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What’s Currently Happening in the Global Freight and Logistics Industry?

A Quick Roundup of Some Recent Events in the News from Fife to MoscowShipping News Feature SCOTLAND – The county of Fife in Scotland is experiencing a host of development projects currently. The new ?1.35 billion Queensferry crossing[1] is due to open next year and the port of Rosyth is adding new customers and industries as we reported earlier[2] this month. This in turn is leading to Scottish companies looking to make the most of these new opportunities including Edinburgh-based removals and personal item shipping specialists Guardian Removals[3].

Guardian’s Max Robinson explained that:

“Rosyth has just celebrated its most successful cruise and shipping season ever. This tremendous result suggests that more and more people are recognising the attraction of coming to Fife. Fife council have also invested far more money into local transport.

This has helped to make it even easier for tourists to travel from Dunfermline to St Andrews and has had a positive effect on local businesses and the economy. With 2017 set to be even busier for the cruise and shipping season, it seemed like the perfect time for Guardian to start working within Fife.” SWEDEN – Global logistics provider Agility[4] has won a six-year warehousing and logistics contract with Sweden-based Amring[5], a wholesaler that sells and distributes tyres, rims, complete wheels and related articles for passenger vehicles, trucks and commercial vehicles.

Agility will coordinate inbound and outbound transport for Amring and provide warehouse services. To fulfil the contract Agility plans to expand its Gothenburg logistics centre from 8,350 m2 to 23,000 m2. Mats Nordin, Agility Managing Director Area Nordics, said:

“We are looking forward to collaborating with the Amring team and to expanding our Gothenburg facility to accommodate their specialised warehousing and logistics needs.” AUSTRALIA – SEKO’s[6] Omni-Channel Logistics division has won the Start-up Disruptor category in the 2016 PwC Aspire Awards. The award category recognises businesses that are innovative or disruptive in their industry or market.

SEKO collected the prize at a special 2016 PwC Aspire Awards presentation in Sydney. Mark White, Chief Commercial Officer of SEKO, said: “This recognition is testimony to the growth of the cross-border economy and the unique logistics and technology solutions we can offer to help brands of all sizes to grow their business by providing the speed, reliability and visibility customers want when they make a purchase.

It is also a tribute to our teams in Australia and New Zealand who have successfully developed this product to the benefit of our customers and consumers.” RUSSIA – AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC[7]) has become the first airline in Russia and the seventh in the world to be awarded IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification for the global transportation of pharma products via its cargo hub in Sheremetyevo, Moscow. Sergey Lazarev, General Director of ABC Airlines said:

“We are proud that AirBridgeCargo was able to complete its preparation for CEIV certification within just four months and successfully passed the IATA audit. As part of this, we have also delivered specialist pharma training to 200 of our employees. This is one of the first steps on the way to ABC becoming a leading carrier of pharma goods for our customers around the world.

“We are confident that this confirmation of our competency and expertise will allow us to increase our volumes of pharma products across our international route network, including imports and exports to and from Russia.” The award of this certification is part of a plan between Volga-Dnepr Group and Moscow’s Sheremeteyevo International Airport[8] to develop the airport’s role as an international cargo hub in Moscow. Mikhail Vasilenko, CEO of Sheremetyevo International Airport said:

“The ambitious target pursued by AirBridgeCargo in creating a pharma hub along with obtaining the CEIV Pharma certification will be supported by the large-scale development program of Sheremetyevo International Airport. As part of this program, a new 47,000 m2 automated cargo terminal will be commissioned in 2017. The £85 million terminal will initially be capable of handling up to 380,000 tonnes a year with a future potential to expand to 1 million tonnes a year.

We are set on building the largest cargo hub in Europe to meet the growing market needs and create favourable conditions for long-term success of our partner airlines.”

Photo: The Queensferry Crossing.

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  1. ^ Queensferry crossing (www.forth-bridges.co.uk)
  2. ^ reported earlier (www.handyshippingguide.com)
  3. ^ Guardian Removals (www.guardianremovals.co.uk)
  4. ^ Agility (www.agility.com)
  5. ^ Amring (www.amring.se)
  6. ^ SEKO’s (www.sekologistics.com)
  7. ^ ABC (www.airbridgecargo.com)
  8. ^ Sheremeteyevo International Airport (www.svo.aero)

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