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Drew Estate Unveils New Collaboration Blackened Cigars “M81”

Drew Estate unveils a new collaboration with Metallica's James Hatfield and Blackened American Whiskey's Rob Dietrich, BLACKENED Cigars “M81” Source

China to Implement Flavored Vaping Ban in October

China will implement a ban on flavored vaping products on Oct. 1, 2022 in an effort to further regulate the vaping industry and curb youth access. Source

Cohiba and Weller Bourbon Collaborate on New Cigar Release

Cohiba Cigars and Weller Bourbon team up for Weller by Cohiba, a limited edition 6 x 50 Toro with a retail price of $24.99 per cigar. Source

3 Tips for Launching Your Own Subscription-Based Business

Three tips to make sure your subscription-based business will have many people looking forward to unboxing what you have to offer each month. Source

Aganorsa Leaf Releasing New JFR Vitola

Aganorsa Leaf announces the upcoming release of Mi Favorito, the first new size released in the JFR cigar line in half a decade. Source

Tabacalera William Ventura and Intercigar S.A. Burn Down in Fire

Tabacalera William Ventura and Intercigar S.A. burned down in a fire that broke out in the early morning of Sept. 26, 2022. Source

A Brand Reboot

Learn how refreshing a brand or your packaging can give an established tobacco product new life and increased sales in retail. Source

US Tobacco Cooperative Inc. Successfully Emerges from Bankruptcy

US Tobacco Cooperative Inc. (USTC) successfully exited bankruptcy on July 14. The announcement came pursuant to the Federal Bankruptcy Court’s approval of USTC’s Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization on June 23, along with approval… Source

South Africa’s Vape Debate

In South Africa, where there are an estimated eight million smokers and a growing number of them are turning to e-cigarettes to quit smoking, a vaping industry is quickly emerging. Source

Eco-Friendly Packaging Emerging….Slowly

Eco-friendly cigarette packaging appears to be a trend that is only slowly catching on among manufacturers. At this point, primarily small, niche brand owners are the ones with the enthusiasm, and perhaps idealism… Source

Tobacco Asia Podcast #12

Packaging materials and paper notably use many resources and the processing can contribute to environmental degradation. Our guest is Liem Khe Fung, innovations director at BMJ (Bukit Maria Jaya)… Source

Cigar Association Opposes FDA Flavored Cigar Ban

The Cigar Association of America (CAA) filed comments opposing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed flavored cigar ban, saying FDA’s own data show that underage usage of flavored cigars – the main rationale for the proposal… Source

World Tobacco Asia: The Countdown is On

World Tobacco Asia returns to Surabaya, Indonesia on September 7-8, 2022 – the first major tobacco event to take place in the region for over three years. Source

FDA’s New Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee Chairperson

Cristine Delnevo, director of the Rutgers Center for Tobacco Studies and a professor of health behavior, society and policy at the Rutgers School of Public Health, was appointed chairperson of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) … Source

Foreign Cigarettes on Sale in North Korea

Despite the nation’s rigorous pandemic border restrictions, foreign-brand cigarettes can still be bought in the capital of North Korea, according to images recently received by NK News. Source

Philippines: Drafting Rules/Regs for New Vape Law

The Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is drafting Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act, which lapsed into law on July. Source

InterSupply/InterTabac: 2022’s Most Anticipated Exhibitions

It’s the comeback of the year, with over 600 exhibitors presenting their products once more at InterSupply and InterTabac in Dortmund on 15 and 17 September. Source

Developments in China’s Cigar Leaf Growing

Many well-known cigar leaf producing countries were deeply affected by Covid-19 for the past two years, and some of them failed to properly manage production and transportation of cigar leaves due to lockdown measures. Source

Q&A: Peter Sikkel, Pyxus — Sustainability on a New Level

Pieter Sikkel is president and c.e.o. of Pyxus International, Inc. since March 2013, and previously served as president from December 2010 through February 2013; executive vice president for business strategy… Source

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From the Associate Editor: Putting Back Meaning Behind the Overused Word “Sustainability”

