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Nippon Express signs Kazakhstan MoU

ASTANA, Kazakhstan: August 16, 2017. Nippon Express has signed an MoU with Kazakhstan's railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) to develop container traffic from China, Japan and South Korea to Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

KTZ vice president for Development Arman Sultanov said his company could provide transshipment, processing and handling at the inland dry port of Khorgos-Eastern Gates to reduce transit times between Asia and Europe.

In May the national railway signed an investment agreement with COSCO Shipping Corporation and China's Lianyungang port for the joint development of the Khorgos-Eastern Gate Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

The port of Lianyungang is China's largest ocean port with a handling capacity of more than 200 million tonnes and five million containers per year.

Khorgos Eastern GateChinese investors are acquiring 49 percent of Kazakhstan's inland port to create a large regional hub for the consolidation and distribution of cargo flows between Asia and Europe.

KTZ said the Khorgos-Eastern Gate SEZ (right) would become part of COSCO Shipping logistics services and ensure the integration of Kazakhstan's transit corridors into its logistics network.

In June DP World signed an MoU with Kazakhstan's government to develop a Port Community System (PCS) and to integrate Customs processes throughout the country. PCS is a one-stop electronic platform developed by DP World subsidiary Dubai Trade that enables the exchange of multimodal data.

KTZ and DP World are to set up a joint venture to implement and manage the PCS system with the aim of automating multimodal logistics processes into a single 'Eurasian Transcontinental Corridor'.

DP World chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem commented: "Kazakhstan has tremendous potential and its leadership is working hard for its people – putting in place the right policies and procedures. It is at the crossroads of Asia and, although landlocked, president Nazarbayev's commitment to improve internal and external connectivity to avoid the 'transportation trap' will propel growth.'

The company said it is also providing advisory services under a separate contract with KTZ for the development of the Khorgos SEZ and Inland Container Depot.

Freightweek news update Week 33

chapman pipesDUBAI: August 17, 2017. Emirates SkyCargo is rolling out a new white cover ULD solution developed in collaboration with DuPont. Read more: DuPont_Cool.pdf

ISTANBUL: August 16, 2017. Turkish Cargo has received accreditation as a Qualified Environmental Supplier (QEP) from Envirotainer. Read more: QEP_accredited.pdf

SHARJAH, UAE: August 16, 2017. Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has delivered 60 tons of pipe spooling from Sharjah to Houston for an equipment upgrade at a gas-to-liquids processing plant. Read more:sharjah.pdf

LONDON/MADRID: August 15, 2017. IAG Cargo has announced the introduction of a new direct service to Nashville, Tennessee. Read more: Nashville.pdf

LONDON: August 14, 2017. Pentalver Transport Limited, a subsidiary of railway company Genesee & Wyoming, is expanding its container facility at DP World London Gateway. Read more: pentalver.pdf

LONDON: August 14, 2017. Air Charter Service has completed the roundtrip shipment of 11 Picasso paintings from France to Morocco for a two-month exhibition. Read more: Picasso.pdf

HAMBURG, Germany: August 14, 2017. Hansa Heavy Lift has transported 13 modules measuring over 147,124 cubic meters from China to Australia to help with the redevelopment of the Nyrstar Smelter in Port Pirie. Read more: Port_Pirie.PDF

Descartes acquires MacroPoint and new shareholder

WATERLOO, ON: August 16, 2017. Descartes Systems Group is to acquire Cleveland, OH-based transport visibility network MacroPoint for US$107 million.

With annualized revenue of US$12.5 million, MacroPoint uses location-based truck tracking and predictive freight capacity data to connect more than 8,000 transportation providers, brokers and shippers.

MacroPoint truck"We view Descartes as a natural fit for the MacroPoint network and business," said shareholder Amir Goldman of Susquehanna Growth Equity. "We believe there are tremendous opportunities for the combined business, which is why we've become Descartes shareholders as part of this transaction."

