Ryder wins highest recognition for environmental performance and freight supply chain efficiency

Ryder wins highest recognition for environmental performance and freight supply chain efficiency

Ryder System, Inc. has announced that it has been honoured with a 2017 SmartWay Freight Carrier Excellence Award for improving freight efficiency and contributing to cleaner air within its supply chains.

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The SmartWay Excellence Award, reserved for the top performing SmartWay Partners, is EPA's highest recognition for demonstrated leadership in freight supply chain energy and environmental performance. Ryder was one of 62 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay's 3,600 Partners. The Excellence Awardees were honoured at the American Trucking Association's Management & Exhibition Annual Conference held in Orlando, Fla., in October.

The annual SmartWay Excellence Award honours top shipping (retailers and manufacturers) and logistics company partners for superior environmental performance and additional actions to reduce freight emissions through effective collaboration, operational practices, a robust system for validating and reporting their SmartWay data, and communications and public outreach. The SmartWay Excellence Award also recognises top truck, barge, and multimodal carrier partners that are setting efficiency benchmarks in how they move products and supplies. EPA based its selection on information received from Partners' annual assessment tool submissions.

"Since 2004, EPA and the business community have collaborated through the SmartWay Partnership to reduce the economic and environmental costs of goods movement, a vital sector of our national economy," said Christopher Grundler, Director of the EPA's Office of Transportation & Air Quality, "This year's award-winning freight carriers, shippers and third-party logistics companies demonstrate that they can move more goods, more miles, while using less fuel. These firms are not only serving the growing needs of their customers – they are also doing their part to keep our environment clean and protect human health."

Ryder has been a SmartWay partner since 2006. The Company was honoured with a SmartWay Excellence Award in 2013 and 2014, and also received the SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award in 2014.

DHL Supply Chain places order for 10 Tesla Electric Class 8 Semi Trucks

DHL Supply Chain places order for 10 Tesla Electric Class 8 Semi Trucks

DHL Supply Chain, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has announced that it has placed an order for ten Tesla Electric Class 8 Semi Trucks.

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The transportation management leader, known for its futuristic technologies like Resilience360, is one of the first third-party logistics companies to order the trucks.

DHL Supply Chain will test the trucks, which will be available in 2019, at its customer operations in major US metro cities. The trucks will be used for shuttle deliveries and same-day customer deliveries, and will be tested for mileage efficiency on longer runs from major markets to other DHL operations across the country.

"At DHL Supply Chain, we're always thinking beyond today's shipment – whether that be thinking about tomorrow, next month or two years from now when these trucks become available," said Jim Monkmeyer, President of Transportation at DHL Supply Chain North America. "This is a revolutionary approach to trucking, and we want to be a part of it for our customers, for our employees and for our industry."

DHL Supply Chain also plans to evaluate the trucks' impact on drivers' quality of life and job satisfaction. DHL Supply Chain's 2017 talent gap research report highlights a supply chain talent gap that has the potential to spiral into a talent crisis. And according to the American Trucking Association, the shortage in drivers could double from 48,000 in 2015 to almost 100,000 in 2020.

"Factors like comfort and time on the road play a large role in driver job satisfaction," added Monkmeyer. "While we always try to optimise transportation routes to allow our drivers to be home same-day, we're also excited about the potential to bring our drivers the comfort and safety benefits that the Tesla Class 8 truck could offer."

'K' Line : the start of auto logistics services for finished vehicles in the Philippines

'K' Line : the start of auto logistics services for finished vehicles in the Philippines

K Line Auto Logistics Philippines, Inc. ('KALP'), a joint venture between 'K' LINE and local partners, has signed a contract with a major automobile manufacturer and started to work together with them from this November.

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In Asia, where automobile sales are becoming more active, especially within the ASEAN region, demand for finished car distribution is increasing, particularly the improvement of the efficiency of supply chains for transport and sales of imported/manufactured automobiles. In particular, the Philippine's domestic distribution demand of finished vehicles is increasing; new car sales in the Philippines having recorded their highest totals for five consecutive years, in 2017, an increase of about 16% was recorded.

