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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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Abu Dhabi New Container Port

A shipping line and port operator based in China has held a ground breaking ceremony for the new Abu Dhabi Container Terminal at Khalifa Port. The ceremony was presided over by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and ...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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French Air Freight Specialists Preparing for Beaujolais Nouveau

The annual Beaujolais Nouveau is in progress, and freight cargo companies are working with airlines to ensure the timely delivery of over 3,000 tonnes of this year's new young wine to customers in Asia. Freight forwarding teams spend several weeks ...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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Kaliningrad freight route

Freight containers 'the first rail freight service' to be routed from Łódź in Poland to Chengdu in China via the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad were transhipped between different size networks at Chernyakhovsk on September 25. The 9559 km service via ...Read More

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Shipping Company Improves Container Freight Services

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

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Freight association warns Brexit negotiators

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is urging British and EU negotiators to pay attention to the warnings from traders and logistics operators on both sides of the Channel. Operators are warning that post-Brexit arrangements will need time and effort to ...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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Air freight hits double digit growth

Global freight ton kilometers (FTKs) posted double-digit growth. According to the International Air Freight Index's (IATA) July 2017 report, the freight volumes increased for the fourth time in five months. IATA's H1 2017 report last month showed that in 2016, ...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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Vietnam-China freight route opens

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

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China-Europe rail freight hits air cargo business

Rising rail freight volumes between China and Europe now include more electronic goods, which in turn is reducing the volume of electronics sent by air cargo. Overall growth in exports and imports is also being partly attributed to China's Belt ...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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China rail freight grows faster

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

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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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Freight forwarders report increased air volumes

A major freight forwarderreports that airfreight volumes have grown at almost double the market rate during the first half of the year, with performance improving during the second quarter. The freight forwarder saw first-half airfreight demand increase by 18%, while ...Read More

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Strong transpacific air freight demand

Shippers need to be prepared for expensive air charters on the transpacific route in the fourth quarter of the year. E-commerce sales and volcanic ash will begin to affect airline freight capacity. Freight forwarders and carriers are currently reporting record ...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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Outlook for air freight good, says IATA

The outlook for air freight is still healthy, according to the airline association which has published its air cargo stats for the three months ending April. The news has been good for air freight but not perhaps if you are ...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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Rail freight from China to Scandinavia

A new rail freight service, we can now transport containers all the way from China, through Russia and Belarus, to Sweden by rail. Previously, the freight was unloaded in Karpin, just outside Warsaw in Poland, before being forwardewd by road ...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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China Made Car Exports go by train

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

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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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Three freight companies increase use of China-Europe rail

Three leading freight companies have announced plans to increase their usage of rail services between China and Europe. The growth of rail freight service between China and Europe hasn't been entirely good news, however. As the Railway Gazette has revealed, ...Read More

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Freight companies call for action at ports

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

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Rwanda: Horticulture Exports to Soar – Airlines Cut Freight Charges

Rwanda has intensified efforts over the past few years to increase exports, particularly for non-traditional trade products like flowers, vegetables and fruits. These efforts have encountered various challenges, including the high cost of air freight and other logistical issues, such ...Read More

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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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First freight train between China UK arrives in Yiwu

The first freight train to link China directly with the UK arrived in Yiwu eastern China, on Saturday 30 April, after covering over 12,000-kilometres (7,500 miles), making it the second-longest train route in the world. China launched the "One Belt, ...Read More

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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-China rail freight service starts in Essex

The first direct rail freight service from the UK to China departed from Essex on Monday. A train with 30 containers filled with British-produced exports began the 7,500-mile journey from the DP World London Gateway rail terminal in Stanford-le-Hope. Whisky, ...Read More

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UK rail freight operators relinquish 50% of freight path allocations

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

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Government approves Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship plan

A group of employers from within the UK's freight forwarding and logistics industry has been given approval by the UK Department for Education to develop the standard for a specific International Freight Forwarding Operative apprenticeship. For many years interested parties ...Read More

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Six cities added to China – Europe rail freight network

A trans-continental freight rail network has added Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan, joining Zhengzhou and Chengdu. The additional cities were chosen for their proximity to manufacturing, commercial and cultural centres in inland China. Duisburg and Warszawa have been added to ...Read More

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China drive toward sustainable freight

In China, trucks dominate the freight transport market. In 2014, this transportation method was used to move more than 33 billion tonnes of freight in the country - more than 75 percent of the total. As a result, freight trucks ...Read More

