Metro are getting BIGGER in Europe

Metro has been shipping freight to, from and across Europe since 1981, using road, rail and short-sea services to create country and product-specific transport solutions. Our new Head of European Services, Matt Paxton-Rhodes, wants to make these award-winning solutions available to more shippers, in more verticals. Metroā€™s European transport solutions are designed to meet the

Potentially disruptiveĀ rail strike averted in US, while, unfortunately,Ā UK braces for more

President Bidenā€™s administration has averted a rail strike that would have caused further issues within the countryā€™s fragile supply chain infrastructure, while rail strikes will recommence  in the UK from October, following the recent deferment of the original announced action. US shippers and retailers had warned of the negative effects of a rail strike and the ā€˜11th hourā€™ contract agreement brokered by

Train strikes threaten freight movements

The biggest rail strike in modern history will affect all rail operations and potentially bring the country to a standstill next week. Our transport teams are working with our service providers on contingency plans that will keep freight moving. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has promised it will “shut down” the rail network

Sea freight facing even more challenges

Low-sulphur fuel container ship bunker prices have increased by a third since Russiaā€™s move on Ukraine, with bunker surcharges rising around 15% and expected to spike further with crude oil hitting new highs of more than double the price at the beginning of the year. Expect the carriers to claw back as much cash as

Freight market report – December 2021

With supply chains battling through overwhelmed transport systems, material shortages, and infrastructure disruptions for close on two years, we asked our partners in seven key markets to share their thoughts on critical operational elements, including demand, capacity and rates.  BANGLADESH | CHINA | DUBAI | INDIA | PAKISTAN | SRI LANKA | USA AIR In

Ā£150m stolen from supply chains in 2020

Over Ā£400,000 worth of goods in transit were stolen every day from Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) supply chains in 2020, even with many countries being under lockdown for much of the year. The Transport Asset Protection Association (TAPA) recorded 6,463 cargo thefts across 56 countries in the EMEA region despite widespread lockdowns, with

China – Europe rail options expand further

October sees the launch of a new multimodal sea-rail service from Altynkol on the Chinese border, to Hamburg, boasting transit times of 12-14 days from Chongqing to Hamburg. The service, a strategic joint venture between Russian Railways subsidiary JSC and Frankfurt based Belintertrans (BIT-Germany) will initially consist of two train departures every day for Hamburg, with technology

General Global freight market update

The current market conditions are a real mixed bag dependent on trade lane, mode of transport and region. Whilst some areas of global trade are experiencing extreme congestion, other areas are operating as normal for this time of year. Below is an overview of the current situation. Sea Freight Focusing on the westbound import ocean

New China rail services added

Supply chains between Europe and China continue to face significant pandemic-related disruption, leading to an upsurge in interest for rail freight solutions from the region. Reacting to expanding demand, we are increasing our rail freight coverage, to embrace all major China sourcing regions. The increased load factors (number of containers) on each arriving vessel is