KALP provides services for import customs clearance, land transportation, storage, and Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI). Last year, in Vietnam, where the growth of new car sales is also considerable, the company started a total logistics service for finished vehicles for the first time in that country, and have been providing integrated transportation in cooperation with maritime transportation service with its own Pure Car Carrier (PCC).

Launching of KALP's automobile logistics-related service will be the 10th (tenth) country, with service now covering major ASEAN countries.

GEFCO brings in first full blocktrain of auto parts on the new Silk Road

GEFCO brings in first full blocktrain of auto parts on the new Silk Road

The GEFCO Group has welcomed its first full container loaded train to France coming from China after an 11,000 km journey.

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The train transported 40 ft containers from Wuhan, China, to Dourges, North of France, for its client PSA, in less than three weeks.

An exceptional journey through the Silk Road

The block train left Wuhan, China, on November 3, 2017, transporting the containers through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus. The United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC), a consortium of railway companies, provided services on the 1520* mm railway section between Dostyk (Kazakhstan) and Brest (Belarus).

The block train continued its journey through Poland and Germany before arriving to Dourges Terminal in France on November 22, 2017. After clearance, the shipment was distributed directly to the plant of Française de Mécanique, a PSA subsidiary, in Douvrin, North of France.

After a journey through seven countries along the Silk Road trade corridor, at an average pace of around 600 km per day, the train, charged with 40 ft containers, arrived to destination within less than three weeks.
GEFCO managed and coordinated the project, with the railway partners in the different countries, together with the teams of GEFCO Forwarding based in Shanghai, Moscow and Paris.

GEFCO manages a monthly average volume of 300 TEU * * transported by rail in both directions

"With over 65 years' experience in logistics, GEFCO has been operating rail shipments from Asia to Europe for over four years. The Group has been supporting the growing trade between the two continents as well as container deliveries by rail, continuously looking for new cost effective, flexible, reliable and secure solutions to meet customers' requirements and support their business development," said Anthony Gunn, Executive Vice President of GEFCO Freight Forwarding.
GEFCO has been present in China since 1995, with more than 2,000 employees, 10 offices and partners covering almost all the region. The Group is also present in Vietnam, Thailand and South Korea.

*1520 zone refers to the width of the standard railway track in Russia. This zone includes CIS countries, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Baltic countries, Mongolia and Finland.
** TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) is a unit of cargo capacity used to describe the capacity of a 20-foot-long (6.1 metres) intermodal container.

Day & Ross acquires REI Logistics and Korten Quality Systems, Ltd. in US

Day & Ross acquires REI Logistics and Korten Quality Systems, Ltd. in US

As a key part of its strategic growth plan, Day & Ross Transportation Group announced the US acquisition of REI Logistics and Korten Quality Systems, Ltd. in Romeo, Michigan.

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These two businesses will operate as Day & Ross Dedicated Logistics USA, a division of Day & Ross USA Inc. under the leadership of Shawn McMahon, President Day & Ross Dedicated Logistics.

This acquisition provides an operational footprint for Day & Ross in the United States from which REI Logistics, Korten Quality Systems, Ltd. and Day & Ross Dedicated can leverage their combined customer relationships and capabilities to secure market growth in Dedicated Delivery (Auto), Dedicated Truckload (including Temperature Controlled), Cross Dock and Product Sequencing including Warehousing.

"Day & Ross Dedicated Logistics Canada has rapidly expanded in automotive logistics as well as other dedicated verticals over the past five years. This acquisition will allow us to continue this expansion program in US markets," said Shawn McMahon, President Day & Ross Dedicated.

REI Logistics operates Dedicated Truckload, primarily in the mid-western states of the US, and the business shares many common customers with Day & Ross Dedicated in Canada. This positions Day & Ross very well to expand their services with established customers who operate in both countries.

