Ganga waterway project cleared

India’s longest waterway project, one terminal of which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week, was made possible only after a high-power Committee of Ministers and senior officials from multiple Ministries overruled the recommendations of experts appointed by the Environment Ministry. The latter had recommended public consultations and a full-fledged environment clearance, documents made available through the Right to Information (RTI) Act show.

As part of the the...

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Argentina and China closer to cherry-deal

Protocol set to be signed within days, but quarantine conditions will limit opportunities for shippers

The phytosanitary protocol clearing the way for cherry exports from Argentina to China could be signed by the end of this month according to Argentine officials.

The deal is expected to be formalised on 30 November during a bilateral meeting between president Mauricio Macri and Chinese premier Xi Jinping held under the auspices of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires.

However, Argentina’s export...

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U.S. sanctions create trade cooperation opportunities

Outgoing Indian ambassador to Tehran and the head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture have discussed ways of continuing Iran-India trade under reimposed U.S. sanctions, Eghtesad online news website reported on Saturday (November 17).

During the meeting, the Indian diplomat Saurabh Kumar and the Iranian official Masoud Khansari reviewed the ways to continue trade relations during sanctions.

After U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal in May,...

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We’re not replacing forwarders, says AF-KLM as it unveils online booking platform

The digitisation of freight booking will not relegate forwarders to history, claimed Air France-KLM, as it launched an online booking tool last week
The carrier unveiled its application programme interface (API), part of a three-year process to overhaul the carriers’ legacy systems, some of which have been in use since the 1980s.
While admitting the API system is “by no means unique”, vice president customer services Robert Kunen told The Loadstar he …

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Five options if UK rejects May deal, Balancing the roles of the ECB

UK PM Theresa May

Commentary: Five options if UK rejects May deal

By Charles Grant in London

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has clinched her deal with the European Union and persuaded most of her cabinet to support it. But after EU leaders sign off the deal at a summit on 25 November, May has promised the House of Commons a ‘meaningful vote’; it is hard to see how she can win it. However, even if May falls, the arrival of a new Conservative party leader would not change the parliamentary arithmetic...

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Yang Ming receives Quest Quality Award

On October 2nd, 2018, the 35th annual Logistics Management Quest for Quality Gala event was held at Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Yang Ming was recognized with a Quest for Quality award in a list of 12 ocean carriers.

The event selected the industry’s best companies based on the reviews of Logistics Management readers that utilized the logistics and supply chain companies. The 5 key criteria used to evaluate performance included On-Time Performance, Value,...

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Malaysia, Australia at odds on free trade

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said nations needed to re-evaluate globalisation and economic integration because it was leaving some people behind and fuelling inequality.

Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Papua New Guinea on Saturday (Nov 17), Dr Mahathir called for a more level playing field on trade between rich nations and the developing world.

“The benefits of free and fair trade and economic integration have been ruptured, exemplified by Brexit...

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U.S.-China discord dominates APEC summit

PORT MORESBY – The United States and China swapped barbs over trade, investment and regional security at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit on Saturday, as growing fault lines among members suggested little prospect of consensus at the weekend meeting.

Speaking in the Papua New Guinean capital, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said there would be no end to American tariffs until China changed its ways, after its president, Xi Jinping, warned that the shadow of protectionism and...

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Container shipping: A chance for Illinois farmers

The state’s soybean association wants Illinois farmers to think inside the box: specifically, the 40-foot shipping container.

The U.S. trade war with China means Illinois has, for the time being, lost its best customer for soybeans. Instead of China buying 70,000 metric tons of beans stashed in a ship’s belly, the Illinois Soybean Association wants farmers to consider shipping smaller quantities of soybeans via container to customers in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

The goal is to replace some of...

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