Category Archives: Containers

Personal and household effects – a shipper’s guide

We have prepared these notes to assist you if you are shipping personal effects for the first time and are concerned about the processes and what happens after you have booked your shipment with us. Packing your Effects Many people think that because they are shipping their cargo in a metal container their cargo may be adequately protected. The fact is that whilst a shipping
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Digitisation of the Dangerous Goods supply chain

The international Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced advances for the implementation of the e-Dangerous Goods Declaration (e-DGD) standards. The e-DGD is an electronic approach to manage the IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration, leveraging industry initiatives to digitalise data and embrace data sharing platform principles. This aligns with and supports industry initiatives to modernise air cargo processes efficiently and share critical data among stakeholders that
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Air and Ocean Freight Prices reach Record Differentials

The gap between Air and Ocean freight rates widens more and more. The price differentials have now reached a record height. With sea freight rates being low for several weeks already and air freight rates raising more and more towards end-of-year peak season, it has now reached double the norm. Air freight rates have been quite stable, with peak-season and capacity restrictions. On the contrary,
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UK Retailers – Are You Ready For Christmas Shipping Challenges?

Retailers in the UK planning to use container shipping to ensure that their customers get their Christmas purchases on time are apparently not adequately prepared for the challenges that the festive period brings with it. According to new research from Temando, 79 per cent of small to medium-sized enterprises are not prepared with regards to documentation, transfer to carriers, labelling and pick and pack,
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Additional Controls for Tianjin Imports

Importers may face increased scrutiny of products imported from the Tianjin area, affected by a nuclear blast last month. On 12 August, a chemical explosion occurred at the industrial centre named Bihhai New Area, where hazardous chemicals such as sodium cyanide were stored. The FDA in the US requires submission of documents of goods like human and animal food, human and animal drugs and
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Container haulage shortages disrupt UK supply chains

The UK is facing up to a major container haulage shortage that is disrupting the country’s supply chain. Some shipping lines and truckers are advising customers they are fully booked for the next two weeks. The situation is blamed on a number of factors such as underinvestment and surging demand but it is believed that a new EU directive requiring drivers to obtain a
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Maersk and MSC shipping lines sign an historic 10-year agreement

Maersk and MSC shipping lines have signed an historic 10-year agreement to share vessels. The shipping lines have embarked on an agreement, similar to airline code sharing. This news comes after China rejected the P3 agreement with the two carriers and the French carrier CMA-CGM based on concerns of forming a monopoly. The partners are now calling it the 2M agreement. Both European and
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Container washes up on UK Shore!

A fourth Maersk shipping container has been discovered off Devon on the southwest UK coast. The lost cargo has been washed up after falling off the Svenborg Maersk in the Bay of Biscay during stormy weather, last month and was spotted off Start Point in Devon. All 4 containers have found their way to UK shores. The contents of the latest shipping container are
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Logistics and its role for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

With more than 5,500 athletes from more than 80 countries, over 1,350 Paralympic athletes from over 44 countries, 25,000 volunteers and 12,000 media representatives attending, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, has seen a huge logistical challenge to ensure pallets and packages are transported from countries all over the world to one central location.  The goods have been shipped by sea, air, rail and road,
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Containers Overboard!

As the UK takes a complete battering with high winds and flood warnings, the knock on effect is causing havoc with our UK port operations. Gale force winds are making it impossible for the cranes to operate, causing delays and heavy back log. At the weekend a container ship sailing from  Le Havre to Port Said lost 14 containers overboard in strong winds and large swells.
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