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Congestion in China

Chinese ports are currently experiencing a serious congestion brought on by a number of factors. Bad weather such as fog and problems related to the establishment of new shipping alliances will soon pass. However in order to overcome other issues, implementation of some strategic planning will be required. On the surface it looks like Chinese main ports’ workload has been lightened as there aren’t
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Firms fearful of a Brexit cliff edge

Post-Brexit challenges awaiting logistics and freight companies were discussed in much detail during an annual “Keep Britain Trading” conference organised by FTA this month. The participants of the conference raised many concerns regarding the way that shipping industry will work post Brexit. British Port Asscosiation (BPA) chief executive Richard Ballantyne said the number one concern of his organisation’s UK port members was in the
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Transporting a life size sculpture of Capability Brown

In the summer of 2016 Unipac Shipping UK took on a project of transporting a life size sculpture of Capability Brown from China to France.   Laury Dizengremel, the highly-regarded international sculptor, was commissioned to carry out the work, based on the portrait by Richard Cosway. The statue was made in Laury’s studio in China and cast in the foundry used by Ai Wei-Wei.
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How do you move an oil platform from China to UK?

China’s largest semi-submersible ship “Xinguanghua” carrying a floating platform for oil production, storage and unloading, set sail from Shengsi County in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Saturday, 25th February towards North Sea Oil Field in the UK. The platform, also known as “Hope No.6” is the first of its kind built by China. It’s cylindrical in shape and can turn in all directions along
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Textiles sourcing moving back to Europe

European textiles buyers are increasingly switching their sourcing and supply chains back to Europe because of China’s rising labour, raw material, and energy costs. Although China remains a world leader in textiles and apparel with exports of $284 billion in 2015, wages there have been rising at an annual compound growth rate of more than 12% and are no longer cheap enough to compete
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What does Brexit hold for the shipping industry?

The result of the EU referendum on June 23rd has brought many questions as to how the country and economy will be affected. One of them is what Brexit holds for the shipping industry and companies trading internationally. The truth is that at this stage it is impossible to predict the implications of the Leave vote. All will depend on the agreements that the
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Booming food exports after Brexit vote

In the third quarter of 2016 British food and drink companies recorded their best ever overseas sales as they cashed in on the falling Pound. Data published by Food and Drink Federation revealed that export of food and non-alcoholic drink totalled a record £3.4 billion between July and September – up 12.1 percent on a year ago. While EU countries remain the biggest recipient
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First “Silk Road” train from China arrives in London

The first freight train service from China arrived in London on Wednesday, January 18th completing its 18-day trip. The train originated in Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province, East China and terminated in London at Barking’s Eurohub freight terminal. The 7,400-mile journey passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before entering the UK via the Channel Tunnel. A number of different locomotives and
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200m pound loans package for Port of Dover

The expansion of a port is a step closer after a consortium of British and European lenders agreed a £200m package of loans.  The investors – including Allianz, RBS, Lloyds Bank and the European Investment Bank – have backed redevelopment of Dover’s Western Docks.   Allianz Global Investors has agreed to provide a £55m private placement bond; RBS and Lloyds Bank will each provide a
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Direct Regular Freight Route Between China And Europe Opens

The first freight train travelling from China to Latvia on the first regular direct freight route between the Asian superpower and Europe arrived at its destination on 5 November and will boost China’s imports and exports to the continent. Global Construction Review revealed that the service will be run by China Railway Express, a company established specifically to operate direct freight services between the
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