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June 2017
GDPNetwork International Cargo awarded GDP Passport accreditation

Fiona Luciani, Training Division Manager, Irish Exporters Association and
George Fitzgerald, GDP Champion & Head of Freight Forwarding at Network International Cargo
Life Sciences International, a division of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA), awarded IIFA Full Trading Member Network International Cargo with the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Passport on 7th June 2017. The award was presented by Fiona Luciani, Training Division Manager at the IEA to Network International Cargo at their head office in Ballycoolin, Dublin.
The GDP Passport, a training initiative by the IEA ensures patient safety by compliance throughout all stages of the supply chain which safeguards the quality of medicinal products. Manufacturers can now ensure that pharmaceutical and medical devices / products are transported, stored and handled according to GDP regulations and guidelines by dealing with GDP Passport holders only. The GDP Passport involves training all levels of personnel involved in the supply chain. The key to success is the full suite of standardised and certified training which is to be undertaken by all those engaged either directly by the manufacturer or indirectly by the service provider in distribution activities. The GDP Passport operates in four stages:
GDP Champion - nominate and train one Champion to oversee the GDP processes
GDP Introduction - train all key personnel (operations and warehouse employees) involved in supply chain
GDP Driver - train all drivers involved in transporting LifeSciences products
GDP Audit - an audit of the premises to ensure procedures are in place to meet the requirements of the GDP Passport Scheme which is subsequently reviewed and approved by the IEA Life Sciences Steering committee
Speaking about the GDP accreditation, George Fitzgerald, Head of Freight Forwarding, Network International Cargo stated: "This is a key milestone in our investment programme to support the Life Science industry exporting globally. The GDP Passport accreditation is an essential ingredient which ensures that the highest distribution and quality standards are provided to the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotechnology companies located in Ireland."
Speaking on the accreditation, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association commented: "Good manufacturing practice and good distribution practice need to work hand in hand and vigilance by all concerned in the supply chain is vital to ensure patient safety. The number of subcontracted companies involved in the supply chain for biopharmaceutical products with different modes of transport and temperature control has increased significantly. Collaboration between all parties, including manufacturers, logistics service providers, ports and airports, is crucial to ensure anti-theft and anti-counterfeit procedures, product integrity and patient safety."

FIATAHans Günther Kersten has become
FIATA´s Deputy Director General
Mr. Kersten speaking at the 2016 FIATA World Congress Dublin

Hans Günther Kersten, formerly UIC Freight Director, has been selected as Deputy Director
General of FIATA and has started his mission on June 1st, 2017.

Mr Kersten has been designated to succeed FIATA's Director General and CEO Marco
Leonardo Sorgetti this September, when he retires.

A true international personality, Hans Günther Kersten has studied Business Administration,
Economics and Law at the University of Cologne, Germany. Besides German he speaks fluent
English and French and has a good understanding of Spanish and Dutch. After obtaining his
licence as a lawyer, Mr Kersten started his career as an associate at Oppenhoff & Rädler
(later merged with Linklaters). For the last 18 years Hans Günther worked for Deutsche Bahn
in various senior management positions, four and a half years of which seconded to the
international railway association UIC in Paris, where he held the position of director of the
freight department. In this capacity he had also had the opportunity to work together with
FIATA, in its long standing cooperation with UIC, even before taking today's central position
in the association.

During a recent visit to the FIATA Secretariat in Glattbrugg, Switzerland, Hans Günther
Kersten has expressed how honoured he felt about his nomination and that he was looking
forward to the new and interesting challenges. He thanked Marco Sorgetti and the entire
FIATA staff for their support, whilst pointing out that such a carefully planned transition was
so far unique in his career.

Marco Sorgetti welcomed the arrival of his Deputy Director with unconcealed satisfaction:
"Welcome to FIATA, he said to Mr Kersten, I am sure a person with your professional
background will add another layer of accomplishments in the long list of extraordinary
achievements of this association. There will be so much to share between the two of us; I am
delighted we shall have some time to ensure that the passing of the baton happens in the
most efficient and professional manner. I am looking forward to this cooperation that has
started on the best of terms".

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The designation title is slightly misleading and although it is open for hauliers wishing to be approved by the Irish Aviation Authority, the main purpose for the new designation is to re-designate present regulated agents who may not fulfill the full criteria required to be a regulated agent which is having sufficient screening abilities on the approved site to transfer unknown cargo into known cargo and screen cargo classed as high risk cargo and mail (cargo or mail which has been significantly tampered with or otherwise suspicious).

As one of the very few independent Irish Aviation Authority instructors in Ireland certified for air cargo, aviation managers, airport and inflight supplies training, we at WD Training Centre are happy to assist companies wishing to achieve first time certification or change designation. If you just wish more information or clarity on any of the areas relating to aviation security we are happy to help and ensure a safe and secure environment for all.

