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July 29, 2014: Rapiscan Systems, Inc., a leading global supplier of security inspection systems, today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to determine the feasibility of automatically detecting batteries in air cargo.

LithiumBattery PosterThe contract with the UK CAA, supported by UK Department for Transport funding, calls for Rapiscan to develop advanced detection algorithms to establish the extent to which lithium batteries transported within air cargo can be identified.

"The transport of undeclared lithium batteries through air cargo presents a safety risk that the CAA continues to address," said Ian Shaw, CAA's State Safety Programme Manager. "The CAA chose Rapiscan for this important project because they have the technical expertise to gather and process significant test data".

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has identified the need to regulate the transport of lithium batteries. According to a recent IATA report, beginning January 1, 2015, lithium-metal batteries transported as cargo will be restricted to cargo aircraft only.

Over the nine-month contract period of performance, Rapiscan will examine various cargo configurations and develop, test, and evaluate advanced image-processing software tools for their efficacy. Results of this study may be used by the CAA to propose new air-cargo handling policies, and may encourage further technology advancement toward the commercial use of software tools to assist air cargo inspectors.

"Rapiscan is pleased to have been chosen by the UK CAA to work with them on this important project for our air cargo customers," said Brad Buswell, President, Rapiscan North America. "Rapiscan Labs, our corporate research and development division, is a technology leader in the area of advanced threat detection algorithms. Rapiscan has a successful track record in the development of detection technologies for the aviation industry, and this project will further expand our support for air cargo safety and security."

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July 28, 2014: Accenture has released a new version of its Air Cargo Pricing software designed to help air cargo carriers better compete through advanced, flexible rate construction and prevent revenue leakage by increasing visibility and maintaining price integrity across the entire quote-to-ship cycle.

Part of the Accenture Freight and Logistics Software portfolio, Accenture Air Cargo Price 6.4 offers air carriers more options in rate creation and maintenance, enhanced features to support the current interline market and can help increase productivity for users.

Accenture Air Cargo Pricing version 6.4 provides a reliable and automatic rating engine that supports the calculation of applicable rates and charges for each transaction. This improves transparency across the supply chain and can help improve cargo yield. New enhancements enable carriers to:

Easily create and update cargo rates: The newest version of Accenture Air Cargo Pricing has a flexible rate maintenance process through a new, innovative Referential Model that standardizes rating methods. The Referential Model allows rates to be built based on a static rate and then adjusted for factors such as product, commodity, unit load device and market fluctuations. This enables carriers to quickly and easily create and manage unique, competitive rates that match the needs of their customers.
Effectively manage rates with partners: New features in auto-rating allows for easier rate creation when partner airlines are involved. Rate changes are automatically updated across the system, reducing errors. These features also ensure that agents receive an accurate commission for booked flights.

Improve operational efficiencies: An enhanced user experience includes automatic alerts that help avoid delays in decision making and a customizable workflow to match customer business processes. Integration with Accenture Air Cargo Reservations software creates a highly efficient freight reservation process.

"For maximum profitability, carriers need transparency at every point of the shipping process, starting with the initial pricing quote," said Malcolm McNamara, global managing director of Accenture Freight and Logistics Software. "Accenture's Air Cargo Pricing software prevents revenue leakage through an easy-to-use framework for pricing, creating centralized decisions and increased visibility into every quote."

The new version of Accenture Cargo Price can be implemented as a standalone product or as part of Accenture Freight and Logistics Software's Air Cargo Suite. Combining an experienced team with leading-edge software and a global delivery capability, Accenture Freight and Logistics Software helps organizations realize value from their technology investments and manage the escalating challenges of volatile markets.

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July 22, 2014: United Airlines today announced the launch of CarbonChoice, a new business tool for corporate cargo customers to easily track and offset the emissions associated with their air freight accounts. Cargo customers with large-scale, regular shipments on United can receive customized emissions reports with simple options to offset their company's carbon footprint through the airline's partner, Sustainable Travel International.

United is introducing the business tool to allow cargo customers to more easily incorporate carbon-neutral business practices into their overall corporate strategy.

United-CarbonChoice"United Cargo shippers consistently tell us they're focused on understanding their company's environmental impact, and they've asked us specifically for a large-scale program like this," said Jan Krems, United's vice president of cargo. "CarbonChoice provides our customers the detailed data they need to better achieve their own companies' sustainability commitments."

