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  • Report suggests US is reviewing its trade deal with South Korea

    April 19, 2017

    US vice-president Mike Pence (pictured) has indicated during his visit to South Korea that the trade deal between the two countries is under review and could be reformed, according to a Reuters report. The deal, which came into effect in 2012, has had a positive impact on US vehicle exports to South Korea, with volumes …

  • Cordero leaves FMC to lead the Port of Long Beach

    April 19, 2017

    Mario Cordero (pictured, right) has been appointed as executive director of the Port of Long Beach in California, the second busiest container port in the US. He is leaving his role as a Federal Maritime Commission member having served as chairman for almost six years until January, when US president Donald Trump appointed Michael Khouri …

  • China conference: Fast lane to the future

    April 18, 2017

    China is predicted to hit sales of 40m vehicles by 2025 with a greater product and technology mix, more advanced manufacturing and as a global export centre. To get there, it will need even more efficient and diverse logistics services and modes. Christopher Ludwig and Marcus Williams report on signs of progress and challenges from …

  • Turkey’s auto sector grows in the midst of political turmoil

    April 13, 2017

    Representatives of Turkey’s automotive industry and the government’s investment support agency met in London, UK, last month to discuss the challenges the country faces in getting back on track toward production and export growth, following a politically turbulent two years. Despite the disruption, it seems the Turkish automotive sector is recovering well – both domestically …

  • China conference: Looking ahead to a more multimodal future

    April 12, 2017

    According to industry forecasts from China’s State Information Centre, the country can expect vehicles sales to hit 40m by 2025. However, the 28m vehicles that were moved between the factory and the dealer last year – a 14.5% increase on the previous year – and the parts being moved into the factories to make them, …

  • China trucking: From overloaded to under capacity

    April 10, 2017

    China’s new road transport rules are prompting an evolution in the country’s vehicle logistics as suppliers redefine their networks to cope with changing truck limits – but investment is likely to be slow In this story… A new phase for car carriers The capacity hit A centrist view  Levelling the playing field  The threat of inconsistency Even …

  • In these uncertain days, supply chain reaction times are critical

    April 5, 2017

    Given current political and economic uncertainties, there may be many twists and turns in the track ahead… making it all the more important that supply chains can plan and react with real efficiency Strip the global outlook to pure numbers, and the story for the automotive industry is quite positive. China sales have been accelerating. The US and Europe, …

  • Vehicle logistics & regulations: The new rules of the game

    March 29, 2017

    Donald Trump’s pledge to lighten the US regulatory load should be music to the logistics industry’s ears, but road and rail providers may have to fight their own corners as and when the changes are rung in In this story… Looking to lighten the burden Testing Trump’s orders Waiting for the concrete to pour First …

  • 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 …