Russian gang smuggled $350 mlllion worth meat

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | International Trade

Russia's police have uncovered a ring that smuggled into the country 10 billion roubles ($350 million) worth of meat from Brazil, Argentina and other markets between 2005-2010, the Interior Ministry said.

The ministry said on its Web site ( Read More »

Obama threatens veto of FAA bill over labor provision

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Air Cargo

President Barack Obama would veto sweeping aviation legislation if Republicans in Congress succeed in gutting a rule favorable to airline and railroad union organizing, the White House said.

"The administration is committed to help working Americans e Read More »

Time fast approaching for Emirates’ Geneva launch

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Air Cargo

Emirates has given a new meaning to the expression 'Time flies' with its plans to launch flights to the "birthplace of watch making" - now just eight weeks away.

Geneva will be added to the airline's European route network from 1st June. Last night, m Read More »

Canadian Shippers to South America now aided by ANS and Atlas Air

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Air Cargo

The global air cargo expertise of Airline Network Services and Atlas Air has been joined to launch export air shipments from Canada to South American markets, according to an announcement by Ana Gerber, ANS country manager-Canada.

Noting that Atlas Ai Read More »

XLA honors airlines for outstanding performance

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Air Cargo

The Express Delivery & Logistics Association (XLA) awarded three airlines with '2010 XLA Airline Excellence Awards' during the XLA membership meeting at AirCargo 2011. Each year, XLA industry members participate in a survey evaluating the performance of e Read More »

Airlines change schedule in wake of Japan disaster

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Air Cargo

At least three major airlines have added a stop in Seoul for flights in and out of Japan due to staffing and supply concerns brought about by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear troubles that have hit the country.

Japan has been hit by fuel, food and Read More »

Will super carriers eat up Virgin Atlantic?

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Air Cargo

Virgin Atlantic may need to merge with a rival or join an airline alliance to survive in the increasingly competitive world of aviation, which has been changed by the advent of cross-border super carriers.

After falling behind in European consolidatio Read More »

Precision loading ensures secure delivery of oil field equipment to the Congo

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Air Cargo

Precision loading is one of the reasons why Volga-Dnepr Airlines' technicians and loadmasters are so highly respected in the international air cargo industry and a 100 tons shipment of oilfield equipment carried onboard two flights from Luxembourg to Poin Read More »

Crowley names Fox Senior VP, Corporate Services

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced that Carl Fox will assume the role of senior vice president of corporate services on June 1. Fox will continue to work out of the company's Jacksonville office while reporting to Bill Pennella, Crowley's vice chairman and Read More »

Hamburg S’d/Alianca changing chasis provisiioning model in Baltimore

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Hamburg Sud North America, Inc. and Alian'a have announced that effective May 1, 2011, they will revise their policies on provisioning of chassis in the Baltimore region.

Under present practices, Hamburg S'd/Alian'a sources chassis from the Metro Chas Read More »

Ship rejected by China has low radiation levels

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Liner Shipping

A ship denied entry to a Chinese port over radiation concerns returned to and current readings showed radiation levels were very low, owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines said.

China rejected the container ship, the MOL Presence, when it arrived at the port of X Read More »

Hamburg S’d cancels port call of ‘Cap Isabel’ in Tokyo at short notice

AJOT | March 30, 2011 | Liner Shipping

In all decisions concerning the current situation in Japan, Hamburg S'd is acting according to the maxim of, first and foremost, safeguarding the well-being of the seamen on the vessels it deploys and, at the same time, ensuring that Japan is not cut off Read More »

Dry bulk ship glut to ease amid record scrap

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | Breakbulk & Projects

A glut in ships which has depressed the dry bulk cargo industry over the last six months should gradually ease since a record number of aging ships could be scrapped, the head of Greek shipping company Navios Maritime said.

Natural and man-made disast Read More »

Changes in Port of Rotterdam Authority Supervisory Board

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

In mid-May, two members of the Port of Rotterdam Authority Supervisory Board will be stepping down. They are Ad Scheepbouwer, chair, and RenĂ© Smit, the supervisory director who was nominated for appointment by the Works Council. Merel van Vroonhoven, NS Read More »

Limited access at Japan quake-hit ports, 7 oil terminals shut

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

Seven small oil terminals and most of the shipping berths at Japan's northeastern ports remain closed more than two weeks after a devastating earthquake, government and industry officials said.

All 15 key ports damaged by the March 11 disaster have re Read More »

Czech CD cargo to bid for Polish PKP unit

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | Intermodal

Czech state-owned rail cargo firm CD Cargo will look to bid for a majority stake in Polish state railways PKP's cargo unit, Czech newspaper E15 reported.

E15 said the tender for the 50 percent plus one share stake in PKP Cargo could be worth up to 13 Read More »

UAE aims to become world’s top sulphur exporter

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

The United Arab Emirates plans to produce 22,000 tons of sulphur a day by 2015, which positions it to be a leading world sulphur exporter, said an executive at state-owned Abu Dhabi Gas Development Co (ADCO).

Production at the high sulphur Shah gas pr Read More »

China to appeal WTO fasteners ruling this week

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

China will appeal a World Trade Organisation ruling in a case against the European Union, saying the decision does not go far enough in its favour, a person familiar with the case said.

The December ruling sided with China in a dispute over European U Read More »

EU seal pelts import ban dispute goes to WTO court

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

Seal pelt exporter Canada won the right to have its grievance against a European Union import ban heard through the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) court system.

The issue, which centres on an animal welfare controversy around seal hunting, now goes Read More »

Microsoft unveils South African empowerment deal

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

Microsoft South Africa, a unit of the world's largest software firm, will invest 475 million rand ($69 million) in four black-owned software firms to meet black economic empowerment (BEE) rules.

The deal is in place of selling a stake to black investo Read More »