Automotive Logistics

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  • Investigation finds lack of competition in Mexican rail interconnections

    March 22, 2017

    The investigative arm of Mexico’s competition commission (COFECE) has suggested there is a lack of competition in interconnection services by the major companies operating the country’s railway network. The unit has just released the preliminary findings of an investigation into the matter following a claim by an unnamed party last year. Kansas City Southern Mexico …

  • European transport commissioner wants digital cooperation

    March 22, 2017

    Violeta Bulc, the European commissioner for transport, has urged the finished vehicle logistics sector to work with the European Commission and EU member states to push for legislative reforms and policies to support better use of developing technologies. Speaking at an event marking the 20th anniversary of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) in …

  • White House budget blueprint cuts transport in favour of defence

    March 22, 2017

    A blueprint federal budget released by the Trump administration has proposed major cuts, including to the Department of Transportation (DOT), in order to fund a major increase in defence spending alongside additions to veterans’ affairs and homeland security. In the budget document, America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, the country’s president …

  • Two years for Brexit deal ‘optimistic’ as FTA calls for transitional trade measures

    March 22, 2017

    With the official date now set for the UK to begin its exit negotiations with the EU, the focus has shifted onto how those discussions will progress and whether a deal can really be struck in just two years  Completing negotiations over the UK’s exit from the European Union in just two years is looking increasingly …

  • Polish port of Gdansk boosts vehicle volumes with Nissan contract

    March 22, 2017

    The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed a three-year contract at the Polish port of Gdansk for the weekly import of Nissan vehicles from Japan, Spain and the UK for delivery to markets in central and eastern Europe including Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. The new business will see an additional 20,000 …

  • Imperial forms automotive logistics JV with China’s Sincero

    March 21, 2017

    Imperial Logistics International has teamed up with Chinese conglomerate Sincero to offer integrated logistics services to carmakers in the country. The two have created a Shanghai-based joint venture, which Imperial will own 51% of with Sincero holding the remainder. Imperial has been operating in the Chinese market since 2012 through another subsidiary, Shanghai Imperial International …

  • Trump’s campaigning ignores supply chain might

    March 20, 2017

    The president’s relentless criticism of trade terms and regulation often ignores some of the automotive industry’s most important developments for the future Since his election victory, many have wondered about the extent to which Donald Trump, the president, would resemble Donald Trump, the presidential candidate. For the automotive industry and its supply chain, the questions …

  • Russia considers changes in policy to boost vehicle exports

    March 20, 2017

    Russia’s government is considering amending its industrial assembly agreement with OEMs in a bid to boost exports, it has been revealed. Speaking in early March, Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s Minister of Economic Development, said that although many finished vehicles were already exported, including to Western Europe, the government had now reached a point where it needed …

  • Toyota invests in UK plant but warns on post-Brexit tariffs

    March 20, 2017

    Toyota has announced plans to invest £240m ($297m) in its UK-based car plant to enable vehicle production using its new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, while also promoting UK supply chain efficiencies. It is the latest new investment decision by a major carmaker following last year’s referendum in which the UK voted to leave the …

  • Mosolf reinitiates Kippenheim to Düsseldorf railway service

    March 15, 2017

    After a five-year break, German multimodal vehicle logistics provider Mosolf has reactivated a regular railway service from Kippenheim to Düsseldorf. The decision should remove a significant portion of cars currently transported by road between the two. The Mosolf Group handled 67,000 vehicles at Düsseldorf last year, and there are plans to process more than 70,000 …