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25 Mar 2018

Antwerp sets up maritime training institute in Brazil

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"The port of Antwerp is to make its know-how and expertise available to further professionalise the management of ports in Brazil. It will do this by among other things providing a special series of seminars in two already active training centres for maritime professionals in Brazil. The initiative is laid down in a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed on Tuesday this week by Marc Van Peel with among others Maurício Quintella, the Brazilian minister of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation. The port of Antwerp has already applied a similar model successfully in India, where a special training centre for maritime professionals has been set up in the Indian port city of Mumbai. “Our training subsidiary APEC has demonstrable, relevant experience in training port professionals,” declared port alderman Marc Van Peel immediately after the signing. “Furthermore, Antwerp is a major trading partner for Brazil. Thanks to our services we will further develop this collaboration,” he concluded. Towards more modern ports Brazil has 45 publicly-owned ports and 131 private port terminals. The ports are crucial for Brazil’s foreign trade, with no less than 98.6% of its foreign exports passing through them in 2015. And yet much work needs to be done: the logistical infrastructure urgently needs to be modernised, as one of the most important factors for success in order to boost the economy and to keep the country competitive internationally. The ports are governed by the Ports Act of 2013 which among other things requires their modernisation. “It is against this background that APEC has been asked by the Brazilian ministry to make a wider contribution,” explains APEC managing director Kristof Waterschoot. “APEC is already well known in Brazilian port circles, as more than 660 maritime professionals from Brazil have so far attended a seminar or other training in Antwerp,” he continued. But the need is greater, and so Antwerp and Brazil have undertaken to reform two existing training institutes on the APEC model, on in São Paulo in the South and one in Alagoas in the North. This means that Antwerp will be responsible for among other things designing tailor-made courses and supplying lecturers. “In particular, dockers have to be specially trained. Antwerp already has a strong reputation for the high degree of professionalism of its dock workers, and so we will develop a tailor-made programme for dock labour in collaboration with the Antwerp training centre,” Waterschoot explained. Gateway to South America With an annual freight volume of 7.1 million tonnes Brazil is Antwerp’s seventh-largest trading partner. Ports such as Salvador, Santos, Paranagua, Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande generate large volumes of cargo with containers carrying deepfreeze goods and agricultural products, along with fuel derivatives and metal products going to and from. Indeed Antwerp has two local representatives to represent it in the Brazilian port community: Ricardo Sproesser and Henrique Rabelo. In summer last year the Port Authority’s other subsidiary, Port of Antwerp International, decided to invest 10 million dollars in Porto do Açu, the first private operational port complex in the North of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil’s industrial heartland. “Brazil is the main gateway to South America for the port of Antwerp, and thus for the many Flemish and European countries seeking to do business there,” emphasised port alderman Marc Van Peel. “It is therefore essential for us to have a presence here in many ways, in order to raise the name recognition of Antwerp as the ideal gateway to Europe.”"

