Ethiopia aims to join WTO without opening up sectors

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | International Trade

Ethiopia said it expected to gain entry to the World Trade Organisation soon without giving way to foreign demands that it open up its banking and telecoms sectors.

Analysts say the Horn of Africa country's hopes for WTO membership hinge on calls for Read More »

Fake goods in transit can be seized if EU-bound

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | International Trade

Suspected fake goods moving through the European Union from a non-EU country can be seized if there is a danger they could enter the trade bloc, an adviser to the EU's highest court said.

The non-binding opinion by Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalon Read More »

India aims to halve transaction costs for exporters

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | International Trade

India has taken steps to unclog its notorious infrastructure bottlenecks to slash transaction costs for exporters by nearly half as the Asian giant aims to double its share of world trade, officials said.

Exporters in Asia's third-largest economy face Read More »

US concerned over Indian trade barriers

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | International Trade

India's restrictive trade policy is impeding foreign investment and it needs to work harder to free up its economy, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said, despite growing economic ties between the countries.

India is only the 14th biggest trading pa Read More »

Kazakhstan eyes WTO accession in H1 2012

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | International Trade

Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest economy, could join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the first half of 2012, Economy Minister Zhanar Aitzhanova said.

"We will try to complete all the work on this issue this year. All the conditions for this ex Read More »

Meat exports worth watching in 2011:

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | International Trade

The prospects look good for a record strong showing by U.S. meat exporters this year given the growing global demand for meat products and the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMB) in South and North Korea, which has led to the culling of millio Read More »

US trade gap widens in December, swells 33% in 2010

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | International Trade

The U.S. trade deficit widened in December to its highest level in four months, the U.S. government said in a report that also showed the annual trade gap expanded nearly 33 percent in 2010 as imports from China hit record levels.

The December trade d Read More »

C.A.L. Cargo Air Lines and Traxon Europe sign partnership

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Air Cargo

Traxon Europe, the international e-communications provider for the air cargo industry, has recently signed a contract with C.A.L. Cargo Air Lines. The airfreight carrier is using the new TRAXON Air Cargo Customs (ACC) Europe solution to comply with the EU Read More »

CEIBA Cargo awards GSA contract to ECS Group in Germany

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Air Cargo

CEIBA Cargo, national airline of Equatorial Guinea, has selected Aero Cargo, part of the ECS Group, as its new general sales agency in Germany. Although offline, CEIBA Cargo and Aero Cargo are confident of generating healthy volumes in Germany based on th Read More »

DHL expands its US hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Air Cargo

DHL, the world's leading logistics company, announced it will invest US $22.5 million to expand its hub facility at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport to meet the growing demands of international shipping customers.

Starting in March 2011, D Read More »

FMG subsidiary signs ground handling contract with Lufthansa

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Air Cargo

AeroGround, a subsidiary of FMG, the Munich Airport operating company, has been performing ground handling services for most aircraft flying in and out of Munich. AeroGround's largest customer is Lufthansa, with which the new subsidiary has signed a six-y Read More »

Fourteen freighters full of roses

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Air Cargo

Roses, roses and still more roses: Lufthansa Cargo freighters currently flying in from South America and Africa are laden largely with long-stem flowers destined for punctual delivery to florists in Europe as love tokens on Valentine's Day on 14 February. Read More »

Southern Air appoints industry Crandall to Board of Directors

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Air Cargo

Southern Air Holdings, Inc. today announced that Robert L. Crandall, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AMR Corporation and American Airlines, has been appointed to the company's Board of Directors.

"Southern Air is one of the most experie Read More »

UPS Express Freight Service expands into Israel and Slovakia

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Air Cargo

UPS announced the expansion of its UPS Express' Freight service into Israel and Slovakia to serve expanding hubs for high-tech, industrial and automotive companies. The UPS premium air freight service offers one- to three-business day door-to-door servic Read More »

US officials eye ways to increase airport security

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Air Cargo

U.S. authorities are considering ways to tighten security in public areas at U.S. airports after a deadly attack in Moscow last month, John Pistole, the head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, said. Read More »

Containerships implements IAS EquipmentRepair

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Liner Shipping

European carrier Containerships has adopted the EquipmentRepairTM system from IAS to manage its entire container maintenance and repair programme. The Helsinki-based carrier provides door-to-door services Read More »

IICL elects new chairman

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Liner Shipping

The Institute of International Container Lessors' (IICL) President, Steven Blust, announces that Peter Younger, Chief Executive Officer and President of Cronos Ltd. has been elected to the position of Chairman of the IICL for 2011, succeeding Joseph Kwok Read More »

MOL expands refrigerated cargo staff assignments

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Liner Shipping

MOL announced another step in its expanded commitment to refrigerated cargo service capabilities with the restructuring of its refrigerated sales and trade team. MOL's three US Sales Regions now have assigned sales managers whose primary focus will be de Read More »

MOL selected for Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that the company was named one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World by Corporate Knights Inc.(*) of Canada on January 29 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The selection was a first for Read More »

Safmarine announces improved Far East ’ Indian Subcontinent coverage

AJOT | February 13, 2011 | Liner Shipping

Shipping line Safmarine has upgraded its existing Far East - Indian Subcontinent portfolio by introducing a new direct service, which will connect the Far East and main ports in West India and Pakistan. The service commences on 17 February 2011, with the Read More »