Russia aims to return to top grain shippers club

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

Russia expects to reprise its role as a leading grain exporter this season thanks to a good harvest after last year's severe drought forced it to impose an export embargo, the Agriculture Minister said.

Russia sees grain exports of 18 million tons in Read More »

EU plan for bicycle duties angers Chinese exporters

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union is set to extend import duties on Chinese-made bicycles and parts until 2014, according to a document seen by Reuters, in a move that may anger Chinese exporters and worsen EU-China trade ties.

EU trade officials proposed a three-ye Read More »

Animal welfare groups seek ban on exports to Turkey

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

Animal welfare groups called for the European Union to suspend exports of live animals to Turkey, describing as "horrific" the transport conditions they uncovered in an investigation, including dehydration and blistering heat.

"We are calling for the Read More »

EU plans five-year duties on Chinese tiles

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

Chinese ceramic tiles will face punitive import duties at European borders until 2016, under plans drawn up by the European Union's executive Commission, a document seen by Reuters showed.

Duties of up to 69.7 percent will hit some 275 million euros' Read More »

EU tightens rules on unsafe children’s toys

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union introduced tighter safety measures for children's toys on Wednesday, a measure that could hurt Chinese imports which make up 80 percent of all EU toy imports.

The new rules specifically target toys that contain phthalates, a plastic Read More »

US senator urges pressure on Russia to open up autos

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

A US senator from a major auto-producing state urged the top U.S. trade official to demand Russia drop barriers to American cars before being allowed to join the World Trade Organization.

"Russia requires that automakers produce an arbitrary number of Read More »

Zepol’s quality hard data drives growth

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

Zepol, a provider of hard data for US international trade, has grown quickly because of the quality of the figures, in a business that has its share of street corner palm readers. The following is an interview with Paul Rasmussen, President and CEO of Read More »

ATSG expects lower business from DB Schenker

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | Air Cargo

Air Transport Services Group Inc , a provider of aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation services, said it expects to get lower business from its second largest customer DB Schenker.

Air Transport Services said DB Schenker was planning to adopt Read More »

Forward Air Q2 profit beats estimates

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | Air Cargo

Forward Air Corp's second-quarter profit beat market estimates, driven by growth at its core airport-to-airport air cargo business. Read More »

Swissport International appoints new EVP for Business Development

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | Air Cargo

Swissport International, the world's leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, is pleased to announce the appointment of Roman Hermann as the company's new Executive Vice President for Business Development effective 1st October, 2011. Read More »

MOL donates 6 reefer containers to disaster areas

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that the company has donated six 20-foot reefer containers to the Soma-Futaba Fisheries Cooperative Association as part of its support activities for the disaster-stricken areas.

The freezing and refrigeration facil Read More »

Safmarine wins prestigious Ocean Award

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Shipping line Safmarine recently won the Ocean Award at CEVA Logistics' Global Supplier Awards at a function hosted by CEVA's CEO John Pattullo, Bruno Sidler COO and Simon Boggis CPO in Stradella, Italy.

This is the first Global Supplier Awards for CE Read More »

First sailing of American Feeder Lines handles over 100 teus

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | Liner Shipping

AFL's first sailing in the Halifax-Portland-Boston feeder service gets off to a strong start.

AFL's first voyage departed from Halifax, Nova Scotia with 110 TEU onboard. The cargo was a mixture of both full and empty containers destined for calls i Read More »

Sino-Global Shipping signs deal to expand China services

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Sino-Global Shipping America Ltd has signed an agreement with COSCO Container Shipping Agency to expand its agency services in China.

COSCO Container Shipping Agency is a unit of COSCO Container Lines Co Ltd and has more than 50 offices in Chinese coa Read More »

Dry freight congestion hits year-high

AJOT | July 18, 2011 | Breakbulk & Projects

Dry freight bulk vessel congestion at Australian, Brazilian, Indian and Chinese ports has risen to its highest level since the beginning of the year and is now equivalent to over 10 percent of the entire bulk fleet, ICAP brokerage said.

"The combined Read More »

Albacor shipping and LS-Cargo International handle complex intercontinental move of tunnel boring…

AJOT | July 18, 2011 | Breakbulk & Projects

Albacor Shipping Mahwah , NJ-USA, in conjunction with their Partner LS - Cargo International , Bremen, Germany, both members of the Worldwide Project Consortium WWPC, handled the transport of one tunnel boring machine (TBM) from the factory in Germany t Read More »

Diana Shipping Inc. announces time charter contract for M/V Protefs

AJOT | July 18, 2011 | Breakbulk & Projects

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, today announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the Read More »

Port of Kiel posts top half year handling result

AJOT | July 18, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

The Port of Kiel has posted top results for the first half of the year. It handled more than 3.2 million tons of cargo between January and June – a good 20% more than in the same period of last year. Mainly responsible for the growth were ferry ship servi Read More »

Santos to boost sugar load efficiency

AJOT | July 18, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

Planned infrastructure investments will reduce loading times and boost productivity at Santos, Brazil's No. 1 sugar port, a director of Williams shipping agency said.

Adding a roof at Cosan's Rumo terminal in Santos and improved rail access to it woul Read More »

DHL enhances LCL service offerings from China to US

AJOT | July 18, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

DHL has announced the launch of its direct less than container load (LCL) service from Shanghai to Seattle. The service will work to further boost DHL’s capabilities to help Chinese businesses extend their footprint into the U.S. market in a cost-effecti Read More »