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Risk being blanked

Asian supply chains experience the same volume issues with the shipping lines every year, around the Chinese New Year period, and it never fails to catch many out, as demand peaks in the run-up and falls away after, resulting in many blanked sailings.

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The Toy Fair 2019, Olympia London (gallery)

The Toy Fair returned to Olympia London last week, and once again Norman Global Logistics were the only shipping experts exhibiting at the largest industry gathering for toys, games and hobbies.

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Chinese New Year and the supply chain

The Lunar New Year 2019 or Spring Festival, is the biggest Chinese celebration of the year, taking place 3rd to 9th February, with its usual profound impact on supply chains.

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Shanghai celebrate 9th year on top

The port of Shanghai has retained its status as the world’s business container port for the ninth consecutive year, must to the delight of our colleagues in China’s biggest city.

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The container haulage crisis

The ongoing disruption at Britain’s biggest container ports shows no signs of ending and is now exposing fundamental weaknesses in the container haulage industry, that look endemic, putting the future of the industry in doubt, without immediate change and reform.

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Copper scrap deficit weighs on China

Scrap recyclers who spent decades refining the export of red metal scrap to China now view the disruption caused by China’s sudden restrictions on imported scrap, and the unintended consequences that are emerging.

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Preparing your supply chain for Golden Week

China is getting ready for Golden Week, a seven-day festival, for which the country goes into virtual shut-down. Factories close and forwarders, logistics providers and other supply chain participants also shut their doors as China and Hong Kong celebrate this holiday.

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Shanghai prepare for growth

 

Shanghai is one of China’s most important cities and a powerhouse for the country’s logistics infrastructure. We have a great team in place and are pleased to welcome our newest member: Business development manager Niclas Andersson.

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Market report: Asia sea freight 2018

Sluggish German demand and Brexit uncertainty contributed to a disappointing first half year for the shipping lines, as volumes from Asia to North Europe failed to keep up with other booming markets, but there are signs that things may be moving in the lines favour.

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US shippers struggle for space from China

Ocean and air carriers are benefitting from massive increases in demand ahead of the traditional peak season, as US shippers try to deal with President Trump’s tariffs. The question is what impact (if any) this will have on the China-Europe trade lane.

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