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 »

Supply chain disruptions force more delays in Japan

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

Supply chain disruptions in Japan have forced at least one global automaker to delay the launch of two new models and are forcing other industries to shutter plants and rethink their logistical infrastructure.

Toyota Motor Corp said it would delay the Read More »

US says sanctions possible in China copyright spat

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

China said it complied with "most measures at issue" in an international trade ruling made against its restrictions on copyright-intensive goods such as films, books and music.

But the United States, which filed the case against China years ago, took Read More »

UK says China, US need to move for trade deal

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that China and the United States needed to do more if long-running world trade talks were to be successfully completed in the coming months.

"In terms of Doha it is still extremely hard going, but if the Chine Read More »

US deals blow to global trade deal hopes

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

The United States dealt a heavy blow to struggling global trade talks, saying the race to produce a working deal text by Easter could do "more harm than good".

The negotiations are aimed at opening up world trade for the benefit of all nations, but th Read More »

US, China steel dispute goes to WTO court

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization (WTO) referred to its court system a U.S. complaint against China over anti-dumping duties that China has imposed on certain types of electrical steel.

The issue now goes before a panel of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body Read More »

US “time out” on trade deals nears end

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

A US "time out" on new trade agreements rooted in the Democratic Party's battle for the White House in 2008 appears to be nearly over as officials watch the European Union and others strike deals of their own.

Within months, free trade deals with Sout Read More »

Japan nuclear woes could mean more China exports

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

China's agricultural exports to Japan could grow if radiation damage, which spurred China to ban some Japanese food imports, spreads, executives of China Metro-Rural Holdings.

The company develops and operates large agricultural trade and logistics ce Read More »

South Korea Q2 exports seen weighed down by uncertainty

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

As uncertainties driven by high oil prices and Japan's devastating earthquake raise anxiety, South Korean exporters see their businesses turn bearish in the second quarter, private sector data showed.

The findings by the country's top association of f Read More »

UPS, Fedex add direct Asia air freight flights

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | Air Cargo

Package delivery companies United Parcel Service and FedEx added freight flights to Asia, tapping into growth in Asia shipments.

UPS said it began direct next-day delivery from Hong Kong to Europe and could expand between Europe and other parts of Asi Read More »

Lone Star Overnight celebrates 20th Anniversary

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | Air Cargo

Lone Star Overnight (LSO) opened its doors for business, servicing just a handful of metropolitan areas and transporting seven packages on its first day of operation. In the 20 years since that humble beginning, the Austin, Texas-based regional overnight Read More »

AirBridgeCargo Airlines wins ‘Wings of Russia’ national award

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | Air Cargo

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has won the 'Wings of Russia' national aviation award for the third year in a row for 'Cargo Airline of the Year on Domestic and International Routes.'

More than 600 guests, including top executives of most Russian airlin Read More »

bmi Cargo selects Descartes for EU Customs security filings

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | Air Cargo

Descartes Systems Group announced that bmi Cargo has selected Descartes' Global Filer to support compliance with European safety and security regulations on advanced entry declarations to the EU's Import Control System (ICS).

Global Filer is part of D Read More »

Mideast unrest hits air traffic growth in February

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | Air Cargo

Growing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa stifled air passenger traffic in February, reducing growth sharply from January levels, International Air Transport Association figures showed.

Air freight -- an important measure of world trade -- wa Read More »