When commenting on the benefit of this acquisition for the overall Day & Ross business, Bill Doherty, President and CEO, Day & Ross Transportation Group said, "This acquisition supports our plans to increase our operational reach in North America. The impressive track record of both the REI Logistics and Korten Quality Systems, Ltd. teams will fuel our growth strategy in the US dedicated logistics market. Day & Ross Transportation Group is a trusted partner for some of the best known brands in the world and we look forward to using this platform to strengthen these partnerships even further."

iCargo Alliance, a leading global NVOCC, joins INTTRA's network

iCargo Alliance, a leading global NVOCC, joins INTTRA's network

INTTRA, the largest neutral electronic transaction platform, software and information provider at the centre of the ocean shipping industry has announced that iCargo Alliance, a global Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) and Less than Container Load (LCL) carrier, is joining INTTRA's network.

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iCargo Alliance is a global alliance network of NVOCCs with more than 30 partners, operating 170 offices in 89 countries, providing customised LCL solutions that combine all multi-modal transport options. iCargo Alliance customers may now send their booking and shipping instructions through INTTRA's global network.

"We are delighted to welcome iCargo Alliance as one of our newest NVOCCs," said Inna Kuznetsova, President and COO of INTTRA. "The growing number and variety of NVOCCs and carriers joining our network means a wider range of customers will now have a more efficient way to book containers and receive tracking information."

"Many of our global forwarders depend on INTTRA to connect directly to carriers for their FCL and LCL shipments," said Franky Van Doren, Managing Director, iCargo Alliance. "Joining INTTRA's network as a NVOCC makes great sense, enabling us to improve our competitive position in the market, while removing cost from our operations."

UK Freight Transport Association warns EU over Brexit challenges

UK Freight Transport Association warns EU over Brexit challenges

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned the EU not to underestimate the massive challenge member states face when preparing their own borders for Brexit, along with the risk of long delays and disruption at European ferry ports.

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FTA's Deputy Chief Executive, James Hookham gave evidence to the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism last week (22 November 2017), as part of a public hearing on the impact of Brexit on land transport into and out of the UK. FTA was called to share its expertise, as the UK's largest and most influential membership association in the freight and logistics sector.

Hookham advised the committee that continued trade was just as much an issue for the EU27 as it was for the UK and he warned the challenges and risks were also as great for the other EU member states: "It is important that the need to maintain successful trade relationships is recognised as an equal risk for both parties. This is not just a UK problem."

The committee heard that an additional 300 million customs declarations will need to be made in the UK each year, compared to the 90 million declarations which are currently handled by the British customs system. Hookham said each of these would be goods that originated from, or were destined for, somewhere in the EU: "The scale of this [trade] is truly enormous and it is important that all stakeholders comprehend what we are really talking about ... Some 185,000 enterprises will be required to make customs declarations and other border checks after Brexit, for the first time in the UK. 80% of the vehicles that cross the English Channel between France and England are EU-registered vehicles."

FTA is urgently seeking clarification from the EU on three key areas that will critically affect trade after Brexit; customs arrangements and facilities, the need for vehicle quotas and the recognition of driver qualifications. Hookham said immediate action is needed to develop a workable system for the 'seamless' transport of goods across the new UK-EU border: "Yes, we must seek to simplify and automate procedures in the long run, but that will be something for the future. In the meantime, we must make sure that vehicles can continue to cross the border and that there is mutual recognition of driver qualifications and licences. There is a need for not just the UK government, but for the other EU27 governments to step forward and to act."

FTA represents nearly 17,000 members operating over 220,000 heavy goods vehicles – half the UK's HGV fleet. Established in 1889, FTA's members move goods by road, rail, sea and air, consign over 90% of the UK freight moved by rail and 70% of the nation's sea and air freight.

The Freight Transport Association has produced a new report, "Ten Ways to Make Customs Borders Work after Brexit". The document sets out practical, achievable steps that governments and industry can take to reduce delays at both sides of the border after Britain leaves the EU.

New slot booking system at Port of Hamburg seeks to reduce traffic

New slot booking system at Port of Hamburg seeks to reduce traffic

Since November 29, trucks are only allowed to enter the HHLA container terminals if they have booked a slot for their visit.

