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The UK Chamber of Shipping launches "A Maritime Nation" programme with ITN Productions

Mon. 14 Sep 2015
95% of UK international trade is transported by sea, but what does the future hold for Britain's historic shipping industry? The UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association and voice for the UK shipping industry with around 150 members from across the maritime sector, has launched "A Maritime Nation", a news and current affairs-style programme produced in partnership with ITN Productions.

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.

‘Sally Traffic’ to host BIFA Freight Service Awards

Mon. 7 Sep 2015
Truckers’ friend Sally Boazman is to host the British International Freight Association’s Freight Service Awards 2015 Ceremony in London next year.

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.

UK freight association sets date for conference to discuss two major issues set to impact international trade

Wed. 2 Sep 2015
The trade association that represents companies responsible for handling much of the UK’s visible trade is organising a one day conference to address two of the most pressing issues facing its members and international trade in general.

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.

Chinese government strengthens regulations

Thu. 20 Aug 2015
Following the explosion in Tianjin, China, there are unconfirmed reports that the Chinese Government has strengthened their present rules and introduced some new regulations concerning hazardous cargo.

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