Logistics News Briefing
November 2022
Top Stories
Digital Logistics & Innovation
Green Logistics
Perishables & Pharma
Regulation & Procedures
Express & eCommerce
Maritime & Waterways

The end of the year is traditionally a busy period for logistics providers, but Western economies are bracing for recession and diminished consumer demand amid fears among European retailers for the upcoming festive season. “The economic barometer for H2 2022, presented at the end of October by the Chamber of Commerce, reports a significant drop in business confidence and grave concerns about companies’ profitability, especially in trade and industry,” says Carlo Thelen in his latest analysis for Luxembourg. The European Commission now expects the EU economy to grow by only 0.3% in 2023 before a progressive recovery to 1.6% in 2024, while inflation has continued to rise faster than expected and is likely to remain high next year.

The Cluster for Logistics is continuing to support its members to prepare the future: the Lean and Green Awards recently rewarded three companies and the next C4L Conference on Wednesday, November 16th, is dedicated to addressing ‘Digital Freight Papers and Transformation of Supply Chains’.

Top Stories

C4L Conference on November 16: Digital Freight Papers and Transformation of Supply Chains: Quo vadis? 

The conference in cooperation with Deloitte Luxembourg will explore digital freight papers and the transformation of supply chains in challenging times. Speakers will present the E-freight documents, digital platforms and dematerialised delivery notes that are set to replace their paper counterparts.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
Lean & Green Awards for three companies in Luxembourg

The Lean & Green Awards 2022 recognised the companies LuxairCARGO (2 Stars Award), Eurogaume and Karp-Kneip (Lean and Green Award) for their efforts and achievements in reducing CO² emissions from transport and logistics activities at an event on November 9. The Lean & Green programme is a sustainable logistics initiative by the Cluster for Logistics Luxembourg in collaboration with the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works that has supported 13 transport and logistics companies in their sustainability efforts over the past seven years.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
CFL rolls out new France-Poland freight service

CFL Multimodal has launched a new France-Poland weekly rail freight service between Sète and Poznan together with Portugal’s Klog Transport. CFL Cargo provides traction services to Poznan, with partner Captrain Polska responsible for the trains inside Poland. CFL Multimodal and Klog already operate a regular service between Bettembourg-Dudelange and Poznan.

Best source: Transport Journal
Digital Logistics & Innovation
DPD tests out swarm robots at German depot

DPD Germany has conducted a two-week trial of swarm robots at its Cologne depot. The LoadRunner driverless vehicles, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, move independently of each other but coordinate their routes. The robots, which travel at up to 10 metres per second, can transport packages up to 31.5kg in weight or work together to move heavier loads.

Best source: Parcel & Postal Technologies
Dachser and Fraunhofer Institute expand R&D alliance

Dachser and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics have extended their Dachser Enterprise Lab partnership for a further three years. The organisations have worked together at the lab since 2017 on R&D projects to develop logistics solutions for Dachser, including artificial intelligence, 5G and the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles and adaptive warehouse systems.

Best source: FreightComms
Port of Duisburg deploys Telekom 5G solution

Deutsche Telekom is deploying 5G mobile network technology at the Port of Duisburg’s ​​Logport I zone in Rheinhausen. The solution supports the semi-automatic operation of container cranes to boost handling capacity, while cameras and sensors enable the centralised control of the movement of goods by road, rail and water. Duisport says the project could become a blueprint, not only for other Duisburg facilities but also for hinterland terminals throughout Germany and internationally.

Best source: Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung (subscription required, in German)
Green Logistics
FedEx installs EV chargers and orders e-vans for Europe

FedEx Express Europe is deploying 114 electric charging vehicle stations at parcel pickup and delivery stations in Amsterdam, Paris, Strasbourg, London and Madrid to support the use of EVs in its operations. The company has placed an order for 98 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter vans, scheduled for delivery to those stations in 2023.

Best source: Parcel & Postal Technologies
Chinese EV maker targets Europe with electric van

Chinese new-energy truck maker Farizon is planning to launch an all-electric light cargo van in Europe as soon as 2024. The company, which is owned by Chinese auto giant Geely, is aiming to become one of Europe's top three light truck suppliers with its Super Van model, which it says is designed specifically for the European market.

Best source: Reuters (free registration)
K+N and Novo Nordisk join forces on green fuel

Kuehne + Nagel is partnering with Novo Nordisk to use 12 million litres of sustainable aviation fuel for air cargo shipments. The healthcare firm states that the tie-up will reduce direct emissions of close to 30,000 tonnes of CO2. K+N is already working with Lufthansa Cargo on sustainable fuel use.

Best source: Aircargo News
Deutsche Post trials parcel delivery by tram in Schwerin 

Deutsche Post is delivering parcels by tram in Schwerin as part of a pilot collaboration with the public transport system of the state capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern that could be adopted in other German cities in the future. Currently, Deutsche Post's yellow tram in Schwerin is carrying around 450 packages on weekdays and distributing them to five stations in the city, saving approximately two truckloads.

Best source: NDR (in German)
Perishables & Pharma

Bolloré inaugurates Strasbourg Airport pharma facility

Bolloré Solutions Logistiques has opened a 10,000-square-metre pharma centre at Strasbourg Airport. The facility, the company’s largest pharma hub in Europe, comprises two 5,000-square-metre temperature-controlled cells at +2°/+8°C, +15°/+18°C, and -20°C.

Best source: Voxlog (in French)
Nordfrost starts work on €210m Wilhelmshaven project

German deep-freeze logistics specialist Nordfrost has begun construction on a new 10,000-square-metre drying hall and the upgrading of 3.5 hectares of container depot plus a workshop for container repairs at the Wilhelmshaven container port. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2023 and forms part of a €210m multiphase, multi-year build.

