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Rail Freight

End of China’s Rail Freight Subsidies and Impact on Stakeholders

Rail freight is a cost-effective alternative to air freight for shipping cargo from China to Europe. Air delivery is expensive for both consignees and shippers while ocean freight transit times are slower, making rail transport a solution that sits in between. Why Use Rail Freight for Shipments from China As the borders between Europe and China remain open amidst the pandemic, rail freight is not facing any serious disruptions. There is also a trend of shipping more medical supplies and personal protective equipment by railway instead of by air freight. This is because demand has slowed down in recent months,… Read more

Drug Shortages

Drug Shortages due to Reduced Freight Capacity

Europe is now facing coronavirus drug shortages due to reduced freight capacity and more specifically air freight capacity. As many countries have imposed lockdowns, travel bans, and other restrictions, airlines are forced to have their aircraft grounded. Experts predict that the demand for drugs will continue to increase as the pandemic spreads all over the world. How Aircraft Grounding Affects Supply Last month Medicines for Europe Director-General Adrian van den Hoven warned that drug chain supply from countries such as India and China is essential for European states. Shipping drugs across the globe is critical and should be done fast… Read more

Maritime Shipping

Coronavirus Outbreak May Lead to a Shipping Crisis

More and more retailers in North America and Europe are shutting down, which may lead to a significant decline in shipped volumes. This is mainly the result of social lockdowns that are enforced in many countries. How Maritime Shipping Is Affected Analyst Sealntelligence Consulting explained that a 10 percent decline in shipments is expected, resulting in just 80 million teu processed in ports and 17 million teu shipped by fleets across the world. In addition to stores shutting down, restrictions in place at ports have further impacted global container shipping. Some ports have even banned ships from countries with coronavirus… Read more

Sea freight in Europe

Coronavirus Measures at Ports and Their Impact on Sailings

European countries have implemented different measures and restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which to varying degrees have an impact on the logistics and transportation sector. Some of these measures specifically apply to ports and may be of interest to European logistics providers.   France The French authorities ordered a sanitary watch for several ports, among which Le Havre and Rouen. In case that Masters of vessels notice any symptoms of infection among crew, they are required to submit a health maritime declaration form and notify their agent without undue delay. Masters submitting a maritime declaration of health… Read more

supply chain disruptions

Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak on Maritime and Air Shipping

The coronavirus outbreak and associated civil and health protection measures may have a serious impact on the EU economy. The EU Commission and other institutions are closely following developments in different sectors, including tourism, trade, transportation, and manufacturing.   Impact on Sea Transport According to the International Chamber of Shipping, shipping by container vessels from China has dropped by 1/3 during the last month alone. Companies have already begun to cut the number of vessels sailing from various destinations around the world. This is especially true for China, the second largest economy where major industries have been seriously affected. Keeping… Read more

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Interview with Marc Geerts, CEO of Corneel Geerts Transportgroup NV

Trucking on with the third generation of hauliers Managing succession from one generation to the next is a process that all family companies must periodically face. For road haulage and logistics specialist Corneel Geerts Transportgroup NV in Belgium, 2020 is the year that the third generation takes over the reins and is entrusted with steering the company’s future course. Departing CEO, Marc Geerts, has every confidence that his three sons are more than capable of rising to the challenge of helming a family company with three strategic hubs in Belgium, 200 employees and annual turnover of 25 million EUR.  … Read more

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Driverless Trucks and the Future of Autonomous Technologies

Autonomous cars and trucks are expected to transform the logistics industry, and many freight forwarders are willing to use autonomous technologies for shipping and other logistics processes. The main reason is that businesses are increasingly faced with a demand for quicker deliveries coupled with a high labor shortage. Experts also estimate that the use of autonomous vehicles will reduce shipping costs by 45 percent. What the Near Future Holds in Store Industry experts point to the fact that fully autonomous vehicles will not be available for 50 years or even longer. Semi-autonomous vehicles will only help drivers to avoid traffic… Read more

Drones have applications in small shipments

Drones Are about to Change the World of Logistics

Today, drone delivery is handy for locations with poor infrastructure and shipments that would otherwise incur significant costs. For many, drones or unmanned aerial devices are soon to become a preferred transportation method in a world of rising population, mass movement to larger cities, and growing urbanization. The result of all this is air pollution, congestion, and shipping delays. Applications Drones have applications in small shipments and postal delivery, food delivery, and healthcare. They can be used to ship perishable goods and products with a short shelf life. In fact, they have already been used to deliver drinks, cocktails, and… Read more

Mountpark Logistics

Warehouse Park Soon to Open Doors in Slovakia

Location The site is expected to serve as a major logistics centre due to its convenient location close to major manufacturing facilities, Bratislava International Airport, the city centre, and connections to the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria. The site is found just 19 km from the city centre, 11 km from the airport, 0.5 km from the highway, and 82 km and 190 km from Vienna and Budapest, respectively. Demand for Logistics Facilities Mountpark Managing Director for Central Europe Mario Sander highlights the fact that the demand for logistics facilities is growing. Growing demand can be explained with Bratislava’s location… Read more

successful and useful IFA meeting

Impressions of the successful IFA meeting in Porto

We would like to bring to your attention some pictures from the successful IFA meeting, which took place from 11 to 13 October 2019 in the city of Porto, Portugal. The meeting was hosted by the IFA member Torrestir.                              

