Trendwatch: PSA BDP expands global network in Gdańsk, Poland with new office opening; Port Houston climbs from 7th to 5th as container flows shift away from West Coast; Chennault International Airport secures customs clearance

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PSA BDP expands global network in Gdańsk, Poland with new office opening

PSA BDP, a leading provider of globally integrated and port-centric supply chain, transportation, and logistics solutions, has announced the opening of its first office in Poland. PSA BDP Poland sp.z.o.o., is located in Gdańsk, a port city on the Baltic coast, and will be led by Country Manager, Agnieszka Moździerz. With this latest addition, PSA BDP now has over 135 offices around the globe.

Poland serves as a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, thus the Gdańsk office is strategically positioned to connect key central European transportation hubs. By leveraging the extensive transportation infrastructure in Gdańsk, PSA BDP will significantly improve logistics flow for customers within the chemical, retail & consumer, life sciences & pharmaceuticals, and electric vehicle & industrial sectors by offering the following services:

  • Ocean freight forwarding (Full Container Load and Less Than Container Load)

  • Customs brokerage

  • Pre- & On-carriage services

  • Warehousing

  • Distribution



Port Houston climbs from 7th to 5th as container flows shift away from West Coast

As shippers continue to shift freight lanes away from West Coast ports, citing congested facilities and labor shortages, one beneficiary of the trend has been Port Houston, which has now risen from the seventh to the fifth rank among U.S. container ports, Texas port officials said this week.

Port Houston rose in the ranking based on the number of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) it handled in 2022, Port Houston Chairman Ric Campo said in a release. “Our import and export volume reached record numbers in 2022 and is considered one of the fastest growing ports in the U.S. in loaded imports and loaded exports, and Houston now owns a 7% market share of the total U.S. container business,” Campo said.

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Chennault International Airport secures customs clearance

Long an industry leader in commercial and military MRO work, Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, Louisiana, seeks to add air cargo to its portfolio. The airport has established procedures with U.S. Customs and Border Protection enabling 24/7/365 clearance of select international aircraft at the growing airport. Combined with its new air cargo facility that can be designated to receive international freight, Chennault continues to refine and expand its commercial capabilities.

The agreement with CBP allows for the clearance into the United States of foreign aircraft, crews, and air cargo utilizing the existing CBP Lake Charles Port of Entry. Foreign air cargo flights as well as maintenance-bound aircraft and crews may now enter the United States at Chennault.



Airlines see summer boom led by Asia’s post-Covid comeback

Air travel bookings are pointing to strong demand this summer, with Asia Pacific leading a regional rebound after coronavirus restrictions disappeared and airlines overcame the travel chaos that dogged last year’s peak season, the International Air Transport Association said.

Forward bookings for the May-September period are 35% higher than in the same period in 2022, the airline-industry group said in a statement. Asia Pacific experienced the largest jump with a 135% increase, followed by a 43% advance for the Middle East and a 40% improvement in Europe.



April container volumes increase at Saudi Ports

Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) announced that its container throughput in April 2023 grew at an annual rate of 13.34% from 601,429 TEUs to 681,663 TEUs as per monthly statistics.

Container data for last month further showed a 16.97% surge in exported volumes at 208,738 TEUs compared to 178,450 TEUs in the previous year. Imports have also inched up 3.12% to 208,080 TEUs from 201,784 TEUs this year with transshipments scoring 264,845 TEUs in April, a 19.73% increase year-on-year.

MAWANI has also revealed a 6.63% drop in cargo numbers at its ports, handling about 24,965,999 tons in contrast to 26,737,416 tons a year earlier.



Montreal commits to carbon neutrality by 2035

The Port of Montreal has made a series of commitments towards carbon neutrality, territorial protection and improvements to the city-port interface at its Grand Quay.

The announcement was made at the second annual Montreal Climate Summit during a speech by Martin Imbleau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority.

A few weeks after the launch of its Strategic Plan 2023-2027, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) provided an update on its key objectives for decarbonisation, climate change adaptation, and land protection.

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What you need to know about Diesel and the Transportation Industry

The transportation industry uses a lot of diesel. If you use diesel within your company or are thinking of doing so, it is important to know everything there is to know about the link between diesel and the transportation industry. This guide can give you a quick summary.

Are Diesel Engines Common?

Diesel engines are incredibly common within the transportation industry and have been since diesel engines first began to be used. In fact, for 60 years diesel engines have been the most common source of fuel for the transportation industry, and the vast majority of companies and commercial vehicles use diesel as fuel.



UK lobbies for laxer Brexit trade rules as carmakers seek help

The UK government is lobbying the European Union to delay Brexit-related local manufacturing requirements after the maker of Vauxhall and Peugeot cars warned the rules may lead to factory closures.

Stellantis NV, which is retooling its Ellesmere Port site to make electric vans, said it’s unable to meet local content requirements because of rising raw-material prices and a lack of UK battery supplies. Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. said assembling cars in Britain is at risk of becoming too expensive after the rules kick in next year.

“If the cost of EV manufacturing in the UK becomes uncompetitive and unsustainable, operations will close,” Stellantis said in a written submission to Parliament’s business committee. “The UK must consider its trading arrangements with Europe.”