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Smallest ships, fastest service

While Hyundai Merchant Marine gets ready to re-enter the Asia/Europe trade with the route’s smallest ships, 2018 is set to be the year of the ultra-large containership, with 53 ships larger than 13,500 TEU scheduled for delivery in the coming months.

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Bangladesh air cargo ban lifted

In good news for apparel importers, the suspension on direct air cargo between Bangladesh and the UK has been lifted.

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Asia-Europe carrier reliability improving

Schedule reliability is critical and can cause huge problems if it declines because a vessel is delayed, a sailing omitted, or a container rolled. All typical scenarios in the period before and after the Chinese New Year holidays which start this week.

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Why do smaller companies pay more to ship?

The World Trade Organisation says that cross-border trade is more difficult and costly for SMEs – companies with fewer than 250 employees – than it is for larger companies. But why?

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Beauty adopting fashion supply chains

By shortening their production cycles ‘fast beauty’ brands can get products to market quicker than ever.

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Asia sea freight challenges

The traditional squeeze in space in the run up to Chinese New Year is just weeks away and there’s already some evidence that rates may already be hardening…….

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Avoiding demurrage and detention charges

While most shippers have probably incurred the expense of demurrage and detention, the charges are not well understood.

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Brexit survey UK EU flags

EU firms plan to drop UK suppliers

Despite recent progress a survey of 1,118 supply chain managers by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has uncovered some startling Brexit decisions by UK and European businesses.

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Where fashion will grow in 2018

In 2018, for the first time, more than half of apparel and footwear sales will originate outside Europe and North America.

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China cuts tariffs in boost for UK exporters

As part of a strategy to stimulate consumer spending China have announced that from 1st December 2017 they will cut import tariffs on 187 consumer categories including food, drugs and apparel. A move that may boost the prospects of brands seeking to penetrate the Chinese market.

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