Cargo Delivery – Deliver Journal Sun, 05 Dec 2021 18:33:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cargo Delivery – Deliver Journal 32 32 AD Ports Group Mugharraq Port Wins International Port Label Sun, 05 Dec 2021 12:06:17 +0000

AD Ports Group announced today that the Port of Mugharraq, a strategic port located in the Al Dhafra region, has been recognized as an international port facility.

Issued under the provisions of the International Code for the Safety of Ships and Port Facilities (ISPS Code) by the UAE Department of Energy and Infrastructure, the port has long served as a premier maritime facility that provides a multitude of offshore activities, projects / oil and gas, general cargo, logistical support, bulk and bulk handling services.

With the new certification, the port of Mugharraq can now receive international and local vessels including container ships, bulk carriers and bulk carriers, mobile offshore drilling units, tugs, chemical tankers, offshore support vessels, high-speed passenger ships and freighters.

Saif Al Mazrouei, Head of Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group, said: “It is with great pleasure that we announce that the port of Mugharraq, one of the best performing ports in the Al Dhafra region, has been officially recognized as an international port facility. .

“This achievement will dramatically accelerate the port’s potential to attract the interest of global industry leaders, particularly those involved in the global energy market, while simultaneously opening up new opportunities in other industries and segments to target.

“We look forward to further strengthening the logistics capabilities of Mugharraq Port, as well as cultivating the port’s reputation not only as a vital maritime facility in the Middle East, but also as a footprint in global trade. “

Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Port Manager, Al Dhafra Region, said: “By receiving the distinction of international port facility under the provisions of the ISPS Code, the Port of Mugharraq has strengthened its position as a strategic commercial port.

ADNOC L&S and AD Ports will develop a new port and logistics facility in TA’ZIZ

“This achievement reflects the efforts of AD Ports Group in recent years to design and advance a master plan for the modernization of ports in the Al Dhafra region, which has seen several infrastructure improvements for commercial and recreational maritime activities. .

“We also wish to share our appreciation for the leadership’s support in the development of advanced infrastructure in Al Dhafra, as well as for their efforts to diversify the economy of the UAE.”

AD Ports Group is about to complete a large expansion project aimed at improving the infrastructure and service capabilities of Mugharraq Port to ensure it is better positioned to support offshore projects and related megaprojects to the oil and gas field.

The infrastructure improvements introduced include the extension of the quay wall to 480 meters with additional berths, the deepening of the installation depth to 8 meters, as well as the development of additional Ro-Ro ramps at a total of six and additional bunks designed to withstand heavy lifting operations.

In addition, the load factor capacity of the port has also been increased up to 15 tons per square meter, which in addition to supporting heavy load transport activities, also accelerates the movement of goods to oil facilities. and gas.

Regarding port city side operations, new elements include the development of liquid and dry bulk pipelines, which are expected to significantly benefit oil and gas customers using Mugharraq port.

The improvements to Mugharraq Port, coupled with its strategic proximity to Ruwais, Hail, Ghasha and other key upstream oil and gas projects in the region, strengthen its position as a well-equipped ISPS port to meet the evolving needs of international operations.

Find out more: AD Ports Group Reports Strong Revenue Growth for First 9 Months of 2021

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Three startups win US Space Force accelerator award Fri, 03 Dec 2021 23:26:15 +0000

Varda Space Industries, SCOUT and Neutron Star Systems were the first three startups of the Hyperspace Challenge 2021

WASHINGTON – Space industry startups focused on satellite propulsion, in-orbit manufacturing and debris tracking have won an award from a US Space Force-funded business accelerator.

The accelerator known as the Hyperspace Challenge, operated by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space Force’s SpaceWERX program, announced on December 2 that Varda Space Industries, SCOUT and Neutron Star Systems were awarded $ 25,000 (first place), $ 15,000 (second place) and $ 10,000 (third place), respectively.

In addition to cash prizes, companies have access to government mentors and information on future contract opportunities. Thirteen startups competed for the 2021 awards.

Varda Space Industries, founded in 2020, earlier this year raised $ 42 million in Series A funding to develop a manufacturing facility to make products in space that can be brought back to Earth. The Space Force is interested in the company’s payload capsules for delivering cargo from space.

SCOUT, a two-year-old start-up, has developed a spatial optical sensor and payload system for collision avoidance and object detection in space.

