aims to make ...Read More

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Nuclear Freight wagon derails near Paris

On Monday a rail freight wagon carrying nuclear waste was derailed in Drancy, 3 km northeast of Paris. There was no leakage of the waste. Every year about 4000 freight wagons carrying radioactive or chemical wast pass through the station. ...Read More

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Freight train strike in France

The freight service of the national rail operator of France will be affected by a 36 hour national strike beginning this evening. The strike will begin at 7 pm and will cause the operator, SNCF, to considerably reduce freight train ...Read More

French Road Freight Tax Postponement

On 28 October the Government of France announced that it was postponing the ecotaxe.  They cited the reason for this as disruption in Brittany by hauliers and farmers, but freight operators felt that the introduction was in any case being ...Read More

Paris Green Logistics

Last month the city of Paris presented a charter designed to make freight distribution within the city more environmentally friendly. Intended to be implemented over the next three to four years, about 80 signatories have endorsed the charter.  This includes ...Read More

Possible Freight problems in France

Registration for the new French ecotax requires up to ten sets of documents to be completed.  Many applications are being refused and returned because of incorrect or complete documentation. Registration processing can take up to six weeks, and many UK ...Read More

Freight Lorries to prepare for Ecotax

From 1 January 2014, all freight vehicles over 3.5 tonnes will have to pay an extra road tax in France.  If vehicles are not registered, they may have pay a fine of up to 750 euros for a first offence. ...Read More

French Rail Freight Projects

The government of France has announced two projects to create rail freight 'motorways' where lorries will be transferred off the roads and on to dedicated trains.  One of these will operate between Lille in Northern France and Bayonne, near the ...Read More

French Freight Lorry Tax Delay

The French government is introducing a tax at an average rate of 0.12 euros per km for commercial vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes (excluding toll motorways).  The aim is to encourage shippers to use modes of transport other than ...Read More

UK Export Forecasts Disappoint

An economic forecast published last week suggests that the UK can anticipate export growth of 0.3 per cent growth per year, until 2017 which is well behind the European average of one per cent.  It appears that exports to the ...Read More

Air Freighting Luxury to Central Asia

A new air freight service has been launched to connect Europe to Central Asia. Consumer spending has risen sharply in many Asian countries, stimulating the import of luxury branded goods from Europe. The service is concentrating on moving high value ...Read More

New freight services for North Sea

A Finland based shipping line is expanding its freight services on the North Sea and Baltic Sea this summer.  A weekly service will connect Finland and Russia with the UK, Spain and France. There will also be a direct service ...Read More

French Snow halts freight

Last week heavy snow in France caused chaos on the A1 Paris to Lille motorway, as thousands of freight trucks came to a standstill.  Operation Stack on the M20 in England also had to be put into operation as cross ...Read More

Logistics Fair

The SITL Logistics Solutions Fair takes place from 26 to 28 March 2013 in Paris. Logistics and freight operators will be exhibiting to potential clients and there will also be an exhibition of specialist transport equipment.

French Rail Freight Appeal

The French rail operator SNCF is appealing against a fine levied on the rail freight division.  The company president says that the fine is unfair, because it refers to practices which date back to the opening up of the rail ...Read More

Record Freight Trucks for Eurotunnel

Rail shuttles through Eurotunnel last year carried more freight trucks than ever before.  Overall revenue increased by 14%, but there was a 3% reduction in the number of rail freight rains going through the tunnel.

French Rail Freight Fine

SNCF Fret has been fined 60.9 million Euros for commercial practices which the Competition Regulator says were designed to keep competition out of the rail freight sector in France.  An investigation into the practices was initiated by a complaint from ...Read More

Canal Freight Revival

Voies Navigables de France is lobbying for support in Europe to rehabilitate the Rhine - Rhone canal as a freight channel between Switzerland and France.  Part of the canal is currently only navigable by pleasure craft, although in Roman times ...Read More

Co-operation for Freight Corridor

Ports in France, Switzerland and Germany have decided to co-operate more closely in developing the Rotterdam-Genoa freight corridor.  All are inland ports on the Rhine, and will especially aim to enhance rail freight connections. The nine ports currently handle about ...Read More

Trans Alpine Freight Link

The governments of France and Italy have approved the building of a high-speed rail link between Lyon and Turin. The link should reduce the journey time by about two hours, making Paris just over four hours from Milan compared with ...Read More

French Logistics going broke

In Quarter 3 of this year about 558 French haulage and logistics companies declared themselves bankrupt.  This is the result of shrinking freight volumes, over-capacity and the growing impact of cabotage. The French Logistics Federation claimed that in 2013 taxes ...Read More

Marseille lures container freight

The port of Marseille in southern France has opened two new container freight terminals, doubling its handling capacity.  The first port in southern Europe to take advantage of barge freight, Marseille is constructing a second canal linking the terminal with ...Read More

