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Cleaner air and shorter queues in Gothenburg following transfer to new terminal

The Arken Combi Terminal at the Port of Gothenburg has just celebrated its first anniversary. The terminal links up sea, road and rail traffic effectively, resulting in a more efficient and more reliable logistics system, cleaner air, and a reduction in heavy goods traffic in the centre of Gothenburg.

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Cleaner air and shorter queues in Gothenburg following transfer to new terminal. Image: Gothenburg Port Authority

The Arken Combi Terminal at the Port of Gothenburg has just celebrated its first anniversary. The terminal links up sea, road and rail traffic effectively, resulting in a more efficient and more reliable logistics system, cleaner air, and a reduction in heavy goods traffic in the centre of Gothenburg.

At the 65,000-square-metre terminal, located beside the Ro-Ro Terminal and the Container Terminal in the outer port area, containers and trailers are now loaded and reloaded between road and rail for onward distribution to and from industrial enterprises throughout Sweden.

Moving the terminal from the centre of Gothenburg to the outer port area has produced a host of benefits: higher capacity, closer proximity to the industrial base, and a better-adapted road infrastructure to and from the terminal. More than 100 trucks each day avoid having to pass through the centre of Gothenburg, resulting in a more efficient transport system, reduced nitric oxide emissions, and less traffic on the road. The terminal also offers a level of coordination between sea, road and rail traffic that was previously not possible.

“The first week was extremely challenging but since then everything has worked as planned and we have succeeded in getting the trains off on time. I feel that we have managed to get the terminal working extremely well,” said Patrik Theander, Terminal Manager at Sandahls Goods & Parcel, the company responsible for operating the Arken Combi Terminal since it was first opened.

Greater reliability with the new double-track rail system 
During the year, work has continued on converting the Port Line, the freight line serving the port and the Combi Terminal, into a double-track system. A key part of this process was the double-track Marieholm Bridge, completed back in 2016. A further section, Pölsebo-Skandiahamnen, has recently come into operation as a double-track line. These are just two of a number of initiatives on the Port Line that have improved system reliability considerably.

“In addition to a good geographical location and a good infrastructure, handling at the terminal needs to work effectively, and the operator has managed this extremely well during the year. It has been demonstrated that the overall concept is working and there has been a resulting increase in interest. We have noticed that a growing number of companies want to use the terminal, and this is good news for everyone,” said Stig-Göran Thorén, Senior Manager and head of rail operations at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

Fact file: Arken Combi Terminal 
The terminal area is around 65,000 square metres in size with seven rail tracks. The whole facility is electrified and is located beside the Ro-Ro Terminal (Ro-Ro stands for roll on roll off and means that goods are rolled onto and off ships using trailers). Apart from domestic rail links, there are also links to other parts of Europe. It is estimated that by the end of the year almost 100,000 units will have switched mode of transport at the terminal.

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BDP International enters US customs brokerage portfolio

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BDP International, a leading privately owned global logistics and transportation solutions company has announced the acquisition of DJS International, a Dallas-based customs brokerage and freight forwarding company.

DJS provides customized logistics solutions to a diverse group of more than 800 long-tenured customers across all modes of transportation. As a proven leader in international trade, transportation and customs brokerage services, DJS will readily complement BDP’s diverse portfolio of logistics and global trade management solutions, with trade compliance and inbound logistics as key focus areas.

“The similarities between our two companies are astounding; both built from humble beginnings, family-owned and operated, strong customer relationships, and both expanding in prominence as major global players in the industry,” noted BDP Chairman & CEO, Rich Bolte. “Trade compliance continues to be filled with new complexities and challenges; it’s a major focus area for our customers and therefore it was a natural fit to extend our reach in this area of expertise. We’ve always had a significant presence in the US Gulf region but with DJS we can provide a wider array of specialized and customized solutions for our customers in this new normal world.”

