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A wake up call from Amazon

Amazon has recently announced that it has signed a five to seven year lease for 20 cargo planes. As Amazon has grown, and especially it has built out its lucrative Prime business, taking control of its logistics chain has been seen as key to cost cutting and on-time delivery. Amazon’s growth has been about 30% per year while logistics costs have been going up
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Rotterdam – the port of the future

The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest seaport. Last year it handled 466m tonnes of cargo, more than double the amount of Europe’s second port, Antwerp. The endless shifts in the size and composition of these flows provide an instant indicator of the state of the world economy. And the trends that are transforming the port’s operations—automation and the shift away from fossil fuels—give
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New Customs Rules Coming in 2016

New EU Customs rules are coming into force next May. Changes are being made in order to streamline and modernise customs procedures, to realise paperless and more efficient transactions. Changes include the criteria for “authorised economic operator” (AEO), and will relate to competence and professional qualifications rather that only experience in the field. Another point is the binding tariff information (BTI), which creates legal
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Iran to Hold Potential for Freight Firms

With its Nuclear Agreement, Iran is about to open up for international economy. This is good news not only for the Iranians, but also for freight firms. The country offers great opportunities for businesses, especially in oil and gas, high-tech and automotive. Logistics benefits from Irans good transport infrastructure and the need to improve their airspace field. But this is not the only area
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China’s Land Bridge Rail Route Hits Air Cargo

Beijing’s rail routes will hit airlines flying cargo between China and Europe hard. “One Belt, One Road” connects China to Southeast Asia, Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Trains depart two times per week from Shenzhen, a central hub that brings Cargo from most industrial areas of China, to Hamburg with a transit of 15-16 days. Costs are up to ten times more than
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Heathrow Airport plans to Double Cargo Capacity

Heathrow Airport has outlined plans to double its cargo capacity in a bid to enhance its submission for approval to build a third runway. With 65% of air freight already travelling via Heathrow, it is UK’s main air freight hub, but with only 2% spare capacity it is almost at its limit. Heathrow’s reorganisation plans involve climate-controlled cargo environments as well as faster, more
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The closure of the Port of Dover crippling UK trade

In the last few weeks we have all witnessed how a small group of French workers have caused big trouble to Kent and UK economy. Around one hundred MyFerryLink employees blockaded Calais terminal and burned tyres on the train tracks in protest at a potential 600 job losses. Operation stack started on 23rd June and has been on and off since then crippling transport
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Business as usual in Scotland says BIFA

Following the decision by Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom, the trade association that represents freight forwarders throughout the UK, says that it is business as usual. British International Freight Association (BIFA) director general, Robert Keen said: “The decision to vote against independence has removed a period of huge uncertainty for our members. They can now get on with doing what they do
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Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal Approved

The development of the Daventry  international rail freight terminal has been approved and confirmed. The owners of the site plan to build and develop a new rail interchange and warehousing that will cover approximately 850 acres. The project has received the green light, following a public enquiry, from the Department of Transport. Remaining planning will now be dealt with by the Daventry District Council.
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