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Market Update – 14th May 2018

May 14th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Following a difficult month for carriers during which spot rates on the Asia-Europe market fell to levels not seen since 2016, there seems to be a reversal of fortunes in May as rates start to slowly move upwards and the Shanghai index has recorded 3 weeks of straight gains. In general terms however spot market [...]

Ligentia secures AEO status to ensure supply chain security and benefits across the EU

May 11th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

This year Ligentia was proud to have achieved AEO accreditation. Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is internationally recognised, allowing Ligentia to be acknowledged as a “preferred forwarder”. This opens opportunities within a network of accredited, vetted suppliers and transporters. As Brexit looms, customs will focus their attention towards companies that are opening their international supply chain to [...]

Ocean Market Report – 2018

April 17th, 2018|Categories: Market Reports|

As ever, little is straightforward in the industry and not far below the surface is a situation where freight rate stability is under threat, where supply in the form of new capacity is in danger of being out of control, and where service levels are creaking as reliability slips to new lows.

World’s seventh largest ship visits Southampton: 14th March 2018

March 14th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The seventh biggest ship in the world has visited Southampton on her maiden voyage. In a bid to be at the forefront of the industry, the Port of Southampton has invested hundreds of millions of pounds in recent years expanding, building bigger cranes and creating deeper channels so it can handle the bigger ships. Due to [...]

Lufthansa introduce paper charge in support of paper free initiative: 14th March 2018

March 14th, 2018|Categories: News|

Lufthansa Cargo will charge a €12 per consignment fee for processing paper-based air waybills (AWB) from 2nd April but will implement a lower rate of €1 from October this year, according to local reports. The fine is avoidable for customers who will opt to use its e-air way bills, which the carrier has offered since [...]

Significant growth tips Budapest Airport as a regional hub: 13th March 2018

March 13th, 2018|Categories: News|

Hungary’s largest airport is establishing itself as a regional air freight hub, handling 127,145 tonnes of cargo in 2017. Starting this year, two carriers plan to operate flights to the U.S. from Budapest Airport (BUD), and next year, the airport will open a 20,000 square meter freight center that will expand BUD’s cargo handling capacity [...]

Brussels Airport to invest EUR100million in new cargo facilities: 13th March 2018

March 13th, 2018|Categories: News|

As demand for air cargo services rises, Brussels Airport said that it will invest €100m for the development of new logistics facilities. The airport’s cargo platform, Brucargo, is serving multiple companies with import and export activities. The latest investment will help Brucargo to further expand its cargo department in its Strategic Vision 2040 plan. The [...]

Asia-Europe Trade, Ocean Market Report – April 2017

April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Market Reports|Tags: , , |

Over the next few weeks one of the most significant events in global container shipping in the last 10 years will unfold as the world’s leading carriers re- arrange the consortia in which they operate, and attempt to deliver revised and hopefully improved services.

Asia: Europe Trade Ocean Market Report – May 2016

May 25th, 2016|Categories: Market Reports|Tags: , , |

The late spring period is one that is traditionally quieter for many retailers and their suppliers as we pass through a between-season period, with spring/summer products despatched or delivered, and the autumn peak season yet to commence. Consequently container arrivals in Europe on the main east-west trades tend to fall back a little and freight rates reflecting lower demand tend to drift downwards.

Asia: Europe Trade Ocean Market Report – April 2016

April 14th, 2016|Categories: Market Reports|Tags: , , |

"Ocean freight rates in almost all the major trades continue to drift downwards at all times other than in very brief peak periods when dramatic and unachievable general rate increases are sought, despite a supposed moratorium from the EU on this out-dated method of price increases. In the main Asia-Europe trades which serve the [...]