Logistics News Briefing
January 2020
Top Stories
Digital Logistics
Perishables & Pharma
Regulation & Procedures
Express & eCommerce
Maritime & Waterways
Green Logistics

Despite geopolitical tensions and economic data reflecting last year’s weak growth, the outlook remains cautiously optimistic as long as internal markets remain robust and China-US relations continue to improve. Amid the trade conflict, China’s GDP grew by an estimated 6% last year and export growth was as low as 0.5%, while Germany’s economy expanded by just 0.6%. A downturn in major economies remains possible, which would impact the logistics sector alongside an expected rise in transport prices. Meanwhile, the Cluster for Logistics is looking forward to a busy year, starting with events focused on start-ups and perishables in the first quarter. C4L and the Single Window for Logistics wish you a happy and successful 2020.

Top Stories

Meet Luxembourg perishables experts at Fruit Logistica

Experts in handling perishable goods will be attending Fruit Logistica in Berlin on February 5-7. Luxembourg will have a booth at the trade fair for the third time, where Cluster for Logistics will host a Booth Party on February 6, from 16:00, including a round table on the theme: 'Perishables & Logistics 2025; Luxembourg: Why not?'

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
Luxembourg hosts matchmaking event for transport and mobility start-ups

The Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, the Cluster for Logistics and German company CorpPearls will host their fourth matchmaking event in Luxembourg on March 12 from 14:30 to 17:00. Innovative international transport and mobility start-ups are invited to pitch their products and services.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
European air freight down for 12th consecutive month

European air freight traffic was down 2.6% year-on-year in October, the 12th consecutive monthly decline, according to airport trade body ACI EUROPE. The downturn in October traffic related to EU airports, where volumes fell 3.4%, while non-EU freight traffic rose 1.4%.

Best source: Aircargo News
Digital Logistics
Shell invests in German digital forwarding company

Shell Ventures has invested in Berlin-based digital logistics firm Instafreight. The German forwarding start-up operates a platform that provides fixed-price bookings, and Shell is looking to offer the firm’s services to transport companies using its Shell fuel cards.

Best source: Verkehrsrundschau (in German)
IATA pushes ahead on digital shipment standard

IATA is looking to sign up at least 100 companies to its ONE Record initiative this year. ONE Record is a standard for creating a single record view of a shipment along the supply chain. A total of 25 companies, among them Lufthansa, Air Canada and Singapore Airlines, are currently running pilot programmes.

Best source: The Loadstar
Perishables & Pharma

Port of Dunkirk provides onshore energy to reefers

The Port of Dunkirk has opened new cold ironing facilities enabling ships to use onshore electricity. The move will allow container ships calling at the port to turn off their auxiliary engines and maintain controlled temperatures in refrigerated containers.

Best source: Ship Technology
European Logistics Fund 3 makes first acquisition

Savills Investment Management has completed the first acquisition for its European Logistics Fund 3 with the €83.8m purchase of a recently-completed distribution centre in the Paris region. The Réau-based hub comprises around 67,000 square metres, and is fully leased to two logistics companies on long-term contracts. SIM has signed a second transaction in Wrocław in Poland that is set for completion this month.

Best source: Investment & Pensions Europe Real Assets
Tritax picks up first Dutch asset

Tritax EuroBox has acquired a Dutch logistics property in Breda in the Netherlands for €50.3m. The 46,185-square-metre asset is the company’s first acquisition in the market, and its 11th investment overall.

Best source: Investment & Pensions Europe Real Assets
Granite acquires three Dutch properties for €89m

Granite Real Estate Investment Trust is acquiring three logistics properties in the Netherlands for around €89m. The three assets in Tilburg, Weert and Ede comprise close to 80,000 square metres and will be fully leased to three clients.

Best source: PropertyFundsWorld
Regulation & Procedures

EMEA loses €80m to cargo theft in first nine months of 2019

Cargo to the value of €80m was stolen from EMEA road, air, ocean and rail services in the first nine months of 2019, according to the Transported Asset Protection Association. France and the Netherlands recorded the highest number of freight thefts, while food and drink products were the most targeted categories.

Best source: Aircargo News
Calls for more stringent truck checks after Luxembourg fatalities

The Luxembourg Road Safety Association is demanding tighter checks on trucks after an accident on the A6 in which a truck killed two women. Association president Paul Hammelmann says police checks on such vehicles are too infrequent, while more than two-thirds of drivers fail inspections.

Best source: RTL Today
Updated Incoterms 2020 trade rules come into effect

New International Commercial Terms rules published by the International Chamber of Commerce, which are updated every 10 years and valid from January 1, define responsibilities of buyers and sellers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts and determine how costs and risks are allocated to the parties. The updated Incoterms 2020 rules cover the 11 Incoterms trade categories, taking into account the latest developments in commercial practice.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
European Commission publishes updated version of customs and trade classification

The European Commission has published the latest version of the Combined Nomenclature, which determines the rate of customs duty that applies to goods and how the goods are treated for statistical purposes. The new version, which took effect from January 1, is available as Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1776 in EU Official Journal L 280.

