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May 15, 2014: United Airlines this week was honored with a Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award as a travel supplier by the GBTA Foundation and Project ICARUS. The Foundation recognized United for outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering industry-leading sustainability programs, products and services.

"This is a great honor for United and reflects the growing importance of sustainability to our corporate customers," said Angela Foster-Rice, United's managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability. "As part of our Eco-Skies commitment, we continue to take actions to reduce our impact on the environment by promoting the use of biofuels, rolling out more sustainable products and working with our customers and business partners to promote sustainability."

The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association, the world's premier business travel and corporate meetings organization. Project ICARUS is a GBTA Foundation initiative and is the most widely recognized and respected Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility program within the global business travel and meeting industry.

United Airlines has demonstrated leadership in environmental initiatives by establishing ambitious, leading-edge programs. United's recent achievements include:

  • United in 2013 was recognized as the Eco-Aviation Gold Airline of the Year by Air Transport World for its leadership in environmental efforts.
  • United's new eco-friendly InCycle® coffee cup, made from up to 50 percent recycled materials, is now available in United Clubs and on flights.
  • The company in early 2014 became the first airline in the world to fly with the split scimitar winglet technology that cuts fuel consumption by up to an additional 2 percent over the airline's existing fuel-saving winglet technology.
  • Since 1994, United has improved its fuel efficiency by 33 percent.
  • The company in 2013 reduced CO2 emissions by more than 925,000 metric tons and reduced fuel consumption by more than 95 million gallons through fuel efficiency initiatives, exceeding its goal of reducing fuel consumption by 85 million gallons.
  • The airline increased orders for new Boeing and Airbus aircraft that are 15 to 20 percent more fuel efficient than those they'll replace and now has more than 230 of these new, fuel-efficient aircraft on order.
  • United is a leader in the advancement and use of alternative fuels, making history in commercial aviation with its partnership with AltAir Fuels to bring commercial-scale, cost-competitive renewable jet fuel to its Los Angeles hub later this year.
  • Since 2006, the company has recycled more than 23.5 million pounds of aluminum cans, paper and plastic.
  • United recently announced an enhancement to its carbon-offset program that allows MileagePlus members to redeem their miles for offsets to cover the carbon emissions associated with their air travel.
  • Through its Eco-Skies Community Grants program, United has awarded nearly $100,000 to environmental organizations where the company's employees volunteer in their communities.


May 07, 2014: More shippers are benchmarking their container shipping costs to ensure that they secure the most favourable freight rates possible.

A fast growing number of major US, Asian and Europe-based international companies, including FMCG, industrial and chemicals multinationals and a top-three US retailer, have joined Drewry's recently launched Benchmarking Club.

The Club provides members the opportunity to benchmark their shipping costs against their peers and so aid their freight procurement processes. Member organisations provide their contract rates confidentially to Drewry and in exchange these are aggregated with other members' rates to provide benchmark contract rates based on an average of the submitted rates.

Such cost benchmarking clubs are already common in the fields of road transport, raw materials and energy costs, and are now developing in more specialised areas like ocean transport.

"Drewry's Benchmarking Club enables us to ensure that we secure competitive freight rates with carriers and identify lanes where we could possibly further lower our costs," said Scott Larson, vice president of global logistics & customs at US retailer The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. and a member of Drewry's Benchmarking Club. "We selected Drewry's Benchmarking Club to benchmark our ocean rates with other retail industry leaders and to gain insight into container shipping market trends, forecasts and best practices through webinars provided to Club members by Drewry."

Contract rate information held by Drewry's Benchmarking Club is confidential and only available to members, who are limited to importers and exporters and exclude freight forwarders or NVOCCs. Drewry will be publishing an index of contract rates across multiple trades on a quarterly basis to improve visibility of trends (but not actual rates) in the contract market.

