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FRANCE GETS TOUGH ON FOREIGN DRIVERS

Sep 22 2016
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French authorities have introduced new regulations for all foreign-based drivers undertaking transport operations to or from France. This new law states that the driver must receive no less than the French minimum wage which is currently €9.67 per hour. The driver must carry a certificate in French, issued by a representative in France, providing details of the Employer, employee and the named representative, as well as a copy of their contract of employment. Failure to comply will result in large penalties of up to €2,000 per employee, and up to €4,000 per year for a repeat offence. The total penalty that can be incurred is €500,000. Since many UK haulage and shipping companies sub-contract work to foreign drivers this new law could see haulage rates to and from France increase over time.

AIR FREIGHT GROWTH FOR JULY

Sep 02 2016
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Air cargo markets saw modest growth in July with year-on-year (YOY) weight growth of 1.8 per cent worldwide, according to WorldACD Market Data.The analyst says the industry “did not consolidate the upswing witnessed in June” – when there was YOY growth of almost three per cent. WorldACD says while the southern hemisphere origins of Africa and Central and South America suffered falls of 1.2 per cent and 1.8 per cent, respectively, other origin areas showed growth ranging from 0.2 per cent in Europe to 3.7 per cent in Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific it explains looks to be on its way to “reclaim the position of air cargo’s engine” as Europe is losing a bit of its recent verve. In terms of yields, measured in US dollars, the worldwide yield remained stable month-over-month (MoM). Only Europe and North America had a yield drop compared to June, but all other origin areas showed a slight increase. WorldACD says for the year 2016 through July, US dollar yi ...

CONTAINER RATES REMAIN VOLATILE

Sep 01 2016
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There is no end in sight to freight rate fluctuations as lines struggle to develop strategies that improve the sector’s stability and cut excess capacity, according to the latest report from Drewry. The analyst’s Global Freight Rate Index - a weighted average of spot container freight rates across all major routes except intra-Asia - dropped to an all-time low of $1,113 per 40ft container in April. But gradual gains in subsequent months were followed by a 13% increase in July when the Index climbed to $1,403 per 40ft box. The increase over April-July was due to the cancellation of unprofitable services and successful efforts by lines to hike rates. Drewry said “dismally low” rates on some North-South trades were also now showing signs of reversal with the start of the peak season.

WORLDS LARGEST AIRCRAFT

Aug 16 2016
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The maiden flight of the worlds largest aircraft was delayed last week. Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) expected its airship Airlander 10 to take off from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire last Sunday (August 14) but last-minute technical hitches have forced a postponement. The helium-filled Airlander 10 measures 302ft (92m) long, approxiamtely 50ft longer than the biggest passenger jets in the skies today. The US military version of the Airlander, from which HAV took over the design after the project was abandoned in 2012 - did manage a test flight in New Jersey. The Airlander 10 - and planned the larger Airlander 50 which will be able to carry 50 tonnes - is being pitched for a range of commercial uses, including cargo transport, surveillance and tourism. Cargocall UK Ltd visited the site in April last year and met with the senior management team with a view to support the project with cargo loading. Cargocall directors are also founder members of the Airlander Club. 

AMAZON'S FIRST BRANDED AIRCRAFT UNVEILED

Aug 11 2016
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Amazon unveiled its first ever branded freighter aircraft during Seafair’s Air Show, an annual community celebration taking place in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle.

AIR FREIGHT IMPROVEMENTS

Aug 05 2016
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After a slow start to 2016, the air cargo industry picked up in June, according to the latest figures from WorldACD, with worldwide chargeable weight improving by 2.7%, year over year (YoY). The air cargo data specialist noted the upturn in June was largely caused by a strong showing of the Asia Pacific region, which grew by 7.1% in incoming and by 6.6% in outgoing air cargo. Europe as a destination continued to do well (+4.8% YoY), but Africa and Central & South America fell back. With a drop of almost 11%, African imports were particularly hard hit. North America’s performance was stable, while the Middle East & South Asia (MESA) region was similar, though a performance below the other areas in the northern hemisphere. Most product categories grew in June more or less in line with general cargo, except pharma, which showed an increase of over 10%. Thanks to this growth, with pharma yields well above average, the overall US dollar-yield in June remained stable, month on ...

INCREASE IN IDLE SHIPS

Aug 04 2016
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Recent decisions by a number of carrier alliances to suspend two transpacific loops at the start of the peak season, rather than at the end of it, was a signal that containership idling was on the rise, according to analysts at Drewry Research Services.

VGM LACKING HARMONISATION

Jul 27 2016
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The introduction of new verified gross mass (VGM) international container-weighing rules on 1 July may not have caused much disruption but there are concerns that the ruling has not been fully and fairly implemented everywhere. There is still concern that the majority of IMO member countries haven't issued guidance or regulations yet - a concerned voiced by Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy at the US-based National Retail Federation. Adding that there is little harmonisation. European shippers said they were being exposed to unfair charges by forwarders and lines as a result of the rules. These concerns were voiced by The Global Shippers Alliance (GSA), which represents the logistics interests of manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers from Asia, the European Union and the United States. GSA claimed that regulations and related investments that contributed to a safer and more secured supply chain were now being misused ...

AMAZON DRONE TESTS AHEAD

Jul 26 2016
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Amazon is partnering with the UK Government to explore the steps needed to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality, allowing Amazon to trial new methods of testing its delivery systems. A cross-Government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has provided Amazon with permissions to explore three key innovations: beyond line of sight operations in rural and suburban areas, testing sensor performance to make sure the drones can identify and avoid obstacles and flights where one person operates multiple highly-automated drones. “The UK is a leader in enabling drone innovation — we've been investing in Prime Air research and development here for quite some time,” said Paul Misener, Amazon's VP of Global Innovation Policy and Communications. He added: “This announcement strengthens our partnership with the UK and brings Amazon closer to our goal of using drones to safely deliver parcels in 30 minutes to customers in the UK and elsewhe ...

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