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April 28, 2014: NYK Group Europe Ltd has had its full Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status renewed by HMRC for a further 3 years.

HMRC officers paid special attention to the company's financial solvency, its full compliance with customs requirements, the demonstration of satisfactory management systems and, in particular, the operation of robust safety and security standards across the business.

In 2009, NYK Group Europe Ltd became one of the first UK-based companies to obtain full AEO status and the recent audit process is part of the regular re-evaluation that is required to maintain the certificate.

AEO status is the EU response to the need to secure international supply chains. It is based on, and is compatible with, the World Customs Organisation's SAFE Framework of Standards which is being implemented by customs authorities across the globe. Full AEO status is awarded to businesses which have proved themselves to be compliant, trustworthy, safe and secure.

NYK Group Europe's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Svein Steimler said: "We are delighted to have had our AEO status renewed and feel it recognises our commitment to safety, security and compliance, it is a testament to the thorough work of all our staff."

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha is one of the world's leading transportation companies. At the end of March 2013, the NYK Group was operating 846 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes, trains, and trucks. The company's shipping fleet includes 389 bulk carriers, 126 containerships (including semi-containerships), 120 car carriers, 82 tankers, 51 wood-chip carriers, 28 LNG carriers, 18 heavy-load carriers / conventional ships, three cruise ships, and 29 other ships. NYK's revenue in fiscal 2012 was about $23 billion, and as a group NYK employs about 55,000 people worldwide. NYK is based in Tokyo and has regional headquarters in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo.



April 25, 2014: Turkey continues strong growth. This was the message heard loud and clear at the Pegasus Cargo, Yeditepe University International Air Cargo Logistics Conference held on April 22 in Istanbul.

Pegasus eventMr Aydin Alpa, Pegasus VP Cargo stated: '' For the international Air Cargo Logistics Conference presented in association with Yeditepe University, we brought together important names from our industry sector. We are confident that this conference, which we organised because of the importance we place on the development of the cargo sector, has been of great benefit to both students' education of logistics and to the whole of the sector. Thus we're proud and happy to be have been part of this event.

Mr Gerton Hulsman Dusseldorf Airport General Manager outlined his view that the future for cargo carriers was a move to larger planes such as Airbus 320 to the Airbus A330 which enables cargo capacity increases from two tonnes up to 20 tonnes. Many airlines are changing to bigger aircraft which enables more uplift.

Mr Turgut Erkeskin, President of UTIKAD which is Turkey's Association of International Forwarding and Logistics Service Providers' stated that his expectation is that the country will double its commercial aviation fleet over the next 10 years to around 500 aircraft. Utikad as an association has over 400 members. He cited that Turkey was a young dynamic country with significant growth potential. It is currently the 17th largest economy in the world and projections expect Turkey to the 9th in the world by 2050. With the new 3rd airport due to come onstream over the next few years this will increase growth potential even more.

Mr Arif Badur, Chairman of Reibel Transportation and Trade discussed his company and the importance of charter operations. Reibel specialise in heavy cargo and their business has seen significant increases in Humanitarian aid.

Other speakers included Mr Ertan Aslanoglu, Toll Group Sales Director as well as Mr Burak Turkmen, Senior Ground Operations Specialist for Pegasus Airlines.


April 23, 2014: Norbert Dentressangle reports sustained business volumes in the 1st quarter of 2014, with revenues of €1,078 million compared with €949 million in the 1st quarter of 2013, i.e. an increase of 13.6%, and of 5.5% at like for like and constant exchange rate.

  • +5.5% increase in the Transport business' revenues to €527 million
  • Sharp 19.8% increase in the Logistics business' revenues to €522 million
  • Full-year effect of the acquisition of the Daher Freight Forwarding Air & Sea operations, including quarterly revenues of €48 million

Hervé Montjotin, Chairman of the Executive Board, made the following comments on the Group's first quarter 2014 performance: "The growth recorded by Norbert Dentressangle illustrates robust momentum across all its business areas, Transport, Logistics, and Freight Forwarding, primarily driven by sustained sales growth and a few targeted acquisitions. This growth is in line with the company's development model, which is based on both boosting its commercial positions and increasing its market share, and on an active external growth strategy. The performance in the first t quarter enables us to be confident about the outlook for the year in terms of business volumes".

Norbert Dentressangle's consolidated revenues amounted to €1,078 million in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 13.6% compared with the same period last year. Like-for-like growth was 5.5%.The percentage of revenues generated outside France amounted to 61% of the Group's total business volumes.

