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Recent briefs by Thomas:

Daniel Kretinsky moves to buy Royal Mail

Daniel Křetínský has finally made his offer for Royal Mail. The Czech investor who has held 27.5% of International Distributions Services Plc (IDS) shares for several years, has made an offer for the holding company of the Royal Mail and GLS of UK£0.320 per share.

Huge South East Asian logistics projects seek to transform shipping routes

The logistics infrastructure of South East Asia continues to develop, even if its progress is politically controversial. For example, Port Klang, in Malaysia, is embarking on its plan to double container handling capacity from 14m TEUs at present, to 27m TEUs in 15 years time and increase the number of container terminals from 9 to 17.

Possible threat to Indian Ocean shipping

The situation in the Red Sea may be deteriorating. A series of media reports are stating that the Houthis have launched missile attacks against several different ships in the Red Sea, off the coast of Yemen, and in the Indian Ocean.

Air freight is growing strongly

There is some evidence that the Red Sea crisis is supporting air freight demand, although many locations beyond Europe and the Middle East are also seeing a stronger market.