Brexit and Suppliers

Impact of Brexit on Logistics Companies and Suppliers

Brexit date approaches and UK-based businesses are increasingly anxious about their prospects, many having lost faith in the economy. Retailers and suppliers are now stocking on supplies to ensure that they are not falling low on essential goods due to delays and supply chain problems. Many fear that shipping delays at the EU-UK border may result in cash losses for both exporters and importers. Impact of Brexit on the Logistics Sector For many freight forwarders, it is clear that Brexit will have a negative impact on the continuity of trade, affecting both the UK and EU. It is clear that… Read more

Corneel Geerts Flyer Service – Express Deliveries

FLYER SERVICE Express transport   For quick and fast, contact our flyer cast Corneel Geerts Transportgroup I Tel: +32 475 70 75 60 CG Flyer Service I Express deliveries Tel: +32 475 70 75 60 | Mail:   Small Van 1m³ Max. 1 pallet 450 kg 1m20 x 1m20 x 1m00   Large Van 5m³ Max. 2 pallets 1000 kg 2m30 x 1m40 x 1m50   Box Van 12m³ Max. 5 pallets 1 250 kg 4m00 x 1m40 x 1m50   Small Truck 20m³ Max. 8 pallets 1 250 kg 4m00 x 2m20 x 2m20   Large Truck… Read more

Corneel Geerts Transportgroup president on the Antwerp transport exhibition from Tuesday 16-10 until Thursday 18-10

CGT can help you with al needs in transport from Benelux to all Europe and vise versa. Thanks to our integrated network we have full Track & Trace system from 1 parcel up to FTl. This give the customer full visibility in the complete supply chain. If you scan your badge you will be able to win a guided city tour in Antwerp! Please visit us on our booth nr 1023.

New logistics center in Barcelona provided by Ares Group

Ares Group  has announced the investment in a new logistics center in Barcelona – La Llagosta. It has more than 4,000 m2 of warehousing space and 600 m2 of offices. The investment is motivated by the actual growth and the potential in logistics for the next years. The new facilities will be ready by the spring of 2020.  

Delamode Bulgaria has been named as ‘One to Watch’ in Europe

Delamode Bulgaria named as one of Europe’s best in first ever ‘Ones to Watch’ list

Delamode Bulgaria has been named as ‘One to Watch’ in Europe in a list of business excellence published by the European Business Awards, one of world’s largest and longest running business competitions. Delamode Bulgaria was chosen as it demonstrates exceptional achievement in one of the 18 European Business Awards’ categories and reflects the programme’s core values of innovation, success and ethics. The ‘Ones to Watch’ for over 33 countries across Europe can be found at Yordan Stoyanov, Managing Director, Delamode Bulgaria commented “We are delighted to be selected in the Ones to Watch list for 2019. The achievement is… Read more

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The essential supply chain trends to keep an eye on in 2019

Now that 2018 is over, it is time for the companies and freight forwarders throughout Europe who are part of IFA to analyze the results from the past year and start thinking about the new tendencies expected to affect the business in the supply chain area. So, what should the members of the European logistics network expect for the storage and distribution service and the developments in the supply chain business for 2019?     Here are the main trends which will have the greatest impact for all parties involved in the distribution, contract logistics and other services offered by… Read more

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The EU toll system will become distance based in 2023

The EU countries which are currently using time-related toll systems must adopt a new distance-based road charging system which differentiates the tolls in accordance with the emissions from the different vehicles. This was decided on October 25th by the European Parliament when the new toll legislation system proposal was first presented to the members. The next step includes all of the negotiations which will take place in the European Union Council. The new taxation system which will affect all drivers and transport businesses, as well as the list of logistics companies from the International Forwarding Association, is expected to be… Read more

SOLUTRANS fair 2019

What to expect from the SOLUTRANS fair in November 2019

The freight forwarders network is looking forward to the upcoming 15th edition of the international biannual trade fair for urban and road transport solutions SOLUTRANS which is set to take place on November 19-23 2019 at the Euroexpo in Lyon, France. The program of the event includes themes such as innovation, mobility, digitalization, alternative energy resources, training and employment in the transport including the international freight forwarding business.     The European logistics companies, along with their colleagues from the transport business will be joining together to show the latest tendencies in the area in the exhibit, and discuss all… Read more

India Warehousing Show

Details about GreyOrange‘s supply chain automation solutions from the 8th India Warehousing Show

The International Forwarding Association is always interested in the latest innovations in the field of storage and distribution and the automation of the supply chain. During the 8th India Warehousing Show which took place on June 21-23 2018 in Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, GreyOrange which is an international company for robotics and supply chain automation presented its portfolio with all of its latest end-to-end solutions for the automation of the supply chain. It is expected that more International freight forwarders that offer distribution services and contract logistics will be implementing these or similar solutions to improve the efficiency, timeliness… Read more

Delamod Bulgaria best forwarding company

Delamod Bulgaria is awarded as the best forwarding company for Eastern Europe for 2018

We are pleased to announce that in this year’s Balkan Enterprise Awards 2018 Dellamod Bulgaria took the first prize for Best Shipping Company for Eastern Europe in 2018. The winning prize among the strong competition is a proof for the professionalism and the work of our entire team over the years! Balkan Enterprise Awards is one of the most prestigious competitions in the business communications sector. A jury with international staff of transport and logistics specialists explored the nominees and cast the winner after taking into account the online presentation of each company through press releases, customer reviews, presence in… Read more