New EU trade plan attracts broad internal criticism

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union's trade chief has proposed opening the EU to more imports from developing countries, fuelling a debate about protectionism and the bloc's ties with trade partners such as Pakistan.

Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht's office has prop Read More »

Lufthansa Cargo CEO says prices could rise in 2011

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Air Cargo

Lufthansa Cargo Chief Executive Karl Ulrich Garnadt believes prices paid to transport goods by air could increase from the autumn if the global economic recovery continues.

"At the moment though, we are not seeing rising freight prices," he told journ Read More »

Brazil government may fund TAM stake in Portugal’s TAP

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Air Cargo

Brazil's government may finance the acquisition of a stake in Portugal's troubled state airline TAP by domestic air carrier TAM, a government source told Reuters.

TAP and several other state companies are slated for privatization this year as part of Read More »

Transportation credential a dangerous & expensive security experiment

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Air Cargo

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a scathing report that exposes serious security weaknesses and years-long delays in a program to fully implement a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). TWIC is intended to protect Read More »

Camair, Cameroon’s new national airline, awards GSA contract to ECS Group

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Air Cargo

Camair, the new national airline of the Republic of Cameroon, has signed a worldwide cargo general sales agency contract with ECS Group.

EFIS AIR, the Paris-based subsidiary of ECS, will manage the Camair contract.

Camair launched operations at th Read More »

time:matters expands network in Spain to include Santiago de Compostela

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Air Cargo

time:matters, the expert for global Special Speed Logistics which is part of the Lufthansa Group, expands its sameday air station network to include another European location. Effective immediately, additional direct connections for particularly urgent sh Read More »

OAG Cargo targets growth in Eastern Europe with appointment of new GSA partner

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Air Cargo

OAG Cargo is seeking new business opportunities in Eastern Europe for its leading decision support tools for the air cargo industry with the appointment of DAEDALUS Sales & Marketing Consultants as its general sales agent in the region.

OAG Cargo's po Read More »

Organization offers new free training for veterans in air freight

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Air Cargo

A non-profit organization has begun to offer the first free training program in air freight for U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps veterans.

The organization, known as Operation Must Do and created to aid veterans find employment in the air freight indu Read More »

CMA CGM to launch a new service between Asia, Indian Ocean Islands and South Africa

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Liner Shipping

CMA CGM Group announced the launching of a new service linking Asia, Indian Ocean Islands and South Africa, effective May 8th, 2011.

Called Shaka Express, this new weekly service will deploy 6 vessels between 4500 and 6500 TEU, and will allow CMA CGM Read More »

Zepol reports April vessel imports increase

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Zepol Corporation, the leading trade intelligence company,reports that U.S. import shipment volume for April, measured in TEUs, increased 7.95% from March and 5.68% from April of 2010. The total number of shipments also increased 7.25% from March and near Read More »

OOIL says orders six container vessels from Samsung

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Orient Overseas (International) Ltd said it has ordered four new container ships from Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd for a total of $544 million. Read More »

TUI taking time to decide on Hapag-Lloyd exit

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Liner Shipping

TUI AG said it was taking its time to decide on how best to exit its stake in container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd.

The group, which also controls tour operator TUI Travel Plc , holds just under 50 percent of Hapag-Lloyd and is following a dual-track Read More »

Container firms passing on record bunker fuel costs to clients

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Global container shipping firms are passing on record bunker fuel costs to retailers, manufacturers and other clients reliant on vessels for exporting their goods, an industry consultancy group said.

Singapore's benchmark bunker fuel price surged to 2 Read More »

Maersk first quarter tops forecast

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Liner Shipping

A.P. Moller-Maersk reported first-quarter net profit at the top end of expectations, helped by higher than expected freight rates and buoyant oil prices.

They reiterated that 2011 earnings would be lower than 2010 and also repeated guidance for a "sat Read More »

Carrier expands service to Australia and New Zealand
PIL’s new route should aid exporters

AJOT | May 12, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Pacific International Lines has announced it is expanding its China Transpacific Service string to include ports in Australia and New Zealand on its westbound leg. Read More »

China to expand Yangtze shipping by 2015

AJOT | May 04, 2011 | Breakbulk & Projects

Bulk freighters will be able to avoid congestion around Shanghai and sail up China's Yangtze River as far as Nanjing under a $2.7 billion plan to deepen the navigation channel by 2015, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The river would be navigable for ship Read More »

Rickmers-Linie upgrades Indian service 
with the addition of new vessels

AJOT | May 04, 2011 | Breakbulk & Projects

Rickmers-Linie, the German liner specialist for project cargoes and heavy lifts, is upgrading its Indian service with the addition of new vessels. It will also provide a direct service both eastbound and westbound between Europe and India although calls i Read More »

Belgium finds radiation on containers from Japan

AJOT | May 04, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

Belgium's radiation safety regulator has discovered radiation levels surpassing European Union limits on a shipping container from Japan, the agency said.

The agency is decontaminating the container after it found radiation from Cesium-137 being emitt Read More »

World’s largest roll-on/roll-off ship comes to Port of Baltimore

AJOT | May 04, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

The largest roll-on/roll-off ship in the world visited the Port of Baltimore on Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2. Operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the Tonsberg, with 4.87 million cubic feet of available space for autos, farm and construction eq Read More »

Kenya’s Mombasa port 2010 cargo volume up 12%

AJOT | May 04, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

Container traffic through Kenya's main port, serving several countries in the region, grew by 12 percent in 2010 on the back of a resurgent global economy, its operator said.

Traffic through Mombasa port is watched as an indicator of activity in the r Read More »