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Ocean Shippers Turning to e-Invoicing

INTTRA release study findings that show 81% of surveyed ocean shippers look to cut costs through e-Invoicing in 2013. The findings were based on a global study of high-volume shippers and freight forwarders that included 4 of the top 5 global logistics providers. Four years of economic volatility have intensified pressure on carriers and shippers to seek new ways to reduce costs and have seen no relief on pressure to increase service levels. One cost reduction method that has demonstrated results across government and commercial sectors is electronic invoicing (e-Invoicing). Once referred to simply as a “best practice,” e-Invoicing is emerging as a critical cost reduction tool for companies in or those impacted by the struggling ocean shipping industry. The 2012 global study found that: 81% of respondents want to receive invoices electronically in 2013. 77% rate “managing disputes” as their greatest invoicing challenge, with reducing the “time and cost to process invoices” as a close second at 68%. The top 10 country e-Invoicing launch preferences for shippers include the United Kingdom, China, the Netherlands, United States, Germany, Singapore, Australia, France, Hong Kong and Italy. "Invoicing, dispute resolution and payment processes are highly fragmented across the industry and represent a significant area of cost and inefficiency,” said Otto Schacht

WSS Middle East Wins World Cargo Alliance Award

Ben Jones, maritime logistics operations manager - Saudi Arabia; Russell Dinwoodie, GM Kuwait; Unni Krishnan, seafreight manager Bahrain; Avanish Bhat, sales manager Qatar, Flemming Andersen, area logistics manager – MEA; Alex Lewis, GM KSA; Gresham Vadivelu, ML sales manager Dubai; Rohit Diwan, logistics manager India; Raja Ilyas, liner manager Pakistan; Frank Olsen, GM Iraq & Jordan and Ricardo D’Roza, airfreight manager Dubai (Photo: WSS)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has won the prestigious title of ‘Best Partner 2011 - Middle East,’ which was presented by the World Cargo Alliance (WCA) at their annual conference in Bangkok earlier this month. “We are honored to have taken this title, and I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the maritime logistics team in the Middle East for their splendid work throughout 2011,” said Flemming Andersen, Area Logistics Manager Middle East at WSS

Descartes Acquires Oceanwide Logistics

Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, has acquired the logistics business of privately-held Oceanwide Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Oceanwide's logistics business is focused on a web-based, hosted SaaS model suited for customs brokers and freight forwarders who choose to outsource rather than procure or manage traditional enterprise applications behind their own firewalls.

U.S. Freight Forwarder Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

A Kirkland, Wash.-based freight forwarder involved in the military's program for shipping household goods of military and civilian Department of Defense (DOD) personnel between the U.S. and foreign countries pleaded guilty to criminal offenses related to its participation in that program, the Department of Justice announced today. Criminal charges were filed today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., against Air Van Lines International Inc. (AVLC). Under the terms of a

Shantanu Bhadkamkar Takes Over As Chairman Of IFCBA

Shantanu Bhadkamkar

  Shantanu Bhadkamkar, Immediate Past Chairman of Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations In India (FFFAI) was unanimously elected as Chairman of International Federation of Customs Brokers Association (IFCBA) at the Board of Directors Meeting of IFCBA held in Seoul, Korea recently. Bhadkamkar is the Managing Director (Group CEO) of ATC Group,a leading Customs Broker & International Freight Forwarder in India

Customs Set to Begin Third Phase of C-TPAT

U.S. Customs Service Commissioner Robert C. Bonner today announced that Customs will begin taking applications as of August 26, 2002, from brokers, freight forwarders, and non-vessel operating common carriers for membership in the Customs-Trade Partnership program. The program, dubbed C-TPAT, is an initiative between business and government to protect global commerce from terrorism. Unveiled this past April, the program initially sought membership from the importing and global transportation

SBS Worldwide Enhances Services

Global full service freight forwarder, SBS Worldwide launched a key ocean freight consolidation service through the US West Coast gateway for its customers in the north of the UK through its Manchester office, the first of a series of planned enhancements this year. Chairman, Steve Walker is certain that as the economic chill hardens, exporters and importers in one of the most important commercial, industrial and retail regions of the UK will welcome his company’s improved services

DGX Boosts Middle East Service Offering

Dependable Global Express, Inc. (DGX), a global ocean freight forwarder, announces the appointment of Lily Sagherian as its Business Development Manager for DGX's new Middle East Trade Lane service. Ms. Sagherian is fluent in four languages including Arabic and Armenian, and has been in the freight forwarding industry 25 years. In her last position, she was a Trade Lane negotiator and sales person where she managed three trade lanes.

