Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kelron Logistics Appoints Craig Swain as Director of Procurement, Transportation Management

Kelron Logistics, one of North America’s fastest growing full service transportation logistics solutions providers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Craig Swain as Director of Procurement for the company’s Transportation Management division.

In this newly created role, Mr. Swain will be responsible for senior level purchasing and carrier relations, and be based in the company’s Vancouver office.

“Craig’s proven ability to develop and foster mutually beneficial and respectful relationships will drive his success in this critically important position” said Cindy Dennis, Vice President and General Manager of Kelron’s Transportation Management division.

About Kelron

Kelron Logistics is a leading provider of intelligent transportation logistics solutions that help companies optimize their supply chain performance and efficiency when moving goods throughout North America.

Kelron offers a full range of services including transportation management, dedicated capacity, on-demand transportation, warehousing/distribution and consulting. The company has been acknowledged through a number of distinguished industry rankings, including Inbound Logistics “Top 100 3PL Providers”

For more information about Kelron, visit or call (800) 668-3785.

Con-way Freight Names Timothy P. Dell Area Vice President of Sales, Western Area

Promotion Recognizes Distinguished Sales Career and Commitment to Customer Service

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jan. 29, 2009 — Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced that it has promoted Timothy P. Dell to area vice president of sales, Western area. In the role, Dell will be responsible for directing the company's sales initiatives in the eleven western U.S. states, as well as North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Texas. He will also oversee the activities of nine regional sales managers and eight national account executives.

"Tim Dell has exceptional sales talent and a long history of delivering results for Con-way Freight in the Western region,” said Ed Conaway, executive vice president of sales for Con-way Freight. "His commitment to outstanding customer service and experience in leading sales management teams make him a natural for this new role.”

A 32-year veteran of the less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation industry, Dell began his career as a dockworker, eventually moving on to positions including dispatcher, freight operations supervisor, service center manager and sales manager. He joined Con-way Freight in 1998 as an account executive at its Orange, Calif., facility. Dell later became senior account executive and, most recently, held the role of regional sales manager for the territory covering Southern California.

A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Dell is based at Con-way Freight's location in Buena Park, Calif.

About Con-way Freight
Con-way Freight is the industry's leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service through a single, unified network of more than 300 service centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight offers LTL freight delivery across North America, as well as delivery in the United States for international less-than-container (LCL) ocean shipments from Asia through its OceanGuaranteed® service. Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway carrier and is ISO 9001- and 14001-, C-TPAT/PIP, ACE- and CSA-certified.
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.0 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics services company. For more information, visit

Port Metro Vancouver 2008 statistics reflect bright spots despite worldwide economic conditions

Port Metro Vancouver 2008 statistics reflect bright spots despite worldwide economic conditions

METRO VANCOUVER, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - 2008 end-of-year cargo statistics released today by Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) illustrate that while unprecedented worldwide economic difficulties have had a significant effect on global trade, the Port has demonstrated stability and resiliency during this period.

While overall tonnage of 114,559,973 metric tonnes declined 10% compared to 2007, the auto and container sectors were stable, in contrast to other West Coast ports. Commodities such as coal, potash and petroleum products experienced moderate increases. In contrast, breakbulk, mineral and forest product volumes were significantly lower.

"Our Port's statistics clearly reflect the interconnectedness of global trade," said Captain Gordon Houston, President and CEO, Port Metro Vancouver. "We are certainly not immune to the effects of current economic conditions, but at the same time a number of factors, such as our high degree of diversification and focus on the Canadian market, have allowed Port volumes to remain relatively stable compared to many of the Port's competitors."

Bright spots included coal volumes that increased by 3% to 25,930,257 tonnes in a volatile market. The growing thermal coal market offset declines in metallurgical coal volumes. Petroleum products increased by 14% to 7,274,857 tonnes. Among the products in that sector, crude oil exports experienced a modest increase of 3%, while gasoline surged by almost 50%. In sharp contrast to the declining trend in the overall global market for automobiles, auto imports remained steady at 456,442 vehicles.

Port Metro Vancouver remained the leader in container traffic among Pacific Northwest ports with a 38% market share. Overall container statistics for the Port were largely unchanged from the previous year, at 2,492,107 TEU (twenty-foot-equivalent unit). The ongoing downturn in the economy and erosion of consumer confidence led to a decline in container imports in the latter part of the year, while wavering demand and letters of credit issues had an effect on containerized exports of forest products and specialty crops.

Market conditions had varying effects on grain moving thought the Port, which at 13,580,273 tonnes declined 7%. High prices early in the year led to a depletion of stockpiles. A late harvest combined with lower prices late in the year resulted in a 12% decline in wheat exports, while letters of credit issues negatively affected specialty crops such as pulses, corn, oats and rye. Conversely, canola increased 16% in response to strong market demand.

Results in the fertilizer sector were mixed. The sulphur market experienced radical changes in price, demand and supply, with exports ending the year down by 11%. Demand for potash, which had a very strong year until December, began to lower as producers controlled supply to maintain prices, but finished the year in positive territory at 6,451,228 tonnes.

A substantial decline in metals and minerals was largely attributable to weakness in the market for aggregates brought on by the slowdown in the construction industry.

Breakbulk volumes experienced the most significant decline, at 25%, due in large part to challenges related to the forestry sector.

The cruise sector remained stable. A decline from 2007 was essentially due to a vessel re-deployment, and both sailings and revenue passenger numbers reverted to the trend line from previous years.

Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and North America's most diversified port, trading $75 billion in goods with more than 130 trading economies annually. Port activities generate 129,500 total jobs across Canada, $10.5 billion in GDP and $22 billion in economic output.
For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver, Telephone: (604) 665-9069

Averitt Announces No General Rate Increase in 2009

Averitt Announces No General Rate Increase in 2009
Company officials cite opportunity to build customer loyalty as reason for decision

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (January 29, 2009) — Averitt Express, has announced it will not take a general LTL rate increase in 2009.

Company officials cited the unique opportunity to build customer loyalty as reasons for the decision.

"As we enter 2009, our nation faces serious economic challenges. At a time like this, our customers need transportation partners who can provide outstanding service and creative transportation solutions. They also need to keep costs as low as possible," said Phil Pierce, Averitt's executive vice president of sales and marketing. "So, at a time when most transportation providers are taking an annual rate increase and at a time when we continue to face higher costs ourselves, we are proud to announce Averitt will not take a general LTL rate increase in 2009."

Pierce adds that in addition to Averitt's unique move with its pricing, the company is also charting a different course with how it facing the recession.

"Instead of simply sitting idly by and waiting for the storm to pass, we have chosen to use this time to rethink every process we follow, every purchase we make and every resource we consume – all with the goal of eliminating waste and strengthening our ability to serve our customers," added Pierce.

The announcement will affect thousands of shippers whose rates are based on Averitt's A-Rate tariff.

