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

Digital transformation is continuing with the creation of platforms by leading forwarders and still-unknown new players alike, posing a challenge for shippers and transport companies to define their strategy amid the new multi-channel offering. The recent Transport Logistic trade fair in Munich was a good opportunity to gauge interest, propose tests and obtain global customer feedback, although the Global Freight Forwarding 2019 report from Transport Intelligence suggests the average level of digital platform bookings remains barely above 10%. What’s telling are the continuing obstacles to online booking – claims (16%) and exception management (11%). For all players, adding value includes maintaining good service and information levels to ensure customer satisfaction.

Top Stories

Transport Logistic attendance up 5% from 2018

The Transport Logistic 2019 trade fair in Munich had around 2,500 exhibitors from 63 countries, an increase of 10% from the previous edition in 2017, while the number of visitors increased by 5% to 64,000. Core themes at the opening round table event included the shortage of drivers for road transport, artificial intelligence, Brexit, and US-China trade tensions.

Best source: Actu Transport Logistique (in French)
Gramegna highlights role of technology as Cluster for Logistics marks first decade

Luxembourg's Cluster for Logistics has celebrated its 10th anniversary with an event attended by more than 120 guests at the Chamber of Commerce's headquarters. Speaking at the event, finance minster Pierre Gramegna, the first chairman of the cluster, said new technologies such as artificial intelligence and drones were in the process of changing the logistics sector.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
Digital Logistics
Belgium rolls out e-commerce customs clearance platform

Belgium has introduced the BE-GATE customs portal to simplify customs clearance. The platform, developed by the Belgium Customs and Excise Department, is supported by the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge, as well as the airports of Brussels and Liège, and has been designed specifically to support e-commerce.

Best source: World Cargo News
Luxembourg’s Shipsta plans Hamburg expansion after fundraising

Shipsta, a Luxembourg-based freight brokerage start-up formerly called Clear Logistics, has received a multi-million-euro investment from Russia's RTP and Luxembourg's Mangrove Capital Partners, enabling the firm to launch marketing and business development operations in Hamburg, a fast-expanding hub for digital logistics. Founded by former Kuehne + Nagel employee Christian Wilhelm, Shipsta plans to double its number of employees to around 40 within a year and expand its customer base.

Best source: Handelsblatt (subscription required, in German)
Germany sees start-up boom as innovative logistics firms raise funding

Logistics is taking centre-stage in the German start-up ecosystem with millions of euros being invested in new ventures providing a broad range of innovative products and services. Eight logistics start-ups have recently raised capital, including Fliit, which is developing food delivery solutions; Seven Senders, which is positioning itself as an innovative parcel delivery platform for Europe; and FreightHub, which is working toward digitalising the freight forwarding sector.

Best source: Xing (in German)
Panalpina rolls out new portal at Transport Logistic 2019

Panalpina has unveiled its new customer portal at Transport Logistic 2019 in Munich. The platform offers collaborative shipment management, fully automated instant quotation and lane risk assessment, and Panalpina also enables customers to download tailored reports directly from the portal.

Best source: Air Cargo News
Panalpina launches air and ocean cargo blockchain tests

Panalpina has launched blockchain trials for the air and ocean freight segments with selected clients. One of the projects is investigating blockchain applications in high-tech industrial goods, while the other targets office supplies. Panalpina is digitising trade documents for cloud storage and using blockchain technology to improve processes and reduce costs.

Best source: Cointelegraph
Perishables & Pharma

Cargolux adds Santiago to Latin American service

Cargolux is to add Chile's capital Santiago to a weekly South American service that transports fruit, vegetables and plants. The weekly service will be a loop from Luxembourg to Viracopos near São Paulo in Brazil, Santiago, Quito in Ecuador, Bogota in Colombia and Aguadilla in Puerto Rico, before returning to Luxembourg via Amsterdam.

