Category Archives: Freight Forwarding

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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3D printing used to disguise cargo theft

According to the security information service SecuringIndustry.com, criminals are using 3D printing technology to create fake cargo security seals and other security devices to disguise cargo thefts. The 3D technology allowed thieves to make counterfeit copies of devices such as ISO 17712 high security cargo seals and locks in as little as 10 minutes, allowing them to hide signs of tampering and make it
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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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Airfreight Backlogs at China Gateways

The current backlogs at China’s main airfreight hubs Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou will continue at least into next week. For now, there are delays of 3-4 days at most airports. The situation at Guangzhou is worse; here, delays of 7-8 days are to expect, apart from “first class carriers”, which are also delayed by 3-4 days. As the forwarders expect the delays to
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Self-Driving Trucks will Affect Logistics Industry

The Supply Chain Industry is one of the trailblazers when it comes to technology. No wonder we can forecast how self driving vehicles will affect the Supply Chain. The most obvious benefit is lower costs due to fewer truck drivers. But there are other advantages that improve efficiency and can lower the cost by as much as 40% per kilometre! Self-driving trucks reduce driver
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Migrant Crisis Causing Trouble for Road Freight

The ongoing migrant crisis is causing more and more problems to freight forwarders. Last week, workers at the Port of Calais went on strike and set off a standstill for two days. They demanded more personnel as they are confronted with increasing numbers of migrants at the port. For now, they suspended their strike and are in negotiations with their management. Also, new border
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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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Protect your Cargo!

Here at Unipac we understand the importance of your shipment and will endeavour to get your goods delivered safely, securely and on time. To give you complete peace of mind Marine Freight Insurance will cover your shipment from collection point through to final destination. Shipping insurance will usually cover the full value of the cargo without any excess. Remember – insurance is not compulsory and you
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Is Less More?

So, you have sourced your product and are ready begin import procedures to bring your goods in from overseas. Now you need to decide on the quantity of items to purchase from your supplier. Depending on which method of transport you are looking to get your goods delivered, smaller quantities do not necessarily mean smaller freight charges. Whether by sea, air or road, minimum
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BANG.. on Time!

With a large majority of our business being returning import and export customers, it’s always a pleasure to welcome aboard new customers! This week we have secured new import business with a successful UK balloon company who are importing balloons into the UK from Poland. The first shipment came in via courier. Transit time from door to door was next day. Impressive service from
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