"Presently, there is plenty of visibility on spot rates, via Drewry's Container Freight Rate Insight and World Container Index for example, but very little on contract rates," said Philip Damas, director of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. "Drewry's Benchmarking Club will also enable exporters and importers, for the first time, to know the seafreight cost advantage of large shippers relative to medium and small shippers," he added.

Membership of Drewry's Benchmarking Club is open to all importers and exporters, but excludes freight forwarders, NVOCCs and carriers. Membership includes four benchmarking reports a year, a single site licence to Drewry's Container Freight Rate Insight (www.drewry.co.uk/cfri), two market briefings and two best practice forums providing networking opportunities between members.

Drewry Maritime Research is the research arm of the Drewry group. Drewry also includes two advisory brands, Drewry Maritime Advisors and Drewry Supply Chain Advisors and specialist investment research brand Drewry Maritime Equity Research.


May 12, 2014: Changi Airport Group (CAG) welcomes the arrival of ANA Cargo's inaugural flight from Okinawa, Japan, a new freighter city link for Changi Airport. From today, the Japanese freight carrier will operate six weekly Okinawa-Singapore-Tokyo Narita services, utilising the Boeing 767-300F aircraft.

With strong demand for fresh and high-quality Japanese food products, this new service will widen distribution channels for these products to Singapore and its neighbouring markets. ANA Cargo will also be able to tap on dedicated temperature-controlled facilities at Changi Airport to extend the cold supply chain for perishables and pharmaceuticals, as well as increase transshipment cargo loads to Southeast Asia and South Asia.

ana cargo singaporeDespite challenging conditions in the global cargo market, ANA Cargo has been forging ahead, increasing its flight frequency and upgauging its aircraft to ramp up operations at Changi Airport. The airline also recently relocated its Asia Cargo Office from Hong Kong to Singapore, which serves its networks across Southeast Asia and South Asia.

In 2013, cargo carried by ANA Cargo to and from Singapore grew 53% compared to a year ago. Its efforts were recognised at the recent 2014 Changi Airline Awards, where the airline was honoured for being one of Changi's top airlines by absolute cargo growth.

CAG's Assistant Vice President for Cargo & Logistics Development, Mr James Fong, said, "We are delighted to welcome ANA Cargo's new freighter service to Singapore. While the outlook for the global airfreight sector remains flat, this is an example of CAG's commitment in partnering our airline partners to explore new opportunities and stimulate growth in niche cargo segments as well as overall traffic to emerging economies in the region.

"Earlier this year, CAG also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Okinawa Prefectural Government to promote tourism, trade exchange and strengthen the aviation network between Okinawa and Singapore. We share a common interest and we will continue to work with both the government and the airline to promote Singapore as a travel and trade hub for Okinawa," Mr Fong added.

In the first quarter of 2014, cargo shipments at Changi Airport stood stable at 446,900 tonnes, compared to the same period a year ago. With more than 6,600 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds.


May 12, 2014: Intradco Cargo Services and operator National Air Cargo have successfully managed a high-profile project to fly 47 horses from Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) as part of the world-famous Cavalia equestrian tour.

national 1The charter on a Boeing 747-428(BCF) aircraft was the inaugural flight to make use of the newly-constructed horse loading ramp at DWC - a unique facility designed to allow for the increased import and export of live animal cargo.

Livestock and bloodstock transport specialists Intradco - recently acquired by global aircraft charter firm Chapman Freeborn - coordinated the project to fly the horses to Ostend in Belgium following their recent performances in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Cavalia's productions are a highlight in the live entertainment industry with their one-of-a-kind homage to the age-old bond between human and horse - and the safe transportation and wellbeing of the animals is considered a priority at all times.

With the help of National Air Cargo and Equitrans Logistics, the aircraft was configured to accommodate the horse stalls as well as a team of grooms to further ensure the welfare of the horses during the flight.

Charlie McMullen, Business Development Manager for Intradco, said: "Animal transportation is a highly specialised business and charters of this nature always require meticulous planning and close coordination with the client and airline.