Neutron Star Systems, of Cologne, Germany, is developing a superconductor-based electric propulsion system as a lower cost alternative to other forms of electric propulsion currently in use for satellites.

The Hyperspace accelerator also selected three universities: Stevens Institute of Technology, for its artificial intelligence technology; SUNY Polytechnic Institute, for neural networks that could help track satellite debris; and Texas State University, for his research into the effects of vibration in the microgravity production of heavy metal fluoride glass.

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MOL takes delivery of the first EeneX series coal carriers – ShipInsight Thu, 02 Dec 2021 09:08:33 +0000

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL0) announced that the next generation coal carrier, Kurotakisan Maru III which will serve Electric Power Development (J-POWER), has been delivered to Oshima Shipbuilding. J-POWER Chairman Watanabe and MOL Chairman Hashimoto and their wives attended the christening and delivery ceremony and the ship began its maiden voyage.

MOL will operate the vessel, which will transport coal for the J-POWER plants. The name of the Kurotakisan Maru III is derived from Mount Kurotaki in Takehara-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, where J-POWER’s Takehara thermal power plant is located, and is reminiscent of its predecessors, the Kurotakisan Maru (delivered in 1981) and the second-generation Kurotakisan Maru (delivered in 1995).

The Kurotakisan Maru III, ordered in 2019, is the first vessel in the “EeneX” series of new generation coal carriers based on the know-how and technology accumulated by Japanese shipbuilding in the development and construction of coal carriers, as well as on the expertise of MOL in the operation of these vessels. The adoption of a double-hull structure eliminated the need to fill the cargo holds with ballast water, thereby reducing the risk of marine pollution and minimizing the contamination of the cargo with salt and rust. In addition, the ship is equipped with a SOx scrubber to reduce its environmental impact.

Main details Kurotakisan Maru III

  • LOA: 235.00m
  • Width: 38.00 m
  • Draft: 20.05 m
  • Deadweight tonnage: 89,999 tonnes

EeneX expresses MOL’s intention to promote Global Energy Diffusion (“ene”) by continuously playing a role in coal-fired thermal power generation, combining “E”, which stands for the keywords: Efficient; Ecological; Economic; To evolve; in the development of the vessel, with “X”, which reflects synergy.

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Iqaluit’s water emergency shouldn’t hinder holiday shipping, says Canadian North Tue, 30 Nov 2021 19:29:00 +0000

“We are completely caught up as the holiday season approaches,” spokesman Andrew Pope said.

The backlog of cargo at Ottawa and Iqaluit airports is cleared and vacation shipments will operate as usual, Canadian North spokesman Andrew Pope said. (Photo by Mélanie Ritchot)


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Vacation shipping times to Nunavut are unlikely to be affected by the Iqaluit water emergency, Canadian North spokesperson Andrew Pope said.

Initially, the water emergency delayed non-essential shipments to Nunavut, with an announcement on Oct. 18 that the airline was prioritizing bottled water delivery to Iqaluit.

This contributed to a delay in shipments to Iqaluit and small communities in Nunavut between mid-October and November 22, Pope said.

For example, Canadian North doubled the amount of cargo shipped in the first two weeks of the water emergency, working with other airlines like CargoJet. This decision helped clear that backlog.

“We’re fully caught up as the holiday season approaches,” Pope said.

Even if Canadian North is on schedule at this time, the weather can cause unpredictable delays, and Nunavummiut should expect all of their holiday shopping to be completed by December 9, he added.

Although he does not have exact figures, Pope said Canadian North is shipping just under half the amount of bottled water per week compared to the weekly amount at the onset of the emergency. He added that the company saw an increase in the amount of water going to Iqaluit last week.

The army’s water purification unit, which began operations on Nov. 9, had no impact on the amount of bottled water shipped to Iqaluit, Pope said.

The water purification unit delivered potable water to the city from the Sylvia Grinnell River. The operation was suspended after high winds damaged a tent that kept water tanks from freezing.

The Bank of Canada says the inflation rate in Canada between October 2020 and October 2021 is 4.65%, but the airline will not increase shipping prices during the holiday season.

However, Pope said, the rate of inflation could affect prices next year.

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Time, money and business in the ports of Lagos – Opinion – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:54:00 +0000

Where problems exist and persist, there are usually opportunities. Such is the case of the perennial problems with the ports of Lagos where the traffic jams of ships, trucks and goods persist.

