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Some of the Smaller Items of Freight and Logistics News from the Week Just Gone

A Small, but Perfectly Formed, Round Up

UK – JAPAN – It seems that the latest tactic to try and show Britain managed to extract a better deal than the EU in current talks with Japan on trade might well have backfired. Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade Liz Truss is a woman who often attracts more criticism than plaudits and she was accused of walking away from negotiations this week over tariffs on cheese.

Friday, August 14, 2020
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Road Haulage Lobby Calls on Government to Look Again at Clean Air Zones

Dramatic Drop in Lorry Emissions Deserves Consideration

UK – The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is looking to the authorities for a change to the existing approach to Clean Air Zones to take account of the impact of Covid-19 and the continued improvement in the NOx emissions from road haulage. It points to the government's own statistics which it says evidences haulage operators have slashed NOx emissions from trucks by at least 59% in only six years.

Friday, August 14, 2020
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Direct Vision Standard for HGVs in London May be Delayed - But Still May Cost Road Hauliers Dear

Star Rating Postponement Can Not Avoid Possible Problems for Truckers

UK – London Mayor Sadiq Khan's drive to improve road accident statistics by insisting on better visibility from large road haulage vehicles has been accused of being ill thought out before. The Mayor's proposals have changed over time, something which has cost hauliers as more restrictions are imposed.

Thursday, August 13, 2020
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Vaccines Are Firmly In the Minds of Heavy Lift Specialist Airline - Covid-19 or Otherwise

All Pharma Shipments are Practice Runs for What May Lay Ahead

RUSSIA – GERMANY – BELGIUM – AFRICA – NETHERLANDS – CHINA – Talk of vaccines at the moment, particularly those emanating from Russia, and thoughts go immediately to President Putin's reported claim this week that his country had come up with a way to deal with Covid-19, so safe he has given it to his own daughter. Whilst doubts have been expressed over this item, what is certain is that some other vaccines are being shipped from the country.

Thursday, August 13, 2020
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Not Just Logistics Businesses Under Threat from Cyber Crime as INTERPOL Reports

Huge Surge in Every Type of Online Offence During Lockdown

WORLDWIDE – This month INTERPOL has released a report with regard to patterns of cyber-crime, the online cancer of the age of internet technology, and its evolution during the current pandemic. And the details should make every business, big or small, whether in logistics or otherwise, sit up and take notice.

Thursday, August 13, 2020
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Another Special Delivery Needs Oversize Charter Aircraft to Meet Time Frame

Damaged Undersea Pipe Demanded Instant Response

UKRAINE – BELGIUM – TURKEY – With a fleet that includes seven AN-124-100 aircraft (payload 150 tonnes) and the largest aircraft in the world, the AN-225 with a 250 tonne capability, the AN-22 with a capacity of just 60 tonnes might seem the minnow in the tank. That would be until you stood under one.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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As New Ship Management Partnership Begins Shadows Fall on Singapore Group

Allegations of Fraud at Oil Trader May Have Repercussions for Shipping Group

SINGAPORE –The Xihe Group, which owns 136 vessels, ranging from small harbour tugs to VLCCs that spans the entire spectrum of the oil tanker market, has appointed V.Group, a global provider of ship management and marine services as the technical manager for 16 of its modern tankers.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Major Home Grown UK Pallet Distribution Groups Join Up

Member and Management Shared Ownership Model

UK – Pallet distribution group Pall-Ex has acquired the Fortec Distribution Network via a new subsidiary company For-Ex Distribution Network Ltd. The two firms, which were both founded in Leicestershire in 1996, have a combined total of 168 network members, claiming the largest such contingent in the UK and the new company will trade as a separate pallet network under the For-Ex banner.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Australian Maritime Union Cries Out for Safety and Equality with US Domestic Shipping Regulations

Beirut Blast Shows Up Frailty of Flags of Convenience as Ongoing Protest Adjudged Legal

AUSTRALIA – The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), now known as the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, but still for some reason sending news items out under the old name, chose not to comment directly on the tragedy in Beirut. Whilst similar international unions such as the ILWU decried the loss of port and logistics workers' lives, the MUA focused on the dangers to its own members, choosing to express regret via International Transport Federation President and MUA National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin's own ITF statement expressing shock and sorrow.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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