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Freight by rail

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

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Freight Businesses want frictionless Irish border

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

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China’s rail freight up

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

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Rapid increase in Swiss fines for freight trucks

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

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Good future for rail freight

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

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“Amber train” for Baltic state container rail freight

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

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Joint venture for Denmark freight to end

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

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Rail freight news

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

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Rail freight in Scotland in disarray

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

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New rail freight terminal at Cricklewood approved

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

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Port of Sunderland cargo imports grow

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

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Record freight in 2017 at Rotterdam

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

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Rail freight funding must be protected

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

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Moldova’s 2017 freight traffic grows

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

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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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Global air freight demand on increase

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

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Freight service starts on Kenya’s standard gauge railway

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

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Zeebrugge-Tilbury freight reaches record levels

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

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Freight Subsidy for Italy

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

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GB Railfreight protest

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

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Soaring Freight Costs Will squeeze profits

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

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UKWA approves Chancellor’s freight plan

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

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Rail track plan alarms freight groups

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

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Petition in Holland for rail freight policy action

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

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Northampton rail freight depot plans

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

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Digitalised intermodal freight project

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

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Freight carriage: EU Commission public consultation on electronic documents

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

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Bringing Sail Freight Back to the Hudson River

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

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World’s largest freight vessel docks in Purfleet

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

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Intermodal Freight Service to increase Southampton freight Capacity

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

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Freight train derails and catches fire in central Sweden

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

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Freight Transport Association wants Freight Commissioner

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

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Longer freight trains to go ahead in Germany

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

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Migrants use freight trains to Germany

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

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Rastatt rail freight corridor reopens

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

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State Railway Stifled Competition for Rail Freight

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

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Major upgrade to increase freight services for Felixstowe branch line

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

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New rail freight service for ‘new Silk Road’

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

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Freight Association Updates STCs

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

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Freight tariffs on New Silk Road must be protected

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

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All-year Peak season for China air freight market

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

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Freight Transport Group wants better driver facilities

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

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

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

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European Rail Freight Group Call for Action

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

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Gothenburg Reports fall in Freight Containers Handled

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

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Driver shortage concern for freight industry

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

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Rhine Alpine rail freight corridor closure causes chaos

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

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Trains return after Ely freight derailment

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

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Freight potential on East West Rail

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

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Stena Line to add North Sea freight capacity

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

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Australian freight inquiry

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

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Freight volume increase in US

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

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Freight ship staying in Poole Harbour

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

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Road Freight rates decline in India

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

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Poll shows public support for rail freight investment

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

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Port of Tilbury plans to reinvigorate rail freight offering

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

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Germany to reduce rail freight track access charges

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

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China’s freight growth accelerates

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

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Freight Forwarding – market up 2.7%

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

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Baltic Exchange exploring new freight indexes

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

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Logistics company combines with Vehicle Manufacturer for Electric Freight Vehicle

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

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Robots may tackle urban freight problem

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

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Intelligent freight wagon programme

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

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Russia possibly using railroad monopoly to retaliate against Baltics

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

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China – Belarus rail freight service launched

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

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Freight companies call for action at ports

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

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

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

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

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

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Int’l freight forwarders congress in Malaysia for first time

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

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Freight transportation study shows barges superior

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

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UK rail freight operators relinquish 50% of freight path allocations

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

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Rains damage produce exports from Peru

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

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Freight ship tries rotor sails

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

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German rail organisation expects China to boost freight

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

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Growth in UK Rail Freight

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

Decrease in German rail freight

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

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Rail Freight Body welcomes new London Freight Interchange

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

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

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

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Adriatic – Baltic rail freight service launched

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

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Government reveals £20m low emission freight funding support

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

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Nigerian Importers will spend extra N59 Billion On Freight

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

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Freight calls for Government support for ‘green’ fuels

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

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West Wales freight company on TV

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

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New ‘inland port’ near East Midlands Airport

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

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Freight services begin through Gotthard Base Tunnel

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

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UK Rail Freight Group: rail reforms must benefit freight customers

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

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Wien Süd freight terminal test operations begin

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

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Eurotunnel Sells UK Rail Freight Carrier

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

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Air Freight shows stronger Growth in September

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

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Clear policy needed for rail freight

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

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Chinese rail freight volumes hit 21-month high

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

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Freight in the City Expo 2016

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

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Uber for freight in USA

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

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Shortage of air freight space for Australian exports

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

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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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Operator aims to benefit from Finland – Russia freight liberalisation

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

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

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

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Industry welcomes rail freight strategy

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

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Dispute holds up freight at Surabaya airport

International cargo operations at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, face delays. State airport operator Angkasa Pura and publicly listed cargo and ground-handling firm Jasa Angkasa Semesta have become involved in a dispute. JAS suspended the handling of international ...Read More

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Network Rail study targets faster freight

Longer and faster freight trains running on a higher-capacity rail network form the basis of Network Rail’s draft Freight Network Study which was released for consultation last month. Increases in line speed on important sections of the Strategic Freight Network ...Read More

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MEP Keith Taylor backs ‘Animals are Not Freight’ campaign

A Green Party MEP for the south east has thrown his weight behind a campaign against live animal exports which will roll into Ramsgate this bank holiday weekend. Keith Taylor will be speaking at the first ever global day of ...Read More

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UK road freight and logistics ‘more efficient than ever

The amount of goods transported on UK roads last year increased by 12%, but the logistics sector was able to deliver this with only a 9% increase in HGV use. This is among the key findings from the Department for ...Read More

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New South Wales freight funding

The government of New South Wales announced an additional A$15m of funding to support rail freight projects in the state on August 8. The government said it had invested more than A$1bn in the operation, maintenance and upgrading of the ...Read More

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Air China sees steady growth in passenger and freight traffic

Air China said earlier this week that it had witnessed steady growth in passenger and freight traffic during the first seven months of the year. Freight traffic rose steadily, hitting 977,200 tons in total volume during the first seven months, ...Read More

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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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Freight train driver ‘travelling at six times the speed limit’

A FREIGHT train which derailed in Ayrshire causing extensive damage to the track and major disruption to train services for more than two weeks was travelling at nearly six times the speed limit when it crashed, a report has found. ...Read More

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Decarbonising freight: will Sweden’s eHighway take us in the right direction?

Sweden last month became one of the first countries to introduce a highway with overhead electrical wires to transfer electrical power to trucks. The so-called eHighway is a 2 km line of electric light rail cables in Sandviken, north of ...Read More

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Freight must be a priority in Brexit negotiations

New costs, restrictions and bureaucratic requirements are all possible risks following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, according to the Freight Transport Association. The group, which represents the freight and logistics industry, is warning that “additional burdens” could ...Read More

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Irish Rail tests longer freight trains

IRISH Rail operated a 440m-long container freight train between Dublin North Wall and Claremorris on June 27. This was part of trials to introduce longer freight trains later this year. The maximum length of freight trains in the trails willincrease ...Read More

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UK freight strategy questioned

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has called for the British government to urgently introduce a national multi-modal freight strategy with the aim of easing traffic congestion, improving air quality and boosting the economy. Too many imports enter the UK via ...Read More

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First Freight Containers Transit Newly Expanded Panama Canal

The long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal has officially opened. Despite the latest slump in shipping, those associated with the Canal’s development are maintaining a positive outlook. The deputy canal administrator, points out that trade is cyclical and that the ...Read More

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New West Midlands freight hub for public consultation

A rail freight hub with direct access to the West Coast Main Line could be built near Featherstone in Staffordshire. The planned development, which the developer hopes will create 8,500 jobs, will feature warehouses for the storage, processing and movement ...Read More

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Russian Railways to develop new freight services

Speaking at the China International Transportation and Logistic Expo in Shanghai, JSC Russian Railways President Oleg Belozerov confirmed that the company will develop new freight services on the Europe–China Route. In his speech, delivered at the 'Railway Business at Transit ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association fears London’s air quality plans

The chief executive of the Freight Transport Association has written to the new mayor of London requesting a meeting to discuss the potentially devastating impact of his plans on the freight industry. Sadiq Khan has already announced proposals to improve ...Read More

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A new direction for Scotland’s freight sector

In March 2016, Scotland's transport minister Derek Mackay launched the government's new rail freight strategy. It puts forward a vision to develop a state-of-the-art, efficient and competitive rail freight system ready to meet the demands of modern markets. The Scottish ...Read More

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Swedish company develops dry-bulk rail freight concept

KIRUNA Wagon, an engineering company in Sweden, is building a demonstrator dry-bulk freight wagon and unloading station for salt traffic in Catalonia. This is under the aegis of the European Union-funded Hermes project, which is attempting to enhance the productivity, ...Read More

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DB Cargo cuts freight activities

GERMAN Rail's (DB) rail freight subsidiary, DB Cargo has confirmed it will withdraw freight services from 215 locations in Germany. DB Cargo is attempting to return to profitability and growth. It is possible that some of the withdrawn freight routes ...Read More

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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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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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Rail freight must speed up its development

New markets must be found for rail freight to continue its valuable contribution, as Transport Minister Derek Mackay said, in his introduction to the Scottish Government’s recent Delivering the Goods strategy. He remarked that ‘time is of the essence for ...Read More

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Rail freight spend eases pressure in Melbourne area

A JOINT rail freight initiative is planned to help ease pressure from some of the state’s busiest roads. The state government will partner with Graincorp and will invest $8.5 million into upgrading and building new train loading and infrastructure suitable ...Read More

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£8m Staffordshire rail freight development

Bold plans for the West Midlands Interchange have been revealed for the first time; under the plans, a rail freight interchange will be built on 618 acres of land west of Junction 12 of the M6. The freight interchange will ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association visits Calais

Freight Transport Association (FTA) representatives and members were invited to Calais at the beginning of the month by Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP.   The visit was to explore progress and ongoing challenges with migrants trying to board freight vehicles ...Read More

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Logistics students against Northants rail freight terminal plan

A scheme which would sacrifice farmland for a major rail freight terminal has been questioned by students from the University of Northampton. The proposals, which are to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate, are for a rail depot the size ...Read More

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Freight volumes down at Frankfurt

Air freight volumes at Frankfurt airport fell 1.6% year on year in March and 1.2% in the year to date. Passenger business meanwhile rose 3.9% in the month and 3.3% for the year to date. Cargo traffic appears to be ...Read More

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Glasgow freight firm to pay £2.2m over corrupt deals

A Glasgow-based company has agreed to pay £2.2 million after its employees carried out corrupt deals. A Scottish freight company is to hand over more than £2 million after its employees were found to have carried out corrupt deals. An ...Read More

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Germany’s Deutsche Bahn to slash 2100 rail freight jobs

Germany’s railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) plans to cut 2,100 jobs from its freight transportation subsidiary, DB Cargo. 215 freight transport points in Germany will be closed. DB Cargo employs 17,000 people in Germany and, despite of a loss of ...Read More

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FTA delivers Freight Manifesto

The Freight Transport Association delivered its 'London Elections 2016 - Freight Manifesto' to the Mayoral candidates in the city on 25 Mrch, along with a box of trucks, illustrating how many freight vehicles it would take to build and furnish ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association backs rail freight strategy

The Freight Transport Association is backing the launch of Scotland’s rail freight strategy, stating that it will be good for the freight and logistics industry. Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, launched the Scottish Government document ‘Delivering the Goods’, described as a ...Read More

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Freight Association urges resolution of dispute

The British International Freight Association has urged the Unite Union and Forth Ports, the owner of Grangemouth port in Scotland, to meet in order to achieve a swift resolution to the current industrial dispute. The dispute has seen all shipside ...Read More

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Shippers want transparency in air freight bookings

A Supply Chain executive for a chemicals company has complained that despite spending millions on air freight, he has no contact with the airline. Lars Droog called for more transparency in the booking process: “We select which shipping lines we ...Read More

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Environmentalists wants freight corridor realigned

There is strong opposition to the Delhi-Mumbai Freight Corridor, because it will cause large-scale tree-felling at Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Environmentalists are demanding that the corridor be realigned. The freight corridor, which is part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, is ...Read More

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Electrified rail link for Tilburg freight terminal

Electric locomotives can now operate to the Railport Brabant (RPB) freight terminal in Tilburg, the Netherlands. ProRail has completed the installation of 1.3 kilometres of OLE to the terminal, which allows freight trains hauled by electric locomotives to access the ...Read More

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Busselton Airport funding bid for freight

The City of Busselton is soliciting support from other south-west Western Australian areas, in its bid for federal funding to upgrade its airport to international standards. The city's community and commercial services director, Naomi Searle, said the airport's third application, ...Read More

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Rolls-Royce to export 100 MTU engines for freight locomotives

Chinese locomotive manufacturer China Railway Rolling Stock has awarded a contract to Rolls-Royce worth more than €30m to deliver a total of 100 MTU Series 4000 engines. CRRC will equip the 16V 4000 R43 type engines in 100 freight locomotives, ...Read More

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TfL creates freight holding areas

Transport for London, in collaboration with the London Bridge Working Group, has created freight holding areas in the area of London Bridge. The sites are designed for freight and construction vehicles to park, and wait until they have access to ...Read More

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First freight train from China arrives in Iran

A freight train from China arrived in Tehran on Monday, Iranian and Chinese media reported; the train, carrying 32 freight containers, arrived in Tehran after a 14-day, 10,399 kilometre (6,462 mile) journey from Yiwu city in east China. The train's ...Read More

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Mayor’s freight ban “counterproductive”, says Freight Transport Association

Mayor Boris Johnson is ‘exploring a range of options’ for banning or charging some freight vehicles at certain times of day in the capital. The Freight Transport Association has said this would make London a more expensive city to do ...Read More

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TfL launches low emission freight programme

An industry-led programme aimed at reducing emissions from freight and fleet operators in the UK capital was launched by Transport for London last week. 85% of London’s cargo is transported by road, with freight making up 17% of the capital’s ...Read More

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China ‘ s rail freight falls sharply in 2015

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

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New Poole-Bilbao freight service

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

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Estonian rail freight volumes plunge

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

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East Midlands freight interchange approved

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

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Work on Indian dedicated freight corridor begins

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

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FTA expresses doubts on Clean Air Zones

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

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Freight takes main burden of air improvement – FTA

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

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Freightliner promises to strengthen rail freight competition

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

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

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

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Australia funds intermodal rail freight facility

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

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Drivers’ hours amendment to help freight industry with Christmas

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

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Freight Transport Association reports on Forth Bridge

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

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FAST Act funding for freight infrastructure

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

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Freight operator to increase Irish Sea sailings

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

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UK exports through Heathrow

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

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Two European freight corridors open

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

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Australia to invest $15m to increase rail freight capacity

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

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Loss of coal threatens Scottish freight prospects

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

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

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

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French Railways testing 1000m freight trains

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

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Freight Train Gridlock in Chicago

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

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Freight Transport Association welcomes Heathrow air freight expansion

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

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London Freight Enforcement Partnership starts

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

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Road Haulage Lobby at Conservative Conference

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

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Freight industry welcomes Select Committee Investigation

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

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Network Rail postpones freight line upgrade

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

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Air freight demand drops

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

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‘Sally Traffic’ to host BIFA Freight Service Awards

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

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Calais refugees:Freight companies warn of ‘grave’ consequences

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

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Rail freight decision day looms in St Albans

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

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Transport for the North to create freight strategy

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

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Investment pours into freight despite shipping slump

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

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Rail Freight Group urges ministers to back channel rail freight

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

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Freight Transport Association calls for compensation

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

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Inquiry for Perth Freight Link

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

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

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

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New Pipeline Infrastructure would help Freight Rail Backlog

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

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Freight Transport Association to offer migrant detection device

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

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Largest Ever Freight Shipment of Fuel Biomass Arrives

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

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Home Secretary praises freight industry

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

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Britain to build ‘secure zone’ for freight traffic

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

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‘Freight Industry overlooked’

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

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Northern Freight Strategy for UK

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

Fuel duty freeze welcomed by Freight Transport Association

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

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UK logistics needs real investment,says Freight Forwarding chief

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

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Freight Transport Association urges Eurotunnel action

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

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Multi Million Investment in Freight Route

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

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Thousands evacuated after freight train catches fire

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

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Last post for French high-speed freight

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

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Rail freight latest: Council refused permission

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

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Talks on railway freight base for Cheshire town

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

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Global air freight slowing

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

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Freight project agreed in Australia

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

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Transport and Logistics Awards Promote Women in Freight

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

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Steel bars damage freight train in Australia

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

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South Africa Shifts Freight From Road To Rail

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

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Freight Transport Association Conference

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

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Undersea Tunnel to facilitate freight

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

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Shipping Freight Rates to Stay Low

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

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Fast-tracked freight in Dubai

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

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Global air freight demand up 1.6 % in March

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

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How freight is supporting London

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

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Australian freight owners want government funds

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

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Benefits of rail freight

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

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Report: Are environmental savings from rail freight being underestimated?