In 2013, United became one of the first airlines to offer an online cargo carbon calculator that customers could use to enter their individual shipment data and track emissions. With CarbonChoice, United now offers cargo shippers hassle-free, customized reports sent directly to each customer on a regular basis. United's calculation approach recognizes weight, actual flight data related to aircraft type, routes and seasonality, and applies a next-generation CO2 emissions calculation methodology informed by the International Air Transport Association's recommended practice for airlines to calculate CO2 emissions from freight transport.

United offers one of the most robust carbon offsetting programs in the industry, with specific options for its entire range of customers, including MileagePlus members, individual business and leisure travelers, and now CarbonChoice extends that to the airline's cargo account customers.

United partners with Sustainable Travel International to ensure all of the airline's carbon offset projects have obtained independent third-party verification and are registered with well-respected carbon offset programs.

"Reducing United's emissions through our fuel efficiency programs and helping our customers offset carbon emissions are some of the best ways United can be an environmentally responsible airline," said Angela Foster-Rice, United's managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability.

 

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July 23, 2014:Australia's largest mover of freight, Toll Group, has opened the doors to its new A$170 million express facility, the largest express parcel freight depot in Australia.

The Minister for Industry, the Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, joined Toll Group Managing Director Brian Kruger and Toll IPEC Executive General Manager Rodney Johnston to officially open the new facility today in Bungarribee north west of Sydney.

The 53,000 square metre facility, custom-built for Toll on an 18-hectare site has been designed for market leading express road freight business Toll IPEC.

Mr Kruger said the suburb of Bungarribee, 37 kilometres north west of Sydney's CBD, with its immediate access to major arterial routes was an ideal location to allow Toll to service its diverse range of customers.

The facility features state-of-the-art design and planning with close proximity to the key transport routes to service Sydney and the rest of Australia.

TOLL GROUPMr Johnston said that while the new depot incorporates the latest equipment with a focus on customer centricity, its key design features are those related to safety.

"The facility allows for greater segregation of forklifts and pedestrians, reducing the need to share space on the floor," Mr Johnston said. "The entire facility has a much stronger traffic management plan than in previous depots, due to key design initiatives relating to freight profile, truck type and traffic flow. This will help us to maintain our capacity at peak times.

"For our freight handlers, the chutes have been redesigned to allow for easier lifting and manoeuvring. And lastly, we have implemented scissor-lifts to prevent injuries while unloading pallets."

In addition to increasing safety through a range of state of the art features, the facility provides the capacity for Toll IPEC to grow with the changing needs of its customers and better manage high volume work periods, boosting parcel sorting capacity to an unprecedented 35,000 parcels an hour.

"The selection of this site was not an accident – it is a testament to the hard work of some of the best minds in the logistics industry," said Mr Kruger. "This facility itself is key to consolidating Toll's position as a leading provider of logistics services and in growing our extensive national distribution network over the next 20 years and beyond."

Mr Kruger said he was looking forward to seeing the new facility play a significant role in the local and national economy.
"This new facility will be home to around 600 employees – currently spread across four sites in Moorebank, Homebush and Bankstown – and provides the ability to grow these numbers as capacity increases.

"In this site's construction phase, more than 200 full-time equivalent jobs have been created and I congratulate and thank everyone who has been a part of building this impressive facility."

Toll Group is the Asia Pacific region's leading provider of transport and logistics, employing more than 45,000 people across some 1,200 locations in more than 50 countries. Toll's specialist logistics capabilities incorporate a range of sectors including defence & government, industrial, manufacturing, mining & resources, retail and automotive.

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July 23, 2014: Qatar Airways Cargo flew 53 show jumping horses from Calgary, Canada, to Liège in Belgium last week on a special charter for its global client DB Schenker.

The world-class show-jumping horses had participated in the annual Spruce Meadows Summer Series in Calgary, and every effort was made to ensure the horses were transported with the utmost care to Liège where they will be training to participate in the World Equestrian Games (WEG) being held in Normandy next month.

qatar horse"Horses are sensitive animals and they generally have a high value," said Ulrich Ogiermann, Chief Officer Cargo for Qatar Airways. "They require special care during all phases of transportation, and a smooth and comfortable journey is essential to keep the horses stress-free.

"All Qatar Airways Cargo staff attend various training courses in animal handling, and our personalized service, high quality of operation, and excellent record of on-time delivery make us a prime carrier for the transportation of live animals."

Qatar Airways Cargo transports all kinds of animals in accordance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations. Horses are transported primarily between the Middle East and Europe, and between Europe and the U.S.A. Unlike pets such as cats and dogs, horses cannot be transported in the lower deck of regular passenger planes. They must be flown on dedicated freighters and require special containers that can fit up to three horses side-by-side.

