With MSC Group

An ultra fast lane between Gioia Tauro and Bologna

A railway fast corridor is born between the seaport of Gioia Tauro, and the interport of Bologna. The news was given by the Excise, Customs and Monopoly Agency (Adm). Leading operators are involved in the operation

Russia's no.1 container firm

TransContainer eyes eastern investment

As Russian trade flows dry up in the West, TransContainer, the country's largest freight container operator, aims to invest more than $300 million in the east as China leads a recovery in Asian imports and exports

New shipping concepts

Europe’s railways help move Ukraine’s grain

Bruxelles - Ukraine’s railways have been vital to the country’s war effort since the Russian invasion in February, moving refugees west, away from the fighting, and taking troops and equipment east to the battlefront


Amazon introduces seller storage service to tackle supply chain woes

Amazon introduced a new service on Wednesday to help its sellers store bulk inventory and ease distribution to tackle supply chain issues, the company said in a blog post. In 2023, sellers will be able to use the new service called to send their inventory to any location

Reducing port congestion

P&O Maritime Logistics, new link between Saudi Arabia and Sudan

P&O Maritime Logistics will help debottleneck customer supply chains by ensuring there is a faster cargo turnaround, enabled by the company’s recently modified Multi Carrying Vessels (MCVs) that now can carry containerised cargo

Operators say

Germany's Rhine water too low even for some empty vessels

Water levels on Germany's Rhine river are so low that some vessels cannot sail even when empty, a shipping cooperative said on Friday, although long-awaited rain has begun to ease bottlenecks on one of the country's main commercial routes

War in Ukraine

French retailer Auchan does not plan to change its Russia strategy

French retailer Auchan does not plan to change its strategy in Russia or the structure of its local operations, the Russian branch of the privately owned company told. Auchan Russia was responding to a request for a comment after a local media report suggested it may cede control


Vanguard, strong investments in the three-year period 2022-2025

"Among the essential points of Vanguard Logistics' 2022-2025 Global Strategy there are the continuous expansion of our proprietary Network, through acquisition processes (two years ago opened in Sri Lanka, in 2020 we took over the Canadian agent and inaugurated, in 2022, Vanguard Logistics Poland) and the enhancement of this network through the synergistic use of adjacent Countries, as in the case of Italy, France and Spain" - says south Europe general manager Alberto Accetta

Silk Road by train increases volumes in 1Q 2022

European firms make use of Chinese rail agents to evade Russia sanctions

Demand for China-Europe rail freight has plummeted since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but some European customers are "bypassing sanctions" by using Chinese agents. According to Chinese state media, Silk Road rail volumes increased in the first quarter

After Ukraine's invasion

Major containership operators phase out Russian calls

Container lines and third-party feeder operators are reducing or phasing out services to Russian ports, reports London's Lloyd's List. While major container line companies have reduced calls at Vladivostok in Russia's Far East, domestic operator Fesco appears to have added calls

Gorvernment socurces

Kazakhstan looks for cargo shipping routes bypassing Russia

Kazakhstan is in talks to ship cargoes through the Latvian ports of Riga and Ventspils as well as the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey corridor following European sanctions against Russian shippers, the Central Asian nation's government said on Thursday

As sanctions target Russia

FESCO says customers can pay yuan

Russia's FESCO Transportation Group accepts Chinese yuan from customers, it said this week, as businesses struggle to cope with international sanctions over Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The company said it was also offering customers "various alternative options of payment" for euro

The study

Iraq was top target of China's Belt & Road in 2021

Iraq was the top target for China's Belt & Road infrastructure initiative in 2021, receiving $10.5 billion in financing for projects including a heavy oil power plant, a study published on Wednesday said

For "obstructing" COVID prevention

China punishes cold-chain managers

Investigations into China's cold-chain sector have led to several managers, officials and business owners being punished for failing to meet COVID-19 prevention standards, the country's corruption watchdog said in a notice

Strikes in Europe

Amazon's Black Friday greeted by climate activists

Tilbury - Climate activists targeted 15 Amazon depots across Europe on Black Friday and the world's biggest e-commerce company also faced protests by workers and delivery drivers in Germany, France and Italy


