Trade Route

Summer 'truce' halts SNCM strike

SNCM

Ferry operator’s parent company offers to sell its controlling stake for €1

UPDATE: France eyes court administration of SNCM as strike goes on

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Company’s freight and passenger services to North Africa and Corsica remain at standstill

UK regulator confirms ban on MyFerryLink

France condemns decision on Channel ferry operator, although Eurotunnel subsidiary could continue operating under new ownership

Box carriers target intra-Asia boom

Regional traffic now 20% of world container trade, with further boost expected from ASEAN Economic Community launch next year

Indian shippers eye Le Havre as EU trade gateway

Country’s foreign trade policy gradually moving towards Haropa ports as a distribution hub for northwest Europe, claims trade representative

CKYHE looks to expand into US trades

Box line alliance requests permission from FMC to begin discussions

East-west freight rates continue to fall

Asia to Europe prices are down for a second week but remain ahead on-year

Heightened security alert in Kenya to impact freight?

Security at Mombasa Port stepped up last year

Asia-West Africa twelve vessel service launched

Weekly direct service operated by MOL Liner, Evergreen Line and COSCO Container Lines will commence from June 2014

DFDS to close Harwich-Esbjerg ferry route

New sulphur rules to put strain on operating costs

Ro-ro operator Transfennica in Portsmouth service

Service to offer direct Spain-UK connection

New services for Bristol

Cronus Logistics inaugurates Irish Sea connections

NileDutch and PIL announce Asia-West Africa tie-up

Carriers will combine two existing services into a new single loop

MSC launches new Asia-West Africa service

More direct calls will cut out the need to tranship and aims to reduce transit times

Another lost year?

Carriers struggle with sluggish growth and there are fears peak season may not happen

Advice and Insight

Giant in the Gulf of Mexico

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Veracruz, in south-central Mexico, is ideally placed to serve Mexico City as well as the industrial north of the country, and rail is a vital ingredient

Negotiating the red tape for fast-growing trade

New York is a major hub for imports and exports, and “having a British connection always helps,” says Gary Waller, chairman of the Alliance Shipping Group

A hub for South Africa and well beyond

South Africa offers the most ‘westernised’, developed infrastructure when compared with other parts of Africa, but shipping goods into the country and beyond still means coping with poor inland transport links, complex paperwork and some significant security risks

Gateway to Russia

Geoff Edwards, European logistics director for Mortrans, provides insight into moving freight through St. Petersburg, Russia, for the launch of the Lloyd's Loading List.com St. Petersburg trade hub

People

Allport elevates HR head to main board

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Forwarder says human resources key to success and ‘should have a voice at the highest level’

Maersk announces senior Asia Pacific appointments

Lars Mikael Jensen becomes regional CEO from 1 September

Maersk Line appoints new southeast Asia executive

18-year shipping veteran flies in from Africa

Hellmann UK appoints new head of air freight

Move comes as the business reports strong first-quarter performance

Have Your Say

The long, slow price quote

Zvi Schreiber, CEO of Freightos

Forwarders are losing out on new business due to out-dated back-end systems and a silo mentality, says Zvi Schreiber, CEO of Freightos

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

A unique logistic proposition?

A senior shipping advisor contributes his thoughts on the new Liverpool2 terminal

Asia/Europe traffic again

Ingvar Bergman discusses liner operators and GRIs