Logistics News Briefing
March 2019
Top Stories
Digital Logistics
Regulation & Procedures
Express & eCommerce
Maritime & Waterways
Green Logistics

The Cluster for Logistics News Briefing begins 2019 with a new partner. The Single Window for Logistics trade and information platform is now officially supporting the newsletter, which features a revised structure with clearer topic categories. The Luxembourg SWL Platform is a trade facilitator covering export and import procedures for standard and non-standard commodities, providing a single window for digitised procedures across different administrations.

In volatile times simple and clear procedures are important to support logistics companies and shippers. The Brexit process is at a critical point and with less than two weeks to go and no clear outlook, companies are preparing for the worst. The current pressure on stock markets is making investors nervous after a strong 2018, while weakening emerging markets may slow European growth. To prepare for uncertain times logistics companies are relying on competence, innovation, new technologies and the rollout of digitalisation and efficiency programmes. As a European logistics hub, Luxembourg’s infrastructure, contract logistics in airfreight and intermodal rail freight projects are going strong.

Top Stories

Luxembourg placed seventh in DHL global connectedness ranking

Luxembourg has been ranked seventh in the latest DHL Express Global Connectedness Index, down four places from 2017. The grand duchy is one of seven European countries in the Top 10, with the Netherlands at number one and Germany at number 10.

Best source: Quartz
LuxairCargo reports record freight volume for 2018

LuxairCargo handled a record 957,000 tonnes of cargo in 2018, up 2% from the previous year. Pharmaceuticals volume increased by 22% to 36,830 tonnes, while live animal handling was up 58%.

Best source: Air Cargo Week
UECC presents European position paper in Luxembourg

The Union of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry for Transport held its annual conference in Luxembourg on March 8, using the occasion to present its position paper ahead of European Parliament elections in May. The European Politics in Transport & Logistics Conference was organised on behalf of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce by Cluster for Logistics.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics (in German)
Digital Logistics
LuxairCargo launches upgraded cargo management system

LuxairCargo has rolled out the first phase of an upgraded version of the Hermes cargo management system at Luxembourg Airport. The customised version of the platform, which will be fully implemented by mid-year, supports cross-border customs clearance and offers real-time tracking functionality and data analytics to the carrier.

Best source: Aircargo News
CargoX launches blockchain-based bill of lading solution

CargoX has joined forces with dexFreight to offer smart bill of lading solutions. The dexFreight platform will be integrated with CargoX’s blockchain-based Smart B/L service to offer shippers, carriers, consignees and other supply chain stakeholders a digital bill of lading to reduce the time needed to transfer ownership.

Best source: Port Technology
XPO brings cloud-based freight platform to Europe

XPO has launched its XPO Connect cloud-based freight platform in Europe. The company is using machine learning and proprietary predictive analytics to provide clients with greater visibility into freight movements, including factors such as geolocation, weather conditions and traffic.

Best source: Logistics Manager
Nallian rolls out pharma tracker programme

Belgian data specialist Nallian is rolling out its Global Pharma Tracker for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments. The company is launching an early adopter programme following a successful proof of concept and pilot with the Pharma.Aero group comprising Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, MSD, Brussels Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Mumbai Airport, Brussels Airport, Changi Airport and DHL Global Forwarding.

Best source: Freight Week
Mistrust slows logistics blockchain adoption: Boston Consulting Group

Blockchain adoption in the freight transport and logistics sector has been slower than expected, despite the technology’s clear potential benefits, according to a Boston Consulting Group report. The consultancy says that while blockchain can mitigate mistrust that is frequent among transacting parties, that mistrust also makes it difficult to bring the sector’s diverse participants together into a common blockchain ecosystem.

Best source: Logistics Management
New technologies to transform European logistics: Transport Intelligence

The European logistics sector is set for significant transformation due to the implementation of a range of new technologies, according to research from Aberdeen Standard Investments & Transport Intelligence. Automated technology is a key part of the change, with a quarter of logistics firms having already invested in warehouse automation and just over 40% looking to invest, while 10% have shifted into robotics and more than half plan to do so.

Best source: Property Funds World
Rotterdam points to new technologies driving mega-trends

The Port of Rotterdam has highlighted logistics patterns and digital transformation, along with container port IT innovation, as two of five mega-trends in the container industry in a white paper. The report says increased use of data analytics will result in a flexible plug-and-play logistics chain, while the use of automated vehicles at ports will lead to error-free handling, improved planning and synchronised timing.