"We're delighted to have assisted Cavalia with this project and together with National and Equitrans we're pleased to be the first company to make use of the new horse loading ramp at Dubai World Central. This world-class facility will benefit us greatly when managing future horse movements in the Middle East."

Alan White, Vice President – Ground Operations of National Air Cargo, said: "National is experienced in handling all types of sensitive cargo and we always take the utmost care in handling such a precious cargo as this horse charter and our specialised staff and infrastructure at Dubai World Central ensured this was handled smoothly and efficiently. We were delighted with the support from Intradco and Equitrans to ensure Cavalia received the best service possible."

Over the past three decades, Intradco national 2has successfully transported animals all over the world. The company's reputation for the safe, secure transportation of horses means it is now the first choice transport provider for many leading bloodstock owners and trainers around the world.

Animal 'passengers' have special needs – whether they are llamas from Chile going to New Zealand, an endangered species routed from Africa to the USA, or a winner of the Prix de L'arc de Triomphe being flown from Paris to Saudi Arabia – Intradco provide them with a secure and appropriate environment.

Intradco's investment in the design and use of its own flight stalls has created a fleet of equipment for animal charters that is widely-regarded as 'best in class' by customers around the globe.


May 08, 2014: Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), a project of One Earth Future Foundation, is launching the fourth installment of its annual reports detailing the economic and human costs of African maritime piracy. The study titled "The State of Maritime Piracy 2013" examines the costs incurred as a result of piracy occurring off the coast of Somalia, as well as in the Gulf of Guinea.

The study finds that attacks by Somali pirates are increasingly rare, and that, at between $3 billion to 3.2 billion, the overall economic costs of Somali piracy are down almost 50 percent from 2012. However, at least 50 hostages remain in captivity, held on average for nearly three years under deplorable conditions.

somali piratesRegarding Africa's West Coast, this report is the first comprehensive attempt by any organization to quantify the total economic cost of maritime piracy in that region. Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea remained a significant danger in 2013, says the report, with levels perpetuated by a lack of open reporting and a lack of coordinated effort among stakeholders.

"The efforts of the international community and the shipping industry have considerably reduced the threat of Somali piracy," says Jens Madsen, one of the report's authors. "But we have yet to achieve the goal of 'Zero/Zero' – zero vessels captured and zero hostages held," he adds. The study finds that while the combined economic costs of suppressing Somali piracy are markedly down, there has only been a slight increase in the investment in long-term solutions ashore. Research also shows that the shipping industry increasingly relies on individualized risk mitigation, observed in the decreased use of some of the more expensive anti-piracy measures such as increased speed and re-routing. Shippers are also turning to smaller and less expensive teams of armed guards as the perceived risk of piracy is declining.

While attacks by Somali pirates have declined sharply, with no large vessels taken in 2013, there are still, however, at least 50 hostages in captivity, who have been held on average for nearly three years under deplorable conditions. At the same time, regional and local seafarers and fishermen in the region remain at high risk as pirates continue to target locally operated vessels to facilitate larger attacks.

Turning to maritime piracy off Africa's west coast, the study finds that a critical lack of reporting on both the piracy and maritime crime here makes analysis difficult. "Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is fundamentally different to that taking place in the Indian Ocean," says Mr. Madsen. "We observe not only a high degree of violence in the attacks in this region, but also the lack of a mutually trusted reporting architecture and the constantly evolving tactics of West African piracy makes it extremely difficult to isolate it from other elements of organized maritime crime."

The report notes it is generally agreed the solution to piracy ultimately lies in building up capacity onshore, but it stresses that relatively little investment has been made towards sustainable solutions. "While I am encouraged that more money is being spent on longer-term solutions ashore, these still only represent the equivalent of 11⁄2 percent of the total annual cost of the piracy," says Marcel Arsenault, Chairman of One Earth Future Foundation. "Until we have more economic opportunity and better governance ashore, we risk piracy returning to previous levels as soon as the navies and guards have gone home."


