Specialist components for food production lines

One of our largest clients provides specialist components for food production lines. To maintain the growth of their business, the client required in-depth knowledge about cross trades and how to import from China in the most efficient way.

Initially, the client chose to import from China directly to the UK. However, as the company grew, opportunities to market their products across Europe grew more attractive.

Rather than import everything to the UK,

- April 2015
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K&L Freight Launch New Website

Global freight forwarder, K&L Freight has launched a new responsive website this week.

The UK logistics company specialises in import and export of air and sea freight to countries such as China, India and the United States. The redesigned website was developed by the digital team at Parker Design and aims to better meet the needs of clients, whether they’re using a laptop, tablet or mobile device.

As well as an updated look and feel,

- April 2015
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International Logistics Firm Expands Team

Mark Fearnley joins international logistics specialist, K&L Freight, to lead the Cheshire-based company’s new business team. 

As new business manager, he will manage a variety of high-profile accounts and continue to increase the number of clients seeking international sea freight and air freight shipping services.

“We’re delighted that Mark has chosen to continue his career at K&L Freight,” says Director, Chris Wood. “His knowledge and expertise in the international logistics industry will allow us to continue to expand the range of import export services available to our clients.”

Mark was most recently a branch manager with respected international shipping firm,

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What can a shipping container be used for?

23 Surprisingly Gorgeous Homes Made From Shipping Containers – because shipping containers are like Lego for adults. With a little imagination, the shipping container becomes a cheap, reliable building block that can be used to build chic little getaway homes and castles of majesty alike!

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Container manufacturing booming

Rising demand will boost the financial performance of container manufacturers over the next two years, according to one leading forecaster.

Nilesh Tiwary, an equity analyst at Drewry, said annual box deliveries would grow 14% this year, 5% in 2015 and 9% in 2016 due to favourable demand-supply dynamics in the container shipping industry.

Box replacement demand would also increase over the period as more resale outlets were opened in emerging markets.

- October 2014
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Sea freight rates due to rise in November

FREIGHT rates have continued to decline on all the major trades this week as container lines look to November and the latest round of recommended general rate increases.

Carriers pushing for rises of up to nearly $1,000 per teu on the Asia-Europe trade are hoping to repeat last year’s successful GRIs when rates jumped some 123% from $670 to $1,423.

A rise in box prices cannot come soon enough.

The latest Shanghai Containerised Freight Index shows that on Asia-Europe routes,

- October 2014
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Airfreight prices worldwide to stay stable over the next 12 months

Airline heads of cargo expect pricing to the main broadly stable over the next 12 months, according to the latest Airline Business Confidence Index from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

In the association’s quarterly survey, conducted in October and published today, airline CFOs and heads of cargo reported that “cargo yields declined at a slightly slower pace” in the third quarter compared to earlier in the year, and cargo heads “anticipate stability in cargo yields over the next 12 months”,

- October 2014
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Congestion at Far East Ports

Congestion at key Asian ports is the worst it has been over the last 20 years and the situation looks set to continue, according to two executives from one intra-Asia carrier. Transport chief executive Tim Wickmann and chief commercial officer Naresh Potty said that schedule reliability was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain because of the congestion, which began around March. Mr Potty named Manila as the worst-performing port but said that Hong Kong,

- September 2014
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Shipping Line Congestion Still a Problem

Schedule reliability among the world’s shipping lines fell for the first time since February in July, as congestion in northern Europe and on the US west coast took its toll on global performance.

Schedule reliability fell almost four percentage points from 75.6% in June to 71.6%.

July’s schedule reliability is based on a record number of vessel calls, with as many as 10,966 arrivals recorded.

In terms of individual carriers,

- September 2014
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Sea freight rates to fall long term

Erosion of freight rates in the global container shipping trades is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, Maersk Line chief executive Søren Skou is predicting, leaving ocean carriers to find other ways of returning to profitability.

Maersk Line is one of the few in the industry to have produced respectable second quarter results, helped by unexpectedly good volumes in the Asia-Europe trades, which helped to stabilise average freight rates.

But Maersk Line’s net operating profit of $547m and annualised return on invested capital of 10.8% was far more a reflection of cost-cutting initiatives than higher revenue,

- September 2014
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