Eurotunnel Buys Freight ships

When Eurotunnel was opened 18 years ago, it was thought that the future of freight shipping was uncertain, and that freight forwarders would use the tunnel for freight traffic between the UK, France and Europe.   But Eurotunnel's rail shuttles are ...Read More

Freight shipping of Re-cyclables

A shipping company has succeeded in obtaining permission to ship recyclables from Guernsey to France.  The Guernsey based shipping company began the operation earlier this month; this is a first for Guernsey. The company is using a former Royal Navy ...Read More

New container freight service

A Dutch rail operator has instituted a new daily freight container service between Rotterdam and the Rhine terminal of Germersheim. The service area  may expand to include the areas of Germersheim, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Strasbourg and Ludwigshafen, and possibly as far as ...Read More

Nantes courts container traffic

As shipments of bulk goods decrease, the port of Nantes in France is expanding its capacity for container freight. The port is planning to extend quaysides at its Montoir container terminal by 350 metres to 600 metres so it can ...Read More

French Rail Freight Disruption

Rail freight services in France could be badly disrupted by modernisation on the rail network in 2012.  The French government has a 13bn euro plan to renovate the railways by 2016, and work will be done at around 1 000 ...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

New Sea Freight Motorway

A new Motorway of the Sea is being proposed by the port of Sete in France, linking with Southern Spain and Morocco. They will apply for funding under the EU Marco Polo 2 programme, which finances projects that shift freight from ...Read More

Revolutionary Freight Technology

A new system which will lift unaccompanied trailers onto trains is set to revolutionise freight between Western and Eastern Europe.  The system which has been developed in Germany will be marketed to the UK logistics industry, with the aim of ...Read More

French Freight drivers protest

Truck drivers in France ar protesting about increasing freedom in the European haulage market. Since 1 January hauliers from Bulgaria and Romania have joined those from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the three Baltic states who have the ...Read More

Longer Freight Trains in France

in 2009 the French government announced plans to promote sustainable freight transport.  Contributing towards this goal are 'train motorways' which can take longer trains at higher speeds. This helps to achieve the goal of more freight miles for less carbon. ...Read More

Rail Freight disruption in France

Next year France's railway network will be modernised at around 1000 locations, as part of a plan to renovate the whole rail structure by 2016. Most of the modernisation work will take place at night, so the impact on rail freight is ...Read More

Security fee for Tunnel Freight

A security fee on rail freight traffic through the Channel tunnel is planned for next year by France's rail network manager. The fee, which could be as much as 600 euros per train, is to cover safety provision for trains making ...Read More

Non Euro Exports on the increase

The Office for National Statistics has published figures showing that exports from the UK increased in August, compared with July.  The trade deficit narrowed more than expected with exports rising and imports falling slightly. The reduction in imports was inevitable ...Read More

New Rotterdam call for rail freight service

From September onwards,  the existing rail freight service between Rotterdam and Antwerp will also call at the Rail Service Center in Rotterdam. This creates direct access to the rail freight network in South and South-East Europe. This will help to ...Read More

Barge Freight for Northern Europe

Intermodal barges services are being developed for shipping containers in the Nord-Pas de Calais in France and the Wallonia region in Belgium. It is planned that new multimodal terminals for freight will be developed along the future broad gauge Seine-Nord ...Read More

Carbon tax for shipping?

Two major charities have published a joint report which claims that international shipping accounts for 3% of global emissions and that shipping companies should therefore pay a carbon tax of $25 per tonne.  Oxfam and the World Wide Fund for ...Read More

Freight on the Seine

The Paris Council is intending to impose restrictions on car-carrying road trailers, with a view to banning them completely by 2016. In response to this policy, the Compagnie Fluviale de Transport of France has announced a new barge service on ...Read More

Exports from Spain threatened

The Spanish exporters association, FEPEX has said that it will retaliate against French threats to once more disrupt imports of fresh fruit. Farmers in France have been intercepting freight trucks from Spain at the border tolls, and in some cases ...Read More

Record Exports from Scotland

Food exports from Scotland passed £1bn last year according to figures from HM Revenue and Customs.  Sales of salmon and potatoes were particularly strong, while nearly two thirds of food sales came from fish and shellfish, which increased by 12% ...Read More

Fruit fights in France

Fruit and vegetable growers in France are disrupting the supply chain on a regular basis in order to protest against cheap imports from Spain and Italy. The main corridor for road traffic from Spain, the A9, was blocked earlier this ...Read More

Calais logistics development

September will see the official launch of what will be one of the largest logistics hubs in Europe. The hub will be developed in the Turqurie industrial zone, which runs between the port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel along ...Read More