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Challenging times for US car carriers

2019-05-02T12:28:00+01:00By Greg Thompson

Despite some recent legislative wins on permissible overhangs, rig length and adaptable trailers, the US car-carrier sector continues to face a number of operational challenges, including a capacity squeeze, more demanding customers and downward price pressure


ITC report outlines pros and cons of USMCA

2019-05-01T09:43:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

The proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is likely to lead to an increase in automotive components production within the US, which will also increase the automotive sector’s net employment by more than 28,000 full-time jobs, according to new report from the International Trade Commission (ITC) looking into the likely effects ...

Tariffs weigh on Volvo’s financial performance

2019-04-30T11:26:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Volvo Cars’ profitability suffered in the first quarter of this year as a result of tariffs, increasing costs and greater pricing pressures, especially in China. Yet the carmaker increased sales and market share while the purchase of new cars declined across the world.


A look back down the road

2019-01-02T14:31:00+00:00By Greg Thompson

This time last year, the trucking industry and its customers were just settling into compliance with a mandate from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that required electronic logging devices (ELDs) on commercial vehicles with a gross weight of over 10,000 pounds (4,500kg).


A race against time for the UK car sector

2018-10-17T12:26:24+01:00By Victoria Johns

It is still very uncertain what the UK’s exit from the European Union is going to look like at the end of March 2019 but it is going to have a big impact on the automotive industry whatever it looks like. At this year’s Automotive Logistics UK summit, major carmakers ...


FTA issues trade checklist in response to government statements on independence

2017-10-11T15:06:48+01:00By Marcus Williams

In response to the UK government’s latest statements on trading and customs post-Brexit, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has issued a list of conditions it says are needed to secure continued trade in the UK.


2017-10-11T15:06:48+01:00By Marcus Williams


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A stronger Nafta could emerge from negotiations

2017-09-25T21:55:45+01:00By Gareth Tredway

Despite US President Donald Trump's recent warning that he may pull the country out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), Rogelio Landin of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (pictured) continues to foresee a more positive outcome.


2017-09-25T21:55:45+01:00By Gareth Tredway


Russia to cut subsidies on finished vehicle transport from Far East

2017-08-30T16:03:40+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

A draft decree recently released by the Russian Ministry for Trade and Industry shows that it plans to allocate 850m rubles ($14.3m) this year to subsidise finished vehicle movements from the Far East to the European side of the country.


New wave of protectionism threatens the automotive sector

2017-03-02T16:29:32+00:00By Steve Garnsey

India, Japan, the US and the UK are among those that seem to be adopting more protectionist measures in their international relations, and even the EU appears to be getting in on the act now… all of which seems likely to have some serious implications for international vehicle and parts ...

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PSA talks with labour and governments over Opel deal

2017-02-22T17:35:30+00:00By Gareth Tredway

Senior management officials within PSA Group have made a number of commitments regarding jobs and plants in meetings with Opel stakeholders this week in Germany and the UK – promises that could impact the future shape of a combined PSA-Opel supply chain across Europe.


Indian car carriers protest latest penalty hike in Rajasthan

2017-02-21T08:48:54+00:00By Marcus Williams

Car carriers in India are currently staging a protest on the borders of Rajasthan following the local government’s decision to impose a border tariff (or challan) of 5,000 rupees ($75) for equipment travelling through the state.


Mexico conference report: Seeking to build bridges, not walls

2017-02-07T14:25:04+00:00By Marcus Williams


Mexico conference: government urges ‘tranquillity’ in Nafta debate

2017-02-03T22:40:07+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Lewis

The Mexican government has confirmed that it will seek to maintain the current advantages of the North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), including tariff-free trade of automotive parts and vehicles, in upcoming negotiations with the governments of the US and Canada. It will also seek to further reduce regulatory barriers ...


BLG develops smart containers for the automobile industry

2016-11-23T13:36:17+00:00By Marcus Williams

A project consortium involving Germany’s BLG Logistics has won a technology competition to develop smart containers that can be used to transport automotive parts while digitally recording the quality data of the parts being moved.


India conference report: Looking for the next leap forward

2016-11-14T19:07:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

India’s automotive industry is set to become the third biggest in the world but its growth is testing the infrastructure to the limit and bringing a high level of complexity to the supply chain. There are also big changes ahead related to tax policy and equipment legislation, which bring their ...

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UK government rail freight plan to target automotive sector

2016-09-21T11:41:24+01:00By Marcus Williams

The UK government’s Department for Transport (DfT) has outlined a new rail freight strategy aiming in part to target the long-term growth potential of industry sectors that are currently underdeveloped and subject to network constraints – including automotive.


Indian carriers fight penalties and OEM indifference

2016-09-16T16:27:23+01:00By ramesh

Just when you thought the question of car transporter lengths in India was sorted out, it may be time to think again.


Lack of federal funds is leaving ro-ro ports high and dry

2016-08-10T20:43:54+01:00By Marcus Williams

With new vehicle sales and production in North America still running at record levels, the region’s vehicle-handling ports are running out of room. Larger vessels, sometimes arriving in bunches, are putting more pressure on terminals and yard space. Land for expansion, meanwhile, is hotly contested because port authorities have competing ...

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