Tuesday, 31 January 2017



On account of Union Budget 2017-18, due to be presented on February 01, 2017, filing of Bill of Entry’s would not be available from 5 PM onwards on 01-Feb-2017, till completion of updation of all changes in ICES 1.5.   This may take 3 to 4 days which please note.

So, please take all necessary steps to clear the goods from Custom latest by today evening to avoid delays.

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Van de Weg leaves Volga-Dnepr.
·         Robert van de Weg has resigned as senior vice president of sales & marketing for Volga-Dnepr Group after only three months in the role.  The Russian freighter operator said that van de Weg "will continue to co-operate with the Group on a strategic level".
Van de Weg's surprise career change comes after he was appointed to the senior post in October 2016.  At that time, van de Weg assumed commercial responsibility for both the Group’s scheduled cargo operations and charter businesses, namely AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Atran Airlines.
The three airlines operate a combined fleet of 16 Boeing 747, 12 An-124-100, five IL-76TD-90VD and three 737-400 freighters.
Van de Weg joined ABC in May 2014 as senior vice president of marketing & sales as the airline registered year-on-year growth in Europe, Russia, North America and Asia Pacific.
This is the second senior departure from the Volga-Dnepr group in less that six months. In August 2016, Denis Ilin, executive president of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, resigned after three years in accordance with mutual agreements.
AA Cargo's Jim Butler promoted as Art Torno retires.
·         American Airlines has announced that Art Torno will retire from his role of senior vice president - international and cargo, to be replaced by Jim Butler.  Torno joined American in 1979 as a flight attendant and has held numerous leadership positions, including vice president - New York, vice president - Caribbean and Latin American operations and vice president - Miami.
From 2012 to 2015, Torno served as senior vice president - Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, overseeing the airline's operations in more than 80 cities in the region.
In 2015, Torno was promoted to his current role. In this role, he leads American's international operations, which include more than 400 daily flights to more than 110 destinations, as well as the airline's cargo business.
With Torno's retirement, president - American Airlines Cargo, Jim Butler, will assume the role of senior vice president - international and cargo and will report to Kerry Philipovitch, senior vice president - customer experience.
Butler has been with American for 21 years and over this time has “helped strengthen cargo's contribution to the airline and successfully led cargo's integration process, becoming the first operation at American to fully merge”, the airline said.
IATA's ten cargo resolutions as e-AWB penetration misses 2016 target.
·         Global electronic air waybill (e-AWB) penetration reached 48.9% in December 2016, again falling short of the full year target of 56%
IATA has issued ten New Year resolutions for the global air cargo industry.  Top of the list is “embrace e-commerce growth” which accelerated 23.7% in 2016: “Online sales are on the increase, demand is high as well as the need for quick delivery, which creates a significant opportunity for air cargo,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA’s global head of cargo. 
Second is “remove paper”, of which Hughes said: “Today one air cargo shipment can still require up to 30 pieces of paper. The industry needs to accelerate the implementation of end-to-end paperless transportation processes through implementation of programs such e-freight and e-AWB.”
Global electronic air waybill (e-AWB) penetration reached 48.9% in December 2016 with a 682,664 digital documents on feasible trade lanes, again falling short of the full year target of 56%.
However, according to the latest e-cargo briefing by IATA, an e-AWB penetration rate of 62% can be achieved by end of 2017, using a forecasting model based on the historical achievement.
The remaining eight resolution topics are: enhance the movement of trade, standardized processes for transport of time and temperature sensitive goods, collaborate to combat illegal trafficking, eliminate rogue lithium batteries shippers, one digital language, implement piece level tracking, stay positive, and never forget.

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Economic Survey 2017: Highways construction, cargo, power-generation record growth

Financial Express
Despite facing challenging infrastructure deficit in the country aided by resource crunch, debt-laden firms and stressed assets, highways construction and cargo exports registered impressive growth in the first half of FY2017, the Economic Survey said today. Railway earnings saw a dip by about four per cent in the first half of the current fiscal while cargo at major ports saw about 5 per cent growth with cargo export growing by 10 per cent. “On logistics, India is handicapped relative to competitors in a number of ways,” the Survey mentioned indicating that the costs and time involved in getting goods from factory to destination is greater here compared to other nations despite advantages of cheaper labour. It mentions that logistics cost in India is a high USD 7 per km for road transport as compared to USD 2.5 in China, USD 3 in Sri Lanka and USD 3.9 in Bangladesh.