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

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Freight Event

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

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New Design Freight and Passenger Ferry

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

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Railway freight scam in India

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

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Underground freight pipeline project

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

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Petition opposing St Albans rail freight sale

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

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Vital freight deliveries delayed to Stornoway

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

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Where now for fight against St Albans rail freight scheme?

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

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Budget 2015: Freight businesses disappointed Severn tolls to continue

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

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Roads Congestion Increases According to Freight Transport Group

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

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PKP Cargo makes cooperation deal with Croatian freight carrier

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

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Freight shipping prices down on oversupply

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

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Trucks still moving most freight from USA

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

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New Jobs at Container Freight Terminal

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

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Road Freight would increase without new airport capacity

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

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Engine on freight train derails

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

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Loan funding for new freight operator

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

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US Opens Road Freight Trade to Mexican Operators

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

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Freight Association welcomes clarity

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

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Freight Service Awards

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

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

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

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Falling Oil Prices’ effect on freight

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

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Government rejects call for Queensland Rail to ship freight

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

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Romania Freight Integration

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

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EU Freight Integration Failure

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

Passenger delays after freight train breaks down

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

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Nordic Air Cargo Event

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

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First freight train from China arrives in Spain

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

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Road Haulage & Freight Forwarding Welcome Road Development

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

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China to Europe rail freight services expand

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

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Freight Logistics Centre opens in Dubai

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

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London hosts Quiet Cities freight summit

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

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Small Airports restrict export growth

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

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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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Freight Organisation promotes South East development

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

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Larne no longer second-largest freight harbour

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

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Freight association wants action on air cargo

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

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Freight trains cause ‘major disturbance’

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

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Lorry and freight train crash in Norfolk

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

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Difficult times for Road freight

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

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Network Rail gains control of UK freight sites

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

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Freight Association Welcomes Road Re-organisation

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

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Panama Canal extension using barge freight

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

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Suez Canal to Expand Freight Capacity

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

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East Midlands freight hub controversy

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

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Finland Post to cease air and sea freight business in Scandinavia

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

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Freight Companies aid West Africa

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

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Call to use canal as freight route

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

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Mississipi Freight charges limit Exports

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

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Indian Railways’ freight traffic up 4.2%

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

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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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Prediction of strong growth in freight traffic

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

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Estonian rail freight improvement

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

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Rail Freight worth a decade of growth in Washington

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

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Rail Freight Meeting Warning

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

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Senators Want to modernise Rail Freight Regulation

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

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Oversize Freight Containers on the Track

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

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Rail Freight Awards

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

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Rail regulation “strangling” small freight operators

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

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Non-EU markets key for sheep meat exports

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

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USA rail freight delays

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

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Rotterdam/Immingham extra freight shipping capacity

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

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Germany to China freight train quicker than sea freight

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

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Rail Freight Decision legal challenge

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

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Rail freight: St Albans District Council to challenge permission

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

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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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Body Found in Shipping Container on Freight Ship

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

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British Freight Industry Awards Ceremony

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

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Shipping Lines face cost increase

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

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Rail freight transport in Latvia increases by 4.1%

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

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Austrian Railways seeks freight locomotives for Slovenia

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

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Freight growth spike at DWC in Quarter 2

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

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Freight train driver investigation, Germany

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

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Air Freight Security a Major Issue

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

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Upgrade brings longer freight trains to Selby terminal

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

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Logistics Group Freight Stacking in Containers

A major logistics company has launched an innovative ocean freight shipping service. The system enables double stacking of freight inside shipping containers, through the installation of specialised decks, which are designed to be suspended from the roof of the container. ...Read More

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Freight sector in Australia; growing pains

Australia's high-demand freight industry faces increasing challenges. Growing urban congestion is one of the problems highlighted by the Australian Logistics Council, in its economic report into the multi-billion dollar sector released a couple of weeks ago. In 2011-12 domestic freight ...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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Planning permission for Park Street rail freight terminal

St Albans MP Anne Main was told last week that the appeal by Helioslough to build a rail freight terminal on the Green Belt site of the former Radlett Airfield had been successful. Among the factors which have influenced the ...Read More

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Record freight numbers for Port of Dover

A RECORD number of freight vehicles departed from the Port of Dover last Wednesday, reaching numbers not seen since before the recession. Helped by the problems at Eurotunnel, a total of 5,337 freight vehicles departed for Calais and Dunkirk from ...Read More

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Freight Terminal to create jobs

An 8 million sq ft extension of Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (Dirft) has been given approval by the Secretary of State. Dirft III will have the capacity for up to 32 freight trains in and out of the site ...Read More

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Eurotunnel Folkestone freight extension

Work will soon begin on an extension to Eurotunnel's facilities in Folkestone after a similar project was officially launched in France. The Terminal 2015 project was launched when chief executive Jacques Gounon laid the first stone on the Coquelles freight ...Read More

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International Rail Freight Terminal approved

The government has given final approval for a £1bn expansion of the Daventry freight terminal. The owners want to build a new rail freight interchange and warehousing covering 850 acres (345 hectares). The Department for Transport has granted full development ...Read More

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India: Officials support Dedicated Freight Corridors

The future of the railways in India for the next five years will depend on how quickly it can activate three major projects — the east and west dedicated freight corridors (DFCs), transport of coal from three areas with huge ...Read More

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Freight train fatality near Lincoln UK

Two people were killed by a freight train at a level crossing outside Lincoln city centre on Wednesday 9 July. The freight train was taking cargo to Immingham Dock, near Grimsby, at the time. Immingham is a busy port for ...Read More

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Shipping to cost more

The increased cost of shipping cause by the EU Sulphur Directive, is finally making the headlines. Letters and articles are appearing in national newspapers pointing out that in the absence of any derogation from this directive, which is due to ...Read More

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Emission Control – Shipping Companies need more time

Shipping companies said that they need more time to comply with the European Sulphur Directive, which requires that from January 2015, ships sailing in the Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) covering the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Channel must use ...Read More

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Gothenburg port offers discount for LNG

At the vanguard in offering LNG as a bunker fuel, the Port of Gothenburg will offer reductions in port tariffs for LNG-fuelled vessels, in a bid to encourage owners to adopt the fuel. The discount, which will come into effect ...Read More

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USA Freight Shipping Volumes under strike threat

A contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the employers representative group, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), expired on June 30. From 1 July, all freight passing through the ports responsible for around 35% of all US ...Read More

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India Railways should focus on freight

The new Prime Minister of India has promised significant investment in the railway infrastructure, so there is now a chance for real reform. The Railway needs to shift the focus to freight: in 1950, 90 per cent of India's freight ...Read More

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Airport rail interchange puts Charlotte on freight map

Charlotte’s intermodal shipping facility has put the City “on the map” nationally as a transportation hub, a Norfolk Southern official told Charlotte business and civic leaders last Thursday. The declaration came as the group received an update from Grant Cothran, ...Read More

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Singapore wins at Asian Freight and Supply ChainAwards

Singapore companies snapped up seven of the 39 awards presented at the 28th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards ceremony in Shanghai. Several hundred top transport, logistics and supply chain executives from around the region gathered at The Peninsula to ...Read More

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Confronting the Menace of Falling Freight Containers

Chigozie Chikere, a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Nigeria, wants the federal government to urgently consider the danger of falling freight containers. On June 25, the Africa 2014 Summit for Vehicle Inspection and Road Safety ...Read More

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Melbourne Airport gets landmark freight facility

A $150 million freight sorting facility, the largest of its kind, is being built in Australia. Works have started on the 71,000 square metre facility on 20 hectares next to Melbourne Airport, which is key to growing an extensive national ...Read More

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Freight Journey Planner for Reading Borough Council

Reading Borough Council has commissioned a Freight Journey Planner to provide freight operators with a planner for Reading which includes weight, height and width restrictions for larger vehicles. The Freight Journey Planner is an online routing system that Heavy Goods ...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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New freight opportunities for Limerick-Shannon

Stakeholders from Ireland’s freight, logistics and transport sector gathered in the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick on Wednesday 28 May, to discuss how the Limerick-Shannon region could become a strategic freight logistics hub with direct connections to some of the ...Read More

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Rail freight depot planned for South Derbyshire

A massive rail freight depot is planned for South Derbyshire. If the plan goes ahead, up to 7000 jobs may be created. But the controversial project, would involve building on Egginton Heath and is therefore bound to provoke opposition from ...Read More

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Rail Freight benefits economy

A report has recently been published in the UK, titled ‘Keeping the lights on and the traffic moving: The benefits of rail freight for the UK economy’ for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG)in the UK. The report points out that ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association publishes Road Transport Guide

The 19th edition of the Freight Transport Association’s European Road Transport Guide is available to order now. The 444-page annual guide contains information for UK-based road transport operators and freight companies, visiting 58 countries in the EU and beyond, including ...Read More

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Spanish fruit exports static

The volume of fruit and vegetable exports from Spain increased by only 0.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the previous year, reaching 3.4m tonnes, according to the latest figures from export federation Fepex. The value ...Read More

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Women in Logistics at the 2014 Freight Transport Association Awards

Leading figures from business gathered at the Savoy Hotel in London on 13 May ,celebrating the achievements of the successful women working in the UK transport & logistics industry. The 2014 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards were announced ...Read More

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Direct Line for Freight Trains

Last month the Ipswich Chord was opened, to approval by Felixstowe port.  the 1.2 km long double track railway links the East Suffolk and Great Eastern railway lines, allowing freight trains to run directly from Felixstowe to the Midlands at ...Read More

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Freight debate for Australia airport

A new airport 60 miles from Sydney could soon become the destination for much of the freight bound for Sydney, according to critics of the new airport at Badgers Creek. Local residents hope that it will allow them to catch ...Read More

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Rail Freight welcomes Fall in Channel Tunnel Rates

Eurotunnel has announced that it is committed to reduce the current level of freight train track access charges by up to 50%. This was welcomed by all in the logistics community with interests in rail cargo. The Channel Tunnel Regulator ...Read More

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Unite concerned about 120 Mallusk freight jobs

A trade union is concerned about the possible loss of 120 jobs at a freight distribution centre at Mallusk on the outskirts of north Belfast. The centre operates contracts for Marks and Spencer and more than 100 jobs have already ...Read More

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Eurotunnel On Track Amid Freight Truck Boost

Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel has kept its revenue increase on track, driven by a rise in freight traffic on the shuttle trains. Eurotunnel Group said income for the first quarter topped €260m (£220m), up 8% on the same period last ...Read More

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Biggest Freight Show yet

The Multimodal exhibition, being held at Birmingham’s NEC, will give visitors ranging from manufacturers to freight forwarding and shipping interests the opportunity to take a look at the road haulage side of the industry and vice versa. Multimodal 2014 appears ...Read More

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LNG may increase as freight locomotive fuel in USA

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), an increase in domestic natural gas production and lower natural gas prices compared with crude oil prices could result in significant cost saving by using LNG as a fuel source. For this ...Read More

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Freight versus Environment on Treasury Fuel Report

The Treasury Report issued w/c 14 April has met with two very different polarised reactions from logistics and environmental groups. the report concludes that that a reduction in fuel duty can benefit the economy. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) welcomed ...Read More

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Island RoRo Freight and Passenger Ferry Link to Cease for Repairs

Damage which occurred to the RoRo freight and passenger ferry Ben my Chree, which operates between the Isle of Man and the mainland will now not be repaired until a quiet period later in the summer. During the January gales ...Read More

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Spain seeks private partner for Renfe Freight

SPAIN's transport minister Mrs Ana Pastor last week revealed further details of the liberalisation process initiated in February 2013. She confirmed the government's intention to begin the partial privatisation of the freight branch of the national rail company in the ...Read More

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‘Red-Med’ Freight Rail Alternative to Suez Canal

The economic alliance between Israel and China is progressing with a $2 billion, 300 kilometer freight rail link connecting Eilat, on the Red Sea, with Ashdod Port, on the Mediterranean. The project, nicknamed the ‘Red-Med,’ was approved by Israel's cabinet, ...Read More

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Freight industry bosses demand clarity on Glasgow 2014 preparations

The freight industry has asked Commonwealth Games organisers what plans they have to minimise disruption to deliveries during the sporting event. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said that its members need full details, so they can plan how to carry ...Read More

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East-West Freight Rates Remain Low after Chinese New Year

After three consecutive months of price rises, freight rates on the East-West trades declined in February, according to Drewry’s online Container Freight Rate Insight. Rates came under most pressure on the Asia-Europe shipping route, which weakened following a meteoric rise ...Read More

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Women’ Freight and Logistics Awards

The annual Women in Logistics Awards, now in their third year, will again be paired with a Charity Ball. The money raised will be donated to the transport charity Transaid. The events are preceded by the Women in Logistics Annual ...Read More

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Shipping Line Fined Again

A South American shipping lines has had to reach another costly agreement with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) a week after paying a substantial fine for collusion on freight rates. The company was accused of violating the Shipping Act by ...Read More

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Freight Lost as Shipping Containers Go Overboard

Last month's extreme weather conditions caused a major incident for freight in transit in the Bay of Biscay. A 8,160 TEU container vessel lost a significant number of boxes overboard, during very rough weather in the Bay of Biscay on ...Read More

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Shipping Industry Awaits Increased Freight capacity as Panama Canal work re-starts

Work resumed on the much awaited Panama Canal expansion at the end of last month. The recent stoppages were caused by a dispute over cost overruns. Major logistics groups have continued to expand operations in the region whilst for the ...Read More

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Foldable Shipping Container Tests

The shipping industry may be set to undergo a revolution if a new folding shipping container proves its worth. The containers were tested out at the end of last year between Hong Kong and Rotterdam, where they were unloaded from ...Read More

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New Logistics hub for Dover

A new logistics hub at the Port of Dover’s Western Docks could create more than 600 jobs, and could also safeguard 140 posts through the construction of a new cargo terminal. The project is designed to ensure that the Port ...Read More

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Leipzig/Halle air freight volumes increase again

Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany have set a record for the ninth time in a row. Leipzig/Halle handled 887,101 tonnes of freight in 2013, an increase of 2.7 percent. “Leipzig/Halle Airport has continued to enhance its position as ...Read More

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Greater freight options for fresh fruit

Brittany Ferries plans an innovation for freight transportation between England and northern Spain, with gas-powered ships connecting Portsmouth with ports like Santander and Bilbao by 2017, if all goes according to plan Brittany Ferries has officially announced the order of ...Read More

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Increase in freight rates good news for shipping firms

The end of 2013 and the beginning of the New Year have encouraged shipping companies in India, with freight rates touching a three-year high, mostly on the back of increased demand for movement of oil and iron ore. Shipping companies ...Read More

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More freight for HS 1

Additional freight services on High Speed 1 were introduced from January 13, carrying automotive components and refrigerated freight containers of perishable foodstuffs from Spain to London via the Channel Tunnel. The service provider has a track access contract with HS1 ...Read More

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Rail freight traffic in Slovenia increases 9% in 2013

SLOVENIAN Railways (SŽ) saw a strong recovery in freight traffic last year according to the company's annual figures, which show volumes increased by 9% to 17.6 million tonnes. Freight performance rose by 10% year-on-year to 3.89 billion net tonne-km as ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association Cutting Carbon