Best source: Paperjam (in French)
See also: Air Cargo World
Emirates SkyCargo boosts pharma capabilities

Emirates SkyCargo has enhanced its global pharmaceutical capabilities with a new dedicated handling facility in Chicago able to process 15,000 tonnes of pharma shipments a year. Emirates SkyCargo also continues to expand its shipping network, having increased its number of pharma stations from 12 to 20 since January last year.

Best source: Air Cargo News
Aberdeen Standard fund acquires Dutch logistics warehouse for €24m

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income has acquired a freehold logistics warehouse at ‘s-Heerenberg in the Netherlands for €24m. The 45,000-square metre facility, which has 40 loading bays, is fully leased to logistics provider JCL Logistics Benelux.

Best source: Quoted Data
Eurozone Logistics Fund acquires German new-build warehouse

BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management’s Eurozone Logistics Fund has acquired a new-build warehouse in Leipzig from Goodman for an undisclosed sum. The fund says the 69,300-square metre Star Park Halle at the Star Park logistics facility strengthens its allocation to Germany.

Best source: Investment & Pensions Europe Real Assets
Tritax EuroBox acquires German logistics facility for €51m

UK-listed investment trust Tritax EuroBox has acquired a new 43,000-square-metre logistics facility at Hammersbach near Frankfurt for €50.6m. The facility, developed by Tritax EuroBox’s asset manager, Dietz, is let to French transport firm ID Logistics. Tritax EuroBox has now made nine investments totalling more than €600m since its IPO last year.

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

European Court of Justice strikes down German motorway toll scheme

The European Court of Justice has issued a ruling barring German plans to implement a toll system for the country’s motorways, saying the move would penalise non-residents because residents were due to receive a rebate on motor vehicle tax. The German transport ministry had sought to begin charging tolls in October next year, but it has now announced the creation of a task force to look into alternative solutions.

Best source: Deutsche Welle
Luxembourg’s Global Airlift announces aircraft acquisition at Transport Logistic

Luxembourg-based Global Airlift Solutions has announced the acquisition of its first aircraft, a Pilatus PC-12, during the Transport Logistic 2019 trade fair in Munich. The event also saw the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology unveil an R&D project for the optimisation of waste collection in partnership with Luxembourg’s Polygone, while Cargolux received the Air Cargo Industry Customer Care Award 2019 from Air Cargo Week.

Best source: Luxembourg Trade & Invest
Luxembourg Trade & Invest highlights country’s role as logistics gateway

Luxembourg Trade & Invest has published a brochure, Logistics & Supply Chain Hub Luxembourg, to promote the grand duchy’s position as a gateway to Europe. Luxembourg Airport offers Europe’s sixth-largest air freight platform, while Freeport Luxembourg, which specialises in the handling, trading and storage of valuable goods, is located conveniently for the airport’s Cargocenter.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
Express & eCommerce
CFL Multimodal plans Poland rail motorway link

CFL Multimodal and Clip Group are planning to launch a rail motorway service between Bettembourg-Dudelange and Swarzędz in Poland by the end of the year. The service, which will cover 1,000 kilometres and have a capacity of 37 intermodal units, will commence with four round trips a week, and will be open to containers as well as to craneable and non-craneable semi-trailers.

Best source: Railway Pro
CFL Multimodal reports reduced deficit for 2018

CFL has reported a €4.6m loss in 2018 by its multimodal business, an improvement on the previous year’s loss of €13.9m. The company’s cargo unit posted a net profit of €2.1m despite incurring significant costs for transitioning its locomotive fleet to the European Train Control System.

Best source: CFL (in French)
CFL Multimodal signs service development agreement with Port of Trieste

CFL Multimodal has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Trieste to improve multimodal logistics services between Bettembourg-Dudelange and the Italian port. There are currently three weekly round trips between the two locations, and the partners are looking to increase and optimise rail connections along the Trieste-Bettembourg-Dudelange corridor.

