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October 10, 2014: UPS has acquired U.S.-based international e-commerce enabler and logistics company i-parcel, LLC. The acquisition complements UPS's international cross-border logistics capabilities from the U.S. and U.K., to over 100 countries. As e-commerce merchants in the U.S., U.K. and other countries grow, UPS continues to strengthen its logistics and technology capabilities to meet the demands of its global customer base.

"UPS continues to look ahead to the expanding worldwide demands in the ever-growing global e-commerce market," said Alan Gershenhorn, UPS executive vice president and chief commercial officer. "According to a Pay-Pal study*, cross-border e-commerce will reach $105 billion this year and by 2018 will exceed $300 billion with 130 million cross-border online shoppers. UPS continues to invest in capabilities that enable its e-commerce merchants to meet the growing global demand."

"i-parcel has been an international bridge linking U.S. and U.K. merchants to global e-commerce consumers throughout the world and our team is excited to join with UPS to further globalize e-commerce," said Will Gensburg, i-parcel's CEO, who will remain with the company.

i-parcel Global e-Commerce merchants connect to over 100 million global shoppers with an integrated platform that provides a localized look and feel on the respective merchant's website. The i-parcel platform supports merchant's websites with a local language welcome mat, fraud protection, fully-landed total prices (including customs duties and taxes) in local currency and numerous value enhancing features.

These features enable consumers in over 100 countries to shop online in the U.S. and U.K. as if they were shopping in their own country. i-parcel also provides low-cost deferred international transportation facilitating higher shopper conversion for merchants on lower-value goods. The combined software and transportation solutions allow merchants in the U.S. and U.K., two of the largest e-commerce markets, to reach a broader international consumer base without expanding their footprint.


October 14, 2014: With the move of its freighters to DWC, Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has strengthened the link between Dubai International and DWC, through its trucking operations, reinforcing the city's multi-model logistics capability as a growing and popular global cargo hub.

Emirates SkyCargo launched its trucking operations on 1 May 2014 in tandem with the start of its freighter operates at DWC, and up until 1st September 2014 its fleet of 47 trucks has facilitated the transhipment of over 108,000 tonnes of various commodities from perishables to outsized cargo between Dubai International and DWC, recording over 17,000 round trips, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Obviously ground transhipment requires the highest degree of care and special handling, from when the commodities are offloaded, right through to when it's delivered and loaded. An operation like this can only go to plan with nothing less than total cooperation from everyone involved. Through a joint effort, we have created a strong link between the three main cargo points in Dubai with service quality remaining at high standard," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

Enjoying a strategic location between East and West, and within 8 hours flying time of two thirds of the world's population, Dubai ranks sixth globally measured by air cargo traffic. The emirate is one of the fastest growing cargo hubs in the world. Its central position, coupled with the growth of Emirates airline, and increased popularity of air cargo transportation, saw cargo volumes reaching record levels in 2013 with 2,435,567 tonnes of air freight passing through Dubai International, up 6.8 per cent compared to 2,279,624 tonnes recorded during 2012. Over 125 airlines serve the two airports in Dubai, facilitating the movement of passengers and cargo to and from 260 destinations across six continents.

EK trucking hub"Our decision to move freighter operations to DWC was a strategic move that enables us to better tap and support Dubai's growth. We now have a dedicated facility for our freighters which allow us to grow our fleet size and meet our growth requirements," added Mr Sultan. "The ground transhipment service has now became embedded into our operations with the Emirates SkyCargo trucks becoming part a common sight in Dubai. We have introduced road feeder services to facilitate the movement of cargo between the two airports away from Dubai airport hustle and bustle."

Emirates SkyCargo signed a five-year trucking contract with a Dubai-based land transportation service provider for its fleet of trucks which consists of: 12 reefer trailers designed to handle all temperature sensitive commodities such as perishables, flowers, and pharmaceuticals; 33 dry boxes for all general cargo; and two low bed trucks for handling outsized cargo including aircraft engines, cowlings, and machinery. Each of the reefer trailers and dry boxes has the capacity to accommodate up to 28 tons.

These trucks move on an inclusive geo-fenced corridor to maintain the speed of connectivity and achieve on time performance goals. A central control room monitors all real time movements as trucks are equipped with a vehicle tracking system and a remote electronic locking system which allows for observation of the security of the vehicles and the sterility of the cargo therein by alarming and altering any en-route deviations.

