Non-stop flight from Perth to London

The first direct flight, on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Perth to London’s Heathrow Airport took off on Saturday 24th March carrying 200 passengers and 16 crew. It took 17 hours to travel 14,000 km (9,009 miles), the distance that separates these two cities. The Australian flag carrier’s CEO, Alan Joyce, referred to the earliest Qantas flights between Australia and the UK called “kangaroo
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Fire on board of Maersk Honam

The fire is continuing on the containership Maersk Honam three weeks after it began. The ship that carries 15,262 teus reported a serious fire in a cargo hold on 6th March en route from Singapore towards Suez, around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. A total of 22 crew members were safely evacuated to the nearby vessel ALS Ceres, but 5 crew members
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UK online SMEs confident in 2018 sales growth

According to recent Royal Mail’s survey 68% of UK SME online retailers currently sell overseas. 80% of them sell to Europe (mainly France, Germany and Spain), 35% to USA, 31% to Canada and 17% to Asia. Despite these figures there is still a keen appetite for exporting with almost two thirds aiming to increase international sales revenues in 2018. Increasing their social media presence,
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Chinese New Year tips for supply chain managers

  On 16th February Asian families and friends welcomed the Chinese New Year with fireworks, feasting and red envelopes. It’s the Year of the Dog, where intelligence, being straight-forward and a strong sense of responsibility are rewarded. We must remember though that every year, Chinese New Year plays havoc with international trade of every product moving in or out of Asia, with container rates
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Stink bugs threaten New Zealand car imports

The discovery of hundreds of brown marmorated stink bugs aboard cargo ships bringing cars from Japan to New Zealand mean that the car carriers are being turned away to be fumigated. According to the NZ Herald no facility in NZ can effectively treat the infested ships. Vehicle Importers Association chief executive David Vinsen says the car industry understands the danger to agriculture but it’s
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New restrictions on exports of surveillance equipment

The EU Parliament has voted recently to tighten export controls restricting the supply of surveillance and encryption technology to regimes with poor human rights records. The restrictions are the result of growing evidence that equipment being supplied by companies in Europe has been used by oppressive regimes to suppress political opponents, journalists and campaigners. The new law will apply to surveillance equipment including devices
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French authorities aiming to improve ports competitiveness

The French prime minister Edouard Phillipe said at a maritime conference at Le Havre that France needs to draw up a national strategy to make its ports more competitive in the global maritime industry. The authorities have designated three port systems of European and international importance to develop. They are Le Havre, Marseilles and Dunkirk. Mr Phillipe has designated key officials in the regions
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Air freight capacity crunch

In November the air freight sector has been confronted with a serious capacity crunch driven by high demand and insufficient extra-peak season supply. It has led to higher rates and cargo backlogs at several airports, especially in China. Surging cross-border demand triggered by the online retail event in China, “Singles Day” on November 11th led to traditional “hard” air freight being put aside because
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Tesla launching a battery-powered truck

Tesla has launched a battery-powered truck, which it claims will offer an extraordinary performance improvement, increased safety, lower overall costs and a better driver experience compared with diesel vehicles. It will be available in 2019. Without a trailer Tesla Semi achieves 0-60 mph in just 5 seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck. With a full 40 tonne load it does
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UPS plans £100m investment at East Midlands Airport

UPS is planning to invest more than £100 million in the construction of a new parcel sorting and delivery complex at East Midlands Airport (EMA), according to local media reports. EMA is already UPS’s biggest air hub in the UK and its second largest in Europe after Cologne. UPS’s spokesperson confirmed that planning permission had been submitted for expansion of their operations at the
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