Sudden new ocean freight tax in India confuses and annoys forwarders

The Load Star
Forwarders are expressing concern and confusion, on the eve of the new budget, over the recently implemented 4.5% ocean freight tax imposed on Indian importers. The tax came into effect on 22 January, with no notice, and is applied to all shipments imported into India which are ‘pre-paid’. If shipments are booked on the basis of cost and freight (C&F) or cost, insurance and freight (CIF), the ocean freight is paid by the exporter. But the confusion – as ever – lies with who must pay the new import tax, with forwarders complaining that they are being treated like banks. One lawyer from Chennai advised: “Where a foreign consignor has engaged a foreign shipping line to transport goods to an Indian port, the person in charge of the vessel, or his agent in India, is liable to pay [the] tax. “It may be noted that this is a peculiar situation: where the person liable to pay service tax is neither the service provider nor the service receiver, but the agent of the shipping line.”

Indore-Tihi rail line set to be operational from Feb

Times of India
The new rail line between Indore and Tihi is likely to be made operational for goods train soon. Officials with Ratlam Division of the Western Railway said, "The first container train is likely to start on this line from February." They said this new line will pave way for operations of goods and container trains that will provide direct connectivity to industries in Pithampur. It is expected to reduce the distance between Mumbai and Indore by 200 km. This is another reason why Pithampur's industries are eagerly awaiting this new line. The direct delivery of containers would save on travel time. Due to the lack of connectivity at present, goods are being transported to Ratlam by road and then to other destinations via train. Poor connectivity from Pithampur has always been an obstacle for freight exporters of this area.

Transport infra plays pivotal role in economic growth

DD News
India is the bright spot and fastest growing economy in the world. And to sustain that, one of the most important sectors Government needs to focus on is Transport infrastructure. And PM Modi led government has been doing exactly that over the last two and a half years. Expectations from Budget 2017 from Road transport and Shipping infrastructure sectors are high. Transport infrastructure plays a pivotal role in the growth of the economy. The presence of quality infrastructure paves way for vibrant infrastructure growth. During the budget 2016-17 Govt has allotted Rs.221,246 crores for the country's infrastructure. Rs 97,000 cr was allocated especially for the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. Rs 1600Cr was proposed to boost Shipping sector and inland waterways.

DRI cracks down on red sanders smuggling, suspected mastermind arrested

Pointing to Maharashtra being a major hub for smuggling of endangered red sanders, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized over 12 tons of the red sandalwood worth around Rs 4.87 crore. The raids conducted by the department last week in JNPT, a godown at Kopar Khairane in Navi Mumbai and the air cargo, also saw 101.5 kg of sandalwood worth Rs 8.12 lakh being seized. The DRI has also arrested the alleged mastermind Mohammad Omar. DRI officials said the red sanders were concealed in 26 jumbo bags of iron and bauxite meant for export in Nhava Sheva. Later, a godown located in Kopar Khairane and the air cargo were also raided. While 3,250 kg and 8,720 kg of endangered red sanders was recovered from the godown and port, the raids at the air cargo station saw 204 kg red sanders and 101.5 kg of sandalwood being seized.

US withdrawing from TPP would boost Indian leather exports

The United States formally withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership would benefit the domestic leather industry, a top official of industry body Council for Leather Exports said, here, today. "Already the leather exports to US market has been increasing with an year-on-year increase of about 8 per cent as of 2014-15. With the new President Donald Trump withdrawing US from TPP it will benefit our industry in future", Council for Leather Exports,Vice-Chairman,P R Aqeel Ahmed told reporters. Soon after becoming the new President of United States, Donald Trump last week formally withdrew his country out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by signing an executive action from the negotiating process of the 12-nation trade deal, one of the major international trade initiatives of his predecessor Barack Obama.

Dubai Launches Programme To Promote Trade With India

Silcon India
In a bid to promote bilateral trade relations with India, Dubai's Department of Economic Development has launched a programme that allows commercial disputes to be resolved quickly at minimal costs. Dubai Exports, the economic development department's promotion agency, launched the initiative 'Buyer Protection Programme', designed by the Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP), as a pilot project through its Overseas Trade Office in India. The programme allows commercial disputes to be resolved quickly and at minimal costs. Traders in India can now approach the Dubai Exports representative office in their country to submit complaints following which CCCP will start working towards an amicable settlement, a statement released by the UAE's official news agency Wam said.