On May 21, The Freight Transport Assocation will stage its annual 'Cutting Carbon, Cutting Costs' Conference. The conference will honour the freight sector’s effort to cut carbon emissions. This event, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, will also ...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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U.S.A Bill would fund freight projects via new shipping fee

A Bill has been introduced to the USA Senate proposing funding for freight project. The Act, if passed, would provide for competitive grants for projects designed to increase the efficiency and capacity of the national freight mobility network in America. ...Read More

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Freeze Hits Road and Air Freight Services in USA

In early January freight movement in some parts of America slowed to a standstill as the effect of the so called ‘Polar Vortex’ has been felt in areas unused to such extreme conditions. Thousands of flights were cancelled and roads ...Read More

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Tasmania wants Air freight subsidy

TASMANIA's biggest airport says that air freight should be subsidised by the Commonwealth. The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme covered sea freight but not air freight reduced freight market competition, Hobart Airport argued in a submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry ...Read More

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Second Freight station at container transshipment terminal India

A second container freight station (CFS) near the international container transshipment terminal at Vallarpadam is nearing completion. The CFS will have a capacity to handle 75,000 containers a year and is being set up on 18.3 acres of land leased ...Read More

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Loan for Brazil to improve freight and passenger transport

São Paulo in Brazil directly administers a road network marked by intensive use, so the International Development Bank has granted a loan to finance the rehabilitation of 570 kilometers of highways. This will include improved access facilities, construction and paving ...Read More

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Electrified rail freight network for Ecuador

Metro operator TMB from Barcelona in Spain has been awarded a contract worth around $US 1.4m to carry out a prefeasibility study into the construction of an electrified freight network in Ecuador, South America. The planned route will linkkey industrial ...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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Skills forLogistics Outfit Plans for Freight Forwarding

The newly appointed CEO of government sponsored Skills for Logistics has plans to 'attract,develop and support' people and companies in the logistics and freight forwarding industries. This sector employs 8% of the workforce of the UK and will need 588,000 ...Read More

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New Container Shipping Service to Fiji

The first ever direct ocean Less than Container Load shipping service between northern Europe and Fiji has been announced.The new service, operating on weekly sailings from Rotterdam to Suva, will slash transit times from 55-60 days to just 36, while ...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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Rail freight campaigners reason to hope

The people of St Albans have been given “a ray of hope” by the county council, which has delayed its decision on whether or not to sell the land at Radlett Airfield for a rail freight terminal. The developers, HelioSlough, ...Read More

HS2 will increase capacity for rail freight

At the Rail Freight Group Christmas lunch, Baroness Susan Kramer, minister of state for transport said that HS2 was “desperately needed to relieve congestion” and to ensure the continued growth and success of the freight sector. She said that rail ...Read More

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Railway freight revenue increase – India

The State Railways of India carried 677.56 million tonnes of revenue earning freight traffic from April 1 to November 30. The freight tonnage shows an increase of 30.55 million tonnes over the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association Awards

Last week week the Freight Transport Association announced the Everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards. The awards aim to celebrate the successes of the most inspirational women in transport and logistics. In recent years cooperation between Everywoman and the FTA has ...Read More

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Freight industry to pay for infrastructure – Australia

The Premier of South Australia,says that the freight transport industry could be asked to contribute to the cost of infrastructure projects such as major roads.The Government outlined a $36 billion, 30-year transport plan in October. The state is currently undertaking ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association criticise parking fees

In December the Freight Transport Association spoke out on a publication by the RAC Foundation which reported record profits made by English local authorities for parking fines.With a percentage of these costs being imposed on hauliers, particularly urban delivery companies, ...Read More

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Freight Transport Association requests toll cut

With the toll to cross the Severn bridge set to rise, the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales and the Freight Transport Association are calling for an immediate reduction in Severn Crossings tolls, once the bridges have passed into public ...Read More

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Freight Rate Increase for December

Freight rates from Asia to Europe suddenly jumped during the last week in December. This are expected to last longer than usual as carriers refuse cargo which has not been pre-booked. The latest figures from the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index ...Read More

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New Freight route links UK with Spain

From 5 January, 2014, there will be a new weekly freight service between Poole and Gijón. The Poole-Gijón service will leave the Dorset port on Tuesdays with the return leg departing from Spain on Fridays. The same shipping line will ...Read More

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Falling oil prices’ effects on freight

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

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Five new freight trains for Pakistan

On 24 December, Pakistan Railways initiate the service of five freight trains from Karachi. The Railways spokesperson said that introducing of new trains in freight sector was a big achievement which would be helpful in generating more revenue. A few ...Read More

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India Railway freight loading hit by weather

The South-Central Indian Railway has registered a decline in its freight loading in the first three quarters of this fiscal year.Heavy rains disrupted train movement and coal production was affected Singareni Collieries for the last two months. The zone handled ...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 Transport Association supports airport expansion

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said the interim report published on 17 December emphasises the need for new airport capacity in the south east. The FTA has been campaigning for this for a long time, as it will enhance the ...Read More

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Grangemouth freight terminal news

THE heart of Scotland’s rail freight industry lies in hub railheads along the Mossend-Coatbridge-Grangemouth axis. This is the north end of the West Coast Main Line  which is the busiest trunk route for freight in Britain., where millions of tonnes ...Read More

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Freight earnings in India increase by 8 per cent

Railways in India have earned Rs 59,069.73 crore from freight traffic during April-November 2013, compared with Rs 53,923.37 cr during the corresponding period last year. This represents a 7.9% in rail freight traffic. The national rail company carried 677.58 million ...Read More

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Slower freight growth for air cargo

A forecast from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 2013-2017 shows that international freight volumes are expected to grow 17% over the next five years. This outlook incorporates a conservative estimate of the recovery in global economic activity. 'More than ...Read More

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USA Freight Index Shows Strength

In the USA Spot market freight availability remained strong in November., according to the DAT North American Freight Index. Freight availability continued to outpace levels seen in recent years for a fifth consecutive month. Cargo volumes usually decline during this ...Read More

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Indian freight corridor contract bids

The dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India has allowed four companies to bid for electrical and signalling works on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor. The 343km Bhaupur - Khurja section of the 1829km Freight Corridor (DFC) for cargo carried by ...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

Un-manned Freight Planes

An on-line retail giant is developing a freight delivery system, which will deliver packages within 30 minutes.  The drones - or octocopters - could carry freight items weighing up to 2.3 kg and operate in a ten mile radius from ...Read More

Freight Train takes the strain

The equivalent of approximately 12500 freight truckloads per year is transported to Northern Norway by train.  The freight train travels from Alnabru in Oslo to Narvik in the north via Kiruna in Sweden.  This takes about 26 hours, which is ...Read More

Additional Freight Services to Arctic Circle

The Finnmark region in Norway will soon benefit from additional freight services supplied by a combination of rail and truck. The town of Narvik currently has three freight train services from Oslo per week.  From February there will be three ...Read More

Possible Rail Freight routes to UK

Major multinational companies are planning new rail freight corridors, after the success of a regular service from Poland this autumn.  The companies have formed a co-operative to provide a platform for reducing CO2 emissions by transferring freight from road to ...Read More

Freight Awards Event

The Global Freight Awards event in November raised more than  £2700 for Transaid, the transport charity which helps with logistics and transport in developing countries.  Companies from all sectors of the freight, shipping and logistics industries competed in various categories ...Read More

Toll Road Bad for Freight

The Government's plans to toll an improved stretch of the A414 in Cambridgeshire have not met with universal approval for the freight industry.  The Freight Transport Association welcomed the commitment to improve the road, but said that tolling is always ...Read More

First containers arrive at Gateway

The first regular container service arrived at London Gateway, the UK's newest deep water container port, on Wednesday 6 November.  There is a rail freight terminal alongside the new port container handling area, which means that containerised freight can be ...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

Eurotunnel Freight Growth

During the first nine months of 2013, the number of freight trains travelling through the Channel Tunnel has grown by double digits.  Most of this growth is due to intermodal traffic and steel transport.  Eurotunnel is trying to remove the ...Read More

Freight Containers on Seine

In September 2012, a major French logistics operator began use the river Seine to transport goods in containers by barge to stores in Paris, saving almost half a million road miles per year.  A terminal in the city centre has ...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

Climate Controlled Freight at Heathrow

A new pharmaceutical centre at Heathrow airport has been opened by the freight business of BA and Iberia, to handle temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals. The facility includes two different zones for different types of cargo.  The Constant Climate service ensures that ...Read More

Liverpool Development for Low Carbon Imports

Liverpool's development as a deep-water port will allow imports from anywhere in the world to be delivered to a market of over 35 million consumers without touching a road. The frequent feeder services on the Manchester Ship Canal will allow ...Read More

Deep Water Container Terminal at Liverpool

The port of Liverpool will be able to welcome the world's largest freight shipping when its new container terminal is completed.  Over the years Liverpool has lost freight volume to southern container ports, as its lock system only allowed  access ...Read More

Proposed Rail Freight Park for Glasgow

Proposals for an International Rail Freight park in North Lanarkshire aim to create an expanded railhead, a Distribution Park for large warehousing and logistics, and a Service and Logistics Park for smaller scale warehousing and logistics. It is hope that ...Read More

Dover Freight Traffic Recovery

Freight vehicle traffic increased by just over 11% on ferry services from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk in the first half of the year. According to a spokesman, this merely shows that Dover's freight volumes have returned to 2010 levels. ...Read More

Air Freight jobs shrinking

France's flagship carrier, Air France, is planning to lose more than 300 cargo staff next year.  The airline will also be shedding jobs in the passenger sector.  The airline reduced its operating losses from freight by over 25% in the ...Read More

Precious Freight

More than 200 pieces of gold and ancient artefacts have been transported from Columbia in South America to London by air freight.  The objects will appear in an autumn exhibition at the British Museum called Beyond El Dorado.  The airline ...Read More

Multimodal Logistics Hub for Belgium

On the banks of the Canal Albert, construction has begun of a major multimodal logistics hub, which will serve as a gateway to the seaports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Zeebrugge. It will consist of a 15 hectare container terminal with ...Read More

New call at Helsingborg, Sweden

Helsingborg is one of the new ports of call on the Scan-Baltic shipping service which links Teesport, Thamesport, Helsinborg and Gdynia to Iberia.  The freight from Scandinavia and the Baltic trans-ships at Thamesport for delivery to Lisbon and Leixoes, Portugal. ...Read More

New Rail Freight Line for Calais

An intersecting rail freight service from Calais to an existing rail motorway in Luxembourg is scheduled for early in 2015.  The current rail motorway runs from Luxembourg to Le Bolou near Perpignan at the foot of the Pyrenees. The French ...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

Freight Event Record

Multimodal 2014 will be 16% bigger than this year's show and is already 50% sold out.  As the UK's biggest supply chain event, it will feature seminars and master classes organised in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and ...Read More

Scotch Whisky Freight Experiment

An experiment has begun to ship Scotch whisky from Elgin in Speyside to Grangemouth Rail Freight Terminal. Currently, all bulk Scotch whisky freight is moved by road from Speyside to warehouses and bottling halls across central Scotland.  This experiment is ...Read More

Shipping Costs set to fall

At the moment Container Shipping costs are rising, but the trend has not been uniform across all trades.  Commentators expect that freight rates may fall during the final months of the year.  The Global Freight Rate Index published by Drewry's ...Read More

Alberta Airport consults freight industry

When Alberta airport wanted to find out what exporting challenges the city face, it asked the International Freight forwarders Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.  There was also a series of focus groups ...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

Illegal Freight on fire

Last week the crew of a cargo ship carrying 20 tonnes of cannabis set fire to the vessel. The ship was seen by a French Customs aircraft in international waters near Algeria.  This is the third cargo ship carrying a ...Read More

More Freight on Europe’s water

The European Commission is encouraging more freight on to water.  Transporting cargo by barge is energy efficient, but currently only about 6% of freight is carried each year.  The EC proposes to to remove bottlenecks such as locks which are ...Read More

Freight Growth at Leipzig

Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle airport in Germany are increasing for the ninth year in succession. Over 400 000 tonnes of freight passed through the airport during the first half of 2013, which was an increase of 3.8 percent, and this ...Read More

30th Rail Freight Service for Felixstowe

A new daily service from Felixstowe to Doncaster has started to run from the country's largest container port.There are now 60 freight train movements each day handled by Felixstowe. The new service should take 1.75 million HGV miles each year ...Read More

Tenerife Container Terminal

A new container terminal in Tenerife is intended to handle freight movements between Africa, Europe and North America.A spokesman for the port said that Santa Cruz will establish itself as an important international logistic hub.

New Container Port for Algeria

Work is starting on a new container terminal at Djen Djen lat this year. The new terminal will be able to handle the new Panamax ships.  A significant proportion of the freight will be transhipment cargo, but there will be ...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

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

New Logistics Pool in France

A huge 'logistics pool' has been established north of Paris, including many major suppliers to retailers.  According to the owners, the hub ensure efficiencies as as all lorry loads are full loads, ensuring efficient use of fuel and more frequent ...Read More

Air Cargo Flight Danger

The rate of fatal air cargo accidents is apparently eight times higher than for passenger flights.  The data, from a new study by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, is based on the number of flights flown, but the rate is ...Read More

Government Supports Low-Carbon Freight

The Department for Transport has agreed to supply an additional £500 million to support industry and consumers in switching to low-carbon technology.  The Freight Transport Association welcomed the funding in principle, but commented that the freight sector had been neglected, ...Read More

Freight Shifting Programmes ineffective

EU backed Marco Polo programmes, which were intended to shift freight away from the roads, have been ineffective and should be discontinued.  The European Court of Auditors report that the programmes had little impact and there was no data to ...Read More

Exporters’ Shipping Choices

A recent study carried out by a freight rate comparison website suggests that the majority of exporters find shipping companies on line.  36% of respondents research freight companies on line, while 27% admitted to asking other companies for advice to ...Read More

Exports through Gothenburg rise

Container trade through the port of Gothenburg has so far improved by two per cent during the first six months of the year.  Exports increased by four per cent, and imports fell by one per cent.  About 30 per cent ...Read More

Freight Handling Company prosecuted

A Suffolk based freight handling and warehousing company has been fined £50 000 for a series of safety breaches.  A forklift truck toppled due to an unrepaired pothole, shed its load onto a driver and broke his spine.  The freight ...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

Most Exporters choose sea freight

A new study about attitudes towards shipping goods overseas, shows that the majority of respondents claim to use sea freight.  41% of the company representatives taking part claimed to have used sea freight, whilst air freight was the second most ...Read More

Dogs Search Air Freight

A training centre of explosive detection dogs is being established at Liege airport.  Dogs are more flexible at detecting explosives in air cargo than x-ray machines.  With an x-ray, each pallet of freight had to go through the scanner, so ...Read More

Freight Transport Technology for Calais

Next month the Calais Premier Logistics Park, a £350 million development, will begin to take shape. Integral to its development is the use of a new technology, which enables most semi-trailers to be switched from truck to train without the ...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

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

Freight Association wants air action

The British International Freight Association, the trade association for freight and logistics providers, is recommending a measured approach to the report on airport capacity in the UK.  The report, due to be published in December by the Airport Commission, may ...Read More

Restrictive Freight Handling – Spain

The European Commission has referred Spain to the EU Court of Justice over the practice of cargo handling companies.  In some of the major ports such as Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao, are not allowed to employe staff on the open ...Read More

Container Terminal for Rome

It is planned to replace the existing terminal at Civitavecchia in Rome with a new one in 2013. The current port only hosts one mainline container freight service, along with a number of feeder services.  The new terminal would offer ...Read More

New Cargo Terminal at Grimsby

A new cargo terminal at Grimsby has received its first ship.  The terminal is designed for auto freight, and has capacity to admit vessels carrying up to 3 000 vehicles. Before this, specialist car-carrying ships had to use the Alexandra ...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.