DJS will operate as a subsidiary of BDP, guaranteeing access to BDP’s entire global network and portfolio of services. BDP and its partners will reap the benefits of DJS’s proven position as a leader in trade management. With this new partnership, BDP International and DJS customers can expect a unique service experience backed by a combined century of industry know-how, expertise, and experience.

“Our team at DJS is a family, and we pride ourselves on the notion of delivering service excellence to our customers – we adapt and fit to their ever-changing needs in this complex world,” noted David Meyer, DJS president and chief operating officer. “We wanted to partner with a company who had similar corporate values rooted in delivering service excellence and look forward to working with our 5000 new BDP family members while leveraging BDP’s technology, visibility, and global presence to continue helping our customers streamline and simplify their supply chains.”

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NZ Post plans to invest close to $170 million on infrastructure – starting with a new Wellington ‘super’ depot for parcels

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The investment programme begins with construction of a new ‘super depot’ for parcels, in Grenada, Wellington. The programme also includes a new processing centre in Wiri, Auckland, due to open in 2023, and an upgrade to the Southern Operations Centre in Christchurch in 2022.

The Wellington super depot is due to open in 2022. NZ Post plans to invest around $18 million in the latest global technology that will sort and scan parcels at a much faster rate than what we have now.

“We know that customers really want complete visibility of where their parcel is at all times of its journey – and this technology will improve our ability to do this,” says NZ Post Chief Executive, David Walsh. “We’re making this multi million dollar investment to support New Zealand businesses – both growing new businesses as well as major ecommerce giants.

“NZ Post is forecasting significant growth in the amount New Zealanders will buy online in the next decade – this was before the explosion in online shopping during the COVID-19 period. Last year online shopping in New Zealand grew 13% with almost 50% of adult New Zealanders now shopping online, and we are expecting this growth to continue. We’re pleased to be able to invest confidently in our future, to meet the growth in online shopping.

“The depot will have a 10440 square metre processing floor – about the size of a rugby field – with plenty of room for processing New Zealanders’ parcels.

“We are proud to be contributing to the Wellington regional economy over the next two years, with the projects main contractors, Aspec Construction Wellington LTD, expecting to employ around 350 people through 60 sub-contractors on this project,” says Ash Pama, the property owners’ representative.

During the COVID lockdown period, NZ Post received over 3.5 million parcels in the first two weeks of Alert Level 3. It had been planning for this quantity of parcels in 2023.

Supporting our commitment to be carbon neutral from 2030, the Wellington super depot will incorporate a range of environmentally sustainable design features and has also been designed to accommodate a large solar power installation once battery technology makes this a viable option for our operation.

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Port of Long Beach sees cargo increase

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Cargo shipments rose at the Port of Long Beach in May as the economic effects of COVID-19 started to subside.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 628,205 twenty-foot equivalent units of container cargo last month, a 9.5% increase from May 2019. Imports grew 7.6% to 312,590 TEUs, while exports climbed 11.6% to 134,556 TEUs. Empty containers headed back overseas jumped 11.4% to 181,060 TEUs.

The Port has moved 2,830,855 TEUs during the first five months of 2020, 5.9% down from the same period in 2019.

“Our strong numbers reflect the efforts of our Business Recovery Task Force, which is setting the path for efficient cargo movement and growth,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach. “Our focus on operational excellence and world-class customer service will continue as we prioritize our industry-leading infrastructure development projects.”

“We aren’t out of the woods, but this is the gradual growth we have anticipated as the United States starts to rebound from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 and the trade war with China,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal.

As part of its recovery efforts, the Port of Long Beach has activated an internal Business Recovery Task Force that works with customers, industry partners, labor and government agencies to ensure terminal and supply chain operations continue without disruption, along with expediting shipments of crucial personal protective equipment.

May marked the first month in 2020 that cargo shipments rose at the nation’s second-busiest port, and followed seven consecutive months of declines attributed to the U.S.-China trade dispute and the COVID-19 epidemic.

Manufacturing in China continues to rebound from the effects of COVID-19, while demand for furniture, digital products and home improvement goods is increasing in the United States.

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