Sustainability is increasingly a key focus point for consumers, investors, and companies in all industries, and the tobacco industry is no exception. Source

EVO NXT – an NGP Revolution

The world of next-generation products (NGPs) is on the cusp of a minor revolution as the EVO NXT Festival – an extraordinary new event format from Messe Dortmund – launches March 10-11, 2023 in Málaga, Spain (FYCMA) Source

70% of S.Africa’s Cigarettes Illegal

Johnny Moloto, the general manager for British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA), said about 70% of all cigarettes consumed in South Africa today are from illegal brands, making South Africa the largest market for illicit tobacco in the world. Source

US: Cannabis Now More Popular than Cigarettes?

For the first time ever, more people in the US are smoking cannabis than tobacco cigarettes. Source

Joseph Gro Joins Quality Importers

Joseph Gro, formerly of Drew Estate, has joins Quality Importers as its new director of marketing and communication. Source

BAT Appoints Chief Sustainability Officer

British American Tobacco (BAT) appointed Mike Nightingale as its first chief sustainability officer to lead its sustainability and ESG agenda. Source

Empire Social Lounge to Open Third Location in Fort Lauderdale

A third Empire Social Lounge is set to open footsteps away from Fort Lauderdale Beach's Las Olas Boulevard in September 2023. Source

What’s Happening with FDA?

A lot seems to be going on at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), most recently the departure of senior officials and an impending review of its food and tobacco programs that came under scrutiny in a senate subcommittee hearing. Source

Cannadips Launches New Sleep and Energy Product Lines

Boldt Runners Corp., manufacturer or Cannadips CBD, has announced the launch of a new line of Cannadips-branded products nationwide called Cannadips Fuel. Cannadips Fuel is described as a suite of sleep and energy products made with other cannabinoids including CBN and CBG in combination with other bioactive ingredients. The company was inspired to create this…

Golden Leaf Tobacco “Making it Work” for Partners

Mac Bailey started his tobacco career at 11 years old. There was a Maypole tradition that needed ribbons to be tied and a celebration to be held at his elementary school. Source

Personal Business: Artista’s Ram Rodriguez, Part 2

Ram Rodriguez shares how his company, Tabacalera El Artista, was changed by the pandemic and the rebranding and launch of Artista Cigars. Source

Tobacco Asia Podcast #13

As several changes face the cigar industry, the Tobacco Asia podcast welcomes David Ozgo, president of the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the leading US trade cigar group, to share his views on increases in the premium segment… Source

An Update on FDA Pre-Market Tobacco Applications

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets provides an update on the FDA's review of tobacco-derived and synthetic nicotine products. Source

Bill Filed to Classify Cigarette Smuggling as “Economic Sabotage”

A bill was filed by Philippines lawmakers seeking to classify cigarette smuggling as economic sabotage and as an offense punishable by 30-40 years in prison without bail in addition to a fine that will be double the value of the seized… Source

22nd Century Group Announces Management Team Changes

22nd Century Group announces changes to its management team including the departure of Michael Zercher and addition of Lucille S. Salhany. Source

Pakistan’s Cigarette Production Grows by 10%

Recent data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) revealed that the country’s cigarette production grew by 10% year-on-year to 29.15 billion sticks during January-June 2022. Source

New Categories Leading to Big Results

Big Tobacco is beating the odds and coming out on top by turning to some new, emerging product categories. Source

Another Try for Tobacco Ban in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Metropolitan City is once again trying to implement a ban on the consumption of tobacco products in public places starting September 17, after previous attempts had not succeeded. Source

JUUL Labs Sues the FDA Over E-cigarette Ban

JUUL Labs is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the agency’s refusal to show documents supporting its order to ban the company’s products from being marketed and sold in the U.S. JUUL is accusing the FDA of violating the Freedom of Information Act by holding back a majority of the…

Hong Kong’s E-Cig Ban Hits Air Cargo Volume

Regulations governing the transshipment of e-cigarettes into Hong Kong hit the volume of air cargo leaving Hong Kong, threatening the SAR’s position as a regional transshipment hub. Source

