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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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“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

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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

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“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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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New China-Italy rail connection

Lugo - Rail Cargo Operator (RCO), the intermodal division of Austria’s Rail Cargo Group (RCG), specializing in frequent long-distance connections, handled its first rail link between Taiyuan, in China’s Shanxi province, and Lugo, located near Ravenna, Italy, on behalf of China Container Transportation Corporation (CRCT)

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Switzerland ensures slots at Gotthard Tunnel

Locarno - According to the revision of the Law on Freight Transport, the Swiss Federal Council and Parliament have instructed the Federal Transport Office (UFT) to guarantee traffic rights (slots) for both passenger and freight traffic

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Switzerland develops Rhine river ports

Basel - The Swiss Federal Office of Transport (UFT),the Cantons of Basel-city and Basel-country, and the Swiss Rhine River Ports (SRH) have signed a declaration of intent for upgrade work at the ports located along the Rhine, including the construction of a third basin at the port of Kleinhüningen

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Grimaldi: “Marebonus is running aground”

Rome - “The ‘Marebonus’ is running aground.And doing incalculable damage to Italy’s economy. The road haulage companies believed in the ‘Marebonus’ [i.e. Sea Bonus] to such an extent that they directed their investments to more and more intermodal transportation”

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Pre-clearing set to begin for automotive in Italy

Ravenna - In early September advanced customs clearance proceduresfor motor vehicles are set to start. A trial period by Italy’s Customs Agency will last six months, and it will represent the first time that vehicles are also included, since 2014, when the procedures started being applied to containers

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Titan ships machinery from Italy to India

La Spezia - Italian firm Titan Project & Logistic shipped of machinery for a tannery.The machinery was picked up from the Italian tannery after dismantling and was stuffed, lashed and loaded on a 20’ flat at the Titan premises as photographed. The shipment then left La Spezia in Italy bound for Nhava Sheva, India

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The Swisstrain expands its service offering

Frenkendorf - The Swisstrain, a transportation product offered by Frenkendorf-based Swissterminal AG, expands its service portfolio. As from 10 July 2017, the train will serve the Port of Antwerp in addition to the Port of Rotterdam.

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Venice, double link to Frankfurt

Venice - The German company Lokomotion Rail, has introduced a new pair of trains on the freight rail link between Venice and Frankfurt, on behalf of DB Cargo. They were originally meant to be used on the Bologna-Frankfurt line

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Milestone Logistics leads an alliance in Spain

Valencia - Milestone Logistics in Spain announces they are leading an alliancewith four other companies to offer full services in the supply chain. The “360 Alliance”, which offers logistics consulting services, international transport, warehouse logistics and packaging solutions, is led by Milestone Logistics

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PSA Voltri-Pra’, extended hours at gate

Genova - As a result of the increase in the flow of container traffic at the PSA Terminal Voltri-Pra’, from 1 June to 15 September, acceptance hours will be extended at the lorry gate. The summer Monday to Friday operating hours are the following

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Big breakbulk Genoa to Veracruz shipment / GALLERY

Genova - Alpha Maritime Services,Ufo representative in Italy, successfully handled breakbulk shipment to Mexico. A total of 995tns / 1,950 cbm of cargo was shipped from Genoa Port in Italy to Veracruz Port in Mexico for an important client

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HMM takes three Hanjin berths in Kaohsiung

Kaoshiung - Taiwan’s port of Kaohsiung has completed the handing over of three container berths, previously operated by the now-defunct Hanjin Shipping, to Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) on Thursday, increasing the number of HMM-operated berths to five

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Asia’s first automated terminal operational

Qingdao New Qianwan Container Terminal in China has become Asia’s first fully automated container terminal after servicing the 13,386 TEU “Cosco France” on May 11. Locals refer to it as the “ghost port” after watching its machines and trucks operating day and night to unload the vessel without people in sight

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Yilport starts investments in Ecuador

Puerto Bolívar - Yilport Holding started investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal by installing two mobile harbor cranes. The MHCs arrived on 21 May, and the equipment will be operational by the first week of June, the company said in its press release

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Assiterminal’s new president is Luca Becce

Genoa - Luca Becce, 57, who is from Savona, has held various managerial positions in the GIP Group and is currently C.E.O. of TDT, Terminal Darsena Toscana, in Livorno.

