Panama Canal situation may trigger wider supply chain issues

Following the driest year and October on record, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has been steadily cutting daily vessel transit numbers and draught levels across the canal, with some restrictions possibly staying in force until 2028, with wider supply chain ramifications. With each transit of the Panama Canal consuming a large amount of water, drought

Metro win double in October

In partnership with key technology partners WNS and Windward, Metro has won the Innovation Category at this month’s Supply Chain Excellence and ISG Paragon Awards, for two AI powered solutions. It is through award-winning initiatives such as these, that we maintain our strong track record in the market – at the cutting edge of new

Nature and demand pushing up airfreight rates

Airfreight spot rates continued to rise last week as weather conditions, volcanic activity and wars put capacity under pressure, with fears of a major eruption in Iceland growing – possibly within days. With the airfreight sector preparing to benefit from a potential reduction in ocean shipping reliability next year, as the container shipping lines grapple

Container carriers may impose massive blanking programme

With 2024 just weeks away, scheduled container shipping capacity post-Golden Week on both the trans-Pacific and Asia to North Europe trade-lanes is up massively. Over 30% to the USEC and over 10% to Europe, raising fears of a massive blank sailing program between now and the end of the year. Just a year ago container

Metro runner for Crohn’s & Colitis UK

Crohn’s disease and colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases, with a wide variety of symptoms, which cause pain, inflammation, tiredness and weight-loss, and one Metro team member decided to do something about it. Crohn’s & Colitis is a life-long condition which is often diagnosed in young people, requiring lifestyle changes and often life changes, which can

EU Emissions Trading Scheme surcharge

The EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) extends to container shipping from the 1st January 2024, with significant legal, commercial and financial consequences for carriers and a new surcharges for shippers. Under the EU ETS carriers will purchase a capped number of permits, known as EU Allowances (EUAs) at auction that allow discharge of a specified

Metro is officially a Great Place to Work

Every member of our team has a critical role in building the trust, confidence, and satisfaction that creates the customer relationships which have seen us thrive for almost 50 years. Being certified a ‘Great Place to Work’ demonstrates that we care about our employees and support them, while encouraging them to grow with Metro. We’re

Positive developments at our Birmingham hub airport

Metro have worked in a strategic partnership with Birmingham Airport for almost 10 years and its importance as an air cargo hub and global gateway for the Midlands, has been further underlined by critical ground-handling investments and pending China freighter services. Metro’s partnership with Birmingham International Airport reduces lead times and carbon emission’s, while increasing schedule

Reviewing the India opportunity

As a UK-India Free Trade Agreement draws closer new research confirms India’s strategic importance, with 73% of UK business leaders identifying the country as a target growth market and Metro’s senior executives are preparing local infrastructure to support any acceleration in bilateral trade. The UK and India recently concluded the 13th round of negotiations and

Shipping lines fighting to protect rates

In an attempt to recover operations back into the black and jettison unprofitable cargoes, the container shipping lines have deferred FAK freight rate increases from Asia until December, after their planned November GRIs failed. The Asia-North Europe rate increases, that were due to be valid from 1st November have been supported by radical capacity management