Corrective Statements Point-of-Sale Settlement Agreement

Get the latest on the corrective statement point-of-sale settlement from the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO). Source

EU’s Counterintuitive Ban on Heated Tobacco

When the European Parliament formally recognized tobacco harm reduction (THR) as a public health strategy earlier this year, it seemed like European regulators were beginning to follow scientific facts relating to tobacco. Source

ACE Prime Rebrands to Luciano Cigars

ACE Prime has announced that it will be rebranding itself to Luciano Cigars and opening its own independent distribution company. Source

Shisha Charcoal: More than Just Charred Wood

Charcoal is indispensable when enjoying a hookah, for it is heating the shisha molasses to just the perfect temperature. Source

FedEx suspends some Sunday deliveries – unlikely to appease angry contractors

FedEx Ground says it is scrapping a number of its Sunday deliveries in the US, but will the move ease contractor anger over falling profits? Source

What You Don’t See: Behind the Scenes at Plasencia Cigars

The Plasencias have a reputation for making some of the world’s best cigars, but do you understand how they achieved that status? Source

Carriers ‘must commit to berthing windows’ as N Europe ports see volumes fall

North European hub ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp-Bruges handled fewer containers in the first half of this year compared with H1 2021, but extended dwell times meant that yard density and terminal congestion increased significantly. Source

Premier Manufacturing’s New Packaging for 1839 Cigarettes

Premier Manufacturing, a subsidiary of US Tobacco Cooperative, reveals a new package design for its 1839 cigarette brand. Source

Dirty Shirley Wins the NAFT Award, Presented by Dongle

The Dirty Shirley drink, a nonalcoholic cocktail spiked with vodka, joins the NAFT Hall of Fame after being nominated by Espresso Martini. Source

SM Line chief eyes IPO revival by 2024 – but no ambitions to acquire HMM

South Korean liner operator SM Line has decided to invest its excess funds in its larger compatriot rival HMM. Source

Peter James Co. Releases New Cigar Blends

Peter James Co., the longtime maker of premium cigar accessories such as leather carrying cases and lighters, is releasing its own premium cigar blends. Source

A New Era for the Old-Fashioned

In celebration of Elijah Craig Old-Fashioned Week®, four bartenders share how they put their personal stamp on the classic cocktail. Source

Ripples from Black Sea shipping crisis hitting regional supply chains

Increasingly complex supply chains have been made more complex by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, which disrupted the country’s logistics industry and caused a ripple effect throughout regional container markets. Ukrainian Black Sea and Azov Sea ports shut down shortly after the invasion, and Russian naval forces blocked Ukrainian facilities, threatening to attack any…

DFDS boosts Irish expansion with takeover of Lucey Transport Logistics

Bolt-on deal: Denmark's DFDS has bought Ireland's Lucey Transport Logistics, acquires 70 trailers, 240 staff, 38,000sq metres warehousing Source

Analysis: Exceptional DSV summits beat peak Kuehne

Mean, lean machine DSV delivered, unsurprisingly, strong Q2 22 numbers as it keeps targeting its own stock rather than going for any other target, it emerged today from its interims and a follow-up call with analysts. (It’s investing more heavily, in fact, in its own stock via a Dkr7bn… yes, about $980m… share buyback programme…

Coca-Cola gets a taste for cheaper inland waterway service in India

Coca-Cola is among the first shippers to benefit from an inland waterway container service for India-Bangladesh cross-border trade.  Source

Truckers end port of Oakland protest blockade over AB5 law – for now

Cargo is finally flowing again through the port of Oakland after a blockade by truckers had paralysed freight traffic. Source

K+N targets SMEs for growth as it celebrates ‘another outstanding quarter’

Kuehne + Nagel saw its profits soar by 79% in Q2 as it celebrated “another outstanding quarter” and remained bullish about outlook. Source