Green Shipping Project

As the use of fuel for cargo ships becomes more costly, developments are under way to introduce hybrid ships which will use wind assistance to reduce the cost and emissions of shipping. The prototype ship will measure 330 feet and ...Read More

New Shipping Service for Tilbury

The opening port of call for a new dirt Panama shipping service will be Tilbury.  The direct weekly service will start on 18 September and will begin and end at Tilbury, which is well placed for forwarding freight shipments to ...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

New Cargo Air Hub

A new cargo centre facility at Berlin Brandenburg Airport will start working on 1 August.  The new airport serving the German capital for both passengers and freight, should have opened early in 2012, but has been affected by delays and ...Read More

Freight Rates to rise in August

Shipping lines have announced new increases to freight rates and peak season surcharges for the Asia-Europe routes to be implemented inAugust. Although the Freight Index shows that spot rates are falling carriers are announcing surcharges to all cargo originating in ...Read More

Fuel Savings from Freight Switching

The Haven Gateway Partnership estimates that switching 90 freight containers from road to rail or coastal shipping would save £12000 in fuel costs.  According to the Low Carbon Freight Dividend project, this would also help ease road congestion, although ultimately ...Read More

Low Carbon Freight Dividend Extended

The LCFD, which was originally used to encourage companies to move freight from containers to rail, has now been extended to include coastal and short sea shipping.  The European Regional Development Fund has provided funding to offer incentives to shippers ...Read More

Brazil Changes Import Procedures

Customs Procedures for imports into Brazil were changed in May 2013, amending regulations which had been in place since 2006. It is no longer a requirement to present the original bill of lading or freight bill of lading, in order ...Read More

Call for Container Packing Improvement

A major insurance supplier to the freight industry has called for improved container packing standards.  They say that higher levels of training are needed to maintain and improve the expertise of those employed by shippers, consolidators, freight forwarders, warehouses and ...Read More

Rail Freight Charges re-think

The Office of Rail Regulation has decided to re-think its proposed increase of 400% to the capacity charge for freight.  A new plan will be devised.  This has been welcomed by the Rail Freight Group.

Road Freight to Decline

According to a recent report by IbisWorld, freight carried by road in the UK will face a number of structural challenges up to 2018.  The report shows that the share of total freight carried by road will continue to decline.

New Rail Freight Terminal

The Port of Felixstowe has opened a new rail freight terminal, which will double capacity at the container port.  Felixstowe is the busiest container port in the UK, with over 40% of the country's containerised traffic. Around 33 shipping lines ...Read More

Cargo Theft Decreasing

Cargo thefts in the USA are declining in volume, but the value of the average loss is higher.  It is unclear whether the drop in freight theft levels is real, or simply caused by a reporting delay.  Food and drink ...Read More

Mega Freight Truck Trial

The haulier currently trialling 15.65 metre long trailers is asking the Department for Transport to allocate more trailers, as it could make use of another 25.  The trailers give capacity for about 13% more freight than the existing maximum, which ...Read More

Government Infrastructure Investment encourages freight suppliers

The Freight Transport Association has responded enthusiastically to plans announced by the Chancellor to invest £9.5 billion in infrastructure from April 2015.  The intention is to triple the money spent on roads in 2013 by 2020.  The FTA wants better ...Read More

Denmark Extends Freight Port

The port of Esbjerg in Denmark increased in size last week, enabling it to host specialist shipping of wind-turbines in addition to ro-ro and container operators.  The port has made strenuous efforts to adapt from a fishing-only enterprise to a ...Read More

Freight Rates Double

Sea freight rates on the Asia to Northern Europe route have more than doubled for container freight.  This is the highest level of rates since mid March, but is lower than last year.

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

Controversial Shipping route

The Russian Prime Minister was promoting a controversial shipping route at the Barents summit in Kirkenes, Norway, earlier this month. The shipping route along Russia's northern border between Europe and Asia.Dmitry Medvedev said that freight turnover along the North Sea ...Read More

International Logistics Prize

An academic from a Gothenburg University has won an international logistics award worth 10 000 euros. His dissertation 'Urban freight transport sustainability. The interaction of urban freight and intermodal transport', discusses how rail freight and road freight can be integrated ...Read More

‘Mega Freight Trucks threaten roads’ MEP

An MEP who is also UKIP's Transport spokesman says that extra long freight lorries will result in deaths, road wear congestion and pollution.  Weight limits have been increased in Finland from 60 to 70 tonnes, and in Sweden trails are ...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

Air Freight improves slightly

In April air freight markets improved slightly, with a 1.4% expansion in global air freight tonne kilometres. However, growth remains weak overall and IATA reported that current air freight volumes are not showing any improvement.

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

Romania Rail Freight Privatisation

Romania's loss-making state owned rail freight operator, CFR Marfa, is to be privatised as a condition imposed by the IMF and the EU in return for an aid deal in 2011.  The starting price for the rail freight unit has ...Read More

British International Freight Association Changes

BIFA has named its new National Chairman, Carson McMullan, who has been Vice Chairman for the past two years.  The Association also has a new Vice Chairman, Fred Osborn, who was previously Chair of BIFA's Air Policy Group. Peter Quantrill, ...Read More

Freight Container Event

Intermodal, in Hamburg from 8 - 10th October, is one of the leading events for container transport and logistics covering all modes across road, rail and sea. The exhibition is free to attend and provides high quality speakers and key ...Read More

New Rail Freight Stock for Gateway

72 intermodal wagons are to be modified to operate daily freight services from the new London Gateway port from late in 2013. Their deck height will be reduced to 1 metre, which will enable them to carry high-cube containers.

Up-grade to Freight Corridor in Latvia

A new loan totalling 17 million euros will finance an upgrade of a section of the railway in the country's east-west transport corridor.  The loan will pay for a second track of the rail corridor which links Russia and Belarus ...Read More

Rail Freight Shortens Transit times

The new express freight train from Chengdu in China to Lodz in Poland is more expensive than ocean freight but offers far shorter transit times than the 30 - 49 days by ship.  Rates are cheaper than air freight.  The ...Read More

Investment in Water borne Freight

The Visakhapatnam-Rajahmundry-Vijayawada region of India is the focus of entrepreneurs who wish to re-vitalise this more efficient means of freight transport.  The area used to build thousands of freight vessels, and experts in the shipping industry think that reviving the industry ...Read More

Sustainable Road Freight Transport

The Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge has established a Centre for Sustainable Road Freight Transports. Opening at the end of last year, the Centre's overall aims are; to research the sustainability of road freight transport, to develop ...Read More

Bridge Collapse Threatens Canada Freight

Last week a bridge collapsed on the main highway connecting Seattle in the USA with Western Canada.  Freight Cargo to a value of 20 million dollars travels to and from Canada and along the north-sout corridor each year. Temporary spans ...Read More

Freight Train Crash

Two freight trains in rural southeastern Missouri collided on Saturday.  The highway overpass collapsed after at least twelve rail carriages derailed and struck a support pillar.None of the seven people hurt had life threatening injuries.  One of the freight trains ...Read More

Logistics Hub Plan for Jamaica

The government of Jamaica is planning to develop a global logistics hub, with the help of investment from Kuwait and Dubai.  The development will include increasing container throughput at the port of Kingston, and building commodity ports to handle petroleum ...Read More

Gothenburg Increase in Crude Oil Imports

During the first quarter of 2013, 5.5 million tonnes of crude oil and other energy products were handled by the port of Gothenburg, an increase of five percent over the previous year.  The total volume of freight through the port ...Read More

Floods May delay Norway Freight

Flood warnings for Norway suggest that freight cargo may be delayed as major roads are closed in Akershus, Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud.  Freight railway lines to  Trondheim, both via Dovre and Røros, have also been closed. The current warning is valid until Tuesday; ...Read More

Global Freight Rates tumbling

According to a new Global Freight Rate Index, rates fell 12% last month.  This was the lowest level since February 2012, when container shipping was still at a low point due to a price war.  Average freight rates fell on ...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

Pharma Freight Hub

This week a new storage and distribution hub dedicated to healthcare only has opened in Italy.  It has access to the major freight arteries, due to its position at the intersection of the country's road and rail routes.  The Business ...Read More

Norway Ship Tunnel could improve freight transit

The Norwegian government has given its support to an ambitious plan to create a ship tunnel able to accommodate 16000 tonne freight and passenger ships. The tunnel would avoid the heavy seas around the Stad peninsular on Norway's west coast. ...Read More

Switzerland – New Logistics Centre

This week saw the beginning of construction of a new logistics centre in Switzerland.  The new location will offer a one stop shop for contract logistics, freight and customs clearance. It is planned to open in early 2014.

Freight Container Ship in Accident

A container ship collided with a control tower at the port of Genoa in Italy on Tuesday evening.  It is thought that there were at least six fatalities and the control tower was completely wrecked. The ship was manoeuvring in ...Read More

Shipping Lines Squeezed out

Smaller shipping lines are abandoning east-west trade routes as they are finding themselves unable to compete in a market dominated by big ships. According to a recent report, no carrier outside the top 20 container lines operates on this route ...Read More

Rail Freight to compete with road

Rail Freight terminals in the UK are being expanded to accommodate 750 metre trains.  New logistics terminals at London Gateway and Felixstowe are also preparing to handle the longer trains, which will enable more freight to be carried without taking ...Read More

Sea freight rates decline on Asia Europe

Although some shipping lines are withdrawing capacity in an attempt to improve rates, other carriers are still taking delivery of new ships, tending to cancel out the advantage.  Utilisation for the first quarter of this year was about 81%, compared ...Read More

New Rail Freight Terminal for Sweden

Karlskrona in Sweden is to be the site of a new rail freight terminal, which will improve inter-modal transport options for freight forwarders and industry.Once the terminal is up and running, there are plans to introduce a rail service from ...Read More

Global Freight Awards

The date of the annual Freight Awards ceremony for 2013 has just been announced. ON 20 November, entrants will compete for prizes such as 'Young Freight Forwarder of the Year', Customer Care Award and 'Large Freight Forwarder of the Year'.

Freight on Water

Moving freight on coastal and feeder shipping services has created an 'M6 of the North Sea', offering a more environmental friendly way of transporting cargo between Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Immingham, Teesport, South Shields and Grangemouth. The service can be used by ...Read More

More Funds for Freight Dividend

The European Regional Development Fund is increasing its funding to Haven Gateway to enable it to extend its 'Low Carbon Freight Dividend' to coastal and shortsea shipping. The 'Dividend' offers up to 30% reduction to eligible SMEs which moves freight ...Read More

Swedish Freight Standstill

Unless employers and unions come to an agreement beforehand, industrial action is likely to bring freight in Sweden to a standstill later this week.  Sweden's biggest export groups are putting pressure on freight industry employers to resolve the impasse caused ...Read More

Freight Disruption Sweden

The Transport Workers Union of Sweden has given final notice of industrial action to the employers' association.  From tomorrow, freight forwarding traffic is likely to be disrupted as unions claim that employers are not offering a satisfactory wage increase. In ...Read More

Freight Forwarders report growth

According to the latest Danske Bank European Freight Forwarding Index, European Freight Forwarders are reporting improving volumes and expect this to continue over the next two months.  The highest expectations for volume growth are in Sweden, with the UK next ...Read More

Breakfast Freight moves to Canal

Kellog has increased the volume of breakfast cereals to be transported via the Manchester Ship Canal container shuttle.  Hundreds of freight trucks will be taken off the road when the cereal travels by canal and coastal feeder services to serve ...Read More

New Sea Highway from Spain

Two European ro-ro operators are co-operating to offer a sea highway for freight moving between Spain and the UK.  They are hoping to attract viable volumes of unaccompanied trailer, driver-accompanied trucks and containers. The service is based on twice weekly ...Read More

New Cargo Flight to Tokyo

A new daily non-stop flight from Dubai to Tokyo will start on 3 June.  Haneda Airport in Tokyo is the second biggest airport in Asia, and the new flight will mean that total freight capacity for Dubai to Tokyo will ...Read More

Freight Association welcomes electronic bill

The British International Freight Association has welcomed the approval by IATA and FIATA of the standard for the multilateral electronic air waybill. The new bill will make numbers bilateral agreements between airlines and freight forwarders unnecessary. If airlines and freight ...Read More

Frankfurt Germany loses freight volume

Frankfurt airport has announced that there will be fewer freighter flights in its summer timetable.  The number of freighter departures per week will be reduced by 1.3%, which reflects uncertainty in the global economy. The airport still regards itself as ...Read More

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

Targets to force freight back to roads

A report commissioned by the UK Chamber of Shipping suggests that new emission targets could force freight back on to the roads from the sea. From the year 2015 shipping companies within the North Sea, English Channel and Baltic Sea ...Read More

New Rail Freight Terminal Felixstowe

A new rail freight terminal opening this summer in Felixstowe should enable the port to double its capacity. The port already has the busiest intermodal rail terminal in the UK, and is hoping that increasing its capacity will attract logistics ...Read More

Russia container freight flourishes

An shipping industry leader says that Russia 'remains a bright spot' in the global container industry. Growth is more than double that of the global average, and Russia even out-performed other growth markets such as India, Brazil and China last ...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

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

Air Freight volumes for 2012

In 2012 freight traffic handled at European airports decreased by 2.8% over the previous year.  The two Moscow gateways, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo, however recorded significant increases in freight traffic.  The busiest European airport for freight traffic was Frankfurt.

Air Freight Growth

Air freight traffic in Europe grew by 1.9% in January, according to the Airports Council International. ACI wanted to emphasise that the increase in freight traffic is only a partial recover from the very low levels of January 2012. The ...Read More

Intermodal Freight Terminal on River Tees

A new intermodal freight and logistics terminal on the river Tees has begun its first phase of operation.  The terminal has a direct link to the East Coast main line, and also with existing freight facilities, including a railhead, North ...Read More

Freight ro-ro and lo-lo report

According to a freight industry report recently published, the shipping capacity serving the UK's short sea trailer and container freight demand was sufficient at the end of 2012.  Capacity is growing on the short easter Channel routes to and from ...Read More

Calais Freight Reduction

Last year Calais suffered a double-digit reduction in freight tonnage compared with the year before.  A French shipping line cancelled sailings through the port, which meant less freight even though some new services came on stream.

Indian Rail Freight Development

The French national railway has signed an agreement with India's railway board to co-operate on the modernisation of the country's rail network.  India has one of the for;d's largest railway networks, which carried about 2.8 million tonnes of freight traffic ...Read More

Freight Threat from A9 expansion

Plans to dualise the A9 Perth-Inverness road may lead to loss of freight traffic from the parallel railway.  The Rail Freight Group has accused the transport agency of failing to look at alternatives to dualling.  The Rail Freight Group is ...Read More

Freight Rates squeezed in Europe

Road freight rates in Europe were pushed down last year because of growing capacity in the market.  In the last quarter of 2012, the European road freight price index declined by 1.8%. In relation to the extreme freight rate fluctuations ...Read More

More freight corridors for India

Indian Railways is planning to build five new freight corridors, in addition to the two already under implementation. Feasibility studies are being undertaken; once the freight corridors are completed, train speed will be enhanced.

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

Shipping hopes for peak

Ocean shipping lines are hoping that the traditional July-October cargo rush will take place this year, having failed to materialise in 2012.  Freight rates were forced down in the face of weak demand and excess capacity.Optimism may be displaced as ...Read More

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

New Container Freight Terminal in Kenya

A new inland freight container station has been opened 4km from the port of Mombasa in Kenya.  The facility has direct rail links to the port and inland commercial centres.  Mombasa in the busiest container terminal in West Africa.