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Freight forwarder expresses concern about shipping alliances’

A Miami-headquartered online freight forwarder has warned that the launch next week of new shipping alliances will result in a shortage of options for freight forwarders. The company’s co-founder raised concerns that the shipping companies’ reshuffle may reduce shipping options, ...Read More

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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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Freight Demand Continues Slow Recovery

Air freight demand was up 6.9 percent in January, as export orders increased and the shipping of consumer electronic parts witnessed a steady rise, IATA said in its monthly update. Africa had the biggest regional jump in demand, 24.3 percent, ...Read More

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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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Chengdu, China starts freight train to Belarus

Chengdu city in Southwest China started freight trains to Belarus on 1 March, the first of the city's planned 150 freight trains to countries such as Belarus, Russia and Lithuania this year. The train, which was carrying 41 containers of ...Read More

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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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2016 Air Freight Demand improved by strong December

Global demand for air freight increased by 9.8 percent in December, growth in Europe was particularly strong. Africa was second and the Middle East third;Latin America was the only region that posted negative growth with a 1 percent drop in ...Read More

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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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Japan Shifting to Trains for Freight

Companies in Japan are switching from freight lorries to rail to transport freight over land. In some cases, competitors are cooperating in the venture. The moves from one mode of freight transportation to the other has been prompted by the ...Read More

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Freight train arrives Chinese city to London

About 34 containers packed with clothing, bags and millions of pairs of socks completed the 7,456-mile journey to east London on January 18th. During the 18-day trip, the containers were transported from the city of Yiwu in eastern China to ...Read More

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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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November Air Freight Demand Strong

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released data for world air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 6.8% in November 2016 compared to the previous year. This was a slight slowdown from the ...Read More

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Nigerian Importers will spend extra N59 Billion On Freight

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

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Freight calls for Government support for ‘green’ fuels

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

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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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China launches freight train to Britain

According to China Railway Corporation, China began operating its first freight train to London on 1 January. The freight train will commence from Yiwu West Railway Station in Zhejiang Province, Eastern China to arrive at Barking, London. It will take ...Read More

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Romania – Sweden rail freight service – RW Freight

Romania – Sweden rail freight service RW Freight The service will join two existing freight routes, to form the 'first unified rail connection' between Romania and Scandinavia, taking advantage of Samskip's hub at Duisburg in Germany. Exports from Romania will ...Read More

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Romania – Sweden rail freight service

A new rail freight service will begin during January, linking Curtici near Arad in western Romania with major logistics centres in Sweden. The service will join two existing freight routes, to form the ‘first unified rail connection’ between Romania and ...Read More

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Freight services begin through Gotthard Base Tunnel

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

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UK Rail Freight Group: rail reforms must benefit freight customers – RW Freight

UK Rail Freight Group: rail reforms must benefit freight customers RW Freight The UK's Rail Freight Group (RFG) has warned that government reforms to the structure of the nation's railways must benefit freight shippers as well as passengers. The government ...Read More

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Brazil’s export lull precedes record soybean shipments

Although Brazil's exports Shipments of corn and its byproduct, ethanol, were down by nearly 80 percent in October and November versus a year ago, encouraging results are expected for 2017. Soybeans fared slightly better in October/November, with exports down two-thirds ...Read More

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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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NZ freight shipping suffers from earthquakes

New Zealand's shipping federation say coastal transport is a resilient lifeline during natural disasters such as earthquakes,but that not enough attention has been paid to ensuring ports are equally adaptable. Shipping Federation executive director Annabel Young said that coastal shipping ...Read More

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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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Freight Need to Make Climate Adjustments

Freight transport contributes 7% of the emissions which may contribute to global warming. With the expectation that trade-related freight transport is expected to grow by a factor of 4.3 between 2010 and 2050, there is a need for the industry ...Read More

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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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Air Freight Posts Stronger September Growth

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in September 2016, which showed that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 6.1% year-on-year. This was the fastest pace of growth in freight since the ...Read More

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Shortage of air freight space for Australian exports

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

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Australia air freight crunch affects exports of fancy foods

An unprecedented shortage of air cargo space, after years of booming exports to Asia, is forcing Australian producers of premium foods to potentially miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars in exports of everything from lobster to cherries. Australia ...Read More

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Chinese freight volumes fall 13.7% in 2015