For more information on Averitt rates, customer can visit

About Averitt Express

Established in 1971, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. The company specializes in delivering customized solutions with a single source of accountability for service offerings that include less-than-truckload, truckload, time-critical, importing/exporting and supply chain management. Backed by successful execution for hundreds of customers, Averitt’s supply chain management capabilities include dedicated fleet operations, warehousing services and transportation management. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT or visit

Canadian Pacific announces 2008 results

Calgary, Alberta

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX/NYSE: CP) announced its fourth-quarter and full-year 2008 results today. Net income was $201 million down from $342 million in fourth-quarter 2007 and diluted earnings per share were $1.29, down from $2.21 in fourth-quarter 2007. This decrease is primarily due to a future tax benefit that was recorded in fourth-quarter 2007. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange on long-term debt and other specified items, diluted earnings per share were $1.15, down $0.05 or four per cent. Fourth-quarter operating income (a non-GAAP measure) was $305 million, essentially flat despite a charge of $23 million in 2008 as a result of a federal court decision regarding the retroactive adjustment to the grain revenue entitlement related to the 2007/2008 crop year.
2008 Earnings Release and Financial Reports


Total revenues increased nine per cent to $1.3 billion from $1.2 billion
Operating expenses were $995 million an increase of 13 per cent from $883 million
Excluding foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt and other specified items: - Diluted earnings per share decreased to $1.15 from $1.20; and - Income decreased four per cent to $178 million from $185 million
At the end of October, following the US Surface Transportation Board's approval, CP assumed control of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad (DM&E). For the first ten months of 2008, the DM&E was accounted for on an equity basis. The results for the final two months are consolidated on a line-by-line basis.

The impact of a stronger US dollar in the fourth quarter increased both freight revenues and operating expenses that were denominated in US currency. Relative to the US dollar, the Canadian dollar weakened from $0.98 per US dollar in the fourth quarter of 2007 to $1.17 per US dollar on average during the fourth quarter of 2008.

Freight revenues were up 10 per cent in the fourth quarter on foreign exchange, continued pricing strength inclusive of fuel recoveries, and DM&E revenues for the last two months of the quarter and partially offset by the retroactive grain adjustment and lower volumes. Revenues from industrial and consumer products increased 37 per cent, with grain revenues increasing 19 per cent and coal and automotive both improving six per cent. Intermodal was flat year-over-year. These gains were offset somewhat by decreases in forest products and sulphur and fertilizers of seven and three per cent respectively.

Operating expenses increased 13 per cent in the fourth quarter driven mainly by foreign exchange and the inclusion of two months of DM&E expenses, partially offset by declining volumes and the results of CP's cost management actions.


Net income for full year 2008 was $619 million compared with $946 million in 2007. Diluted earnings per share were $3.98, down from $6.08. This decrease was mostly the result of a large foreign exchange gain on long-term debt and a large future income tax benefit, both recorded in 2007, and lower operating income in 2008.

Total revenues increased five per cent to $4.9 billion from $4.7 billion
Operating expenses increased nine per cent to $3.9 billion from $3.5 billion
Free cash flow (a non-GAAP measure) was $231 million
Excluding foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt and other specified items: - Diluted earnings per share were $4.06, down six per cent from $4.32; and - Income decreased six per cent to $632 million from $673 million


Capital investment in 2009 is expected to be in the range of $800 million to $820 million which is a reduction of approximately $200 million when compared with the combined CP and DM&E cash capital investment for the full year 2008. This 2009 outlook assumes an average currency exchange rate of $1. 25 per U.S. dollar (US$0.80).

CP is updating its current outlook for upcoming pension contributions. Based on preliminary calculations and subject to filing a January 1, 2009 valuation of the main Canadian pension plan with the applicable regulatory agency, CP expects that aggregate contributions to all of its defined benefit pension plans will increase from C$95 million in 2008 to a range of C$150 million to C$195 million for 2009. CP estimates its minimum required contributions for 2010 to be in the range of C$295 million to C$345 million. The lower end of the ranges are based on the passing into law of the temporary funding relief proposed by the Canadian federal government in November 2008 and the upper ends do not include any funding relief. The estimated contributions for 2010 assume the plans' investments in public equities, real estate and infrastructure funds achieve, in aggregate, a 10 per cent return in 2009, and long Canada bond yields as at December 31, 2009 are 4.0 per cent (versus 3.45 per cent at December 31, 2008).


CP had a net foreign exchange loss of $4 million on long-term debt (a gain of $22 million after tax) in the fourth quarter of 2008, compared with a net foreign exchange gain on long-term debt of $8 million ($11 million after tax) in the fourth quarter of 2007.

For the full year 2008, CP had a net foreign exchange loss on long-term debt of $16 million (a gain of $22 million after tax) compared with a net foreign exchange gain of $170 million ($126 million after tax) for the full year 2007.

As part of a consolidated financing strategy, CP structures its U.S. dollar long-term debt in different taxing jurisdictions. As well, a portion of this debt is designated as a net investment hedge against net investment in U.S. subsidiaries. As a result, the tax on foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt in different taxing jurisdictions can vary significantly.

At December 31, 2008 CP held investments in Canadian Non-Bank Asset Backed Commercial Paper (ABCP) with an original cost of approximately $144 million. In 2007, CP adjusted the estimated fair value of the investments and took a charge of $22 million ($15 million after tax) and classified the investments as long-term investments. In 2008, in recognition of changing market conditions impacting these investments, CP further adjusted the estimated fair value of the investments and took an additional charge of $49 million ($35 million after tax).

Continuing uncertainties regarding the value of the assets which underlie the ABCP, the amount and timing of cash flows and the outcome of the restructuring process could give rise to a material change in the value of the Company's investments in ABCP which would impact the Company's near-term earnings.

In fourth-quarter 2007, CP recorded a future income tax benefit of $146 million as an other specified item. For the full year 2007, a future income tax benefit of $163 million was recorded as an other specified item.

Presentation of non-GAAP earnings

CP presents non-GAAP earnings measures in this news release to provide an additional basis for evaluating underlying earnings and liquidity trends in its business that can be compared with prior periods' results of operations. When foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt and other specified items are excluded from diluted earnings per share, income and income tax expense, these are non-GAAP measures. Additional non-GAAP measures are free cash and operating income.

These non-GAAP earnings measures exclude foreign currency translation effects on long-term debt, which can be volatile and short term. The impact of volatile short-term rate fluctuations on foreign-denominated debt is only realized when long-term debt matures or is settled. A reconciliation of income, excluding foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt and other specified items, to net income as presented in the financial statements is detailed in the attached Summary of Rail Data. In addition, these non-GAAP measures exclude other specified items (as described in this news release) that are not among CP's normal ongoing revenues and operating expenses.

Revenues less operating expenses are referred to as "Operating Income".

Free cash, as referred to in this news release, is calculated as cash provided by operating activities, less cash used in investing activities and dividends paid, adjusted for the acquisition of DM&E, and changes in cash and cash equivalent balances resulting from foreign exchange fluctuations, and excluding changes in the accounts receivable securitization program of $120 million, which was terminated in the second quarter of 2008, and the investment in ABCP. Free cash is adjusted for the DM&E acquisition and the investment in ABCP, as these are not indicative of normal day-to-day investments in CP's asset base. The securitization of accounts receivable is a financing transaction, which is excluded to clarify the nature of the use of free cash. As each of these amounts are presented in the Statement of Consolidated Cash Flows, with the exception of the accounts receivable securitization program noted above, no reconciliation of free cash to changes in Cash and Cash Equivalents has been provided.