The ports of Lagos, the ports of Apapa and Tin-Can are the busiest in Nigeria and for this reason congestion exists and goods have remained stuck inside the ports. This situation makes the evacuation of cargoes difficult and it ultimately affects the ease of doing business in ports and even around the port environment. These situations continue to hamper trade facilitation, free movement and the ease of doing business in and around the Apapa region in Lagos State.

On the part of ships calling at Lagos ports, extraordinary delays are experienced due to this congestion and waiting times at terminals continue to exceed 20 days according to the findings, which is bad for all known economic reasons. .

The results further indicate that congestion in ports is largely due to inadequate and aging infrastructure, lack of automation, poor roads some of which are currently under repair, causing trucks to get stuck on the roads. roads for long hours and days. Another important reason is the state of rail transport which has forced 90 percent of goods to pass by road. These challenges are common and according to information gathered, some shipping companies sometimes divert cargo bound for Nigeria to nearby ports.

So, with ongoing congestion and terminal operators having very little storage space, opportunities exist in barge operations in the meantime to facilitate cargo evacuation processes in Lagos ports. According to indications, barge operations have been initiated by maritime regulators to reduce this congestion in ports but it is high time to pay more attention and its benefits.

A barge is a wide, flat boat, much like a raft built primarily for river and canal transport of bulk goods. The main reason for this particular shape is to ensure that the freight carrying capacity is improved and more volume can be transported and transferred over it. So, due to its design and utility, the use of barges can easily transport containers in and out of ports. Therefore, efficient and regulated barge operations can be an effective strategy to solve the main challenge of port congestion and can significantly reduce the pressure on the roads if they are properly regulated and used.

Undoubtedly, the use of barges can reduce cargo dwell time and turnaround time of ships calling at Lagos ports. Moreover, the use of barges to evacuate cargo from ports may become one of the sustainable ways to reduce the load on Nigerian roads, meanwhile. If the operation and configuration is done efficiently, it can help reduce the overall cost of cargo clearance. If barge operation is effectively adopted, the port’s capacity to receive more imports will be strengthened and more shipping lines will be encouraged to call at the ports of Lagos.

Currently, port cargo is moved or evacuated mainly by trucking and very small and insignificant size is moved by rail, so in the meantime, barge operations can help improve evacuation technique in ports.

Even from the observation of the context, a large part of the traffic entering the ports is to deliver empty containers, an alternative to these drop-offs of empty containers can be done via barges to the ports without the pressure on the roads and the long queues of articulated trucks at the entrances to the port. Remember that most of the time, a truck can only transport one container, regardless of the size of the container, however, a barge can transport at least twelve (12) 40ft containers at a time. Therefore, container barge transport can be a key aid to the current congestion in ports and facilitate the movement of cargoes out of ports. A good illustration of the efficiency of barge operations can be seen in the organization of the movement of 500 containers out of the ports of Lagos in one day. The current situation will require 500 articulated trucks, however, only 42 flat container barges will be needed to move the 500 containers to the hinterland, by this technique, 500 trucks will be off the road for this single day of barge considered. This will adequately decongest the port and roads if the impact of barge service is seen over a week or a year.

Significantly, to facilitate the movement of goods and further promote the ease of doing business in ports, barge operations will not only help but create jobs and also help activate more new businesses in this ecosystem. Port terminal operators (companies that operate terminals) may need to align their operations with those of barge operations and ensure that loading points for barges are created in their various terminals to develop and support this. activity area. When a more favorable environment exists, it widens the opportunities and this can be achieved in ports with the operation of barges. In fact, it will stimulate job creation, promote more business creation and value-added services in the maritime sector. In reality, this will improve service delivery and the competitiveness of companies in ports, truckers and transport companies will ultimately be challenged to innovate, reduce costs and improve service delivery times.

There is a need to reduce the residence time of goods in ports from 21 days to the regional average of seven (7) days and also to achieve effective trade facilitation and ease of doing business in ports. In the meantime, one of the ways to do this will be to use barge services. Thus, to support this cause, key players in the maritime sector, regulators, government agencies: National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA; Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC; Nigeria Port Authority, NPA; Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency, NIMASA; The Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Police and Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA are to work on barge operating regulations, licensing and registration, market entry and exit procedures, setting minimum standards for service and standardization, safety, security, insurance, tariffs, pricing and others to ensure the stability of barge operations in the country. Good luck and God bless Nigeria!