Amazon begins Freight Forwarding Operations with Shipments from China to US

Supply Chain Digest
It has been almost a year since Bloomberg and others reported that Amazon was taking steps to build out an end-to-end global logistics service capability that would compete with major 3PLs, forwarders and carriers, perhaps not only to move its own freight but those of others. Amazon moves included getting licenses in both US and China to act as a wholesaler for ocean container shipping. At the time, wondered if it wasn't the most audacious logistics strategy in history. It now appears those reports were indeed accurate. Amazon has begun handling shipment of goods by ocean to its US fulfillment centers from Chinese merchants selling on its site, taking on a role it previously left to global freight-forwarders, as do most other shippers. Amazon's Fledging Freight Forwarding Service has Moved 150 Containers from China to the US Since October, as Global Logistics Strategy Unfolding.

X-Press Feeders Abandons Trans Atlantic Brand Name

World Maritime News
Singapore’s carrier X-Press Feeders will start operating under its own brand name the three services acquired last year from Swedish shipping company Rederi TransAtlantic AB (RABT), a subsidiary of Viking Supply Ships, Dynamar BV informed. The services including TransBothnia, TransFeeder North and TransFeeder South have been since the acquisition offered under the TransAtlantic container brand. A total of five ships with a capacity ranging from 700 TEU to 1,000 TEU are deployed in the services, which are centered on German ports of Hamburg and Bremenhaven and cover Denmark, Sweden and Finland. In November 2015, TransAtlantic AB reached an agreement to divest its container operation to X-Press Feeders and, in a separate transaction, to divest ship management operations to Sweden-based ship operator AtoB@C.

BIMCO: Supply-Side Crucial for Boxship Market Recovery

World Maritime News
The demand for container shipping grew steadily in 2016 improving the fundamental balance in the market in the second half of the year, driven by decisive actions by shipowners selling excessive tonnage for demolition, according to BIMCO. An early assessment of the overall market demand growth rate for 2016 is 2.5%. 2016 saw increased demand on all trades. The demand for containership capacity, on the other hand, as evidenced by the very low charter rate levels, showed a total mismatch between demand for and supply of ships for charter. Overall, the peak season in 2016 was longer than normal: from August, right through to November which caused some downward pressure at first, as tonnage was employed in anticipation of a regular season.

Persian Gulf shippers gain Asia link via Hamad service

Hamad Port’s receiving of its first ship from Shanghai as part of a regular service on Jan. 26 marks a new way for shippers to feed the Persian Gulf region through recently opened trans-shipment hub. An inbound stop at Colombo enables access to Qatar for shipments from south and east India and elsewhere, while connections to international services and trans-shipment ports from Qatar are made via India’s Mundra port on the outbound leg. The MSC Elma arrived at Hamad after sailing from Shanghai Jan. 5, according to Qatar Ports Management Company. The Elma is deployed on Mediterranean Shipping Co.’s New Falcon service, which utilizes eight ships with capacities of 8,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units. The New Falcon service also calls at Ningbo, Chiwan, Singapore, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Hammad, Jubail Dammam, and Umm Qasr.

Chennai port terminals handle record single day volume of throughput

Business Line
The two private container terminals - CCTPL and CITPL - at Chennai port together handled record container throughput in a single day with a total handling of 10,063 twenty foot equivalent units on January 28. The previous handling record in a single day was 9,541 TEUs handled on December 30, 2016. Despite severe tariff competition and congestion, Chennai port is regaining its glory and is marching towards a positive growth, said Chennai Port Trust chairman P Raveendran in a press release.

Tanker companies liable to pay for clean-up: Experts

The Hindu
The two companies whose cargo ships collided on Sunday, causing a massive oil spill — now confirmed as more than 20 tonnes by the Indian Coast Guard — will have to pay for the clean-up, compensation and remediation, legal and environmental experts say. The oil spill has already spread from Ennore to beyond Elliots Beach, along the Chennai coast. “The ship owners will have to compensate for the damage caused to the environment and the clean-up activity. Under Sec. 15 of the NGT Act, 2010, compensation can be granted to those affected,” a senior legal expert on environment told The Hindu. Those who are affected by the oil spill can also move the High Court for compensation under the Admiralty Jurisdiction. This will be heard as a civil suit, the expert said.

BHP launches online freight platform to sink shipping costs

BHP Billiton has launched an online system under which shippers compete to offer the best price to haul cargoes of commodities such as iron ore and copper to the mining giant's customers. BHP this week allocated its first cargo using the auction-style platform, which it hopes will save money as it bypasses brokers who traditionally help negotiate vessel-hire rates between cargo owners and shippers. The company plans to gradually ramp up the platform, which it said was the first of its kind for a major charterer, although it follows in the wake of similar freight portals from companies including Ocean Freight Exchange. Such platforms could potentially overhaul the way miners contract freight services, reducing their costs at a time when commodity markets appear to be picking up following years of low prices.