Emirates SkyCargo DWC terminal is equipped to handle 700,000 tonnes per year, and features advanced technology, including a fully automated material handling system which is one of the world's first to have an automated Unit Load Device (ULD) that enables quick transfer of six ULDs simultaneously. It also consists of an automated pallet handling system, advanced storage system, offices, workstation areas, modern communication and security systems, canteens, and other amenities. The terminal infrastructure also includes truck docks and truck parking spaces, in addition to aircraft stands directly in front of the terminal.

Emirates continues to expand its freighter operations alongside its belly hold capacity. Emirates SkyCargo provides belly hold cargo services to more than 140 destinations around the world using cargo hold capacity in Emirates' fleet of over 225 aircraft, in addition to over 50 scheduled freighter services. Emirates operates a fleet of 13 freighters, 11 Boeing 777 Fs and two Boeing 747-400 ERFs, with a further of two B777s on order, one of which will arrive in November 2014, and the other in August 2015.


October 15, 2014: South Korea's leading cargo carrier, Korean Air Cargo, a member of the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance, has extended the cooperation with LUG aircargo handling at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) for a further five years to 2019. The contract has been signed in Korea recently.

LUG has handled freight for passenger and all-cargo aircrafts as well as road feeder services on behalf of Korean Air Cargo for 17 years by now. This track record makes the airline the longest standing customer of the ground handling agent (GHA).

"We are delighted to continue serving this leading Asian cargo carrier and celebrate the 20th anniversary of our cooperation in 2017," says Patrik Tschirch, Managing Director, LUG aircargo handling GmbH.

Korean Air Cargo's network embraces five continents. The airline connects Germany's biggest freight hub, Frankfurt-Main, with the airport of the South Korean capital Seoul, Incheon International. It offers seven weekly passenger flights and up to nine full freighter flights to/from Frankfurt-Main airport. LUG handles some 60,000 t of cargo on behalf of Korean Air Cargo in Frankfurt annually.

"Operational and innovative excellence as well as a very high safety-standard are the foundation stones of Korean Air's high reputation world wide. LUG aircargo handling matches our dedicated demands and expectations with highly trained people, leading edge IT systems, and well-defined processes. We value LUG aircargo handling as a professional and reliable partner that helps us on a dedicated basis and at a dedicated location of FRA to deliver a seamless, top-notch end-to-end customer experience. We are thus happy to continue our successful cooperation with LUG in Frankfurt. Together we provide premium logistics solutions tailored to the demands of customers in Germany and Europe," said Yoon Wook Yoo, General Manager and Regional Manager Frankfurt of Korean Air Cargo.

"Korean has been our loyal customer since May 1997. The extension of the contract confirms that we are pursuing the right strategy with our strong emphasis on quality. It also consolidates LUG's position as the leading independent, family owned GHA in Germany. We have been operating in Frankfurt for over 40 years. It is good to know that the quality of our service, our experienced personal, our modern warehousing facilities and direct apron access as well as our IT investments are well appreciated," added Patrik Tschirch.


October 15, 2014: Facilitating trade with minimal use of resources becomes critical when the overall economy is growing sluggishly, as it seems the case in recent times.

"Economies could do with an injection of hope" said the Chairman of the Customs Affairs Institute of FIATA (CAI), Mr Steve Morris, during the FIATA World Congress in Istanbul this week. "Trade facilitation is key to stimulate world trade", continued Mr Morris, "and expand export opportunities. Implementing De Minimis requires each economy to assess its fiscal and business needs against a balanced and achievable value. Transparency, predictability and clarity of the determination by Customs administrations of such process are paramount."

FIATA is therefore knocking on the doors of governments to consider adopting a de minimis regime (or examine their existing regimes) in an effort to harmonise this facilitation instrument as enshrined in the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC). The recently published position paper is set to inspiring states to realise the potential benefits of a harmonised de minimis threshold, summoning on past studies and successfully implemented de minimis' programs as sound evidence. Little doubt seems to exist that a wise de minimis regime can significantly boost trade.

FIATA's position is aware of the issues in achieving a fully harmonised de-minimis threshold in differing economies, but FIATA's research has revealed that sufficiently harmonised de- minimis levels are likely to have a positive impact on the economic development of the countries where such regimes are adopted; hence the position calls governments to action and implores them to engage in discussing baseline levels capable of establishing a harmonised mechanism, at least starting at region.


October 13, 2014: Dubai-headquartered companies Transworld Group and NAWAH announced today that the two firms have entered into a formal agreement to service Iraq's growing demand for imports, linking their considerable shipping, logistics, marine services and port capabilities.

