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DHL’s new Gibraltar-area logistics hub to be largest in Morocco

When establishing a trade route between Africa and Europe, what better place is there than the Strait of Gibraltar? That’s the area DHL Global Forwarding (DHL-GF) has decided to set up its new hub, along with global logistics gateway Tanger Med, on the Moroccan side of the 14-kilometer-wide strait. With the addition of the 6,000-square-foot […]

WFS, Swiss WorldCargo launch first GDP-compliant facility at JFK

Ground-handling giant Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Swiss WorldCargo, the airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines, opened the first Good Distribution Practice-certified pharmaceutical facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).  The GDP certification, awarded for JFK’s Building 66, assure that the facility conforms with quality standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) for handling pharmaceutical […]

Can STOP Act help reduce drug trafficking via USPS loophole?

Forwarders and carriers in the United States are already taking part in the air cargo advance screening (ACAS) program to help prevent explosives and illegal drug from entering the country via the cargo supply chain. But what is being done about narcotics being sent via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) which still handles the lion’s […]

Government shutdown? We’ve got you covered

The U.S. government shutdown that occurred at the start of this year affected more than 800,000 federal workers throughout the country and lasted longer than any other in history. Workers at the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), serving as the primary guardians of our nation’s aviation security system, were forced to work without pay while […]

UPS teams with Matternet to deliver medical samples via drone

In what UPS is calling the first revenue drone service in the United States, the integrator said today that it has collaborated with California-based drone technology firm Matternet to send the first of many daily scheduled daily flights of medical samples via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a North Carolina hospital client. With clearance by […]

Cargo-partner turns 25, set to move into ‘BUD Cargo City’ this year

Vienna-based logistics provider cargo-partner, which is celebrating it 25th year in service in Hungary, said it will become one of the first tenants in the “BUD Cargo City” project at Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport (BUD) before the end of this year. Construction on the planned three-story facility began in in January of this year and […]

Cargo-partner turns 25, set to move into ‘BUD Cargo City’ this year

Vienna-based logistics provider cargo-partner, which is celebrating it 25th year in service in Hungary, said it will become one of the first tenants in the “BUD Cargo City” project at Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport (BUD) before the end of this year. Construction on the planned three-story facility began in in January of this year and […]

Increased forwarding volumes, oil prices helped Bolloré see growth in 2018

French logistics conglomerate Bolloré continued to grow through the end 2018, due mostly to a 9 percent increase in its Transportation and Logistics (T&L) division. Sea- and airfreight volumes both rose in 2018, especially in Bolloré’s African operations, and also in its oil-and-gas logistics activities, which grew in revenues by 25 percent, “thanks to higher […]

NTSB hints at ‘pilot error’ as contributor to Atlas 767F crash

Although the investigation into the fatal crash of Atlas Air Flight 3591 is months away from a conclusion, a story last Friday in the Wall Street Journal said investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) suspect “pilot error,” rather than equipment malfunction, may have “inadvertently” contributed to the accident that occurred outside on Houston. […]

Unilode boxes up IATA’s Innovation Award at WCS [VIDEO]

After a full week of meetings and panel discussion about innovations in the air cargo arena – many of which focused on the management and tracking of unit load devices (ULDs) – IATA’s 13th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) ended with the announcement that ULD management firm, Unilode Aviation Solutions, was named the winner of this […]

Air France-KLM first carrier group to adopt IATA’s DG AutoCheck system

SINGAPORE — Air France-KLM Cargo has become the first carrier group to adopt IATA’s Dangerous Goods AutoCheck system for the acceptance of dangerous-goods shipments. Of the more than 1.5 million shipments moved by the Franco-Dutch carrier each year, 173,000 fall under the category of dangerous goods, such as caustic chemicals, flammable materials or lithium batteries, […]

Digitalization trepidation: Turning words, worry into action

SINGAPORE — Much has been said this week about the sorry state of the air cargo industry’s alleged lack of digital savvy and reluctance to embrace new technology. For those fed up with such hand-wringing, the late-morning presentations in Wednesday’s Digital Cargo Track at the World Cargo Conference were a welcome tonic for air cargo professionals seeking […]

CEIV-Fresh standard launched in Hong Kong for perishables quality

SINGAPORE — First it was pharmaceuticals. Next came live animals. This morning the International Air Transport Association (IATA) added yet another time and temperature-sensitive cargo category to its wildly successful Center of Excellence for Independent Validators program: Perishable goods. The new industry certification — the Center for Excellence for Perishable Logistics, a.k.a. "CEIV-Fresh" — is designed […]
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