MacroPoint connects to trucks via integrations to on-board electronic logging devices (ELDs), transportation management systems, GPS-enabled smart phone applications and location-based mobile phone triangulation.

The company uses the data to help shippers, brokers and logistics services track deliveries while also providing predictive freight capacity for additional freight moves.

"Consumers expect to see the location and progress of shipments from the point of order to delivery," said Ken Wood, Descartes executive vice president of Product Management. "With leading e-commerce retailers and other shippers demanding that their transportation providers provide real-time location-based information, the business-to-business market now has the same expectation of full visibility into transportation moves."

Woods added that MacroPoint has established what he believes is the "preeminent network of connected vehicles and location-based content in North America".

MacroPoint CEO Bennett Adelson declared: "We believe that the combination of Descartes' Global Logistics Network with our cloud-based, real-time load visibility platform creates a truly differentiated offering that helps customers research, plan, execute and monitor multi-modal shipments around the world."

Jebel Ali FTZ gains US$80 billion

DUBAI: August 14, 2017. Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) increased the value of its non-oil foreign trade by US$80.2 billion in 2016 with volumes rising 17 percent year-on-year to reach 27.9 million tonnes.

China maintained its position during the year as Jafza's largest trading partner with US$11.3 billion worth of goods as many Chinese companies used the location to re-export products.

Jebel Ali FTZSaudi Arabia was the second largest customer with US$7 billion, followed by Vietnam with US$4.3 billion and the U.S. with US$3.7 billion.

Trade with Asia Pacific in 2016 totaled US$32.4 billion followed by the Middle East at US$27.2 billion, Europe (US$9.9 billion), the Americas (US$5.5 billion) and Africa (US$5 billion).

DP World group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem commented: "The value and volume of trade through Jafza underlines the strength of the national economy and its ability to adapt to global trading conditions, create investment opportunities and open up new markets to exports from the UAE."

Machinery, electronics and electrical goods accounted for 49 percent of Jafza's total trade followed by petrochemicals, oil and gas with 16 percent, food and FMCG (8.0 percent), textiles and garments (7.0 percent) and automotive and spare parts (6.0 percent).

Bin Sulayem added: "Jebel Ali Port plays a pivotal role in enabling international trade so companies operating in Jafza can import and re-export their goods and products to the various countries of the region. Dubai Logistics Corridor, [connecting] Jebel Ali Port and Al Maktoum International Airport in one Customs zone, reduces the time taken for the movement of goods between sea and air, making the area the main transit gateway in the Middle East."

Freightweek news update Week 32

LONDON, Heathrow: August 12, 2017. To celebrate World Elephant Day and help stop illegal trade of wildlife, Heathrow has installed a pop-up interactive display at the airport's Terminal 5 in partnership with UK Border Force and IAG Cargo. Read more: IAG_Cargo.pdf

MIAMI: August 11, 2017. TAP Air Portugal, the country's 72 year-old national carrier, has made its first 'retro' flight to Miami from Lisbon with an A330. Read more: Back_to_the_70s.pdf

KANSAI, Japan: August 11, 2017. Yusen Logistics is joining the KIX Pharma Community, a group being formed to acquire joint CEIV Pharma certification at Kansai International Airport. Read more: CEIV.pdf

dship GalliaBREMEN: August 11, 2017. The deugro Group has acquired all of P.T. Rolitrans International's and P.T. Rolitrans Indonesia's heavy haul assets. Read more: heavylift.pdf

ATLANTA: August 11, 2017.  Delta Cargo is now using the Envirotainer RAP e2 in its domestic and international widebody aircraft for shipments  between +0°C and +20°C. Read more: Envirotainer.pdf

FINDEL, Luxembourg G-D: August 11, 2017. lux-Airport is to begin construction of a new head office for Cargolux at the end of 2017 for completion by 2020. Read more: Cargolux_HQ.pdf