"Through our combined expertise, market reach, state-of-the-art technology and customer-focused shipping and logistics services, we will enable Basra to continue its accelerated march to becoming a key strategic trading center in the Middle East, bridging East and West."

As part of their agreement, Transworld Group and NAWAH Port Management, NAWAH's port operations business unit, will team up to increase the flow of essential goods coming from the broader Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Far East and Southeast Asia into the historic Port of Basra with seamless linkage to commercial centers throughout Iraq.

"Iraq stands at such an important moment of time – historically and commercially – and we are keen to play a part in this phase of growth," said Ritesh S. Ramakrishnan, Transworld Group's director of strategy and business planning.

"The sheer scale and magnitude of development occurring today in Iraq, along with a growing middle class, requires logistical flows of epic proportions. Aligning with NAWAH provides Transworld Group with first-class logistics solutions and unrivaled port operations in Basra and one of the most reliable door-to-door capabilities in Iraq," explained Mr. Ramakrishnan.

Transworld Group, established in 1976, brings nearly 40 years of expertise in integrated shipping, logistics, multi-modal transport and marine services. The group owns and operates a fleet of 30 vessels and has offices at all major ports in the United Arab Emirates as well as other Arabian Gulf countries. The company also has significant presence in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the United States.

NAWAH Port Management (NPM) operates the first modernized, containerized terminal in the Port of Basra (also known as Al Maqal Port), located in downtown Basra along the banks of the Shatt Al Arab waterway. Along with sister company NAWAH Supply & Distribution, NPM offers customers a full spectrum of door-to-door, supply-chain capabilities for cargo being transshipped into UAE's mammoth Jebel Ali Port and bound for Iraq's oil and gas fields and commercial markets.

"Together with Transworld Group's four decades of shipping experience and NAWAH's in-depth knowledge and operational capabilities within Iraq, we are confident that we will redefine logistics in the Middle East," said Nicholas Kunesh, NAWAH Port Management's president and CEO. "Through our combined expertise, market reach, state-of-the-art technology and customer-focused shipping and logistics services, we will enable Basra to continue its accelerated march to becoming a key strategic trading center in the Middle East, bridging East and West."

Transworld Group and NAWAH have already initiated joint cargo movement from Jebel Ali Port to NPM's Port of Basra terminal with containers from Transworld Group's Balaji Shipping Lines transiting via NPM's feeder vessel service into southern Iraq. Containerized and refrigerated cargo volume is forecasted to grow substantially in the next six months.


Having developed a world-class terminal operation at the Port of Basra and an oil and gas equipment distribution that serves the Iraq market, NAWAH continually focuses on high-return frontier market opportunities. Dedicated to the communities it invests in, NAWAH establishes and maintains strategic, long-term local partnerships, while maintaining the most rigorous international standards of transparency and accountability.

About Transworld Group

With its global head office located in the United Arab Emirates' Jebel Ali Free Zone, Transworld Group of Companies has forged a strong reputation in the maritime industry since it was established in 1976. The company's list of diversified activities range from ship owning, feeder operations, shipping agency and ship management to freight forwarding, contract logistics and non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) operations.


October 15, 2014: The CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce that the maiden voyage of the CMA CGM ELBE began on October, 14th, 2014 in Dalian (China).

The CMA CGM ELBE (9400 TEUs) is the second of a series of 28 vessels from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs vessels that will be delivered from now to the third quarter of 2016. Last June, the Group received the delivery of the first vessel of this series: the CMA CGM DANUBE. Each vessel of this one-of-a-kind series will be named after a famous river of the world.

CMA CGM Elbe - copyright CMA CGMSailing under the Malta flag and chartered bareboat to CIMC, it is the second chartered ship of this class built at the Chinese construction site DSIC (Dalian PRC) and delivered to the Group.

300m in length and 48m in width, it was designed to offer maximal loading capacity while meeting the technical constraints necessitated by the Strait of the Bosphorus.

With a capacity of 1458 reefer plugs 40', which is the largest so far on such a ship, the CMA CGM ELBE embodies the Group's ambition to be a leader in this growing market.

Reefer containers maintain a temperature, a hygrometry and an atmosphere adapted to each product, offering container transportation flexibility and cold chain maintenance from the production to the delivery place.