May 12, 2014: Responsible supply chain specialists Sedex Global announces a partnership with the World Bank Institute to develop Open Supply Chain Platform – a new initiative to address global gaps in the availability and visibility of responsible supply chain data.

The Open Supply Chain Platform will help companies better understand their performance, increase sustainability and diversity, and generate shared values along global supply chains. Developed as part of the World Bank Institute's Open Private Sector Platform, the web-based and user-managed online platform will offer comprehensive supply chain information and enable businesses to conduct online assessments on their suppliers and consumers, based on a series of governance and sustainability indicators. Sedex Global will develop content for the platform, whilst OpenCorporates will design system architecture.

Data openness provides multiple supply chain benefits and efficiencies. The European Parliament adopted the directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information on April 15, 2014. Many EU companies will need to disclose information on policies, risks and outcomes linked to environmental performance, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption practices, bribery issues, and diversity.

While this is a timely public policy response to the surging demand in corporate transparency, currently there is no common mechanism for the private sector to openly share such information, and there is a widening gap between companies that have the knowledge, capacity and funds to afford open and collaborative behaviors, and those who don't. This can be especially true for SMEs who face capacity constraints.

The Open Supply Chain Platform will help close this gap by providing a free-to-use, global online platform for companies of all sizes to upload, share and track core information in areas of business ethics, labor standards, environmental footprints and governance practices.

The Platform will enable suppliers to benchmark themselves against core international standards and provide guidance on areas of weakness, in turn enabling them to drive improvements and share information on performance with buyers. For buyers, the platform will inform sourcing decisions by empowering them to search for, and source goods and services from suppliers that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of sustainability requirements and commitments. As such, the Open Supply Chain Platform will help create a more level-playing field for supply chain data by offering a range of functionalities to drive sustainability performance in global supply chains.

Carmel Giblin, CEO at Sedex said "We are delighted to be working on this exciting initiative. By combining Sedex's 10 years' experience of responsible sourcing with the global reach of the World Bank Institute, the Open Supply Chain Platform will deliver a step change in the uptake of responsible behaviors and practices by businesses. It will foster governance, sustainability and social development impacts in global supply chains".

Benjamin Herzberg, Program Lead, Open Private Sector, World Bank Institute, said "The World Bank is committed to scaling up development impacts and achieving the goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. It is thus essential that we encourage the private sector to adopt open and collaborative behaviors that favor social, environmental and governance outcomes. That's the purpose of our Open Private Sector Platform. We are delighted to embark on this new endeavor together with Sedex and OpenCorporates as we believe we can better help leverage the buyer-supplier relationship to improve sustainability, transparency, and accountability in business practices. "

The evolution and growth of responsible sourcing has brought with it a growing landscape of initiatives, systems, codes and standards. Leveraging the existing reach of OpenCorporates – the world's largest open database of companies with data on over 60 million companies in 80 jurisdictions – the Open Supply Chain Platform will benefit all users through an open data approach. Suppliers, buyers, consumers, data aggregators and standard makers alike will be able to track and report sustainability and governance outcomes around the globe in a fully-sharable manner.


May 06, 2014: CEVA Holdings LLC ("CEVA"), one of the world's leading non-asset based supply chain management companies, today reported results for the first quarter ended 31 March, 2014.

"CEVA continues to show strength in Contract Logistics driven by initiatives the company put in place to increase profitability," said CEVA CEO Xavier Urbain, who took over as the company's Chief Executive in January. "We have not, however, been immune to market conditions that have impacted Freight Management. Despite that, I am pleased to report we had our strongest quarter in nearly two years for new business wins, showing particular strength in Freight Management as we exited the quarter. While revenue from these wins won't be reflected until subsequent quarters, it shows positive momentum in the business.

"During my first few months at CEVA, I have visited many of our operational bases and have been impressed by both the professionalism and commitment of our people. It is clear that we have tremendous potential that can be focused on building the top line while we also continue to keep tight control on costs."