LONDON STANSTED: August 09, 2017. CargoLogicAir is to begin a twice-weekly B747-400 freighter service between the UK and Mexico on August 19. Read more: Mexico.pdf

JACKSONVILLE, FL: August 09, 2017. Crowley Liner Services has begun a weekly sailing between Florida, Costa Rica and Panama. Read more: Costa_Rica.pdf

BREMEN: August 09, 2017. dship Carriers, the multi-purpose project shipping company of the deugro Group, has acquired three heavylift MPP vessels for use on trade lanes between Asia, the Gulf and Europe. Read more: MPP1.pdf

BASEL, Switzerland: August 08, 2017. Panalpina has won a five-year contract to manage transportation for a gas project in Iraq. Read more: Iraq_oil.pdf

TANGIER: August 07, 2017. Munich Maersk, a Triple-E vessel capable of carrying over 20,000 TEU, made its maiden call at APM Terminals Tangier on July 28 to help celebrate the facility's 10th anniversary. Read more: Tangier.pdf

Wincanton to operate from DP World London Gateway

LONDON: August 16, 2017. Wincanton, one Britain's largest logistics companies, is to establish a truck base at DP World London Gateway's logistics park from early next year.

According to the company there is strong interest from trucking companies in the remaining 5.5 acres available for lease from DP World.

DP World WincantonThe announcement follows a move by the SH Pratt Group to locate its new venture Halo in a custom temperature-controlled facility in the facility.

Oliver Treneman, DP World London Gateway Park Development director said: "The Logistics Park is not only the perfect location for warehouse and distribution facilities, but for services ancillary to the port. Truck parking facilities for hauliers looking to serve shipping lines and their customers in the most efficient ways are an important ancillary service to the UK's most sophisticated port.

"Wincanton has recognized the excellent location and facilities of our site, and we have worked together to ensure that their customers can benefit from them."

Chris Fenton, Wincanton managing director for Industrial & Transport added: "We have been moving containers in and out of DP World London Gateway Port since it opened three-and-a-half years ago.

"With Asia-Europe services now calling at the port and volumes continually increasing, now is the right time for us to have a base within the port so that we can provide an even better service to our customers."

Wincanton is a third party logistics and supply chain solutions provider operating from more than 200 locations across the UK and Ireland with around 3,600 vehicles.

Qatar lifts visa requirement for LATAM market

DOHA: August 09, 2017. Qatar Airways has introduced visa-free entry for citizens from 80 countries with those from the EU, Switzerland and Turkey allowed to remain in the country for up to 90 days. Travellers from the U.S. and Britain only get permission for 30 days.

The new Qatar regulations – which also include visa-free travel from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador - coincide with a visit to Qatar by the Board of LATAM Airlines Group.

LATAM Board members in DohaIn December last year Qatar Airways acquired a 10 percent stake in LATAM for US$608.37 million.

"LATAM's presence here in Qatar sends an important signal that it is business as usual both for Qatar Airways and the State of Qatar, said Qatar Airlines CEO Akbar Al Baker. "We look forward to growing and expanding our presence in South America when we launch a brand new direct service between Doha, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, Chile starting in early 2018."

Qatar Airways Cargo will also introduce B777 freighter capacity to Rio - adding to existing services to São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Quito - when an A350-900 passenger aircraft links Qatar four times a week. Earlier this year the airline leased four such aircraft from LATAM for 12 months.

Visitors to Qatar on LATAM will be issued a multi-entry waiver free-of-charge at Doha based on a valid passport and ticket.

The country is also considering replacing visas with an online travel authorization for holders of a residence permit or a valid visa from Gulf Cooperation Council countries, UK, U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Schengen Area.

Al Baker added: "Today's announcement places the State of Qatar as the most open country in the region. This is a momentous occasion for Qatar, making the number of nationalities eligible to enter our country without a visa the highest in region, which is something that we are very proud of."

