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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 »

Air Cargo propects look more positive as the global economy shows signs of recovery

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Air Cargo

Air cargo can emerge from the global economic crisis in a stronger position than other transport modes as manufacturers rethink their production and supply chain strategies, says Ulrich Ogiermann, Chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA Read More »

Delta Shipping Lines launches new feeder service linking Hamburg and St. Petersburg

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Liner Shipping

Container traffic from and to Russia via Hamburg is picking up again. Growing demand for feeder transport capacity prompted the launch of an additional feeder service between the Port of Hamburg and the Russian Baltic seaport of St. Petersburg. Read More »

MOL table top drill tests response to training ship collision, fire, oil spill

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Liner Shipping

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that the company has completed a table top drill based on the scenario of its training ship Spirit of MOL being involved in a collision, fire, and oil spill incident just off Manila on February 18. Following is a Read More »

Hanjin sees container volume growth, slow recovery

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Liner Shipping

Container shipping firm Hanjin Shipping expects the industry's recovery from a severe downturn last year to take time as the volume of international trade is rising at a limited pace, its chief executive said.

"2009 was the worst year for the Read More »

ICL notches 25 years of service

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Liner Shipping

Independent Container Line (ICL) is just that ' independent and has stayed that way for over twenty-five years. This is a remarkable feat for a niche carrier operating on the highly competitive North Atlantic trade lane. In an era of the mega-carrier, ICL Read More »

MOL holds 2010 safety conference in Mumbai, Manila

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | Liner Shipping

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that it held MOL Safety Conference 2010 in Mumbai and Manila.

MOL has hosted the conference every year since 2007 to explain and upgrade MOL Group safety programs and encourage a free and open exchange of i Read More »

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