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As Road Haulage Drivers Maintain the Urban Supply Chain How Will Truckers be Viewed Post Virus?

Social Status and Remuneration Levels for the Profession Delivering Freight Around the World

US – UK – WORLDWIDE – The shortage of competent HGV drivers is one spread across continents, and in many countries it will require a social shift before this particular crisis can be solved. As it happens we are currently seeing a catalyst for change as road haulage companies attempt to keep the integrity of the supply chain intact and freight freely flowing to millions of concerned customers.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Shipping and Logistics Staff News from Around the World This Week

Appointments Continue Despite the Virus

UK – Pall-Ex has appointed Colin Hawkins to the newly created position of Owned Operations Director. In his new role, Hawkins will oversee all Pall-Ex’s owned operation depots including: Cranleigh Distribution Services, Pall-Ex London, Cornwall-based Intercounty Distribution and Shears Bros (Transport) Ltd in Bournemouth, as well as sitting on the UK operating board.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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A Look at the Week's Smaller Freight and Logistics News Stories From Around the Globe

A Few Bits and Pieces You May Have Missed

UK – The government announcement which we reported this week regarding £35 million in funding for key European trade routes during the pandemic was generally favourably received, with the British International Freight Association (BIFA) Director General Robert Keen saying it provided a measure of reassurance for his membership of forwarding agents.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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Freight and Logistics Groups Criticise Councils for Timing of Road Haulage Schemes

Local Authorities Reintroduction of Restrictions 'Beyond Belief'

UK – There was unanimity with regard to the immediate reintroduction of the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) from the logistics community with both the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) strongly critical of the timing. Portsmouth City Council also came in for a broadside for its naivety.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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Folding Shipping Containers Have the Possibility of Cutting Empty Box Trucking Costs

Five ISO Units Can be Moved as One as Design Gets CSC Approval

US – WORLDWIDE – Staxxon LLC, the New Jersey headquartered outfit that produces ISO containers which are foldable, enabling up to five empty containers to be folded, bundled, and moved together as a single container, has had a boost this week with the announcement has received Container Safety Convention (CSC) certification for the latest version of its 20-ft folding shipping container.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Money for Targeting Zero Emission Shipping Disbursed to Ten Projects

Grant Winners Aiming at a Cleaner Marine Environment Announced

UK – The proposed funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) through the Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) organisation which we reported on during London International Shipping Week (LISW 2019), has now been awarded to the ten successful applicants from the group of fifty five submissions received, with the overall funding of £1.4 million disbursed as part of the Clean Maritime Call initiative.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Oil Product Tanker Rates Fall from Pinnacle (but Remain High)

LR2 Vessels Still Command Comparatively Lofty Prices

WORLDWIDE – BIMCO's shipping number of the week reveals freight rates for oil product tankers have returned to more 'normal' levels following a spike in late April when rates across all ship sizes reached record highs. Large Range 2 (LR2) earnings peaked at $169,829 on 27 April on the benchmark Naptha condensate trade from the Middle East to Japan.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Government Statement of Future Northern Irish Logistics Processes Welcomed by Freight Lobby

Meantime We All Have to Consider the Pandemic as a Guide to Assist Lockdown Exit Published

UK – The Northern Ireland protocol paper, announced by Michael Gove MP this week has been well received by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), whilst the industry lobby group has also simultaneously launched a Good Practice Guide for dealing with the Covid-19 epidemic in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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German Air Carriers Desperate to Get Back in the Game

Hope for Hoppe as the EU looks to Lift Restrictions

GERMANY – The news that the German Federal Government has been discussing opening further external borders with the rest of the EU has, unsurprisingly, gone down well with the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) which represents the interests of more than 100 national and international airlines in scheduled, charter, low cost and air cargo businesses.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Real Estate Group Targets European Last Mile Urban Logistics Outfits

Property Platform Aims at e-Commerce Market

EUROPE – Real estate specialist Meyer Bergman has ambitious plans to create a tranche of property it values at £2 billion available as a pan-European, last-mile logistics platform targeting single tenant assets, calling the platform project Crossbay.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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