Exclusive: AF-KLM looks set to take commercial control of CMA CGM Air Cargo

Air France-KLM is set to take full commercial control of CMA CGM Air Cargo – but has only until December 1 to form a full cargo agreement. Source

SA’s Wall Street Breakfast: Earnings on rush

SEEKING ALPHA‘s Wall Street Breakfast daily is now out: In arguably the most important week for Wall Street this summer, with the Fed decision and GDP on tap, earnings could actually end up determining direction. There are 175 S&P 500 (SP500) (SPY) companies set to report Q2 results, including 12 Dow (DJI) (DIA) components. Big names…

The Best Mezcals Under $50

The 5 best mezcal brands under $50 for sipping and mixing into cocktail recipes, plus a crash course in the spirit. Source

Supply chain radar: The final days of the final mile

The chickens are finally coming home to roost. As the start-up era of “Get Big Fast” (AKA “growth through any means”) draws to a close, the inevitable WeWork-style commercial hangover begins. Currently, it is the final mile delivery companies that are being culled. You know – the ones who would take over the world, with…

OceanX radar: Ker-ching! for Yildirim; Saadé vs France; party time at Matson

Straight to the podium today: 1) Gold Medal: goes to Robert Yildirim for his smart investment in CMA CGM back in the post-financial crisis dark days of box shipping…. Last week’s interview with the JOC – in which he estimates the value of his shares in CMA CGM (24%) as worth $22bn – shows it…

Covid outbreak discovered on ONE ship in Busan

Several crew members on ONE Competence, an 8,110 teu ship operated by THE Alliance, tested positive for Covid-19 while the ship was at berth in Busan last week. ONE Competence, which plies the transpacific trades to the US west coast, had entered the HMM PSA Pusan Newport Terminal last Monday, according to vessel-tracking data, and…

SMEs join sourcing shift away from China as Covid policy dents confidence

The production shift from China to South-east Asia is accelerating – now “even SMEs” are searching for alternative supply chains in the face of China’s restrictive Covid policies. According to Hong Kong-based digital wholesale marketplace Peeba, while the world is likely to see record Covid cases this winter, this is unlikely to lead to more…

Rising costs and late crops take big bite out of fruit air exports

Despite lockdowns and restricted airfreight capacity, Chinese consumers have not lost their appetite for North American cherries. But, imports are well below previous years’ levels. Source

Forwarders and shippers want EC to urgently review liner block exemption

Ten shipper and forwarder organisations have urged the European Commission (EC) to bring forward the review of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER). Source

Gloomy outlook for container freight market as rates continue to fall

A deteriorating picture of the container freight market outlook is painted by the Maritime Strategies International’s (MSI) July Horizon report. The analysts say they continue to expect container markets to “run out of steam” in the third quarter, with “a sharper drop-off in Q4 as the unwinding supply chain disruptions and cooling consumer demand drive…

Solving the Identity Crisis

How FTx Identity is changing the face of age verification technology for the tobacco industry. Source

The Watermelon Drink Is Built to Please

9 cocktail recipes that show that the watermelon drink can take many forms, from a Margarita to a spritz to a punch and more. Source

Indian exporters face more blank sailings on Europe services

Indian shippers are seeing no real respite from ongoing vessel schedule disruptions, particularly on connections to Europe.   Source

PCA and Boutique Cigar Association of America Announce Partnership

The Premium Cigar Association and Boutique Cigar Association of America announce new partnership to support one another and unify the industry. Source

Rescue Your Rinds

An easy recipe to use in a pineapple or watermelon drink, ideal for tropical cocktails, highballs and more. Source

SA: Walmart shares fall ~ 8% after hours as US-retail giant cuts profit outlook for Q2, FY

SEEKING ALPHA reports: – Shares of Walmart (NYSE:WMT) fell 8.2% after hours on Monday as the U.S.-retail giant lowered its profit outlook for Q2 and FY 2023. – The company said its operating margin was now expected to be about 4.2% for Q2 and 3.8% to 3.9% for FY 2023. – The guidance cut was “primarily due to…

Snapshot: Neumann’s NOYTECH born out of Kuehne + Nagel Russia & CIS

Just less than five months since the Russia-Ukraine war began, Swiss forwarder Kuehne + Nagel has completed the sale of its operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The deal’s value is undisclosed. As previously flagged in our Premium coverage last month (read this) the acquirer is led by a Kuehne + Nagel…

Against the odds: Dressed to KILL – DHL or Mærsk, or both?

