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Game-Changing New Indian Tax

Effective from 1st July 2017, the Indian government are introducing a Goods & Service Tax (GST) which will be a single tax on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods throughout India. The tax will work similarly to VAT, being collected at every stage of sale or...

Storm Stella Impacts USA

Storm Stella has pounded the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast USA early on Tuesday, resulting in flight cancellations, closures, power outages and warnings from city and state officials to stay off the roads. The US National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings...

Bangladesh Strike Update*

** UPDATE Thursday 2nd March - Indications are that the majority of transport workers have returned to work and the situation is returning to normal. There will be some backlogs to clear.   ORIGINAL POST: A nationwide indefinite strike by transport workers has...

Pakistan Port Congestion

Major congestion at Karachi is currently causing heavy delays and short shipments, with Port Qasim possibly the worst affected. The recent tensions and subsequent slowing down of cargo at the Afghanistan/Pakistan border has impacted the movement speed of goods through...

Weather Impacts USA Flights

Current snow storms in the United States Northeast have resulted in over 2000 flights being cancelled and severe storm warnings being issued. Winter Storm Niko is largely affecting areas such as Boston, New York, and Philadelphia and snow is expected to continue at...

Spring Festival Commences

As celebrations get underway for Chinese New Year what do we know about this major festival? The celebration is also known as 'The Spring Festival' and is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The new year begins on Saturday...

2016 in Review

As we approach the new year we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. We say farewell to 2016, which has certainly been a rollercoaster of a year on both the world stage and in logistics. Below is a review of some of...

Indian Banknote Crisis

India’s logistics industry has been left confused and concerned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unexpected decision to ban the issue of 500 & 1,000-rupee banknotes. These denominations currently represent around £6 and £12 respectively. According to the All...

Fuel Duty Frozen

Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced a freeze on fuel duty for a seventh consecutive year during his Autumn Statement recently. However freight and transport groups are reportedly suggesting that he did not go far enough to aid struggling smaller transport and freight...

Typhoon Hits Far East

Super Typhoon Meranti, the strongest storm on record anywhere this year, wreaked havoc as it brought gusts of up to 140mph to mainland China and Taiwan on Thursday. Xiamen airport was badly damaged, resulting in flights being delayed or cancelled. Some parked aircraft...

G20 Summit Golden Week

The next Group of Twenty (G20) Summit will be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Providence, China, on the 4th & 5th September. To minimize pollution, the Chinese government has ordered the closing of factories within 150 KM of Hangzhou from August 26 until September 6....

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