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October 07, 2014: Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has taken its first step into the Latin America ground handling market by acquiring a controlling shareholding in Orbital Group, one of Brazil's leading providers of ramp, passenger and airport security services.

The investment is also timed to serve as a platform for France-based WFS to enter the cargo handling market in Brazil as new opportunities emerge.

Founded in 2002, Orbital has operations at 19 airports across Brazil and handles some 23,000 flights a year for over 30 major airline customers. The company employs 1,700 staff and is headquartered in Sao Paulo, and generates annual sales of approximately US$40 million.

Orbital photo 1Under the terms of the deal, Rubens Pereira Leitão Filho, Managing Director of Orbital Group will continue in this role and as a shareholder in the company.

Olivier Bijaoui, President & CEO of WFS, said: "We've been looking for an entry point to the Latin America market for a number of years. Rather than jump at the first opportunity, we have waited for the right one to come along. Brazil was a clear choice because of its economic strength, growth and the scale of commercial aviation to support the objectives we have in entering the market. We are delighted to welcome Orbital and its 1,700 employees into the global WFS family of companies. Orbital has been a success story in its own right and is highly respected for its quality, stability and growth, and as a caring employer. It shares the same corporate values as WFS and we are confident it is an excellent fit for us."

Rubens Filho added: "We are very excited to be working with WFS. It is a world leader in ground handling with a strong and growing business covering over 120 airports in more than 20 countries, and has a client base of 300 airlines. Its expertise will add to the current activities performed by Orbital and generate consequent development and growth. Our airline customers and airport authority partners will benefit from new technologies and specialized services, particularly for air cargo handling given WFS' position as the world's largest cargo handling company, processing four million tonnes a year."

WFS also announced the appointment of Adolfo Morales as Executive Vice President - Latin America, based in Miami.

"Orbital have demonstrated their ability to be successful in a challenging and competitive market as well as the creativity to develop ancillary services, such as baggage handling. Now there will be expansion opportunities that would not have been possible for our two companies separately. We plan to build a business together throughout Brazil, entering new markets and increasing the range of services we offer to our customers. We are very positive about the prospects for the Brazilian economy, as one of the emerging BRICS national economies, and through its historical and commercial ties with Europe and North America respectively," Adolfo Morales said.

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October 07, 2014: In order to meet the best African and Indian customers' needs, CMA CGM Group is pleased to launch a new call on the Swahili service at Nhava Sheva NSCIT Terminal. This call will join directly India and Africa every week.

CMA CGM new service to AfricaThe Swahili service will offer: 1.Fast transit times that will directly join every week: Mombasa, the African largest market, to India within 14 days.

2. Nacala in Mozambique to India within 13 days and Zanzibar in Tanzania to India within 18 days, thanks to this only direct service for exports available on the market between those ports.

3. A railway connection to ICD and business areas in India, including Dadri, Ludhiana, Tughlakabad, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Jaipur and Jodhpur.

4. A direct access from India to Africa thanks to bespoke intermodal solutions in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia, allowing flexible door-to-door options

The Swahili service loop, deploying a seven 2,800 TEU fleet, will be as follows: Nhava Sheva – Jebel Ali – Khor Fakkan – Mombasa – Dar Es Salaam – Zanzibar – Nacala – Nhava Sheva.The first voyage will start on October, 9th 2014 with M/V Bella.

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October 07, 2014: IAG Cargo today announces that from 27th May 2015 it will offer a full range of cargo services on the new British Airways passenger flights operating between London Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur. Through these services, IAG Cargo will support businesses in the region by opening up trade routes to more than 350 destinations on its global network.

Kuala Lumpur is one of the world's busiest freight destinations and an important market for goods including integrated circuits, chemicals and machinery parts. In terms of exports, Malaysia is a leading centre for the manufacture of computers, telephones and other electronic devices.

Businesses in the country will now benefit from access to the entire IAG Cargo product portfolio, enabling the rapid transportation of a wide range of commodities including electronics, garments, perishables and valuables. With Malaysia having a strong hi-tech manufacturing industry, this additional capacity will be well positioned to support further growth in the region.

John Cheetham, regional commercial manager for Asia Pacific & India at IAG Cargo, commented: "Our presence in Kuala Lumpur is a real benefit to businesses in the region; connecting Asian enterprises to key markets in Europe, Africa, North America and South America. We are expecting strong demand on this important freight route as businesses across the region look to benefit from our network breadth and service excellence."

Flight BA033 will depart Heathrow daily at 20:15, arriving into Kuala Lumpur at 16:00 local time. The returning BA034 will leave Kuala Lumpur at 23:05 local time and arrive into Heathrow at 05:25 the next morning, enabling next day connections to almost all destinations on the IAG Cargo network. The new route will be operated by a Boeing 777-200ER which will provide businesses with around 12 tonnes of capacity on each flight.

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October 06, 2014: CHAMP Cargosystems today announced the creation of a new subsidiary company, CHAMP Forwarding Systems SA. The new company will immediately be offering the proven Logitude Software as a Service (SaaS) platform focused on the small and medium size forwarder community.