Best source: Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung (subscription required, in German)
Reefer insurance claims jump 270% in 2021: The Swedish Club

There was a 270% increase in reefer container claims from 2020 to 2021, according to a report from marine insurer The Swedish Club. The rise in claims is due to pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, with a high number of containers being delayed either in port or during transportation. Over the last five years, temperature variation (18%), poor monitoring (7%) and reefer mechanical failure (5%) have amounted to 30% of total container claims.

Best source: Safety4Sea
Panattoni acquires Katowice lot for planned €161m logistics park

Panattoni has acquired 45 hectares of land in Poland for the planned €161m Panattoni Park Katowice Airport logistics centre. Construction of the 216,270-square-metre asset will commence in 2023 and the facility will be home to warehousing, logistics, e-commerce and manufacturing operations.

Best source: Europe Real Estate
Realterm launches in France with 15-asset acquisition

US-based Realterm has entered the French logistics market with the acquisition of a 15-asset portfolio for an undisclosed amount. The cross-dock properties, located close to major urban areas such as Paris, Marseille and Toulouse, total over 73,000 square meters and are fully leased to a range of tenants, among them XPO Logistics.

Best source: CRE Herald
Valor picks up €40m Paris logistics developments

Valor Real Estate Partners is investing €40m in three speculative developments in the Paris region. The firm is developing a 10,500-square-metre cross-dock distribution facility in Marly-La-Ville, a light industrial estate in La Courneuve and a 4,000-square-metre warehouse in Limeil-Brévannes.

Best source: Europe Real Estate
Deka purchases €30m Dutch asset from VolkerWessels

Deka Immobilien has acquired a logistics project in the central Dutch province of Gelderland for €30m from VolkerWessels Logistics Development. The 25,000-square-metre property is currently under development and is fully leased to Hoevers Logistiek, which plans to use the site as its headquarters on completion.

Best source: CRE Herald
European commercial deal value down 37% year on year: MSCI Real Assets

Completed European commercial real estate investment transaction volumes declined 37% year on year to €53.0bn in the third quarter, according to MSCI Real Assets’ latest trends report. The number of properties sold during the three-month period was the lowest for two years, while the number of parties completing transactions slumped to a nine-year low. MSCI Real Assets says the inflation-led economic slowdown is impacting the real estate investment market and that price expectations are adjusting to higher borrowing costs and prospects for rents.

Best source: CRE Herald
Regulation & Procedures

European Parliament back new airport slot minimum

The European Parliament has voted to impose a minimum 75% airport slot usage threshold for the winter 2022/23 season prior to a gradual return to the 80% ‘use it or lose it’ stipulation on slot allocation at European Union airports. The standard rule was suspended in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. IATA had argued for a 70% minimum as the sustainable option, saying that, otherwise, airlines may need to operate flights at a level unjustified by demand.

Best source: Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung (subscription required, in German)
See also: Routes
Brexit puts brakes on European trade flows

Trade flows between the European Union and the UK and have declined 20% due to Brexit, according to a report from the UK-based Economic and Social Research Institute. Trade from the UK to the EU fell by 16%. Researchers found that for most EU countries, the size of the impact is comparable for both export and imports.

Best source: The Guardian
Express & eCommerce
VTG stops Russian activities and looks to sell local businesses

Hamburg-based rail operator VTG is halting its Russian business operations and is looking to sell its wagon-hire and logistics-solution activities in the country. The company says the decision is due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing sanctions regime.

Best source: Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung (subscription required, in German)
Cainiao opens Liège Airport logistics facility

Alibaba-owned Cainiao Network has opened a logistics facility at its Liège Airport hub. The warehouse comprises a 12,000-square-metre cargo station for the transit of goods for both export and import and an 18,000-square-metre parcel sorting centre, along with a four-story office building.

Best source: Parcel & Postal Technologies
Schiphol purchases 40% Maastricht Airport stake

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is acquiring a €4.2m, 40% stake in Maastricht Airport. The latter, which accounts for 7% of Dutch air cargo compared to Schipol’s 93%, had been threatened with closure, but both parties have now agreed to invest in the airport.

Best source: The Loadstar
Hupac launches Belgium-Poland service

Hupac has launched a new train shuttle between Belgium and Poland. The service, which connects Antwerp’s Combinant Terminal with the Metrans Terminal in Poznan/Gadki, operates three times a week with trains running in both directions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Best source: RailFreight
Bosch and Travis ally on European truck parking

Bosch Secure Truck Parking and Travis Road Services are linking up their booking platforms offering truck parking spots across Europe. From the start of 2022, users will have the choice of around 15,000 parking spaces at 400 sites in 14 countries across various locations, including rest spots, company premises or freight forwarding areas.

Best source: Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung (subscription required, in German)
Maritime & Waterways

Germany greenlights Cosco’s rejigged Hamburg port acquisition

The German government has approved Cosco’s acquisition of a 24.9% stake in HHLA’s Container Terminal Tollerort at the port of Hamburg. The Chinese shipping group had initially wanted to acquire a 35% holding but that was negotiated down due to concerns over foreign investment in the port. Cosco will not be able to exercise any influence over management or strategic decisions.

Best source: Reuters (free registration)
Cosco sells Duisport terminal project stake

Cosco has sold its shares in the Duisburg Gateway Terminal development to port operator Duisport. Neither the Chinese company, which had a close to 30% holding in the project, nor Duisport have given a reason for Cosco’s withdrawal. The port currently receives 30 trains per day from China.

Best source: Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung (subscription required, in German)

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