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EUROPEAN COMMISSION FINES TRUCK MANUFACTURERS FOR BREAKING ANTITRUST RULES

  The European Commission has found that MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, and DAF broke EU antitrust rules. These truck makers colluded for 14 years on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of compliance with stricter emission rules. The Commission has imposed a record fine of €2,926,499,000 (€2.9 billion).   MAN was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission. All companies acknowledged their involvement and agreed to settle the case.   Commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, said: “We have today put down a marker by imposing record fines for a serious infringement. In all, there are over 30 million trucks on European roads, which account for around three quarters of inland transport of goods in Europe and play a vital role for the European economy. It is not acceptable that MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF, which together account for around 9 out of every 10 medium and heavy trucks produced in Europe,...

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION BANS GRIS

    The Freight Transport Association (FTA) in the UK says the European Commission’s adoption of new pricing rules for shipping lines will modernise the industry and bring it into the 21st Century.   The new legislation follows a three-year EU investigation into price signalling – the announcement of general rate increases - which was highlighted by FTA. Members of the Association’s British Shippers’ Council first raised concerns about the uncompetitive behaviour in 2010 and a dossier was submitted to the Council to support the claims.   The shipping lines involved agreed to significantly change their pricing behaviour, which is reflected in the Commission’s decision under Article 9(1) of Regulation 1/2003 declaring the binding commitments offered by the lines - most notably that they will cease to publish General Rate Increase (GRI) announcements.   FTA’s Director of European and Global Policy, Chis Welsh, said: “FTA...

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JOHN MASON ADOPTS SURVEYBOT TECHNOLOGY

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    John Mason has recently adopted the use of SurveyBot: a new technology that allows customers to record video inventories and receive quotes via their own smart devices.    “We are among the first in the UK to use this pioneering software with our clients - and it’s completely re-shaping and enhancing our offering here,” said John Mason International’s Simon Hood. “People connect with us on a recorded video chat, show the items they want to move, and they get a quote. It really is that simple and convenient. Having the ability to take video and turn it into an accurate inventory list is a game changer. It allows our customers to interact with us in their own way, right from their mobile phones.   Simon said that SurveyBot makes his service more efficient and affordable and offers customers convenience and flexibility, as well as ensuring information security. All videos are recorded, avoiding any risk of discrepancies. “We’ve...

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LARS TAKES AN APPOINTMENT WITH GRAEBEL

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  Graebel Companies has appointed Lars Lykke Iversen to its board of directors. Lars recently retired from the Santa Fe Group, where he served as CEO for 27 years and built the firm into a major global mobility services provider.    “Lars brings such a unique skillset and perspective to Graebel’s board,” said Bill Graebel, CEO of Graebel Companies. “He’s lived and worked all over the world, understands the challenges and dynamics of delivering best in class relocation services across these markets, and is also uniquely attuned to the opportunities that lie ahead of us. He will be a key strategic partner as we think about the growth and evolution of our company on a global basis.”    Lars’ career spans more than 40 years in the relocation and transportation industries. Prior to his tenure at Santa Fe Group, he served in a number of executive finance roles at East Asiatic Company (EAC) as well as at Johnson Walton Steamships....

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ASIAN TIGERS MOBILITY – SINGAPORE ACHIEVES STP-PLUS

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  Asian Tigers Mobility – Singapore has achieved ‘Secure Trade Partnership (STP) Plus certification’ by Singapore Customs.  This means that the company, and its Mutual Risk Agreement (MRA) partners worldwide, is less likely to have shipments inspected by customs.    The company was the first in Singapore to be certified as an STP supplier.  The STP is a voluntary certification program administered by Singapore Customs to help companies adopt robust security measures to enhance the security of the global supply chain. It is consistent with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) SAFE Framework of Standards to secure and facilitate global trade.    The Highest Level of Security - STP-Plus certification is only awarded to companies who have attained the ‘Premium’ band under the TradeFIRST assessment, which comprises five levels of facilitation and audited for compliance directly by Singapore Customs officers.    This...

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GUIDANCE ON IMPLEMENTING SOLAS

On 1st July 2016 the amendments to the SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) regulations, came into force requiring all shippers to provide a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for each container.  To help shippers, a collaboration of authoritative organisations -  the World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) – have jointly released a second Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.   The supplementary FAQs seek to provide further assistance in explaining the SOLAS VGM requirements by building on existing guidance material. They explain in more detail how the SOLAS container VGM requirements should be fulfilled in various circumstances and give additional information regarding the two methods that may be used to obtain the VGM of a packed container.     Shippers are urged to continue to approach any of the collaborating organizations...

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BRAZILLIAN CUSTOMS OFFICERS STRIKE

OMNI would like to thanks G-Inter in Brazil for providing the following information.... "Please be aware that Brazilian customs officers started a national strike today, July 14th. This will impact port and airport operations all over Brazil for inbound and outbound household good shipments. Officers are claiming for salary adjustments. The customs officer's Union confirmed that they will stop their services completely every Tuesday and Thursday until further notice. The planning ministry said in a statement that it was reviewing wage agreements inked by suspended President Dilma Rousseff earlier this month. We will keep you informaed of any changes."

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LARS LYKKE IVERSEN JOINS ALFA QUALITY MOVING

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Effective July 2016, Lars Lykke Iversen, former CEO for the Santa Fe Group, has been appointed as Director of the Board for the Alfa Quality Moving & Relocation Group of Companies. Lars brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from more than 30 years in this industry, to Alfa Quality Moving & Relocation.   "Being a Dane, understanding the culture and speaking the language, Lars will play an important role together with owners and management in developing Alfa Quality Moving & Relocation Group into a leading Scandinavian Services Company for Moving & Relocation Services," said Bengt Jönsson, partner and co-founder of Alfa Quality Moving & Relocation. Having known Lars for some 25 years, serving together on the ARM board, understanding Alfa's DNA, I believe that Lars' knowledge and experience will be a great asset for us moving forward."   "I am delighted to join the board of the Alfa Group of Companies, with whom I worked for many years as a partner...

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