New Freight Interchange Approved

Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local government, has finally approved Planning Permission for the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at Radlett.  The news has been welcomed by industry organisations, including the Freight Transport Association and the Rail ...Read More

Logistics Conference

Once again the British International Freight Association hosted an awards ceremony designed to highlight the skills within the industry.  Awards were given for categories ranging from Project Forwarding to 'Young Freight forwarder of the Year.'  There was also a discretionary ...Read More

Logistics Conference

One of the largest supply chain conferences in the UK will take place at Birmingham NEC from 23 - 25 April.  Designed to benefit all kinds of shippers - whether they are interested in exports, imports or domestic transport - ...Read More

Manchester Ship Canal Freight

A larger vessel is being commissioned for the Manchester Ship Canal due to increased customer demand.  An upgrade in May 2012 has already removed hundreds of thousands of freight miles from UK roads.  The new vessel will move in the ...Read More

London Container Freight Improvement

Although overall trade through terminals on the River Thames fell by 10% during 2012, container freight traffic increased.  One of the largest cargo handling facilities on the river, Coryton closed during the year, which reduced cargo volumes considerably.  Freight volumes ...Read More

New Freight Route for Spain

A new sea freight route to Spain will open on 19 March.  The ferry will depart from Poole on Tuesday, call at Bilbao in the mid afternoon on Wednesday and arrive back at Poole in the early evening of Thursday. ...Read More

Rail Freight Access charges

The Rail Freight group said it was disappointed at the conclusions of the Office of the Rail Regulator on track access charges.  These charges will apply to freight traffic in the next regulatory control period.  The RFG says that this ...Read More

Container Freight Boost in Korea

Throughput of freight containers in 2012  rose 4.1% compared with the previous year at South Korean ports.  Most of the increase was due to transhipment cargo, but export and import traffic were 1.9% higher. Busan, the largest port, reported a ...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.

Denmark to charge freight truckers

The Department of Finance and Ministry of Taxation in Denmark are developing a system to charge freight vehicles a levy for using the roads.  The plan is to charge 1.50 Danish Krone per km travelled by registered trucks. Haulage and ...Read More

Freight Vehicles in Sweden – stronger regulations

Following a serious accident involving three freight lorries earlier this month, the Department of Transport in Sweden is considering stricter laws to regulate the operation of lorries.  New winter rules are likely to cover traction system standards, HGV speeds and ...Read More

Freight lorry accident in Sweden

There was  a serious accident in Sweden, north east of Helsingborg, on 15 January involving three commercial freight lorries.  Two of the lorries were though to be foreign-operated.  The three trucks collided heading north across the Tranarps Bridge.  It took ...Read More

Seafood exporters criticize freight increases

The shipping services sector pays little attention to the scale of port handling rates set by the Indian Tariff authority, and the port of Kochi has recently increased handling rates tot he detriment of seafood exporters.  Handling rates compare unfavourable ...Read More

Environmental approval for freight corridor

The dedicated rail freight corridor in India has received environmental approval for the section running through Sanjay Gandhi National Park.  The railway companies believe that the dedicated freight corridor will completely change freight capacity.  Double decker heavy halo trains will ...Read More

Rail Freight supports EC liberalisation

The Rail Freight Group's chairman has written to the European Commissioners, requesting them to maintain their policy of liberalisation of the rail sector.  He argues that other member states, especially France and Germany, are fighting to maintain their monopolistic structures ...Read More

Positive hope for freight rates

According to Containerisation International, prospects for freight rates on the Asia to Europe routes are looking quite positive.  Freight rate increases wee announced in December, as shipping lines tried to stop the fall in spot prices which happened in the ...Read More

Gothenburg congestion charge

From the first of this month, all drivers - including those driving freight vehicles - will pay a congestion charge on weekdays between eight and 18 kronor (between $1 and $3 ) depending on the time of day, with an upper ...Read More

Freight Container Record

Two cargo handling terminals in the Eastern Cape achieved new cargo handling records during December.  They moved the highest number of freight boxes per hour at both the Ngqura and the Port Elizabeth shipping terminals.  The improvement in volumes is ...Read More

Possible freight merger

The railway freight companies of the Czech Republic and Slovakia may merge as both companies have financial problems.  The possibility of a merger has been discussed before, but both Prime Ministers admitted it on TV this week. Small rail freight ...Read More

UK Port Traffic falters

Department for Transport statistics show that total freight traffic through UK ports was 2% down over last year, based on the rolling 12 months to the end of September 2012.  In 2011, ports handled 519 million tonnes of freight traffic, ...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

Record volumes for Saudi air freight

Saudi Airlines cargo division has had a very successful year, recording increased volumes of freight for both October and November . The main reason for this was the increase in exports from Europe, East Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

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

Freight Theft rising

According to a recent international conference, the most high risk countries for freight theft are Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.  Freight is stolen both from transit warehouses and whilst in transit, and cargo substitution is on the increase.

BIFA Clarifies Customs

The British International Freight Association advises that HMRC has clarified its policy on Authorised Economic Operators. Importers and exporters using, simplified Customs procedures, such as inward processing relief (IPR), customs warehousing, temporary storage, will have to fulfil AEO criteria. Otherwise ...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

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

Congestion Charge for USA Freight

Now that the clerical workers strike in Los Angeles has ceased, some shipping lines have started to charge a US$20 per container congestion charge.  More than thirty ships were waiting to be unloaded at the end of the last week, ...Read More

Freight Benefits from Autumn Statement

The Fair Fuel Campaign, the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association gained victory of a kind when the Chancellor deferred the planned duty rise of 3 pence per litre.  However, the RHA has commissioned research showing that a ...Read More

Logistics Event

The Supply chain and Logistics summit for Asia will be taking place early in the New Year. On 8th and 9th January, industry professionals will meet to discuss themes such as Securing cheaper cost centres in Asia, Chinese supply chain ...Read More

Rail Freight Tunnel Security Charge

The Rail Freight Group in the UK is questioning why rail freight services will be charged an additional 750 Euros security surcharge in France.  Freight lorries, which so far have been the cause of all four fires in the Channel ...Read More

Freight Ships Collide

Last Thursday two freight ships collided in the North Sea, with one of them sinking with loss of life.  The sinking ship was a car carrier from Zeebrugge  going to Kotka in Finland.  It collided with a container ship from ...Read More

Cargo moving again in LA

Freight is moving again through the largest port complex in the USA, after mediators from Washington DC helped the strikers to reach an agreement one Tuesday night.  Workers at Pier 400 in LA went on strike last week, in protest ...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

Finland Approves Giant Freight Trucks

The Government of Finland has received parliamentary approval to allow freight trucks of up to 76 tonnes gross weight and 4.4 metres high on the roads.  The Finnish transport sector is struggling to cope with increased fuel costs, and the ...Read More

Extra freight for Hong Kong

Extra freighter flights in the last weeks of the year promise to deliver an increased volume of air freight to Hong Kong's statistics.  Airlines have booked space for an extra 35 freighter flights, carrying export cargo to destinations including Tokyo, ...Read More

Container volume fall predicted

A new report suggests that container volumes through North European ports are likely to fall by almost 10% in the coming six months.  Total freight volumes, including deep sea, short sea, transhipment and empty movements are expected to fall by ...Read More

Freight Charity Celebrates

Transaid, the charity which helps developing countries to improve transport and logistics, benefited to the tune of over £4000 from a Freight Awards ceremony. Income from raffle tickets will help the charity with their current projects, including professional driver training ...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

Asia – North Europe Freight Rates

Shipping lines attempted to increase westbound freight rates to North Europe at the beginning of this month without success, according to a shipping analyst.  This was apparently triggered by one of the major shipping lines failing to implement an increase ...Read More

New rail freight wagon design

A new type of freight wagon has been designed to meet the demand of the deep sea market for 40 ft containers.  The new wagons will enable the trains to increase the number of 40ft freight containers by more than ...Read More

US Electronics Freight at Risk

Consignments of high value consumer electronics are being aggressively targeted by thieves, as shipping of cargo increases in the lead up to Christmas.  Several freight loads have been stolen over the past few months in Tennessee, Alabama and Ohio. Logistics ...Read More

Higher Freight rates for Indian rail

Haulage rates for container train operators will be increased on Indian Railways by up to 31%.  Rail Freight operators pay haulage charges to Indian Railways for using tracks, locomotives and signalling structure. This makes up 4% of IR's total annual ...Read More

Norway Freight Hub threat

The business federation of Norway has criticised the government for failing to invest in the state railway's primary rail cargo hub in Alnabru, Oslo.  The business leaders say that facilities need to be up graded to include electronic freight handling ...Read More

Additional Rail Freight for France

The French government is helping to get freight off the roads by promoting rail freight 'motorways'.  They announced a new route last week, which will carry freight from Bayonne to Dourges, south of Lille, via Bordeaux and Longueau in Picardy. ...Read More

More Rail freight with Italy

Rail freight services between the UK and Italy are used by a wide range of retailers, good producers and manufacturers; this has prompted the introduction of an additional weekly services between Hams Hall in the Midlands and Domodossola in Northern ...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

Rail Freight improvement in Sweden

Rail Freight to and from Gothenburg, Sweden, increased by 10%in quarter 3 in comparison with 2011.  Rail traffic to and from Gothenburg currently replaces around 700 freight truck movements per day. Around 26 rail shuttles offer daily departures; the latest ...Read More

Gothenburg container volume increase

Contrary to expectations, container volumes through the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden - the largest port in the Nordic region - were 4% higher than in the corresponding period last year. Rail freight and oil freight are increasing in volume, but ...Read More

Shipping Services Cut

From November to Mid January an alliance of shipping lines has announced that it will cancel seven sailings from Asia to the Mediterranean. Demand for freight from Europe is falling, and is expected to be even lower in the winter ...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

Rail Freight Group on France

The Rail Freight Group has made clear its disapproval of French plans to integrate infrastructure  and operations into a single organisation.  The RFG thinks that the proposals will damage growth prospects for rail freight between the UK and France via ...Read More

Freight returns to New York

Shipping companies and air freight carriers are gradually returning to New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  Ship arrivals are expected today, while air freight began to move again last week. Electricity cuts and petrol shortages are still effecting ...Read More

‘No growth’ Air Freight in Asia Pacific

Global air freight markets in July had shrunk 3.2 per cent compared with the previous year.  Middle East carriers reported an increase in freight demand, but in the Asia Pacific freight carriers saw volumes plunge 7.6 percent.  Cargo demand in ...Read More

Freight Facilities expand at Dubai

Improvements at Dubai International airport within the next few months means that the airport's annual freight capacity will increase to more than 3.1 million tonnes by 2018. There will also be a new tans shipment facility which will handle freight ...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

Freight revenue increase in Eurotunnel

Overall freight revenue through the tunnel increased by 17%for the third quarter of this year, but the tonnage transported reduced by 9%.  The number of rail freight rans passing through the Tunnel increased by 2%, but growth has been constrained ...Read More

Global Freight Awards

Wednesday 21 November sees the staging of the Global Freight Awards for excellence in freight and logistics in London.  Categories range from Air Cargo to Rail Freight and members of the industry can vote on line before the event.

Shipping Over-supply

Analysts are concerned about short-term prospects for the container shipping sector, where there is still too much capacity but carriers want to increase freight rates in November.  Demand needs to match supply in order to return to sustainable freight rates.

Tasmanian Exporters request freight subsidy

Exporters from Tasmania are suffering increased costs because they have lost their direct shipping link to Asia in April last year.  Freight now has to be shipped vial Melbourne, which in some cases has doubled freight costs. Local growers say ...Read More

Rail Freight plans for Sweden

One of the main elements of Sweden's planned investment in rail freight will be on the Eastern Link rail network between Jaerna and Linkoeping.   This line is used as the south western freight hub for rail cargo to Copenhagen ...Read More

Sweden Investment in Rail Freight

The Transport Ministry of Sweden is proposing an ambitious plan to modernise railway lines.  Two thirds of them withal be allocated as primary rail freight corridors serving ports and airports.  The investment of Skr 55 billion is the largest amount ...Read More

Asia – Europe Freight rates fall

Although one of the largest shipping lines is reducing capacity on the Asia Europe route, some experts feel that this is unlikely to shore up rates as expected. Other shipping lines are still bringing more capacity on stream, even though ...Read More

Rotterdam advises Shipping lines

Rotterdam, Europe's largest freight port by cargo throughput and container volumes, has been advising its customers how to improve their profitability.  Although the port has been helpful in granting discounts, the CEO says that shipping lines should also reduce freight ...Read More

Road Freight Obstacles

The main causes of road freight operators being forced out of business are rising interest rates and falling volumes of freight traffic.  A recent research report "European Road Freight Transport 2012' outlines factors influencing the performance of European Road freight ...Read More

Money for freight switching

The Low Carbon Freight Dividend from Haven Gateway is offering real money to real companies: eligible SMEs in the south east of England they can receive a dividend of up to 30% for shifting their freight containers from road to ...Read More

Freight Workers return in South Africa

Although some workers in the freight industry were due to return to work yesterday, the conflict is far from over and unions are still in negotiation with employers. About 20 000 workers in transport and freight stopped working last month ...Read More

India shipping to begin recovery

India's biggest shipping firm predicts that the shipping industries will begin recovering in the middle of next year.  The mis-match of demand and supply of vessels will end.  According to the company's chief executive, tanker and container freight will recover ...Read More

Low Carbon Freight Dividend

The Haven Gateway in the East of England is offering a dividend of up to 50% to freight forwarders who shift their containers from road to rail. Low Carbon Freight Dividend was explained to participants in the EU Sustainable Energy ...Read More

Container Terminal Opening in Germany

A deep water container terminal and freight village has opened in Wilhemlmshaven.  The opening has been delayed several times, and as the freight market is not growing, this may not be a propitious time to open.  However, the investment has ...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

New Container Freight Terminal in Damman

Damman, the nearest port to Ryadh in Saudi Arabia, is under heavy pressure with a backlog of freight shipping containers causing congestion and delays.  A second container terminal is being developed, but meanwhile shipping lines and freight forwarders have stopped ...Read More

New Turkish rail freight service

A bi-weekly intermodal train service between Instanbul and Sopron in Hungary will carry up to 36 freight containers per journey. Transit time via Bulgaria and Serbia should be 5 - 6 days.

EU Grant for Port of Tilbury

Tilbury and Bilbao have received funding from the EU for the "Motorways of the Sea" project which aims to take freight off the roads and on to the sea.  It is planned that over 225 million km of freight miles ...Read More

Increased reefer freight rates

Major shipping lines have announced increases in reefer freight rates on transpacific routes. Last week at the Cool Logisitics conference in Antwerp, shippers, logistic companies and ocean carriers expressed the opinion that other carriers would follow this lead.