On account of Union Budget 2017-18, due to be presented on February 01, 2017, filing of Bill of Entry’s would not be available from 5 PM onwards on 01-Feb-2017, till completion of updation of all changes in ICES 1.5.   This may take 3 to 4 days which please note.

So, please take all necessary steps to clear the goods from Custom latest by today evening to avoid delays.

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Hactl scoops Vietjet deal for new Hong Kong service.
VietJet has appointed Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) to provide cargo terminal services for new flights being launched between Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong.
The daily services will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft and come on the back of growing demand between Hong Kong and Vietnam.
Hactl said that in the first nine months of 2016, Vietnam was Hong Kong’s fifth largest export market, and major export commodities included telecom equipment, meat products and electronic components.
Imports from Vietnam grew 9% in the same period; major import items included electronic components, telecom equipment and footwear.
VietJet launched services in 2011 and today offers 37 domestic and 23 international routes with its fleet of 42 A320 and A321 aircrafts.
Year end cargo boost for airports in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Air cargo hubs in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East delivered strong results in November 2016, growing at 9.5% and 9.9% respectively, and recovering from a "stagnant market that persisted from the end of 2015 to early 2016".

In its latest monthly regional report, airport association ACI said that the November growth in Asia-Pacific was largely driven by "increased demand for the year-end rush", plus new cargo flows likely generated from e-commerce.

The top three freight hubs in the region all delivered robust increase: Hong Kong at 7.1%, Shanghai Pudong at 11.6% and Seoul Incheon at 9.5%.
Ethiopian to add seven new destinations by June.
Rapidly expanding Ethiopian Airlines is set to add even more cargo capacity to African trade lanes with the launch of services to seven new destinations in the first five months of the year.
The Addis Ababa hub based airline announced this morning that between January and June it will launch new services to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Conakry (Guinea), Oslo (Norway), Chengdu (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Singapore.
The airline, which will open a new cargo hub in April,  aims to offer services to 120 international destinations by 2025. With these new additions it will offer flights to 98 cities with its fleet of Boeing 777, Airbus A350, B787 and Bombardier Q-400 aircraft.

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Inland Waterways Authority of India starts work on converting 106 rivers into national waterways

Economic Times
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has begun the preparatory works on converting 106 rivers into National Waterways (NWs) by making them navigable. 106 rivers across the country were declared national waterways by the government in April 2016. These rivers would be used to move freight cargo. In phase I, 8 waterways are being considered for development. Some of the states that the eight NWs would cover, include Bihar (NW-37, Gandak & NW-58 , Kosi), Uttar Pradesh (NW-40 Ghaghra), Goa (NW-68, Mandovi, NW-111, Zuari and NW-27, Cumberjua Canal), West Bengal (NW-97, Sunderban), and Assam (NW-16, Barak). "While the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for these waterways are ready, the tender process for fairway development of two NWs namely river Barak in Assam and Ghaghra in Uttar Pradesh respectively have been initiated.

India to levy service tax on freight for imports on delivered basis

Economic Times
Overseas exporters chartering foreign vessels to supply goods to India will have to pay a service tax on freight from Sunday, a government notification said. It will be the same as the 4.5 percent service tax that India currently levies on free-on-board (FOB) cargoes, where the ship is chartered by a local buyer. Prior to the change, imports in foreign ships hired by the overseas seller - known as on a cost and freight (CFR) basis - have been exempt from this charge. The difference in tax rates has affected the business of Indian shipping lines such as Shipping Corp of India, Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd and Mercator Ltd. "This will provide a level playing field to Indian shipping companies ... there will be no major impact on importers as most of the service tax is refunded as credit under a (government) scheme," said L.K. Gupta, chief executive at Essar Oil.

How dreams of logistics startups turned to dust

Economic Times
Ankit Singh, ex co-founder of Truckmandi, a startup connecting logistics providers with customers for inter-city trucking services now works with Ola. Aravind Sanka of TheKarrier has moved on to start a two-wheeler ride hailing App Rapido. They are part of a bunch of entrepreneurs who had big dreams to revolutionise the Indian logistics sector but have retired hurt. The buzz which consumed techies, industry heirs and college friends to unite over a logistics startup in India is fading. 2016 marked a dry spell for startups, especially those related to offering tech solutions in logistics. Atleast six startups, namely, TheKarrier, Truckmandi, Trucksumo, Loadkhoj, Zaicus and Sastabhada, all dealing with truck aggregating for intra as well as inter-city transport have pulled the plug on their operations.