25 Mar 2018

Antwerp sets up maritime training institute in Brazil

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"The port of Antwerp is to make its know-how and expertise available to further professionalise the management of ports in Brazil. It will do this by among other things providing a special series of seminars in two already active training centres for maritime professionals in Brazil. The initiative is laid down in a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed on Tuesday this week by Marc Van Peel with among others Maurício Quintella, the Brazilian minister of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation. The port of Antwerp has already applied a similar model successfully in India, where a special training centre for maritime professionals has been set up in the Indian port city of Mumbai. “Our training subsidiary APEC has demonstrable, relevant experience in training port professionals,” declared port alderman Marc Van Peel immediately after the signing. “Furthermore, Antwerp is a major trading partner for Brazil. Thanks to our services we will further develop this collaboration,” he concluded. Towards more modern ports Brazil has 45 publicly-owned ports and 131 private port terminals. The ports are crucial for Brazil’s foreign trade, with no less than 98.6% of its foreign exports passing through them in 2015. And yet much work needs to be done: the logistical infrastructure urgently needs to be modernised, as one of the most important factors for success in order to boost the economy and to keep the country competitive internationally. The ports are governed by the Ports Act of 2013 which among other things requires their modernisation. “It is against this background that APEC has been asked by the Brazilian ministry to make a wider contribution,” explains APEC managing director Kristof Waterschoot. “APEC is already well known in Brazilian port circles, as more than 660 maritime professionals from Brazil have so far attended a seminar or other training in Antwerp,” he continued. But the need is greater, and so Antwerp and Brazil have undertaken to reform two existing training institutes on the APEC model, on in São Paulo in the South and one in Alagoas in the North. This means that Antwerp will be responsible for among other things designing tailor-made courses and supplying lecturers. “In particular, dockers have to be specially trained. Antwerp already has a strong reputation for the high degree of professionalism of its dock workers, and so we will develop a tailor-made programme for dock labour in collaboration with the Antwerp training centre,” Waterschoot explained. Gateway to South America With an annual freight volume of 7.1 million tonnes Brazil is Antwerp’s seventh-largest trading partner. Ports such as Salvador, Santos, Paranagua, Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande generate large volumes of cargo with containers carrying deepfreeze goods and agricultural products, along with fuel derivatives and metal products going to and from. Indeed Antwerp has two local representatives to represent it in the Brazilian port community: Ricardo Sproesser and Henrique Rabelo. In summer last year the Port Authority’s other subsidiary, Port of Antwerp International, decided to invest 10 million dollars in Porto do Açu, the first private operational port complex in the North of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil’s industrial heartland. “Brazil is the main gateway to South America for the port of Antwerp, and thus for the many Flemish and European countries seeking to do business there,” emphasised port alderman Marc Van Peel. “It is therefore essential for us to have a presence here in many ways, in order to raise the name recognition of Antwerp as the ideal gateway to Europe.”"

15 Mar 2018

Free trade zones are being used to traffic counterfeit goods, says OECD

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"Rapid growth in free trade zones – where economic activity is driven by reduced taxes and customs controls, light regulation and limited oversight – is unintentionally fostering growth in counterfeit goods trafficking, according to a new report by the OECD and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office. Trade in Counterfeit Goods and Free Trade Zones finds that exports of counterfeit and pirated goods from a country or economy rise in parallel with the number and size of free trade zones it hosts. Comparing growth in free trade zones, measured by the number of firms and employees in the zone, and customs seizure data from around the world shows that establishing a new free trade zone is associated with a 5.9% rise in the value of counterfeit exports from the host economy. “This is clear evidence that free trade zones are being used by criminals to traffic fake goods,” said OECD Public Governance Director Marcos Bonturi, launching the joint report with EUIPO Executive Director António Campinos at a meeting of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade. “We want this to be a call for action, and we will be working in the months ahead to help free trade zones step up their efforts to stop illicit trade, while at the same time maintaining their role as facilitators of legal trade.” There are more than 3,500 free trade zones, often located at key ports, in 130 countries or economies in North and South America, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Africa, up from just 79 spread across 25 countries or economies in 1975. The special zones facilitate trade by offering businesses advantageous tariffs and lighter regulation on financing, ownership, labour and immigration, and taxes. They have helped emerging economies to attract foreign investment and generate jobs and growth, although they have also benefitted wealthier economies such as the United States, Singapore and Hong Kong. Another OECD report published earlier this month, Governance Frameworks to Counter Illicit Trade, pointed to poor oversight of free trade zones, insufficient screening of small parcels and inconsistent penalties on shippers of fake goods as three key areas where lax policy is facilitating trafficking of fake goods. As well as infringing trademarks and copyright, counterfeit and pirated goods entail health and safety risks, product malfunctions and loss of income for companies and governments. Earlier OECD work has shown that 2.5% of imported goods worldwide, and 5% of European Union imports, are fakes. "

