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Archives for February 2011

Geodis Wilson is Number One Airfreight Forwarder in Sweden

Global freight management provider Geodis Wilson moved more than 28,000 tons of Swedish export airfreight in 2010 – around 25 per cent of the country’s total airfreight export market, according to the newest IATA industry report. Geodis Wilson Sweden saw overall freight traffic expand by over 40 per cent compared with 2009.

Airfreight business in Sweden and worldwide picked up noticeably from the summer last year. A large contributor to Geodis Wilson’s success is represented by the enhanced frequent services to its top destinations Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Shanghai, to which Geodis Wilson has consolidations up to five times a week. “It is a just-in-time performance that our clients are looking for, which means we are giving the market the frequency that it needs,” added Peter Nordström, Geodis Wilson’s Nordic Procurement & Traffic Systems Director.

Nordström predicts further market growth of five to six per cent in 2011. “However, capacity will not grow in equal measure, so there will inevitably be some space problems on the market – and this is where vendor loyalty will give us further advantage,” he said. Geodis Wilson Sweden has established access to major IATA carriers, thus ensuring access to necessary capacity.

Geodis Wilson is also among Sweden’s top three airfreight import agents, serving several hundred air freight customers, including the great majority of all market leading companies in Sweden with import/export needs.   In 2010, Geodis Wilson was voted Air Cargo Freight Forwarder of The Year by their customers at the annual awards of industry title Air Cargo Week.

“We have been striving to move up to first position for a number of years”, says Peter Vallenthin, Managing Director Geodis Wilson Sweden and the Nordics. “It has always been our strategy to be the best in Sweden, with a good product pitched at the right market condition and an outstanding customer service mentality”, Vallenthin continues.   Geodis Wilson Sweden reaches annual sales of SEK 2.03bn (euro 230m) and runs 11 offices throughout the country. Being part of the global multimodal network of SNCF Geodis, Geodis Wilson can offer integrated one-stop logistics solutions, covering more than 120 countries worldwide, and providing specific industry solutions, for example to the pharma sector, retailers, automotive and hi-tech companies.

About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group

Geodis Wilson is a leading global freight management company. With 6,400 employees in more than 50 countries, Geodis Wilson delivers tailor-made, integrated solutions to customers, enabling them to operate as best in class.

Geodis Wilson is the freight forwarding arm of SNCF Geodis, a division of the French railway group SNCF. With its 46.000 employees in 120 countries ‘SNCF GEODIS’ ranks among the top 5 companies in its field in the world.

“K” Line : Successful Renewal Audit for Environmental Management System (ISO 14001)

28th February 2011:  The Environmental Management System of “K” Line group was established in 2002 in support of ISO 14001 which is international standard for environment activities; and our EMS has been surveyed by the external auditor “Class NK.”  The year 2011 is the year for renewal survey which is conducted every three years, and we successfully passed the renewal audit and new certificate has been issued by the auditor.

On this occasion, the scope of application was expanded to every branch office of “K” Line (Japan) Ltd. and Tokyo branch office of Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd., which are our group companies, and was approved. Expansion of the scope was also carried out in 2010 when “K” Line Ship Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. joined our EMS. (*1)

For our environmental activities in ocean transportation service, compliance of international treaties and national or regional regulations is absolutely essential. But such compliance is not enough for environmental protection; therefore, we are striving to develop new type machinery requiring less energy and emitting less CO2, NOx and SOx, et al. These activities are based on our EMS and requiring operation of so-called PDCA cycle (*2) to improve our activities and contribute to environmental protection.

Furthermore, the environmental activities in our office operations are also important issues even though the affection by the operations to the environment may be smaller than ship operation, but we recognize it is impossible to ignore them and are making efforts in our office work to minimize waste, energy consumption, paper, water, etc. One of the procedures to realize our office environmental activities is relocation of our Tokyo office which will move this autumn to “Iino Building” that is now under construction! We believe our operations in the new building will contribute to minimizing environmental load, improving environmental awareness and, of course, improving our ocean shipping services as well.

1)     the scope of application of our EMS

  • Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line)

            【Group companies】

  • ”K” Line Ship Management Co., Ltd.
  • Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd.
  • Escobal Japan Ltd.
  • “K” Line Ship Management (SINGAPORE) Pte. Ltd.
  • “K” Line (Japan) Ltd.
  • Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

2)    PDCA cycle:Repeating following 4 steps; Plan→Do→Check→Act, and improve the operation continuously.

“K” Line announce New Asia / East Coast of South America Service

23 February 2011 : KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. (“K” LINE) is pleased to announce the launch of a new bi-weekly service from Asia to East Coast of South America (ECSA) with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Pacific International Lines (PIL). This new service will be in addition to Asia – East Coast of South America (AESA) service currently offered by the four lines. 