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The slot-booking process is part of the "Fuhre 4.0" initiative – a move by HHLA to develop digital solutions for intelligent container transport.

In recent years, the capacity of the container ships handled at the Port of Hamburg has continued to increase. The more containers a ship carries, the more truck visits have to be coordinated at the terminal. In order to plan the increased traffic in advance and avoid bottlenecks in the handling process, mandatory slot booking is being introduced for truck visits. Since November 29, all lorry drivers have had to book a slot for their container transports. All of the Hamburg container terminals introduced the automated system at the same time.

HHLA Executive Board member Jens Hansen said: "With the slot-booking system, we have developed an intelligent solution that makes container transport at the port faster and more efficient. This step enhances the quality of our 'Fuhre' initiative, which was launched in June 2011 and is now being advanced as 'Fuhre 4.0'. It is a good example of our intention to drive digital change at the port along with our partners."

The new slot-booking process involves the pre-announcement of transport data via the TR02 data interface. This advance notification is already mandatory and includes information about the scheduled transport time. If sufficient capacities are available at the requested time, the truck visit can be booked. Otherwise, the system automatically offers the next available time slot. This makes it possible to coordinate truck visits with the capacities at the terminals. The aim is to avoid congestion on the roads at the port and long waiting times at the terminals.

When a truck arrives at the terminal, the current time is compared with the booked slot. Each slot lasts for one full hour, e.g. from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. If the truck arrives punctually, the visit will be handled as scheduled. If it misses its slot, the load must be rebooked before the truck arrives. Otherwise there is no handling guarantee and the truck will only be dealt with as capacities permit (for tolerances, see chart below). If there is a significant deviation from the time window (Priority 3, see chart), the slot must be rebooked before the truck arrives. As the available parking spaces are needed to handle those trucks that are on schedule, as well as priority transports, trucks are not allowed to wait on the terminal site without already having or for booking a slot.

Further information about the exact process of booking a slot and special cases can be found online at: hhla.de/slotbooking

Great interest in the Port of Hamburg in Hong Kong

Great interest in the Port of Hamburg in Hong Kong

Along with Hamburg Invest, Port of Hamburg Marketing recently visited Hong Kong.

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More than 170 representatives of shipping, logistics, industry, politics and trade associations used the Port of Hamburg's Evening Reception on 24 November to brief themselves of the latest developments in Germany's largest universal port.

Hosts Mathias Schulz, Head of Asian Market Development at Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), Anne Thiesen, Head of the Port of Hamburg Representative Office in Hong Kong, Kolja Harders of the Free & Hanseatic City's Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation, Stefan Matz of Hamburg Invest, and Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of HHM, were delighted to be able to welcome Dieter Lamlé, German Consul-General in Hong Kong, as guest speaker and Angela Lee, Deputy Secretary for Transport & Housing Bureau of Hong Kong SAR Government as their Guest of Honour.

"Port of Hamburg Marketing conducts successful location marketing in Hong Kong and China for the port and its great variety of service providers. We position the Port of Hamburg as the Northern European hub for the Chinese market. As a vital centre for handling growing foreign trade volumes, the Port of Hong Kong discharges an especially important function. In our numerous discussions with shippers, as Germany's largest port we benefit from optimal access by feeder services to the Baltic region. Compared with other ports in Europe, we also offer the highest number of rail services with the hinterland. People in Hong Kong are well acquainted with Hamburg and its strengths. The wide choice of liner services is a further advantage. With six liner services per week, shippers enjoy a splendid choice of links between Hong Kong and Hamburg," emphasised Axel Mattern.

In the first nine months of 2017, two million TEU (20-ft standard containers) were transported between China and Hamburg. "By comparison with the previous year, we can report a 2.5% rise in container traffic, representing stable growth. We are assuming that increasing demand from countries in Eastern Europe offers excellent prospects for the development of the China trade via Hamburg," said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.