Dr. Olubiyi, is an expert in entrepreneurship and business management. Twitter manages @drtimiolubiyi and by e-mail:, for all questions, reactions and comments.

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Lumber cut from Muskrat Falls project is finally loaded onto a ship bound for Asia Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:30:00 +0000

Greg Penney, CEO of JP Forestry, couldn’t help but smile Monday as chopped lumber from the Muskrat Falls project was loaded onto a ship bound for Asia. (Regan Burden / CBC)

After supply chain issues, community concerns, and a cargo ship too big to dock at Goose Bay, JP Forestry began loading cut timber from the early stages of the Muskrat Falls project onto a ship bound for the Asia.

JP Forestry CEO Greg Penney said it’s exciting for the company to finally have a ship in town for lumber.

“I am so proud to see this ship and this is just the very beginning of many, many more to come,” said Penney, who said the company has a great deal of interest overseas in the drink.

“We have a huge company in England that is very, very interested in buying fiber from us. So over the winter now we will determine the best opportunities for us and book ships for early June.”

Penney is hoping that shipping prices, which he says have quadrupled in recent months, will be more “reasonable” by next spring and that it will be easier for shoppers to have their products picked up by consumers. ships to Goose Bay.

Logs are loaded onto the freighter at the Goose Bay wharf. (Regan Burden / CBC)

Trucks transport timber from site to wharf 24 hours a day, and crews load ships 16 hours a day. Penney said initial concerns about the project site in Wilburn Bay have subsided and he expects loading to be completed on Saturday.

Future plans

This project is not the only one that JP Forestry has in store for the Labrador region. In addition to selling the timber cut for the Muskrat Falls project, they also have licenses to cut timber in the area. Penney says this is Phase 1 of the company’s plans in Labrador, but gave no details on what will follow.

“There are a number of different phases that we are looking forward to. Some are still speculative, but we are definitely moving forward. Some things, as that happens, we will certainly be able to discuss. a little more on that, ”he said.

“Let’s just say that we have a lot of projects for Goose Bay and the region and a lot of employment opportunities for the Innu and local employees. There’s going to be a lot of work to come here over the next couple of years, that’s for sure. ”

Trucks bring wood to the wharf 24 hours a day. (Regan Burden / CBC)

Penney said there were around 45 people working on the current project, including truck drivers, log loaders and flaggers. The company had to bring in truckers from Newfoundland and Quebec to ensure the 24-hour delivery of lumber to the wharf.

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]]> Ships scramble through the ice as winter arrives ‘early’ on the Northern Sea Route Thu, 25 Nov 2021 16:30:00 +0000

More than 20 ships were stranded and delayed in the Arctic waters of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) after winter ice blocked the channels earlier than expected and they had to wait for help from icebreakers.

The Center for High North Logistic (CHNL) at the University of the North has appointed 17 of them, including the bulk carriers, the 74,300 dwt Golden Suek (built in 2011), the Golden Pearl (built in 2013), the new ships of 95,758 dwt Nordic Quinngua and Nordic Nuluujaak, and the 56,348 dwt Kumpula (built in 2012) and 17,259 dwt tanker Vladimir Rusanov (built in 1994) among those that ran aground.

The ships were then moved with the help of the nuclear powered icebreakers Vaygach (built in 1990) to the east and Yamal (built in 1992) to the west.

Some ship trackers have described a slow convoy of ships – the so-called Northern Delivery, which brings supplies to local communities, is escorted across the ice floe border off the islands of Novosibirsk by the Vaygach.

Other nearby ships are stopped and several are moored at Pevek seaport.

Icebreaker power

The 172,600 m3 icebreaker Arc7 LNG carrier Boris Davydov (built 2018) was also reported to assist the science vessel Mikhail Somov (built 1975) after it got stuck in the ice.

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In contrast, Arc7 LNG ships are still heading west via the NSR to Yamal LNG’s Sabetta terminal at speeds between 10 and 14 knots, sources said.

Russian observers said many ships missed the navigation window for the NSR this year before the ice closed leaving them stranded.

CHNL that although no vessel has been left unassisted, “it is evident that a single icebreaker, even if used logically and effectively, cannot handle such a situation without delay”.

He described the need to wait for help towards the end of the NSR navigation season as risky and said he confirmed the need for enough icebreakers.

“Despite the general trend of global warming, the Arctic is still the Arctic with variations in ice and weather conditions from year to year.”

