Road

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

Dunkirk

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

Low-cost road haulage ‘a threat to domestic EU markets’

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Rise of east and central European firms will spread from international to national movements, France’s FNTR fears

Poland boosts position as EU’s leading international haulier

UK, French and Italian hauliers fail to make it into European Top 10

UK box haulage delays ‘set to continue’

Hapag-Lloyd implements measures to minimise impact on reliability and punctuality

DFDS vessel hits Dover harbour wall

Delays on Dunkirk service, although impact on freight unclear

Germany set to extend truck toll system

Government adopts parliamentary bill expanding satellite-based lorry-charging scheme and including 7.5-tonne vehicles

Calais steps up truck-protection measures

France announces new initiatives to prevent migrants targeting lorries in and around port

Calais intermodal terminal to offer ‘rail motorway’ service

UK trailer traffic targeted for link to Leipzig and in the longer term to Russia and China

French union calls one-day transport strike

Effects on freight of tomorrow’s national industrial action remain unclear

Short contracts protecting DSV from rate volatility

Forwarder says a move away from locked-in pricing is helping to avoid squeeze

DHL raising LTL prices by up to 5%

Groupage tariff increase in 2015 needed ‘to ensure high level of service quality’

Confidence ‘remains high’ within UK logistics

Most believe sector ‘in better shape than pre-recession’, but margin pressure and driver shortages remain concerns, survey finds

Japan-Europe intermodal launch from DHL

Global Forwarding business extends its China-Poland rail link across the East China Sea

TNT announces €185m European road network investment

Russia-EU crisis weakens yields, while air freight capacity ‘fully utilised’

Calais gets police reinforcements as migrant truck incidents escalate

France deploys 70 officers to provide round-the clock security for the port and its freight customers

Advice and Insight

Driver shortages are no surprise

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

Death of the tax disc but vehicle excise duty lives on

Direct debit will be introduced as a way to pay for vehicle tax, although the option will not be available to HGVs paying the Road User Levy

Secure your vehicle, or pay the penalty

“At the Port of Dover alone more than 900 lorry drivers were issued penalties for entering the UK with stowaways on board during 2012 and 2013,” reported the BBC

Call for data to be collated on illegal foreign vehicles

Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire claims the avoidance of such payments is costing the British taxpayer circa £3million per annum in lost revenue

People

Norbert Dentressangle appoints group HR director to executive board

Ludovic Oster

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

Niek van der Weide joins Cargolux

New EVP for sales and marketing returns to Europe following Qatar Airways role

Tech ‘big hitter’ joins freight automation firm

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

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