Commencing at the end of March, the new service will enhance our current service to the growing South American market with direct coverage to Vitoria, in Brazil, as well as a faster transit time to Rio de Janeiro. 

We will further improve this to a fixed-day weekly service should there be strong support from the market. 

Meanwhile, current AESA service will be expanded to call Pusan from middle of March. We will then be able to offer customers a direct express between Korea and ECSA.

New loop (AESA-2)

70 round days, bi-weekly service

* Type of vessels: 3,000TEUs

* Port Rotation: Ningbo – Shanghai – Shenzhen – Singapore – Port Kelang –

Rio de Janeiro – Santos – Vitoria – Navegantes – Santos – Rio de Janeiro – Singapore-

Hong Kong – Ningbo

Current loop (AESA-1)

77 round days, weekly service

* Type of vessels: 4,250TEUs

* Port Rotation: Pusan – Shanghai – Ningbo – Hong Kong – Shekou – Singapore – Santos – Buenos Aires – Montevideo – Navegantes – Paranagua – Santos – Rio de Janeiro – Singapore – Hong Kong – Pusan

For further information, please contact:

Fumiyoshi Sato

Manager, Planning Team, Containerships Strategic Group

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Tel: +81-3-3595-5341 Fax: +81-3-3595-5285

Dachser opens branch in Luxembourg

Kempten/Grevenmacher, 7 February 2011. Dachser is reinforcing its position in the Benelux countries. With a new branch in Luxembourg, the internationally operating logistics provider is now present with its own facilities in 17 countries across Europe.

Operating under the name Dachser S.a.r.l. Luxembourg, the new company based in Grevenmacher is directly connected to the Eurohub in Überherrn, Saarland/Germany. “This enables us to offer all European facilities regular connections with standardized shipment times, even if they don’t run direct services to Luxembourg,” says Michael Schilling, Dachser managing director for European Network Management & Logistics Systems. European customers thus benefit from optimal access to the Luxembourg market.

The Grevenmacher branch is located between Trier (Germany) and Luxembourg City. The site encompasses a 2,600-square-metre transshipment hall with 18 bays, and 800 square metres of offices. Initially, Dachser will employ a staff of 25 in Grevenmacher. Torsten Baasner, responsible for forwarding management at the Überherrn facility since 2006, will be manager of the new branch.

Dachser is present in the Benelux countries with another nine branches, five in the Netherlands and four in Belgium. Via Dachser’s Air & Sea Logistics business segment, five of these locations have connections to intercontinental markets.

In 2009, Dachser generated total revenue of EUR 3.2 billion. 17,500 staff working in 306 profit centres worldwide handled 41.8 million consignments weighing a total of 29.4 million tonnes.

Dachser cooperates with Brummer in Austria

New partnership for chilled food logistics in Austria, own organizational structure for ambient foodstuffs.

 Kempten, 14 February 2011. From 1 May, the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, will enter exclusive partnership in its Food Logistics business segment with Brummer Logistik GmbH to provide temperature-controlled transport services to and from Austria. Dachser transports ambient foodstuffs via its own organization.

 Founded in 1977 with headquarters in Neuburg am Inn, near Passau, family-run Brummer Logistik employs a staff of 200 and has its own fleet of 100 modern refrigerated trucks. An ideal geographical location on the German-Austrian border permits significantly improved shipment times in both directions of traffic. Dachser and Brummer customers alike will additionally benefit from both companies’ high distribution quality in the respective target country.

 Like Dachser, Brummer is also an owner-managed family enterprise with a high commitment to quality and state-of-the-art IT systems.

 Apart from corporate culture, Dachser Food Logistics gives high priority in its choice of partner to excellent quality standards. Brummer Logistik complies with all the requirements of the IFS Logistic and the EU directives on food safety, such as traceability, HACCP and temperature documentation. 

 Both partners are keen to turn their cooperation into a long-term commitment. “In Brummer, Dachser is gaining a partner with an excellent reputation in the market and a high level of competence in food logistics. We look forward to breaking new ground together,” says Alfred Miller, managing director of Dachser Food Logistics. “The new partnership will help us create the conditions to lastingly improve our positioning on the Germany-Austria route,” Hans Brummer, managing partner of Brummer Logistik GmbH adds: “The long-term partnership with Dachser will integrate Brummer into a food network with probably the most modern and efficient infrastructure in the industry. This will enable us to further develop our market position in Austria.”

 With its present partner, Frigologo, Dachser Food Logistics was unable to reach agreement on a joint strategic orientation in Europe – especially in eastern Europe. The cooperation will therefore be terminated with effect from 30.04.2011.