Other specified items are material transactions that may include, but are not limited to, restructuring and asset impairment charges, gains and losses on non-routine sales of assets, unusual income tax adjustments, and other items that do not typify normal business activities.

The non-GAAP earnings measures described in this news release have no standardized meanings and are not defined by Canadian generally accepted accounting principles and, therefore, are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

Note on forward-looking information

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements relating but not limited to our operations, anticipated financial performance and business prospects. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may differ materially.

By its nature, CP's forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the following factors: changes in business strategies; general North American and global economic and business conditions, including the potential adverse impact of the current global credit crisis; risks in agricultural production such as weather conditions and insect populations; the availability and price of energy commodities; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; industry capacity; shifts in market demand; changes in laws and regulations, including regulation of rates; changes in taxes and tax rates; potential increases in maintenance and operating costs; uncertainties of litigation; labour disputes; risks and liabilities arising from derailments; transportation of dangerous goods, timing of completion of capital and maintenance projects; currency and interest rate fluctuations; effects of changes in market conditions and discount rates on the financial position of pension plans and investments; and various events that could disrupt operations, including severe weather conditions, security threats and governmental response to them, and technological changes.

There are factors that could cause actual results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. These more specific factors are identified and discussed in the Outlook section and elsewhere in this news release with the particular forward-looking statement in question.

Except as required by law, CP undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across Canada and in the United States, remains committed to being the safest, most fluid railway in North America. Our people are the key to delivering innovative transportation solutions to our customers and to ensuring the safe operation of our trains through the more than 900 communities where we operate. Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight services provider for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Maersk Line improves the WestMed Service linking the Mediterranean and North America

Maersk Line is pleased to announce the following enhancements to the WestMed Service, serving the Mediterranean - North America trade. The new service is achieved in cooperation with French-based CMA-CGM in a Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) to commence in March 2009. As part of the agreement, Maersk Line will operate four vessels and CMA-CGM will operate one, with an average net capacity of 3500 TEU.

The new WestMed service will replace two existing services; the Amerigo service operated by CMA-CGM and Evergreen, and Maersk Line's current WestMed. By combining two strings, approximately 2900 TEU of weekly capacity will be removed from the trade, bringing needed stability to the market.

The new product is an improvement over the current WestMed service in several ways:

The new schedule continues coverage of all ports in the current WestMed rotation, in many cases with improved transit times. For example, the transit time from Algeciras (Spain) to Newark (New Jersey, US) has been reduced from nine to seven days.
New direct port calls in Fos-Sur-Mer (France), Malta, and Miami (Florida, US) expand Maersk Line's geographical scope, creating access to new markets for our customers. In the past, Southern France was served via our hub in Algeciras by a feeder. The transit time from Fos-Sur-Mer to Newark has been dramatically reduced from 22 days to 10 days.

We will deploy newer, faster vessels, which will improve schedule reliability while minimising our environmental footprint. The five Panamax ships deployed have an average age of four years, down from the previous average of twenty years.
The new schedule further provides our customers with secure connections through our Mediterranean hubs to reach markets in Africa, Middle East, and the eastern Mediterranean.

"The new WestMed Service is really the best of both worlds. We are expanding coverage and improving reliability and transit times to better serve our customers," said Soren Castbak, Senior Director of Atlantic Product Management for Maersk Line. "And at the same time we deal pro-actively with the economic climate, taking out capacity in line with the softening demand from customers in the trade", he continued.

By signing this two-year agreement, Maersk Line demonstrates its commitment to the Mediterranean - North America trade. Maersk Line is a financially strong company, and during these challenging times, we are able to provide our customers with the stability they require.

The first sailings will begin during the second week of March in continuation of the current service.

Descartes Goes Live with ISF “10+2” Compliance Services

WATERLOO, Ontario — January 28, 2009 — Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, went live on January 26, 2009 with its Importer Security Filing (ISF) “10+2” service. This service is available to the more than 4,000 members of the Descartes Global Logistics Network to help them comply with this latest United States Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) ISF “10+2” initiative.

On November 25, 2008, CBP released its interim final rule on ISF, also known as the "10+2" rule. Under this rule, beginning on January 26, 2009 importers were required to provide CBP with additional data elements 24 hours prior to lading for all ocean shipments inbound to the United States. This security measure is often referred to as "10+2" because the regulation requires the collection of 10 new data elements from importers or their agents and 2 message sets from the ocean carriers. The goal is to have these data elements submitted 24 hours prior to vessel departure and the two new message sets from ocean carriers within 48 hours of vessel departure, however, CBP has allowed for some flexibility in this timing and submission of the data elements.

"We considered the varying needs of organizations involved in the process to comply with the “10+2” initiative when designing our GLN services to help standardize cross-border business processes," said Edward Ryan, Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations for Descartes. "Our services can help them with basic electronic compliance, but are flexible enough to help them with more advanced electronic documentation and interaction with customs brokers and authorities."

Descartes offers three different ISF Service delivery options to accommodate varying customer needs:

DESCARTES ISF: This simple web user interface enables customers to login via the internet and enter all the data required for an ISF filing (5 or 10 elements). This service sends data directly to CBP and provides a view of the filing status. Customers have the option of receiving the status updates via electronic data interchange if they choose. E-alerts can also be used to notify the customers via email if there is a problem with the filing.

DESCARTES ISF - CONNECT: This service enables customers to gather the complete data set for the ISF filing in their own systems for submission to CBP. The service transmits the data for each ISF filing and provides a status of the filing via electronic message for posting in the customer’s own system. Transmissions to CBP are made via the Descartes Global Logistics Network’s secure connection to CBP.

DESCARTES ISF - PREMIER: This service enables the customers to collect the data needed for the ISF filing from multiple electronic document submissions or parties, including data sources such as a purchase order or advance shipment notice. Once the data is collected for the partial ISF filing, the customer can complete the remaining required fields and submit the filing to customs via the user interface as needed.

Descartes’ ISF Service is a part of Descartes’ GLN Customs Filing & Compliance suite. The GLN helps automate, manage and streamline the end-to-end shipment process, from source to consumer, with ongoing real-time visibility. Descartes’ customs filing and compliance services help companies meet regulatory requirements for international shipments for both international customs agencies and security initiatives.

Descartes is hosting weekly webcasts through the end of February to help organizations understand what is needed to comply with the regulations and how to get started. Customers can sign up for the webcast by visiting Descartes' website at, emailing or calling 1-416-741-2838 ext 298.

About Descartes
Descartes (TSX: DSG) (NASDAQ: DSGX), a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions, is delivering results across the globe today for organizations that operate logistics-intensive businesses. Descartes’ logistics management solutions combine a multi-modal network, the Descartes Global Logistics Network, with component-based ‘nano’ sized applications to provide messaging services between logistics trading partners, shipment management services to help manage third party carriers and private fleet management services for organizations of all sizes. These solutions and services help Descartes’ customers reduce administrative costs, billing cycles, fleet size, contract carrier costs, and mileage driven and improve pick up and delivery reliability. Our hosted, transactional and packaged solutions deliver repeatable, measurable results and fast time-to-value. Descartes customers include an estimated 1,600 ground carriers and more than 90 airlines, 30 ocean carriers, 900 freight forwarders and third-party providers of logistics services, and hundreds of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, private fleet owners and regulatory agencies. The company has more than 350 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Washington DC, Derby, London, Brussels, Stockholm and Shanghai. For more information, visit


TACOMA (January 28, 2009) – Reflecting the global recession and its effects on U.S. consumer demand and shipping, cargo volumes fell at the Port of Tacoma in 2008.