CHNL said the strandings were due in part to the “very late delivery of the goods” to Pevek.

Winter trends

Reports in the national press blamed the poor weather forecast and questions are being raised about ships with no or low ice class using the Arctic Sea Route at the end of the season as Russia continues its plan to open the NSR for navigation all year round.

According to the Barents Observer, a layer of ice 30 centimeters thick had already formed over most of the Laptev Sea and eastern Siberian seas by the end of October. In previous years, the NSR has experienced increasingly light ice conditions.

Russian maritime observers stressed that there is a shortage of icebreakers for the region and that although new vessels are on order, these will take some time to come into service.

Other signs of a change in winter activity were observed in the area.

Eikland Energy’s iGIS / LNG data service records that the first ship-to-ship LNG cargo transfer of the season took place off the Russian island of Kildin between the 172,600 m3 Vladimir Voronin (built in 2019) and the 161,900 m3 Clean Ocean (built in 2014).

The service observes that the NSR ice is already thick in places, with some Arc7s apparently taking alternative routes.

Sovcomflot Christophe de Margerie’s 172,600 m3 Arc7 LNG carrier (built in 2017) follows the nuclear-powered 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker (built in 2007) through the eastern section of the Northern Sea Route on a first trip made in February 2021. Photo: Sovcomflot
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New York City Council Passes Bills To Curb Online Delivery Truck Chaos Wed, 24 Nov 2021 01:27:00 +0000

City council members on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a series of measures designed to reduce traffic chaos caused by trucks delivering goods purchased online.

One of the moves aims to siphon off sidewalk space dedicated to Amazon and UPS.

The legislation obliges the city’s transport ministry to institute parking spaces reserved for loading in each district and to develop “micro-distribution centers”. Distribution centers would be used to transfer packages from large trucks to smaller mass transit vehicles such as electric freight bikes.

The DOT will have to install five dedicated loading zones per year for a total of 500 over three years, according to the legislation.

“We need to recognize the dynamics of our streets and how things have changed, especially with regard to the way people receive their goods – which is mostly done through parcels and so on,” the member said. of Council Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), to sponsor him.

The city council voted to install “” micro-distribution centers “so that trucks unload items in the five districts.
Christophe Sadowski
City Councilor Antonio Reynoso
City Councilor Antonio Reynoso said parking regulations are necessary as more New Yorkers shop online.
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Two more pending bills would officially sanction the DOT to use ‘a la carte’ parking technology and clarify the rules of the loading zone – so that these zones cannot be used as parking for parking. drivers with city-issued parking plates.

Pay by the plaque has been on the DOT’s agenda for nearly three years and is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s stalled efforts to tackle illegal abuse and misuse of the city’s parking permits.

A United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) driver sorts boxes, including an Amazon box, in New York City, United States on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The city council’s overhaul vote comes ahead of the holiday shopping season.
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Amazon Prime delivery van outside a residential building in Queens, New York.
The city council is looking to put up parking signs for designated delivery companies.
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Hizzoner’s plan was to switch the entire city by early 2021 to the new digital parking system, which will automatically register cars as parked legally or illegally. The program has not yet been launched.

Additional reports from Nolan Hicks

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Overview of the Chilean freight and logistics market 2021 Mon, 22 Nov 2021 09:58:36 +0000

Dublin, November 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The report “Chile Freight and Logistics Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact and Forecast (2021 – 2026)” has been added to offer.

Chile has one of the most stable and free market economies in Latin America. Although logistics in Chile are still on the development track, the country’s import and export operations have increased in recent years.

The country’s perfect geographic location offers great potential for countries like Europe, Asia and South and Central America to connect by air, sea or land.

The country has also invested heavily in improving the country’s infrastructure. The Chilean government recently invested in the new rail investment program in 2020, and also launched a $ 7 billion road infrastructure plan in 2019 to build nearly 17,000 km of roads across the country as well as a $ 2.4 billion economic stimulus program in June 2019 to accelerate public works and revive the country’s economy.

E-commerce is also growing in Chile and is expected to grow from the current rate of 10% per year between 2017 and 2020 and reach 2.5 billion euros by 2020. This also offers great opportunities for logistics operators to offer e-commerce logistics. services to brands, marketplaces and e-merchants to optimize and integrate execution and distribution.

Key market trendsIncreased investments in the expansion of the rail network in Chile

Chile ranked 70 out of 103 for the quality of its rail infrastructure in 2019 according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report and the country also reached 61st for the efficiency of its rail services.

