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Golden Week and its impact on freight shipping

Golden Week commences on October 1st with China’s National Day, commemorating the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st, 1949. It is one of the most anticipated annual events on the calendar and the longest public holiday besides Chinese New Year. It is the time of travel and family gatherings. Unfortunately, as Golden Week falls during the peak season for global
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Volvo Exports from China to Europe by Rail

A China Railway Express train loaded with Volvo Cars’ XC 60 SUVs arrived in Ghent, Belgium, on July 4th after 18 days travelling 9,783 Km from Xi’an. The volume is forecast at 40,000 units a year based on several weekly rail services. Delivery is based on an integrated hybrid concept developed by automotive logistics company ARS Altmann and Intermodal Container Logistics Vienna (ICL). ARS
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World’s Largest Container Ship Enters Service – 23,000 TEU MSC Gulsun

New MSC Gülsün is the world’s largest container ship, in terms of TEU capacity, is set to embark on its maiden voyage Silk/AE10 on the 8th July 2019 from Xingang to reach DCT Gdansk on 23rd August 2019. The vessel is a representative of the Samsung 23000 project from the South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. in Geoje, with a gross tonnage
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Guide to EORI Numbers

What is an EORI number and why do you need one? You will need an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number that starts with GB to trade goods into and out of the UK. HM Revenue and Customs uses this number to identify you and collect duty on your goods. A UK EORI number starts with GB, followed by 12 digits. It will
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Freight Demand Will Triple by 2050

A major new OECD report states global freight demand is set to surge in the coming decades but will also be subject to disruptive factors. ITF Transport Outlook 2019 outlines a range of transport demand scenarios through to 2050 and concludes global freight demand will triple between 2015 and 2050, based on current demand growth rates. The report states: “The projected compound annual growth
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What Brexit Means for Hauliers

The UK is still currently part of the EU. Brexit is a staged process and is set down by Article 50 of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, which has never previously been invoked by another Member State.  After Article 50 was triggered and sent to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the UK and the EU negotiate future relations. The UK is
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Amazon Building European Air Network

DHL airline European Air Transport (EAT) and Ireland-based ASL Aviation Group (which acquired TNT Airways and its fleet of cargo aircraft in 2016) are reported to be operating pan-European flights for Amazon in the initial stages in building a dedicated European air network. European Air Transport (EAT) is flying during the day exclusively for Amazon with its B757 freighters serving the East Midlands, Paris
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Djibouti Port Aims to Become Africa’s Heart of Shipping

The small coastal nation, located at the mouth of the red sea, hopes it can one day become Africa’s heart of shipping. Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania already have much larger and busier ports. Despite this, Djibouti is aiming to become a gateway to Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region. Over 90% of the goods handled by Djibouti Port go to
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Most Imports Tariff-Free Under No-Deal Brexit Plan

The government has announced that most imports into the UK would not attract a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit in a 1,477 page document. Currently 80% of imports are tariff free, but under a temporary scheme 87% of imports by value would be eligible for zero-tariff access. The new tariff regime would mark a shift in favour of products from non-EU
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Germany Opens First “eHighway” Enabling Trucks To Draw Power From Overhead Cables

Germany has opened its first section of “eHighway”, allowing hybrid cargo trucks to charge their batteries while travelling. The German government introduced the technology on 6-miles of Autobahn near Frankfurt. The “e-Highway” uses 670-volt direct-current overhead cables that enable electric trucks to draw power and recharge their batteries on the move. The ‘electrified innovative heavy traffic on the Autobahn’, also known as the ‘Elisa’
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