From 2002 through 2006, Tacoma set successive container cargo records, with volumes growing from 1.5 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent container units) to 2.1 million TEUs. In 2007, the Port's container volume fell to 1.92 million TEUs, and in 2008, the volumes fell 3.3 percent to 1.86 million TEUs.

Despite this drop, the Port of Tacoma fared better than other U.S. West Coast ports, which saw an average container cargo decline of 8.78 percent. "By focusing on the business needs of our customers, shippers and business partners, and aligning the Port of Tacoma's strengths, we captured a larger container market share even as world cargo volumes declined," said Port of Tacoma Deputy Executive Director John Wolfe.

The Port of Tacoma's 2008 cargo volumes were:

* Total Tonnage – 20.3 million short tons (up 3.6 percent)
* Containerized Cargo – 1.86 million TEUs (down 3.3 percent)
* Breakbulk Cargo – 118,523 short tons (down 4.1 percent)
* Autos – 159,079 units (down 9.1 percent)
* Intermodal Lifts – 407,993 (down 15.2 percent)
* Grain – 6.79 million short tons (up 13.6 percent)

While cargo volumes declined in 2008, Wolfe notes that the Port's financial performance remained strong. The Port closed 2008 with $99.1 million in operating revenue – a 1.3 percent increase over 2007 performance.

Port of Tacoma Commission President Clare Petrich says the Port of Tacoma is working to plan and build the facilities and infrastructure that will be needed to keep the Port competitive in the future. "In 2008, we not only moved forward on our terminal redevelopment plans, but we reached significant agreements with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and SSA Containers," she said. "These agreements lay the foundation for mutual support for each party's terminal development projects."

Today's down economy, says Petrich, provides a good period for Port redevelopment and infrastructure investment. "Ports are much more than crossroads in the global supply chain, they are economic drivers for the communities that they serve," she said. "In Tacoma, construction of new terminals, road, rail and utility infrastructure and related environmental cleanups creates economic vitality.

"Once these projects are complete," Petrich added, "our entire region benefits from the addition of thousands of family-wage jobs."

About the Port of Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state related to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America, handling more than $36 billion in annual trade and about 1.9 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent container units). The Port is also a major center for bulk, breakbulk and project/heavy-lift cargoes, as well as automobiles and trucks. Learn more online at:

Agility expands its network in the Nordics

Global Logistics provider Agility is further strengthening its platform in the Nordics by acquiring Oy O. Nyström & Co. AB based in Vantaa, Finland

Basel, Switzerland, January 28, 2009: Agility, one of the leading global providers of integrated logistics solutions, has today signed an agreement to take over Oy O. Nyström & Co. AB based in Vantaa, Finland. The acquisition positions Agility as a leading logistics provider in Northern Europe and marks an important milestone in the company’s Pan-European development.

Nyström, previously Agility’s Air and Ocean agent in Finland, was established in 1932 and is focused on forwarding and logistics services with 35 employees and annual revenues of €15 million. It is a leading provider of airfreight services in Finland and currently ranks no. 2 for volume in the most recent IATA listings.

Europe’s Nordics – Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland – are of strategic importance to Agility because as specialized economies, they represent a disproportionately high amount of trade relative to their Gross Domestic
Product. A year ago, Agility in the Nordics consisted of a Swedish entity, with a minority stake in a Joint Venture in Denmark and agents in Norway and Finland. After successfully acquiring a hundred per cent shares of CF GeoLogistics A/S (Denmark), establishing offices in Oslo to facilitate overland transportation, and the latest acquisition of Nyström in Finland, Agility has extended its coverage to provide a complete solution for Northern Europe with a solid platform for further expansion.

The acquisition of Nyström enables Agility to leverage the synergies of combined freight across the Nordics. Nyström’s customer base benefits from additional access to Agility’s comprehensive global network and varied portfolio of services.

“The acquisition of Nyström continues our expansion in the Nordics, where the focus is to build on the significant growth achieved in 2008. It also clearly shows that Agility follows its long-term strategic goals independently of the economic difficulties the industry currently faces.” said Chris Price, Managing Director for Agility’s European Area North.

Nyström will be rebranded to Agility. There are no job cuts planned as a result of the merger. The company will continue to be managed by the existing CEO, Jan-Eric Skogster and will provide the same high level of personal service their customers have come to expect.

About Agility

Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics to businesses and governments. It is a publicly traded company with $6.3 billion in annual revenue and more than 32,000 employees in 550 offices and 100 countries. Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint, and customized capabilities in developed and emerging economies alike.

Agility’s commercial division, Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), is headquartered in Switzerland and provides supply chain solutions to customers in technology, retail, chemicals, and other industries. Agility Defense & Government Services (DGS), based in Washington, offers logistics services to governments, relief agencies and international institutions
worldwide. Agility Investments, based in Dubai, draws on local insights from Agility’s global network to identify real estate and private equity opportunities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

For more information visit our website:

About Oy O. Nyström & Co. AB

Oy O. Nyström & Co. AB is a privately held company established in 1932 with offices in Vantaa, Finland. In 2007 revenue was circa €15 million. The business has a strong focus on air freight, however has good capabilities in ocean, road, warehousing and brokerage. Nyström is number two in the IATA ranking of forwarding companies in Finland. Nyström has 35 employees and holds ISO accreditations 9001 & 14001.

Monday, January 26, 2009


Despite a Contracting Economy, M33 Integrated Solutions Continues to Grow Its Sales Force

GREENVILLE, SC – In 2008, M33 Integrated Solutions was honored by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Inc. com as one of “South Carolina’s Fastest-Growing Companies,” and one of the “5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America,” respectively. This was the second year in a row that M33 received these honors. In an attempt to sustain this rapid growth amidst a contracting economy, M33 has expanded its sales force to develop business in manufacturing and distribution hubs across the Southeast.

Mike Cutone is the new Business Development Manager for the greater Atlanta, GA metro area.

Mike has over 25 years of experience in the field of logistics, where his previous duties have included warehouse management, time-sensitive distribution, and the evaluation and selection of Third party Logistics (3PL) services. Mike has also worked in retail and food service distribution, and with various 3PLs. Mr. Cutone is a graduate of the Boston College, and holds a Certificate in Logistics from Northeastern University.

Thomas J. Kirschner is the new Business Development Manager for the Raleigh/Durham, NC metro area.

Tom has over 25 years of experience in the logistics industry, and has held such titles as Master Production Scheduler for Pepsi-Cola, Corporate Manager of Materials and Logistics for Freudenberg NOK, International Logistics Manager for GE, and spent time in Domino’s Pizza Distribution and the Logistics-Automotive Division for Ryder.

Through Tom’s PACE methodology for lean manufacturing materials management and International Logistics SPACE process, he brings proven tools for modern, complex business challenges.

Tom resides in Apex, North Carolina and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. He is a past recipient of a California Highway Patrol Humanitarian Award, Michigan State Police Honorary Service Award, was Speaker at Supply Chain World Conference and author of the published white papers, Quantum Phenomena Supply Chain Theory and Regulating Capacity for Maximum Profitability. Tom also founded the North Carolina Opportunities Regimen Teaching program for secondary education.