The Logitude platform is already fully integrated with CHAMP's leading information and message distribution platform – Traxon CargoHUB.

John Johnston, CEO of CHAMP Cargosystems, commented "As a leading provider of IT solutions to the air logistics community, and already servicing the largest single community of carriers, ground handlers and GSAs in the world with business critical applications, we want to facilitate the air logistics community in its transition to a fully digitized process. Through our extensive messaging and information exchange platforms we are already servicing the largest forwarders with connectivity solutions and with our Logitude SaaS offering, we will be providing tools to the small and medium size forwarding community to seamlessly integrate with the wider logistics chain."

Continuing, James Fernandez, Vice President for Global Commercial Operations stated: "Our focus is to provide SME forwarders with a readily accessible IT service, capable to manage key business processes easily and supporting the easy sharing of information between partners and customers. Our new offering further extends our significant portfolio of IT solutions and reaffirms our commitment to facilitate the industry drive for greater end to end process effectiveness and information exchange."

Logitude is an easy-to-use system spanning the full freight forwarding lifecycle across multiple shipping modes. The Logitude software wizards, personalized workspaces and powerful tools enhance productivity and help to generate new business. Logitude is a pure SaaS offering convenience, scalability and security without investment in IT infrastructure. Logitude can manage quotes, shipments, bookings and consolidations with powerful business intelligence tools. The Logitude platform is leading the drive for electronic documentation through the supply chain with its eDocs module.

The air cargo industry particularly needs to transform itself and modernize and needs a revolutionary strategy. CHAMP Cargosystems continues to innovate, invest and grow in support of the wider air cargo community. Today's announcement further reinforces its industry commitments.

national ebolaPRESS RELEASE

October 03, 2014: National Airlines is proud to have been called on to contribute to Ebola relief efforts in Liberia.

In cooperation with the United States Government, National Airlines, using one of its B747-400 Freighters, carried a planeload of medical and other relief supplies from New York to the Monrovia Airport.

With its expertise in tailored air-freight services and its long history of supporting governments and militaries around the world by flying passengers and cargo of all kinds into remote and challenging destinations, National was well suited to safely fly this mission.

Glen Joerger, National Airlines' President, commented, "National Airlines' team of employees has been called on to assist in a variety of difficult situations, from flying missions into war zones to bringing aid to victims of natural disasters. We have been anxious for an opportunity to do something for those in Africa threatened by this disease, and we jumped into action when called on for this medical and supply mission."

Christopher Alf, CEO of National Airlines' parent company, National Air Cargo Holdings, stated, "Our prayers are with those who have been struck by Ebola. All of the National companies–our Airlines and all of our freight forwarding arms in the Middle East, New York and Germany–stand ready to support the governments and relief agencies of the United States and other countries in their efforts to eradicate this terrible disease from the globe."

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October 06, 2014: Sloman Neptun Shipping & Transport GmbH has appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics AB as its agent in Sweden. The two companies will work in partnership to offer a full range of logistics services between Sweden and the North African countries of Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Tunisia from January 2015.

Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, an independent full service agency based in Sweden and owned by the Swedish Greencarrier Group and the German company Menzell & Döhle, specialises in liner agency, port agency, freight agency and project logistics.

Joachim Lagerstedt, managing director, Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics says: "We are delighted to be appointed as an agent for Sloman Neptun, one of the oldest and most respected shipping lines operating today. We are also very pleased to have agency representation for North Africa, which is a new region for us.

"This new cooperation fits perfectly into our strategy of becoming one of the leading liner agency providers in the Nordic countries and through Sloman Neptun's long-established reputation in the market, we really look forward to selling this excellent product to the Swedish market."

Sloman Neptun offers four sailings a month to ports in Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, carrying containers, breakbulk and ro/ro cargo. The services are operated by two owned ro/ro-lo/lo vessels and two owned multipurpose vessels with a crane capacity of 2 x 150 tonnes, combining to a maximum 270 tonnes.

Sloman Neptun offers the full range of inland logistics services in North Africa through its own network of offices and distribution centres.

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October 02, 2014: Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, Inc. (STTAS) has expanded its service offerings in Argentina to include the preparation and filing of customs entries and other documents.

These customs brokerage services complement the other import/export compliance-related services STTAS' Buenos Aires-based office provides to multinational clients, which include tariff classification, valuation, preference program and free trade agreement qualification and verification, and foreign trade advisory and managed services.

According to Leandro Gonzalez, STTAS managing director for Argentina, the ability to effect clearance of clients' goods in Argentina means STTAS is now able to provide end-to end services in both Brazil and Argentina, the largest markets in South America. STTAS also offers foreign trade advisory and managed services in Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and other countries in the region.

STTAS is the world's first service provider to focus exclusively on global trade compliance management. Together with the international trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., STTAS operates out of nine countries throughout South America, North America, Asia and Europe. With 750 global trade professionals meeting the needs of multinational clients trading in more than 70 countries, STTAS is the largest import/export managed services provider in the world.

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October 06, 2014: Desso, a leading global carpets and sports pitches company, has signed a letter to the United Nations' Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, declaring its support for the UN Global Compact and its principles in relations to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

"We are committed to making the Global Compact and its principles part of the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of our company," says Desso CEO Alexander Collot d'Escury.