Freight Awards Luncheon

The British International Freight Association has announced that the speaker for its Awards Luncheon will be a former Olympian. Derek Redmond, who has achieved gold medals at international level, will entertain guests with an after luncheon speech. The Awards ceremony, ...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

Idle Freight Trains in India

In New Delhi, about 300 freight trains are lying idle because they have no cargo to carry, in spite of 20% growth in freight earnings in the first five months of the fiscal year. July to September is usually the ...Read More

Increasing Freight Rates for Asia-USA

Freight rates for shipping routes between the Far East and USA are climbing, as consumer demand for goods from China increases in spite of the poor performance of the USA economy. Ships which transport containers to the USA are operating ...Read More

Strategic Freight Interchange Enquiry

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has decided that there will be a third  inquiry into the proposed Freight Interchange at the former Radlett airfield.  This was a surprise, at it had been previously announced that he ...Read More

Sweden – India Route

An international logistics operator has launched two new LCL ocean freight services between India and Sweden and between India and the UK. The Swedish service will be  direct from Nhava Sheva to Gothenburg and transit time will be reduced to ...Read More

Freight Driver shortage

Most countries in Europe are experiencing a severe shortage of freight truck drivers, as the career is less attractive to younger people.  In Germany around 40% ofdrivers will retire over the next 10-15 years. In Sweden half of all road ...Read More

Freight Industry Sponsored Bike Ride

The freight industry charity Transaid is arranging a sponsored London to Paris bike ride to raise £100 000 for the Professional Driver Training Project charity in Zambia and Tanzania. The ride, organised in partnership with CILT, the Freight Transport Association ...Read More

HMRC Meeting with Freight Association

The British International Freight Association is meeting with HMRC this week to discuss movement of cargo to Enhanced Remote Transit Sheds. HMRC has said that freight forwarding companies which created arrival notices or cleared goods prior to their arrival at a ...Read More

New Freight Bill for US

Last month President Obama signed a new transportation bill, which established a national freight policy and called for the creation of a National Freight Strategic Plan.  A Freight Policy Council will implement the key freight provisions of the legislation. The ...Read More

Freight Policy Council for USA

The government of the USA has instituted a Freight Policy council to develop a national intermodal plan for improving the efficient of freight movement.  It will work with the different states to develop their freight networks. By increasing efficiency in ...Read More

Road Freight In crease in Quarter 2

The Freight Transport Association's latest quarterly report shows that grown remained weak in the second quarter of 2012.  The report found that growth coincided with fewer road freight operators declaring insolvency.  There was little growth in road freight activity reported ...Read More

Freight volumes down at Schipol

Schipol Airport in Amsterdam handled 3.5% less tonnage in the first half of 2012 than in the previous year.  Exports - which made  up 48.7% of the total - held up slightly better than imports, which were 3.5% down.  The ...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

Freight by Sea Conference

The Freight Transport Association and Freight by Water are staging a free one-day conference, considering the opportunities and issues surrounding the use of short-sea freight services. The event will be held on 7 September 2012 at PD Ports, Middlesbrough, and ...Read More

Germany Container Freight Flatlines

The German Port of Hamburg has revised its predictions of freight container volumes downwards. This contrasts sharply with estimates earlier in the year from the port operator, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), which suggested a 5% year-on-year growth for 2012. ...Read More

Finland to Estonia Rail Freight

Finland and Estonia are planning to create a rail freight bridge between the country and Estonia. The three options being considered include the construction of an under sea rail freight tunnel under the Gulf of Finland to Estonia at an estimated ...Read More

Finland to Germany Rail Freight Link

Talks will begin in September to discuss the feasibility of a rail freight link from Helsinki to Berlin. The talks are connected to the 'Rail Baltica' project. The project is designed to shift major freight transport in Finland and the Baltic-rim ...Read More

Volatile Freight Rates alarm businesses

The volatility of freight rates from Asia to the West have been intimidating businesses as they try to predict how much their import shipping will cost.  This has been causing difficulties in the relationships between freight forwarders and importers, some ...Read More

Export of cashews from India may fall

A 40% volume decrease in exports from India is expected as consumers have reduced purchases due to recession in the Western economies. Last year India exported a record value of $727 last year.  Unit prices have also fallen due to ...Read More

Freight Drivers Training Courses

The Freight Transport Association has launched two new training courses for van operators.  One is for Van Operators who carry general freight cargo, and one is for Passenger Van Operators. The half day courses are aimed at individuals managing or ...Read More

Freight Rates Falling

Although shipping lines have been attempting to increase freight rates from Asia to Europe from 1 August, it seems that their attempts have failed.  The Shanghai Shipping Exchange has a panel of  Chinese freight forwarders, who reported that the average ...Read More

Guaranteed Exports through London Gateway

A major UK paper exporter has committed to using the new London Gateway port for a significant proportion of its freight.  The Nottingham based paper company, which exports through deep-sea shipping to Asia,  will use the port when it opens ...Read More

Indian Rail Freight suffers in blackout

The three-day long power blackout in India a couple of weeks ago caused major problems for the rail freight sector, but road freight and air freight were largely unaffected. With the threat of millions of stranded passengers, the authorities chose ...Read More

Saudi Invests in Freight

Saudi Arabia appears to be involved in a competition with its near neighbours to invest in freight and logistics infrastructure. It is seems that the country is planning to spend a reported $60 billion on infrastructure improvements including freight and ...Read More

Freight Privatisation in Australia

The New South Wales Government is planning to raise private investment in infrastructure throughout the state; with this in mind, it is intending to privatise the bulk and container freight handling terminals at Port Kembla and Port Botany.  There have ...Read More

Skills for Logistics

Part of the Sector Skills Council for the UK's freight and logistics industries is to be chaired by the British International Freight Association.  Skills for Logistics has been split into various groups such as driving, fleet management, logistics operations and ...Read More

Freight Awards Deadline

The British International Freight Association is once again calling for entries to its annual competition for companies and individuals in the freight, shipping and logistics industries.  Entries are open to probationary and full members of BIFA, and can be entered ...Read More

Broken Down Freight Train

A freight train broke down at the entrance to the Severn Tunnel on 5 August, blocking access and causing major delays in fright and passenger traffic. It was removed the following day, being taken away by the operating freight firm at ...Read More

Freight Driver Shortage

A report issued by Skills for Logistics suggests that there will be a shortage of freight drivers for Large Goods Vehicles.  Fewer people are taking the appropriate driving tests, and there has been a 31% decline in people passing the ...Read More

Eurotunnel Freight Increase

Revenue from freight at Eurotunnel increased by a third over the same period last year,  even though there was a 14% drop in rail freight tonnage.  Freight traffic through the tunnel is operated by DB Schenker on behalf of BRB, SNCF and ...Read More

Olympic Freight App

The Freight Transport Association has launched an App to help the logistics industry plan routes by giving them as much up to date information as possible. The App will provide the latest news, traffic updates, details of Games Lanes and ...Read More

Freight Concern over Felixstowe road toll

The freight industry has expressed concern over government plans to make part of the A14 - which links Felixstowe to the rest of the country - wider.  The development will be funded partly by government and partly by private finance, ...Read More

Freight Route closed by fire

A major cross border freight transport route between France and Spain was closed earlier this week by violent forest fires in the Catalonia region. Cross border traffic for freight and passengers was severely disrupted on Sunday when strong winds gusting up ...Read More

Hazardous Rail Freight Accident

A major rail freight accident which happened on 11 July in Columbus, Ohio shows the dangers inherent in carrying hazardous freight.  A freight train travelling at low speeds de-railed carrying ethanol and corn syrup.  The resulting fire was witnessed from as ...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

Freight by Water

The Freight Transport Association is organising a free one day conference to illustrate the many opportunities available to shipping and forwarding interests particularly in the north east of England and the North Sea. The Conference takes place on 7th September 2012 ...Read More

Saudi Ports swamped by Imports

Ports in Saudi Arabia are being overwhelmed by the increase in imports which has occurred over the last year.  The delays in unloading have caused two international freight shipping carriers to refuse to transport containers to Jeddah from America. The crisis ...Read More

Jeddah unable to handle freight volumes

Jeddah Port is unable to handle current freight volumes, because of  a 31 percent increase in the tonnage of imports. The number of shipping containers and freight vehicles arriving at the port during the current season jumped 22 percent and ...Read More

Rail Freight Group welcomes investment

The Rail Freight Group welcomed the Government's pledge to make a major investment in rail development, saying that the package would support future growth and enable freight operators and customers to develop ever more efficient and innovative services. Other industry trade ...Read More

Government Investment in Rail Freight

Yesterday the Government announced a £9.4 bn investment in rail, and a further £200 m for the development of the Strategic Rail Freight Network. The major upgrade of freight lines will include upgrading major container routes from the deep sea ...Read More

Freight Train Derails in Chicago

A freight train carrying coal de-railed in the suburbs of Chicago last week as the bridge over which it was running collapsed.  No one was hurt, but the authorities are investigating the causes of the derailment. Teams were checking out ...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 Trains for Gateway

It is planned to run four freight trains per day from the new Thames Gateway deep water port which will open at the end of next year. London Gateway will include a 227 ha logistics park, as well as 176 ha ...Read More

Global Freight Awards Deadline

The deadline for entries to the Global Freight Awards is 29 July. The Awards reward best practice in freight and logistics, with the aims of improving standards in the global industry.  The award categories have been changed to reflect more ...Read More

New Freight Container Terminal for London

The new Thames Gateway freight container terminal and logistics park is due to open in the fourth quarter of 2013.  This will be a great advantage for logistics companies based in the London area, who will be able to reduce ...Read More

Scottish Rail Freight Investment

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the Scottish Government's pledge to invest £30 million in rail freight. According to the Government' Statement,  the fund should support sustainable transport for freight, thereby reducing the supply chain’s transport emissions and reducing road ...Read More

New London Freight Line Opened

Last week the Thames Gateway Minister, Bob Neill,  officially opened a new £13.5 million freight link from the North Kent Line to the former Lafarge Cement Works at Northfleet. The Minister, along with invited guests, travelled in a special passenger train from ...Read More

Security Workshops for Freight and Logistics

The Transport Security Expo, which will be held at Olympia in London from 14 - 15 November this year, is offering workshops on supply chain security for participants in the freight and logistics industries. The workshops will also be helpful ...Read More

Delay for multi-modal freight terminal

A planning decision about the proposed new freight terminal on the grounds of Radlett airport was promised for 13 June, but has not been forthcoming.  The plan has been the subject of appeals and public enquiries, as local people and ...Read More

Inland Freight Terminal for Perth

Perth in Western Australia has become the main distribution point for interstate general freight.  Planning has begun to move the emphasis away from Perth by developing an intermodal terminal in Kalgoorlie-Bouler, as well as a sealed road link. If freight ...Read More

Rail Freight Agreement for Europe

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed wholeheartedly the agreement w between the EU member states, the European Parliament and the Commission on the First Railway Package Recast. The organisation, which represents over one hundred member companies from the freight and ...Read More

New container freight station for India

A new container freight station in Kerala, India, is the first to serve the new International Container Transshipment terminal in Kochi.  The facility has warehousing and container storage facilities, and a separate are for customs authorities to inspect cargo on ...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

New Container Terminal for Melbourne

The port of Melbourne in Australia is to be re-developed to provide a completely new freight container port, which should take 15 years to complete. The administration has attracted strong criticism from the shipping and logistics industries, for prevaricating over ...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

Record Freight Containers at Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe last week set a new record for the number of rail freight containers handled in a week.  11,474 containers were handled in one week, after three weeks of record-breaking rail movements at the UK’s largest container ...Read More

Russia cuts freight permits

Russia has reduced the number of overland freight permits which it allows to Poland by about 10%. Russia regulates cargo traffic between itself and the rest of the world by bi-lateral agreements.  It is thought that Russia is trying to ...Read More

Freight Shuttle Plans for Texas

A privately funded business is being encouraged by state officials to develop an overhead trackway to carry freight across the state of Texas in the USA. The trackway would run above the interstate highway, and could ultimately run for over ...Read More

Container Shipping Freight Rates Falling

Shipping lines are being forced to reduce freight rates, even though they made an agreement at the beginning of this year to impose increases. The first quarter of this year was particularly difficult for the maritime container shipping industry. The ...Read More

Norway strikes affect freight

The first public sector strikes in Norway for 30 years affected freight and shipping, as harbour pilots, crane drivers and train drivers joined in the dispute. Some police forces in the cities of Trondheim, Tromsoe and Bergen took part in the ...Read More

Rotterdam Heavy Freight Development

The Port of Rotterdam is to renovate part of the site to make a new heavy lift centre for the storage and handling of oversized freight. Most of this cargo comes from the energy and offshore industry sector, and project ...Read More

Shipping lines to maintain rates

Shipping lines are determined to try and maintain higher rates so that the freight market does not develop the perception that freight rates are constantly falling. But the recent fall in spot rates for containerised freight on the Asia-Europe trade lane ...Read More

Global Freight Awards

Freight, logistics and shipping companies are invited to enter for the industry awards recently re-named Global Freight Awards.  The deadline for entries is 29 July 2012, Categories cover such areas as Employer of the Year, Large Freight Forwarder of the Year ...Read More

New Air Freight Service to Brazil

A new freight only air service to Manaus in Brazil is beginning, to serve the free trade zone which has developed in the state of Amazonas. The citys's  airport is Brazil’s third largest cargo airport, in terms of freight movements. Brazil ...Read More

Proposed New Rail Freight Charges

A new charging scheme for rail freight is due to be implemented in 2014, and the Office of Rail Regulation is proposing to extend a special freight levy to new classes of cargo. The freight specific charge, which is currently ...Read More

Freight Driver Shortage

The government's logistics training body, Skills for Logistics, has published  a report entitled A Looming Driver Shortage? which suggests that a shortage of freight drivers will restrict any possible economic recovery.The authors say there are substantially more vacancies than candidates, which ...Read More

Cabotage Protest for Nordics

Freight transport companies and organisations in Denmark, Sweden and Norway are calling on their governments to temporarily opt-out of the EU cabotage rules. The trucking companies say that unfair competition from lower cost base trucking companies from the Baltic states ...Read More

New Freight Terminals in Europe

Three new freight terminals will be developed in northern Italy,as part of Europe's plans to improve the rail infrastructure for cargo. The Gotthard Base Tunnel, which is due to open in 2017, will help to improve transit on the Rotterdam-Genoa ...Read More

Container shipping delays

Container shipping lines have a poor record for punctuality. Researchers claim that  forty per cent of shippers are given a bill of lading within three days of submitting shipping instructions. However, results ranged from 0% to 93% across the five-month measurement ...Read More

Foreign Firms dominate Vietnam freight

Since Vietnam opened its borders to foreign freight companies in January this year, local companies have found it more difficult to compete, especially in the international market. Many global  freight & forwarding were already present in Vietnam, operating as joint ...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

Logistics Terminal for Sydney Australia

An agreement has been signed to begin the development of an intermodal logistics and  freight terminal in the Sydney area. Over the past five years, the Government says that Port Botany has had around 7% annual growth in freight volumes. A ...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

New container offices at Chennai port

Five new offices have been opened at Chennai port zero gate in India in order to speed up the customs clearance of freight containers. The new facility was opened officially by the Shipping Secretary, P.K. Sinha, last Friday. Local logistics suppliers ...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

Container Freight rates rise

Last week container freight rates on the Asia to Europe shipping routes rose by 19%, but carriers were unable to increase rates on the eastbound transpacific trade.  Commentators expect rates on Asia - Europe to ease as volumes shipped are ...Read More

Logistics Development for Morocco

Logistics infrastructure has been identified as a key driver of development in Morocco, and the King has given the go-ahead for substantial investment in two major logistics projects. One of the projects is a road connecting the port of Casablanca ...Read More

Freight Transport Advice

The Freight Transport Association has just published the most recent edition of advice for UK-based operators on delivering and collecting in Europe and beyond.  The guide helps freight operators to avoid delays and deal with roadside enforcement, giving information about ...Read More

Air Cargo Confidence

Confidence about the future of the air freight industry is improving, but the outlook is still uncertain as costs may increase due unstable fuel prices.  A survey conducted by the International Air Transport Association showed that financial officers  and heads ...Read More

Freight Planning for Olympics

The Freight Transport Association last week published its Support Guide for haulage operators; it includes maps, diagrams, and details of the restrictions expected to be in force, not only at the venues but across London over most of the summer ...Read More

Freight for Ship Canal

The Manchester Ship Canal is being developed as a logistics hub, in order to minimise costs and Carbon emissions.  So far, freight containers have been shipped on barges, but last week a tanker of chemicals was loaded on to a ...Read More

Hyderabad Freight Ambitions

Hyderabad in India is aiming to become the main air freight hub for the country. Airlines are increasing their freighter services to and from Hyderabad, improving links with East and North Asia. The airport is within two hours flying time ...Read More

BIFA Freight Service Awards

In a couple of months entries will be invited for the 2012 BIFA Freight Service Awards; provisional categories for entries include air freight, European logistics, Project forwarding, and Young Freight Forwarder of the Year.  Deadline for sending in submissions will ...Read More

Carbon Reduction for Freight

Last year Transport Minister Mike Penn, gave his unequivocal support to the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Logistics Carbon Reduction Schemes. This week, Transport for London launches its Anti Idling and Fuel Management campaign for commercial vehicles. The Department for Transport wants to ...Read More

Brussels increases air freight

Results for the first quarter of 2012 show that Brussels airport increased its throughput of air freight by 3% over last year. The Chinese New Year holiday caused a slow start to the year, but cargo figures then grew by more ...Read More

Stable demand for air freight

In spite of may gloomy predictions earlier in the year, the latest statistics from the International Air Transport Association show that demand for air argo rose by 5.2% over the same period last year. Distorting factors include weaker traffic during the ...Read More

Freight ship carve up

The freight cargo ship Carrier, which went aground off the Welsh coast on 4 April, will be cut up on site.  All the fuel has been successfully removed, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency says that fuel oil, oily water ...Read More