02 Mar 2018

The CMA CGM BIANCA, largest ship to call in Cameroon (Kribi)

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"CMA CGM BIANCA (8721 TEUs), 335 meters long, becomes the largest ship to call in Cameroon A significant strengthening of our offer in the region with 4 new weekly services at Kribi Strategic hub to connect Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon (feeder service) New multimodal opportunities from Kribi to domestic destinations in Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic The CMA CGM Group, a leader in maritime transport, is pleased to announce the start of its commercial operations at the Kribi Container Terminal. On this occasion, the CMA CGM BIANCA, 8721 TEUs and 335 meters long, became the largest container ship to call in Cameroon on 2 March 2018. 4 new weekly direct services The CMA CGM Group is deploying four new weekly direct services in Kribi to northern Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia. The services concerned are: EURAF 4, connecting the Mediterranean and West Africa with the following rotation: Marseilles, Barcelona, Valencia, Casablanca, Algeciras, Tangier, Dakar, Lome, Bata, Malabo, Apapa, Tincan, Onne, Kribi, Port Gentil, Libreville, Douala, Algeciras, Marseilles EURAF 5, connecting Northern Europe and West Africa with the following rotation: Antwerp, Le Havre, Lisbon, Algeciras, Pointe Noire, Luanda, Kribi, Douala, Abidjan, Algeciras, Antwerp ASAF, linking Asia and West Africa with the following rotation: Qingdao, Xingang / Tianjin, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Pointe des Galets, Cape Town, Pointe Noire, Kribi, Luanda, Cape Town, Port Kelang, Singapore, Qingdao West Feeder Service, connecting Kribi, Port Gentil, Boma, Matadi and Libreville Thanks to its strategic positioning, the Kribi hub will also significantly reduce transit times. Kribi, a major hub in West Africa for the CMA CGM Group Located in Cameroon, a growing market, the Kribi terminal aims to act as a major port in Cameroon in addition to Douala and as a hub by offering the Cameroonian supply chain a modern infrastructure adapted to the new generation of transoceanic vessels. The opening of Kribi is part of the strategy implemented by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, which aims to develop the Group's terrestrial and door-to-door activities in order to offer its customers a quality global transport offer backed by CMA CGM's global maritime network. The Kribi container terminal is jointly operated by CMA CGM, Bolloré Transport & Logistics and the Chinese group CHEC as part of a 25-year public-private partnership with the State of Cameroon. "

28 Feb 2018

CMA CGM continues its development in Latin America and launches 3 new services between Asia, Mexico and the West Coast of South America

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"Three new weekly services with shortened transit times Expanded port coverage: 17 ports served in Asia, Mexico and the west coast of South America 11 CMA CGM Group ships deployed The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport, is pleased to announce it is reinforcing its offer, starting 4 April 2018, between Asia, Mexico and the west coast of South America in a partnership with COSCO and Evergreen. With 3 weekly and complementary services to those already operated by the CMA CGM Group, this new offer will provide expanded port coverage: 10 ports in Asia, 3 ports in Mexico and 4 ports among the largest of the west coast of South America. It will also reduce transit times, a strategic asset for our customers, especially producers of perishable goods and fresh fruits. With this unique offer, CMA CGM pursues its ambition to strengthen its service to South America ACSA 1 service Rotation: Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Shekou, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas, Buenaventura, San Antonio, Callao, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Yokohama, Busan, Kaohsiung A service fully operated by the CMA CGM Group with 11 vessels Seamless connections with AZTECA and INCA weekly services of the CMA CGM Group to serve respectively Central America and Northern Chile markets A service specially designed for Reefer transportation of fresh fruits and perishable goods towards Asia ACSA 2 service Rotation: Xiamen, Yantian, Shanghai, Qingdao, Busan, Ensenada, Manzanillo, Callao, San Antonio, Lirquen, Manzanillo, Shanghai, Xiamen Seamless connection with the CMA CGM Group's INCA service A service designed for the transportation of wood and pulp from southern Chile to Asia ACSA 3 service Rotation: Hong Kong, Yantian, Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Shanghai, Manzanillo, Buenaventura, Callao, San Antonio, Hong Kong Seamless connection with the CMA CGM Group's INCA service A service specially designed for Reefer transportation of fresh fruits and perishable goods towards Asia These new services will benefit from the ""SERENITY by CMA CGM"" program, an innovative offering of additional and complementary services to deal with all kinds of unforeseen events during freight transport. This new offering is part of CMA CGM’s ""Customer Centricity"" strategy, which puts customers at the center of the Group’s development. This improvement of CMA CGM's offering between Asia, Mexico and the west coast of South America reinforces the Group's global coverage in order to meet customers’ expectations and needs. "