African nations mend and make do as China tightens Belt and Road Initiative

Nairobi - Deep in Kenya's Great Rift Valley, members of the National Youth Service tirelessly swing machetes to clear dense shrubs obscuring railway tracks more than a century old. It's a distinctly low-tech phase for China's Belt and Road drive in Africa to create the trade highways of the future

As competition bites

Alibaba slashes sales outlook

London - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd slashed its forecast for annual revenue growth on increased competition and a regulatory crackdown, sending its stock tumbling 11%

As partner on U.S. credit card

Amazon may drop Visa

London - Amazon.com Inc is considering dropping Visa as partner on its U.S. co-branded credit card after earlier confirming it would stop accepting Visa credit cards in the United Kingdom as a dispute over payments intensified. The e-commerce giant is in talks with several payment networks including Mastercard Inc, American Express Co and Visa as part of what it called its standard process for reviewing its co-branded credit card agreement

As growth slumps to single digit amid crackdown

China's Singles' Day loses lustre

Shanghai - After more than a decade of explosive growth, China's Singles' Day, the world's biggest online shopping fest, is losing its gloss and bracing for more modest growth in coming years, hurt by a slower economy and tighter regulatory scrutiny

Ignazio Messina & C.

Navis integrates Master Terminal at Milano Segrate Terminal

Genoa - Navis has announced that it has gone live with its Master Terminal operating system at Inter Modal Logistic (IML) Milano Segrate Terminal (Ignazio Messina & C.). Milano Segrate is currently in the process of updating its inland and intermodal terminals


DP World to invest Rs 2,000 crore in various Tamil Nadu projects

Karur - Logistics services major DP World will come up with fresh investments to the tune of around Rs 2,000 crore in Tamil Nadu, including setting up of a new container terminal, cold storage and sea food processing zone among other units. The other projects lined up include a free trade zone with an integrated rail siding, minor port in the Eastern Coast of Tamil Nadu and inland container depots in Erode, Karur and Tirupur

Manufacturers seen moving to southeastern Europe

Pandemic seen driving southeastern Europe warehouse boom

Prague - Logistics and warehouse companies are accelerating expansion plans in southeastern Europe where business is expected to boom as the pandemic spurs manufacturers to relocate operations close to main markets

In two years

Suez Canal to widen, deepen 30 kilometres of channel

Suez - Plans have been unveiled by Suez Canal Authority chairman Osama Rabie to widen and deepen 30 kilometres of the waterway between Suez and the Great Bitter Lake, reported Adderbury, England's Bunkerspot. The announcement by Admiral Rabie was also attended by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who gave his approval for the start of work to be completed in 24 months

Shares soar

Ebay earnings beat on pandemic-driven surge in online shopping

New York - E-commerce firm eBay said on Wednesday it would emerge "stronger" from the COVID-19 crisis after a pandemic-driven surge in online shopping helped the company beat estimates for sales and profit in the holiday quarter. Shares of the company were up nearly 10% in extended trade. The global health crisis has forced millions of Americans to stay indoors, leading to a jump in online orders for e-commerce companies including eBay, Amazon and Walmart


Historic U.S. COVID vaccine campaign launches with convoy of trucks

Three trucks carrying pallets of boxed, refrigerated vaccines rolled away from the Kalamazoo facility at 8:29 a.m., escorted by body armor-clad security officers in a pickup truck and a SUV. The United States expects to immunize 100 million people, or about 30% of its population, by the end of March

From Basel

Swissterminal expands intermodal portfolio, new barge service to Rotterdam and Antwerp

Basel - Switzerland-based integrated logistics provider Swissterminal AG and its partner DP World have announced the introduction of a regular barge service from Basel-Kleinhüningen and Basel-Birsfelden to various deepsea terminals at the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, starting 1 January 2021. With the launch of this new intermodal product, Swissterminal offers two roundtrips each week to Port of Antwerp and Port of Rotterdam

Project cargo

Fortune Italy load heavy lift cargo at Marghera

Venezia - Fortune International Transport in Italy have recently loaded a complete new high pressure separator including all equipment at Marghera in Venice with the destination of China. The heaviest piece weighed 90tn with three additional pieces at 40tn each as well as other cargo in cases totalling 500cbm as a whole shipment

The operation

Delta Maritime with transport of tram trains in Greece

Piraeus - Delta Maritime report an ongoing project they are assisting with involving the transport of tram trains from Piraeus Port to Elliniko Tram Station. The project will help the flow of traffic throughout the Athens and Piraeus network

In Dammam

SGP takes over management of King Abdulaziz Port container terminals

Dammam - On 1 October 2020, Saudi Global Ports Company (SGP), one of PSA International’s subsidiaries, officially assumed the management of both first and second container terminals at King Abdulaziz Port Dammam (KAPD), Saudi Arabia. SGP has thus become the sole container terminal operator of the deep-water hinterland port.

