TIACA, Messe München launch start.hub logistics in Miami

Following the success of the Innovation Journey held during the Executive Summit in March 2022, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Messe München are pleased to announce the launch of the start.hub logistics in Miami during the air cargo forum (ACF) and transport logistic Americas 2022.

“The Innovation Journey showed how vital it is for the industry to connect and explore innovations that can be applied into our businesses. We knew then that this could not be a one off and innovation needed to be incorporated into our events going forward. The launch of the start.hub logistics in Miami is yet another step toward our vision for air cargo and we are excited that Edmonton International Airport, which has such a focus on supporting innovative start-up businesses will be the first host.” Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair

The start.hub logistics has been developed to encourage new and innovative Start-Up’s to exhibit and network with the air cargo and logistics industries at the air cargo forum & transport logistic Americas this November.

Individual businesses that want to boost their exposure can take advantage of this low-cost entry into the world’s largest air cargo trade show of 2022. The start.hub offers an all-inclusive exhibitor package and is open to companies that:

1 – Present a logistics-related product or solution

2 – Employ 75 people or less

3 – Company younger than 8 years (founded on/or after 01/01/2014) no restriction on sales and earnings.

Edmonton International Airport, through its Innovation Expansion Strategy, has become a leading supporter of innovative businesses looking at alternative energy, carbon reduction, technical advancements, unmanned operations and a host of other unique programs and is a natural fit to host the start.hub.

“We’re excited to partner with TIACA and Messe München in launching the inaugural start.hub in Miami, creating a new space for entrepreneurs committed to sustainable innovation to connect with logistics leaders from around the world. Exploring new and innovative ideas is inherent to who we are. Whether it`s launching the first scheduled commercial drone logistics route at an airport, hosting the world’s largest solar farm at an airport or partnering with some of the world’s best clean fuel technology companies for transport, YEG is home to more than 250 businesses and countless partnerships. Not only do we support the movement of people and goods, we also appreciate the critical role that cargo plays in our economy and social landscape, and we are proud to support others as they do the same.” Mammen Tharakan, director of e-commerce, cargo & aviation real estate at Edmonton International Airport, said.

“We feel that it is important to be inclusive and offer a wide array of solutions for the logistics industry and start.hub logistics will allow us again to put the spotlight on new innovations and companies that are typically not seen this openly at industry events. After a first run in Munich in 2019 we are now excited to add this new addition to the air cargo forum in November and look forward to it being just as successful as the Innovation Journey in San Francisco,” Robert Schönberger, head of transport logistic exhibitions at Messe München, said.

GIZA to provide smart transportation and traffic solutions for NAC

Egypt’s systems integrator and global provider of industry-specific technology solutions, Giza Systems won a tender recently to provide smart transportation and traffic solutions for the New Administrative Capital (NAC).

The Smart Transport and Traffic Systems project aims to address the challenges facing new cities, by integrating elements of transport and traffic to boost traffic efficiency and achieve global standard mobility rates.

The Head of the Technology and Systems Sector at the Administrative Capital for Urban Development, Engineer Mohamed Khalil said that Giza Systems will establish an integrated model for transportation systems and smart traffic, developed for urban communities for the first time in Egypt.

The model will then be standardized and used in new cities, to develop communities, facilitate economic growth and protect the environment.

The systems also provide several benefits including improved response time to traffic accidents, reduced traffic congestion, optimal application of traffic laws, improved traffic, as well as advanced analytics to enable data-driven planning and decisions.

On his part, the sales manager of Transportation at Giza Systems, Ahmed Abdel Azim noted that the new model will feature several integrated smart systems and functions under a unified platform,  turn the traffic experience more adaptive and dynamic, adding that smart cities are a key pillar of sustainable development, as they utilize technology, digital solutions, and integration to drive efficiency, growth and sustainability.

Gebrüder Weiss expands links on New Silk Road

Tbilisi/Almaty/Lauterach—Gebrüder Weiss says it is expanding its transport links on the New Silk Road to quickly move goods between Europe, Turkey and China amid increasing demand for trade between the continents.

The company said it’s focusing on routes along the Middle Corridor of the historic trade route that run through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to China. This route is geographically shorter and links up directly with services that Gebrüder Weiss operates every day between West and South-East Europe, Turkey and Tbilisi (Georgia).

The Gebrüder Weiss logistics centers in Tbilisi and Almaty (Kazakhstan) will in future serve as hubs for the transport of goods, where they will then be transported by road, sea or rail along the New Silk Road, among other routes, to countries in Central Asia or even as far as China.

The company said it is preparing for a sharp rise in demand for transport capacity and will offer more truck transports along this route from now on. “We expect demand for road transports to increase as China re-opens its borders, having closed them as a result of the coronavirus. The fact that we have long-term contracts with reliable regional partners means that we can offer our customers sufficient cargo space, regular services and acceptable transport times,” said Thomas Moser, Director and Regional Manager Black Sea/CIS at Gebrüder Weiss.