Best source: Single Window for Logistics
Express & eCommerce
Qatar Airways adds Dhaka-Luxembourg service

Qatar Airways Cargo has launched a direct freighter service from Dhaka to Luxembourg, primarily to serve the Bangladeshi readymade garment sector. The carrier rolled out its first direct European freighter service from Dhaka to Zaragoza, Spain in October last year.

Best source: NewAge Business
CHAMP Cargosystems joins international trade grouping

CHAMP Cargosystems has joined the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The grouping was established to help governments implement the World Trade Organisation’s trade facilitation agreement, which seeks to expedite the movement, release and clearance of goods.

Best source: Aircargo News
Cargolux increases fuel surcharge to highest level since late 2018

Cargolux has increased its fuel surcharge to €0.70 per kilo, the highest rate since December 2018, reflecting rising oil prices. A decline in the market had contributed to lower surcharges of between €0.55 and €0.65 per kilo set by the Luxembourg-based carrier last year.

Best source: Jet Fuel Innovation
Dietl International offsets environmental impact of Art Basel shipment

Dietl International and parent company Rock-it Cargo have compensated for the environmental impact of an air freight shipment to December's Art Basel exhibition in Miami by purchasing carbon offsets in support of the Jari Amapá REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) project in the Brazilian Amazon region. Dietl International, a US-based logistics provider that specialises in shipping works of art, transported a total of 167 tonnes of artworks to Art Basel with a Cargolux Boeing 747 freighter.

Best source: Air Cargo News
Brussels Airport rejigs cargo unit amid expansion plans

Brussels Airport has restructured its cargo division to give the unit control over all operational, financial, commercial and real-estate cargo activities. The airport has plans to expand the cargo team and to further develop areas such as pharma, perishables, animal transport and e-commerce.

Best source: The Loadstar
Brussels Airport cargo traffic down almost 9% in 2019

Brussels Airport saw cargo traffic fall 8.8% to 667,220 tonnes in 2019, with full-freighter volumes suffering the steepest decline at 15.9%. However, traffic increased 1.6% year-on-year in December due to improvements in belly cargo and integrator volumes.

Best source: Aircargo News
Swissport extends Lufthansa handling deal

Swissport has renewed its freight handling contract with Lufthansa at Brussels Airport and Liège Airport for five years. The agreement covers carriers Lufthansa and group companies Brussels Airlines and Austrian Airlines, for whom Swissport handles close to 550,000 tonnes of cargo per year.

Best source: AGEFI (in French)
Maritime & Waterways

Dunkirk reports boosted container volumes

The Port of Dunkirk posted record container traffic of 450,000 TEU for 2019, up 7% on the previous year. Overall port tonnage rose 3% to 53m tonnes, though dry bulks declined 9% due largely to lower iron ore and coking coal imports for the steel industry.

Best source: World Cargo News (registration required)
Record annual transhipment for Amsterdam

The Port of Amsterdam saw a record transhipment total of 86.3m tonnes last year, up 6% on 2018, due largely to growth in energy product volumes. Transhipment for other ports in the North Sea Canal Area totalled 105m tonnes, up from 101.8m tonnes in 2018.

Best source: Port News
Maersk launches digital bunker unit

Maersk Tankers is launching a standalone unit to reduce CO2 emissions. The unnamed subsidiary will develop and market Maersk’s SimBunker software to help vessel owners and managers optimise their bunker spend.

Best source: Ship Insight
Green Logistics
Antwerp starts carbon capture programme

Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, INEOS, ExxonMobil, Fluxys and Total have signed up to a Port of Antwerp initiative aimed at developing carbon capture, use and storage infrastructure at the port. The initial assessment phase is expected to take one year, while any new facility would be open to all industrial players at the port.

Best source: Energy Voice
Gefco tests LNG trucks in France

French logistics group Gefco has partnered with Volvo Trucks and Iveco to test trucks powered by liquefied natural gas under real conditions in France. The company reports that the LNG vehicles produced lower CO2 emissions than diesel counterparts.

Best source: Actu Transport Logistique (in French)
K+N, Hudson sign Arctic shipping pledge

Kuehne + Nagel and Hudson Shipping Lines are among eight new signatories to the Arctic Corporate Shipping Pledge, committing themselves to avoiding Arctic trans-shipment routes. Previous sign-ups include carriers CMA CGM, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd and Mediterranean Shipping Company. All signatories are also seeking bans on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in the region.

Best source: Bunkerspot
K+N joins German CO2 initiative

Kuehne + Nagel has joined the Development and Climate Alliance, a partnership launched in 2018 by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to promote voluntary CO2 emission offsets. K+N says it has joined the alliance as part of its Net Zero Carbon programme, which it launched in September.

Best source: Aircargo News

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