24 Jan 2018

European Logistic Giants to Make a Presecnce in Brazil

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"Two European logistics operators, Samskip Logistics and the Rhenus Group, have announced plans to increase their presence in South America's biggest market First, Samskip Logistics has signed a national representation agreement with DC Logistics Brasil, with the goal of increasing the containerised business in Brazil. Within the new structure Samskip Logistics will operate throughout Brazil, also building on the financial and corporate strengths of both organisations. With immediate effect, the DC Logistics Brasil office in Salvador is integrating the existing local Samskip technical team, taking over all business previously undertaken by Samskip Salvador. DC Logistics will support all future Samskip Logistics activities in Brazil via its 11 offices nationwide. Separately, the Rhenus Group has enhanced its presence in Brazil by taking over Pirâmide SeaAir Comércio Exterior. The company is based in São Paulo and has branches at Guarulhos and Viracopos airports as well as the port of Santos. Pirâmide SeaAir has been operating as a licensed customs clearance broker for more than 20 years and has developed its own customs clearance software for this purpose. As a result of the acquisition, Rhenus says it can now operate not ony classic freight forwarding services, but also offer greater efficiency in providing advice and completing customs clearance for imports and exports. The Brazilian company will initially operate in the market place using the Rhenus-Piramide brand. The first shipments have already been handled through the European LCL gateway in Hilden, Germany. "

20 Jan 2018

Bulk carrier rates sink as Brazil's iron ore exports wane

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"Rising inventories in China also add to 60% price fall from mid-December Exports of iron ore from Brazil, now in the rainy season, are declining. Charter rates for bulk carriers have plunged as iron ore exports from Brazil slow and inventories of the mineral pile up in China. The charter rate for a benchmark capesize ship, which has a cargo capacity of about 180,000 tons, has dived 40% since early January to around $12,300 per day on average for major routes. That represents a 60% drop from the high water mark set in mid-December and a five-month low. Shipments from Brazil, a major iron ore exporter, are declining because it is the rainy season there. Regular inspections of harbors and mines have also led to reduced exports while more ships demand cargo, according to one ship broker. Demand for iron ore, meanwhile, has retreated as China strives to curb air pollution by forcing steel mills to halt operations, a campaign that began in the fall. Chinese manufacturers were increasing imports of ore with high iron content to raise production efficiency, but severe winter weather seems to be slowing down shipments of steel for infrastructure projects and buildings. China's port stocks of iron ore have reached an all-time high, surpassing 150 million tons. ""Amid rising steel inventories, a slump in iron ore demand is affecting shipping,"" said Tramp Data Service, a maritime data company. Freight rates, which are linked to charter rates, for iron ore from Brazil to China have dropped by more than 30% since early December to roughly $14 a ton. But charter rates are still relatively high compared to this time last year, when they hovered around an average of $10,000. ""The market tends to move down in the January-March period. But there are many factors that will likely boost it down the road, including the fact that undelivered orders for new ships are relatively few,"" said Atsuo Asano, a managing executive officer at Japanese shipper Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha."

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