Freight Transport Association condemns Chancellor

The Freight Transport Association has condemned George Osborne's refusal to forego a fuel duty increase in August.  In a press release last month, the Association said that research had shown that a city in diesel duty would create 175 000 ...Read More

Event for Freight Vehicles

The Freight Transport Association will be represented at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2012, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, this year from Tuesday 24 April through to Thursday 26 April. The Show gives the opportunity to view a wide range ...Read More

Freight theft bugs USA

Theft from freight vehicles in the USA is a major problem. It is becoming worse as the economy declines - the overall number of stolen freight shipment increased by 8.3% last year.  One company has managed to reverse the trend ...Read More

Threats to Shipping Industry

Shipping lines are refusing to lay up ships in spite of over-capacity in the market.  They have implemented freight increases, but there is no guarantee that customers will continue to accept this, and forecasts for the year ahead are not ...Read More

Rail Freight Permission in Belgium

The freight subsidiary of Eurotunnel, Europorte, has been given permission to run on the Belgian rail network. The operator said that Belgium’s location “at the heart of the European crossroads”, presented a number of opportunities for Europorte, the third largest operator ...Read More

Fine for Shipping Line

The shipping line which owns the freight ship Rena, which foundered near New Zealand in October, has been charged with the discharge of harmful substance from ships. The stern of the Rena sank in high seas this week, and further debris on the ...Read More

UK visit to Port of Rotterdam

The United Kingdom is the Port of Rotterdam's largest overseas trading partner.  It  provides more than 60 million tonnes of freight per year - more than 40 million tonnes is transported via coasters or RoRo vessels.  In the middle of ...Read More

Universal Freight Shuttle for Mexico

A cross border freight shuttle planned for cargo between Mexico and the USA is planned to overcome the problem of maintaining security when crossing the border. The idea is to develop a Universal Freight Shuttle to carry the wagons from ...Read More

New Logistics Park South of France

A new multi modal logistics park is planned for the port of Marseilles in Southern France.  It will be developed over the next five years and will be situated less than 15 km from the existing Fos freight container terminals. ...Read More

Air Freight companies fined

Several large air freight companies have been fined by the EU for price-fixing. Fourteen freight forwarders were fined a total of 169 million for operating an air freight cartel on several routes. The investigation centred on freight forwarding services from ...Read More

Freight industry condemns strikers

A strike by tanker drivers will apparently elicit little support from the rest of the freight industry.  The Freight Transport Association viewed the decision to take industrial action as 'disappointing', as it will restrict supplies of fuel to the haulage ...Read More

Freight directors unfit for boardroom

A married couple who were both directors of a freight company in County Down, Ireland, were banned from the boardroom for eight years each. They were disqualified by the High Court for unfit conduct while running an international freight company. ...Read More

Budget disappoints freight industry

The British International Freight Association and the Freight Transport Association both expressed disappointment that nothing was done to help the industry by giving it favourable fuel prices. The Freight Transport Association believes that Chancellor's failure to cut fuel duty rates ...Read More

Container Shipping Course

Lloyds of London Maritime Academy is offering a new distance learning course covering all aspects of container shipping. The course examines the commercial, technical and operational aspects of the liner shipping industry and is ideal for people working for shipping ...Read More

Freight trains for Felixstowe

The Chief Executive of Felixstowe port has suggested that passenger trains on the Ipswich to Felixstowe lines should be scrapped and replaced by a high quality bus service. He said that the service is a bottleneck, and that freight only ...Read More

Rail Containers for Vietnam

The Transport Ministry of Vietnam is drawing up plans to transfer more freight containers to rail, in order to ease road congestion.  It is proposed to upgrade three main routes this year with others to follow.  Only one port at ...Read More

Horticulture freight trains

Indian Railways is planning to run the country's first horticulture freight container trains from the inland depot at Bhusawal to national capital Delhi.  The train, with 90 containers, will transport bananas, potatoes and apples. The containers, which are insulated and ...Read More

Freight dedicated planes grounded

Two freight only carriers left the market last year, due to falling volumes of air freight. Industry analysts expect further losses of freighter operators - for carriers located far away from large sources of product, sustaining a cargo only fleet ...Read More

Rail Freight at Felixstowe

Earlier this week, the new North Rail project was officially launched at the port of Felixstowe. This will be the third rail terminal at the UK’s largest freight container port and the first able to handle 30-wagon freight trains, capable of ...Read More

Four Rs for Freight

Changes to London's roads during the 2012 Olympics will pose major challenges for the freight industry.  Transport for London is using the form Rs concept to help businesses manage and plan their freight operations. Reduce, retime, reroute and revise encourages ...Read More

Cargo ship collision

A ship carrying freight from Merseyside to Belfast was in collision with a ferry last week.An investigation into the incident, which happened about a mile and a half from shore between Carrickfergus and Helen’s Bay, was instituted immediately. There were ...Read More

Rail Freight Incentives

Haven Gateway Partnership, based in the Felixstowe area, is offering smaller haulage firms 30 % off their costs if they use the train.  The aim is to move 30 000 freight containers off the road and on to the railway ...Read More

Multimodal Logistics Fair

The fifth year of Multimodal will take place in Birmingham from 1 to 3 May. There will be a wide spectrum of exhibitors from 3PL Logistics providers and freight forwarders to international hauliers and rail service providers. The British International ...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

Road Charging for Freight Vehicles

The British International Freight Association has welcomed government proposals to introduce some form of road charging for freight vehicles.  UK based hauliers have to pay road charges for various tolls when operating in Europe, whilst overseas hauliers do not have ...Read More

Davos spotlights freight

A report presented at the World Economic forum in Davos last month emphasised the need to review risk management practices in view of challenges for the supply chain, transport and travel sectors. More than 90% of respondents said that they ...Read More

Logistics Apprentices

According to the Scotsman newspaper, 44% of the current employees in the logistics industry are older than 45.  Introducing young people to freight and logistics by way of the apprenticeship scheme is seen as vital, as the sector is expecting ...Read More

Since 2006 a developer has been trying to obtain planning permission to turn the redundant Radlett aerodrome into an intermodal strategic rail freight exchange.  It is expected that a decision will be made by 5 April this year, although with ...Read More

Logistics Institute welcomes lorry charges

The Chartered Institue of Logisitics and Transport has cautiously welcomed Government's plans to consult on charging foreign freight lorries using UK roads. The Institute says that this would help the competitiveness of the UK freight and logistics industry and prepare ...Read More

Logistics Transport Finland

This Trade Fair for the logistics, freight, transport and packaging industries will meet in Helsinki from 9 - 12 June 2012.  Service providers in manufacturing, commerce and freight and logistics sectors will be able to meet decision makers, users and ...Read More

Rail Freight Group approves HS2

The Rail Freight Group has welcomed the Government decision to progress development of a high speed rail line to the Midlands and North, saying that it would provide useful new capacity for freight and free up rail paths on 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

Freight planes for Middle East

A recent report suggests that the region is likely to increase the number of freight planes based there by 4.4 per cent per year for the next ten years.  The majority of the freight planes will go to the UAE, ...Read More

Belgium Airport freight increasing

Liege airport in Belgium saw a significant increase in cargo volumes last year in spite of gloomy economic conditions. Freight volumes through the airport increased by 5.5% over the previous year, because operators at the airport are concentrating on expanding ...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

Shipping ports battle

While the new Thames Gateway port is hoping to attract freight from Asia, the port of Felixstowe, currently the UK's largest container port, is emphasising its own advantages. A spokesman for Felixstowe said that its proximity to major shipping lines ...Read More

Danube Shipping suspended

The Danube, one of the main rivers in Europe used for freight shipping, is not being used by at least four countries. Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Serbia decided this after up to 90 per cent of the river's surface became covered ...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

Brussels air freight reduction

Air freight volumes at Brussels airport are in decline, mirroring the overall slow down in global commercial activity. Last month cargo volumes decreased by 4.2%. The strongest decrease was recorded in the full freight segment. In January, Brussels Airport recorded 16,227 ...Read More

South Korea ports expanding

Transhipment cargo through South Korean ports recorded double-digit growth for the 11th consecutive month since March 2011.  This is freight which would previously have shipped through northern Chinese ports. Transhipment cargo handled by the port surged 23% to 671,000teu, with ...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

Air Freight grounded

Air freight through Europe's airports declined again in the second half of 2011, according to airports body ACI. Air freight traffic which is an indicator of economic well-being, increased at the start of last year, before turning negative in the ...Read More

Shipping Organisation protest

The main shipping organisation in Holland is criticising current rate increases on the Asia trade.  Freight rates from Asia to Europe have been increased, but the organisation says that this is illogical because there is over-capacity in both vessels and ...Read More

Belfast Increases Freight Volumes

The Port of Belfast was pleased to report an increase in freight volumes in 2011 over the previous year.  Bulk cargo, especially steel and steel coil traffic doubled in 2011, compared with 2010. This reflected improved activity in Northern Ireland’s engineering ...Read More

Shipping delays in Belgium

Shipping services suffered delays on Monday when public sector workers went on strike in protest against austerity measures.  The management of the Port of Antwerp said that they regretted that a strike which has nothing to do with the port ...Read More

Re-branded Container Port

The Essex port of Tilbury is to be re-branded as London Container Terminal.  Its new owners will combine the deepsea and shortsea container facilities. As the closest deepsea container terminal to London, it focuses on north-south trades and handles a high volume ...Read More

Freight Service Awards

The annual BIFA Freight Service Awards and Luncheon took place on 19th January. All finalists received a framed certificate presented by the Host, Christine Hamilton, and BIFA President, Sir Peter Bottomley MP, who also made the welcoming address. Awards were ...Read More

Olympic Freight Advice

Transport for London is offering a series of workshops for freight operators and their customers to help business keep running smoothly during the Olympic and Paralympic Game periods this summer. Freight management experts will provide an overview of the Olympic and ...Read More

Foreign Freight Lorries to be charged

The Freight Transport Association has cautiously welcomed government proposals to charge foreign lorries over 12 tonnes for using UK roads.  The FTA thinks that this should mean a fairer deal for domestic road freight operators. Transport Association. The Freight Transport Association ...Read More

Shipping will suffer from low sulphur directive

Shipping lines based in France, represented by Armateurs de France (AdF), says the EU directive on reducing sulphur emissions to 0.1% would seriously threaten French shipping companies.  The directive affects the SOx Emission Control Areas (SECAs) of the Baltic Sea, North ...Read More

Pakistan Rail Freight on the move

Rail freight from Karachi ceased for six months due to a lack of locomotives starting last July.  Daily freight services will now recommence to clear a backlog of of coal, phosphate and railways material at the port. Container  freight services will ...Read More

Scotland cuts Freight grants

Freight operators in Scotland are protesting about the government cutting the funding for Freight Facilities Grants by 62.5%.  The funds are to help operators transfer freight from road to rail. The Rail Freight Group (RFG) said the reduced budget would ...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

Freight Organisation welcomes investment

The British International Freight Association, which represents freight forwarders in the UK, has welcomed the Chancellor's plans to fund road widening schemes. Investment in infrastructure is considered vital to improve key trade routes for the freight industry, where delays are ...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

Freight transport may revive canals

The waterways of the UK could once more be used to carry bulk freight as industry seeks more environmentally friendly ways of transporting cargo.  Power stations need huge volumes of wood and waste by products to run biomass plants, and ...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

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

Freight rate war

Shipping lines began last year to offer different types of service in order to gain share in what seems to be a declining market.  The main innovation was guaranteed daily departures from the main Asian ports to Northern Europe. But ...Read More

Gales disrupt shipping

Container freight shipping has been seriously disrupted today by gales affecting the coastal ports.  The UK's biggest port by volume of freight, Felixstowe, is completely closed as the high winds make it too dangerous to use the ship to shore ...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

Logistics Growth Review

The Government's Logistics Growth review, published at the end of last month emphasised the importance of the logstics industry working with local authorities to promote the use low-carbon, low emission freight vehicles. The Government has set aside £8 million to ...Read More

Freight drivers stopped by blizzard

As Scotland faced its worst blizzard for twenty five years on 8 December, police were forced to stop lorry drivers, cars and pedestrians from braving the roads.  Scotland ground to a halt as powerlines came down and passenger and freight ...Read More

Freight Project Mars

Last week a project freight forwarder was responsible for shipping to Cape Canaveral major parts needed for a rover mission to Mars. NASA' s most ambitious rover mission yet took off on 26th November, after the parts for the Atlas ...Read More

US freight blockaded

Ports on the West Coast of the USA came to a halt earlier in the week as Occupy Wall Street protesters blocked freight trucks at ports.  Freight and logistics terminals in Oakland, California, Portland, Oregon and Longview Washington had operations ...Read More

Weather halts IoM Freight

Stormy weather has affected freight traffic to the Isle of Man as gale force winds threaten the island.  Essential supplies of medicines and foodstuffs have been stopped, and one of the ferries needs essential repairs. The ferry company had been ...Read More

Rhine Shipping threatened

During one of the driest Novembers in record in Europe, shipping on the Rhine was forced to carry reduced volumes of freight, with consequent increases in freight rates. Rain has finally fallen in Germany and Austria, which has allowed ships ...Read More

New Rail Freight Terminal for Felixstowe

A new rail terminal at Felixstowe will be the first in the UK to be able to handle longer, 30-wagon freight trains which allow more containers to be moved on the same infrastructure, and provide greater carbon savings. Felixstowe is ...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

Rail Freight Encouragement

Last week the Government issued Policy Guidance on Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges. This is part of the Logistics Growth Review.  The Government supports the transfer of freight from road to rail, where it is practical and economic to do so. The ...Read More

Freight Service Awards Ceremony

The 23rd awards ceremony organised by the British International Freight Association will be held on Thursday 19 January in London. Industry members have been competing for prizes in various categories, including Project Forwarding, Supply Chain management and Air Freight.  The ...Read More

Freight Industry Sigh of Relief

The Freight Transport Association, together with other Drivers' and Freight organisations, has welcomed the Chancellor's decision to postpone the projected January increase in fuel duty. The price of diesel has risen by over 13ppl (13.9 per cent) in the last ...Read More

Gothenburg Logistics Area Grows

A major tyre supplier will be the first company to set up its operations in the new Tankgatan logistics area adjacent to the port of Gothenburg in Sweden. Companies linked to logistics and port operations are in the process of establishing ...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

Rail Freight Hub for Spalding

Councillors in Spalding have welcomed enquiries from developers outside the region to turn the area into a rail freight hub. They view this as a way of securing existing jobs, and creating new ones, in an area which struggles with ...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

Fruity Freight on Barges

Imports of fruit will now move within the Rotterdam port area on barges instead of freight lorries. Research showed that inland barges would deliver fruit to the distribution warehouses as quickly as lorries, and at lower or equal cost. Importers ...Read More

Calais Logistics Development

The Nord Pas de Calais is set to become a key logistics hub for Northern Europe.  The development agency is supporting a project to transform the region, although many major logistics companies are already located here. With a high speed ...Read More

Transpacific freight rates fall

Last week the rate for container shipments from Hong Kong to Los Angeles fell $64 from the week before to $1,457 per feu. This means that the rates has reduced by about 21.2%, since last August and 29.9% below the same ...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

Korea exports falter

As Korea's international freight carriers increase capacity in response to buoyant exports last year, markets are reducing due to economic circumstances in the eurozone and the USA. Korean carriers are now looking for other destinations to improve load factors, such ...Read More

Freight drivers and cyclists

Transport for London is raising awareness amongst freight operators and drivers of cycle safety.  Their Freight Team is working with cyclists and HGV drivers to improve safety and awareness of other road users. There are now thousands more cycle journeys ...Read More

Logistics Institute welcomes longer trailers

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has welcomed the news that the Department of Transport will allow trials of longer trailers for articulated freight lorries. The Institute says that longer trailers could reduce the road miles for high volume ...Read More

Simpler Imports for US air freight

The Customs authority in the USA has announced a pilot plan for simplifying air freight imports. During the pilot scheme, the importer or broker will provide 13 data items and 3 optional data items, instead of the 27 currently required. The ...Read More