New Moselle Service To Rotterdam Started

Moselle Terminal

  The Bonn port business and freight forwarder Am Zehnhoff-Söns and the French port authority for the Moselle ports have started a direct service to the port of Rotterdam, via the joint venture MMS Multi Modal Shuttle. For the time being shipping line HTAG’s vessels operate a twice-weekly service in either direction. The hub is the port of Bonn on the Rhine.   Trial sailings have been under way since April

FMC Budget Request

The Administration requests $19.5 million for the operation of the Federal Maritime Commission for fiscal year 2005. Approximately $18.4 million was appropriated for FMC operations in fiscal year 2004. The FMC is a five member independent agency responsible for enforcing international shipping rules and regulations involving carriers (container ship operators), shippers (companies owning goods to be transported), and transportation facilitators such as freight forwarders

Megaships Worsen Overcapacity in Boxship Trades

The 16,000 TEU CMA CGM containership Marco Polo (file image)

Container shipping lines are poised to take delivery of a new generation of "megaships" over the next two years, just as the growth of world trade is slowing down, contributing to massive overcapacity in the market. Megaships, which can be up to 400 metres long, seem to be here to stay

FMC Collects $1,227,500 in Penalties from NVOCC's


Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $1,227,500 in civil penalties.   The agreements were reached with seven non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and one vessel-operating common

Kalmar Bags order from ÖBB-Infrastruktur

cargo handling equipment for general cargo and intermodal operation at the ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG terminal

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a valuable order from long-standing partner Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) to supply cargo handling equipment for general cargo and intermodal operation at the ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG terminals at Wolfurt

TT Club Urges Immediate Action on Box Weighing

File photo

Provider of insurance and related risk management services to the transport and logistics industry TT Club said it welcomes the initiative of the World Shipping Council (WSC) in its recent publication of guidelines to the industry in relation to implementing the SOLAS requirements that become

Outlook Bright for Freight Forwarders

The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index for May indicated some improvements from April’s decline. In particular, the six-month outlook appears bright as airfreight gained 2.8 points to 63.4 and sea freight increased 2.1 points to 62.9.

Antwerp Port Launches Breakbulk Application

APCS is the network of systems and solutions for electronic communication in the port of Antwerp.

  Port of Antwerp has launched breakbulk application for more efficient freight handling. Antwerp has long been the breakbulk port par excellence in Europe. This status finds expression each day anew in a flexible range of high-quality services tailored to the requirements of the customer

SeaProcurement Version 2.2 Launched

SeaProc Dashboard (Image courtesy of iMarine Software)

Marine eProcurement system adds new features to expand functions and enhance management reporting.    iMarine Software announced today the release of SeaProcurement (SeaProc) Version 2.2, expanding the next generation in marine eProcurement systems to include contract management

Seminar Highlights Freight Liability in Russia

Kevin King

International freight insurer TT Club convened a special seminar at the recent conference on transport and logistics, Trans Russia in Moscow.  Lead by TT Club’s General Manager, EMEA, Kevin King and Kirill Berezov from the insurer’s long-established Russian network partner

Freight Logistics Implements CargoSphere Rate Technology Platform

Photo: CargoSphere

CargoSphere, a cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced that Freight Logistics, a global freight forwarder and logistics service provider, has implemented the CargoSphere technology platform

Face Off Maersk Tigris

Maersk Tigris. Pic by Maersk Line

 The Danish shipping giant Maersk Line is still trying to obtain details of the Iranian court ruling that resulted in seizing Maersk Tigris by the Iranian authorities over an alleged commercial dispute.   While the Iranian claimant in the Maersk Tigris case warns vessel could be put

Growth Potential of European Short Sea Shipping Untapped

The Organisations which have endorsed the letter

  A coalition of European shipping sector organisations, led by the European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ECASBA), has called on the European Parliament, Commission and Member States to honour the commitments to support short sea shipping that were made in May last year

E-Procurement Streamlined via the Cloud

Joseph E. Royce, CEO of MPS, aims to enhance the purchasing cycle via its cloud-based Direct Connect  e-procurement trading platform.

Marine Procurement Solutions (MPS) has built an electronic platform that aims to enhance the purchasing cycle for the maritime industry. MPS provides software, consultancy services and other customized solutions through its Direct Connect e-procurement trading platform that is designed to unite

Logistics and Warehouse Insurance: Understanding its Complexity

Virginia Cameron

In October 2013, a fire blazed through Brazil’s Santos port, destroying six warehouses and the 180,000 tons of raw sugar inside Sugar Company Copersucar’s terminal. The fire hit all of the sugar giant’s warehouses at the port and left many exporters holding contracts for sugar

Cargill wins Port Community Award

Port Community Award

The agro-industrial concern Cargill has won the 5th Port Community Award. The agro-industrial concern with branches in Amsterdam and Rotterdam also won a prize in the category shipping companies/ship’s agents/agents during the festive awards ceremony

Top Five Most Costly Insurance Claims

Image courtesy of TT Club

The TT Club has alerted the supply chain industry to a persistence of claims in a handful of loss types. The international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider said it has found that 66% of its claims by number and 62% by value over a five year period can be categorized into just

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