The passenger rail market in China remains stable, but the country’s freight sector is under pressure due to slowing economic growth, intermodal competition, and a crisis in the steel, iron and coal sectors, according to a recent report. China Railway ...Read More

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Air freight demand improves

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for August 2016 global air freight markets which shows that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 3.9 per cent year-on-year. Freight capacity measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs) ...Read More

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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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Air freight demand growth gathers pace in July

Demand for global air freight rose 5 percent in July, at the fastest rate in almost 18 months, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said last week. The positive result in spite of subdued global trade, IATA said. "July was ...Read More

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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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Electric switch needed to increase freight speeds

Switching from diesel engine to electric traction will have more effect on freight train speeds than simply increasing speed limits from 75mph to 90mph, according to Network Rail in its draft Freight Network Study. Average speeds of freight trains remain ...Read More

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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 delay fears over Dover chaos

The Freight Transport Association has warned there is a danger of Operation Stack being triggered in Kent, if French border authorities do not address the backlogs which occurred at Dover this weekend. Holidaymakers and freight lorry drivers endured queues of ...Read More

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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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Electric-highway test for freight haulers begins in Sweden

The world’s freight moves via trucks. Even when cargo is flown or shipped in containers around the world, delivery to the end of the supply chain is by freight lorry. And while the carbon footprint for a freight truck is ...Read More

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New West Midlands freight hub for public consultation

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

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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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Tasmania gains new China freight link

A new shipping service will connect Bell Bay with interstate ports and China. Five Great Southern Shipping container vessels will service Bell Bay as of August, with the service calling into Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle, as well as the ...Read More

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DB Cargo cuts freight activities

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

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Freight train direct China to Lyons

A direct freight train linking Wuhan in central China and Lyons in France began operations on 6th of April. The train, loaded with mechanical, electronic and chemical cargo, exits China through Alataw Pass in Xinjiang, the westernmost Chinese region, and ...Read More

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Shandong to Pakistan freight train starts operations

The international freight train "Linyi," which will operate from Linyi in Shandong province in China to Gwadar Port in Pakistan was put into operation on 30th April. The train will pass via Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Linyi ...Read More

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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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Sweden introduces 730m-long freight trains

Regular operation of 730m-long freight trains began in Sweden on April 28, following the completion of a multi-annual project by infrastructure manager Trafikverket to accommodate longer trains. Hector Rail is now operating 730m-long freight trains on the Hallsberg/Katrineholm - Malmö ...Read More

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Rail freight spend eases pressure in Melbourne area

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

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Freight train plans in York region

There are plans to increase freight traffic on certain routes, such as the one running through Thornhill and other York Region cities, in order to improve commuter services in other areas. A local residents' association is in full support of ...Read More

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China rail freight falls 9 per cent in Q1

China's rail freight volume fell 9.0 percent in the first quarter of 2016 from a year earlier to 791 million tonnes, the country's economic planner said on last week. For March, the amount of cargo moved by rail freight declined ...Read More

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£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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China Shipping co negotiates with Greek companies for Athens freight terminal

A Chinese shipping conglomerate is in advanced talks with a Greek real estate developer and logistics provider, about jointly bidding to build and operate a rail freight terminal near Athens, a Greek newspaper reported. Greece has launched a tender for ...Read More

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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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First freight train links China to France

A direct freight train linking Wuhan in central China and Lyons in France began operation on Wednesday 6 April. The train, loaded with mechanical, electronic and chemical products, left China through Alataw Pass in Xinjiang, the westernmost Chinese region, and ...Read More

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Freight at Baltic terminal declines 1.1% in Q1

The freight turnover of the terminals of the Estonian freight transit operator Transiidikeskus AS in the first quarter totaled 639,000 tons, 1.1% less than in the previous year. The Muuga container terminal of Transiidikeskus handled 48,400 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) ...Read More

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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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Scotland government unveils new rail freight strategy

Scotland's Transport Minister Derek Mackay has launched the government's new rail freight strategy called 'Delivering the Goods.' The strategy aims to make the country's rail freight sector competitive and sustainable for meeting the demands of modern markets, as well as ...Read More

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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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Norwegian rail freight operator ceases operations

Open-access rail freight operator Cargolink of Norway ceased operations on February 11 after the company's board decided to file for insolvency. Founded in 2008, the company operated freight trains across Norway, including regular intermodal services from the terminal at Alnabru ...Read More

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TfL creates freight holding areas

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

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Air freight firms get rebates from Changi