M33 Integrated Solutions is a global logistics solutions provider with offices in Greenville, SC, Greensboro, NC, and satellite sales offices throughout the Southeast. The company is known throughout the industry for its web-based Transportation Management System (TMS), innovative co-management philosophy, and collaborative client network.

Purolator USA Assists Medical Device Manufacturers in Managing Logistics Costs

JERICHO, NY – January 26, 2009 -- Purolator USA, a leading provider of logistics services to the medical device industry, recently announced an initiative to help its medical device customers manage rising transportation and delivery costs. Like most U.S. manufacturers, the medical device industry has been affected by the nation’s economic downturn, and faces significant challenges in meeting rigid delivery schedules in the face of mounting business costs.

Purolator USA provides logistics solutions for shipments traveling between the United States and Canada, and also for shipments originating in Canada destined to the United States. The company is widely recognized for its expertise in cross border regulatory issues through Purolator Trade Solutions, and for its high level of customer service. Every Purolator customer is assigned a client relations representative, who understands each customer’s shipping needs and can tailor and monitor an individualized logistics plan as the need arises.

“The medical device industry is unique in that many of its products are shipped ‘high priority,’ and timely delivery can literally be a matter of life and death,” said Purolator USA Director of Sales, John Jensen. “While we have services that enable our medical device clients to meet these critical delivery needs, for other, non-urgent shipments, Purolator USA can help device manufacturers rethink their shipping plans, and better manage their logistics costs while still delivering the level of service required to their clients.

“In fact, we have instructed our sales team that priority number one is to reach out to customers that may be struggling, and provide them with more cost efficient and cost effective transportation solutions,” Jensen added.

Reevaluating shipping modes is an obvious place to look for cost savings. Air transportation incurs significantly higher costs than ground transportation. And within the ground transportation category, there are several service levels to choose from. “Businesses need to prioritize their shipments, and use air service for critical, time sensitive parcels,” Jensen said. “Customers can save as much as 50 percent by using ground service over air. With the majority of the Canadian population and business centers lying within 100 miles of the US border, many shipments moving by ground can be delivered next day without incurring the significantly higher expenses associated with shipping exclusively by air”. Jensen added that Purolator USA works with its medical device clients to design custom tailored delivery programs, using both ground and air services to meet the delivery commitments made to their Canadian based customers.

Another way that medical device manufacturers can control logistics costs is by streamlining the border crossing process. While the medical device industry faces a much more stringent regulatory process than most industries, the regulatory process does not have to be a costly and time-consuming obstacle. Purolator USA provides a team of trade specialists who are experts in regulatory compliance. This understanding of the trade process ensures that logistics plans take into consideration the many “short cuts” offered by the U.S. and Canadian governments to facilitate trade between the two countries. These trade incentives often mean reduced tariffs and associated duties, which can also reduce border crossing wait times.

The medical device industry generated $75.6 billion in revenues during 2007, and that figure is expected to increase by roughly nine percent this year. While demand for medical device products will remain strong, the need will grow for logistics providers that can transport those goods in a smart, timely and cost-efficient manner.

Manufacturers interested in learning more about how to control logistics costs can access a new Purolator USA white paper, “Flexibility and Creativity are Keys to Managing Logistics Costs.” This paper offers discussion about several cost-saving options.

Manufacturers can also learn more about Purolator USA’s services at

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The world’s largest container cranes in Tacoma

Two of the world’s largest container cranes are scheduled to arrive at Commencement Bay in Tacoma on Monday, Jan. 26.

Measuring 273 feet at the apex, the “super post-Panamax” cranes can service a vessel 24 containers wide, making the cranes among the world’s largest. Built by Shanghai, China-based ZPMC (, the cranes will arrive fully assembled aboard the Zhen Hua 26, a special crane delivery vessel.

The cranes are bound for Washington United Terminals (WUT -, the Tacoma home of Hyundai Merchant Marine and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL). The cranes are owned by WUT. The Zhen Hua 26 will arrive with four cranes welded to its deck and will remain anchored in Commencement Bay until Wednesday, Jan. 28. This provides the best time for photography. The vessel will then transit the Blair Waterway for discharge at WUT.

WUT currently has four cranes with 18-container-wide outreach. After the two new cranes arrive – and a third new crane arrives in 2010 – WUT will have seven cranes.

Two smaller cranes aboard the Zhen Hua 26 will remain on board the vessel and will be delivered to Chile after the Tacoma discharge.

NOTE: The attached low-res photo shows the Zhen Hua 26 leaving Shanghai, China bound for Tacoma. Please reply to this email for high-res photos of the crane arrival in Tacoma.

About the Port of Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state related to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America, handling more than $36 billion in annual trade and about 1.9 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent container units). The Port also is a major center for bulk, breakbulk and project/heavy-lift cargoes, as well as automobiles and trucks. Learn more online at:

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association

Update: BCMEA ILWU 514 contract negotiations


The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association and Local 514 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union met on Friday, January 23 and continued discussions with Mediator John Rooney. The BCMEA provided a comprehensive response to the Union's proposals dated January 15 2009.

The Mediator will be in contact with both parties to setup further meeting dates. Further updates will be provided as significant events occur.

Port Metro Vancouver remains open for business and has not experienced vessel diversions resulting from the BCMEA-ILWU 514 contract negotiations.

Katherine Bamford
Senior Business Communications Advisor
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

Port Metro Vancouver
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver BC Canada V6C 3T4
Direct: 604-665-9065 Cel: 778-233-6019 Fax: 1-866-284-4271

Thursday, January 22, 2009

DHL Express expands its infrastructure and operating capacity

DHL Express expands its infrastructure and operating capacity
in Mexico to:

- Inaugurate one of the industry’s most advanced Gateways, increasing its shipping handling capacity by 300%
- Open a sophisticated call center to double customer service capacity

Mexico City, January 22, 2009 – DHL, the world’s leading express services and logistics company, inaugurates today one of the industry’s most advanced gateways in Latin America – located in the customs area of Mexico City’s International Airport – and a customer service call center. The 6.2 million dollar facilities were designed using state-of-the-art technology that significantly increases the company’s operational capacity and strengthens its domestic and international network to enable trade with the United States, Europe, Latin America and the rest of the world. Celebrating 30 years since DHL Express was founded in Mexico, the opening of these centers is part of a 5-year strategic investment plan of 112 million dollars.

Using the most advanced technology and automated systems, DHL’s Gateway is the first smart gateway in Mexico and the only one with the ability to inspect 100% of all importing shipments using an advanced X-ray system. The new center was designed to optimize processes which results in increased handling capacity of 100,000 shipments per month, representing an increase of 300% in its operating capacity.

“Investing in expanding our operating centers reinforces the fact that DHL facilitates trade to the United States and the rest of the world like no one else. We are the only express service company with a truly international footprint and these investments further strengthen our intra-regional and inter-continental network,” said Roger Crook, CEO of DHL Express International Americas during the opening ceremonies. “Our commitment to the region remains strong and, although we realize the current challenges in the global economy, it is important for DHL to foster and establish a solid base that will enable commercial trade in the region today, tomorrow and in the future.”