India’s poor export showing is of its own making; here’s a solution to embrace

Financial Express
Though there are concerns that new US president Donald Trump will further slow the march of globalisation—the World Trade Organization had, in any case, warned of slower trade growth last year—India’s poor exports showing seems more of its own making. Perhaps why, while India’s share of global trade fell from 1.68% in 2014 to 1.62% in 2015, China saw its exports’ share rise from 12.42% to 13.96%. Even Bangladesh’s share rose from 0.18% to 0.22% and Vietnam’s from 0.8 to 1.15% during this period. Although rising wages and lower productivity are traditionally seen as the culprit, a new report by CII-Maersk says India is losing out due to high indirect costs, which accrue from delays and unreliable transportation—these costs could be as high as 38-47% of the total transportation and logistics cost. Moreover, it points that India’s logistic costs are 14.4% of GDP, as compared with China’s 8%.

RBI, Customs dept move to plug gaps in exim trade

Business Line
The Customs Department and the RBI are sharing data to plug gaps in the export-import trade that leads to situations where remittances are made from importers’ accounts even if goods are not been shipped from the selling country. Banks usually ask for export and import documents — which include bill of lading and customs clearance — before they release funds. While India was generating a unique number for exports, it was not generating a unique number based on the shipping bill for imports. Following the Bank of Baroda scam in 2015, when foreign exchange was remitted from importers’ accounts despite there being no import of cargo, the RBI brought in advisory to generate a unique number for each import as well. This was done about a year and half ago. “After there were problems, we started generating a unique number for imports as well.

Payra Port Development Will Enhance India-Bangladesh Ties

Eurasia Views
In its efforts to further strengthen India-Bangladesh friendship, New Delhi is eager to develop the neighbouring country’s proposed Payra sea\port. Recent reports suggest that the Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh is also likely to award some segments of the Payra Port Project in south-western Patuakhali district to India. India Ports Global, a joint venture between state-run Mumbai-based Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Gujarat-based Kandla Port Trust for overseas ports, is the frontrunner for the contract. It has agreed to design, fund and build Bangladesh’s first deep-sea port at Payra on its own. The initiative by India, if it materialises, will take bilateral ties between the two neighbours to a new high.

India denies talks are on to take over development of Sri Lanka's Trincomalee port

New Indian Express
Indian official sources on Friday denied Sri Lankan Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s contention that Sri Lanka and India are in talks for developing the Trincomalee harbor in the Eastern coast of the island nation.Fonseka had made the claim on the sidelines of a conference in New Delhi earlier this week, touching off adverse comments in Sri Lanka on the dangers of trying to balance China and India and making Sri Lanka an arena of big power politics. Opposition propaganda here is that the present Sri Lankan government is eager to give Trincomalee harbor to India to balance the grant of 80 per cent stake in Hambantota harbor to a Chinese state-owned company for 99 years. In fact, India had earlier rejected an invitation to build the Hambantota port for the same reason.

Indian Railways to set up $5 billion development fund

Economic Times
Indian Railways has circulated a draft cabinet note for setting up a dedicated $5 billion Railways of India Development Fund (RIDF). The fund will to be anchored by the World Bank and will serve as an institutional mechanism for the national transporter to arrange fund from the market for its investments. According to a top railway official, the fund will be managed independently by a non-government entity. "It will support commercially viable investment in railway sector in India over the period of next seven years," the official said, requesting anonymity. Railways expects to construct high traction projects such as various freight corridors, warehouses, last mile connectivity for ports and electrification of various routes using this fund. "Market sounding exercise has been carried out and has received positive response from both domestic and international investors," the official added.

OOIL denies Cosco bid for container line OOCL

Seatrade Maritime
Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) has denied knowledge of any potential bid for its container shipping business Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL). Responding to reports in the Wall Street Journal and the Chinese media that Cosco Shipping was readying a bid in excess of $4bn for OOCL, the parent company said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange: “The company wishes to clarify that the company and OOCL is not aware of, nor is it involved in any bid relating to the company or OOCL.” Meanwhile Reuters quoted a Cosco Shipping spokeswoman as saying the rumours were "incorrect". OOIL’s share price has surged more than 30% since the start of the year on market talk that it is up for sale. Along with Cosco reported to be readying a firm bid CMA CGM and Evergreen have also been linked as interested parties in the Hong Kong-based line.

April launch of new alliances could create uncertainty in the market

Sea News
As carriers consolidate their vessel calls into fewer port pairs, there will be winners and losers. For BCOs, there will be fewer choices of routes, and there will be no guarantee that the shipments they book with certain carriers will travel on those vessels because of the numerous slot-sharing arrangements that will be in place when the new alliances begin operating on April 1. Rate volatility is possible as the alliances compete for business, according to IHS Media. Marine terminal operators, however, could feel the biggest residual impact of the alliance reshuffling. The alliances, and the bigger ships they will deploy, will require taller cranes, more yard space, expanded gate capacity, and probably longer hours of operations. Terminal operators and operating ports will have to pick up the bill for these additional costs.

