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Singapore and France agree freight policy

Singapore and France have announced in a joint statement that they will co-operate to ensure the supply chains for essential food and agricultural freight ...
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Posted on June 11, 2020

US import tariffs soon on Champagne

Officials and trade leaders in France have rebuked the announcement of potential US import tariffs on Champagne and other sparkling wines, as well as on ma...
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Posted on January 1, 2020

Morocco to Push Exports at Paris ‘Rencontre Africa 2018’

The third Rencontres Africa (Africa Meetings) will be held in Paris this month. Morocco will send a business delegation, led by the Moroccan Association...
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Posted on September 16, 2018

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 sparklin...
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Posted on December 31, 2016

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 se...
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Posted on March 18, 2016

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 billio...
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Posted on February 19, 2016

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 t...
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Posted on November 3, 2015

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 lifti...
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Posted on June 3, 2015

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...
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Posted on April 10, 2015

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...
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Posted on September 13, 2014

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 res...
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Posted on April 19, 2014

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, inc...
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Posted on April 10, 2014

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 Janua...
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Posted on February 19, 2014

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 P...
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Posted on January 31, 2014

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...
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Posted on December 28, 2013

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...
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Posted on December 27, 2013

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 ...
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Posted on December 11, 2013

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...
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Posted on November 7, 2013

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 implem...
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Posted on October 28, 2013

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 ...
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Posted on October 26, 2013

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...
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Posted on October 25, 2013

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 ...
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Posted on October 5, 2013

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 motorway...
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Posted on September 8, 2013

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...
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Posted on August 19, 2013

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...
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Posted on June 25, 2013

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 Ru...
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Posted on May 3, 2013

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 th...
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Posted on March 20, 2013

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 an...
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Posted on February 27, 2013

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, becaus...
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Posted on February 25, 2013

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 i...
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Posted on January 29, 2013

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...
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Posted on December 20, 2012

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. ...
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Posted on December 17, 2012

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...
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Posted on December 15, 2012

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...
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Posted on December 6, 2012

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,...
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Posted on November 8, 2012

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 Europ...
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Posted on November 2, 2012

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...
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Posted on July 10, 2012

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 opera...
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Posted on May 22, 2012

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  ...
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Posted on February 13, 2012

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 quaysi...
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Posted on February 10, 2012

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 reno...
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Posted on January 25, 2012

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 surprisi...
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Posted on January 23, 2012

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 ...
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Posted on January 20, 2012

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 ...
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Posted on January 19, 2012

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 j...
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Posted on January 9, 2012

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 ta...
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Posted on December 22, 2011

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 th...
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Posted on December 11, 2011

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 muc...
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Posted on November 25, 2011

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 narr...
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Posted on October 13, 2011

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 c...
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Posted on October 7, 2011
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