If anybody can ever lead supply chain via the creation of a true end-to-end powerhouse in transport and logistics, that one star player is Germany’s DHL, not AP Møller-Mærsk (APMM). That’s one key takeaway from a lengthy conversation with LF Mastermind today, a source who, along with many others in our marketplace of late, was…

TT: Landstar reports Q2 records for revenue, earnings

Tranport Topics reports: Landstar System Inc. posted strong financial results for the second quarter — though they missed investment analysts’ expectations — and set a record for the first half. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based truckload carrier said July 20 that net income was $112.6 million, or $3.05 a diluted share, compared with $92.3 million, $2.40, during…

Airfreight rates out of Asia take a dive as demand from the west is ‘subdued’

Asian forwarders are reporting a large drop in airfreight rates, but don’t believe this is the end to elevated prices, nor a significant fall-off in demand. Source

Rich opportunities for regional cargo airlines blocked by pilot shortage

Bullish ATR forecast for regional freighters fails to take pilot shortage into account Source

M20 crash adds to freight misery at Dover, already beset by staff shortages

Freight movements in and out of Dover are facing substantive delays, which may last well into next week, amid staff shortages and a serious crash on the motorway to the Kent port. Chief executive of Port of Dover Doug Bannister said today such was the extent of the chaos that he was declaring it a…

Shipping lines begin to relax freight rules for Ukraine with ‘trusted partners’

Shipping lines handling Ukrainian cargo are beginning to loosen the terms on which freight can be transported into the country. They are reducing some of the complications of importing non-military supplies into the country, which has been at war with Russia since 24 February. Freight costs to and from Ukraine have increased as a result…

Califf Orders External Review of FDA Tobacco Regulation Office

In a recent congressional hearing, Dr. Robert Califf revealed that he had ordered an external review of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. Source

Our 15 Favorite Easy Shaken Cocktails

The best easy shaken cocktail recipes, from an aperitivo spin on the Daiquiri to a Trader Vic-inspired sour and more. Source

CMA CGM increases ocean freight rate discounts after government pressure

CMA CGM is to introduce even bigger discounts in ocean freight rates and broadened its scope in response to the sharp rise in inflation which is impacting the purchasing power of French households. Source

‘Lines banging on our door’ as spot rates tumble and peak season disappoints

Container spot rates from Asia to Europe and the US are coming under increased pressure as the peak season appears to be “muted” at best. Source

California refuses to back down on AB5 law, as truckers blockade port

California’s state governor, Gavin Newsom, said he “wouldn’t bow to protesters’ demands to pause the implementation of the new state law” that makes owner operators into employees. Oakland International Container Terminal and the Stevedoring Services of America (SSA), which operates Matson’s Oakland facility, have been closed to traffic, with ships anchoring outside waiting to berth.…

Korea’s Daesang buys North American 3PL Traffix in vertical move

South Korean food chaebol Daesang Corporation has acquired North American 3PL Traffix for $260m. Source

Market Insight: The state we’re in

Late last year, I predicted that 2022 would see an unprecedented level of government intervention in logistics and transportation. My hypothesis was based on the fact that several governments were approaching elections and with everyday voters not receiving their favourite products in a timely or cost-effective manner, government’s hand would be forced. As we pass…

The toxic horror chemicals that build up inside containers

Container safety has largely, and rightly, focused on the packing and stowage of cargo, its weight and the correct declaration of a shipment, hazardous or otherwise. However, as this article from Wired illustrates, even in a correctly packed, correctly declared container, a range of noxious gases can inadvertently develop during shipment, posing severe health risks…

