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N Europe ports’ box volume to rise by 4pc in 2014: Global Port Tracker report

N Europe ports’ box volume to rise by 4pc in 2014: Global Port Tracker report

MARITIME consultancy Hackett Associates in its latest edition of North Europe Global Port Tracker has forecast that total volume in the six major north European container ports of Le Havre, Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, Bremen/Bremerhaven and Hamburg will increase by 3.9 per cent in 2014. The report, produced together with the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics, said this annual throughput will exclude transhipment and empty container moves, with exports expected to be up 3.4 per cent, following a 1.6 per cent increase from 2012 to 2013, the Logistics Management reported. With growth in Eurozone nations seeing a mere 0.5 per cent GDP,... Read more > >
VLA chairman warns of fiercer competition in logistics

VLA chairman warns of fiercer competition in logistics

The chairman of Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA) has notified that local logistics firms will have to cope with tougher competition in a very near future when Vietnam opens the market wider for foreign companies as part of the country’s further regional and global integration. [caption id="attachment_174" align="aligncenter" width="450"] The aircraft of Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar are seen at Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC. VLA Chairman Do Xuan Quang says infrastructure is one of the bottlenecks that restrain logistics growth in Vietnam.[/caption] Do Xuan Quang said foreign companies were currently allowed to own a maximum stake of 49% in a logistics... Read more > >
Freight logistics sector can build a foundation of future growth for Vietnam, WB report

Freight logistics sector can build a foundation of future growth for Vietnam, WB report

Two reports released by the World Bank (WB) on January 7 provided new insights on Vietnam’s freight logistics sector, including inland and coastal waterways, highlighting that it can be a new driver of growth for Vietnam. The report “Efficient logistics: A key to Vietnam’s competitiveness” found that logistics operations in Vietnam are costly relative to key regional peers like China, Malaysia, and Thailand. It is estimated that Vietnam’s shippers spend approximately USD100 million annually in extra inventory carrying costs incurred due to import-export clearance delays; and this amount is projected to reach USD180 million by 2020. Various factors contribute to the high cost,... Read more > >
Intermodal Freight Transport & Logistics Best Practices

Intermodal Freight Transport & Logistics Best Practices

This compendium of intermodal freight transport & logistics best practices has been selected and published by the European Intermodal Association, which is the ‘voice’ of intermodal transport. Sources: PROMIT ‘promoting innovative intermodal freight transport’; BESTLOG ‘logistic best practices’, VIACOMBI ‘the gateway for transport intermodality’, all three  projects funded by the European Commission, in addition to a number of specifi cally labelled EIA ‘Intermodal Award’ winners. Neutral Jury: EU Commission, EU Parliament, various single EU transport associations. New cases can be added at a later stage. Contact EIA or its research partners to fi nd out how your company could be included, or the conditions for winning an...

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African execs eye Viet Nam prospects

African execs eye Viet Nam prospects

HCM CITY (VNS)— A delegation of 20 business executives from the Monetary Community of Central Africa and West African Economic and Monetary Union met Vietnamese counterparts from the agricultural processing sector at a forum held in HCM City yesterday. Trade and investment relations between Viet Nam and UEMOA and CEMAC steadily increased, Hoang Duc Nhuan, head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Africa Market Office, said. Rice is Viet Nam's main export staple to the two groupings, he said. Rice exports to UEMOA members were worth US$330 million in 2011, accounting for 80 per cent of all exports. It was followed by textiles... Read more > >
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