To boost economy

UK mulls Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched a review aimed at improving transport links across the UK, including a possible bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, as part of a plan to boost the pandemic-hit economy and strengthen ties between its member nations. The study will consider air links within the country, road and rail links in Scotland, the Welsh rail network


Amazon's latest grocery store concept opens, with high-tech carts

Los Angeles - Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it is opening a supermarket in Los Angeles with shopping carts that let customers skip checkout lines, as the e-commerce company builds out its offline presence. The market, in the Woodland Hills neighborhood, is called the Amazon Fresh grocery store. It is the first location to let customers in - by invitation only - out of seven that Amazon has confirmed for Southern California and greater Chicago

A TEN-T project

Webuild to work on €220m contract for Turin-Lyon high-speed railway base tunnel

Turin - Webuild, formerly Salini Impregilo, and its partners have won a €220-million contract to help develop the base tunnel between Turin and Lyon, a major infrastructure project that is part of an ambitious European Union initiative of sustainable mobility to connect the continent’s railway networks and increase the transport of people and goods on rail rather than road

New service

ZIM to meet eCommerce boom with record US-China service

Haifa - Container shipping line ZIM has launched a dedicated service from South China to Los Angeles US West Coast – Speedy ZIM eCommerce Xpress (ZEX) to cater for the increasing needs of eCommerce customers. In a statement, the carrier said the emphasis on eCommerce was particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic

Traffic data

No demand: world’s container ships run near empty

Hong Kong - Warehouses are getting so full of goods like fridges and washing machines that retailers are asking shipping companies to push back deliveries, which may drag global container shipments down as much as 30% in the next few months

Intermodal and logistics

EU signs 75 million dollars of infrastructure deals with Bosnia

Sarajevo - The European Union and its lending arm, the European Investment Bank, have signed deals with Bosnia worth 68 million euros ($75 million) to help improve the Balkan country’s water supply, flood protection and transport infrastructure

intermodal and logistics

Controlled explosions demolish remains of collapsed Italy bridge

Genoa - Six seconds of controlled explosions wiped out the remains of a collapsed bridge in the northern Italian city of Genoa on Friday, paving the way for a new structure to replace the ageing viaduct that gave way last year, killing 43 people.

intermodal and logistics

China seeks to allay fears over BRI debt risks

Beijing - China aims to make the Belt and Road initiative sustainable and prevent debtrisks, its finance minister said on Thursday, seeking to allay criticism that the infrastructure plan to boost trade and investment creates a heavy burden for some nations

intermodal and logistics

Venice Mestre enhances intermodal station

Venice - The upgrading of intermodal systems in the Venice Mestre railway station area, promoting interconnectivity between rail and road transport modes, and rebuilding the urban fabric of Venice’s Mestre and Marghera neighbourhoods

intermodal and logistics

Maersk to start reefer rail service in Russia

St. Petersburg - Maersk intends to develop reefer rail service in Russian from sea port into hinterland. According to Maersk Russia, the line has already made test shipments of perishables by rail. Thus, import fruit was dispatched from St. Petersburg to Novosibirsk

intermodal and logistics

Genoa: investors turn on Italy bridge operator after disaster

Genoa - Italy’s biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday after Rome criticised it for a deadly bridge collapse this week, moving to revoke its concession and accusing it of failing to ensure the viaduct’s safety.