Seaport alliance marks highest container volumes since 2007

The News Tribune
The Northwest Seaport Alliance finished strong in 2016 for shipping through the ports of Tacoma and Seattle. Last year’s container traffic through both ports was the highest since 2007, according to a news release from the Northwest Seaport Alliance. The seaport alliance formed a little more than a year ago as a partnership between the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle. The alliance manages cargo business for both ports. The data compare traffic through both ports, both before and after they formed the alliance. In 2016, the alliance managed more than 3.6 million TEUs, or 20-foot-equivalent container units, an increase of more than 2 percent from 2015 container volumes. Full containers of imported goods were also up 6 percent to almost 1.4 million TEUs, and full exports increased 13 percent to 984,274 TEUs, the news release said.

Kalmar to supply new generation empty container handlers to DP World Jebel Ali Port

Port News
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded an order to supply DP World's flagship terminal, Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, with the new generation empty container handlers. The order for 13 units has been booked into Cargotec's 2016 fourth quarter order intake. The deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2017 and they are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017, the company said in its press release. Kalmar's new range of empty container handlers was launched in November 2016. The DCG80-45ES8 machines sold have the capacity of eight tonnes and they can stack eight containers high. Every empty container handler in this range comes fitted with the latest EGO cabin as well as with Kalmar SmartFleet remote monitoring and reporting system that improves operational transparency and reduces downtime.

Suezmax Crude Carrier Arrested in Singapore

World Maritime News
Ambassador, a Suezmax crude oil tanker, has been arrested in Singapore waters, according to Supreme Court of Singapore’s data. The 153,000 dwt ship, owned by Cyprus-based shipping company Transland Bulk Carriers, was detained for undisclosed reasons in the morning of January 19, 2017. Focal Investigation & Security Agency has been appointed for security and investigation purposes related to the arrest of Ambassador, which flies the flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries in 1997, Ambassador features a length of 269 meters and a width of 49 meters. Market value of the vessel currently stands at USD 8.6 million, VesselsValue’s data shows. As of January 20, 2017, the tanker’s AIS data shows it is anchored in Singapore Area.

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Logistics industry remains optimistic on emerging market growth despite free trade concerns.

·         The transport and logistics industry remains optimistic about future growth in emerging markets despite concerns the world could retreat from free trade.
The 2017 Emerging Markets Index from Agility and Transport Intelligence (Ti) showed that 53% of respondents agreed with the International Monetary Fund’s estimate that emerging markets would grow by 4.6% in 2017, 4.2% said it was too pessimistic and 42.8% felt it was too optimistic.
The survey also revealed that 21.1% of the 800 respondents were 'very concerned' about threats to free trade, while 47.6% were 'somewhat concerned'.
The survey results were revealed the day after US president Donald Trump signed an executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that would have cut 18,000 tariffs between 12 nations accounting for 40% of the world’s economic output.
However, Ti chief executive John Manners Bell said that despite concerns over free trade deals there was “more confidence than in the past”.
Modest growth for US cargo airports in early filings.

·         Miami airport
Early filings from a handful of US airports indicate modest growth in cargo volumes for 2016.
Miami International (MIA) saw a 0.37% increase in total cargo volumes (international and domestic) to just under 2m tonnes in 2016, while Ohio’s Cincinnati and Rickenbacker airports both recorded full year increases versus 2015 of 1.7% to 742,000 and 92,000 tonnes respectively.
The big three US cargo hubs, Memphis, Anchorage and Louisville — all of which feature in the top ten global cargo hub rankings — have yet to file their full year 2016 cargo statistics.
Another boost for IATA's Cargo-XML messaging standard.

·         IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard has taken another step towards becoming the industry standard after being integrated into a United Nations (UN) automated customs management system.
The integration of Cargo-XML into the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) ASYCUDAWorld customs system standardises electronic communications between airlines and customs authorities in the 90 countries that use the system.
The new data standard reduces message duplication and simplifies communication across the supply chain facilitating trade growth, improving cargo security, modernising customs operations and fostering participation in global commerce through advance electronic data submission for air cargo shipments, IATA said.

