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China’s New Restrictions on Hazardous Cargo in Response to Explosion at Port of Tianjin

Wed. 9 Sep 2015
COSCO has outlined new restrictions on hazardous cargo for ports in China in response to the explosion at the Port of Tianjin.

3D-printed fake seals used to mask cargo thefts

Mon. 7 Sep 2015
Cargo thieves have used 3D printers to make fake security seals to hide when a shipment has been compromised.

Air Freight Demand Falls in July

Fri. 4 Sep 2015
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing a fall in air cargo demand in July compared to the same month last year. Air freight volumes measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) fell 0.6%, in line with weaker global economic growth.

The proposed merger of Cosco and CSCL could spark further container consolidation

Wed. 2 Sep 2015
Hot on the heels of one government-backed carrier being reportedly being put up for sale (Singapore's NOL), China is preparing to merge two if its state-owned shipping entities, China Cosco and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL).

Chinese government strengthens regulations - Update

Tue. 1 Sep 2015
Following the Tianjin disaster there are sporadic reports of which ports have introduced new restrictions or other working practices.

Liner reliability slips for first time in 6 months

Tue. 1 Sep 2015
Breaking a run of six consecutive months of improvement, container service reliability across the three main East-West trades declined in July, falling by 4.0 percentage points from June to 73.3%, according to Carrier Performance Insight (http://cpi.drewry.co.uk), the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.

Safer Lorry Scheme

Mon. 17 Aug 2015
In a further step towards the Mayor of London and TfL's ambition to see the Capital's roads free from death and serious injury, the Safer Lorry Scheme has been launched in collaboration with London Councils and Heathrow Airport.

Calais disruption reveals the need for UK businesses to adopt strong risk strategies, says Crimson & Co

Tue. 11 Aug 2015
The continuing disruption British businesses face from the Calais crisis highlights the need for strong risk strategies, says Nick Miller, head of FMCG at global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co. In light of this, Miller urges all businesses to carry out a thorough review of their risks strategies in order to avoid future disruptions.

Suez Canal expansion now open

Mon. 10 Aug 2015
One year after the announcement of a development programme, Egypt’s expanded Suez Canal is open for business.

TT Club warns of liability issues due to Calais crisis

Thu. 6 Aug 2015
As the political and humanitarian situation in Calais continues to unfold, the specialist freight transport insurer, TT Club provides a perspective on the implications for the freight and haulage industry and steps which operators can take to avoid heavy penalties from being caught carrying illegal immigrants. While focused on the current situation in Calais, the precautionary measures recommended are generally relevant.

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