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Proven track record at JSL Global in Qatar / GALLERY

Doha - JSL Global completed the offloading,local transportation and handling of 40 modules arriving at Hamad Port from Croatia. Each module weighed 25mt with dimensions of 14.0 x 3.6 x 3.6m. When the vessel berthed at Hamad Port, JSL noticed that the cargo was very delicate and because of its hollow structure

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Throughput record for Contship in La Spezia

La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) has recorded its largest ever result in container throughput in the first four months of 2017. Total throughput at the terminal, which is the leading gateway container handling facility in Italy operated by the Contship Italia Group

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Genoa: new services at PSA Terminal

Genova - Tuesday 9 May was the day of the inauguration of the new ship services at the PSA Voltri-Pra Terminal. The first is Ocean Alliance’s MED1 - operated by Evergreen, OOCL, CMA, APL and Cosco - which will call at the terminal for the first time with the 14,000-TEU container carrier “Tampa Triumph”

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Russian automotive backs on track

Moscow - The big freeze in Russia’s car market may just have started thawing.Domestic vehicle sales rose late last year for the first time in almost two years with further growth during the first quarter of 2017 after a 9.4% surge year-on-year in March, according to the Association of European Businesses

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China invests $124bn in Belt and Road project

Beijing - The Chinese government is investing tens of billions of dollars as partof an ambitious economic plan to rebuild ports, roads and rail networks. China’s President Xi Jinping has pledged $124bn (£96bn) for the scheme, known as the Belt and Road initiative: “Trade is the important engine of economic development,”

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Logistics: digital and borderless into the future

Munich - The digital revolution was topic No. 1 at transport logistic 2017, which took place from May 9 to 12, 2017 in Munich. Another much-discussed topic of the discussions was rising national protectionism which is a risk for international trade

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“Marebonus” and “Ferrobonus” to start by May

Rome - “We’re satisfied with the sense of urgency and availability shown by the Ministry of Transport in relation to the needs of the haulage and logistics sector, as, by securing the funding destined for the sector in 2018 and 2019, it has recognized the sector’s fundamental role” it said from ANITA

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Interporto Sud Europa, tenders launched

Caserta - A call for tenders for the expansion project of its multimodal terminal was posted on the Interporto Sud Europa (ISE) website, with 26 April as the closing date. The project involves the rail area of the terminal, slated for a doubling of its intake and delivery tracks, to increase to a total of six

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Montecargo profit falls in 2016

Podgorica - Montenegrin majority state-owned rail cargo operator Montecargo said its net profit fell to 12,789 euro ($13,895) in 2016 from 53,717 euro a year earlier. The company’s operating profit decreased 12.9% to 6.2 million euro, while operating costs declined 4.3% to 6.2 million euro

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ECG celebrates 20 years of activity

Brussels - ECG,the Association of European Vehicle Logistics is proud to announce its twentieth year as the leading voice of the European vehicle logistics sector. The Association had the pleasure to commemorate this momentous anniversary along with over 250 of its members, supporters and industry friends

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Freight cleared in under five minutes

Genoa - Italy’s customs one-stop-shop going digital. With the spread of electronic filing, 92% of freight clears customs in record time.

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Hupac boosts service Novara-Lubeck service

Novara - Swiss intermodal operator Hupac, in collaboration with Germany’s Kombiverkehr, has increased to five its weekly departures in both directions along the rail linking the inland port of Novara CIM (Eurogateway terminal) and the Baltic Rail Gate terminal in Lübeck-Travemünde

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Arcese, work starts on new logistics hub

Genoa - Italian logistics and transport group Arcese began the construction of a new multimodal platform in Basiano, in the province of Monza and Brianza.

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Conxion handles large boiler for Qatar Fertilizer

Doha - Qatari PCN members, Conxion Logistics & Heavy Equipment have successfully handled the national transport of a large RG boiler with dimensions of 14.00 x 3.20 x 3.80m and a weight of 70tns from Hamad Port to the Mesaieed Industrial City for Qatar Fertilizer Company

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“Freight trains on the high-speed lines at night” / INTERVIEW

Genova - Andrea Gentile,55, is the new president of Assologistica as of a few days ago. Assologistica is the association that represents the 250 logistical operators, that is, Italy’s general and refrigerated warehouses, port terminals, freight villages and airports

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STS, analysts puzzled over business plan

Genoa - The strategy of Ansaldo STS and Hitachi Rail Italy,its majority shareholder, is not convincing analysts. According to investment consultancy firm Equita, following results for the first nine months of the year, no indication on finding potential synergies with Hitachi have emerged

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DHL buys MIT

Rome - DHL Supply Chain Italy, the Deutsche Post DHL group company which specialises in managing integrated logistical services for companies, acquired 100% of MIT, a leading Italian company in high-tech advanced logistical services.

