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Transport & Logistics mode

Nhava Sheva / Rotterdam: an attractive option for retailers

This week, let’s focus on India and its booming Port of Nhava Sheva recording a 7.3% traffic growth in TEU in Q1 2019 versus Q1 2018.

May 29, 2019 1:43:50 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

U.S-China trade war: How does the tariff policy affect container shipping

After a nearly 6-month long truce in the trade war, all the progress made in the past is now at stake, as the US and China impose more sanctions on each other’s goods this early May. While there has been a lot of discussions about the trade war, this article will look more specifically at the relationship between tariff policies and container shipping.

May 28, 2019 5:12:00 PM

Technology & Data

e-CMR: the key to digitizing trucking

Electronic consignment notes, also called “e-CMR”, are used in more and more countries. This emerging tool lowers costs and speeds up the billing and administrative aspects of shipping.

May 23, 2019 6:03:52 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

Rotterdam / Durban: rates are flat

Let’s explore this week a "no stories" port pair on a North / South containerized route : Rotterdam / Durban. 

May 22, 2019 2:40:16 PM


Iranian crude oil: the impact of expiring US waivers on global sea freight

Trump’s government decided not to renew the “significant reduction exemptions” allowing the primary consumers of Iranian crude oil to continue importing it in limited quantities. This six-month waiver, which expired on May 2 2019, was granted last November to eight countries, after the US imposed sanctions on Iran. In this paper, we’ll provide a brief overview of the current situation post waiver expiration, lay out the possible impact on sea freight, and look at the rising geopolitical tensions.

May 21, 2019 3:59:28 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

Road transport: which energy solutions can lower the industry's carbon footprint?

Although trucking will remain a widely used mean for shipping goods in Europe, the industry will have to lower its carbon footprint by 2030. The transition will be made possible by a broad range of energy solutions, from diesel fuel all the way to hydrogen fuel cells.

May 17, 2019 3:41:50 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

IMO: France is advocating to lower ship speed

This week, France is presenting a proposal to the International Maritime Organization to regulate the speed of commercial ships, in an effort to lower greenhouse gas emission. This is an interim and immediately applicable measure, which could be replaced by an overall yearly limit applied to each shipping line.

May 16, 2019 3:36:07 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

Ningbo / San Francisco-Oakland : significant drop in shipping rates

Our Upply data identified a significant drop in rates, nearly 10% for the 40’ HC market in the past week for this Transpacific Eastbound lane. More interesting to note, is that the Transpacific to the U.S. East Coast via Panama remains very stable.

May 15, 2019 4:49:43 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

The ITF publishes a report endorsing High Capacity Vehicles

According to a new report published by the International Transport Forum (ITF), the use of “high capacity vehicles”, or HCVs, increases efficiency for road shipping, both in terms of energy efficiency and security. Therefore, the ITF is recommending increased testing of these vehicles, and offers a public policy toolbox to help broaden their use.

May 14, 2019 3:50:20 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

FOCUS 2020 IMO SULFUR - Outlook 2019: maritime companies feeling the pressure of increasing operating costs

During the first quarter of 2019, maritime companies suffered a strong “green scissor effect”. Facing a decrease in freight rates, which is normal post Chinese New Year, they’re also affected by the increase in maritime fuel oil prices, caused by the new “Low Sulfur” regulation from the IMO, which will enter into force on January 1, 2020. Although the freight rate decline should wear off, the fuel oil price surge, on the other hand, is set to continue as the deadline approaches.

May 10, 2019 3:52:52 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

Hong Kong to Southampton: Ocean freight rates peaking up with consistency

Let’s go back this week to a more « traditional » corridor from Asia to Northern Europe, with a “British” and retail driven dedicated flavor: Hong Kong - Southampton.

May 9, 2019 4:23:15 PM

Global trends

Lessons in hindsight: the impact of China’s European port acquisition strategy

China’s grand European plan, along with Italy announcing its formal participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, means that China is on everyone’s lips. Since 2013, China has acquired shares in 14 European ports (not including ones with MoU agreements). While there is on-going debate regarding the strategic aim behind these acquisitions, this article looks one step further and asks whether Chinese trade flows are following China's acquisition pattern.

May 7, 2019 5:23:26 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

Containerized sea freight: is it time to switch from TEU to FEU?

The role of China as the “factory of the world” for retail products has strongly incentivized the use of 40-foot shipping containers. TEUs – twenty-foot equivalent units –, although they remain the standard in the industry, only make up 20% of the units loaded on the major East-West routes. It therefore seems like it’s time to change this practice.

May 6, 2019 1:41:53 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

FOCUS 2020 IMO SULFUR - Reducing sulfur emissions in maritime shipping: what are we talking about?

The IMO’s new regulation on sulfur emission reduction for ships, imposed to maritime shipping companies, will enter into force on January 1, 2020. With just a few months left before the change, we have decided to publish a series of articles looking at the stakes and impacts of this regulation. For a proper start, let’s look at the facts to get a good grasp on the topic.

May 3, 2019 3:38:18 PM

Transport & Logistics mode

Maritime Line Rotterdam / Leixoes: an average rate of $1,200 USD per HC Port to Port

Let’s focus this week on a typical European containerized Short Sea route. Rotterdam / Leixoes is a market dominated by the retail segment for FCL/FCL shipments in HCs from Asian origins. 

May 2, 2019 3:44:12 PM