Pictured: LATAM Board members at their first ever meeting in Doha.

Swiss WorldCargo reorganizes the Americas

ZURICH: August 15, 2017. The air cargo division of SWISS is to reduce its American organization from three to two regions effective October 01 covering Western, Southern USA & South America; and Northeast/Midwest USA and Canada.

At the same time it has appointed Hendrik Falk as regional manager Western, Southern USA & South America based in Atlanta. In this capacity Falk returns to the Lufthansa Group where he was Lufthansa Cargo regional director Sales for Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australasia from 1988-2002.

SWISSFalk has held other executive appointments in the air cargo industry including vice president North & South America for Air Bridge Cargo Airlines; vice president Cargo Sales for Global Aviation Holdings; and vice president Cargo EMEA and India for Polar Air Cargo.

The SWISS cargo region for Northeast/Midwest USA and Canada will continue to be led by Michael Ganz from New York. Ganz joined the American organization two years ago, after holding several commercial management positions at Swisscargo and Swiss WorldCargo in Zurich.

René Brechbuehl, who has had a 44-year career with Swissair and SWISS and for the past three has managed the Swiss WorldCargo South-East USA & South America region, will retire in October.

Also retiring from SWISS after 15 years of service is the last of its 21 Avro RJ100 aircraft that arrived at Zurich from Geneva on August 15 to a traditional water salute (right).

"Making this final landing at our home airport aboard an Avro was a very emotional experience for me. The taking out of service of the Avro aircraft marks the end of an era in the history of aviation in Switzerland," commented Avro fleet chief Michael Weisser.

SWISS said the Avro RJ100 and the smaller RJ85 have operated over half a million flights since the company was founded in 2002 and "remain in high demand despite their age".

Another record EBIT for Deutsche Post DHL

BONN: August 08, 2017. Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) has reported a 4.7 percent increase in net profit to €1.18 billion on a 5.8 percent rise in revenue to €29.69 billion for the first half of 2017. Operating profit (EBIT) rose 6.2 percent to reach €1.76 billion for the H1 period.

Second quarter net profit rose 11.3 percent to €602 million as revenue rose 4.4 percent to €14.8 billion year-on-year. An EBIT of €841 million was the strongest in company history and the seventh consecutive all-time quarterly high.

DHL Supply Chain life sciencesChief executive officer Frank Appel said the group - which employs over 508,000 people in 220 countries - is forecasting an EBIT of €3.75 billion for 2017 and expects to maintain an average eight percent increase in annual operating profit to 2020. "All of our divisions, thanks to their focus on fast-growing markets such as global e- commerce, are optimally positioned for long-term growth," he declared.

Revenue from the company's Supply Chain division rose 1.5 percent in H1 to top €7.04 billion, driven in part by an 11 percent rise in its Asia Pacific Life Science and Healthcare business.

This week the division signed an MoU with Shanghai Pharma - which generated revenues of over US$18 billion last year - to provide enhanced quality control measures, streamlined distribution processes, and strengthened compliance with food and pharma regulations for the company.

"China's national market for drugs has grown rapidly in recent years to become the world's second-largest with an estimated growth to around US$167 billion by 2020,," said Shanghai Pharma president and executive director Cho Man. "Our partnership with DHL will help [us] become one of the world's foremost pharmaceutical manufacturers – supported by a global distribution network that combines world-class quality control with fast, seamless delivery."

DHL Supply Chain CEO for Greater China Yin Zou said the country's pharma industry has suffered historically from high levels of fragmentation amongst local customers and distributors which the government's new 'two-invoice' policy seeks to resolve: "In this regulatory climate, end-to-end supply chain management plays an increasingly crucial role in determining how effectively Chinese pharmaceuticals firms not only maintain sales locally, but gain traction abroad in a cost-effective and sustainable manner," he noted.