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Multi-modal terminal at Varanasi to be major logistic hub: Gadkari

Financial Express
The Rs 170-crore multi-modal terminal at Varanasi is set to emerge as a major logistics gateway connecting north India to the eastern and north- eastern states, extending up to Bangladesh, says the Shipping Ministry. The ongoing construction of the Varanasi terminal that will have waterway, rail and road connectivity is part of the government’s Rs 5,369 crore Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP). “Government is working hard to bring down the huge logistics costs in the country and the project is part of that initiative,” said Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. The terminal will help correct India’s transport modal mix that imposes huge logistics cost on the economy, he said. At 15 per cent of GDP, the logistics costs in India are about twice in the US, as per the Ministry officials. The work on the upcoming terminal at Varanasi – part of JMVP, being implemented by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), under the Ministry of Shipping was awarded to AFCONS Infrastructure in May last year.

Gwadar, Chabahar ports: Pakistan, Iran agree to expand cooperation: Boroujerdi

Hellenic Shipping News
Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of Iran, Allauddin Boroujerdi on Friday said that Pakistan and Iran have agreed to expand co-operation between Gwadar and Chabahar ports with a view to connect these two seaports with Central Asian states and China for grater regional co-operation. Speaking at a news conference, the visiting Iranian leader stated that the two counties have also agreed to enhance the bilateral trade to $5 billion from the existing $ 1 billion, adding the there is a lot of potential to increase the unsatisfactory volume of two-way trade between the brotherly countries. He said Gwadar and Chabahar are sister ports and they will help boost bilateral trade between the two countries, adding the two sides have agreed to expand co-operation between the two ports so that these could be linked to Central Asia and China.

Mwani Qatar begins direct service to Shanghai

The Peninsula
Qatar Ports Management Company, in association with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, has announced the launch of the first-ever regular direct service between Hamad Port and Shanghai under MSC’s New Falcon Service. The first vessel to sail on the new service, MSC ELMA FK701A, left Shanghai on January 5, and arrived in Hamad Port on Thursday, marking the beginning of the port’s transshipment capabilities. The addition to the company’s New Falcon service will see container volumes able to travel west from the Far East and South East Asia, to Qatar. Customers will also benefit from a competitive transit time and better service coverage over all the major Ports and Inlands from Far East/South East Asia. This first ever regular service, which connects Hamad Port directly with the world's second-largest economy and works to reduce the time it takes to get ships from this global market to 20 days only.

Andhra Pradesh gets 2 coastal economic zones of Rs 20,000 crore

Economic Times
Andhra Pradesh, the Southern India state that reported healthy double digit growth, would get two coastal economic zones (CEZs) involving an investment of Rs 20,000 crore. Addressing a two-day CII Partnership Summit in Visakhapatnam on Saturday, union roads transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said India was looking to promote port-based economy through CEZs, primarily targeting to achieve double digit growth. The union minister said the two proposed CEZs were among the 14 that the government planned to set up across the country, involving cumulative investments of over Rs 8 lakh crore to generate nearly one crore jobs. The two CEZs planned for Andhra Pradesh include the one from Srikakulam to Vijayawada and the other from Vijayawada to Nellore, both falling under the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor.

Sagarmala, industrial corridors to boost economy: Gadkari

Business Line
The ambitious Sagarmala project and the industrial corridors being built in the country will give the economy a tremendous boost, bringing down the logistics cost substantially, according to Union Minister of Roads, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. He was speaking here at the partnership summit of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Saturday at a session on industrial corridors. He said the government was planning to spend Rs. 15 lakh crores on the Sagarmala project and Rs. 4 lakh crores would be spent on port modernisation and mechanisation projects. Gadkari said, “in Visakhapatnam port, the second largest major port in the country, we have already executed schemes worth Rs. 1,665 crores and for ongoing projects we are spending Rs. 2,700 crores. Very soon, we we will take up projects worth Rs. 1,200 crores or so.

Cargo ships collide at Ennore port

Business Line
Two cargo ships had a minor collision at the outer anchorage of Karmarajar Port in Ennore in the early hours on Saturday. The incident occurred at 4 a.m when the vessel, MT Maple, was leaving the port after offloading an LPG consignment. It collided with MT Dawn Kanchipuram, which was entering with a full load of petrol and lubricants, and damaged the ship. According to the port authorities, the collision happened about two nautical miles from the shore owing to “miscommunication” or “misjudgment.” The Indian Coast Guard pressed a helicopter into action for aerial assessment to ascertain extent of oil spill, including drift pattern. Another helicopter has been kept on standby for aerial spray in case of any contingency. CG Ship Abheek with 200 litres of oil spill dispersant has been dispatched from Chennai for further assessment of damage to MT Dawn Kanchipuram and extent of oil spill from the vessel.

