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27 April 2018


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What is topical this week

Global Trade & Logistics – China resumed economic talks with Japan amid concerns over global trade. Asia-Europe container trade lane could see a rate war. Russia-China trade could exceed USD 100 Bln this year

Maritime & Logistics Infrastructure – Global Port Operator ICTSI is expanding port capacities. India’s shipping ministry is working on 42 areas to ease cargo movement at ports. Opinion-Brexit could create supply chain challenges at European Ports.

Multi-Modal Connectivity – East China’s Nanchang launched a freight train link to Russia. India kicked off construction of the Mizoram-Myanmar Kaladan road project. World’s largest short sea Ro-Ro vessel was launched at the Dublin port.

Shipbuilding, Ship Repair & Recycling – Shipbuilders are testing robots to promote automation and beat the slump. China to permit foreign ownership in shipbuilding. Opinion-Sustainable ship recycling contributes to the economy and the environment.

Maritime & Logistics Conversations

Maritime & Logistics Weekly is happy to support the launch of the Cargo Transportation Masterclass, where 21 industry experts share their perspectives for shippers , exporters, importers and transportation service providers to benefit from their experience. This practical guide to safely transport cargo globally and make money from each shipment is hosted by Dr Lina Jasutiene.

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Maritime & Logistics Investments – EXIM Bank of Korea has agreed to a USD 750 Mln loan to support the shipping industry. Indonesia is looking for Chinese investments in infrastructure. Australia is looking to invest in Indian infrastructure projects.

Free Zone & Logistics World – Abu Dhabi’s Industrial Free Zone has already attracted USD 1 Bln investment from Chinese investors. China would set up a fund to facilitate Hainan Free Trade Port & Zone development. Alibaba plans a digital free trade zone in Thailand.

Automation & Training – An electrified road was launched in Sweden. Blockchain could significantly contribute to shipping and global trade. DHL is looking to leverage AI for their risk management tool and trade barometer.

Have a great week ahead!
The Maritime & Logistics Weekly Editorial Board


Global Trade & Logistics





China resumes economic talks with Japan amid concerns over global trade



Nikkei Asian Review. 16 April. 4 minute read.

China has resumed economic talks with Japan after a gap of eight years. China’s stance has seemingly changed in the wake of worsening trade relations with the US, and the latter’s lead on diplomacy with North Korea.
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Asia-Europe container trade lane could see a rate war


Splash247. 16 April. 2 minute read.
The Asia-Europe box tradelane could witness a destructive rate war as carriers resort to competitive undercutting in a battle for market share. Rates per TEU have fallen to levels not seen for years. The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index has shed more than USD 300 since the start of the year.
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Russia-China trade could exceed USD 100 Bln this year


Xinhua. 19 April. 4 minute read.
Trade between China and Russia could top USD 100 billion this year, after seeing an increase of nearly 30 percent in Q1. This is the eighth year that China has stayed the largest trade partner of Russia – last year the trade between both countries rose about 21 percent. Read More

Maritime & Logistics Infrastructure



Global Port Operator ICTSI expanding port capacities


Hellenic Shipping News. 21 April. 2 minute read.
Port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. wants to enhance the capacities of its facilities in Mexico and Iraq to meet the trade demand growth in the region. It aims to raise the Iraqi port’s capacity to 1 million TEUs, and Mexico port’s capacity to 500,000 TEUs.
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India’s shipping ministry working on 42 areas to ease cargo movement at ports

Moneycontrol. 17 April. 2 minute read.
The shipping ministry has prepared a 42-point agenda to ease export-import operation at India’s ports. The 42 areas include defined ways to reduce cost and dwell-time of cargo at clearance points at ports, where 20 points relate to exports and 22 to imports.
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Opinion-Brexit could create supply chain challenges at European Ports

The Independent. 15 April. 12 minute read.
The port of Rotterdam is crucial for the British trade and to the daily lives of people across the UK. Presently, British markets can order and receive goods from the port within half-a-day thanks to Britain’s EU membership. However, that will change with Brexit with increased custom checks and paperwork. This is just one example of the challenges that Brexit would pose to the British trade.
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Multi-Modal Connectivity



East China’s Nanchang launches freight train link to Russia


Xinhua. 21 April. 1 minute read.
East China’s Jiangxi Province has launched the first freight train linking the city with Russia. The weekly train that will cover the 10,000-km in 15 days will promote the foreign trade of Nanchang city.
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India kicks off construction of the Mizoram-Myanmar Kaladan road project


