Marine terminal operators sting Australian shippers, truckers with huge surcharges

Marine terminal operators sting Australian shippers, truckers with huge surcharges

Australia’s import, export and logistics industries are in dismay at a massively escalating series of surcharges that are being unilaterally charged to truckers and shippers by the nation’s main box terminal operators. There have been hikes in surcharges of hundreds of percentage points. And, in one case, an imposed surcharge was literally increased over a couple of years by 2,372 percent. Industry executives are furious.

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Hong Kong’s first quarter 2019 box volumes plummet

Hong Kong’s first quarter 2019 box volumes plummet

There has been a steep drop in the volume of box traffic handled at Hong Kong, one of the world’s busiest box ports. Containerized throughput at Hong Kong took a dive in the first three months of 2019 when compared to the first quarter of 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Hong Kong Marine Department. Box traffic was down, on average, by 10.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018.

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$11 billion in U.S. tariffs proposed on EU products: a weighty Impact for carriers

$11 billion in U.S. tariffs proposed on EU products: a weighty Impact for carriers

The U.S. is proposing $11 billion in tariffs on European Union goods because of allegations that Airbus received that amount of subsidies when it launched the Airbus 380, thereby harming U.S. interests. Read Jesse Cohen’s explanation of the articles proposed for tariffs and what the tariffs might do to the air cargo and maritime industries.

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Autonomous vehicles make their move on land and sea

Autonomous vehicles make their move on land and sea

Rolling out of 5G networks in the United Kingdom in late 2019 could prove to be the technology that makes autonomous vehicles possible. Testing of the technology will begin in June 2019.

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EU pushes for IMO 2020 implementation consistency

EU pushes for IMO 2020 implementation consistency

The European Union has submitted a proposal for consideration at next month’s Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting at the IMO that will bring consistency to reporting on the use of low sulphur fuels encouraging shipping companies to comply with the new regulation.

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Flashback Friday: how logistics began

Flashback Friday: how logistics began

In this Flashback Friday, FreightWaves looks at the history of logistics. Logistics is now a commonly heard term. It is used by corporations and the military, but its origins go back to ancient times.

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