In Singapore the challenging outlook for the global air freight industry has prompted Changi Airport Group to offer about $14 million in rebates for firms in the industry. A one-time rebate for cargo carriers, and firms helping companies organise air ...Read More

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UK Deep Water Ports will weigh Freight Containers

More of the country’s deep water ports have revealed their plans for assisting shippers in the weighing of containers which will be a mandatory requirement for all box freight consignments from 1 July. Lack of a verified container weight document ...Read More

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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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Poland-Russia permits dispute threatens EU freight trade

Freight traffic between the EU and Russia is under threat. After an agreement allowing Polish trucks to ship cargo to and from Russia expired at the end of January, Polish freight vehicles are now banned from crossing the border. Negotiations ...Read More

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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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Freight Forwarders Will Continue to Face Big Challenges

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

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China rail freight volumes post largest annual decline

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

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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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Government asked to consider maritime for freight

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

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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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Norway Power Dispute over gas exports

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

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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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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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China rail freight continues to decline

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

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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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Increased Railfreight capacity at Port of Felixstowe

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

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Shipping container freight rates jump

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

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Schiphol streamlines freight forwarding

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

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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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Tianjin blast increases air freight demand

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

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Broken down freight train delays commuters

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

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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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Changes ahead for Freight Forwarding

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

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Man uninjured after being run over by freight train

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

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Largest Ever Freight Shipment of Fuel Biomass Arrives

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

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Home Secretary praises freight industry

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

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Britain to build ‘secure zone’ for freight traffic

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

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‘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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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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China cargo carriers merge to form huge freight company

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

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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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Freight Forwarders urge an end air freight surcharges

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

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Benefits of rail freight

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

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Report: Are environmental savings from rail freight being underestimated?

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

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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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USA February meat exports lower

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

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Petition opposing St Albans rail freight sale

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

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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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Air freight symposium in Shanghai

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

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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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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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Air Freight has Slow Start

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

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Chinese freight train carries Christmas toys and olive oil

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

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Road Freight would increase without new airport capacity

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

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Airport Expansion – Air Freight Report

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

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Extra London airport capacity vital to freight

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

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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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Air Freight Event

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

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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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Everywoman Freight Awards

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

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Freight Service Awards

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

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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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Now Calais migrants threaten imports

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

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Government rejects call for Queensland Rail to ship freight

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

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10 freight forwarders fined

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

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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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Pharma shippers turn to sea freight for reliability

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

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Passenger delays after freight train breaks down

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

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Rail Freight Group Lunch

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

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Nordic Air Cargo Event

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

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First freight train from China arrives in Spain

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

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Record Container Shipments at Grangemouth

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

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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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Heathrow calls for expansion as freight grows

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

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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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USA Onion exports suffer

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

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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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Freight industry reaction to airport decision

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

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Taiwan Measures to Increase Export Trade

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

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Rail Freight Decision legal challenge

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

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Rail freight: St Albans District Council to challenge permission

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

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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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Air Freight Good News

A four times weekly air freight service from Hong Kong to Paris to meet demand from French importers has been announced by a leading freight forwarding company. American Airlines and US Airways Cargo have produced May tonnage figures showing a ...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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IATA release new data on air freight

Air freight growth has improved from a year ago, but high jet fuel prices and weakness in yields continue to hamper financial performance, according to recent data published by IATA. Consumers in Europe and the US are becoming more confident, ...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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Influx of freight trains due to widened canal

The number of freight trains passing through Florida could more than double after a widened Panama Canal opens. The wider canal and new shipping lane will allow massive new mega-ships to pass through in early 2016, increasing the volume of ...Read More

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China freight volumes continue to rise

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

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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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Freight Forwarders Vietnam Fears

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

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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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New Freight Service from Container Shipping Groups

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

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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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China Railway Corp freight rise expected

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

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International Freight Forwarding Group stresses Logistics Importance

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

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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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Air freight growth for Middle East carriers

IATA statistics show that Middle Eastern carriers reported the largest increase in air cargo growth in November 2013, compared to the same month in the previous year. Middle Eastern carriers reported a 16.5 per cent jump in air freight, measured ...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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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 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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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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Chennai airport losing freight revenue

The air freight station (AFS) at Chennai airport which was launched nearly five years ago has still not been put to effective use, say cargo agents and officials of Airports Authority of India (AAI). This has led to a delay ...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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More US cars Shipping to China

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

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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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