Best source: Port Technology
Prologis acquires additional Czech logistics site

Prologis has acquired a 2.4-hectare site next to the D1 highway near Prague for the construction of a new 10,000 square-metre logistics park, Prologis Park Prague D1 Ostredek, which is scheduled to begin in mid-year. The company already owns three 99%-occupied parks totalling 238,000 square metres on the highway near the Czech capital.

Best source: EuropaProperty
Universal Investment acquires German logistics portfolio

Universal Investment Luxembourg has acquired a portfolio comprising six logistics park developments close to Frankfurt and Munich. The sites, with a total lettable area of around 71,000 square metres, will be completed between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.

Best source: Property Magazine
European warehouse investment sets new record in 2018

European warehouse investment in single-asset and portfolio deals reached a record €28bn in 2018, according to Real Capital Analytics. The research firm says warehouse investment has become the asset of choice for many investors, with 2018 representing a record year in the Netherlands, Spain, Poland and Norway.

Best source: Property Funds World
Regulation & Procedures

EU backs new truck emissions standards

The European Parliament has reached a provisional agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from trucks by 30% from the 2019 level by 2030. European commissioner Arias Canete says implementing the new standards will not only help tackle emissions, but also bring fuel savings to transport operators.

Best source: Deutsche Welle
Logistics portal racks up 50,000 visits in first year

The Single Window for Logistics web portal notched up 50,000 visits and 40,000 unique visitors in its first year of operation. Users from 200 countries viewed 100,000 pages.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
Express & eCommerce
US clamps down on Cargolux wet-leasing operations

The US Department of Transportation has ordered Cargolux to cease US wet-leasing operations with subsidiary Cargolux Italia. The move, which affects a number EU-based carriers, is part of efforts by the American authorities to obtain equal access to the EU wet-lease market for US-based airlines.

Best source: CH-Aviation
Cargolux obtains Uzbekistan landing rights

Luxembourg has signed an air agreement with Uzbekistan that gives Cargolux landing rights in Tashkent. The cargo carrier will be able to use the Uzbek capital as a stopover point for flights to and from East Asia.

Best source: RTL Today
Yusen unveils Dutch logistics hub at Moerdijk

Yusen Logistics Benelux has opened a Dutch logistics centre in the Port of Moerdijk to replace its current operation at Ridderkerk. The new facility, which has 30,000 square metres of storage capacity, 30 loading docks and 900 square metres of office space, has good connections with the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, as well as with Schiphol and Brussels airports.

Best source: Stat Trade Times
Maritime & Waterways

New inland box link for Netherlands

TMA Logistics, Container Terminal Utrecht and VCL are developing an inland shipping corridor connecting the Port of Rotterdam with Utrecht and Amsterdam. The North West Central Corridor initiative will be launched with seven inland vessels making 17 departures a week, aiming to provide a speedier and more cost-effective transport of some 5,000 containers.

Best source: Sea News
No-deal Brexit risks congestion and insecurity: Port of Rotterdam

A no-deal Brexit could cause serious problems at the Port of Rotterdam, bringing congestion and insecurity, according to port authorities. The port fears significant traffic jams at Rotterdam as it looks to provide parking for trucks without the correct paperwork and for goods inspections for arrivals from the UK.

Best source: Reuters
Hamburg reports record rail freight handling in 2018

The Port of Hamburg has reported a record number of rail freight movements, handling 46.8 million tonnes from 60,000 cargo trains in 2018. China remained the port’s largest trading partner last year, accounting for one-third of all containers handled.

Best source: Global Railway Review
Green Logistics
University’s eXplore conference focuses on supply chain sustainability

The Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Luxembourg has organised the eXplore conference for March 12. The event, Navigating the Green Supply Chain, focuses on the future of the supply chain and sustainability.

Best source: Single Window for Logistics
Shell joins Rotterdam waste-to-chemicals project

Shell has become a participant in the commercial-scale waste-to-chemicals initiative at the Port of Rotterdam. The project’s consortium, which also includes Air Liquide, Nouryon and Enerkem, will construct a plant in the port’s Botlek area to convert non-recyclable mixed waste into clean methanol for use in the chemical and transport sectors.

Best source: Renewable Energy Magazine
Bettembourg launches rail motorway link to Barcelona

CFL’s LorryRail has partnered with the VIIA subsidiary of French rail operator SNCF and Spain’s Renfe to launch a rail motorway route between the Bettembourg intermodal terminal and Barcelona’s Can Tunis hub. The service initially offers five return trains per week, rising to six starting in April.

Best source: RailFreight

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