Performance by division

With revenues of €527 million in the first quarter of 2014, or an increase of 5.5% over the same period in 2013 on a reported basis, and of 4.1% on a like-for-like basis, Transport confirmed the recovery in business volume growth observed in the last quarter of 2013, which reflects a more positive trend in the European business environment. Norbert Dentressangle seized the opportunity to consolidate its position on the United Kingdom bulk tanker transport market via the acquisition of Hopkinson, which generates annual revenues of £4 million.

Buoyed by the growth that it had experienced in 2013, Logistics continued to make progress, generating revenues of €522 million over the first quarter of 2014, a reported increase of 19.8% compared with the same period in 2013, and of 8.4% on a like-for-like basis

Freight Forwarding Air & Sea generated revenues of €48 million over the period, i.e. an increase of 47.6% compared with 31 March 2013, primarily as a result of the full-year effect of the operations acquired from Daher. Our ongoing policy of improving profitability on customer contracts in China, , affected organic growth, although the prospect of revenues of over €200 million for the full year was confirmed.

Profitability outlook

Given that the first quarter was in line with expectations, and with the renewed market optimism, Norbert Dentressangle is confident regarding its prospects for 2014.



April 25, 2014: Cargo tonnages through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol showed consistent growth throughout the first quarter of 2014, ending with a total of 392,990 tonnes, representing an increase of 7.3% on the same period of 2013.

The first quarter of 2014 was also the second best in over three years, beaten only by the final (peak) quarter of 2013.

Regional rankings remained unchanged from 2013: Asia retained top place, with a total of 142,256 tonnes (up 7% on Q1 2013); but its share of the total fell slightly, at 36.7% - down from 39.3% for 2013 as a whole.

North America showed stronger growth, up 13.2% on the same period of 2013, to a total of 69,868 tonnes – a 17.8% share of the total, compared to 16.6% for 2013. The Middle East was up 14% in Q1, Africa grew 1.6% and Europe also rose 10.9%. Only Latin America fell back, down 6.1% on the period.

Imports for the first quarter accounted for 51.01% of the total (up from 50.58% throughout 2013), while exports represented 48.99% of all traffic (down from 49.42%). Freighter movements meanwhile grew by 6.6% in the first quarter, totalling 4,029.

Says Schiphol Cargo Senior VP Enno Osinga: "We are greatly encouraged by the traffic figures for 2014 so far, which are maintaining the positive trends of the past 15 months. We are currently outperforming the global market, and our European neighbours.

"The campaign to streamline all ground processes at Schiphol continues, so strengthening our position against other gateways and also helping to protect the role of airfreight in the global transport mix."

He concludes: "Our logistics community are all playing a key role in our success, through their continuing innovation and investment."


April 16,2014: Solena Fuels in partnership with British Airways has committed to building the world's first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel. This comes just two weeks before the global aviation community joins forces to discuss ways to reduce the industry's environmental impact at the 2014 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva.

The chosen location for this innovative project is the Thames Enterprise Park, part of the site of the former Coryton oil refinery in Thurrock, Essex. The site has excellent transport links and existing fuel storage facilities. One thousand construction workers will be hired to build the facility which is due to be completed in 2017, creating up to 150 permanent jobs.

This ground-breaking fuel project is set to revolutionise the production of sustainable aviation fuel. Approximately 575,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste, normally destined for landfill or incineration, will instead be converted into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels using Solena's innovative integrated technology. British Airways has made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tonnes per annum of the jet fuel produced at market competitive rates.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways' parent company IAG, said: "We are always striving to
reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry. The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for British Airways to reduce its carbon emissions significantly. The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road."

Solena has been developing the project and will be using its patented high temperature plasma gasification technology to convert the waste efficiently into synthetic gas. The gas will then be converted into liquid hydrocarbons using third party technologies which will include cleaning and conditioning of the gas, a Velocys Fischer-Tropsch conversion process, hydrocracking and electric power production. With the initial engineering design completed, Solena and its partners are now starting the next phase of engineering of the GreenSky London facility."

Robert Do, president and CEO of Solena Fuels, said: "We are excited to help British Airways achieve its sustainability goals by providing an innovative solution to produce drop-in jet fuel. We anticipate starting construction of the site in approximately 12 months after all the requisite permits and agreements have been obtained. We are looking forward to successfully building GreenSky London and partnering with British Airways on additional facilities in the United Kingdom."

Thames Enterprise Park and neighbouring Thames Oilport, established in 2012, is a joint venture with Greenergy as one of the investors and the site project facilitator for this project. It is situated on an industrial site on the estuary of the River Thames.