For Hamburg as a universal port, China is its most important trading partner by a wide margin. For instance, China's share of total Port of Hamburg container throughput is around 29%. With a 50% share of import and export volume, Hamburg is also the leading transhipment centre for German foreign trade with China. "Almost one in three of all containers handled in the Port of Hamburg is bound for China or originated there. For that reason, the Chinese market is intensively cultivated by Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) and its port representative offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai," said Anne Thiesen, Manager of the Port of Hamburg Representative Office in Hong Kong.

(pictured above, from left: Axel Mattern, Joint CEO Port of Hamburg Marketing; Angela Lee, Deputy Secretary for Transport & Housing Bureau of Hong Kong SAR Government; Anne Thiesen, Manager of the Port of Hamburg Representative Office in Hong Kong and Dieter Lamlé, German Consul-General in Hong Kong)

Four more Neo-Panamax cranes arrive at the Port of Savannah

Four more Neo-Panamax cranes arrive at the Port of Savannah

Four additional Neo-Panamax cranes sailed into the Port of Savannah last week, with a 50- by 100-foot American flag across the side.

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"To see these massive new cranes arrive flying the stars and stripes makes us proud to be part of an operation that provides jobs and opportunity for so many," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.

Once commissioned, the new cranes will bring Savannah's fleet to 30. Six additional cranes will arrive in 2020. When all are commissioned, the upgrade will allow the nation's largest single container facility to move nearly 1,300 containers per hour.

"As the year draws to a close and we reflect on all the success we've enjoyed, we also look forward to the new era of prosperity these cranes will help usher in," said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. "Our considerable investments today ensure Georgia's ports reputation for excellence."

Chief Operating Officer Ed McCarthy said the advantage of these new cranes will be multiplied by several other ongoing infrastructure improvements, including the Mason Mega Rail Terminal. That project will double the Port of Savannah's annual rail lift capacity to 1 million container lifts, and expand the port's reach into the Midwest.

"These new cranes will prepare us for the next wave of growth for Georgia and the nation," McCarthy said. "Today's 15% increase in our crane fleet will help GPA stay ahead of the growth curve. Nearly two-thirds of the ships serving the Port of Savannah are Neo-Panamax vessels, and we expect the shipping lines to continue their shift toward larger vessels."

The Neo-Panamax cranes are tall enough to lift containers 152 feet above the dock. The booms reach out 192 feet from the dock face. Lift capacity for each crane is 72 tons. With the booms up, the cranes are 412 feet tall. The crane fleet operates over nearly 10,000 contiguous feet of dock and nine berth spaces.

Upon arrival, technicians must lift and secure the boom for each crane, and complete electrical attachments, mechanical alignments and testing before the cranes are put into use. The first of the new cranes will go into service in February. Two more will be commissioned in March, with the final crane going into service in April.

"This investment, totaling $47 million, will help bring in more business and support more jobs, not only for Georgia but for the entire Southeast United States," Lynch said.

Adampol ships first loads of Slovakia-made Kias out of Gdansk

Adampol ships first loads of Slovakia-made Kias out of Gdansk

The Poland-based vehicle logistics provider has loaded the first shipment of Kia vehicles made at the OEM's Zilina plant, for delivery to the UK.

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The first shipment of Kia Cee'd hatchbacks arrived at Gdansk port on November 21. The Zilina factory also makes the Sportage and Venga models, and makes components for the neighbouring Hyundai plant in Czech Republic. Kia's total volume for the UK market amounts to about 50,000 cars a year.

Adampol has worked closely with the Port of Gdansk, as well with the plant in Zilina to win this contract and while Kia volumes for the UK were previously moved through Cuxhaven in Germany, changing to Gdansk is expected to avoid congestion on the roads between Zilina and Cuxhaven and improve delivery times.

Adampol already has long-term contracts for handling Nissan and Hyundai, also for delivery to the UK, with ocean services provider K Line for Hyundai, at the Port of Gdansk. Cars produced in Japan, the UK, Spain are transported to Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe via the Port of Gdansk and loaded onto ships by the company.

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