Best source: Ports Europe
Airbus ready to quit UK in event of a no-deal Brexit

Airbus Industrie could withdraw from the UK if the country leaves the EU without a withdrawal deal, company CEO Tom Enders has warned. Airbus produces wings for its commercial aircraft at plants in England and Wales, but Enders says many other countries would be ready to welcome the construction facilities.

Best source: Paperjam (in French)
Lufthansa Cargo launches e-commerce unit

Lufthansa Cargo has established a subsidiary, heyworld, to provide online retailers, digital marketplaces and forwarders with a range of tailored transport solutions. The e-commerce unit will offer rapid transport time, simple customs clearance, end-to-end shipment tracking and pricing at package level.

Best source: Aircargo News
DSV-Panalpina forwarder combination set to challenge Kuehne+Nagel and DHL

A combined DSV-Panalpina business will have a 6% forwarder market share once DSV’s planned takeover of the Swiss logistics group is completed, according to a report by consultancy Transport Intelligence. The firm says the deal is the most high-profile development in the forwarding sector in the past year, creating the world’s third-largest forwarder by revenue to rival market leaders Kuehne+Nagel and DHL Global Forwarding.

Best source: Air Cargo News
European airport cargo volumes slide in April

European airports saw cargo volumes fall by 6.2% year-on-year in April, the sharpest decline in freight traffic since January 2012, according to Airports Council International Europe. Frankfurt Airport volumes fell by 6.4%, and Paris CDG was down 6%. Just two of the top 10 European freight airports posted volume gains, with Madrid seeing a 3% increase and Liège up 0.4%.

Best source: Air Cargo News
Volvo deploys self-driving vehicles to transport containers across Gothenburg

Volvo Trucks has deployed its Vera autonomous vehicles for the transportation of containers between shipping line DFDS’s logistics centre in Gothenburg and the APM terminal at the city’s port. A number of the electric Vera vehicles are travelling on public roads in an industrial area, and operate at a maximum speed of 40 kph.

Best source: Automotive Logistics
Cargolux completes delayed beluga whale transfer to Iceland

Cargolux has completed the transport of two formerly captive beluga whales from China to Iceland. The whales were due to move to a sanctuary near the island of Heimaey in April, but bad weather and rough seas meant the operation had to be postponed.

Best source: Air Cargo News
Maritime & Waterways

Port of Rotterdam boosts co-operation with DeltaPort Niederrheinhäfen

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is stepping up its co-operation with DeltaPort Niederrheinhäfen in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia state. The two ports will focus on developing cold chain logistics and the digitalisation of transfer, storage and order picking, as well as reducing emissions.

Best source: Port News
Rotterdam to host Busan’s planned new warehouse

South Korea’s Busan Port Authority will develop a 20,000-square-metre warehouse at the Port of Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte Distribution Park West after acquiring the first of seven available plots on the site. The planned warehouse, which is expected to receive a BREEAM-NL outstanding certificate for sustainability, will become operational in 2021.

Best source: Port Technology
Maersk tests use of biofuel for M&M cargo shipment

AP Moeller-Maersk is piloting the use of biofuel with select customers for cargo shipments. Clothes retailer H&M is the first company to test the use of fuel derived from waste sources, notably cooking oil, which has International Sustainability & Carbon Certification.

Best source: Port Technology
Port of Hamburg completes 5G field testing

The Port of Hamburg has completed a series of 5G field tests with Nokia and Deutsche Telekom to demonstrate the benefits of network slicing, which enables multiple networks to run on shared infrastructure. As part of the trials, ship sensors have enabled the monitoring of motion and environmental data from sections of the port, the port authority remotely controlled traffic flows, and 3D information was transmitted to an augmented reality app for maintenance teams.

Best source: Mobile Europe
Green Logistics
Champ Cargosystems partners with International Air Cargo Association on sustainability

Champ Cargosystems has signed a long-term partnership agreement with the International Air Cargo Association to develop a sustainability programme for the air cargo industry. Champ will work with the association and its members, partners, and industry representatives to establish a common vision on environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Best source: Aviation Pros

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