Andrew Owens, chief executive of Greenergy said: "This is an ideal site for a biofuel initiative like Solena's and we are very pleased to be associated with it. It is located on the Thames with fuel storage and fuel pipelines and good road, rail and jetty infrastructure. Thames Enterprise Park's main goal is to provide regeneration of the former Coryton oil refinery following its closure in 2012. The facility proposed by British Airways and Solena is exactly the type of high profile technology project both we and Thurrock Council want to attract to the site, particularly given the number of skilled jobs provided."

Barclays, as financial adviser, continues to support the GreenSky project. Gabriel Buck, head of CAPEX financing solutions at Barclays, said: "This is undoubtedly a unique and ground breaking project. The economic and environmental fundamentals will, we believe, be attractive to investors from both a debt and equity perspective. The project debt structure has been identified with preliminary agreements in place with an Export Credit Agency who are not only providing the guarantees but also the funding. We are now focused with the project team on getting all aspects of the funding structure completed."


April 18, 2014: The II Eurasian Conference "Logistics in Russia: Cooperation and the Technology of Development" was held at the Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation in Moscow on 17 April 2014.

The conference was attended by Salman Babaev, Vice President of Russian Railways, Sergei Aristov, Deputy Transport Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Katyrin, President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation, and representatives from transport and logistics companies and associations.

"The effective exploitation of the transit potential of Russia's railways with regard to the development of sections along the international transport corridors (ITCs) passing through the territory of Russia is a strategic priority for Russian Railways," said Salman Babaev.

According to Babaev, Russia's geographical position allows it to claim the role of a transport bridge between Europe and Asia and between North and South in the world economic system.

To date, the main international freight traffic and transit trade in Eurasia is concentrated on the North-South and East-West axes which, taken together, form two major international transport corridors.

The prospect of developing freight transport along these corridors is associated with both the development of trade and economic relations between the countries participating in the international agreement on the North-South ITC and attracting trade flows to the connections between Europe and the countries of the Persian Gulf and South Asia.

According to Salman Babaev, the project to build a new railway line between Rasht and Astara in Iran and Astara (Azerbaijan) will lend an additional impetus to the development of the North-South International Transport Corridor. This project aims to connect the railway networks of Iran and Azerbaijan in order to create a new competitive railway link between Russia and other European countries on the one hand and the countries of the Persian Gulf and South Asia on the other.

According to expert estimates, a direct rail link with the western branch of the North-South ITC will reduce the delivery times of goods to Iran with access to the port of Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf by 5-7 days compared to the trans-Caspian route by eliminating the need for transshipment at ports.

The East-West direction in Eurasia is based on the Trans-Siberian Main Line, which crosses Russia by land and in the east provides access to the railway networks of North Korea, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and in the west to European countries via Russia's ports and border crossings.

The total volume of international rail transport on the Trans-Siberian Railway is increasing, but despite the obvious advantages of freight traffic passing through the territory of Russia by rail, its share is small compared to that of shipping.

"At the moment, we carry less than 1% of total Eurasian transit container traffic on overland transcontinental routes. This is due to the lack of a clear understanding on transport cooperation between different countries and the need to eliminate infrastructural bottlenecks," said Salman Babaev.

Babaev also noted that Russia's leadership attaches great importance to the development of transport infrastructure, including railways in Russia's Far East. The total need for investment in priority measures to develop and modernise the railway infrastructure in Russia's Far East by 2018 is 562 billion roubles, with 302 billion roubles to be be assigned from the Company's investment programme and the rest from Russia's federal budget and National Welfare Fund.

The future development of the East-West international transport corridor is among other things connected with the development and improvement of transporting heavy-duty containers on fast trains. The list of routes is constantly expanding due to the rapidly growing demand for such services and customer requirements. Container trains deliver cargo from Russian ports on the Pacific Ocean to the country's western borders.

However, according to Salman Babaev, at the moment, increasing the amount of transit traffic from China's north-western provinces to Europe is being hampered by a number of factors, in particular inadequate documentary support for transit freight, including containerised freight, the lack of straight-through tariffs and the difficulty of the border and customs procedures.

Salman Babaev said that in this regard it was essential to harmonise the transport policies of the countries involved in the international transport corridors, simplify administrative procedures, introduce straight-through and transparent tariff rates, improve the productivity of the rolling stock and create a network of logistics centres.


April 14, 2014: DHL Express has recently expanded its successful partnership with IDEXX Laboratories, a global leader in diagnostics and information technology solutions for animal health. In 2011, IDEXX selected DHL as its primary carrier in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for the express shipping of veterinary customer's time- critical deliveries to its reference laboratories.

