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    DP World to take majority stake in Unico Logistics

    2020-07-28T15:54:00Z

     Container terminal giant DP World is buying a majority 60% stake in South Korean multimodal transport provider Unico Logistics in a move designed to expand its logistics service offering, including in the automotive sector…

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    Gefco now handling vehicle deliveries in France for Ford

    2020-07-23T09:43:00Z

    Ford has chosen logistics provider Gefco to distribute new vehicles to the carmaker’s dealers in France, equal to 40,000 units annually…

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    Russian car industry needs greater parts localisation to survive

    2020-07-16T12:47:00Z

    The volume of automotive components being imported into Russian assembly plants has nearly doubled over the past few years but the continued threat of secondary sanctions on the companies supplying them, combined with the impact of Covid-19 on the supply chain, means the Russian automotive industry could shutdown. What it needs for the future is a new localisation strategy, according to Vadim Sorokin, president of Russian vehicle maker Gaz Group. 

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    WWO diversifies to mitigate impact of Covid-19 on Russian vehicle imports

    2020-06-22T13:59:00Z

    The Covid-19 pandemic has hit demand for maritime car carrying services to Russia from Europe by as much as 40%, according to Dmitry Vostrikov, general director of the Russian branch of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean’s (WWO)…

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    CFR Rinkens launches first China-Germany blocktrain for Dongfeng

    2020-05-18T10:35:00Z

    Freight forwarder CFR Rinkens has made its first westbound rail shipment of containerised vehicles between China and Germany..

  • Rostec_AvtoVaz
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    Russia spending billions to bolster car market

    2020-05-15T12:31:00Z

    The Russian government has said it will spend Rub20 billion ($240m) to support vehicle purchases across the country this year. The bailout package is focused on providing soft loans by state-owned banks for Russian citizens willing to purchase new vehicles by the end of 2020.

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    Changjiu moves Volvo S90 through Suifenhe Railway Port

    2020-05-13T08:17:00Z

    Chinese logistics provider Changjiu Logistics has recently added an alternative rail entry point between China and Russia for Europe-bound shipments of Volvo’s S90 passenger car, which is made at the carmaker’s plant in Daqing…

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    Russian car industry caught between coronavirus and currency fluctuations

    2020-03-20T10:02:00Z

    Automotive plants in Russia are reported to be running out of components as supply shortages caused by the coronavirus continue out of China and South Korea, and disruption spreads across Europe. At the same time the Russian ruble has hit a four-year low against the US dollar, which is taking its toll on production costs

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    Volkswagen contracts Tablogix for PDC in Russia

    2020-03-11T11:50:00Z

    Russian warehousing and distribution provider Tablogix has a new five-year contract with VW to provide same-day and next-day parts deliveries from the carmaker’s parts distribution centre in Chekov to dealers and service centres in Russia, and neighbouring countries

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    Russia: still supporting exports

    2020-03-09T17:46:00Z

    As its domestic market stagnates, Russia is continuing to seek growth abroad and is subsidising the export of vehicles and parts – at a cost of more than $60m a year. The  government is seemingly succeeding in its ambition of turning the country into a fully fledged automotive exporter, as its official target is to establish exports of at least 240,000 vehicles per year by 2025 – ideally up to 400,000 – and recent growth in this segment suggests that these figures could be within reach.

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    Kamaz struggles to make good on export plans

    2020-03-04T11:01:00Z

    Russian truckmaker Kamaz is planning to boost sales overseas by nearly 35% this year, compared to 2019, amounting to 6,700 trucks based on exports and overseas production.

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    Water woes: how European river transport projects have ground to a halt

    2020-02-10T16:48:00Z

    In Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland the authorities are embarking on big projects aimed at boosting cargo flows along key rivers. Potentially, this could provide more opportunities for the European finished vehicle logistics industry, but for a number of reasons it is not clear that river transport in the region will become more popular.

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    BMW plans for local assembly in Russia hit a dead end

    2020-02-03T14:28:00Z

    BMW’s plans to invest in a local assembly plant in Kaliningrad, Russia have been shelved following its failure to agree on investment terms with the local authority. Stefan Teuchert, CEO of BMW Group Russia, said  inconsistencies in government policy at the federal level meant it was unable to reach a conclusion. Avtotor will continue to build vehicles from SKD imports under contract

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    Gedia hit by “massive cyber-attack”

    2020-01-27T14:58:00Z

    Gedia Automotive Group has been the victim of a cyber-attack by a gang using ransomware known as Sodinokibi…

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    Russia to tie vehicle utilisation fee to local production

    2020-01-24T15:23:00Z

    The Russian government is changing the rules of its utilisation scheme, through which it allocates state aid for the reimbursement of fees paid by carmakers that are intended to cover eventual vehicle recycling charges. Carmakers in the country are divided over whether linking the utilisation scheme to the localisation programme is fair.

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    Russia to help fund localisation of parts production

    2020-01-03T17:24:00Z

    The Russian government will allocate state support over the next five years to companies investing in the latest technology who agree to produce parts for more than one OEM, according to a new automotive industry development strategy

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    Russia begins serial production of Zetta EV supported by export trade

    2019-12-11T14:51:00Z

    The Russian government has started serial production of the state-owned Zetta electric vehicle (EV) at a plant in Togliatti, with the first models expected to hit the market in early 2020. Russian Industry and Trade Ministry Denis Manturov said the new EVs are expected to be ...

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    Fresh floes: What does the Northern Sea Route mean for automotive logistics?

    2019-11-29T10:14:00Z

    The Northern Sea Route (NSR), a growing shipping lane linking South-East Asia with Northern Europe through Arctic waters, is set to become a competitor to the Suez Channel for cargo delivery between these two regions. Russian authorities believe that the NSR would could be used for all types of cargo – and automotive product, both parts and vehicles, would be no exception.

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    Record-breaking logistics subsidies boost Russian automotive exports

    2019-11-27T08:46:00Z

    According to figures from the Russian Federal Customs Service (RFCS), during the first nine months of 2019, Russia exported 73,400 finished vehicles worth $1 billion, an increase in volume of almost 28% compared to the same period in 2018. This year the Russian government has allocated ...

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    Gaz launches assembly in Vietnam as US sanctions are postponed

    2019-11-11T17:31:00Z

    Gaz is about to begin assembly of its Citiline minibus in Vietnam from exported CKD kits and has had another stay of execution from the threatened sanctions it and its trade partners face from US Trump administration