The EU Commission is planning a reform of the Customs Union. This is a significant step towards strengthening the single market and promoting trade within the European Union. The Customs Union, which has existed since the 1950s, aims to reduce trade barriers between member states and establish a uniform trade policy.

With a record attendance of 230 delegates from over 60 countries, the annual meeting of the Cooperative Logistics Network "The Coop" ended on 13 March in Phuket, Thailand.

For today, 27 March 2023, the trade unions EVG and ver.di have announced large-scale warning strikes, once again deliberately throwing a spanner in the works of the economy and social life.

FIATA, the world freight forwarders' association, has issued a statement calling on shipping lines to review the current free periods for container use and return to pre-pandemic levels.

China is expecting a peak in COVID-19 infections within a week, with authorities predicting extra strain on the country's health system.

The toll for HGVs weighing 7.5 tonnes or more on federal trunk roads will increase on 1 January 2023.

Shanghai, which is the location for China’s largest container port, has just embarked on a further round of restrictions, with mass testing, business closures and movement restrictions. In the past such measures have led to serious disruption at both ports and airports, with truck-traffic in particular unable to drive through the city.

Access to South Korea’s two busiest container ports, Busan and Gwangyang, has been blocked, causing box traffic to fall to 40% of normal levels.

Climate change and international trade are combining to put the very existence of life on Earth at risk. That is not a crazy unfounded risk assessment by a dogmatic green activist, but the considered opinion of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Another typhoon has prompted the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo to close for the second time in 10 days. We expect that this will have a “ripple effect” on shipping delays.


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