CN, employees generate over C$460,000 to assist relief efforts in Haiti

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Intermodal

CN announced that its employee relief fund for Haiti has generated more than C$460,000 for the Red Cross to assist the agency's continued relief efforts in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake on Jan. 10, 2010. Read More »

Iraq-Turkey railway reopens after 7-year halt

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Intermodal

A railway linking northern Iraq and Turkey has reopened after a seven-year stoppage following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, officials said.

Baghdad wants to boost economic and political relations with neighbouring countries and increase inve Read More »

AAR report: a healthy rail network critical to the nation’s recovery

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Intermodal

Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger said that freight railroads are at a critical point in their history as the industry is facing new challenges from over-burdensome federal regulatory mandates that could seriously und Read More »

EU calls on US to correct antidumping measures

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

The European Union called for the United States to drop a controversial method of tackling unfairly priced imports, triggering an arbitration process at the World Trade Organisation. Read More »

French traders sentenced for mislabelling wine

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

A dozen wine producers and traders were found guilty of having supplied an American trader with mislabelled "pinot noir" wines and six were handed a suspended prison sentence.

In a rare case pitting some local French producers from the southw Read More »

US asks WTO to arbitrate EU sanctions claim

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

U.S. trade officials have objected to the European Union's request to impose up to $311 million in annual sanctions on U.S. goods in a long-running dispute over a method for calculating anti-dumping duties, a U.S. trade official.

"On February Read More »

EU opens dumping probe into Chinese coated paper

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

European Union trade inspectors have launched a probe into whether imports of coated fine paper from China are being dumped in the bloc's market, following a complaint from European industries.

European fine paper makers association CEPIFINE, Read More »

Sugar exporters criticise EU sales plan at WTO

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

Australia, Brazil and Thailand -- the world's three biggest sugar exporters -- condemned the European Union's plans to sell an extra half a million tons of sugar. Read More »

Europe ready to back bluefin tuna trade ban

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

Europe looks set to support an unprecedented ban on the international trade in bluefin tuna, a species driven towards extinction by insatiable demand from Japan, where a single fish can fetch $100,000. Read More »

Russian grain exports to rise in February

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

Russian grain exports in February this year may reach 2 million tons, which is above both January 2010 and February 2009 volumes, provided all previously signed supply contracts are fulfilled.

But acute competition on the world grain, mainly Read More »

China poultry issue a longer haul than Russia spat

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

The United States continues to work with Russia to find a fix for Moscow's ban on U.S. poultry, but officials are just beginning to sort out how to deal with a new chicken trade spat with China, a top Obama administration farm trade official. Read More »

Indian official warns against mixing climate, trade

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

A senior Indian trade official warned there was a growing trend for countries to use unreasonable environmental and health standards as a covert form of protectionism, blocking trade already hit by global slowdown. Trade Secretary Rahul Khullar said count Read More »

Strong demand seen in EU out-of-quota sugar

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

The European Commission is expected to issue export licences for a further 119,000 tons of out-of-quota sugar, completing its controversial export of unsubsidised sugar, an EU official said.

The EU authorised the export of an additional 500,0 Read More »

Lufthansa sees 100 mlllion euro hit from 4-day strike

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Air Cargo

German flagship carrier Lufthansa expects a four-day strike by pilots to cost at least 100 million euros ($136 million), the company's deputy chief executive said.

"It's going to be an impact of about 100 million euros, or 25 million euros pe Read More »

Four major U.S. airlines seek new Japan service

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Air Cargo

Delta Air Lines, the world's biggest airline, and three other U.S. carriers sought permission Tuesday from regulators to boost its Asia service with flights to Tokyo's Haneda airport.

Applications to the Transportation Department to gain auth Read More »

JAL plans 5 pct pay cuts, no bonuses in FY10

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Air Cargo

Japan Airlines Corp plans to cut employee pay by 5 percent from April and eliminate bonuses in fiscal 2010 in an attempt to swiftly turn around its business, the Nikkei business daily reported.

The proposed wage cuts are the first detailed re Read More »

Lufthansa Cargo flies in tokens of love for Valentine’s Day

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Air Cargo

Lufthansa Cargo has transported millions of love tokens over the past week. By Valentine's Day, the logistics serves provider in the Lufthansa Group delivered to Europe around 850 tons of roses on board its freighters or in the belly holds of Lufthansa pa Read More »

Union loses challenge to BA cost-cutting plans

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Air Cargo

A union representing British Airways cabin crew lost a court bid to stop the airline imposing cost-cutting plans, BA said.
The Unite union took BA to the High Court in a bid to overturn changes to cabin crews' working arrangements.

BA Read More »

FedEx opens first India freight forwarding offices

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Air Cargo

Package delivery company FedEx Corp opened six new freight forwarding offices, including its first two in India, as part of an "aggressive" expansion of its Trade Networks segment.

Since 2008, the company has opened 22 new international freig Read More »

Singapore Airlines Cargo award WFS new business in Ireland

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Air Cargo

Singapore Airlines Cargo has extended its cargo handling agreement with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in the UK and Ireland with a new contract covering Dublin, Shannon and Cork.

This is in addition to the airline's decision to renew its ex Read More »