In order to foster the development of a comprehensive logistics network in the country, the expansion of ports in Chile requires improved rail connections to link the ports to the main centers of manufacturing, production and consumption, which are located within from the country.

The Chilean government invested nearly US $ 5 billion in 2020 in one of the country’s largest rail development plans called “Chile on Rails” which aims to double rail freight volumes to over 21 million tonnes per year by 2027 and triple the number of passengers. The project will include 27 infrastructure and security projects to strengthen passenger and freight services across the country and is expected to be completed by 2027.

According to the Ministry of Transport, funding for these projects has already been secured, with 44% of the total funding being directed to projects in the Santiago region while the remaining 56% will be directed to projects in regions outside of Santiago. . Among the most important projects are the Santiago-Melipilla Melitren railway, the Santiago-Batuco-Tiltil commuter train line; and the Merval Quillota-La Calera extension.

Growth of air freight transport in the country

The air transport sector makes a major contribution to the Chilean economy. Tons of air freight carried per kilometer decreased by almost 3.3% in 2019 compared to 2018, while capacity, measured in tonnes of freight per kilometer available increased by 2.1% in 2019. However, in 2020 exports saw an increase and it was reported that in January 2020, nearly 36,238 tons of cargo were carried on domestic and international flights, registering a growth of almost 12.7% compared to the same period in 2019.

There is an increase in exports of fruits like red cherries from Chile to other countries like China, which provides increased opportunities for air cargo suppliers to improve their offerings tailored to perishable cargo needs. China accounted for nearly 90% of Chilean cherry exports in 2019 with exports reaching nearly 210,000 tonnes in Q4 2019.

Competitive landscape

The Chilean freight and logistics market is competitive and fragmented with the presence of many local and international players. The country is considered to have great potential for European and Spanish logistics providers and there are many advantages for other countries to develop their business operations in Chile as well.

Companies mentioned

  • Logistics agility
  • Logistics Agunsa
  • Alfa logistics
  • Andes Logistics of Chile
  • Bertling Logistique SA
  • Bolloré Logistics Chile SA
  • Ceva Logistics
  • CH Robinson Worldwide Chile
  • Coexco Chile
  • DB Schenker Chile
  • DHL
  • DSV Air et Mer SA
  • EIT Logistica SA
  • EuroTrans Chile
  • Taylor Logistics Chile
  • TNT Express (Chile)
  • Vanguard Logistics Chile

Main topics covered:


  • Market Snapshot
  • Market factors
  • Market constraints
  • Opportunities
  • Industry value chain analysis
  • Porters 5 Force Analysis
  • Overview of technological market trends
  • Insights on the e-commerce industry
  • Government regulations and initiatives
  • Brief on freight rates
  • Impact of COVID 19 on the market



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]]> Three men charged with over $ 88 million importing methamphetamine | Blayney Chronicle Sat, 20 Nov 2021 21:22:56 +0000

Three men have been charged with an alleged attempt to smuggle 140 kilograms of methamphetamine from Canada to Australia hidden inside an industrial mess.

The investigation began when Canadian border services noticed a suspicious cargo of air cargo in Toronto containing $ 88 million in drugs.

Victorian organized crime investigators have started investigating the alleged syndicate responsible for the Melbourne-bound shipment.

The cargo arrived in Melbourne in early October where it was moved to a storage facility in Tullamarine.

“Police monitored the shipment as it was moved to several locations in Melbourne in what police will claim to be a sophisticated attempt by those responsible to identify any interest in law enforcement,” police said. Victoria in a statement.

Police arrested three men and raided seven properties on Wednesday, seizing $ 1.5 million in cash, drugs, three firearms, a motorcycle and a clandestine lab containing drug-making equipment.

A 37-year-old man from Sunbury has been charged with attempting to import and possess a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs and with committing a criminal act while out on bail.

A 29-year-old man from Keilor East and a 33-year-old man from Bonnie Brook have been charged with attempting to import and possess a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs.

The men were remanded in custody to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 23, where new charges are expected to be laid.

Victoria Police Crime Command Acting Deputy Commissioner Mick Frewen said there was local demand for a range of drugs “even during the pandemic”.

“Victoria Police will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those who cause this harm to our state are held accountable and that these criminal syndicates are strongly and deliberately targeted,” said Frewen.

Associated Australian Press

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