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    VW takes electric Silk Road train to put ID.R at Heaven’s Gate

    2019-08-20T10:39:00Z

    German OEM Volkswagen (VW) has opted to use the new Silk Road rail route to China to transport its prototype electric ID.R car – and all the ancillary equipment – for a motoring challenge in Tianmen.

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    Ghent on a roll with new rail terminal and crossdock

    2019-07-30T08:31:00Z

    North Sea Port, the merged port authority at the European ports of Ghent, Vlissingen and Terneuzen, has signed a letter of intent with Turkish logistics firm Ekol Logistics and Belgian groupage firm Transuniverse Forwarding to build a multimodal site at Kluizendok, Ghent…

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    Hödlmayr shipping Dacia vehicles to Germany

    2019-07-18T13:55:00Z

    German finished vehicle carrier Hödlmayr has taken over the contract to ship Dacia volumes from parent company Renault’s plant in Pitesti, Romania, to dealers in Germany. Hödlmayr Logsitics Romania will move between 250-300 Dacia vehicles per week by blocktrain in conjunction with road transport services ...

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    APLL Vascor increases finished vehicle rail capacity

    2019-07-09T09:20:00Z

    Indian logistics joint venture, APL Logistics Vascor Automotive (APLL Vascor), has increased its fleet of finished vehicle carrying rail wagons to 16 rakes, with an additional four rakes to be delivered this year. Each rake comprises 27 wagons and has capacity for up to 318 passenger vehicles, but can also ...

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    Canadian Pacific: Ready to roll

    2019-06-18T08:48:00Z

    In an oversold market with virtually no space left for development, Canadian Pacific (CP) is using its strategic land holdings to increase capacity, alleviate congestion and capture new business from vehicle-makers shipping to and from Vancouver, with the opening of its new Vancouver Automotive Compound (VAC)… 

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    New managers on board at Road & Rail

    2019-06-12T13:53:00Z

    Road & Rail Services, based in Kentucky, has appointed two new managers as the third-party logistics (3PL) provider works towards new commercial opportunities

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    ARS Altmann and ICL on track to China

    2019-06-12T11:46:00Z

    German vehicle transporter ARS Altmann and Intermodal Container Logistics (ICL), based in Austria, started running trains to transport cars between China and Europe this month

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    Russian Railways poised to sell stake in Gefco if market improves

    2019-05-29T10:32:00Z

    State-owned Russian Railways (RZD) has secured government approval to sell a stake in French logistics provider Gefco…

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    Mosolf to ship cars by rail between Poland and China

    2019-05-29T09:35:00Z

    Mosolf Group is planning to transport containerised finished vehicles between the Polish city of Łódź and Chengdu in China as part of a project to extend the services currently provided by Chengdu-Euro Express Railway…

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    Ceva block train on track from China to Europe

    2019-05-07T14:29:00Z

    Ceva Logistics North Asia and Xiamen International Railway Service (XMIRS) have started a new weekly block train between Xiamen, southeastern China, and Duisburg, Germany. The multi-modal service is based on shipments from East Asian countries arriving at the port of Xiamen where the cargos are consolidated before taking the ...

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    Working together to drive out disruption

    2019-05-01T16:02:00Z

    In the context of testing trade relations and new technology in supply chains, finished vehicle logistics providers need to work out how to position themselves for the future, delegates heard at April’s FVL North America conference in Huntington Beach, California

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    A transformation for China's automotive landscape

    2019-04-29T18:45:00Z

    Carmakers, logistics providers and tier suppliers joined the heads of China’s leading trade associations in Shanghai this year to assess the sweeping changes taking place in the country’s automotive market. As regulators seek to support business during the slowdown, trade upheaval continues but so does the growth in digitalisation and ...

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    Nio targets more dynamic logistics for NEVs

    2019-04-29T18:42:00Z

    The Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer sees opportunities to improve inventory management and parts handling in its supply chain

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    Express rail deliveries increase along Silk Road

    2019-04-23T09:16:00Z

    Since it was first announced by China’s president Xi Jinping in 2013, the comprehensive international trade and infrastructure plan now known as the Belt and Road Initiative has quickly crossed a number of milestones in its development of services by land and sea. Currently around 65 countries are involved (152 ...

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    Porsche on track for southern China

    2019-04-09T15:56:01Z

    Porsche has begun using rail for containerised vehicle shipments to China as a supplementary mode to the volume deep ocean moves it makes out of Germany. The change shortens the vehicles' delivery time by more than three weeks, according to the German luxury carmaker. The company has confirmed it is ...

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    Containerisation: Why finished vehicle logistics needs to think inside the box

    2019-04-05T16:02:00Z

    While ro-ro is the traditional method of shipping finished vehicles, containerisation is becoming increasingly viable as the automotive industry decentralises and introduces more EVs. Growth in China and South East Asia offers particularly good opportunities

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    Docking defections

    2019-04-05T14:16:42Z

    Nigeria has lost its claim to being home to the busiest port in West Africa as a consequence of chronic traffic congestion, corruption and inefficiency. The crown has passed from Apapa, in the state of Lagos, to the port of Lomé, in Togo. Data from Dynamar, a Dutch maritime ...

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    FVL North America Awards finalists revealed

    2019-04-03T15:10:59Z

    img class="wp-image-156501 alignright" The finalists in the inaugural Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Awards have been announced following a tough judging process by an unrivalled panel of independent industry experts, including representatives from carmakers, logistics providers and transport associations. The awards, which are organised into ten separate categories, celebrate excellence ...

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    Russian vehicle imports hit a bump in the road

    2019-03-13T10:42:12Z

    Vehicle imports to Russia have been growing for almost two years alongside the recovery in sales in the domestic market. In 2018, the country imported 293,100 finished vehicles, up almost 10% compared with the same period the previous year, according to the Russian Federal Customs Service. The value of vehicles ...

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    RZD launches China-Belarus service for Geely

    2019-03-05T15:04:17Z

    Russian state-owned rail monopoly Russian Railways (RZD) has launched a block train service from China to Belarus for carmaker Geely, to serve its BelGee plant in the city of Zhodino. The plant, which is a joint venture between Geely and the Belarus government, started making cars last year. In a ...