Tough times for shipping

Industry leaders are warning that 2012 will be a difficult year for freight and shipping. The chairman of one of Hong Kong’s best-known logistics and transport service companies,said that decreasing rates for Asia to USA containers suggest tough times for ...Read More

Strong Rise in USA Freight Revenues

The monthly Cass freight index showed that October's freight volumes grew 2.2% over the same month last year, while shippers' spending increased by 16.1%. The index covers all modes of freight transportation; it measures trends in North American shipping activity, ...Read More

French Road Freight Pessimism

A survey of 172 firms completed by a specialist supply chain consulting firm suggests that 65% of respondents expect stagnation or decline in their freight volumes in the next six months. The majority of hauliers are preparing for a severe ...Read More

Freight Transport Association protests

The FTA has told the European Commissioner Siim Kallas that the proposed four meter height restriction on freight trailers should be withdrawn. They said that a four meter height limit will have a “catastrophic impact” on many logistics contracts. The efficiencies ...Read More

Shipping Industry aids Thailand

As well as giving substantial donations to help people affected by the floods, a major shipping line operating in Asia will provide free transprot of relief supplies. They have also supplied shipping containers to act as a flood barrier. Another ...Read More

Increased Freight through Rotterdam

The volume of freight through the Port of Rotterdam increased during the first nine months of 2011 by 1.7% to 327 million tons. Now that the world economy is cooling down,exports are stalling. Growth is expected to decrease in the fourth ...Read More

High Capacity Inland freight barge

This week sees the first trips by the largest ever barge/tug combination which can carry inland shipping.  The inland terminals of Oss and Venlo in the Netherlands will be using the combination to carry freight to Rotterdam port.  The barge will ...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

Freight Organisation supports Fair Fuel

The British International Freight Association, which repesents most freight forwarders in the UK, is putting its support behind the Fair Fuel campaign, as government plans for duty increases in 2012 are still set to to ahead.  According to BIFA's calculations, ...Read More

Russian rail freight privatisation

A 75% stake of the rail freight subsidiary of Russian Railways has been bought by Russia's (reputedly) richest man.  His company now has control of 21% of the freight rolling stock in the country. Russia moves 42% of its freight ...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

Gothenburg to be ‘freight hub of Scandinavia’

According to the Chairman of Gothenburg ports, that is the stated aim of port situated on the West Coast of Sweden and new investment will help it to achieve that aim. In October  APMT Ports acquired the Skandia Container Terminal, ...Read More

US Freight Shipments up in September

The Cass Freight index report shows that volumes increased 5% in September and were 7.5% higher than in 2010. Although all modes reported volume gains during the month, they were not expected to continue to expand at this level – ...Read More

Container Shipping Prospects

Prospects for the freight industry remain uncertain, but different carriers have adopted different strategies for dealing with this.  The largest container line in the world has ordered the largest ships yet, which are being tested now but will not be ...Read More

Project Forwarding course for Freight Forwarders

The Breakbulk Americas freight event in New Orleans this month offered a two day training course for Project Cargo Management.  The course which is accredited by ISO was designed to prepare participants for the pitfalls and pinch points that can ...Read More

Rail Freight Dispute stalls

A dispute between major freight railroads in the USA and labour unions has been running for over a year; in a bid to avert strike action, the White House has appointed a presidential emergency board to try and resolve the ...Read More

Rail Freight Plans for Detroit

The rail freight route from Detroit to Chicago will begin improvements next year, after being granted $196.5 million from the US Federal Railroad Administration.  Construction should begin in spring next year on new track, fibre optic lines and train control ...Read More

International Freight Conference in Pakistan

An International Conference and Exhibition on Logistics and Supply Chain Management is planned for 1 November at Hotel Lahore.  It is being jointly organised by Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association, Air Cargo Agents Association of Pakistan and the Publicity Channel. The ...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 Freight Logistics Centre for Rhine

This month sees the opening of a new 41 000 square metre logistics centre in Wiel am Rhein in south Germany.  30,000 EURO pallets can be stored at the same time and 18,000 square metres of floor space is available for storing ...Read More

Strike ballot for Intermodal Freight Operator

Today the strike ballot called by the RMT union at Freightliner closes. Managers at Southampton's main rail freight operator were  balloted for strike action, and action short of a strike, in a dispute over what the RMT calls 'fair' pay and ...Read More

New Air Freight from Qatar

Twice weekly freight only flights will begin early in November to Atlanta and Houston early in November from Qatar. There will also be a weekly service to Toronto. The B77 freighter flights will fly from the Qatari capital of Doha ...Read More

Port and Freight Logistics Park on Thames

London Gateway sea port and logistics park will open in the fourth quarter of 2013, the developer said on 4 October.  An extra 1000 jobs will be added to the economy during the coming months, but in total the project is ...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

Increased volume on freight only line

In the first half of 2011 almost 50% more trains than in 2010 ran on the freight only railway Betuwe Route, which connects the Port of Rotterdam with the European hinterland. The railway operator attributes the growth partly to a ...Read More

Air Freight double slump

The air-freight market declined by 3.8% in August compared with the same period last year, doubling the 1.8% fall in July, according to figures issued by the International Air Transport Association. The air-cargo market, which accounts for around a third ...Read More

Industry Plan for Rail Freight

On 4 October the Rail Delivery Group published its plans to improve cost efficiency and increase the volume of freight carried by 30%. The scheme to improve UK rail efficienty by 2019 was warmly welcomed, by the Association of Train Operating ...Read More

Fuel Duty – fight for UK Freight Forwarders

Two Fuel Duty Rate increases are planned for 2012, the first in January, the second in April deferred to August. Currently Fuel Duty is 57.75 pence per litre.  During 2012; the duty rate will rise by 10.4%. On 1st January the ...Read More

Olympic Freight Forum

The inaugural Freight Forum for the Olympics took place on 8 September, and was attended by a wide range of freight organisations and operators, including the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association and the Federation of Small Businesses. It ...Read More

Freight industry help for Olympics

Transport for London (TfL) released on-line data at the inaugural 2012 Freight Forum meeting, which will help firms plan and manage deliveries during the period of the Olympic Games. Freight companies can use the data to check whether individual postcodes ...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

Freight Forwarders admit price-fixing

The USA Government, which is carrying out a major investigation into anti-trust trading in the freight forwarding industry, said last week that six Japanese companies have agreed to plead guilty.  The firms admitted that they had fixed certain fees for ...Read More

Asia-Pacific air freight declining

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines said last week that reduced freight volumes and cargo capacity indicate that the industry is heading for a dismal future.  Last month the international freight load factor fell to 64.5%, while capacity decline 3.1%. ...Read More

Felixstowe’s New Freight Terminal

On 28 September Felixstowe, which is the largest freight container port in the UK, opened two new berths.  They will be the only container berths in the country which are large enough to handle the largest container ships which are ...Read More

Air Freight Developments for Dublin

Initial agreements have been signed by the Dublin Airport Authority for a new freight logistics hub at Shannon airport. The new temperature-controlled warehouse would be build by a major US carrier, with infrastructures support from the DAA. The new facility ...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

UK Freight Volume increase

The volume of freight shipped through Felixstowe, the UK's largest container port, increased by 12% in 2010 over the previous year.  Overall, the volume increase for UK ports was only 2% and freight movements continue to be lower than in ...Read More

Freight Performance USA

New technology is allowing the Federal Highway Administration to measure truck speed at any given place and time on key freight routes. Data is collected from 250 different locations in the USA. The most recent data shows that congestion increased ...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

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

Container terminal for India

Jawaharlal Nehru Port in India has revealed plans for a fifth container terminal to accommodate the increase in freight volumes which they are expecting.  This is a long term project for India's largest container gateway. Shipping lines have been forced ...Read More

Vietnam freight failures

As shipping lines in Asia cope with lower demand and higher costs, small freight forwarders in Vietnam are going out of business.  The largest freight company in the country is expecting this to enable a rise in local cargo rates ...Read More

Freight hub rejected

A logistics company applied for planning permission to build a freight interchange near Slough.  The hub would be used to transfer freight between road and rail, hopefully encouraging customers to use rail freight which produces fewer carbon emissions. The plans ...Read More

US Freight Ships to be protected

The US government is considering a Piracy Suppression Act, which has been approved by the Transportation Committee.  The Act is designed to protect equipment, freight or commodities being shipped on behalf of the government.  Vessels carrying government cargo will be ...Read More

Freight efficiency USA

President Obama has introduced a Jobs Act to Congress designed to stimulate jobs growth with a focus on freight.  Roads, railways, airports and sea ports will receive a huge investment, as the transport infrastructure is 'failing.' $27 billion of the ...Read More

Growth slow-down for freight

The International Transport Forum is an intergovernmental strategic think tank for transport policy with 52 member countries. Their latest data indicate a marked macroeconomic slowdown, noting that freight by sea in the EU and the USA stabilised below pre-crisis levels, while ...Read More

Autumn Freight Prospects

Danske Bank regularly publishes a Freight Forwarding Index, which reports the results of a survey of freight forwarders.  Volumes of freight seems to be contracting in July and August, compared with the previous two months, and the air sector is ...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

Alpine Freight Increase

The Swiss Transport Ministry reports that there has been an increase in both road and rail freight being carried through the Swiss Alps in the first six months of 2011.  Rail freight continues to increase its share, carrying 64.1% of ...Read More

Freight Companies Slow-down

The Freight Transport Association reports that freight companies are experiencing worse journey times on the roads, although hauliers have reported improved reliability on rail services. The figures reported were for the period April-June 2011, compared with the same period last ...Read More

Rail Freight Sale for Russia

There will be an open auction in Russia next month, to sell 75% of the freight subsidiary of Russian Railways.  There seem to be three main contenders to purchase the business, funds from which will help Russian Railways to finance ...Read More

Olympic Food Logistics

The Freight Transport Association is warning that temperature controlled logistics providers need to be planning now with their customers to make sure that supplies continue during the Olympics.  A recent FTA survey suggested that fewer than 5% of respondents felt ...Read More

Freight airships the future?

A new kind of airship under development is designed to carry hundreds of tonnes of freight at one time. The technology is being developed by the NASA space agency, which is hoping that the airships will be able to replace ...Read More

Rail Freight Study for Rotterdam

The EU has agreed to co-finance a study to build a new railway yard on the outskirts of Rotterdam in Holland.  The study precedes the construction of the yard, which will give the port more capacity to handle rail freight. ...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

Future of freight distribution

According to a recent article in the journal of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, it is time to re-design the distribution of freight to reduce cost and environmental impact.  Current practice relies on using existing facilities, which were ...Read More

USA freight thefts

Criminals in the USA are stealing the identities of legitimate business to help them steal cargo, according to a crime analytics unit.  They can also set up false businesses which appear to be genuine so they can access freight companies' ...Read More

Freeze preparation for Scotland

The Scottish Government and Transport Scotland plans to announce proposals which should keep freight and passengers mowing in the event of a freeze.  Large sections of the country were at a standstill last winter, leading to frustration for motorists and ...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

Rail Freight Revival for Pakistan

Pakistan railways has published a business plan to revive its rail freight service with the help of private companies. The private firms will provide Rs2 billion (US$23 million) to modernise 20 diesel locomotives at terminals in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi. Pakistan ...Read More

Freight Anniversary in Germany

On August 19, 2011 a single engined plane took off from a grass strip in Berlin carrying cargo only bound for Frankfurt.  Last week, the logistics industry in Germany celebrated this important event, re-inforcing the importance of air freight to ...Read More

Korean freighter crash

Last month an Asiana Airlines cargo aircraft crashed into the sea off the southern coast of South Korea.  The aeroplane had reported a fire in its cargo compartments, and both pilots died.  It was carrying 58 tonnes of freight, mainly ...Read More

Logistics Day launch

The Freight Transport Association will be inaugerating a national Logistics Day on 14 November 2012.  This is an attempt to increase the profile of the logistics industry which is essential to our commercial well-being; and industry which is largely unrecognised ...Read More

Fuel prices fall – but not for freight

The Road Haulage Association has protested about the unfairness of the differences in fuel prices for consumers and freight operators.  While supermarkets have reduced the pump price in the wake of the reduction of crude oil prices. road hauliers, logistics ...Read More

Freight Director for Network Rail

Network Rail, the UK rail infrastructure operator, is appointing a Director of Freight to help develop the network to meet the projected increase in rail freight traffic. Responsible for developing the network for freight, he will work with Network Rail's ...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

Lost Containers?

The World Shipping Council claims that its members operate 90% of global container ship capacity.  The Council has just published research, showing that previous estimates of 10 000 freight containers lost per year were grossly exaggerated. The shipping inndustry has ...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

Funding for green freight

The Haven Gateway area, which includes the ports of Felixstowe, Harwich and Ipswich is developing a Low Carbon Freight project which will pay SME's a dividend of up to 30% for moving their freight from truck to train. It is ...Read More

Riots hit logistics

The logistics industry has inevitably been hit by the riots which disrupted towns and cities on three nights earlier this week. A 20 000 sq metre distribution centre in Enfield, north London, was set on fire just before midnight on ...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

Freight Rates rise

Freight rates on shipping lines operating services from Asia to Europe seem to be on the rise, in spite of the fact that ships have been operating below full capacity.  Spot market prices from Shanghai increased by $17 per tonne ...Read More

Container future uncertain

The balance between the supply of ships and demand for space has become more and more unstable since 2009, according to a specialist shipping analyst.  They expect this volatility to remain in force for about the next four years. There ...Read More

Freight companies unprepared for 2012

A survey published by the Freight Transport Association has revealed that most of its respondents are completely unprepared for the disruption to collections and deliveries which will be caused by the Olympic Games.  Around a third of respondents claimed that ...Read More

Antwerp freight increase

The port of Antwerp in Belgium is out-doing rival ports by increasing freight volumes for both cars and ro-ro tonnage.  Volumes increased by more than 10% during the first half of 2011, with container volumes also showing a substantial increase. ...Read More

FTA defends trailer heights

The Freight Transport Association has voiced concerns that the European Commission has suggested the UK should conform to the minimum trailer height of Europe.  The standard allowance of four metres for all new freight trailers would mean that some of ...Read More

Freight Saves Eurotunnel

A spectacular increase in freight traffic has helped Eurotunnel to get back in the black during the first half of 2011.  Truck shuttles increased by 21% over last year, and freight traffic rose by 21%. Many industrial customers have returned ...Read More

Freight Upgrade for Southampton rail

Network Rail is hoping to remove up to 50 000 freight container lorries per year from the roads by up-grading a second rail route from Southampton docks.  The first route runs from Southampton via Eastleigh and Romsey; the new route ...Read More

Greek transport network in chaos

Freight and shipping to and from Greece has been severely disrupted by the 48 hour general strike which began on Tuesday.  Thousands of protesters took part in the strike, including port staff, air traffic controllers, rail workers, hauliers and seafarers. ...Read More

Irish Road Freight boycotts tunnel

Freight companies in Ireland are refusing to use the tunnel under the river Shannon in Limerick, as the tolls are too high.  Since the tunnel opened last July, the private operator has seen a shortfall in usage, and has been ...Read More

Campaign against longer freight lorries

An independent report, commissioned by Freight on Rail,  is being published tomorrow on government proposals to extend lorry lengths by 2.05 metres.  Supporters of this proposal argue that longer lorries will mean fewer road journeys, but opponents represented by the ...Read More

Olympic Fears for Freight

The London members of the Freight Transport Association fear that the Olympic Games in 2012 may cause difficulties for UK logistics and transport firms. Although the Games will cause increased demand for delivery of goods, the Olympics authorities have placed ...Read More

New Zealand Freight to re-start this week

The Lyttelton Port of Christchurch(LPC) is expecting freight operations to be resuming at the port within the next two days after the two earthquakes which struck on Monday. Although engineering assessments are still ongoing across the ports facilities, management expects the ...Read More

Dover Plan to improve freight traffic

Dover is the busiest ferry port in the UK, and the Harbour Board has now published plans for a project which is designed to reduce the number of traffic queues on the adjoining roads.  A new assembly area will temporarily ...Read More