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Recent briefs by Thomas:

IATA numbers show soft market for airfreight and possibly falls in rates


Air cargo has more or less recovered to the pre-pandemic levels of the last quarter of 2019, yet the market is not hugely strong. The latest IATA (International Air Transport Association) numbers show that “seasonally adjusted cargo-tonne kilometres fell by 2.3% from June to July and were 9.7% lower than the year-before”. Despite this, available …

BASF gas problems have implications for logistics markets


BASF is looking to further limit output from its German production site at Ludwigshafen due to problems with gas availability. Reports from the Reuters news agency quoted the chemical manufacturer as stating that it was “bracing for high and volatile gas prices” and that it would monitor the situation and “decide, depending on the situation, …

Logistics markets may be turning, possibly violently


There are tentative signs that the intercontinental freight market is beginning to turn, possibly quite sharply. The most recent evidence is from Cathay Pacific Cargo, which is reported to be briefing clients that this year’s peak season will not be as strong as usual. Admittedly this is heavily influenced by economic conditions in both China …

Investors circle Royal Mail


Rumours of a take-over are beginning to circle around Royal Mail plc, Britain’s former mail monopoly and leading last-mile provider. The British Government has identified what it calls a “trigger event” under the National Security and Investment Act, which will lead to an investigation of the intentions of Vesa Equity Investments, which is already a …

Germany gives priority to rail freight services in energy crisis


Germany’s freight transport infrastructure is beginning to be affected by the country’s economic and energy crisis. The German Transport Ministry has just agreed with Deutsche Bahn that freight services will have priority over passenger services. The ministry issued a statement on Wednesday (24th August) explaining that “in order to secure the energy supply, energy transport …

APM Terminal wins Suape, invests in Suez but loses Chittagong


Over the past couple of weeks, Maersk’s APM Terminals (APMT) has experienced a mixture of success and disappointment in developing its business.   The latest news is that APMT has been awarded the contract for constructing and operating a new terminal at the Port of Suape in Pernambuco, Brazil. The company bid US$88m for a site …

Threat of Port Strikes not yet definite


So far, 2022 has not delivered the labour disruption it threatened earlier in the year. The level of strikes in ports, in particular, has remained low, despite threats of problems in Germany and the US. Now the possibility of strike action has arisen in Britain, with two terminal complexes facing disputes.   Some workers at …

Low water on the Rhine highlights landside logistics


The problems experienced on the Rhine are not new but underline the difficulties that ports face with landside logistics. Contargo, the Rhine intermodal terminal operator, issued a statement on the 12th of August concerning its river-barge operations, asserting that the water- level had fallen to such a degree that “our barges will not be able …