Peli BioThermal launches hubs in Basel, Berlin

Pelican Products’ subsidiary, Peli BioThermal, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of temperature-control packaging, has expanded its Western European presence of service centers, network stations and drop points, with the opening of two service centers: one in Basel, Switzerland, and one in Berlin. The company opened up similar facilities in Frankfurt in August, and Tokyo last spring. It […]

K+N flies high as first-quarter airfreight volume surges

Switzerland-based forwarder and logistics services provider Kuehne + Nagel reported first-quarter 2018 net income up 11.5 percent, year-over-year, to US$191 million, as gross profit (what some forwarders call net revenue) rose 11.8 percent to $1.92 billion. Operating income (earnings before interest and taxes, or EBIT) for the quarter was up 12.9 percent to $245 million. […]

CEVA’s long-awaited IPO scheduled for Q2 on Swiss exchange

After months of speculation and years of rumors, the Switzerland-based 3PL CEVA Logistics said today that it is scheduling an initial public offering (IPO) during the second quarter of 2018 and hopes to raise US$1.36 billion, part of which would be used to relieve some of the company’s massive debt loads. In today’s statement, CEVA’s […]

Switzerland’s floating exchange rate drives up cross-border e-commerce

Switzerland is a microcosm of cross-border e-commerce, with its multi-cultural population (German, French, and Italian speaking), non-European Union customs and taxes and unique payment preferences – all wrapped up in a country that’s smaller than most U.S. states. But it’s complexity and small size hasn’t prevented the Central European country from developing one of the […]

Swiss Post, Matternet pioneer medical drone delivery

Swiss Post and drone manufacturer Matternet have successfully used drones to transport laboratory samples between two hospitals in Lugano, Switzerland. The hospital now expects to make drone delivery a standard operation in 2018. Swiss Post, the Ticino EOC hospital group and Matternet launched the joint project earlier this month. Normally, the samples are transported by […]

Yusen opens first Switzerland outpost

Yusen Logistics announced that it is opening a branch office in Switzerland on January 1, 2017. The new, office, located near the Zurich Airport increases the number of outposts in its European network to 78 locations. The operation is the company’s first in Switzerland. The new outpost will offer air and ocean freight services, land […]

Airfreight volumes, earning continue to rise at Panalpina in Q3

Panalpina announced a slight increase in earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) in spite of what it referred to as a “challenging market.” Airfreight volumes for the Swiss forwarder increased 9 percent, year-over-year, for the first nine months of 2016, even as the overall air cargo market decreased by an estimated 1 percent during the […]

Emirates grows Swiss cargo footprint with second flight to Geneva

Emirates SkyCargo has doubled its lift capacity between Geneva and Dubai with a second daily flight. The additional service increases capacity on the route by nearly 140 tonnes, using a 777-300ER that can handle outsized cargo. SkyCargo currently offers bellyhold cargo capacity to Geneva and Zurich, along with dedicated freighter service to Basel. With twice […]

Matternet, DHL to test drones with real payloads

California-based drone manufacturer, Matternet, plus DHL’s “parcelcopter” prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), both plans to begin testing their airworthiness with actual payloads in the next two months. Last year, at the CNS conference, Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet, made a joint announcement with Oliver Evans, former chief cargo officer of Swiss International Airlines, that his […]

Air Charter Service opens 7th office

With an eye on the expanding European market, U.K.-based broker Air Charter Service (ACS) opened a new office in Geneva, its seventh office on the continent. According to Justin Lancaster, commercial director for ACS, the company sought to expand into Switzerland for the last few years and decided that “now was the right time to […]

Emirates starts freighter service to Swiss pharma capital

Emirates SkyCargo’s weekly freighter service from Basel to Dubai will start Sept. 21. The new freighter flight will supplement the existing belly-hold cargo capacity in the Swiss market provided on Emirates’ double-daily passenger services to Zurich as well as on the daily Geneva flights. Emirates SkyCargo offers more than 380 tonnes of capacity each week […]
  • August 19, 2014

Switzerland takes step toward more secure air cargo

The electronic consignment security declaration (e-CSD) will be adopted in Switzerland, paving the way for the more secure transport of air cargo. For the last two years, the International Air Transport Association has been working with carriers, regulators, freight forwarders, ground handling agents and other parties worldwide to develop standards and processes for e-CSD data […]
  • January 14, 2014