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News Roundup Forwarding & Logistics


APL Logistics recently announced the expansion of its OceanGuaranteed™ service in the trans-Atlantic trade lane, offering its expedited, day definite LCL service from Europe to North America. The service will initially be from Bremerhaven, Germany to Norfolk, VA, with door delivery to virtually any zip code in the continental United States. Alliance Ground International (AGI) has signed for Cargospot Mobile to be used in concert with CHAMP’s Cargospot Handling system. The solution will ultimately streamline the company’s service in 12 stations across the United States by synchronizing smart device data directly with the Cargospot Handling system in real-time. AGI will be the first company to benefit from the solution in the United States.


CEVA Logistics has signed a five-year contract with Swedish headquartered medical products and solutions company Mölnlycke. Starting in December, CEVA Logistics’ multi-user facility at Max Park, Corby, in the UK, began providing a solution enabling Mölnlycke to be even more responsive to customer requirements and offer an enhanced service.


CEVA Logistics continues to expand its presence in Africa through two joint ventures. In Egypt, it has taken a majority stake in IBA Freight Services, its exclusive partner for the past 20 years. In Ethiopia CEVA Logistics has taken a minority stake in MACCFA, a long-standing freight forwarder headquartered in Addis Ababa. CEVA Logistics has also accelerated its expansion with the acquisition of ASTI Group in Morocco.


Kerry Logistics recently announced today the development of a bonded logistics center in the Haikou Integrated Free Trade Zone in the Hainan Free Trade Port to support the Chinese government’s new policy. The 538,200 sq ſt facility, expected to complete in 2023 Q1, will contain 107,600 sq ſt of cold store. Kerry Logistics Network is the first international 3PL to invest and build a premium bonded logistics center in the Hainan FTP.


Kerry Logistics Network Limited opened a logistics center in the Cangzhou Lingang Economic and Technological Development Zone in Hebei province, China under Kerry IMS Chemical Logistics to capture the market potential in chemical logistics. The logistics center was opened and commenced operation on 8 January.


Blume Global, a provider of logistics and supply chain solutions empowered by the largest globally connected multi-modal network, has launched its Cognitive Intermodal Digital Operating Platform (DOP) with Celtic Intermodal as the lead customer.


ODW Logistics has acquired a 193,000-sq. ſt. distribution center in the Chicago area with temperature-controlled facilities for frozen foods and other cold-chain products.


SEKO Logistics has selected Ridgemont Equity Partners as its newest investment partner as the company embarks on its next phase of expansion with plans for additional acquisitions, technology platform investments, and growth in key geographies. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently reviewed and renewed its CTPAT partnership status for 2021 with Logistics Plus Inc.


For the second consecutive year, CDP has awarded global logistics provider GEODIS, the score of A- which is associated with companies who are environmental leaders. This result highlights in particular its approach to integrating its suppliers in its actions aimed at imposing stricter CO2 emissions standards for vehicles at the EU level. For 10 years, the Group has pursued its goal of reducing the impact of its activities on the environment and fighting climate change.


Issue 1 2021 - FBJNA


Luſthansa Cargo widens portfolio for worldwide COVID-19 vaccines transport


In view of the approvals of various COVID-19 vaccines in many countries, Luſthansa Cargo is well prepared for their global distribution in the coming months. Luſthansa Cargo has prepared a variety of possible transport scenarios and recently announced a premium product for the transport of COVID-19 vaccines called COVID-19 Temp Premium. The premium product became bookable as of January 11 and provides a high level of comprehensive and personalized customer service, including seamless monitoring of vaccine shipments throughout the entire process and a 24/7 aſter sales support.


Additionally, COVID-19 Temp


Premium includes high priority capacity access, Luſthansa Cargo’s fastest speed option in combination with temperature focus and a comprehensive security concept as well as book ability throughout the entire Luſthansa Cargo network. Luſthansa Cargo also has


experience with transports in the ultra-frozen range (-70°C). With its current freighter fleet of 18 aircraſt, Luſthansa Cargo can respond flexibly to shiſts in demand. If necessary, the provision of additional


belly


capacity can also be examined. As


a carrier, Luſthansa Cargo provides its customers


The Lufthansa Cargo Pharma Hub at Frankfurt Airport is the largest center for temperature-controlled logistics in Europe. (Lufthansa Cargo photo.)


Buoyed by resurging volumes, SC Ports updates outlook


South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has significantly updated its FY 2021 forecast following several months of strong volumes and a continued rebound. The new plan projects that


SCPA will handle 1.385 million pier containers in FY 2021, ending June 30. This is up from the original projection of 1.235 million pier containers. If achieved, this would surpass the FY 2019 volume record of 1.364 million pier containers handled. The new forecast also projects the port handling 243,595


with capacity for transporting goods from airport to airport. The carrier uses the global


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network of its own freighter aircraſt as well as the flights of Luſthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings that are open for cargo. Clients consist of air freight forwarding companies.


vehicles and a combined total of 176,073 rail moves at inland ports in fiscal year 2021. Several months of much higher-than-expected


volumes


at SCPA, including a record November and December, propelled this updated forecast. SC Ports has seen month- over-month strength across multiple business segments since September, including with containers, vehicles and inland ports. A robust consumer economy


The Port of Charleston should see more volumes in FY 2021. (SCPA photo.)


SAL unveils new


pharma, perishable facilities in Riyadh


Saudi Arabian Logistics Co. (SAL) unveiled its new pharma and perishable facilities at the Cargo Village at King Khalid


International Airport in Riyadh in December. Those facilities specialize in perishables and all types of pharmaceuticals,


including the much-awaited


COVID vaccines soon to be rolled out worldwide. The facilities offer 5,000 square


meters of storage and are capable of handling up to 365,000 tons of cargo a year. They have four docks for loading refrigerated containers and 12 warehouses capable of handling temperatures ranging from -20 C to 25 C. In addition, there is special storage dedicated for flower cargo. “The launch of the Riyadh


SAL officials unveiled the company’s new pharma/ perishable facilities at the Cargo Village at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SAL photo.)


Cold Storage facilities comes at a historic moment that coincides with the world’s anticipation for the delivery of the COVID vaccine,” said SAL CEO Omar Hariri. “This urgency makes us harness the capabilities of the operation capacity of our pharmaceutical facility and be fully prepared to receive and handle the new vaccines in coordination with the


continues to drive volume growth as many invest in home goods, furniture and electronics during the pandemic.


health authorities.” The new project will enhance


SAL’s handling and storage services for medical and pharmaceuticals in line with the highest quality standards approved by the EU GDP. The opening of the facilities


ushers in a new and advanced phase for handling sensitive cargoes including foodstuffs that require special care. Within the facilities, there are divisions run by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority and the Saudi Customs to inspect and expedite the cargo handling process to avoid an unbreakable cool chain. The new facilities also feature a 650 sqm temperature control breakdown area. There’s also an area for shipping refrigerated containers enough for 20 active containers. It is also equipped with a thermal isolation area.


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