CEVA reported revenue of $1,865 million for the three months ended 31 March 2014, down 8.9% year-on year, as continuing weakness in Airfreight and Oceanfreight overall impacted Freight Management performance, where revenues decreased 11.5% compared to the same period last year.

Adjusted EBITDA1 increased 7.5% to $43 million, driven by a strong performance in Contract Logistics where profits increased 37.8% as part of CEVA's decision to exit underperforming contracts last year, which also resulted in an expected and planned reduction in revenue in this segment. The strong performance in Contract Logistics was offset by weakness in Freight Management where lower volumes and margin pressure out of Asia adversely impacted performance.

The quarter showed momentum in new business performance led by excellent results in the Automotive sector led by two significant individual wins with blue-chip customers. These major new contracts are being implemented currently.

During the first quarter, CEVA announced a number of new contracts, expansions and enhancements, including a three year contract with MANN+HUMMEL, a customs brokerage deal with Volvo, an expanded presence in Panama City, as well as in four strategic Mexican markets, and the introduction of CEVA's Mobility Suite based on CEVA Matrix® Transportation Management Solution (TMS).

Separately, the company also announced the completion of a capital structure refinancing that extended all material maturities and increased liquidity by $100 million.


May 12, 2014: Unisys Corporation has announced that China Eastern is the latest Chinese airline to select the Unisys Logistics Management System (LMS) delivered by Unisys client TravelSky via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

China Eastern will also use TravelSky's new booking and shipment management portal, China Cargo Sky Portal (CCSP), which is based on the Unisys Cargo Portal Services (CPS) software. As the two portals share the same core software, Unisys and TravelSky are able to interconnect them to offer clients access to more carriers and forwarders in a one-stop air cargo booking site. Implementation and cutover to LMS, CCSP and CPS are expected to be completed within six months of contract signature.

China Eastern, including its cargo subsidiary China Cargo Airlines - China's first all-cargo airline operating dedicated freight services -- is one of China's largest air cargo operators. It operates air freight services to 190 cities in 27 countries around the world.

TravelSky is the leading provider of information technology solutions for China's air travel and tourism industry. InfoSky, a wholly-owned division of TravelSky, operates the Unisys Logistics Management System (LMS), In-transit Service Manager (ISM) and Cargo Portal Services (CPS), which TravelSky offers to China's airlines as a shared service via a SaaS model hosted in Beijing. Air China has already gone live with the service.

Unisys will provide implementation and training services as well as the customized LMS to meet local rules and requirements for domestic cargo shipments within China. TravelSky will manage the localization and integration of systems such as the China Eastern cargo flight operation system and Chinese Customs.

"By TravelSky hosting the Unisys cargo solution here in China, we are able to offer airlines such as China Eastern the benefit of quick implementation enabled by a cloud solution, combined with the cost effectiveness of a shared service and our own local knowledge and expertise of China's travel industry," said Mr. LI Aiguo, General Manager of Infosky.

Olivier Houri, president, global transportation, Unisys, said: "We are delighted to see further take-up of Unisys air cargo solutions in the expanding, but highly competitive, Chinese aviation market. Our cloud-based environment enables fast implementation so that carriers like China Eastern can quickly benefit from our industry leading solution."

Unisys cloud-based cargo solutions are used by many of the world's leading cargo carriers who collaborate via the Unisys Cargo User Group (UCUG). This group of clients works closely with Unisys to discuss industry issues and to identify and prioritize enhancements and upgrades to the Unisys services. Unisys and UCUG members have worked with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for more than 20 years on initiatives such as e-Freight, Cargo 2000 and XML messaging, and with customs and security agencies to help carriers develop best practice and remain compliant with constantly-changing regulations.

Unisys has more than 45 years' experience providing advanced, mission-critical IT solutions to the aviation industry. With the addition of China Eastern and China Cargo Airlines, Unisys cargo solutions are used by carriers that move approximately 35 percent of the world's air freight.