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Amazon set to increase bet on Italy

Milan - Online retailer Amazon.com is set to announce on Friday the first in a seriesof investments in Italy worth at least 500 million euros ($550 million), a bet on the government’s plan to go from laggard to leader in digital commerce, sources said. Amazon will invest 150 million euros to build a major storage centre

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Customs: 90% of declarations take less than 5 minutes

Genoa - The World Bank has moved Italy from 56th, to first position worldwide, in the Trading Across Borders indicator - and for ease of doing business, Italy’s rank rose from 65th to 45th.

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MSC attacks Italian terminals

Genoa - The MSC Group has its eyes on Italy’s docks. And it does so having become the sole operator of the container terminal managed by Conateco in the port of Naples, given that the Chinese COSCO Group has left the scene.

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SOLAS Convention: Genoa ready in 3 months

Genoa - The weighing of containers in the port of Genoa has already startedon a trial basis, prior to the worldwide entry into force of the SOLAS Convention, on 1 July. At the port of Genoa the new system will be fully up to speed within the next three months

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Grimaldi acquires stake in Autoterminal

Naples - The Grimaldi Group has acquired through Automar(led by Costantino Baldissara and jointly owned by Grimaldi: 40%, Bertani: 40%, Mercurio: 20%) a 50% stake in Autoterminal Gioia Tauro. The car terminal had been, until now, wholly owned by Germany’s BLG Logistics

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Wolfgang Göbel new President of ECG

Baveno - Wolfgang Göbel, Chief Sales Officer, Horst Mosolf, has been elected President of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG). Mr. Göbel brings more than 36 years of relevant industry experience to his new role and has served as ECG Vice-President for the last seven years

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Iscotrans celebrates 40th anniversary

Genoa - Iscotrans S.p.a celebrated its 40th anniversary in business in Genoa.The freight forwarding company was founded in Genoa in May 1976, and in a few years had established itself as a successful specialist in transporting unusual cargo to major construction sites in developing countries

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Exports: the EU launches “Rex” database

Genoa - The European Customs Code is not the only innovation that will soon change the world of EU logistics.In fact, Brussels has arranged that all exporting companies of member countries, specifically those trading outside the EU borders, will have to enrol in a new European database for exporters.

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Eurogate: net operating profit +13%

Bremen - Despite difficult market conditions, in 2015 Eurogate increasednet operating profit by 13.4% to EUR 73.5 million (previous year: EUR 64.9 million). Container handling volumes at the German Eurogate locations grew faster than the market

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Afriguide Logistics delivers Augusta 189

Durban - The team at Afriguide Logistics in South Africa were selected to handlethe delivery of a brand new Augusta Westland 189 helicopter to a local customer in Pretoria. The extremely high-value helicopter arrived in Durban on a Mafi trailer by RoRo vessel and had to be unlashed and crane lifted onto road transport

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Contship Italia Group 2015 results

Milan - Contship Italia’s Maritime Container Terminal business handled 6.3 million TEUs for the year, a slight decrease from 2014 (6.6m TEUs), mainly due to network adjustment by the shipping lines in the Mediterranean hubs, notwithstanding four out of five Italian terminals experienced increased volumes.

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Khimji Ramdas delivers in Oman

Muscat - Khimji Group have recently celebrated the milestone of completing a total of 100,000km in delivering shipments to the Rabab Harweel Sour Oil & Gas Project site. Business Development Manager, Chacko Jose explains: “In Oman, sour oil and gas is mostly concentrated in the south of the country

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China logistics firm SF to build up aircraft fleet

Beijing - SF Group,“China’s FedEx”, has big plans. In an interview, the CEO reveals it will buy at least 10 aircraft next year, and is also planning international expansion into South-east Asia and Europe. It already delivers to the US and Japan, but plans to add the UK, France and Germany as well as Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos

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Payments to Transportation Authority Suspended

Turin - The Administrative Court of Piedmont issued an order admittingthe petition for precautionary measures from Confetra and other port operators, and suspended the requests for payment that the Transportation Regulation Authority is sending to transportation, shipping, and logistics companies