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CMA CGM to buy OPDR

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Short-sea operator focuses on container shipping and door-to-door logistics linking North Europe, the Canary Islands, the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco

Farmers block Marseille Fos box terminal

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Protest around container facility and Distriport logistics zone ‘causing serious disruption’ to HGV traffic entering and leaving the area

Russian imports drop as impact of sanctions bites

Traffic levels of containerised, bulk, general cargo, vehicles, and project cargo through St Petersburg depressed in recent months

Pacific Northwest ports urge Obama to resolve west coast contract row

Seattle and Tacoma bosses call on the president to send federal mediators

Air News

CEVA makes headway on e-AWB implementation

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Penetration of key air freight digitalisation target exceeds 20% across global network

Asia-Europe air freight boosted by transpacific crunch

US west-coast surge also affecting capacity and pricing on other markets

Sea News

CMA CGM to buy OPDR

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Short-sea operator focuses on container shipping and door-to-door logistics linking North Europe, the Canary Islands, the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco

Farmers block Marseille Fos box terminal

Protest around container facility and Distriport logistics zone ‘causing serious disruption’ to HGV traffic entering and leaving the area

Road News

No justification for freight toll rises, says FTA Ireland

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Price hikes on Northern Ireland’s motorways affect trucks from Republic but not UK-registered lorries

Two dead bodies found in burned-out cross-channel lorry

Reports suggest individuals were migrants hidden in trailer when it accidentally caught fire

Rail News

Germany discreetly shelves plans for DB partial privatisation

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New report says ‘conditions currently not right’

Ruscon set to double Vostochniy-Moscow service

Intermodal route from Russian Pacific proving popular with shippers from China and south-east Asia

Logistics News

Toll to sell Asian groupage and express assets

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Australian group to raise A$100 million from “non-core” activities, although international forwarding businesses remain core

China’s forwarders face strong growth challenge

Annual expansion of 7-8% expected, with government set to introduce ‘more free-market policies to promote international forwarding’

Technology News

Dutch shippers trial digital bill of lading signatures

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Netherlands becomes first country to offer standardised electronic receipt of goods by mobile phone

Tech ‘big hitter’ joins freight automation firm

Former head of strategy at online travel leader Priceline, Robert Mylod, joins Freightos board of directors

Trade Route News

Russian imports drop as impact of sanctions bites

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Traffic levels of containerised, bulk, general cargo, vehicles, and project cargo through St Petersburg depressed in recent months

DFDS may withdraw from Dover-Calais if MyFerryLink ban not upheld

Low rates sucking in volumes on the route

Advice and Insight

Chicago - a key commercial transport hub

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US remains Alliance Shipping Group’s biggest market

St. Petersburg food imports decline

Imports of meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables have dropped due to an embargo on food imports, resulting in higher local prices for imported goods

Driver CPC examined

DVSA has issued 80 fixed penalties to HGV drivers at the roadside for failure to provide evidence of having completed their Driver CPC training, since the law came into force

Global Freight Awards 2014 winners announced

Freight and logistics professionals celebrate the industry’s high achievers at prestigious London event

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Pall-Ex recruits former Palletline MD

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Kevin Buchanan joins rival as managing director with immediate effect

Panalpina poaches K+N executive for Global Ops role

Main task to be turnaround of loss-making activities

Norbert Dentressangle appoints group HR director to executive board

Ludovic Oster will lead the incorporation of the 5,000-strong US company Jacobson, which ND acquired in August

FedEx Express reshuffles Asia Pacific management

Regional head David Cunningham returns to Memphis HQ to become COO

Have Your Say

Competition implications of 2M and mega-alliances

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Higher vessel utilisation of ultra-large containerships will give participants a strong hand, but improving profitability ‘involves much more’, analysts argue

Driver shortages are no surprise

Robert Jervis, director of freight and logistics exhibition Multimodal, says the profession has lost much of the appeal it once had

Pack it in! We mean it.

TT Club’s risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, highlights the dangers of badly packed containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs) and welcomes the attention the subject is getting internationally

Drivers can face penalties for illegal immigrants

Concern continues as number of clandestines stowing away in vehicles increases, reports Rothera Dowson solicitors