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image: Asia West Africa MSC container shipping line freight transit tranship cargo volumesContainer Shipping Line Introduces New Asia - Africa Express Service
Transit Time for Previously Transhipped Freight Reduced

17 April 2014
ASIA – WEST AFRICA – The world’s second largest container shipping group, Swiss headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) is shortly to commence a dedicated service between Asia and West Africa to be called ‘Africa Express’. This will reduce transit times for existing cargo volumes which currently tranship via the Mediterranean.
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image: US Honduras Sindicato Gremial de Trabajadores del Muelle container shipping terminal 6 Portland port unionShipping Container Terminal Operator Penalised for Health and Safety Issues
Ongoing Labour Unrest with Company Affects Ports on Two Continents

17 April 2014
US – HONDURAS – The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal based within the East Coast port. For more than two years the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) has stood accused by the operator of illegally slowing down work whilst, for its part, the union has repeatedly claimed that Health and Safety measures are not as they should be.
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image: UK US cartel antitrust freight forwarding ocean shipping lines blackmailFreight Forwarding and Ocean Shipping Export/Import Charges Under the Spotlight
With Cartel and Antitrust Action Rife It's Time to Examine Those Unwarranted Extras says GSF

16 April 2014
UK – US – WORLDWIDE – Few involved in the export/import supply chain can fail to have noticed the proliferation of successful prosecutions in the past few years of ocean shipping lines, freight forwarding agencies and the like who have indulged in antitrust behaviour, seemingly forming cartels at will despite the obvious consequences if caught. A swift News Search of the Handy Shipping Guide using the appropriate keyword produces a seemingly endless stream of stories naming and shaming the perpetrators. Additionally the use of incoterms can often be abused by the addition of ‘extras’ unforeseen and unwarranted in the eyes of shippers and consignees.
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image: Turkey Datalogic bar code reader supply chain logistics Data Capture Expert and Supply Chain System Provider Expands into Turkey
From a Small Electronics Business to 1,000 Patents in Four Decades

16 April 2014
TURKEY – WORLDWIDE – Having started as a small electronics operation in Bologna, Italy over forty years ago, Datalogic, now boasts a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of logistics customers in its current role as a provider of automatic data capture systems, supply chain essentials so much used these days in bar code readers, mobile computer terminals and the like. A portfolio of over a thousand patents and heavy investment in even more innovation has led to the establishment of the group’s new Business Development division and now the company has announced the opening of its latest office in Istanbul.
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image: Hyster Seegrid fork lift truck freight logistics rugged technologyFork Lift Trucks Favoured by Freight and Logistics Staff Gain Vision Guided Automation
Hyster Adds More Technology to its Rugged Image

16 April 2014
US – WORLDWIDE – Hyster, producer of fork lift trucks much favoured by many in the freight and logistics sector, principally for their durability, has joined together with Seegrid®, the award winning provider of vision-guided flexible automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in a bid to increase the ‘intelligence’ of its trucks using the Pittsburgh headquartered technology company’s vision-guided automation systems.
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image: Cory Brothers Navarm freight forwarder logistics supply chain nuclear EDF Hinkley Point CJoint Venture as Freight Forwarder and Logistics Supplier Steps Into the Nuclear Age
Traditional Shipping Industry Name Continues to Expand Branches of Logistics it Can Service

16 April 2014
UK – Cory Brothers is a name which has been associated with British merchant shipping from its inception in the 1800’s and which has constantly evolved as tastes and logistical demands have changed over the years. Having moved from port and liner agency to freight forwarder the latest development for Cory Logistics, now part of Braemar Shipping Services plc, is a joint venture with supply chain specialist Navarm Limited to provide both maritime and land based services for the nuclear new build industry.
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image: US conveyor nuclear waste logistics supply chain Lauyans handling equipmentConveyor Systems Must be Adaptable to Suit Modern Supply Chain and Logistics Requirements
From Nuclear Waste to Frozen Chickens - Today's Handling Equipment Must Move It All

16 April 2014
US – WORLDWIDE – The conveyor belt is of course one of the essential elements in the supply chain for many manufacturers and express mail and parcel companies. Modern conveyor systems can be adapted in an infinite number of configurations to suit specific and constantly changing purposes to ensure the logistics of processing as many goods as quickly and accurately as possible are as efficient as they can be. But what happens when those items are extreme in nature? One US company boasts that its systems can be suited to anything – from nuclear waste to frozen chickens.
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image: Multimodal UK logistics road haulage freight forwarding commercial vehicle HGV NECMultimodal and Commercial Vehicle Events Attract Road Haulage, Freight and Logistics Visitors
Exhibitors Demonstrate Greatest Ever Gathering of Industry Related Products

15 April 2014
UK – Just two weeks to go until two of the biggest shows in the country’s logistics calendar with the Commercial Vehicle and Multimodal exhibitions being held in tandem this year in neighbouring halls at Birmingham’s NEC, giving visitors ranging from manufacturers to freight forwarding and shipping interests to take a look at the road haulage side of the industry and vice versa.
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image: UK fuel FairFuel UK road haulage freight transport logistics green environment duty Logistics versus Environment as Treasury Fuel Report Pleases Freight and Road Haulage Lobby
Government Satisfies Motorists but Alienates Green Interests

15 April 2014
UK – The Treasury Report issued this week which concludes that a reduction in fuel duty can benefit the economy has met with two very different polarised reactions from logistics and environmental groups. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) said that it welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement and the report echoed a study which it funded two years ago on behalf of the FairFuelUK campaign alliance undertaken by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). The Freight Transport Association (FTA) stated the report confirmed something it had been telling government ‘for a very long time’.
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image: UK women logistics freight transport awards The Best of the Best Women in Transport and Logistics Revealed
Sector Celebrates Success as Everywoman Finalists Announced

15 April 2014
UK – As so many people in the freight and transport industries are always keen to point out, logistics is one of the UK’s fastest growing industries employing around 1.5 million people, and hitherto women have, as in so many other areas, been woefully under represented. This however is changing and, according the Freight Transport Association (FTA) the jobs available are becoming an increasingly appealing career option for women.
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