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image: South Africa shipping lines freight forwarder cartel antitrust cargo Antitrust Body Raids Shipping Lines and Warns Freight Cartel Evidence Will Bring Dire Consequences
World's Largest Container Companies Suspected

28 September 2016
SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Competition Commission is conducting search and seizure operations at the premises of six cargo shipping companies operating in the Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal provinces. The Commission initiated the search and seizure operation as part of an ongoing investigation, after receiving information from a member of the public alleging that the ocean freight firms contravened the Competition Act by colluding in anti-competitive activities and the Commission is warning of dire consequences should evidence of cartel activity be discovered which might harm the interests of freight forwarders and other shippers.
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image: UK BIFA Awards freight forwarders logistics BritishLast Chance to Register for Prestigious British Freight Awards
Forwarders and Logistics Outfits Invited to Apply as Deadline Extended

28 September 2016
UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA), has extended the deadline for its annual Freight Service Awards competition, which are open to all members of the trade association. The deadline for entry registration has been extended by one week to September 30th, with written award entry submissions due by October 14th.
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image: UK Narrow aisle fork lift truck warehouse pedestrian versatility logisticsPedestrian Operated Truck Will Suit Warehouse Logistics Customers Needing Versatility
New Narrow Aisle Model Added to Range

28 September 2016
UK – Narrow Aisle Ltd, makers of the Flexi range of articulated trucks, has introduced a new model, the Flexi AC NANO TW/FW pedestrian operated VNA truck. This addition to the portfolio is offered as a low-cost alternative to companies in the warehouse and retail logistics sectors who want to achieve the space saving and storage efficiencies associated with Narrow Aisle’s top-selling Flexi articulated truck range but for whom a pedestrian-operated Flexi is the ideal solution.
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image: DHL air freight forwarding cargo SameDay Speedline Faster Air Freight Service May Suit Forwarding Customers
Global Leader Launches New Cargo Product

27 September 2016
WORLDWIDE – DHL Global Forwarding has launched a new air freight service offering forwarding customers a mission critical solution for emergency shipments. The new DHL SameDay Speedline covers urgent delivery of spare parts, critical medical supplies or newly launched products, with benefits such as 24/7/365 pickup and delivery, collection within 120 minutes and quotations within 60 minutes.
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image: India China GPS technology road haulage freight and logistics Beidou GlonassGPS Technology Means Changes for Road Haulage Freight and Logistics in Asia
India and China Are Stepping Up Their Games

27 September 2016
INDIA – CHINA – A quick look at the latest advances in Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and its relevance to the logistics industry sees serious advances in India with the first ever GPS monitored road haulage movement between India and Bangladesh. The initial trial of the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement whereby vehicles can enter any of the four nations’ territory without the need to tranship goods from one country’s truck to another, has now been successfully undertaken.
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image: Maersk shipping container freight logistics staff changes port energyLargest Container Shipping Group Heads Staff Changes in Freight and Logistics This Week
Maersk Revamp Means Major Reshuffle

26 September 2016
DENMARK – Plenty of staff changes in the world of freight and logistics which this week begins with the major reshuffle at the top of the Danish shipping conglomerate AP Møller –Mærsk. Following the recent announcement of the group splitting its activities into two divisions, Søren Skou will be the CEO of the new Transport & Logistics division, which includes container and port sectors, as well as continuing as Group CEO of Mærsk. Claus Hemmingsen will be appointed Group Vice CEO of Mærsk effective October 1 and CEO for the Energy division.
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image: Australia home deliveries freight autonomous trucks platoon tectonic plates shift Michelle Innis New York TimesAutonomous Trucks and Automated Home Delivered Freight Face Another Problem
The Shift in the Cab May Not be the Only One to Worry About

26 September 2016
AUSTRALIA – WORLDWIDE – In an interesting piece in the New York Times last week Michelle Innis pointed out one of those little known geological facts that might have a major bearing on future deliveries of freight, particularly in the light of current and future developments in sectors such as home deliveries of goods, or autonomous trucks. With these technological developments relying ever more on precise locations derived from GPS information, it appears we may have more than rogue sunspots knocking out satellite communications to worry about.
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image: Spain cargo freight alliance container line logistics CMA CGM France Germany europallet Short Sea Container Freight Specialists Announce Upgrades and Alliance
New Equipment and Route Enhancements for Box Lines

26 September 2016
FRANCE – GERMANY – SPAIN – UK – News concerning a couple of freight and logistics companies under the CMA CGM banner with subsidiaries OPDR of Hamburg and Manchester based MacAndrews & Company due to take delivery of 4,000 new 40 foot pallet wide high cube containers. With the advantage of offering floor space for up to 5 more europallets these boxes will appeal to customers looking to stow up to 30 pallets of cargo, whilst the extra 30 centimetres in height provides even more useable capacity. The two companies are sourcing the containers from their French parent group.
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image: UK freight logistics Syrian aid convoy charityIn the Face of Horror how the Freight and Logistics Sector Continues to Support the Vulnerable
Despite the Syrian Aid Convoy Murders the Industry Keeps Giving

23 September 2016
UK – WORLDWIDE –Nothing can express the horror of seeing the aid convoy destroyed in Syria this week with trucks of stores burnt out, their drivers coldly murdered. Once again those trying to help their fellow man have been killed for a political end and one can only hope that the long arm of justice one day reaches out to claim the guilty. As usual through all this mayhem the freight and logistics community continues to punch above its weight when it comes to supporting those who are less fortunate. Three lighter stories this week stood out as, a world away from such inhumanity, people in the world of transport once again stepped up.
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image: Venezuela freight passenger airlines antitrust prosecution immunity $ billion US Department of TransportationIATA Requests Immunity from Antitrust Prosecutions for Freight and Passenger Airlines
Cooperation Between Carriers Essential to Maintain Country's Services

23 September 2016
US – VENEZUELA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has filed a request for antitrust immunity with the US Department of Transportation (DoT) to allow freight and passenger airlines to discuss options to maintain connectivity to Venezuela in light of the Venezuelan government’s continuing refusal to release US$3.8 billion in airline funds. Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO observed:
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