IWAI gears up to start moving cargo on NW1 by 2019

The Hindu
NW1 is economically viable, without increasing tariffs, says IWAI Vice Chairman Pravir Pandey. Though the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) was set up way back in 1986 and five National Waterways (NW) were designated for several years and some for decades, it is only now that there is progress on developing a sustainable water transport system in key rivers and inland waters across the country, in a bid to take the pressure away from the rail and roadways as well as ensuring drastic reduction in emission and logistics costs. In 2014, the Union Government announced the ₹5369 crore NW1 project spanning 1,400 kms from Allahabad to Haldia on the river Ganga that would come up with technical and financial assistance of the World Bank (WB). The primary objective is to enable movement of cargo on vessels up to 1,500 to 2,000 tonnes.

Mangaluru Customs Commissionerate among 10 top in India

Times of India
Mangaluru Customs Commissionerate has found a place in the top 10 performers rankings at the national-level in facilitating expeditious clearance of import and export goods, said M Subramanyam, commissioner, Customs, Central Excise and Service tax. This has been achieved due to the single window facility implemented last year which further enabled expeditious clearance. Presiding over International Customs Day event, organized by customs commissionerate on Friday, Subramanyam in line with this year's theme of World Customs Organization - Data Analysis - Effective Border Management, highlighted levels of facilitation that could be improved owing to a proper data analysis. Customs is monitoring dwell time of import and export cargo, which is currently about 5% and 21% respectively, out of the total time taken to complete the activity.

Port sector wants a solid tax anchor in Budget

Tax incentive, tax exemption, easing of monetization of operational ports, enhanced funds, etc are the pointers that the port sector is looking forward to in the upcoming Union Budget to be presented on February 1. "It will be helpful if the ministry of finance comes up with some tax incentive for port-based industry. This port-based industry could be anything, right from cement to power to marine to petrochemicals, etc," said Neeraj Bansal, deputy chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Apart from that, the other expectation by the public port is to have policies that will promote coastal and marine sectors. "The ports sector has been grappling with issues such as last mile connectivity. The allocation of corpus to government backed bodies like Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited should be enhanced with a clear road map laid down for them to take pro-active role in improving the logistics connectivity to port projects," opined Sandeep Upadhyay, managing director and CEO at Centrum Infrastructure Advisory Ltd.

Govt's focus on infra to cut down logistics cost: Nitin Gadkari

Business Standard
Government is working on boosting infrastructure, particularly ports, roads and waterways, to significantly reduce logistics cost that is "very high" in the country, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Saturday. He made a pitch for port-led development which is "crucial" for higher economic growth. "Our logistics cost is very high. It is 18 per cent. It is easy to take any material from Mumbai to Dubai or from Mumbai to London, but it is very difficult to take material from Mumbai to Delhi as it is costly and complicated... We want to give highest priority to that on how we can reduce this cost," he said. Speaking at the Andhra Pradesh Investors Summit, the road, transport, highways and shipping minister hoped that the target 40 km of road construction per day will be achieved by next year. "It was 2 km per day, last year, it was 18 km per day and by the end of this March, it will be 30 km per day.

Smaller carriers jostle for share on Asia-North America trade

Sea News
Zim Integrated Shipping Services is one of several container lines reworking their transpacific presence in 2017. Together with Wan Hai, Pacific International Lines and new trans-Pacific carrier SM Line are revamping strings or launching new services across the Pacific from April, the same month the new Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance start their operations and go head-to-head with the 2M Alliance and strategic partner Hyundai Merchant Marine. The carriers are planning to capitalise on growing US containerised imports that IHS Markit Maritime & Trade senior economist Mario Moreno expects to expand four to five per cent in 2017, reaching a new peak of 21.4 million TEU, mainly because of stronger economic growth. US real GDP is forecast to grow 2.3 per cent this year after expanding by only 1.6 per cent in 2016.

Wan Hai to Set Up Two Transpacific Services

World Maritime News
Taiwanese container carrier Wan Hai Lines plans to launch two Transpacific services through a vessel sharing agreement (VSA) with an undisclosed party, starting from April 2017. The company said the new services will cover the Southern and Northern Central China. 8,000 TEU vessels will be deployed in the CP1 service (South China) and 5,500 TEU containerships in the CP2 service (Northern Central China). Both of them will be serviced by six ships, with a six-week turnaround, according to Wan Hai. Port rotation of the CP1 service will be as follows: Xiamen, Nansha (China), Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Yantian (China), Long Beach, Oakland (USA), Xiamen. The CP2 service will call the following ports: Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo (China), Los Angeles, Oakland (USA), Qingdao. Apart from the CP1 and the CP2 services, Wan Hai said it will offer additional Transpacific service coverage through slot exchange.