These special containers, also known as "air stables" or "horse-stalls", are specifically constructed for the horses to ensure that they are safe while on the aircraft.

From January 2012 through to July 2014, Qatar Airways Cargo has transported more than 1,900 horses all around the world.
On 1 December 2013, the first Qatar Airways Cargo shipment was received at the new cargo facility at Hamad International Airport. This enormous, state-of-the-art facility, spanning 55,000 square metres, contains a perishables storage area, live animal centre and dangerous goods area, among other key facilities. The new world-class self-contained terminal can handle 1.4 million tonnes of cargo per annum.

Qatar Airways Cargo also completed the transition from a manually handled cargo environment to a fully automated cargo terminal at Hamad International Airport. The step-change from the original manual system has been significant and all importers and clearing agents in Doha now benefit from an enhanced delivery system for all their cargo.

The brand new cargo terminal at Hamad International Airport offers state-of-the-art modern technology and a five-star service to customers around the globe.

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July 23rd, 2014. Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today announced that it will take delivery of its 10th 747-8 freighter from Boeing. The aircraft, registered LX-VCK and named 'City of Contern', is scheduled to leave Boeing's Paine Field in Seattle on July 24th. After stopovers at Seattle Tacoma and Calgary, where the new freighter picks up a load of cargo, LX-VCK arrives in Luxembourg on July 25th.

'The delivery of the 10th 747-8F has helped us bring down the average age of our fleet - already one of the youngest in the industry - to a mere 5.8 years', said Dirk Reich, President & CEO. 'Apart from the increased fuel efficiency and reduced noise footprint, the 747-8F is the ideal aircraft for the implementation of our dual hub strategy between Zhengzhou and Luxembourg. Our goal is indeed to operate multiple daily connections between both locations with the -8F', Reich added.

As a launch customer of the 747-8F, Cargolux became the world's first operator of the type in 2011. The type has performed extremely well in Cargolux's services and reached an average daily utilization of 15:58 hours in 2013. The airline expects to take delivery of its 11th 747-8F out of a total order of 14 units later this year. Cargolux also operates 11 747-400 freighters.

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July 22, 2014: Yusen Logistics announces the launch of an innovative ocean transportation service which enables double stacking of product inside ocean containers, through the installation of specialized decks.

Trial movements in April confirmed the security of the decks and with increasing demand for the transportation of electrical products, chemicals, foodstuffs, and motorcycles; Yusen Logistics has launched this new service on all transport lanes operated by its network. This provides flexible solutions, as the double deck can be customized according to individual customer requirements.

The service is based around the specialized* deck – the result of collaborative development between NYK and its R&D subsidiary MTI – being installed inside the container, dividing the interior into upper and lower sections, to optimize utilization.

The new system will generate a number of benefits, including improved loading efficiency, reduced transportation costs and reduced CO2 emissions.

* The specialized decks are designed to be suspended from the roof of the container. The companies involved in the development of this technology are currently applying for patents.

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July 23, 2014: General cargo moving through Abu Dhabi's commercial Ports has increased by 37% this year.

ADPC's commercial ports (Musaffah, Khalifa and Zayed Ports) have handled 6.4 million FT of general cargo in 2014, compared to 4.7 million FT in the first half of 2013. This is an increase of 1.74 million FT (freight tonnes) in 2014, compared with the same period in 2013.

"These figures show a strong first half of 2014 and indicate a promising six months ahead", said Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC. He adds: "The volume of cargo moving through our ports is on the up. We expect that we will handle more than 12 million FT by the end of this year, compared to 9.5 million FT handled last year."

While Abu Dhabi's ongoing economic growth explains some of the increased volumes, another reason is ADPC's work with key customers to consolidate and maximize their supply chain efficiencies. These include local and international businesses such as Emirates Aluminium (EMAL), Emirates Steel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC).

EMAL is the anchor tenant in the aluminium cluster of the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad). The company has a purpose built wharf at Khalifa Port to shorten the supply chain of raw materials direct from sea to smelter. EMAL and ADPC have also signed a ten year agreement contracting ADPC to handle all of the logistics involved in exporting high quality aluminium products from EMAL's production site to more than 150 customers worldwide. EMAL expects the volume of exported metal to increase from 600,000 tonnes in 2014, to more than 750,000 tonnes from 2015 onwards.

Another reason behind the growing import and export activities at Abu Dhabi's commercial ports is the progress of several key infrastructure projects, which are requiring increased import and export volumes.