Operated on one of the emblematic lines of the Group, the « Bosphorus Express », (BEX), the CMA CGM ELBE will offer direct service between Asia, Turkey and the Black Sea. Accordingly, it will call Dalian, Tianjin, Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Izmit, Istambul Ambarli, Constanza, Odessa, Ilyichevsk, Port Said, Port Kelang, Singapore, and once again Dalian.

In line with the sustainable development policy of the Group, the CMA CGM ELBE is equipped with all the latest environmental technologies that significantly reduce its C02 emissions, as well as the Group's carbon footprint. More particularly, it is equipped with new bulbous bow shapes improving the hydrodynamics of the vessel at a speed of 16 to18 knots; an electronically controlled long stroke engine with an exhaust gas bypass system offering the best in fuel consumption; a twisted leading edge rudder with bulb; and a ballast water treatment system.


October 13, 2014: In the first nine months of 2014 the Kuehne + Nagel Group gained market shares and continuously increased volumes. Compared to the previous year's period, earnings for the period improved by 8.6 per cent (currency adjusted by 12.4 per cent) to CHF 480 million.

EBIT increased by 8.2 per cent (currency adjusted by 12.1 per cent) to CHF 607 million and the operational result (EBITDA) by 4.6 per cent (currency adjusted by 8.3 percent) to CHF 743 million. Net turnover of CHF 13,004 million was slightly above the previous year's level, currency adjusted it increased by 4.7 per cent.

Kuehne + Nagel grew twice as fast as the market with seafreight volumes increasing by 8 per cent. In the first nine months of the year the company handled 2.9 million TEU, an additional 211,000 TEU more than in the same period of 2013. In a difficult market environment the volume development in South America was rather slow. Import activities into the USA increased and Kuehne + Nagel gained additional market shares particularly in the European and North American import business. On a 9-month comparison Kuehne + Nagel was able to keep the EBIT-to-gross profit margin (conversion rate) stable at a high level with 30.2 per cent (previous year: 30.6). Due to negative currency effects gross profit and the operational result were slightly below the previous year's figures. Currency adjusted gross profit increased by 4.1 per cent and the operational result by 2.4 per cent.

The situation in the international airfreight market stabilised with volumes growing between 3 and 4 per cent. Kuehne + Nagel increased tonnage by 5 per cent, representing 40,000 tons, during the first nine months. Increased volumes in the European export business and strong growth of specific services for customers from the automotive, pharmaceutical and aviation industries contributed to keep momentum high. The perishables business grew, especially in the South American trade lanes. Compared to the previous year's period, EBIT-to-gross profit margin improved from 25.1 to 27.5 per cent. The operational result increased by 5.9 per cent (currency adjusted by 10.8 per cent).

The systematic implementation of the "Road 2 Profit" strategy led to improved results in the third quarter. Sustainable progress was made in the European groupage activities, the overseas business and in the provision of specific industry solutions. Currency adjusted net turnover grew by 3.2 per cent in the first nine months and the operational result improved from CHF 22 million to CHF 47 million. EBIT increased by CHF 27 million compared to the previous year's period.

Contract Logistics
The reshaping of the contract logistics project portfolio towards focusing on complex and scalable solutions is proving effective. Target industries include automotive, high-tech, aviation, pharmaceutical and consumer goods. In addition, the concentration on end-to-end solutions generated new and profitable projects for key accounts. In the first nine months EBIT improved by 8.1 per cent (currency adjusted by 10.1 per cent) compared to the previous year. Currency adjusted net turnover increased by 5.4 per cent; EBIT margin was at 3.3 per cent (previous year: 3.1 per cent).

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of the Kuehne + Nagel Group said: "Part of our organic growth strategy is to concentrate on internationally operating customer groups, profitable growth and selective market share expansion. Additional key success factors include our strict cost control and the continuous enhancement of innovative solutions. This is clearly demonstrated by the positive development of our overland operations. The consistent implementation of our market strategies is leading to sustainable success."


October 15, 2014: IAG Cargo today announces that it has increased the frequency of its cargo services between its Madrid hub and Santiago in Chile, facilitated by an increase in Iberia passenger flights on this route from one flight daily to ten weekly.

Operating until March, the additional flights take off on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and are serviced by Airbus A340s. Businesses using this route will benefit from a boost in freight capacity of up to 111.6 tonnes each week.

The additional flights will operate during a season of peak supply and demand: the Chilean summer, when fruit and other perishables come into season and New Year celebrations and other festivities take place globally. IAG Cargo's additional flights will benefit Chilean businesses by providing them with more shipping options for the duration of this busy period. Businesses exporting to the Chilean market will similarly benefit from the additional lift and flight frequency.

