Staff Reports

Terrorist attacks close Brussels Airport

Following terrorist attacks that killed at least 30 people and injured more than 200 hundred at Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek Metro station, all flights and other operations,  including cargo, have been cancelled, at least for the day, according to a statement from the airport. “On behalf of the entire airport community, I would like […]

Yusen building up in Mexico to support auto industry

Earlier this month, Japan-based Yusen Logistics opened its own import operation in Jakarta. Now the 3PL has announced the start of construction of a logistics center near Celaya, Mexico, in order to support the automotive industry. Ground was broken March 11, with Kunihiko Miyoshi, chief regional officer of Yusen Logistics’ Americas Region, in attendance. “The […]

Ethiopian Cargo returns to Brussels

In what has got to be a sigh of relief for Brussels Airport, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo will resume operations at the airport beginning March 26, with 12 full cargo flights a week. Last November, Ethiopian moved its cargo operations from BRU to Masstricht-Aachen in the Netherlands because of the Belgian government’s delay in responding to […]

WCS 2016: Technology in air cargo: Start small

BERLIN – At last week’s World Cargo Symposium, Niall van de Wouw, managing director of CLIVE, said that the key to getting started in airfreight technology is to start small. Not a fan of what he called “big data,” he said big data was what tripped up DHL Global Forwarding’s failed attempt at rolling out […]

WCS 2016: Saving lives with the help of Matternet cargo drones

BERLIN – On the final day of the World Cargo Symposium, the future of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the industry was a hot topic, especially following a morning presentation by Matternet, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of drones that are currently being uded to deliver life-saving drugs to remote field clinics in Malawi. In the […]

WCS 2016: Jettainer, DoKaSch seal ULD maintenance deal

BERLIN – Jettainer may have had one of the more amusing booth displays here at the World Cargo Symposium, featuring a person dressed as a dancing, waving ULD. But there was some real news to report from the ULD management firm, including the deal announced with DoKaSch on a new IT system to improve the […]

WCS 2016: More than just boxes, ULDs are fire safety equipment

BERLIN — The day that IATA announced its new ULD safety program also featured a panel discussion on the very hot topic of the place of ULDs as the front line of defense against lithium-ion battery fires. It is easy to think of Unit Load Devices as just expensive boxes. After all, the 900,000 ULDs […]

WCS 2016: CEIV certifications projected to hit 80 by year end

BERLIN — IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validator’s (CEIV) program has been around since August 2013, but still remains a mystery to many in the industry. But that mystery is dissolving as the number of CEIV certified entities — a certification that the enterprise adheres to the highest standard of excellence for the handling […]

WCS 2016: Lufthansa CEO calls on governments to improve air cargo

BERLIN — Air cargo has an image problem. That was the central message from Peter Gerber, the CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. In cargo transport, a small percentage of overall volume is carried by air, but that cargo is also a high percentage of value of all cargo transported. During remarks yesterday at the 2016 World Cargo […]

Deutsche Post DHL Group looks forward to 2016

After a tumultuous year that included a €336 million write down for a failed IT system rollout, the Deutsche Post DHL Group is moving full-steam ahead with greater confidence in 2016. Consolidated EBIT for the full year 2015 was €2.41 billion, almost exactly the group’s target of €2.40 billion for the year, but less than […]

Lufthansa spreads its wings

One would think that Lufthansa Cargo is preparing to conquer the world with all of the new routes and destinations the carrier is adding when its summer schedule kicks in March 27. For starters, a weekly freighter service to Moscow will be added. An MD-11F has already been flying every Monday from Frankfurt to Moscow’s […]

Changi Airport to go for CEIV certification

Singapore’s Changi Airport and six companies who are active in pharmaceutical handling are planning to work toward attaining IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validator’s (CEIV) certification according to the Singapore Business Review. This is the first initiative of its kind in Asia. The CEIV program was created to improve the operational and preparedness procedures […]

DHL expands northern Europe network

Together with Finnish postal operator, Posti, and Bring, a subsidiary of Posten Norge, the Norwegian postal operator, DHL will now offer a business-to-customer service for parcel delivery in Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic countries. Beginning April 1, this expansion allows for cross-border e-commerce amongst seven countries. DHL has now increased its network to 16 of […]

Bangladesh urges UK to allow garment imports

Bangladesh clothing exports to Europe jumped 24 percent in 2015, with the UK being the EU’s second biggest garment export destination for the country after Germany. But the government of the UK has banned imported clothing from Bangladesh due to its concern that there is a lack of proper security measures at the Bangladesh Airport […]
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