Logistics News Briefing
December 2019
Top Stories
Digital Logistics
Perishables & Pharma
Regulation & Procedures
Express & eCommerce
Maritime & Waterways
Green Logistics

December is a good time to reflect on the past 12 months and plan for the next year. Market turbulence has been a recurring issue in 2019, and clouds continue to gather on the horizon for 2020, notably ongoing trade conflicts, while curbing carbon emissions will bring fresh challenges. Logistics companies are preparing for difficult times, with activity weakening in several sectors – but there are already hopes for a brighter 2021.

Top Stories

Luxembourg losing momentum on economic competitiveness: Thelen

Luxembourg has retained eighth place among the 28 EU member states in the 2019 Competitiveness Report from the grand duchy's Observatory of Competitiveness, but its 11th spot in the economic rankings shows the country is losing ground to competitors, says Carlo Thelen, CEO of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. While Luxembourg maintains the highest standard of living in Europe, Thelen is concerned about rising labour costs, as well as lacklustre productivity gains and high corporate tax levels compared with other EU countries. He also notes that profitability in the non-financial sector is the lowest in Europe at a time when the outlook for the global economy is darkening.

Best source: Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (in French)
Pharma and perishables seen driving Luxembourg logistics growth

Pharmaceutical and perishables transport is set to boost logistics and warehousing market revenue growth in Luxembourg, according to the latest Logistics Market report on the country from Ken Research. The sector is forecast to be worth $6.7bn by 2023, the research firm says.

Best source: Markets Gazette
TAPA asks Brussels for truck security support

The Transported Asset Protection Association is asking the European Commission to back its Parking Security Requirements initiative to provide a boost to Brussels’ EU Safe and Secure Truck Parking Areas standard. The association is looking to help accelerate the growth of secure parking places across Europe and eliminate confusion between the two standards.

Best source: Ajot
Digital Logistics
Goodyear trials intelligent tyre with Redspher

Goodyear Tire has launched an intelligent tyre trial with Luxembourg’s Redspher, the operator of international online, on-demand delivery platform Rubiwin. Goodyear is supplying tyres with embedded sensors to a number of fleets connected to the Rubiwin platform with the aim of tracking wear rate and pressure.

Best source: European Rubber Journal (subscription required)
Brussels Airport launches freight pick-up app

Brussels Airport has added a pick-up and delivery app to its BRUcloud suite. The Acceptance and Delivery app provides forwarders and drivers with comprehensive information on booked slots for freight pick-up and delivery to save time and reduce administrative tasks.

Best source: Air Cargo News
Perishables & Pharma

Qatar carries pharma and perishables via Luxembourg on new South American flights

Pharmaceuticals, perishables and general cargo are set to form the bulk of goods carried on Qatar Airways Cargo’s new South American services. The twice-weekly flights from Doha to Bogota will operate via Luxembourg and Miami, while the service from Bogota to Doha will operate via Liège. The new twice-weekly flights from Doh to Campinas in Brazila will operate via Luxembourg, while the Campinas to Doha flight will go via Santiago, Chile, Lima, Peru, Dallas and Luxembourg.

Best source: Freightweek
See also: Paperjam (in French)
Europa Capital picks up Dutch logistics portfolio

Europa Capital has acquired a 78,100-square metre, five-asset logistics portfolio in the Netherlands from Dutch firm Altera Vastgoed for an undisclosed sum. The properties are situated in the Port of Rotterdam-German border corridor.

Best source: Funds Europe
Aviva acquires Dutch hubs

Aviva Investors has bought two Dutch logistics hubs from real estate firm Delin Property for an undisclosed sum. The 17,320-square metre Tilburg-Waalwijk facility is located between Rotterdam and Antwerp, and the 44,143-square metre Waddinxveen hub has direct access to the Port of Rotterdam.

Best source: Funds Europe
VGP European Logistics 2 completes €232m logistics deal

VGP European Logistics 2, a joint venture between Allianz Real Estate and Belgian industrial parks developer VGP, has acquired €232m of European logistics assets. The joint venture has purchased nine logistics buildings in Germany and four in the Czech Republic, include seven buildings in three new VGP parks.

Best source: Investment & Pensions Europe Real Assets
M7 POLAF fully invested after new Polish acquisitions

M7 Real Estate has fully invested its first Polish investment fund after completing €11m of new acquisitions. The M7 POLAF portfolio now has a value of over €120m with nine office, light industrial and logistics assets in Poland, totalling 93,536 square metres.

Best source: Investment & Pensions Europe Real Assets
Regulation & Procedures

EU targets greener skies with review of aviation regulation

EU transport ministers have agreed to move ahead with stalled plans to reduce air congestion and aviation's environmental impact by updating the Single European Sky regulation. Airline industry groups say the decision could help resolve flight delays and ensure greater efficiencies in airspace management. Global passenger traffic is expected to double by 2037, and as public awareness of the environmental impact of aviation increases, Europe’s air traffic management will need to become more efficient. This will require new technologies, harmonised regulation and adequate infrastructure.