Hindu Business Line. 17 April. 7 minute read.
India started construction of the 109-km Mizoram-Myanmar Kaladan road project that connects Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui on the Mizoram-Myanmar border. The road is a part of the USD 484 Mln Kaladan Multimodal project, which has been completed in Myanmar.
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World’s largest short sea ro-ro vessel launched at the Dublin port


News Talk. 20 April. 7 minute read.
MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea roll-on/roll-off ship was launched in a ceremony at Dublin Port. The ship will do more than 135 weekly sailings between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, and others.
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Shipbuilding, Ship Repair & Recycling



Shipbuilders testing robots to promote automation and beat the slump


Bloomberg. 16 April. 10 minute read.
In order to lower costs and improve construction times, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. are adopting automation in the construction of their container ships. It is critical for the shipbuilding industry to boost productivity to counter pricing pressures from several quarters.
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China to permit foreign ownership in shipbuilding


Splash247. 18 April. 2 minute read.
China’s National Development and Reform Commission will lift restrictions on foreign ownership in sectors such as auto manufacturing, aircraft manufacturing and shipbuilding. In shipbuilding, the Commission will remove restrictions on activities related construction, repair, and design of ships.
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Opinion-Sustainable ship recycling contributes to the economy and the environment



The Maritime Executive. 16 April. 9 minute read.
Ship recycling adds to environmental sustainability, preservation of natural resources and growth of economy in several ways. Using scrap metal to produce finished products, for example, helps reduce the usage of metal ore, thereby contributing to water conservation, reduced energy consumption and GHG emission.
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Maritime and Logistics Conversations

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Maritime & Logistics Investments



EXIM Bank of Korea agrees to a USD 750 Mln loan to support the shipping industry



Pulse News. 20 April. 5 minute read.
The Export-Import Bank of Korea has set aside USD 750 Mln to revive the shipping industry struggling in the aftermath of Korea’s flag sea carrier Hanjin Shipping. The Bank will provide funds in the forms of loans and guarantees to help shippers buy new vessels, refinance existing debts and pay for operating expenses.
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Indonesia looking for Chinese investments in infrastructure


The Straits Times. 14 April. 5 minute read.
The Indonesian government seeks to approach Chinese investors to ask for support for the former’s infrastructure development. The 15 infrastructure projects offered to the investors are located in Bali, North Kalimantan, and North Sulawesi, among other regions.
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Australia looking to invest in Indian infrastructure projects



Little India. 20 April. 5 minute read.

Australia is considering the idea of encouraging Australian superannuation funds to be invested in India’s infrastructure development. This will add to a USD 2 Bln fund that was set up by Macquarie with the State Bank of India in 2009. The two govts are also looking at the options for trade deals across the region, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership that could include China.
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Free Zone & Logistics World





Abu Dhabi’s Industrial Free Zone has already attracted USD 1 Bln investment from Chinese investors


Reuters. 19 April. 6 minute read.

China’s foreign direct investments in Abu Dhabi’s industrial free zone touched USD 1 Bln in less than a year. This is a part of China’s aim to expand its business presence overseas in line with its ambition to rebuild Silk Road trade routes.
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China would set up a fund to facilitate Hainan Free Trade Port & Zone development



Xinhua. 14 April. 2 minute read.

China will set up an investment fund to support Hainan’s development of a free trade port by 2025 and enhance its offerings by 2035. The direction on Hainan’s development of free trade port is a part of the reforms and opening-up initiatives currently being implemented by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
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Alibaba plans a digital free trade zone in Thailand


The Phuket News. 21 April. 8 minute read.

The Alibaba Group plans to open a digital free-trade zone — it would be Thailand’s third such free-trade zone. Alibaba aims to set up hubs globally to form an electronic world trade platform (eWTP) complementing the World Trade Organisation framework.
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Automation & Training





Electrified road launched in Sweden


Smart Cities World. 15 April. 6 minute read.

Sweden launched the world’s first electrified road that allows both commercial and passenger vehicles to be recharged while driving. The solution operates on conductive technology that utilizes an electric rail installed in the road that powers and recharges vehicles while they are moving.
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Blockchain could significantly contribute to shipping and global trade


Financial Review. April 20. 8 minute read.

Even though globalisation has transformed the world by creating the most advanced trading networks in the history of mankind, most of the trade still involves millions of paper documents. Blockchain could change all that by transforming and boosting global trade and shipping.
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DHL looking to leverage AI for risk management tool and trade barometer


Datanami. 17 April. 10 minute read.

DHL is investing millions into using the latest advancements in AI to improve efficiencies in its delivery services that spans the globe and involves more than 50,000 workers. As per the company’s recently unveiled plans, it is pursuing a multi-pronged strategy to utilize the emerging AI tech to help it reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve service levels across the company.
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