The new customer service call center, located within DHL’ main hub in Mexico City, is designed to provide customers with industry-leading service. As one of the company’s largest and most sophisticated centers in Latin America, the contact center handles over 18,000 daily calls and provides proactive tracking to over 40,000 shipments. Nearly 93% of the incoming calls are answered in less than 15 seconds, minimizing any wait time.

“These important investments enable us to respond quickly and effectively to the rising commercial activity in Mexico, not only domestically and with our U.S. neighbor but also with the rest of Latin America, Europe and Asia,” added Luis Eraña, General Manager, DHL Express Mexico. “The opening of these two facilities places us at the forefront of our competitive industry and, most importantly, provides us with a solid foundation to provide the best service and response time to our customers.”

DHL Gateway – one of the industry´s most advanced in Latin America
With daily international flights arriving from the United States, Europe and Central and South America, the new Gateway boasts a mechanized system to sort packages and state-of-the-art equipment to automatically classify pieces according to their declared value, optimizing custom clearance processes and enabling increased productivity. In addition, the gateway has the strictest security controls, including 20 CCTV cameras to monitor the facilities and shipments held in storage 24/7. It also has installed specific cameras that maintain DHL directly linked with customs authorities and access control equipment to monitor the entry and exit of personnel and merchandise.

The 2,600 m2 state-of-the art Gateway is built over a 1,323 m2 surface area in two levels, increasing the operating area over the installed capacity by 80%. This expansion represents a greater capacity to simultaneously unload up to three air shipment containers at a rate of approximately 1,500 pieces per hour.

Customer Service Call Center Doubles its Operating Capacity
The expansion of the customer service call center increased stations and agents to 400, 103% more than the previous customer service capacity. Located inside the DHL Hangares Hub, the new 2,430 m2 center uses advanced technology to guarantee optimal customer service including advanced IT systems, specialized customer service software and customized areas for the staff’s comfort and well-being. Furthermore, the center was designed to segment its service areas, which enables the company to service customers according to their needs. Services available at the call center include import and export expertise, pick-up requests, tracking and tracing in-transit shipments and information about DHL products and solutions.

Further to the expansion of these sophisticated facilities and as part of the company’s strategic growth plan in Mexico, DHL Express invested during 2008 in key areas including the expansion of the Hangares HUB which increased the logistics service and shipment handling capacity by 20% as well as the replacement of DHL’s ground fleet with environmentally friendly pick-up and delivery vehicles.

About DHL
DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source. DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros (more than $93 billion) in 2007.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Schenker of Canada Ltd. Enhances its Portfolio of Logistics Service

DB Schenker’s warehousing & distribution services now include display building and co-packing aimed at Food, FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) and Retail customers

(Mississauga, Ontario, January 20, 2009) Schenker of Canada Ltd. today announced its business partnership with NowPac Inc – one of Canada’s leading providers of co-packing, display design and build, and product conversion. The partnership will focus on providing value-added services to both existing and new customers across Canada. The new services will be branded as DB SCHENKERcustomretail (DB Schenker Retail Customization), providing creative design, engineered solutions and operations within Schenker’s network of warehouse facilities or within NowPac’s Scarborough, Ontario location.

Brian Martin, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Schenker of Canada adds: “We clearly understand our customers’ business needs regarding value added services. Manufacturers continue to leverage display building and related services to differentiate their brands at the retail level and expect their logistics partner to provide these services. NowPac is uniquely aligned with Schenker of Canada and our customers – we share many corporate and cultural beliefs including quality, customer service and a solution-based approach to business development.”

About Schenker of Canada

Schenker of Canada Ltd. is the 2nd largest Integrated Logistics Service Provider in Canada, with sales of over $1 Billion and operating from over 40 sites across the country. The company spans a coast-to-coast network that extends to all major harbours, airports and border crossings. In just over half a century, the business has grown to include 1,700 employees. Schenker of Canada Ltd. has a portfolio of supply chain services in Canada that include: Contract Warehousing/Distribution, Ocean Freight, Air Freight, Land Transportation, and Customs Brokerage and Consulting; as well as services for Sports Events and Dedicated Freight Management.

About NowPac Inc.

With headquarters in Toronto, NowPac Inc. provides contract packaging, along with the whole spectrum of merchandising services from strategic planning and design to distribution centre delivery. Services include quality assurance, hand assembly, product bundling, wrapping, automated coding and labeling, display design production and shipping. NowPac’s 72,000 square foot climate-controlled facilities are approved for cGMP-GMP (Drug Establishment License); Natural Health Product Regulations; AIB (American Institute of Baking) and Precursor License.

Friday, January 16, 2009

LeanCor Canada, Inc. and Lean Warehousing Essentials Seminar

Kitchener, ON – January 16, 2009 – In these uncertain economic times you need to have the right partner working to get the right things done in every aspect of your business, especially supply chain management. As such, we are pleased to announce the establishment of LeanCor Canada, Inc a non-asset based 3PL that does much more than just move freight.

LeanCor Canada, Inc delivers lean supply chain training, consulting, and operations to companies embracing or ready to embrace lean and operations excellence. These services support companies throughout any and all stages of their lean journey, from design to execution, as they work to reduce total logistics cost, eliminate waste, and increase competitive advantage. From development of the individual professional to creation of a corporate lean supply chain strategy to operations outsourcing, LeanCor Canada, Inc is a partner you can count on! Utilize lean training to prepare your people and develop them into problem solving experts. Perfect your processes through lean consulting and create a solid foundation of quality and efficiency. Complete your transformation through lean operations to execute and sustain operations excellence.

LeanCor Canada, Inc. is located in Kitchener, ON and was founded by supply chain professionals with operational experience in the Toyota Production System and other lean environments. LeanCor is the only 3PL dedicated to the application of lean principles throughout the supply chain. Through its partnerships with established, forward thinking entities and three value streams LeanCor is designed to support companies throughout their lean journey.

If you are interested in learning more, then join LeanCor in Toronto, ON for “Lean Warehousing Essentials,” a two-day seminar March 16-17, 2009. Are you looking to reduce costs, inventories, space and waste in your operation? Then use this opportunity to create a tactical plan for your own Lean improvement initiatives. Go to for more information.

Deringer Unveils Importer Security Filing Solutions

SAINT ALBANS, VT, January 16, 2009: A.N. Deringer, Inc., the international logistics service provider, recently unveiled its electronic solution to satisfy the new Importer Security Filing, "10+2", requirements. The electronic solution will not only ensure the submission of required data elements in a timely and compliant manner, but will also help importers manage the data in a secure central location, as well as add visibility to their supply chain. Based on a client's specific processes, Deringer offers two options to enable clients to store and manage pertinent information on all products and assist in making the Importer Security Filing requirements seamless.

Deringer's ISF Solutions Package I allows importers to enter ISF data from their computers via a user friendly interface. Importers who choose this package are provided with a personalized login and password to a secure portal through which the required data elements are transmitted to CBP. For an importer with limited resources, Deringer's ISF Solutions Package II may represent a better fit, as with Package II, Deringer's talented personnel will enter the required ISF data elements on the importer's behalf.