Since 2008 Desso has adopted Circular Economy practices powered by Cradle to Cradle® principles to make things that can be made again in an ever-moving non-toxic closed loop.

This encompasses using healthy materials to make its products, developing scalable take back and recycling systems, good stewardship of water resources, social fairness and using renewable energy for production.

These objectives meet Desso's vision to make the transition to the circular economy, away from the 'take, make and waste' linear model, and to produce the best environmentally responsible carpet and sports pitch products that contribute to people's health and wellbeing.

In support of open and transparent communications, also in line with the UN Global Compact, Desso publishes an annual Corporate Responsibility (CR) report, adhering to the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards. Desso's 2013 CR report gained a B+ level status, was verified by GRI and externally assured by Deloitte.

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October 01, 2014: BluWrap, the company that naturally extends the shelf life of fresh food, today announced a new route for shipping fresh seafood across the globe by sea, rather than by air – San Vincente, Chile to Balboa, Panama. Using BluWrap's patented, all natural, controlled atmosphere technology, fresh salmon has been shipped by sea to Panama. This new route gives Central American buyers the option to receive fresh fish by ocean freight, rather than by air, offering an alternative to high-priced sources and shipping methods.

BluWrap is working with Salmones Humboldt and M&R Distributors to further develop the Chile-Panama route.

M&R Distributors, President, Michael Kupstin, said, "The quality of the salmon using BluWrap exceeded the quality of Chilean salmon we've been shipping via airfreight and frozen product. We were thrilled to find that the product we received using BluWrap's technology is as fresh as any product we have received from Chile using airfreight, and at a significant cost savings. It is a home run for us."

The shipments use the same fuel-cell based oxygen management system currently being used on regular shipments from Chile to Asia, Europe, and the U.S. BluWrap's innovative technology completely removes oxygen from the shipment so the fish will arrive in the destination market with the same fresh quality as the day it came from the sea, despite being in transit for up to two to four weeks. This approach enables suppliers in Chile to reach fresh markets across the globe in regions that have traditionally been difficult to reach without using limited and expensive air freight.

About BluWrap
Based in San Francisco, California with operations in Talcahuano, Chile, BluWrap provides naturally extended shelf-life technology that has revolutionized the fresh protein supply chains worldwide. The company's technology system uses its patented oxygen management techniques to create and maintain an all-natural controlled atmosphere environment that extends the shelf life of perishable proteins. This breakthrough technology allows suppliers of fresh protein products to ship by ocean rather than more expensive airfreight and still deliver a fresh, high quality product to customers. For more information, visit www.bluwrap.com.

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October 01, 2014: Kuehne + Nagel has launched the construction of a build-to-suit (BTS) logistics centre in the west of Singapore. In the presence of Karl Gernandt, Chairman of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, a ground-breaking ceremony was held to mark this latest addition to the logistics provider's global network.

The new state-of-the-art facility will be ideally located within close proximity to major manufacturers and ports. It will have 55 loading bays and five floors dedicated to storage, with a total warehouse floor area of over 46,000 sqm. Of this, 20,000 sqm will be used as a cold storage zone to manage temperature-sensitive goods for pharmaceutical and healthcare customers. The remaining space will cater predominately for aerospace, spare parts and hi-tech products, and a further 4,000 sqm will be allocated to offices.

The facility will be equipped with advanced technology, automation and robotisation solutions to help improve workflow processes, reduce time required to pick, pack and ship items and enable orders to be fulfilled faster.

Karl Gernandt said, "Singapore is an important logistics hub for global trade thanks to its world-class infrastructure and excellent connectivity. Our investment in this modern facility is one of the largest outside Europe and it reflects both the importance of Singapore as a business location and its significance for the Kuehne + Nagel network. It will house over 500 Kuehne + Nagel specialists and is designed to serve Kuehne + Nagel's customers across multiple industry sectors."

Kuehne + Nagel awarded the design-and-build contract to Boustead Projects Pte Ltd ("Boustead Projects"), a leading specialist in industrial real estate solutions.

The multi-user facility is being positioned to achieve Green Mark Platinum and LEED Gold awards under "Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design", an internationally-recognised green building certification system developed by the US Green Building Council. This is in line with

Kuehne + Nagel's approach to offer environmentally sound, sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions, and be a solid partner in energy efficiency and green logistics.
The facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

rus aviationPRESS RELEASE

October 02, 2014: Sharjah-based Rus Aviation, which specialises in humanitarian aid flying, is a major supporter of the WFP and its annual humanitarian aviation conference (GHAC) in Geneva next week.

According to the WFP, good working relationships with its logistics partners are essential. The GHAC event aims to discuss a broad spectrum of pressing aviation safety concerns affecting humanitarian air operations and the emerging trends in the aviation sector.

Currently some 2,500 staff manage WFP's multimodal logistics portfolio to distribute 3.1 million tonnes of food every year via its U.N. Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).

More information on the WFP/Rus Aviation GHAC conference: http://annualghac.com/page/ghac_about

 

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