Lufthansa airfreight expansion

Lufthansa to Launch Freighters to Lagos

Demand from the oil and gas sector has persuaded Lufthansa Cargo to launch freighters to Lagos from the 15th of September to supplement its bellyhold capacity to and from Nigeria and the wider West African region.

The twice-weekly MD-11 freighter flights will depart from Frankfurt for the Nigerian city every Monday and Thursday, continuing on to Johannesburg. The return leg to Frankfurt will include a stopover in Nairobi.

US lead on lithium battery restriction

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued new standards to strengthen safety conditions for the shipment of lithium cells and batteries that will become mandatory within six months.

It said the changes, some of which focus specifically on shipments by air, were intended to “better ensure that lithium cells and batteries are able to withstand normal transport conditions and are packaged to reduce the possibility of damage that could lead to an unsafe situation”.

Maersk MSC CMA P3 alliance Not Approved.

CHINA’s Ministry of Commerce has declined to approve the P3 Network, in effect killing an alliance that would have reshaped the container-shipping landscape.

Freight Operational Network Forbidden

In a strongly worded statement on its website, MofCom said on Tuesday that it had decided after a seven-month antitrust review to “forbid Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co and CMA CGM to concentrate” by setting up an operational network.

Separately, Maersk Line, one of the three would-be alliance members,