The Importer Security Filing requires importers and carriers to supply new data elements at least 24 hours prior to vessel loading. The elements will allow CBP to further screen cargo for risks prior to it entering the U.S. The final interim rule was published on November 25, 2008. Currently, the Importer Security Filing ruling only applies to ocean shipments that call a U.S. port directly. Initially, shipments moving through a Canadian or Mexican port and trucked to a final U.S. destination would not be affected. The new rule provides for a 60 day period prior to mandatory filings however, Customs is providing the trade with a one year phased in enforcement period. While CBP will require the data elements 24 hours prior to the loading, Deringer believes that the carriers will request that the data be accepted by CBP 72-96 hours prior to loading to avoid any sailing delays.

These data elements include sensitive information and go much more in-depth than the information currently required by the Automated Manifest System (AMS). CBP has stated that Customs brokers will be given the option to file the normal entry and the 10+2 filing in a unified transmission to help ensure compliance by reducing conflicting data.

For more information on Deringer's ISF Capabilities or to schedule a demo please contact Beth Mince, ISF Project Manager, at 404-608-1818 or email

About Deringer

A.N. Deringer, Inc. is a leading provider of international supply chain solution services including International Freight Forwarding, Warehousing & Distribution, Customs Brokerage, Logistics Consulting, Cargo Insurance, Duty Drawback, and Meat Inspection. Deringer combines over 30 US offices with a global agency network to facilitate the movement of cargo throughout the world.

Freight Traffic on U.S. Railroads Down at Start of New Year

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2009 — Freight traffic on U.S. railroads was off during the first week of 2009 in comparison with 2008's initial week, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported today.

Carload freight totaled 271,471 cars, down 17.7 percent from 2008, with loadings down 13.4 percent in the West and 23.7 percent in the East. Intermodal volume of 204,103 trailers or containers was off 14.3 percent from last year, with container volume falling 9.8 percent and trailer volume dipping 31.4 percent. Total volume was estimated at 28.8 billion ton-miles, off 16.3 percent from 2008.

Canadian railroads reported volume of 55,903 cars, down 26.8 percent from last year, and 42,986 trailers or containers, down 13.7 percent.

Mexican railroads reported originated volume of 8,972 cars, down 20.3 percent from last year's first week, and 3,943 trailers or containers, off 24.3 percent.

Combined North American rail volume for the first week of 2009 on 14 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 336, 346 carloads, down 19.5 percent from last year, and 251, 032 trailers and containers, down 14.4 percent from last year.

Railroads reporting to AAR account for 89 percent of U.S. carload freight and 98 percent of rail intermodal volume. When the U.S. operations of Canadian railroads are included, the figures increase to 96 percent and 100 percent. The Canadian railroads reporting to the AAR account for 91 percent of Canadian rail traffic. Railroads provide more than 40 percent of U.S. intercity freight transportation, more than any other mode, and rail traffic figures are regarded as an important economic indicator.

AAR is the world's leading railroad policy, research and technology organization focusing on the safety and productivity of rail carriers.

All AAR press releases are available via the Internet at

Note: There are now four charts accompanying the weekly rail traffic press release: one provides total U.S. rail data for carloads, intermodal and ton-miles; the second provides total Canadian railroad data for carloads and intermodal; the third provides total Mexican railroad data for carloads and intermodal; and the fourth provides North American data for railroads in the U.S., Canada and Mexico combined.

Weekly Traffic of Major U.S. Railroads For The Week Ending January 10, 2009. (PDF)

IATA reiterates its environmental commitment even in times of crisis

16 January 2009 – (ROME) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted aviation’s commitment to its environmental responsibility at the inauguration of its aviation and environment display at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.

“Our commitment to environmental responsibility is firm and strong. Aviation accounts for 2% of global CO2 emissions. The industry’s constant commitment to efficiency has kept us a small part of the big problem of climate change. Even as we face the worst revenue situation in 50 years—with US$2.5 billion in losses this year, following a US$5 billion loss in 2008—we are determined to continue to deliver effective solutions that reduce aviation’s emissions,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

IATA is leading the air transport industry’s efforts to address climate change and improve aviation’s environmental performance with a four-pillar strategy: investing in technology, flying planes effectively, building efficient infrastructure and using positive economic measures. “No other industry is as united in its approach. The IATA vision is to achieve carbon-neutral growth on the way to a carbon-free future,” said Bisignani.

“The strategy is delivering results. Aviation’s emissions will fall 4.5% in 2009. Part of this is due to the expected 2.5% reduction in traffic as a result of the global economic crisis. The rest is directly related to the strategy. Airlines are investing in fuel-efficient aircraft and retiring old ones. The numbers are impressive. In the first 11 months of 2008 1,037 new aircraft—with improved fuel efficiencies of 20-30%--were delivered. These replace 881 inefficient old aircraft which were parked,” Bisignani said.

IATA’s environment leadership is also contributing to reducing fuel burn. ”Working with airlines, airports and air navigation service providers, we have saved 59 million tonnes of CO2 since 2004, equal to US$12.2 billion in fuel costs. In 2008 alone we identified and saved 15 million tonnes of CO2, equal to US$5 billion,” Bisignani added. Since 2001 the air transport industry improved its fuel efficiency by 19%. By 2020 the industry target is to achieve a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to 2005.

Bisignani identified three critical areas that can help the industry deliver even better results:

Alternative fuels: “Bio-fuels show the most promise for reducing aviation’s carbon emissions. Over the entire lifecycle they have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 60%. IATA is committed to using 10% alternative fuels by 2017. But we need the right bio-fuels, those that don’t compete with food for land-use or harm bio-diversity, and that meet the current exacting technical specifications of jet kerosene. The recent tests by Air New Zealand and Continental Airlines proved that bio-fuels are viable. Now we need to speed-up the certification process. The current timeline sees certification by 2013. We are challenging governments to deliver even faster—by 2010 or 2011,” said Bisignani.

Better air navigation: “We need to fly more effectively. Every Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) saves between 150 to 600kg of CO2. Each Clean Airspeed Departure (CAD) saves between 600 to 5,000 kg of CO2. But we can only take advantage of these efficiencies at less than 50 of Europe’s airports. Hopefully, Rome will come on board with these measures soon. Thinking even bigger, after decades of talks and no action, a Single European Sky (SES) is picking up momentum. We have high hopes that European Commission Vice President Tajani will be supported by Europe’s governments to deliver the SES Second Package so that we can have 9 functional air space blocks, a network manager and tough efficiency targets in place by 2012. This would save a massive 16 million tonnes of CO2,” said Bisignani.

A global solution on positive economic measures: ”Governments around the world must agree a global solution to reduce aviation emissions. Europe’s unilateral approach with its plan to include aviation in its regional European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is flawed and illegal. It is against the Chicago Convention. Non-EU governments will challenge this approach and Europe will lose. On top of that, it is hypocritical to charge the airlines for emissions when the infrastructure forces airlines to fly inefficiently. A Single European Sky by 2012 is a must,” said Bisignani. ”A far better way for Europe to show true leadership on environment is to support a global solution brokered through the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a UN body and its 15-government Group on International Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC). This is what the Kyoto protocol envisioned. And it is what the G8 agreed in Japan in June 2008. Governments—including those in Europe—must ensure that GIACC’s action plan, to be issued in September, will be challenging and effective.”