Rodrigo Casal, Vice President Commercial LATAM at IAG Cargo, commented: "Chile is a hugely important country both as a market and as an exporter. We hope to help ensure that the peak season is as profitable as possible for Chilean businesses while also providing a welcome lift in services for customers shipping to the region. We are able to do this due to our product depth, service excellence and the breadth of our global network, which is one of the most important in the world when it comes to connecting to Latin America."

Through its extensive global network, IAG Cargo links Chile with more than 350 destinations worldwide. With extensive wide-body capacity, IAG Cargo's London-Madrid air bridge provides businesses in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East with a fast and safe trade route to and from Chile.


October 13, 2014: Lufthansa Cargo is strengthening their presence on the African continent in the 2014/2015 winter flight plan. Since mid-September, the freight airline has been flying to Lagos, Nigeria twice a week, with the MD-11F. At the end of October, the Tunisian capital, Tunis, will also be incorporated into the route network. The route will be served every Tuesday, with the MD-11F.

"As a growth market, Africa is becoming more and more important", highlights Hermann Zunker, Director Africa at Lufthansa Cargo, when asked how relevant the continent is. "Tunisia has become one of the most competitive countries in Africa. Strong imports of consumer goods as well as growing demand for exports to the automotive and textile industries, above all, are continuing to increase the need for air cargo."

Nigeria provides good opportunities for import goods, more than anything. "Lagos is Africa's 'Big Apple'. The standard of living is increasing, and with it, the need for consumer goods. Traditionally speaking, another important customer of freight airlines is the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, with the industry dependent upon fast air freight connections."

In addition, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest airline, and Lufthansa Cargo will begin a strategic joint venture on routes between Japan and Europe, and vice versa, towards the end of the year. This is the first joint venture of this nature in the air cargo industry worldwide. Thanks to the partnership, customers will have a greater selection of routes and more opportunities for service. The first shipment from Japan is planned for the beginning of December 2014.

Bogotá has also been reintroduced into the route network, and from January 2015, will extend the route network to Central and South America. In the Colombia capital, fresh goods, such as flowers, make up the majority of the air cargo.

In total, Lufthansa Cargo will serve more than 300 destinations across 100 countries with the coming winter flight plan. 44 stations will be flown to by the freight fleet. In Europe, there are eight cargo destinations. Lufthansa Cargo provides 15 freight connections to Asia and the Middle East. In North America, seven cities will be served with freighters, in Central and South America, there will be a total of eight destinations. The African continent will be represented by six cities in the Lufthansa Cargo route network.


October 14, 2014. Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today announced that it is introducing a fourth scheduled service to Zhengzhou, China.

After the successful introduction of three weekly flights earlier this year, this new service CV9742 departs from Luxembourg on Tuesdays at 10:00 pm and reaching Zhengzhou on Wednesdays at 08:40 pm before returning to Luxembourg on Thursday morning at 6:15 via Novosibirsk.

Zhengzhou is ideally located in central China with daily road feeder services to coastal cities such as Beijing and Shanghai and reaches far inland providing faster and more economical services to inland cities such as Xi'an, Wuhan, Chengdu and Chongqing.

The implementation of regular air cargo services between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou is part of the dual-hub strategy centered on Luxembourg's Findel airport in Europe and on Zhengzhou's Xinzheng International Airport in Asia. The dual hub strategy is a major pillar of the Commercial Cooperation Agreement between Cargolux and HNCA. Cargolux plans to eventually increase its 747-8F flights between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou to multiple daily connections.


October 09, 2014: Further to its announcement of 16 July 2014, Royal Mail plc announces that it has today entered into a settlement agreement with the French competition authority (Autorité de la Concurrence) in respect of the alleged breaches of antitrust laws by one of its subsidiaries, GLS France, during the period before the end of 2010.

Royal Mail confirms that, whilst a settlement has been agreed in principle, the French regulator is continuing its investigation. By agreeing to settle and provide compliance commitments now, Royal Mail will benefit from a reduction to any fine.

The amount of any fine is not expected to be determined until the second half of the 2015-16 financial year. However, Royal Mail has made a financial provision of £18 million in its financial statements for the half year ended 28 September 2014, comprising £12 million in respect of the current estimate of any fine and £6 million in respect of estimated legal costs associated with the investigation and the costs of the compliance commitments.

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