Best source: Flight Chic
New EU rules on plant imports take effect

As of December 14, new EU legislation on protective measures against organisms harmful to plants will take effect in Luxembourg. The regulations require shippers or importers to notify customs authorities of the goods' arrival by using the TRACES NT system before importing plants or plant products from a non-EU country.

Best source: Single Window for Logistics
Airline organisation seeks common EU standards

Air freight carrier members of Airlines for Europe, including Cargolux, have submitted a list of policy requests to the new European Commission. The cargo airlines are calling for harmonised standards and practices across the EU to reduce double inspection, while also seeking support from Brussels for IATA’s ONE Record initiative for transparent standardised reporting.

Best source: The Loadstar
Express & eCommerce
Cargolux rolls out additional Jakarta service

Cargolux has added a second weekly flight between Luxembourg and Jakarta, five months after launching its initial Indonesia service to cater to growing markets in south-east Asia. The additional connection departs from Luxembourg at 11:55am on Thursdays, arriving in the Indonesian capital at 7:15am the following day.

Best source: Freightweek
Cargolux renews quality certification

Cargolux has successfully renewed its Cargo iQ certification for the next three years. The re-certification from IATA interest group Cargo iQ ensures that the carrier complies with agreed quality standards and metrics for the air cargo sector.

Best source: The Loadstar
Cainiao Belgian hub set for 2021 completion

Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics subsidiary of China’s Alibaba, is planning to complete the construction of a €100m, 30,000-square metre warehouse facility at Liège Airport by mid-2021. Cainiao made the airport its European logistics hub last year.

Best source: La Meuse (subscription required, in French)
Netherlands retains top UNCTAD e-commerce ranking

The Netherlands has been ranked first for the second consecutive year in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development B2C e-commerce Index 2019. Luxembourg was placed 29th and Belgium 20th in the index, which measures countries' state of preparedness to support online retail.

Best source: The Paypers
DFDS acquires Dutch haulier

Danish ferry operator DFDS has acquired Dutch trucking firm Huisman Group for an undisclosed sum. DFDS plans to leverage Huisman, which has warehouses and cross-docking facilities in Wijchen as well as in the UK, to grow its less-than-trailer load services.

Best source: The Loadstar
Work on Luxembourg Airport runway renovation to begin in 2021

Transport minister François Bausch has announced that renovation of the runway at Luxembourg Airport will begin in the spring of 2021, and continue for around two years. Work will be carried out between 11pm and 6am during spring, summer and autumn. Bausch says any flights that are delayed beyond the 11pm deadline will have to be diverted to other airports in the region. All work at the site, including taxiways and other facilities, is expected to cost €270m, of which €150m will be spent on the runway alone.

Best source: L'Essentiel (in French)
See also: RTL (in French)
K+N acquires Dutch logistics firm

Kuehne + Nagel has acquired the overland and logistics activities of Netherlands-based Rotra as part of its European expansion strategy. Rotra operates a 200-truck fleet providing contract logistics services for Dutch, Belgian and international customers, as well as managing cross-dock facilities in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Best source: Supplychain Dive
Maritime & Waterways

Hamburg posts 7% container growth in first three quarters

The Port of Hamburg has reported a 7% year-on-year increase in container traffic to 7.0 million TEU for the first nine months of the year. The growth is attributed to the addition of four new transatlantic and four new Baltic feeder services.

Best source: The Loadstar
Rotterdam trials new berthing service

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is trialling a new digital service that pushes messages to vessels approaching the port, asking whether they require berths. Testing will comprise 500 port calls, and the system could become a permanent feature of the port’s RiverGuide digital route planner.

Best source: Hellenic Shipping News
Green Logistics
CMA CGM completes bio-fuel trial shipment

CMA CGM and Ikea have completed a trial shipment between Asia and northern Europe with a vessel powered by heavy fuel oil-equivalent bio-fuel. The shipment, part of the GoodShipping global sustainable shipping program, used a drop-in fuel requiring no engine modification. The bio-fuel was a blend of waste cooking oil and forest residues that CMA CGM claims is virtually SOx-free.

Best source: The Loadstar
DHL joins StreetScooter intelligent networking test

Berlin’s Reiner Lemoine Institute is trialling the use of intelligent networks to support electromobility, along with tests of the electricity grid. The tests are being carried out with more than 60 Deutsche Post StreetScooter electric delivery vehicles at a DHL distribution centre close to the German capital. The institute says it is looking to connect electric vehicle demand for electricity as intelligently as possible with renewable energy generation.

Best source: (in German)
Rotterdam deploys sulphur monitors

The Port of Rotterdam has installed an air quality sensor to monitor sulphur emissions from vessels ahead of the introduction of international sulphur limits for marine fuel that come into force in January. The sensor, which has been installed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management’s Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, provides real-time readings to inspectors for vessels entering or leaving the port.

Best source: Port Technology

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