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  • Inttra snaps up Avantida to move into container logistics

    March 14, 2017

    Parsippany, New Jersey-based electronic shipping transaction platform Inttra has acquired Belgian empty container management solutions provider Avantida for an undisclosed sum. Avantida, based in Antwerp, specialises in optimising the handling of empty shipping containers. Its reuse and repositioning applications provide information for shippers and transport companies to help minimise miles driven, increase container velocity, lower …

  • Cars in containers: Boxing above their weight

    January 17, 2017

    Suppliers of car container equipment are gaining ground by providing fast, flexible shipping options in specific global markets In this story… Racks and cassettes Electric cars light up the way Containing the situation in Asia Incorporating SKD kits Multimodal growth potential  Shipping vehicles by container has long been an option for carmakers, although on major …

  • Ocean container packaging: Hammering out a waste of space

    January 13, 2017

    More efforts are taking place to improve efficiency, cost and quality through the better use and construction of packaging within container transport  The expansion of international supply chains has placed increased pressure on maximising the use of ocean containers when shipping global automotive parts. While freight rates, storage and port fees all play a major …

  • 2016 in review: takeovers, disputes and political upheaval

    December 21, 2016

    The year 2016 may well go down as one of the most significant in recent history – not just politically but also for the automotive supply chain. Surprise voting results in the US and Europe have created significant uncertainty regarding global trade that may go on for years and is already impacting logistics, while ongoing …

  • Ekol buys majority stake in Trieste terminal operator

    December 12, 2016

    Turkish transport and logistics provider Ekol Logistics has bought a majority 65% stake in Europa Multipurpose Terminals for an undisclosed sum. The company operates a ro-ro terminal at the port of Trieste, in Italy, served by ocean and rail. The other stakeholders are forwarding company, Casa di Spedizioni, and regional private equity firm, Friula. The …

  • Maersk Line buys Hamburg Süd as sector consolidation continues

    December 2, 2016

    Denmark’s Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, has agreed to buy Hamburg Süd, the world’s seventh biggest, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is just the latest in a series announcements reflecting consolidation in the shipping industry, which is suffering from record low rates and overcapacity. Back in August, the collapse of major …

  • BLG develops smart containers for the automobile industry

    November 23, 2016

    A project consortium involving Germany’s BLG Logistics has won a technology competition to develop smart containers that can be used to transport automotive parts while digitally recording the quality data of the parts being moved. BLG Logistics is working with tier supplier Bosch along with the Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics (BIBA), barcode technology …

  • Chennai port expedites automotive consignment clearance

    November 23, 2016

    Pressure from the automotive industry in India has finally resulted in the Chennai Customs Zone agreeing to adopt a faster system for container clearance at the port of Chennai. Chennai will now permit direct port delivery of containerised automotive parts using bills of entry under the Risk Management System (RMS). RMS Bills Of Entry enable …

  • K Line, MOL and NYK form container joint venture

    October 31, 2016

    Global maritime logistics providers Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) are integrating their respective container shipping businesses in a new, as yet unnamed, joint venture. The merger includes the companies’ worldwide terminal operations, with the exception of Japan. NYK will own 38% of the business with …

  • BMW and Greer: A port far from any storms

    September 30, 2016

    No ocean-going vessel ever docks there but an inland port at Greer, South Carolina, has proved a perfect solution for BMW’s import and export parts shipping needs In this story… Seeking new options A custom designed platform Expanding the scope of service Storing for success Perhaps the truest measure of efficiency and reliability in an …