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Tel: 01 824 8008 

The above article was sent in by Philip Beggs
of IIFA Affiliate Member WD Training Centre.

coffeeContainer Coffee Opens in Dublin

Container Coffee, a Coffee shop created from a recycled shipping container, has opened up in Dublin City Centre. Measuring just over 27 square metres, it has an outside patio area for additional seating outside.
The café, which looks like a shipping container in appearance, is the brainchild of entrepreneur Gordon Hickey and prides itself on caring for the environment and its use of eco-friendly products (only biodegradable coffee cups are used and the café's aim is to be a plastic free venue).
"I am hoping that Container Coffee will become a regular spot for local workers to get their daily caffeine fix and for the many tourists in the area to stop, refuel and gather some information on the area," Gordon Hickey, founder of Container Coffee said.
The opening was welcomed by the Digital Hub, who said that it would also be a great addition to the Local Business Forum.
"The team at The Digital Hub recognise 'entrepreneurial spirit' straight away, and Gordon has that. Given our commitment to the urban regeneration of the Liberties area, it was a no-brainer to help an entrepreneur open a new retail business that will be a great addition to the streetscape and the community," Fiach Mac Conghail, ceo of the Digital Hub said.
Located at 161 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, the café is open 7 days a week 7.30am to 5pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays & Sundays.

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ItalyItaly Jumps on the Chinese Freight Link Bandwagon

Northern Italy and China will be linked by another cargo rail service from September. Faster than maritime shipping and cheaper than air freight, the service is set to be a boon for the fashion, food, automobile and hi-tech industries The new rail link is designed to provide an alternative to maritime and air services. Operated by Chinese company Changjiu Logistics, it will connect the northern Italian town of Mortara with the capital of Sichuan province, Chengdu.

The initial plan is to run one service a week in both directions and double the frequency in 2018, if the market conditions justify it. German rail company DB Cargo will run the service in Europe, which will be largely dedicated to transporting cars at first. But Changjiu Logistics eventually hopes to branch out into other sectors like fashion, furniture, electronics and food. For Mortara, a small town near the city of Pavia, this is a huge opportunity. Its logistics hub currently shifts around 50,000 intermodal units a year thanks to freight between Italy and northern Europe. 

China's Belt and Road Initiative is a massive development strategy focused on connectivity and cooperation. Although the EU and China did not see completely eye to eye at a recent summit, Beijing is keen to increase trade and this train service fits nicely into its plans. The EU and China confirmed today on the 2nd June their decision to step up their cooperation against climate change. But disagreements over trade soured the end of the summit, as Beijing refused to sign the joint declaration.

It is not the first rail link to connect Italy with the business of East Asia. The Far East Land Bridge (FELB), operated by Russian company RZD, has already linked Milan to China via Germany this year. FELB Italy manager Nicola Cavasin explained that "many Italian companies now ask their shipping partners to send freight by rail between Europe and Asia as an alternative. The train is faster than a ship and cheaper than a plane." The improvements have already made the train competitive against the ship, which takes around 20 days to make the same journey. Further reductions will only increase its attractiveness as a transport option. DHL Global Forwarding Italia's Mario Zini lauded the rail option as a "secure system and an excellent compromise between time and cost". DHL, one of the first to exploit the rail link, moved 50,000 containers between the two continents last year, which was a 119 percent increase on the previous year.

This article appeared in the 26th May 2017 CLECAT Newsletter.
This weekly newsletter is sent to all IIFA Members every Monday/ Tuesday

dhlDHL Opens New State-of-the-Art Life Sciences Facility at Dublin Airport

- 3,700 sq. m. (40,000 sq. ft) site dedicated to supporting Life Sciences manufacturers in Ireland
- Integrated transport and logistics services now available across temperature ranges
IIFA Full Trading Member DHL Supply Chain opened a new pharmaceutical grade facility in Ireland on 28th June 2017. Located at Horizon Logistics Park by Dublin Airport, the site is fully approved by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) and represents an important extension of the company's proven global pharmaceutical supply chain capability.
The brand-new, secure facility will allow pharmaceutical companies manufacturing in Ireland to enjoy fully compliant temperature controlled end-to-end supply chain management including: storage, pick & pack and inventory control. Plans are in place to extend the service across the temperature regimes and provide value-added repack and postponement services. The new DHL logistics center is expected to create up to 50 jobs over the coming months.
With 3,700 sq. m. (40,000 sq. ft) of warehousing space, the new facility will provide a superior logistics solution for pharmaceutical companies based in Ireland. Segregated into different temperature regimes, the site offers a range of storage environments including: ambient (15 - 25 degrees); chill (2-8 degrees); and a blast & holding freezer capable of temperatures of -20 degrees.
The new facility makes Ireland the 43rd country in which DHL has established a Life Sciences Center of Excellence, offering full access and integration with DHL's temperature controlled transport services by Road, Air, Ocean and Express. Located close to European markets and well serviced by road, air and sea, nine out of ten of the top global pharmaceutical companies and nine out of the top ten biopharmaceutical companies have already chosen Ireland as their manufacturing base.
Ciaran Foley, MD Ireland DHL Supply Chain, said: "We are very excited to open this site in Dublin dedicated to the Life Sciences sector in Ireland. DHL has already established an excellent Life Sciences customer base and reputation in Ireland through its Air, Ocean, Road and Express divisions and this new site gives customers access to a completely integrated global logistics solution. Our investment in Horizon also gives us the opportunity to provide supply chain services which are fully compliant and managed within strict regulatory controls from start to finish. This is the cornerstone of DHL's offering."

euconEucon Launches Mobile App

Eucon were pleased to launch their new Eucon Mobile App at the Transport and Logistic exhibition in Munich during May 2017. Eucon are the first LoLo short sea carrier on the Irish Sea to make a dynamic app available to their customers. In today's fast moving world where the smart phone or tablet has become an essential tool in the logistics business, it is unique that we can offer via the app immediate access to our shipping schedules and real time track and trace of the status of your shipments.