Gebrüder Weiss has been supporting industrial and trading operations in the growing markets along the traditional trade route with transport and logistics solutions for more than 20 years, using its own branches in Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China as a basis.

From there, it organizes direct connections between Europe and Asia, and also provides services within and between the countries of Central Asia. These services include truck and rail transports, air and sea freight, customs clearance, warehouse logistics and e-fulfillment.

Hactl pioneers logistics in training accreditation in Hong Kong

HONG KONG—The largest independent air cargo handler in Hong Kong–Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl)—became the first cargo terminal and logistics corporation to have its own training courses accredited under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF).

The four courses which are now recognized under HKQF are Hactl’s Certificate in Special and Temperature Controlled Cargo Handling for Supervisors (QF Level 3); Certificate in Dangerous Goods Awareness Training for Handlers (QF Level 2); Certificate in Conflict Resolution (QF Level 3); and Certificate in Service Excellence (QF Level 3). The accreditations are valid for two years and subject to re-accreditation.

HKQF was launched in 2008 by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR Government), covering qualifications in the academic, vocational and professional as well as continuing education sectors. It aims to promote lifelong learning to enhance the quality, professionalism and competitiveness of Hong Kong’s workforce. QF qualifications are quality-assured, and rated against defined standards.

“Although we have been following the standards of IATA and the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department for many years, the Specification of Competency Standards, which we applied in designing these courses, has been drawn up by members of the local logistics industry – so it better meets our business needs. Two of our QF-accredited courses include soft skills training, providing a more comprehensive education for our employees,” said Hactl Chief Executive Wilson Kwong.

“Overall, QF accreditation should help to standardize local industry competencies and lead to improved standards, enhancing Hong Kong’s image in the logistics sector. Wider adoption of QF courses will also make it easier to evaluate the competency level of candidates when recruiting, which will be of great benefit to Hactl and the air cargo industry,” he added.

To achieve QF recognition for its courses, Hactl underwent Initial Evaluation to verify its capacity and resources to run the courses on a sustainable basis. Each course was then evaluated to determine whether its planning and management, syllabuses, delivery arrangements and assessment methods could achieve its claimed objectives and learning outcomes.

The entire process took around one year and was complicated by the need for Hactl to adjust the syllabuses of the original program to meet the competency standards of QF.

Steve Lai, General Manager of Qualifications Framework Secretariat, said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Hactl as a new QF-recognized training provider. Providing quality-assured QF-recognized training to colleagues will definitely enhance the professionalism of Hactl’s workforce and the air cargo industry at large in the long run.”

Caption: Hactl Chief Executive Wilson Kwong, right, with Steve Lai, General Manager of Qualifications Framework Secretariat. Image Credit: Hactl

Cargolux and Bolloré Logistics sign SAF agreement

LUXEMBOURG/PUTEAUX–Cargolux and long-term partner Bolloré Logistics have signed an agreement for the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in joint operations covering 800,000 liters of SAF.
This initiative will enable Bolloré Logistics to reduce its Scope 3 Greenhous Gas Emissions by at least 2,200 tonnes of CO2e, a reflection of both parties’ commitment to sustainable operations.

“Cargolux is strongly committed to the development and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel and has foreseen investment in SAF-related projects over the coming years. The agreement we signed with our long-term partner Bolloré Logistics is a significant achievement, one we hope to build on in the future. Taking this step with a trusted customer is important for Cargolux and it highlights both our companies’ engagement for environmentally-sound operations,” said Domenico Ceci, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Cargolux.

Pierre Houé, Deputy COO of Bolloré Logistics, noted, “Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a key solution for Bolloré Logistics to decarbonize transportation and reach our carbon reduction targets set up in our CSR Program “Powering Sustainable Logistics”. Building a strong partnership with a crucial partner like Cargolux is critical to enable the aviation industry to operate a transition towards a more sustainable future. We are very glad to engage in this journey together.”

Agreements such as this one, build on the foundations for cleaner operations and Cargolux is proud of embarking on this journey with Bolloré Logistics, the airline said. It added, “sustainability is a crucial focus for air cargo and Cargolux is engaged in the industry’s commitment to more environmentally sound operations.”

The development and availability of SAF rank high on Cargolux’ agenda. The airline has a dedicated SAF program securing the acquisition of current and next generation sustainable fuels. These initiatives, aimed at reducing both parties’ emissions, position Cargolux as an advocate for sustainability within the air cargo industry and hence global supply chains.

In line with its “Powering Sustainable Logistics” CSR program, Bolloré Logistics committed to cut 30% by 2030, compared to 2019, of its Scope 3 CO2 emissions generated by the execution of transport. The ambitious goal, well-below the 2°C trajectory, involves making a sustainable offering central to its operations.