intermodal and logistics

Divača-Koper at 160 km/h / ANALYSIS

THIS past year in Slovenia, there has been a debate on the upgrading of the Divača-Koper rail line. The project, because of its high cost, has been held hostage by the political clash between the majority and the opposition. Suffice it to say that several referendums have been held to stop the project

intermodal and logistics

Workers forced to move 10,000 books in a shift

Pavia - Ten thousand books to be moved in one shift, ‘weekly’ contracts renewed for years, 200 hours of overtime per month, systematic violations of every labour right. These were, according to 300 workers’ stories, the working conditions reported by a study into ‘caporalato’, a kind of illegal job brokerage

intermodal and logistics

DPW to build and operate logistics hub in Mali

Dubai - Global trade enabler Dp World has signed a 20-year concession with an automatic 20-year extension with the Republic of Mali to build and operate a 1000-hectare modern logistics hub outside of Bamako

intermodal and logistics

Continental to invest 4 mln euro in Timisoara tire plant

Timosoara - Automotive parts supplier Continental Romania said it is investing 4 million euro ($4.7 million) to expand the system for treating olfactory emissions at its Timisoara plant, Continental Anvelope.

intermodal and logistics

UPS weighs strategy to deliver bulky goods to boost growth

New York - UPS and its rival FedEx Corp currently deliver parcels up to 150 pounds (68.04 kg) in weight to a person’s door step, and neither carries packages into a person’s home or handles so-called “white glove” services such as product assembly or installation.

intermodal and logistics

Amsterdam connects with the new Silk Road

Amsterdam - A new direct connection has been launched between Amsterdam Container Terminal and Yiwu in China as part of the new Silk Road connecting two of the world’s leading economies. The first train set off on its 11,000 kilometre, 16-day journey on 7 March 2018

intermodal and logistics

World Bank’s IFC calls for investment in Iraq reconstruction

Kuwait - The International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) country manager for Iraq, Ziad Badr, was speaking in Kuwait ahead of an international conference this week for donors and investors to rebuild and revive Iraq’s economy as the country emerges from a devastating three-war against Islamic State.

intermodal and logistics

Global Fruit & Veg market worth €246 billion

Berlin - According to Münch, that figure could reach the 400-billion mark in 2030, with fruit representing 32% of the world’s population daily diet.

intermodal and logistics

“Never in Italy” to Amazon and its bracelet

Roma - In Italy, Amazon’s patent for a wireless bracelet to speed up employees’ retrieval of products stored in warehouses has generated a controversy that has not yet subsided. Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, has made it clear that such bracelets will never be used in Italy

intermodal and logistics

Suez Authority extends toll cuts for dry bulkers

Port Said - The Suez Canal Authority has extended the discount offered to dry bulk vessels back in April 2017 until the end of 2018. Specifically, a 75% rebate of the canal transit tolls is being offered to laden or ballast dry bulk vessels coming or heading to ports at South West, South and East of Australia

intermodal and logistics

“How RAM will serve to relaunch logistics” / INTERVIEW

Naples - Although he has accumulated titles and presidencies and held prestigious positions throughout in his life, he is still known to everyone as “the professor,” a title to which Ennio Cascetta is particularly attached.He calls himself a perfectionist, and admittedly not an easy personality

intermodal and logistics

ALIS flexes its muscles with three thousand assembly attendees

Rome - As first assemblies go, this one was certainly well attended: if there weren’t 3,000 it wasn’t far off; and, naturally, the representatives of Italy’s ports were in the front row, members of the Logistics Association for Sustainable Intermodality (ALIS), founded by its president, Guido Grimaldi.

intermodal and logistics

ECG, new course on Negotiation Management

Brussels - ECG,the Association of European Vehicles Logistics, announces the extension of its education arm to include a new specialist course on Negotiation Management. This new course further reinforces ECG’s commitment to education & training, and complements its successful ECG Academy

intermodal and logistics

Kuhne + Nagel, results improve

Genoa - In the third quarter of this year, net sales for the Swiss logistics group Kuehne + Nagel amounted to 4.7 billion Swiss francs (€4.1 billion), up 14.9% from 4.1 billion Swiss francs in July-September 2016.

intermodal and logistics

Laos merely a bystander as China pushes Belt and Road ambitions

Luang Prabang - An ambitious $6 billion high-speed railway project in Laos that would link China with the Laotian capital of Vientiane on the Thai border is meant to be a symbol of cooperation under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative.

intermodal and logistics

Tractor-thief gang dismantled in Savona

Cairo Montenotte - They stole tractors in the area between Liguria and Piedmontand exported them to Romania for reselling in Eastern Europe. The gang of agricultural vehicle-jackers were caught thanks to an operation by the carabinieri police of the Cairo Operational Headquarters