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Netherlands Opts for ‘Flexible’ Container Weighing

As of July 1, shippers and freight forwarders are required to verify the weight of a container before the container is loaded onto a ship. The Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment recently published the Dutch interpretation of the international regulations. Partly on the advice of Transport and Logistics Netherlands (TLN), freight forwarders association...

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CSCL to Change Name to Cosco Shipping Development

China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) has proposed to change its name to Cosco Shipping Development Co (CSDC), in line with the company’s future business strategy and as a group member of China Cosco Shipping Corporation (Coscocs). “China Shipping Container Lines Co., Ltd. Board of Directors hereby announces that, in view of the Major asset restructuring...

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Siemens technology boost for evolving Asia Pacific companies

A simulation hub to help Asia Pacific businesses break into the global supply chain has launched in South Australia. In a partnership between global advanced manufacturing giant Siemens, the South Australian Government, and Simulation Australasia, the hub will deliver advanced system simulation software training to companies and universities. “There is an understanding that industry, particularly...

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FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index hits a five-year high, but 2017 concerns loom

The April SCI hit 1.5, which was up from March’s 0.4, which FTR described as reflecting improved market conditions for shippers at a time when freight demand remains sluggish while reaching its highest level since 2011. The Shippers Condition Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR saw a bit of a bounce back in April...

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SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM)

  We would like to announce you about the new regulations verified gross mass of all containers. On July 1, 2016, a new amendment tot he Safety of Sea (SOLAS) will require shippers to provide the carriers with a verified gross mass (VGM) for each container before the carrier has submitted their stowage plan. What...

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Damco launches China B2C Logistics Programme for e-commerce

Damco’s service offers a one-stop, end-to-end management solution for e-commerce logistics in China. With 1,500 local staff and 26 locations in China, Damco arranges the delivery to end-consumers in 1,600+ Chinese cities and promises a fast set-up and flexible, scalable implementation of customers’ e-commerce solutions. From inbound goods management to ‘final mile’ delivery The China...

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ISM’s ‘special questions’ focus on strong dollar and low oil prices

One of the many interesting facets of the Semiannual Economic Forecastissued by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) is its “special questions” segment featured at the end of the report. These questions, which were presented to the ISM’s manufacturing and non-manufacturing member respondents, are always topical and relevant to things impacting the industry, and this...

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OCEMA teams with East & Gulf Coast ports to determine common terminal weighing strategy for VGM

OCEMA and the ports recently filed an agreement with the Federal Maritime Commission with regard to the cooperative effort. The 19 ocean carrier members of theOcean Carrier Equipment Management Association (“OCEMA”) have joined with six major East and Gulf coast ports, including the South Carolina Ports Authority, Georgia Ports Authority, North Carolina State Ports Authority,...

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UPS rolls out plan for full-scale on-demand 3D printing manufacturing network

UPS this week said it is launching a full-scale on-demand 3D printing manufacturing network. This network is comprised of a multifaceted approach that will mesh its global logistics network with 3D printers at more than 60 U.S.-based The UPS Store locations and in conjunction with the On Demand Production Platform and 3D printing factory from...