 Dachser Food Logistics now has its own organizational structure in the Austrian market for the transport of national and European ambient food. In order to meet all food regulatory requirements, the European Logistics and Food Logistics business segments within Dachser’s Austrian branches have been separated both physically and in terms of IT.
In 2009, the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, with head office in Kempten (Allgäu) generated total revenue of EUR 3.2 billion worldwide. 17,500 staff working in 306 profit centres worldwide handled 41.8 million consignments weighing a total of 29.4 million tonnes. The Dachser Food Logistics business segment generated revenue of EUR 500 million with a shipment volume of 5.4 million tonnes.

Dachser sets up joint venture in South Africa

Majority shareholding in Jonen Freight Pty. Ltd.

Kempten, Johannesburg/Kempton Park; 17 February 2011. The internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, is further expanding its intercontinental network with a joint venture in South Africa. The enterprise employs a staff of 133 and offers extensive logistics services in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

 Jonen Freight Pty. Ltd. is a privately run logistics company that has been in the market for over 30 years. Dachser has a majority shareholding in the joint undertaking, and is thus reinforcing its activities in the Dachser Air & Sea Logistics business segment.

“For us and many of our globally operating customers, South Africa is an attractive market and important international transport hub,” says Thomas Reuter, managing director of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics. In addition to air and sea freight, the services portfolio includes customs clearance as well as warehousing and distribution.

Jonen is run in the second generation by the ethnic German Duve family. The joint venture will initially continue to operate within the Dachser group under its present name Jonen Freight Pty. Ltd. The five-man management board is made up of Jonen managers Detlev and Hartmut Duve as well as Dachser managers Thomas Reuter, Rüdiger Klug and Rolf Mertins.

Rüdiger Klug, EMEA regional manager at Dachser Air & Sea Logistics will act as chairman; Detlev Duve as vice chairman and managing director. 

“By becoming part of and integrated into the Dachser organization we will in future be able to offer our customers far more than just regional competence – we will be giving them access to a globally integrated network,” says Detlev Duve.

In 2009, Dachser generated total revenue of EUR 3.2 billion. 17,500 staff working in 306 profit centres worldwide handled 41.8 million consignments weighing a total of 29.4 million tonnes.

Trade Extensions keeps Industry briefed at Multimodal 2011

22nd February 2011

The transport and logistics industries will be kept well informed throughout the forthcoming Multimodal 2011 event, thanks to a series of briefings organised by Trade Extensions. 

Multimodal 2011 is the only annual event dedicated to transport, shipping and logistics in the UK, and this year is taking place from 5th to 7th April at Birmingham’s NEC.  Each day, Trade Extensions will be holding a series of briefings featuring experts from industry including:

Cabot Corporation, Rafael Nagel

Case Study: How optimisation can help strategic decision making and identify cost savings.

Ineos, Patrice Bue

Case Study: The use of advanced sourcing tools and optimisation in logistics procurement.

Drewry, Philip Damas

Market trends and contract risks in container shipping.

Aricia Consulting, Kirsten Tisdale

Logistics Analytics: find the best available logistics data and use it to your advantage.

Trade Extensions, Garry Mansell

Client Case Studies:  Methods and results when e-sourcing logistics. 

Trade Extensions,  Joe Critchley

European freight market: the past year and predictions for the future

Garry Mansell, CEO, Trade Extensions, believes these briefings are an invaluable way for transport and logistics managers to gain knowledge of some of the most relevant topics to their businesses: “Keeping abreast of the latest trends and ideas is vital for all businesses and the Trade Extensions briefings provides an opportunity to hear from acknowledged experts in their fields.  The briefings have become a fixture at Multimodal and provide great added value for visitors coming to the event.”

For the full programme and times of briefings visit:

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About Trade Extensions

Trade Extensions ( sets new standards for on-line sourcing and optimisation.  Its unique sourcing software helps organisations achieve their strategic buying objectives by specifying sourcing events, collecting offers and, most significantly, optimising the results. Supply chain tenders are a speciality and the platform is capable of simultaneously tendering and optimising all the components of a complex multi-leg supply chain in a single buying event.  This makes Trade Extensions unique and provides organisations with unprecedented levels of visibility and control over their supply chains.

To register and find out more about Multimodal 2011 please visit

Multimodal Seminars to Target Information Overload

15th February 2011

A series of seminars organised by The Shippers’ Voice at Multimodal 2011 – the UK’s premier event for the shipping and transport industries – will tackle the problem of keeping ahead of new trends and developments in the industry without getting overwhelmed by too much information. 

The seminars will be moderated by Dr Andrew Traill, MD of the Shippers’ Voice. He commented: “In today’s multimedia world, it is easy to feel bogged down by information overload, and yet keeping abreast of developing trends, new regulations, and the changing needs of global customers, is vital to staying on top”. 

