Europe Logistics

Europe Logistics

This page hosts coverage dedicated to container shipping and containerized supply chains in Europe, a dynamic market that consists of some of the world's most advanced consumer economies. As such it is home to a number of the world's top container lines such as Maersk Line and CMA CGM. Many of the world's leading freight fowarders and third-party logistics providers, notably Kuehne + Nagel, also hail from Europe, making the continent integral to global supply chains.

News & Analysis

04 Nov 2021
Port congestion at major European hubs and supply-side disruption across the regional logistics chain continues to put the brakes on factory production.
02 Nov 2020
Maersk’s integrator strategy is not affecting the carrier’s forwarder customers in a universal way, since the various elements of the transformation impact different sized intermediaries in varying ways.
06 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Sandra Karlsson, head of DGF GoGreen Europe for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses the significance of IMO 2020, the regulation's actual impact, consumer expectations, and exciting decarbonization options available to shippers.
20 Nov 2019
JOC Container Trade Europe 2019 Day 1 Keynote Speaker Marc Meier discusses the opportunities that global container freight movement presents in its very complexity, ambiguity, and volatility. Meier, managing partner and CEO of Fr. Meyer's Sohn, describes navigating the changing perception of freight forwarder value, compression of rates, and IMO 2020 uncertainty.
05 Nov 2019
Sponsored: What keeps shippers up at night? Kuehne + Nagel's EVP Otto Schacht discusses customer concerns around fuel pricing and availability with the approaching IMO 2020 low-sulfur regulation, freight rate market fluctuations, the future of contracting, and the e-commerce impact on predictability expectations.
05 Nov 2019
Sponsored: Guangzhou Ports (Europe) CEO Johannes Nanninga on the cargo flow transformations happening in South China and the rise of the Port of Nansha as the west side of the Pearl River Delta strengthens as a manufacturing and warehousing hub.
18 Sep 2019
The acquisition of two Van Soest Coldstores facilities complements Lineage’s existing network of refrigerated sites across Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK.
30 Aug 2019
Falling rates on the Asia-North Europe trade is expected to lead to another round of blank sailings as carriers try to match capacity with the weakening demand.
16 Aug 2019
The middleman role of forwarders will remain, but their survival will depend on embracing technology and providing greater value to customers in a transparent, data-driven environment.
15 Aug 2019
It was a modest second quarter result, but Maersk Line continues to improve its profitability by improving reliability and resisting any temptation to chase market share.
09 Aug 2019
There was little to celebrate at Europe’s main air cargo gateways in the first half of the year amid weak freight handling volumes that show no signs of improving.
08 Aug 2019
Companies should have contingency plans in place for their inland European supply chains as low water levels on the rivers are posing a very real threat.
07 Aug 2019
Maersk’s new ocean-rail service from Asia to Northern Europe is offering competitive transit times against more established all-rail routes.
06 Aug 2019
Low rates on Asia-Europe are sucking the profitability out of the trade, despite an increase in overall volume.
05 Aug 2019
Rate increases and capacity cuts seem to finally be having an impact on Asia-North Europe container pricing.
01 Aug 2019
A dismal June capped a poor first half for the global air cargo industry, which has the lean summer months to get through before any seasonal pick-up in demand can be expected.
30 Jul 2019
With just three months to go until the UK withdraws from the European Union, business is piling pressure on the new British government to avoid leaving without a deal.
25 Jul 2019
There was no sign of slowing European economies in the Port of Rotterdam’s first half results, which put the critical gateway on pace to best last year’s record throughput.
24 Jul 2019
It has taken many years, but finally dredging work on the crucial river access to Europe’s third-largest port has begun.
2M keeps Asia-Europe sailings while rivals cut
24 Jul 2019
The 2M Alliance is holding off on blanking sailings while rival alliances slash capacity through July and August in a bid to shore up slumping rates.
18 Jul 2019
Panalpina reported a stable first half performance, its last interim result as an independent entity before being absorbed into DSV later this year.
16 Jul 2019
Attempts to increase rail’s market share in Europe are being hampered by added costs involved in the modal shift, which Belgium’s transport lobbies believe can be solved by government subsidies.
16 Jul 2019
While carriers are determined to pass low-sulfur fuel costs on to shippers, their customers are warning the additional charges better be in line with the market.
12 Jul 2019
Finding rail freight routes around the closed section of the North Sea-Med Corridor is not easy, as the line is a key link between France and Italy.
09 Jul 2019
The recently signed free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam will initially be tricky to navigate for European importers, but the long-term benefits will be significant.
09 Jul 2019
All rail traffic along a busy route connecting the French city of Lyon and Turin in Italy has been suspended, forcing rail operators to re-route.
US vehicle tariffs threaten fast-growing trans-Atlantic trade
08 Jul 2019
The US has hit the pause button in its trade war with China and has shifted its attention back to Europe where tariff threats are hurting business confidence, especially in the German vehicle and spare parts market.
Asia-Europe rate push fails ahead of capacity cuts
05 Jul 2019
Expectations of slowing demand on the Asia-Europe trade have left the market with little inclination to accept carrier rate increases.
Hapag-Lloyd kicks off online reefer program
04 Jul 2019
Germany-based carrier Hapag-Lloyd is on a campaign to modernize its reefer fleet and has rolled out plans to bring all the containers online and trackable in real time.
Peak season capacity slashed on Asia-Europe
03 Jul 2019
Another round of blank sailings has been announced, this time by the Ocean Alliance, as carriers sail into a decidedly uncertain peak season shipping period.
27 Jun 2019
Managing capacity is going to be crucial for carriers through the peak season as uncertainty grows over weakening demand.
12 Jun 2019
Three options are on the table for European regulators as they ponder renewing, abolishing, or amending consortia block exemption rules.
Blockchain pilots target bill of lading digitalization
11 Jun 2019
Blockchain technology being applied to the bill of lading on the Asia-Europe trade.
09 May 2019
The economic and trade forecasts for 2019 are mixed, but in volume terms the year is off to a good start, as evidenced by a strong first quarter for Hapag-Lloyd.
08 May 2019
European imports from Asia have yet to show any ill effects from a slowdown in economic activity in major economies in the European Union.
29 Apr 2019
The ocean carrier says importers and exporters in several European countries will be able to save time using a new online customs clearance platform.


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