DHL's commitment to speed and reliability enables IDEXX to further enhance its logistical operations and extend its market coverage in EMEA. Given its success to date, IDEXX recently extended DHL's expedited shipping services to additional EMEA geographies, including Denmark and the Netherlands.

The partnership mainly focuses on samples sent from veterinary practices to the IDEXX Leipzig laboratory, where reference laboratory specialists work on the diagnostic test results. The Leipzig lab, which serves as the Company's central diagnostic testing center for the EMEA region, is situated in the vicinity of DHL's main European hub in Leipzig, Germany. IDEXX's new location is designed to meet customers' needs by enhancing the company's service levels for its diagnostic tests as well as ensuring operational efficiency in the EMEA region.

"Companies in the Life Science and Healthcare industries are looking for more reliable and efficient ways of managing time-sensitive testing processes. With our proven expertise in this sector and the power of the DHL Express global network, we are delighted to support IDEXX by offering the highest possible quality and security of shipments and in so doing help meet the company's specific logistics needs," explains David Wilson, Executive Vice President, Sales, DHL Express.

"Our Leipzig reference laboratory creates a true competitive differentiation for IDEXX. In addition to strengthening our position in existing European markets, it also opens up new opportunities to extend our reach into important emerging markets. Our aim is to further enhance our service offerings in cooperation with our key partner, DHL Express, by offering optimal quality and reliable laboratory testing services for our EMEA customers," says Andrew Ferguson, Vice President, EMEA Reference Laboratories and Customer Support, IDEXX Laboratories.


April 23, 2014: Launched today, Scania's 2013 online sustainability report highlights the importance sustainability has for the company's long-term business success. Scania's stated goal is to be the leader in sustainable transport solutions.

By taking a holistic view of Scania's role in mobility and the logistics flow, Scania can create greater value for customers, shareholders, the company and society. The key to realizing this value, the report underlines, is to integrate sustainability throughout the organization, in the business strategy and along the value chain. How Scania is achieving this is the key theme of this year's report.

"It's crystal clear to me that future growth in our sector must be different. We need to chase down every opportunity we have to shift the sustainable transport needle, cut carbon, improve logistics flows and make clean mobility easier", says Martin Lundstedt, Scania's President and CEO. "I'm convinced that sustainable transport is profitable transport – and Scania's focus on sustainability leadership is delivering good business results."

The report underlines three focus areas that contribute to Scania's leadership striving: Proactively engage in transforming the transport industry; raise standards and address risks in emerging markets, embed sustainability across our organisation.

Report highlights:
• Scania production and logistics operations defined a 2020 target to halve its energy use per manufactured vehicle, using 2010 as its baseline.
• Increased sales of Ecolution by Scania, which is a toolbox of services that help customers dramatically reduce cost and carbon footprint while improving road safety. At the end of 2013 more than 3,000 Ecolution by Scania vehicles were on the road.
• Increased focus on gender diversity. In 2014, Scania's global management teams will identify and initiate actions to increase the share of women in executive positions, setting clear targets for change.
• Developed an updated sustainable sourcing program, formally adopted by the Executive Board in 2014.

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. Service-related products account for a growing proportion of the company's operations, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime. Scania also offers financial services. Employing some 41,000 people, the company operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete vehicles. In 2013, net sales totalled SEK 86.8 billion and net income amounted to SEK 6.2 billion.


April 15, 2014: Fiji Airways, Fiji's National Airline, today announced new interline cargo agreements with five other airlines today for the carriage of freight to and from Fiji to numerous cities in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

The new agreements are part of the Fiji Airways strategy to enhance airline partnerships across its passenger and freight business, and to allow Fijian exporters to realise new markets abroad. TA330-200 MSN1394 FIJI AIRWAYS FIRST FLIGHT-TAKE OFFhe new interline partners are Korean Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines.

Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways' Managing Director and CEO comments: "We're always on the lookout for new partnerships which enhance our network and position Fiji Airways and put Fiji as a great country on the map of international aviation business. I'm pleased that we were able to sign up those new interline deals, as they open up export opportunities for Fijian exporters, and also provide further Fiji businesses new opportunities for importing products."

Fiji Airways will provide its new partners with cargo feeds from 34 of its flights, and in return will be able to link up to 47 new international flights.

He adds: "Our freight customers will be able to ship cargo to new destinations like Beijing, for instance, through Hong Kong Airlines. The Etihad Airways arrangement will complement our cargo interline deal with Emirates, expanding our reach in the Middle East and Europe. We're giving further cargo capacity to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines through Auckland and Sydney. And Fijian businesses are now able to import products from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore."