Exporters raise a glass to ‘game-changing’ direct Asia-Scotland link

The first direct container service from Asia to Scotland is claimed to be a “game-changer” for companies that import from China, as well as for Scottish whisky, gin and spirit exporters.   A new alliance between the China Xpress service, operated by DKT Allseas and Glasgow-based liner agency KC Liner Agencies, will see the fortnightly…

How to Use Batavia Arrack in Cocktails

Riffs on the Hemingway Daiquiri, Queen's Park Swizzle and more cocktail recipes turn to the rum predecessor Batavia arrack for funky flavor. Source

Integrators beef up Indian air cargo operations amid e-commerce growth

Global airfreight/express parcel carriers are rapidly beefing up operations out of India amid expectations of sustained demand growth. Atlanta-based UPS is the latest mover.  Source

5 Corn Whiskeys to Try, Beyond Mellow Corn

5 corn whiskey bottles to try that are giving cult-favorite Mellow Corn whiskey a run for its money. Source

FIATA warns forwarders: shipping reform act offers ‘limited window’ for action 

FIATA has called for decisive action from its freight forwarder members during the “limited time window” offered by the US Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA 2022), to participate in regulatory discussions for a fairer supply chain.   A position paper issued by the group details the benefits of OSRA for forwarders, in particular the “de-fanging”…

Ligentia now eyes US acquisitions as it seals deal for Poland’s VGL Solid Group

Ligentia is closer to its aim of becoming a £1bn turnover business as its acquires Poland's VGL Solid Group Source

Truckload spot prices sink below contract rates as market feels the brakes

Despite headwinds, the US trucking market continues to expand, albeit at a slower rate, the latest industry data shows. The decline in spot pricing appears to have eased, having sunk below contract rates.   The US Bank Freight Payment Index for the second quarter, released today, shows growth overall in the truckload market, with shipment…

CMA CGM French rate discount a bid to avoid threat of ‘windfall tax’?

Observers claim CMA CGM's offer to cut prices for French retailers was in fact an attempt to avoid a windfall tax on profits. Source

JOC: Once-rescued CMA CGM now ‘too big to fail’: Yildirim

JOC‘s Mark Szakonyi reports: Nearly a dozen years after rescuing CMA CGM and enjoying billions of dollars in windfall, Robert Yildirim says the Marseille-based company is now “too big to fail.” Insulated with $10 billion in net cash and diversification into logistics and air cargo, CMA CGM Group is on far higher ground than 12…

DP World’s Imperial gets approval to buy 100% stake in Africa’s J&J Group

PRESS RELEASE Dubai, UAE, 19th July, 2022: Imperial, owned by DP World, announced today that all the requirements relating to its 100% acquisition of the J&J Group have now been fulfilled. The transaction relating to the acquisition of the first tranche of shares (51%) of the J&J Group, which was announced on 29 July 2021, was closed…

Regulating Flavored Tobacco Products: What You Need to Know

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) on what you need to know about the FDA's effort to regulate flavored tobacco products. Source

On the wires: Earnings season opens – PE, Saadé & Kuehne (and currency) rule

Q2 22 earnings season in transport and logistics (T&L) opens today with trucking/intermodal specialist JB Hunt reporting in the US after the stock market closes… … yet private-to-public sector deal-making from Europe and private-to-private M&A in Japan is set to steal the thunder as the M&A heat wave builds. And just as opportunistic investors, from…

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative Emerges from Bankruptcy

Almost a year after filing for bankruptcy protection, Raleigh, North Carolina-based U.S. Tobacco Cooperative has successfully emerged from bankruptcy. Source

All the Ways to Coconut Your Cocktail

Beyond the Piña Colada, coconut cream, water, and oil in cocktail recipes add salty-sweetness, nuttiness and tropical flavor. Source

UK ports call for expansion of freeport initiative to boost ‘levelling-up’

UK ports are urging the government to use them as the “ground zero” of its levelling-up plans, while others call for a significant expansion of the freeport strategy introduced last year. Source

General Cigar Unveils Revamped Sancho Panza Line

General Cigar Co. has unveiled a revamped version of Sancho Panza, a medium to medium-full bodied cigar blended by Justin Andrews, Matt Booth and HATSA. Source

Oil Well Old-Fashioned, Anyone?