Since then, the company launched AIRsaf, an offer based on the use of SAF that also incorporates an end-to-end approach, with low-carbon pre-carriage and post-carriage transportation, as well as management of reusable packaging. It also made various partnerships with airlines to promote the use of SAF to decarbonize air freight and enable its customers to meet their emission reduction targets.

Lufthansa Cargo opens ARTcube, the warehouse for delicate & high-value artworks

FRANKFURT, Germany—Lufthansa Cargo launched this month its new Fine Arts warehouse facility at its Frankfurt Hub, continuing the path it has begun to modernize its largest airfreight hub.

With 155 square meters, the ARTcube in the Lufthansa Cargo Center now offers its customers twice as much space for safe and professional storage of high-value Fine Arts of all kinds.

“The modern ARTcube combines optimal handling processes with the highest security features. This allows us to meet the special requirements of sensitive art objects and offer customized solutions for the storage of Fine Arts in our Hub,” explains Thomas Rohrmeier, Head of Handling Frankfurt at Lufthansa Cargo. “With the new building, we have further sharpened our qualitative focus on this special product and thus curators and art collectors experience the best storage conditions for their Fine Arts shipments with us.”

Fine Arts shipments will in the future benefit from a special warehouse with modern technical equipment, in which a ventilation system with heating and cooling functions enables targeted temperature control.

Vertical window strips on the facade allow natural lighting, which is optimized by a supporting lighting system. Specially trained handling personnel guarantee optimally coordinated processes. Access to the special warehouse is controlled and monitored by sensitive security technology. As an Add-on Service, it is possible to book an individual attendant for Fine Arts shipments, especially on the ground.

Lufthansa Cargo regularly flies high-value and famous Fine Arts by important artists to renowned exhibitions around the world. With its “Vulnerables” product range, the airline has therefore tailored a special transport solution to the needs of this particular industry, thus guaranteeing security, professional handling and seamless monitoring for Fine Arts logistics.

The new construction of this special warehouse is part of the modularly planned infrastructure program “LCCevolution” at the Frankfurt home Hub, the core of which includes, among other things, the new construction of the central high-rack storage system in the Lufthansa Cargo Center and a gradual core refurbishment of the logistics infrastructure. The complete modernization of the Lufthansa Cargo Center is scheduled for completion in 2029.

Dubai Customs asserts readiness to facilitate global trade despite Ukraine-Russia conflict and the pandemic

DUBAI, UAE—Dubai Customs asserted its readiness to help facilitate global trade despite the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic and the Russia-led conflict against Ukraine.

Thanks to its investment on smart technologies and dedicated staff working round-the-clock, the Director General of Dubai Customs and CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, said Dubai Customs completed 381,275 customs declarations during the Eid al-Fitr holidays that follow the Holy Month of Ramadan.

“The current global economic challenges, in which the repercussions of the Corona pandemic are intertwined with the effects of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, and the disruption of supply chains have highlighted the importance of the role played by global trade hubs in linking international markets and supporting regularity of the supply chains. The UAE has emerged as a major global trade hub thanks to its advanced infrastructure, strategic location and developed systems, applications and operations,” said Musabih.

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“At Dubai Customs, we actively and passionately enhanced the pivotal role of the UAE in supporting global trade. We have completed 24 million transactions in 2021, growing 50% compared to 2020, which amounted to 16 million transactions. 99.6% of the transactions were completed online through the Department’s smart systems, where the smart workspace platform enables the completion of the customs declaration in less than 4 minutes,” he added.

During the Eid Al Fitr holiday, Dubai Customs handled 659,101 bags for 515,235 passengers on 4,170 flights coming to the country through Dubai airports. The department has taken many measures in the three airport terminals and Al Maktoum International Airport to facilitate the entry of visitors and tourists.

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Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai has become the preferred global hub for business and finance. The emirate has succeeded in attracting 418 new investment projects, according to the annual report of the Dubai Investment Development Corporation.

Musabih said the cross-border e-commerce platform, developed and launched by Dubai Customs as the first of its kind in the region, stimulates e-commerce companies’ activities and operations as well as those of related companies such as logistics service providers and express shipping companies to encourage them establish distribution centers in Dubai. The project aims to turn Dubai into a global e-commerce hub.

B&H Worldwide keeps emergency helicopters in the air

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND—B&H Worldwide, the award-winning aerospace logistics specialist has helped the Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) in New Zealand get one of its Sikorsky S-76 rescue helicopters back in the air with an urgent AOG.

NEST owns three Sikorsky S-76 emergency rescue helicopters and are the only service in New Zealand using this model of emergency helicopters providing world-class capabilities and pilots to fly them. The choppers are crewed by qualified St John paramedic crew who are experienced pre-hospital emergency clinicians and provide medical care and treatment. They also serve as the winch operators on search and rescue missions and they are an essential service.