Existing customers with a log in to our web portal can use their existing credentials to logon to the App. The App is available in the Apple Store and on Google Play now.
DFDS Orders Two More Large Freight Ships

DFDS has ordered another two 6,700-lane metre large ships to be built at the Jinling shipyard in China. The design was developed in collaboration with naval architects Knud E. Hansen.
With the two new ships, DFDS has ordered four large ro-ro ships to service freight customers across the North Sea from 2019 and 2020.
Last year DFDS signed a contract with the Chinese shipyard Jinling for the construction of two ro-ro ships, which with their 6,700 lane metre load capacity and space for 450 trailers, are DFDS' biggest ships ever. Now DFDS has decided to order another two of these large ships. "The ships form part of our new building programme that underpins our ability to deliver the transport capacity required by our customers and our continuous pursuit of efficiency improvements," says Niels Smedegaard, CEO.
New environmental standards
The ships, like their sister ships, are the first DFDS-owned vessels built according to the new IMO EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) regulations, which set significantly lower limits for energy consumption and emissions in relation to the ship's capacity and engine power. Overall, they will reduce energy consumption and emissions by more than 25% per transported trailer compared to current standards. "As the ships are also being built with a scrubber and equipped with a ballast water treatment system and a number of energy-enhancing initiatives, they represent a whole new generation of environmentally friendly ro-ro ships," says Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS.
Benefits to customers
The first two of the new ro-ro ships are expected to be delivered in early 2019, and the new ones in early 2020.
"The ships are equipped with a unique ramp system with three independent stern ramps and internal ramps on each side in the ships. This means that they can be loaded and unloaded in a very short time so they can offer the combination of greater efficiency and capacity that can support our customers' growth in their trade across the North Sea and enable them to better service their customers," says Peder Gellert Pedersen, Executive Vice President and head of DFDS' Shipping network. 
In addition to the four Jinling ships, the programme so far includes two ro-ro ships under construction in Flensburg.

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turkishTurkish Cargo Launches Freighter Flights to Paris

Providing services to 120 countries around the world, Turkish Cargo launched scheduled freighter flights to Paris, the capital of France. These flights, which launched on June 21 2017, will be carried out by the freighters of Turkish Cargo.

Cargo schedule details for the Paris (CDG) destination see the aircraft depart Istanbul at 15:25 and arrive in Paris at 18:00 before making a return journey at 20:00, arriving in Istanbul at 00:25.

Automobile, aircraft and aircraft engines, as well as pharmaceutical products and plastic raw materials enjoy the top-ranking items in the export operations performed to Turkey from France, being the third-largest economy across the European Union and the sixth-largest economy of the world. Since France has a wide range of products and market diversity, it constitutes a market with high potential for Turkish Cargo.

Turkish Cargo aims to provide a better connection service to Africa, Middle East and Turkic Republics, especially the Far East, which constitute 75% of its transportation potential upon initiation of the flights to Paris.

eurotunnelEurotunnel Release Shuttle Traffic for May 2017

In May 2017 Le Shuttle Freight transported 141,646 trucks, recording the best Truck Shuttle traffic for a month of May in its history, an increase of 3% compared to May 2016. 

On Thursday 8 June 2017, Le Shuttle Freight established a new daily record with 3,822 trucks transported in 24 hours in the CAFO (Calais-Folkestone) direction, beating the previous record of 3,633 trucks set on 3 December 2015. 

Since the start of the year, truck traffic has fallen slightly by 1%, due to the exceptional weather conditions in Spain at the beginning of the year. 

Passenger Shuttle traffic has decreased by 4% compared to May 2016, with 212,930 vehicles transported penalized by an unfavorable electoral calendar in France. Passenger Shuttle traffic has decreased slightly since 1 January with nearly 935,000 vehicles transported.

limitsofliabilityLimits of Liability (Cargo Claims)

By Sea - Hague Visby Rules
SDR 2 per kilo or 
SDR 666.67 per package

By Road - CMR
SDR 8.33 per kilo

By Air - Warsaw/Montreal
SDR 19 per kilo

IIFA Standard Trading Conditions 
SDR 2 per kilo 

The SDR rate on 28/06/2017 
according to the
International Monetary Fund
was 1 SDR = 1.219840 Euro
Agus focail scoir:

A lesson from Adam West:

Batman: "Better put 5 cents in the meter."
Robin: "No policeman's going to give the Batmobile a ticket."
Batman: "This money goes to building better roads. We all must do our part."

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