These include the midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi Airports, as well as the upcoming Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Museum, and various building projects in the Western Region, many of which require specialized project cargo and increased volumes of building materials.

Against this backdrop, ADPC is enhancing its capacity for general and bulk cargo at Abu Dhabi Ports, with a special focus on Zayed Port. After announcing an AED-20-million investment in essential maintenance work at Zayed Port and the Free Ports in March, ADPC is now remapping all of Zayed Port's processes, and upgrading the port's equipment and analyzing its business efficiencies to meet cargo flows in the most efficient way.

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July 17, 2014 – Purolator announced today the launch of Purolator Logistics – a new solution that offers integrated logistics services to help customers improve overall supply chain efficiency, reduce distribution costs and improve speed to market.

A complement to Purolator's current freight and courier transportation services, Purolator Logistics will provide customers with a one-stop shop for several logistics capabilities, including warehousing, fulfilment and returns processing.

"Our customers have been asking for more robust logistics capabilities to meet their Canadian distribution and supply chain needs," said Ramsey Mansour, Vice President, Marketing, Purolator. "Purolator is a Canadian leader in integrated transportation solutions, so this is a natural and logical progression for our business."

Purolator Logistics is part of a suite of initiatives and investments Purolator is acting on to maintain its leadership position and meet the evolving needs of companies doing business in Canada.

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July 23, 2014: Leading freight forwarder Rhenus UK believes that a carefully managed interest rate rise by the Bank of England could further enhance the UK's economic growth, rather than choke off recovery, by sending a vote of confidence to the international market.

Despite the recent calls from the British Chambers of Commerce for Bank Governor Mark Carney to exercise caution before moving rates upward, managing director of Rhenus UK, David Williams, believes that such a move could send a positive signal to the market about the UK's consistent emergence from recession.

Latest economic data from the BCC suggests that more manufacturing companies are worried about the impact of an imminent interest rate rise (moving from 16% to 18% between Q1 and Q2 2014). However, Williams believes that the recently confirmed support package of export credit from government that is now coming on stream, along with stable export growth in the UK needs to be taken into consideration.

He said: "While interest rates are a factor in business decision making, some analysts are overestimating their importance in the complex mix of market economics. Granted, a significant, short-term rise in rates would be most unwelcome, but a carefully managed increase of perhaps an eighth or quarter of one percent later this year would be seen as a prudent move by many commentators.

"Contrary to the fragile economic recovery described by the BCC data, our experience of the UK export market is very positive. While we began the year steadily, our latest forecasts show a strong demand coming from UK manufacturers sourcing efficient export services to the continent, South Asia and Eastern Europe."

The Bank of England has maintained its current base rate 0.5%, since 2009, in order to support economic growth after the financial crisis.

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July 17, 2014 - KN FreightNet is Kuehne + Nagel's new integrated web application for quotations, booking and tracking services. Its launch recognises an ever-increasing trend towards the use of e-commerce solutions in industry.

Currently, quotation and booking processes in the airfreight industry are mainly handled via email or phone. Now, with KN FreightNet, Kuehne + Nagel customers can obtain quotes for export and import shipments online within seconds and are able to place their orders directly.

Quotations are based on a few shipment details such as place of origin, final destination, weight and volume. Customers receive a clearly structured overview of all-inclusive prices including fuel and security charges for the Kuehne + Nagel airfreight products KN Express, KN Expert and KN Extend, as well as estimated transit times. At this point a booking can be made or the offer, which is valid for 14 days, can be saved.

It is also possible to save shipment details as templates in the system, making it very easy to re-book and compare quotes. Tracking a shipment is a smooth process with a user-friendly "click-to-track" functionality that gives up-to-date information on the status of all consignments shipped within the last 90 days.

In an initial phase of the project, KN FreightNet was successfully trialled by selected Kuehne + Nagel airfreight customers in Frankfurt, Germany and Chicago, USA. The speed and simplicity of the tool was particularly welcomed, as Risto Scherer, Shipping Coordinator Logistic & Safety Delegate, for MDS - Music Distribution Services GmbH confirms. "With KN FreightNet we can easily and independently obtain airfreight quotes. Booking and tracking our shipments now only takes a few clicks. The system is really straightforward."

Tim Scharwath, Executive Vice President Air Logistics explains "We are proud to be a first-mover in our industry and we are committed to making processes as easy as possible for our customers. The launch of KN FreightNet not only reflects current market needs, but also the ever-increasing trend towards e-commerce solutions."

KN FreightNet will be globally available by the end of the year. Plans to develop the online solution further for seafreight and overland transport are already underway.

 

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