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image: France road haulage international freight driver contract minimum wage rulesFreight Group Warns International Road Haulage Drivers of New Mandatory French Regulations
Minimum Wage Rules Mean With Immediate Effect Two Vital Documents Must be Carried in Cabs

01 July 2016
FRANCE – EUROPE – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has released an update to the enforcement of France’s minimum wage with regard to foreign transport vehicles entering the country. As of July 1, all road transport companies carrying out international journeys in and out of France or cabotage journeys within French territory will need to fill out the ‘Attestation relating to the posting of a worker’. The document has to be available in the cabin of foreign trucks that enter France for cabotage or international transport (only transit operations will not be covered), along with a copy of the work contract of the road haulage driver.
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image: Luxembourg Netherlands UK Canada Germany staff changes logistics air freight HR Cargolux DHL Kuehne + Nagel Change at the Top of Europe's Largest Freight Only Air Cargo Carrier Leads This Weeks HR Report
Staff Changes in the World of Logistics Start with High Flyer

30 June 2016
LUXEMBOURG – Cargolux President and Chief Executive Officer, Dirk Reich will be stepping down from his position from the end of July, citing personal reasons. Richard Forson, Executive Vice-President and CFO, has been nominated as the company’s new President and CEO with effect as of August 1. Forson joined the freight only airline in February 2012 and in August 2012, took over the CEO position on a temporary interim basis.
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image: London Heathrow air freight Gatwick transport logistics Patrick McLoughlin airport expansionAnother Delayed Heathrow Decision Offends Air Freight and Logistics Community
More Dallying as Expected from a Government in Transition

30 June 2016
UK – Following up on our story earlier this week on the future of the airport expansion in the South East, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced yet again a delay the decision until ‘at least October’. Freight industry associations in the UK have pleaded with the government over the past year asking for a formal decision and to choose either London Heathrow or Gatwick for expansion, and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned that this deferment ‘is bad news for the economy and will further erode confidence in Britain’s ability to compete in global markets’.
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image: Tanzania black rhino freight forwarding giant logistics ships endangered species Czech Republic DHL EliskaFreight Forwarding and Logistics Giant Ships Another Endangered Animal
Eastern European Bred Black Rhino Returns to the Land of Her Ancestors

30 June 2016
CZECH REPUBLIC – TANZANIA – Freight forwarding and logistics giant DHL says it has completed another landmark transportation project with the delivery of a black rhino from her birthplace in the Czech Republic to her species natural homeland in Tanzania. Three-year-old female Eliska was moved to a natural park in Tanzania as part of an ongoing conservation project run by the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, aimed at helping endangered animal populations to grow and prosper in their natural habitat. Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express, said:
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image: Germany France Singapore container shipping line ocean freight mergerMore Container Freight Shipping Line Mergers and Acquisitions
Consolidation is the Name of the Current Game

29 June 2016
GERMANY – MIDDLE EAST – FRANCE – SINGAPORE – WORLDWIDE – As consolidation and collaboration in the container shipping industry seems to be the way forward with overcapacity and falling rates continuing to plague the global sector, four giants of ocean box freight continue with merger plans. First up, Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) have reached an agreement on the terms and conditions of the possible merger between the two large shipping lines.
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image: Russia tonnes air freight forwarding turbine Sokol Airport Ust-Srednekanskaya hydroelectricProject Air Freight Forwarding Shipments Don't Come Much Bigger
Single Piece Weighs in at 85 Tonnes

29 June 2016
RUSSIA – As project air freight forwarding consignments go they don’t come much bigger than the turbine runner with tooling weighing 115 tonnes and destined for the Ust-Srednekanskaya hydroelectric power station which has just arrived safely at Sokol Airport in Magadan, Russia on board a Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ An-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ freighter. Preparations for the transportation of the huge 6 metre diameter turbine runner from St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport started in late 2015 in consultation with global power engineering company Power Machines which produced the runner, which alone weighs in at 85 tonnes, for the power station.
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image: UK London Heathrow airport air freight forwarding aviation capacity Heathrow Expansion - Air Freight Forwarding Community Speaks Out
However History and Politics Decree More Delays are Likely

28 June 2016
UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has it expressed its concerns over the impact of lasts week’s news that the UK will leave the EU, and David Cameron’s subsequent resignation as Prime Minister, will have on the expansion of UK aviation capacity. With the final decision on the expansion of London’s Heathrow airport (LHR) already over a year late, and those in power seemingly with now more important things on their respective plates, the association fears further procrastination from the UK government on an issue which spans the decades. Robert Keen, Director General BIFA said:
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image: Matson container freight Samoa TEU ship South Pacific express multimodal shipping line containershipOcean Freight Carrier Introduces Container Service to the South Pacific
US Shippers Promised a Faster Route to and from the Exotic Islands

28 June 2016
US – SOUTH PACIFIC – Ocean shipping line and multimodal carrier, Matson has announced the introduction of a fast containership service between the US West Coast and ports in Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Starting August 10, 2016, Matson's ‘South Pacific Express’ (SPX) will for the first time link the company's well established West Coast - Hawaii service with its South Pacific network. Using a dedicated ship to carry West Coast cargo transhipped at Honolulu, SPX will provide same-day-of-week South Pacific arrivals every 28 days, calling at:
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image: UK post Panamax container terminal Liverpool2 Peel Ports MSC vessels dock cargo freightNew Container Freight Terminal at Liverpool2 Sees MSC Container Vessels the First to Dock
Berthing and Marine Trials Under Way - Now on to Cargo Handling Tests

28 June 2016
UK – We have for two years been following the progress of the Liverpool2 development, the new deep water container terminal along the banks of the River Mersey and now, as commissioning works get underway, owners Peel Ports have joined with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to begin trials at the new berths which are capable of handling two 380 metre long mega post-Panamax vessels simultaneously.
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image: SOLAS VGM verified gross mass export shipping container FAQs freight shippers TT Club cargo handling ports Export Shippers Final Questions Answered Before SOLAS VGMs Required on Shipping Containers
Deadline Draws Close but Knowledge Pooled by Freight Industry Big Guns in Further FAQ Release

28 June 2016
WORLDWIDE – Following up from last week’s report on how ports around the globe are handling the situation, and with just days to go before implementation of the new, mandatory Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations making shippers legally bound to produce a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for any export shipping container no matter where bound from or to, some of the industry’s most august bodies have issued a final series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in an attempt to assist anyone who is not familiar with their legal obligations.
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