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Open for business! London Gateway UK’s newest Port!

Its official! After more than a decade of planning and construction the wait is now over as London Gateway has officially opened its brand new state of the art terminals for business! Costing £1.5billion and located in Thurrock, Essex, the port is 20 miles down the River Thames from London, and will be the UK’s second largest capable of accommodating the largest cargo ships
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Sea freight rates take an unexpected tumble for October!

Asia-Europe market rates have taken an unexpected tumble for October, so it would be a good time to get your bookings in before they start rising again for November sailings. Some carriers are forecasting increases up to $900 per teu next month. Usually this time of year there is an increase in freight rates as China shuts down for their national holidays, however this
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Mercy Mission as London Gateway welcomes Zim Rotterdam!

London Gateway, Britain’s newest deep sea Port and Logistic Park has opened its non operational state of the art terminal to welcome fire damaged Zim Rotterdam as she enters the UK after her traumatic voyage. The 10,000 teu ship was diverted to London Gateway from Felixstowe at short notice on Friday 13 September and is the largest ever cargo vessel to enter the Thames
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China hits importers/exporters with VAT on Freight Rates

As from 1st August 2013 China have announced a tax scheme which imposes 6% VAT onto the freight industry, this VAT will affect both air freight and sea freight rates for freight which is paid at origin China. Ocean rates agreed in the UK will remain unaffected, as these rates are negotiated and paid in the UK. What does this mean to you the importer/exporter?
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Rise in Asia-Europe box volumes expected Mid September

Shipping lines are expecting a surge in volumes on the Asia-Europe trade in the coming weeks, which will support attempts to increase prices on the trade in mid-September. The reason behind these expectations is the rush as Far East suppliers export goods from China ahead of the National Day holiday, which runs from October 1 to October 7 2013. China import export will also
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Zim Rotterdam Update

As of today 4 September 2013, the Zim Rotterdam is back on route on Suez Canel with a new estimated day of arrival now Saturday 14 September 2013 into Felixstowe Port UK.


Zim Rotterdam on Fire!

It seems to be one vessel disaster after another this summer.  The latest being the Zim Rotterdam which caught fire between 23-27 August on route from Port Klang to Felixstowe. Due to arrive into Felixstowe Port on 4th September, the vessel has now berthed at Sokhna Port for further investigation and necessary repairs. This is expected to take a few days, and will now
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Introducing the Tworty Box!

Protoyopes of a new generation of shipping container have recently made their successful maiden voyage while being shipped from Hamburg to Montreal and back again. The Tworty boxes have been developed by Hamburg based engineering company TWORTY BOX GmbH & Co. KG, to significantly reduce the shipment of ‘containerised air’ they say approximately 20% of all worldwide shipped containers are empty, hence cost effective
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Ship Wreck – Container Ship Sinks

5 year old container ship MOL Comfort split in two on June 17 off the coast of Yemen as it sailed to Europe from Asia after suffering catastrophic cracks to the hull during bad weather. The ship’s stern section eventually sank on June 27 before any salvage operation was attempted. The crew of 26—11 Russians, one Ukrainian and 14 Filipinos—abandoned the ship and was rescued
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Worlds Largest Container Ship – named!

The worlds first Triple-E vessel has been christened Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, in a ceremony at the Daewoo shipbuilding and marine engineering shipyard in Okpo, South Korea. The largest ship in the world, was named after the late Mærsk Mc-Kinney Moller, who passed away in April 2012 at the age of 98 by his youngest daughter “I name you Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller,” she said. “As
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