May 07, 2014: Cargolux Airlines International S.A. and Cargolux Italia S.p.A. have been awarded the status of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO).

CV ItaliaThe EU AEO status was granted by the Luxembourg and Italian customs administrations on behalf of the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission. It is recognized by all 28 EU member states and by third countries that have a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) with the EU.

The status was awarded after an in-depth procedure that included application, qualification and on-site audit phases during 2013. Each of Cargolux Airlines and Cargolux Italia were required to fulfill a range of criteria that included amongst others a compliance record with customs regulations, a satisfactory system of commercial and transport records management and appropriate safety and security standards.

As AEO operators, both airlines can offer simplified customs access for shipments throughout the EU, using electronic messages instead of paper documents. Additionally, they can benefit from customs safety and security control facilitations when goods enter or leave the customs territory of the EU. This can be extended to the international supply chain in countries holding an MRA with the EU, currently including the USA, Japan, Norway and Switzerland; while China and Canada are in negotiation.

The AEO status will also prove valuable when new EU Union Customs Code regulations are implemented in the coming years.


May 13, 2014: DB Schenker's newest integrated logistics facility in Singapore, set to be completed in May 2014, has attained the Green Mark Platinum award, the highest standard under the Singapore's Building & Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark scheme.

The facility, located at the Tampines LogisPark, 15 minutes from Changi International Airport, will serve customers from key industries, such as Healthcare, Electronics, and Automotive, amongst others. The 41 million Euros facility will have a gross floor area of approximately 54,520 square meters spread across three floors.

The new DB Schenker facility will feature a passive design composite wall panel as part of the building perimeter, providing highly effective thermal insulation. A rainwater management system will contribute to enhanced water efficiency for landscape irrigation, while an efficient air-conditioning system will serve to minimize energy consumption and improve air flow distribution within the premises.

In terms of energy savings, an estimated 1,108 tons of CO2 will be saved annually. These are some components of an integrated building management system designed to create a green and sustainable environment. The BCA Green Mark program is a highly stringent and holistic benchmarking scheme which incorporates internationally recognized best practices in environmental design, construction, adoption of green building technologies, and environmental performance.

The BCA Green Mark scheme recognises buildings which aim to achieve a sustainable built environment, and rates buildings according to the five key criteria of Energy efficiency, Water efficiency, Environmental protection, Indoor environmental quality, and other green and innovative features that contribute to better building performance.

The Green Mark Platinum award is the highest achievable standard in the scheme, and is very much in-line with DB Schenker's goal of reducing its specific carbon emissions by 20 percent from 2006 to 2020. Currently, DB Schenker is setting new CO2 reduction standards worldwide.

DB Schenker is one of the leading providers of integrated contract logistics and supply chain management solutions in Singapore, with a current warehousing space capacity of more than 252,000 square meters.


May 08, 2014: With an additional recent partial settlement announced today with China Airlines, Ltd. in the amount of $90 million, plaintiffs have recovered in excess of $835 million in settlements to date to compensate victims of a global conspiracy to inflate prices of air freight shipping services. These partial settlements resolve a nearly decade long case against dozens of major air freight carriers around the globe. The plaintiffs' case against the remaining defendants continues. Of these settlements, more than $475 million has already received final approval by the court.

This most recent settlement follows several additional settlements obtained by the plaintiffs on the heels of a class certification hearing at the end of 2013 in the federal Eastern District of New York. The parties are awaiting the court's decision on class certification. In separate criminal probes, 21 air cargo carriers have pleaded guilty to participation in the conspiracy and agreed to criminal fines in excess of $1.8 billion.

"We're very pleased with this development, as it brings additional compensation to the many thousands of businesses harmed by this global conspiracy to inflate prices for air shipping services," said Hollis Salzman, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs and co-chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. in New York.

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. attorney Meegan Hollywood also represents the plaintiffs.

The litigation, formally titled In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1775, is pending before the Hon. John Gleeson and Magistrate Judge Viktor V. Pohorelsky.

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