"In addition to this, we are also strengthening relationships with local freight agents. This a major area of focus for our Freight Department. And as we are, by design, limited to grow cargo capacity ourselves, we continue to look for ways to enhance business opportunities for our cargo partners."


April 22, 2014: The Port of Cleveland welcomed on Tuesday the first vessel of the Cleveland-Europe Express cargo service from Antwerp, Belgium, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway. On the vessel's first round trip voyage, it is carrying cargo moving between five states and seven countries.

The Cleveland-Europe Express is the only regular, scheduled international container and non-containerized cargo service on the Great Lakes. It is the fastest and greenest route between Europe and North America's heartland, allowing regional companies to ship their goods up to four days faster than using water, rail, and truck routes via the U.S. East Coast ports.

Marc Krantz, chairman of the Port of Cleveland Board of Directors, said that the service is something that the Port of Cleveland's board members and leadership have been working on since the board developed its strategic plan 2 years ago. "The service takes advantage of the manufacturing strength of Northeast Ohio and the geography of the Cleveland port itself as the first major stop in the U.S on the Seaway system," Krantz said.

The express ocean freight service comes at a time when cargo coming through the Port is on the increase. In 2013, the Port had its highest annual tonnage level since the 2008 calendar year, said Will Friedman, President & CEO of the Port of Cleveland.

"The express service is most direct route to Europe from America's heartland. It allows businesses to cut down on transport time, and increase the time their products are available to sell on the market," Friedman said. "We look forward to seeing the service grow. We estimate the service will carry anywhere from 250,000 to 400,000 tons of cargo per year."

Bart Peters, manager of The Spliethoff Group's America Service, said "The arrival of the Fortunagracht is an exciting moment for both Spliethoff and the Port of Cleveland. The goal of the Cleveland-Europe Express is to provide a more efficient method for cargo owners in the heartland of American to trade with Europe, and we believe this first voyage is the first step in establishing a new service that will benefit companies on both sides of the Atlantic."

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson said that Lake Erie has always been Cleveland's most vital natural asset and an economic lifeline to the world. "The Port of Cleveland remains indispensable to the economic success of Cleveland and the other communities in Cuyahoga County. Maritime activities through Cleveland Harbor support 18,000 jobs and $1.8 billion in economic activity annually," Jackson said. "Now, the Port of Cleveland has become Midwest's gateway to trade with Europe."

Betty Sutton, administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. praised the new service. "The new Cleveland Europe Express Service represents a breakthrough for Great Lakes shipping and is one of the most positive economic development initiatives in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System in many years," she said. "It is an example of how we can use the economic and natural resources of the Great Lakes region to create new opportunities in powerful and sustainable ways."

ACO Polymer Products, Inc., a leading trench drainage manufacturer located in Chardon, OH, will be shipping a full size school bus to their corporate headquarters on the Cleveland-Europe Express' first voyage to Europe. The owner of the family-owned Ahlmann Company, Hans Julius Ahlmann, will be converting the bus for transporting guests and colleagues around the town of Rendsburg, Germany. "The opening of the Port of Cleveland will give ACO the advantage of a faster route to get materials to our facility for manufacturing, which gets the finished goods to our customers quicker. The construction industry is very sensitive to leadtimes, and getting product to a site faster is a game changer," said Vickie Morenz, Purchasing Manager at ACO Polymer Products. "We plan to use this route as much as possible."

Tuesday's vessel also carried wind energy parts, machinery, and smaller cargo in containers. The ship will depart late Tuesday with the school bus, machinery to create roads, and containerized cargo from five states bound for all parts of Europe.




April 16, 2014:  The WACO System appointed four new members at the biggest General Meeting in the network's 40-year history last week.

Kuwait Maritime & Mercantile Co (ISS) in Kuwait, Lyn Cargo Express LLC in the Dominican Republic, BCC Logistics in Iraq, and OMA Group, representing Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Togo in West Africa, were formally welcomed to the fold at WACO's 80th General Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

"We are delighted to be welcoming new members as part of our ongoing expansion programme," said Richard Charles, Executive Director, The WACO System.

"We are committed to working with experienced professionals who have a deep understanding of their local market and we are confident that our four new members fit this profile.

"We will be making more announcements soon about further expansion in Africa and Central and South America."

One hundred and thirty delegates took part in the four-day event, which included a plenary session on freight rates hosted by Philip Damas, Director, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.

WACO also facilitated hundreds of face-to-face business meetings for members from 76 countries attending the meeting.

WACO's next meeting will be in Xiamen, China in October.

For more information, visit www.iss-shipping.com for Kuwait, www.lyncargoexpress.net for the Dominican Republic, www.bcclogistics.com for Iraq, and omagroup-wa.com in West Africa.

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