The interactive seminars will form an integral part of the event, which this year is taking place from 5th to 7th April at the NEC, Birmingham. They will feature panel discussions and case study presentations from industry experts including shippers and suppliers.

 Day one on Tuesday 5th April will look at news and what makes news – a media panel of editors and media professionals will examine how stories are chosen to make the headlines, and how to read between the lines. The panel will consist of  Kizzi Nkwocha, Editor of International Freighting Weekly; Robert Minton-Taylor, Senior Lecturer Leeds University; Emma Murray, Editor of Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International (HLPFI); and John Manners Bell – CEO, Transport Intelligence.

In the afternoon, there will be a presentation on the TAILgate project – a government-funded logistics search engine promoting sustainable choices in freight transport procurement. The speakers will be Brian Bolam, founder and president of OmPrompt and Vice Chairman of the European Logistics Users Providers and Enablers Group (ELUPEG) and Stephen Rinsler, Director, Bisham Consulting. Stephen Rinsler explained, “’Our objective is to facilitate a significant reduction in empty or part-loaded running of vehicles through informed choice and better use of rail, short sea and coastal transport”.

The second day on 6th April will feature a discussion on security issues, providing up- to-date information on the latest security drives, including new air freight regulations in the wake of last year’s Yemeni bomb plot.  It will consider what transport and shipping organisations should be doing to improve security, and where to find more information on security requirements. The panellists will include: Ivor Llewelyn, Director, ILSolutions; Juha Hintsa, Senior Researcher, University of Lausanne and Cross-Border Research Association; and Marcus Hallside, CEO, Innovative Compliance.

 Dr Traill commented: “This is a good example of how the Shippers’ Voice clarifies issues affecting the industry. Over the past year there have been some major developments in security, and they affect almost all shippers in some way, but how many know in what way they affect them, how they are continuing to develop in the short term, and what they should be doing right now?”

The afternoon session will include a panel discussion on Container Swaps entitled “Demystifying Derivatives” It will look at using  container swaps to manage freight risk, including an introduction to derivatives, the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index, what container swaps are, and how they work – giving a working example.  The panellists will include:  Cherry Wang of ACM/GFI Group; Michael Rainsford, of Morgan Stanley Commodities; Isabella Kurek-Smith from LCH Clearnet and Philip Damas of Drewry.

The series will conclude on 7th April with a seminar on how technology can cope with the information overload led by Philip Lavin, Mark Brannan and Claire Umney, AEB (International) Ltd, followed by a tutorial on the development of portcentric logistics.

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To register and find out more about Multimodal 2011 please visit

Fourth ‘Multimodal’ Exhibition promises to be bigger and better

‘Multimodal 2011’, the fourth annual event and the UK and Ireland’s only freight transport and logistics exhibition, promises to be an even bigger and more successful gathering of industry professionals than its predecessors, according to its organisers. 

Taking place from 5th to 7th April 2011 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Multimodal aims to attract an even larger group of exhibitors and visitors from across the whole spectrum of freight transport, logistics and supply chain service providers than it ever has before. 

Last year’s Multimodal saw a rise of 130% in visitor attendance over the inaugural event and the exhibition has grown 110% bigger in size and content since it began. There were a total of 185 exhibitors at Multimodal 2010 – 26 % up on the year before – and the show drew around 4,000 visitors over three days from 34 countries, 74% of them of senior manager level or higher. 

The success of the event can also be measured by the number of freight and transport organisations exhibiting consistently, year after year: names such as DSV, DB Schenker, Agility, SDV, Stobart Group, ZIM, GEFCO, Autostore, Mann Lines, Associated British Ports, Kewill, Dachser and Freightliner are all regular exhibitors at Multimodal.

The event also enjoys the support of all the major trade press and trade associations, including FTA, CILT, RHA, RFG, BIFA and UKWA; and attracts senior executives from such major shippers as Coca Cola, Jaguar Land Rover, ExxonMobil, Kimberly Clark and Kellogg’s. 

This year will also see the return of the popular seminars and workshops organised by The Shippers’ Voice – a place to hear experts predict key changes in legislation, shipping trends and developments as well as giving shippers the opportunity to learn from case studies in all areas of transport and logistics. 

The organiser of Multimodal 2011, Robert Jervis, looks forward to further development of the event as a prime networking and information exchange for the supply chain sector: “Multimodal 2011 will be our fourth event and each year has built on the success of the previous one. We already have a substantial number of bookings for stands at the show, and a distinguished range of speakers are lined up to talk at the event. But it is the growth of Multimodal as the accepted prime location for industry professionals to meet of which I am most proud. It is now an essential date for their diaries. I am confident of Multimodal 2011 success for all who visit or exhibit”.

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 To register and find out more about Multimodal 2011 please visit