IATA’s environmental exhibition displays innovations that airlines and the industry are implementing to improve fuel efficiency. It also looks to future innovations, including bio-fuels and revolutionary concepts for airframe and engine design. It is a reminder of the potential for technical and operational achievements.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Robert DeCamp Appointed to COAC, A.N. Deringer, Inc.

SAINT ALBANS, VT: A.N. Deringer, Inc., the international logistics service provider, is proud to announce that Robert DeCamp, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Consulting, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC). COAC is a twenty member advisory council that advises the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on trade compliance, facilitation, the securing of the supply chain, and other trade and security issues of mutual concern. The select committee is jointly chaired by the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. DeCamp's application and appointment was supported by Representative John McHugh (R-NY 23rd District).

During its eleventh two-year term, the committee is expected to consider such issues as: enhanced border and cargo supply chain security, CBP modernization and automation, informed compliance and compliance assessment, account-based processing, commercial enforcement and uniformity, international efforts to harmonize Customs practices and procedures, strategic planning, northern and southern border issues, agricultural inspection, import safety, and the CBP mission.

Since becoming licensed as a US Customs Broker in 1976, Bob has held a variety of strategic corporate positions including Vice President of Operations, Regulatory Affairs, and has also served as President of a trade consulting service. In 1999, Bob joined the A.N. Deringer, Inc. team as Director of Regulatory Affairs and Consulting. In addition to leading the Deringer Logistics Consulting Group, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the School of Business and Economics at the State University of New York.

Jake Holzscheiter, President and CEO for Deringer, stated: "As a seasoned veteran of Customs affairs, Bob's experience will bring a lot of strength and perspective to COAC. Bob's knowledge and involvement with Customs and Border Protection is a testament to Deringer's solid foundation in Customs brokerage and the logistics industry."

NationaLease Appoints Dean Vicha, Vice President, Member Services

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL, January 14, 2009 - Dean Vicha has been promoted to Vice President of Member Services for NationaLease, North America's largest full service truck leasing organizations, it was announced by Gene Scoggins, NationaLease President.

Most recently, Vicha served as National Account Executive, helping grow the NationaLease National Account program to a record level of sales. As Vice President of Member Services, he will execute the NationaLease Member Services strategy which will provide a sustainable competitive advantage to members by strengthening member relationships, delivering marketplace intelligence, reducing member costs, and improving collaboration within NationaLease leadership groups. In his post, Vicha will manager the entire Member Services staff.

"Dean has been instrumental in NationaLease's success and will continue to be a valuable member of the team in his new role," said Scoggins.

Before coming to NationaLease in 2005, Vicha served as director, business development, for Ryder System Inc. Prior to that, he held a variety of posts of increasing responsibility within the Rollins Leasing Corp.

He and his family live in St. Charles, IL.

Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2009, NationaLease is the largest full service truck leasing organization in North America, with more than 600 services locations throughout the U.S. and Canada and combined customer fleet of 125,000 tractors, trucks, and trailers. The company provides comprehensive services for private fleets and transportation service providers. More information can be found on

An Evaluation of Maritime Policy in Meeting the Commercial and Security Needs of the United States” prepared by IHS Global Insight

The U.S. Maritime Administration is "only supportive of domestics maritime trades", according to a study prepared by IHS Global Insight. An excerpt of the Executive Summary of the key findings identified in the study states:

The findings of this report lead to the overall conclusion that the current body of policies is only supportive of domestic maritime trades. Policy is not supportive of U.S. participation in international trades. The U.S.-flag oceangoing fleet has been in decline relative to the fleets of other maritime nations. Building ships in the U.S. and operating U.S.-flag ships is more
costly than building or operating ships in other nations. However, the report also finds that possible reforms can lend more support to the U.S. maritime industry. Furthermore, the report finds that there is a greater disconnect between U.S. maritime policy and the current state of the global maritime transportation system and foreign trade. Maritime policy is constrained by legislative authority and remains narrowly focused on vessels.

However, vessels and the ports they call on are only one portion of the global transportation and supply network that delivers goods to U.S. consumers and businesses and serves the needs of the nation's exporters. The maritime transportation system also consists of the multimodal networks that link to ports and inland waterways. Changes at ports, shipping patterns
and vessels affect the types and volumes of goods transported on U.S. highways and railways. Waterborne transport can be either a solution or a contributor to congestion on the nation's roads. Policy makers have a large role in determining which one it will be. The emergence of short-sea shipping and better multi-modal coordination in port development
can alleviate congestion and environmental degradation. Such action will be even more crucial as trade volumes are forecast to increase. Transportation policy must recognize that the operating fleets are inextricably connected to a widespread network of ports and inland transportation links including railroads and highways."

To download a copy of the study,view the full report at:

Monday, January 5, 2009

DHL Announces New Dedicated Life Science Competency Center

PLANTATION, Fla. – January 5, 2009 – DHL Global Forwarding, the world’s largest global forwarder, has announced the opening of a new dedicated Life Science Competency Center in Carolina, Puerto Rico, which is part of a market leading initiative by DHL Global Forwarding to provide a global network of dedicated people, customized processes, and a quality controlled environment for the life sciences industry sector.

The new Life Science Competency Center enhances DHL Global Forwarding’s existing service offering and is designed specifically around the shipping requirements of the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device manufacturers doing business in Puerto Rico. “This facility was specifically designed to provide our customers with the highest levels of service and to meet their increased demand for facilities that offer high security, standardized processes, a clean environment, and are regulatory compliant,” said Archie Torrado, District Manager for DHL Global Forwarding. Life Science Competency Center will also add temperature and humidity control rooms to the facility in 2009.

DHL Global Forwarding has been serving the Puerto Rico market since 1958 providing a full range of freight forwarding services, including customs brokerage, domestic and air and ocean services. In October 2007, DHL Global Forwarding announced its move to this new facility, which has a capacity of over 70,000 square feet of warehouse space and is equipped with the latest technology and security systems.

In June 2008, DHL Global Forwarding announced the expansion of its network of Envirotainer QEP certified sites and, as a result, is now the largest mover of the air transportation containers manufactured by Envirotainer. DHL leads the development of cold chain solutions, including temperature controlled package handling, in-transit visibility to shipments and best-in-class controlled environments for cold chain storage.

DHL personnel are now trained and certified by Envirotainer, a leading provider of temperature-controlled air cargo containers, for safe and proper handling of its containers for customers with temperature sensitive products at major airports across North America, including San Juan.

“Few industries pose as much of a challenge to shipping and logistics than life sciences and healthcare. Temperature instability can impact the quality of the material, increase the product order-to-delivery cycle time, and create additional process management costs,” said Angelos P. Orfanos, President Life Sciences & Healthcare, DHL Global Customer Solutions. “DHL’s capabilities for the life science and healthcare sector enable customers to safely and securely transport small or large volumes of critical vaccines, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API’s), and other temperature sensitive pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostic and medical materials.”

These centers are being developed at select airports around the world with high traffic flows for this industry group and require very specialized handling. “We are very proud and excited to make Carolina, Puerto Rico our first North American competence center,” continued Orfanos. The DHL Carolina facility will also serve as a regional training center for additional DHL facilities dedicated to life science and healthcare warehousing and shipping services to ensure ongoing process improvements.

About DHL

DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source.

DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations.

Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros (more than $93 billion) in 2007. For more information on DHL, please visit