Sangria, Sherry Cobbler and Zombie cocktails captured global attention when served at world's fairs. Here, a history of drinks at the events. Source

Container glut pushes down second-hand prices, but carriers still ordering new

Shipping lines and container lessors rushed to build new boxes in the last two years, which has resulted in an equipment glut, eroding prices Source

Logistics errors cost pharma sector $35bn a year – smarter data could help

Logistics problems cost the pharma industry about $35bn a year. Technology is viewed as a lever to bring that down, but the obstacles are massive. Source

Trade blockages ease, but recession seems to be looming, say economists

At the same time as congestion in some ports begins to ease and goods get moving once again, economic indicators reveal that demand is dropping on a level akin to that at the start of the pandemic, according to the Tradeshift Index of Global Trade Health. Source

Lufthansa Cargo sets itself ambitious targets as it moves towards ‘net zero’

Fleet modernisation, fuel efficiency measures and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) will be key factors if Lufthansa Cargo is to achieve its bold plans for CO₂ neutrality by 2050. Source

CMA CGM exec Nicolas Sartini joins MSC to lead Bolloré acquisition

Nicolas Sartini, who left CMA CGM in November 2020 to join Yilport Holdings as co-CEO, has joined Switzerland-based carrier MSC, reportedly heading up the company’s Bolloré Group acquisition.  MSC has not confirmed the appointment, but French website Le Marin, reports that Mr Sartini has left his post in Istanbul and joined MSC.  Mr Sartini held…

Angry shippers kept in the dark by CMA CGM over Vanda cargo 

Frustrated shippers and freight forwarders have written to The Loadstar in an effort to discover what has happened to their cargo, after the French container line CMA CGM continues to obfuscate over the APL Vanda accident.  One Bangladeshi freight forwarder wrote in desperation asking if we could trace his container, while a cargo owner called…

US imports continue to flood in, but more still arriving at east coast ports

US import container volumes grew by 5.9% in June year-on-year, defying weaker consumer demand trends. Source

cargo-partner offers to buy one third of Sim Cargo

There seems to be a lot going on at cargo-partner, which is reviewing its structure following the announcement by Stefan Krauter, found and CEO, that he is to step down. The latest is that it has offered to buy one third of European road groupage network Sim Cargo, according to Air Cargo News. The deal…

A Guide to Italy’s Essential Aperitivo Bars

Aperitivo bars worth a visit in Italy, from the birthplace of the Negroni Sbagliato to more modern cafes and wine bars. Source

White House intervenes in labour dispute to prevent rail meltdown

US president Biden stepped in at the eleventh hour to avert a work stoppage that could paralyse the severely strained rail system. With the possibility of industrial action as early as today (18 July), he signed an executive order on Friday for a board of arbitrators to seek a solution to the railway contract dispute…

Bartender in Residence Lydia McLuen Takes an Analytical Approach to Cocktails

Bartender in Residence Class of 2022's Lydia McLuen creates highly polished cocktails celebrating Portland, Oregon and Japan. Source

Against the odds: Hamburg Süd by Mærsk – brand value, what value?

“Seen this before?” A fine ding came from Mr Ocean the other day, backed by one very essential attachment that may well have a few supply chain pros fuming at how once-and-still powerful, acquired shipping brands are treated. (By extension here also come, briefly, deeper ramifications as far as, more broadly, your ‘Logistics Identity’ is concerned.)…

Bartender in Residence Jef Tate Makes Culinary Cocktails His Own

Now at one of the best bars in Chicago, Jef Tate's culinary cocktail recipes take inspiration from Jamaican cooking. Source

Indonesia unveils hub port ambition for Belawan – but is it just a dream?

The Indonesian government wants to get mainline operators to call directly at Belawan, the country's busiest port outside Java. Source