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Luxembourg introduces eCMR for road transport

Luxembourg introduces eCMR for road transport

April 23, 2018: Luxembourg’s Secretary of State of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Camille Gira, has signed the first electronic consignment note for road transport by Arthur Welter on behalf of Cargolux[1] between the airports of Luxembourg and Amsterdam, Schiphol.

The signature took place during the annual Luxembourg Supply Chain Day at the Cargo Center of LuxairCARGO[2] at Luxembourg Airport for a road transport operated by Arthur Welter on behalf of Cargolux Airlines International between the airports of Luxembourg and Amsterdam, Schiphol.

As of March this year, Luxembourg authorises the use of digital consignment notes for road transport after the adoption of the UNECE e-CMR protocol addition and also participates in a Benelux e-CMR project.

“By using electronic consignment notes, logistics companies and their customers can significantly reduce administrative and environmental costs that relate to the 400 million e-CMR that are issued on an annual basis within the European Community”, states Secretary of State Camille Gira. “In practice, 166.000 trees, 15.000 pallets and 600 trucks of paper CMR can be saved. Assuming a saving of 4,5 euro for each e-CMR, this would mean an efficiency gain of 1,8 billion of euro for the European Union.”

Patrick Silverio, Manager Special Services Cargo, LuxairCARGO highlights the benefits “In 2017, the Cargo Center of the airport operated by LuxairCARGO registered about 200.000 CMR. Document treatment, signing, stamping and archiving are definitively a time-consuming factor, which with the e-CMR will be highly reduced”.

The specialist trucking company Arthur Welter is also looking forward to the change: “In practice, transport orders are received from our customers in a digital data format and transmitted to the driver.

Consigner, driver and consignees use their smart phones for secure digital signatures. The e-CMR solution of DashDoc, currently establishing its office in Luxembourg, stores all data in a central database that can be accessed by each party.” states Rene Gloden, Chief Administration Officer, Arthur Welter.

For Ronny Claes, Manager Projects and Business Process Management Global Logistics at Cargolux Airlines, the switch is a move forward. “The digital integration of road transport information within our systems will lead to enhanced transparency and visibility for our customers. An important competitive advantage, not to be neglected,” says Claes.

A position which is echoed by Malik Zeniti, Director, Cluster for logistics, Luxembourg says, “This is an important step for the Luxembourg hub allowing a stronger data integration of records driving digitization in the transport and supply chain sector.

It positions the Benelux at the head of Europe facilitating movements of goods with electronic consignment notes thus acceptance throughout Europe”.

References

  1. ^ Cargolux (www.logupdateafrica.com)
  2. ^ LuxairCARGO (www.logupdateafrica.com)

Toyota Hilux gets an Arctic Trucks AT35 version for UK

In recent times, a pick-up truck with the ‘Arctic’ moniker typically brings to mind an Isuzu D-Max[1], considering the steady stream of special edition models[2] which has come about from the manufacturer’s collaboration with 4X4 specialist Arctic Trucks. Now, the off-roading specialist has returned its attention to the Toyota Hilux[3], with a new offering set for its public debut this week in the United Kingdom at the 2018 Commercial Vehicle Show.

This latest product from the long-standing collaboration between Toyota and Arctic Trucks is called the AT35. A 2.4 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel with six-speed automatic transmission provides the powertrain base, from which the pick-up truck’s off-roading capabilities are fortified. As suggested by its model name, the AT35 rides on 35-inch (315/70R17) all-terrain tyres, which is mated to a model-specific suspension setup which offers a 25% lift, aiming to provide ‘secure ride and handling’ that is just as at home both on-road and off-road, according to Toyota.

Approach and departure angles for the 2018 AT35 Hilux are 37 degrees and 28 degrees, while front are rear tracks are 1,650 mm and 1,660 mm.

“We’re excited to bring the AT35 version of the legendary Hilux to the UK. The model is already successful in other countries, so it was a natural decision to develop and launch the vehicle for the UK market,” said Arctic Trucks International CEO Patrik von Sydow. One of Arctic Trucks’ most high-profile models was a Toyota Hilux, which was given the range-topping AT38 conversion.

It went on to tackle the expedition to the Magnetic North Pole with Top Gear in 2007.

As for the Hilux AT35, the conversion by Arctic Trucks is fully approved by Toyota, and is supported with the same five-year, 100,000-mile (160,000 km) warranty which covers regular Hilux versions in the region.

GALLERY: Toyota Hilux Revo Rocco in Bangkok

References

  1. ^ Isuzu D-Max (paultan.org)
  2. ^ special edition models (paultan.org)
  3. ^ Toyota Hilux (paultan.org)

U.S. questions COSCO’s takeover of California cargo terminal: WSJ

A U.S. national security review has raised concerns about a takeover by China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings Co (601919.SS) of a large container terminal in Long Beach, California, the Wall Street Journal reported. The terminal is part of COSCO’s planned £6.3 billion deal to buy shipping firm Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) (0316.HK), the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. COSCO executives met with officials at the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) this week and proposed to divest or carve out the Long Beach terminal to ease U.S. concerns about the deal, the report said.

A spokesperson for the Treasury Department, which oversees CFIUS reviews, did not immediately reply to Reuters’ request for comment.

The planned acquisition of Orient Overseas Container Line, OOIL’s main subsidiary, is on track to be completed by the end of June, COSCO Vice Chairman Huang Xiaowen said earlier this month.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru)

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