Bulgaria blocks Russian cargo flights to Syria
Bulgaria has denied the use of its airspace for Russian cargo flights to Syria because of concerns over whether the "humanitarian" cargo that Moscow was sending to the war-torn country had a military purpose. Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry insisted that it had made the decision independently, although the decision reportedly followed a US request to Greece not to allow Russian cargo flights to pass through its airspace en route to Syria, apparently because of concerns that Russia was heightening its military presence in Syria. Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry said it had "refused to issue permits for flights through Bulgarian airspace of Russian military transport aircraft en route from the Russian Federation to Syria in the period between September 1 and 24, 2015". It added: "We have information which gives us grounds to doubt the correctness of the information stated in the request about the purpose of the flights and the cargo transported." Nikolay Levichev, a Russian politician and lawmaker specializing in international affairs, told Russia's TASS news agency that closing airspace to planes carrying humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria was "an unhuman and clearly short-sighted act", adding that alternative routes for the Russian planes flying to Syria had already been found, Russian news service reported.
Dubai World Central achieves 42pc more cargo
Source:transportweekly 2015-9-9 10:11:00 Dubai World Central (DWC) saw cargo volumes skyrocket 42 per cent in the first half of the year to 443,012 tonnes, propelling Al Maktoum International airport up one position to 19th place in the rankings for the world's busiest cargo hubs, according to Dubai Airports. The airport's stellar performance was attributed to Emirates airline's decision last May to relocate all dedicated freighters from Dubai International to the new airport, reported The National from Dubai.However, the temporary relocation of 300 flights per week from Dubai International while a runway refurbishment programme was carried out resulted in a 17 per cent reduction in the number of aircraft movements during the period, totalling 20,866 in the first half of 2015, down from 25,184 a year earlier. "The story is only just beginning for DWC but the early results continue to impress," said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths. "The airport is quickly emerging as an important cargo hub and with the addition of 70 weekly 'Flydubai' flights to seven new destinations in October, we expect the airport to soon establish itself as an important gateway to the Middle East," he said.According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), demand for air freight among Middle East carriers surged by 18 per cent in May compared to a year earlier, while in Europe it fell 1.3 per cent and in North America it was down 2.9 per cent. IATA attributed the increase to network and capacity expansion, which were encouraging air cargo to go through hubs in the Middle East, according to Shipping Gazette.
Logistics Supply Chain Boss Will Raise 3PL Hackles
Source:handyshippingguide 2015-9-6 10:24:00 UK-According to one supply chain supplier many companies which outsource control of their supply chain function to specialist third party logistics (3PL) companies are increasingly forced to look to replace the supplier in short order, often within months of the start of their contract period, due to shortcomings in the quality and range of services that the chosen logistics company is able to provide. That is the view of Bob Montague, managing director of Berkshire-based fulfilment solutions specialist,Walker Logistics, a company which was founded in 1999 and now offers over 250,000 square feet of ambient temperature warehousing and storage close to Junction 14 on the M4. Well he would say that, is the obvious riposte, but Mr Montague is adamant, saying that he speaks from the personal experience of clients which have turned away from an unsatisfactory supplier. 3PL's of course, as non-asset owning providers of logistics are naturally only as strong as their own subcontract portfolio and the Walker boss reinforces the point saying: The days when firms renewed their contracts automatically are, of course, long gone but we find we are increasingly approached to pick up the pieces after a company has awarded a logistics contract to a 3PL that turns out to be unable to meet the organisation's supply chain needs. On a number of occasions Walker Logistics has been invited to tender for a contract which requires a bespoke supply chain service involving, say, multiple storage options, piece picking and a range of value added services only to find that the client puts the business with a 'transport shed' that offers the lowest pallet storage price. "Invariably, sooner rather than later, the company realises that their chosen partner is unable to adequately provide the range of services they require and the whole process of seeking a 3PL partner starts again. It is well known that there is a lot of overcapacity in the logistics market and many of the larger multinational providers operating in the arena are adding to the challenges the industry faces with aggressive pricing policies." "However, companies should be aware that while many 3PL operators are great at moving pallets around, they're not interested in things like breaking down cartons and other aspects of a contract where lots of transactional activity is involved and can't provide the sort of value-added services that, for example, retailers, particularly internet retailers, need."
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