Zeaborn now owns six Rickmers-Line ships

BREMEN/HAMBURG: August 07, 2017. The Zeaborn Group has acquired five 30,000dwt 'Superflex Heavy Lift' vessels from Rickmers Holding. The purchase price has not been disclosed.

The ships join the Rickmers Hamburg that was acquired when Zeaborn completed its takeover of Rickmers-Line in April this year.

Zeaborn managing partner Ove Meyer said the purchase is not only a commitment to the future of Rickmers-Line but also ensures independence from third-party tonnage and external influences. "With the ownership of the liner-service vessels, we are able to ensure the Round-The-World Pearl String liner service for our customers on a sustainable basis," he explained.

Rickmers SeoulRickmers-Line operates nine heavylift vessels built between 2002 and 2004 and Zeaborn now has title to six: Rickmers Singapore, Jakarta, New Orleans, Seoul (pictured), Dalian and Hamburg. Each has four cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 640 tons and all are equipped with intermediate decks for loading optimization.

Rickmers-Line CEO Ulrich Ulrichs commented: "The acquisition of the five Superflex Heavy Lift vessels manifests our commitment to the liner services. Needless to say that continuity and reliability are key in liner services. Securing the availability of suitable tonnage adds to this."

Bremen-based Zeaborn operates a combined fleet of 50 multi-purpose ships with a deadweight ranging from 7,500 to 30,000 tonnes and a combined lifting capacity of up to 700 tons.

In June the Rickmers Group declared insolvency following the rejection by HSH Nordbank of a proposed financial restructuring.

At the time the ship management company expressed surprised saying said it had reached an "understanding" with the Hamburg-based bank and others on a term sheet regarding the restructuring of its liabilities, and particularly a five-year bond maturing in 2018.

The company continues to trade under Self-Administration.

Amazon operator ATSG to add A321 freighter conversions

BEAVERTON, OR/WILMINGTON, OH: August 07, 2017. Conversion specialist Precision Aircraft Solutions (PAS) and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) have launched 321 Precision Conversions, a joint venture to convert A321-200 passenger aircraft to freighters beginning in 2019.

Last month PAS delivered its 29th B757 freighter conversion to DHL and the A321-200 PCF is expected to provide the same amount of volume at B737 freighter operating costs. Over 1,400 A321-200 passenger aircraft are currently in service.

Steven Thomas, president of Erickson Group that owns PAS said: "This strategic alliance with ATSG for the A321-200 program underscores our complementary business models and our long history of positive business dealings over the years. We look forward to bringing this product to the market together."

PrecisionIn 2007 PAS redelivered the first of four converted B757-200PCF freighters to ATSG subsidiary Cargo Aircraft Management and four years later developed, certified and produced a B757-200PCC Combi variant for the company.

ATSG president and CEO Joe Hete commented: "Expanding our fleet to include A321-200 freighters will supplement the shareholder value we create in the future. Our decade-long relationship with Precision for 757 conversions gives me confidence that we will bring to market another high-quality, cost-effective freighter and reliable asset to a customer segment that demands very high performance."

Precision Aircraft Solutions has converted passenger B757 aircraft into freighter and combi variants for SF Airlines, DHL, Air China Cargo and ATI.

In addition to CAM, ATSG subsidiaries include ABX Air, Air Transport International, and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services incorporating PEMCO World Air Services.

Today ATSG reported a net loss of US$43.7 million on revenue of US$491.1 million for the first six months of 2017 compared to net earnings of US$19.8 million on revenue of US$353.9 million for the same period last year.

Hete added: "I'm pleased to say that we are scheduled to deliver the twentieth leased B767 freighter to Amazon later this week, 17 months after we formalized our relationship in March 2016. Our total leased-aircraft portfolio has grown by eight B767s as of June 30, compared to the same date a year ago.

"Excluding the two 767-300s required to complete Amazon's twenty-aircraft order, our current purchase and conversion commitments will yield twelve additional B767-300s extending through the first half of next year."

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