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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The first remote-controlled cargo boat crosses the North Sea

The Mersea Island oysters received by Belgian customs officials crossed the North Sea on a high-tech boat making the first cargo-carrying sea crossing without a crew on board. The 12m (29 ft) Sea-Kit designed and built in Britain, travelled through some of the world’s busiest shipping routes to demonstrate the abilities of uncrewed vessels. Larger versions are expected to be in service by the
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First China-Europe road freight trip completed

After more than six months of preparation, CEVA Logistics Greater China has sent the first ever road freight shipment from Khorgos, China via Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus to Poland (7000 km journey) using the international customs transit system TIR. The trial run was successfully operated as a joint initiative between CEVA Logistics, the International Road Transportation Union (IRU), and CEVA’s partners Alblas and Jet-rail.
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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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US imposes new tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods

The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing. These will apply to almost 6,000 items. Many everyday goods such as handbags, luggage, furniture, textiles and wool will be included. The list also covers food items such as frozen cuts of meat, many different types of fish, fruit, cereal and rice. Products that
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“No deal” Brexit proposals to keep ships and vehicles moving

The new government papers on “no deal” Brexit include advice on a number of maritime issues, such as seafarers certificates and safety and security notices for ship and cargo. It also contains briefing on wider transport policy preparations, such as drivers licences, haulage permits and vehicle notices. The British Ports Association (BPA) has welcomed new UK government proposals to help ensure maritime vessels and
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ONE – Freightliner rail deal to reduce carbon footprint

The newly formed container shipping company, Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming (G&W), have signed a contract for guaranteed rail wagon capacity on the main intermodal routes in the United Kingdom. By switching from road to rail, the new contract will see 118,320 road miles per day removed from the UK roads, reducing greenhouse gasses by 67% in
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CHINA CUSTOMS ADVANCED MANIFEST (CCAM) REGULATION UPDATE

The General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GAC) to improve the capability to detect suspicious shipments prior to their physical entrance into China, has made an adjustment to the manifest rules for all imports and exports sea and air shipments in the country. On the 1 June 2018 the new rule regarding electronic manifest submissions timing for all shipments transiting
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