NCA slapped with ‘Business Improvement Order’ as limited flights continue

A month after the Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) halted all flight operations due to problems with its aircraft maintenance records, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) issued a “Business Improvement Order” for violating safety procedures under the Civil Aeronautics Law of Japan. When the violations first came to light in mid-June, NCA […]

British forwarders demand infrastructure investment following NIC report

Shortly after a report was released today in the United Kingdom, criticizing the slow pace on infrastructure development across the country, the British International Freight Association (BIFA), representing U.K.-based freight forwarders, echoed similar admonishments to Parliament regarding the continuing delays in the third-runway project for Heathrow Airport. In the first “Annual Monitoring Report,” compiled by […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 16, 2018

SEKO Logistics doubles Schiphol presence to accommodate e-commerce growth

SEKO Logistics has opened an 80,000-square-foot facility (pictured) at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Logistics Park that combines its cross-border e-commerce, omni-channel and international transportation and fulfilment solutions under one roof. The new warehouse is part of an ongoing push at SEKO to expand its e-commerce footprint, with fulfillment for multiple wholesale, retail and e-commerce channels, including reverse […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 16, 2018

JD Logistics enters pilot project with Chinese railfreight company

Just a day after announcing a US$2.5 billion deal to fund its offshoot JD Logistics subsidiary, the logistics arm said it is teaming up with a China Railway Corporation to delivery freight by rail. According to JD, the project will include same-day, door-to-door “white glove” delivery service for high-end goods, utilizing domestic trains, initially between Beijing […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 15, 2018

MIA foreign trade zone opens its doors

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce granted Miami International Airport (MIA) designation as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) magnet site, an expansion of the county’s already-existing FTZ. Under the designation, the entire 3,230-acre site of MIA, operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD), is now included under what is known as “FTZ 281.” This […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 15, 2018

GBA gets German seal of approval for secured air cargo transport

The United Kingdom-based logistics operator GBA Services received approval as a “registered haulier” under the German Aviation Act, granting the company’s recently launched German branch approval to transport all secured air cargo alongside known consignors and agents. The German Aviation Act was recently strengthened to require shippers, freight forwarders and hauliers working on their behalf […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 15, 2018

Startup CargoX funds blockchain-based platform with cryptocurrency sale

A logistics tech startup, called CargoX, has pulled off a less-than-conventional funding campaign, raising US$7 million in a matter of minutes through an initial coin offering (ICO). The funding was raised through sale of CXO tokens, which CargoX said are “utility tokens” that users of its logistics platform can use to pay for services. While […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 15, 2018

Delta’s DASH same-day service goes international with ‘Equation Critical’

In a continued effort to meet increasing demand for more speed and transparency in the airfreight field, Delta Cargo unveiled “Equation Critical” yesterday – an expansion of its existing same-day delivery service, DASH – to now include international destinations. Equation Critical’s release follows an eventful 2017 for Delta Cargo, in terms of its advancement in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 15, 2018

JD.com arranges multi-billion-dollar financing for JD Logistics spinoff

And so the competition with Amazon truly begins!  Following U.S.-based Amazon’s launch of an own-operated air freight network (operated by subsidiary carriers of ATSG and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc.), Beijing-based e-commerce giant JD.com, Inc., announced it was selling a 19.6 percent stake in the logistics subsidiary it spun-out as a standalone company last April, in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day roses won’t come cheap after Kenya capacity crunch

If you haven’t yet picked up the traditional dozen roses for your significant other this Valentine’s Day, it isn’t too late – but be prepared to pay a premium over even the typical seasonal increase, after an airfreight capacity shortage nearly stranded the blooms in Kenya. As reported in today’s Wall Street Journal, the increase […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 14, 2018

With lowered tariffs, Tigers expects increase in lobster exports to China

Tiger Fresh, the perishables forwarding arm of Hong Kong-based Tigers, is expecting a jump in demand for Western Australian rock lobsters into China after import tariffs on the crustaceans were lowered from 6 percent to 3 percent under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Demand for China’s lobster imports is typically seasonal, and the upcoming Chinese […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 14, 2018

Freightos survey reveals shortcomings in global shipping industry

Are shippers reaching the breaking point in terms of logistics? Freightos, a software-as-a-service logistics provider, released survey results today, showing how much time shippers waste preparing shipments due to a lack of modern technology, which also results in late deliveries and high fees. According to the results, only 11.7 percent of large importers surveyed said […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 14, 2018

Cargo growth continues for Fraport airports in January

The first month of 2018 shows promising growth in cargo throughput for many of Fraport’s airports – this in the wake of Fraport and IT service provider Dakosy’s announcement of an endeavor to implement a fully digital cargo portal at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). FRA, Fraport’s biggest subsidiary, announced a modest increase of 1.3 percent in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 13, 2018

Flower power delivers sweet Valentine’s Day for carriers

Chalk up two more carriers looking forward to a happy Valentine’s Day this week, as Luxembourg-based Cargolux added an extra 1,200 tonnes of capacity to its 20 weekly flights out of Nairobi, Quito and Bogota. Meanwhile, LATAM Cargo reported shipping more than 9,500 tons of flowers in the four weeks leading up to tomorrow’s holiday. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 13, 2018

Turkish Cargo starts weekly perishables service between Istanbul, Liège

One of Europe’s most cargo-friendly airports is now seeing traffic coming from one of the continent’s fastest-growing cargo operations. Starting today, Turkish Cargo will begin weekly service, using an A330-200 freighter, between Istanbul and Liège, thanks in large part to Europe’s growing appetite for perishables. According to Liège Airport (LGG), the carrier, a subsidiary of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 13, 2018
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