The B&H teams in Singapore and New Zealand sprang into action to source the required part which was located in Indonesia, put onto a next-flight-out service into SIN and then on the first flight to Auckland.  B&H then organised a dedicated time-critical vehicle to transport the mission critical spare parts the last 160km by road to Whangarei where delivery was made the same day.

“With the tremendous stresses on the global supply chain at the moment, sourcing urgent parts to keep machines like these helicopters operational in locations far away from forward stocking locations can be extremely challenging,” says B&H Worldwide’s New Zealand Branch Manager, Lee Hedges.  “But our teams’ skills and global knowledge meant we were able to come to NEST’s rescue in just two days”.

Over 350,000 trucks in the US in the dark with 3G phase-out

New York—Global technology intelligence firm ABI Research said more than 350,000 Class 8 vehicles and many connected cold-chain trailers could be left in the dark with AT&T’s plans to sunset its 3G network, meaning its modules and devices that use the 3G voice and data services will no longer work.

Many countries are also transitioning from 4G network to the more powerful and faster 5G network which could have major impact on the transport and other industries worldwide.

AT& T is scheduled to sunset its 3G network on 22 February and this could have a crippling effect on more than 350,000 trucks that are essential to the already strained supply chain, ABI pointed out.

Of the estimated 3.97 million Class 8 trucks in the United States, approximately 3.8 million are employed by smaller fleets. These smaller fleets are more likely to have delayed the transition from 3G to 4G devices, many of which require Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliance via Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs).

“It is entirely likely that many fleets that have not yet transitioned will be unable to purchase, remove, and replace devices prior to February 22. This will result in serious compliance, safety, vehicle health, and operational capability challenges to an industry that moves roughly 72.5% of the nation’s freight by weight, and during a time of rolling, crucial shortages of consumer and business products,” warns Susan Beardslee, Supply Chain and Logistics Principal Analyst at ABI Research.

The transition also has significant ramifications for cross-border trade with Canada and Mexico, as both countries have delayed their 3G sunsets to mid-decade. Should these North American partners enter the U.S. after February 22, the fleets using current AT&T 3G devices will no longer be able to transmit or receive data between drivers and dispatch. This will also include linked devices, such as video telematics.

“Essentially, when the devices no longer function, drivers cannot digitally track their Hours of Service (HOS). Considering that driver fatigue tops the list of road dangers, this sunset severely impacts ELD compliance and road safety,” Beardslee explains.

The 3G to 4G transition has come at a time of tremendous constraints and exponentially higher prices for the global semiconductor supply. The 3G sunset is a multi-organization, public, and private issue.

Beyond a reprieve from the carrier, other options include a temporary ELD exemption from the FMCSA as they did for pandemic-related needs.  Longer-term, as connectivity and ADAS advance, more telematics will come factory/line-fit/OEM-grade with the unit pre-installed. Future scenarios to consider are modular hardware designs and hardware upgradeability, eSIM software, and greater inventory planning in advance.

Xeneta acquires leading provider of air freight market intelligence, Clive Date Services

Oslo, Norway & Amsterdam, the Netherlands—Xeneta, the leading ocean and air freight rate benchmarking, market analytics platform and container shipping index, has acquired Amsterdam-based air freight data analysts CLIVE Data Services to provide the most timely and comprehensive insights into the global ocean and air freight markets.

This transaction comes seven months after Xeneta announced it was partnering with CLIVE to integrate its ‘dynamic load factor’ and capacity analyses into Xeneta’s market analytics platform.

“We want our customers to have the best and most timely global ocean and air freight data trends,” said Xeneta CEO, Patrik Berglund. “The unique insights and timelines of CLIVE’s air freight data make it a great addition to our freight data offering. Our combined data services and industry expertise make us second to none in providing clear insights into the global freight markets. We gladly welcome Niall’s extensive air freight expertise to Xeneta’s leadership team to strengthen Xeneta’s technology and data-driven approach within the air freight space. Our recent Series-C funding is allowing us to speed up the delivery of new services and to further expand our global footprint.”

Niall van de Wouw, co-founder of CLIVE Data Services, commented: “The recent partnership with Xeneta has given us valuable insights into our respective data offerings, and the additional value we can deliver by combining our expertise and resources. For CLIVE’S clients, this exciting new development will provide opportunities to further populate our data and give us the ability to help them extract more value from our data services. Our decision to team up with Xeneta was not only driven by the complementary service offering. Patrik and his team have built a great company with a unique business culture and I am really looking forward to becoming part of that.”

The global freight market has been through its most dynamic period ever in the last two years. This has heightened demand for more timely data to help companies deal with this volatile time in an informed manner. By tracking daily fluctuations in the ocean and air freight markets, Xeneta supports its clients with making smarter ocean and air freight decisions.