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German customs authorities accuse IBC Solar of smuggling Chinese PV modules

By Petra Hannen and Sandra Enkhardt Nov 22 2019 / PV Magazine Investigators have accused the Bad Staffelstein-based business of having purchased incorrectly-declared modules from China and evading around €23 million in import duties. The company’s head office and the private apartments of board members have been searched. Although the minimum import price applied by the EU to Chinese solar modules imported by European businesses ended 14 months ago,...

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Is Singapore's semicon sector on the skids?

Is Singapore’s semicon sector on the skids?

Beyond the current down cycle, can Singapore’s key electronics cluster continue to be competitive? By Lynette Tan Nov 9 2019 / The Business Times Singapore hosts the entire semiconductor value chain IT all started 51 years ago, and throughout the half century or so, Singapore’s key semiconductor industry has had its ups and downs. It is currently in the throes of yet another down cycle amid slow consumer demand....

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Dachser Thailand well prepared for the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (FTA)

Dachser Thailand well prepared for the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (FTA)

Oct 31 2019 / /PR Newswire Asia BANGKOK, Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Thanks to its integrated, end-to-end solution set up and its global network, the logistics service provider is able to prepare its customers for changes in the upgraded FTA. During a customs clearance seminar in Thailand, the company presented its first own branded trucks for Thai streets. Since the upgraded ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (FTA) went into...

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Ecommerce hub at Leipzig/Halle Airport goes digital with DAKOSY

Sep 30 2019 / The STAT TIMES E-commerce shipments arriving at Leipzig/Halle Airport will be completely digital and automated thanks to the newly introduced Customs software called ZODIAK, developed and operated by the Hamburg software specialist DAKOSY. The software, which is approved for all ATLAS Customs procedures, is now being used at Germany’s second-largest air freight hub by ground handling service provider PortGround GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche...

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China’s largest land port sees 5,000 China-Europe freight trains

Edited by Yan Sep 29 2019 / XinhuaNet HOHHOT, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) — Manzhouli, the largest land port on the China-Russia border, has seen 5,000 China-Europe freight trains since 2013, according to local customs. There are currently 52 routes of China-Europe freight trains via the land port, which help promote the trade between over 60 Chinese cities and 28 cities in 13 European countries including Germany, Poland and Belgium,...

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Deal or no deal, we must never again leave British trade hostage to the Channel choke point

By Ambrose Evens-Pritchard Aug 21 2019 / The Telegraph Britain’s trade transport system is no longer fit for purpose. Today’s deformed structure amounts to a failure of statecraft over decades and – as we are discovering – is a potential threat to economic national security.  Goods from Germany’s Ruhr Valley or the manufacturing clusters of Baden-Württemberg are transported in lorries to the Channel and from there to Leeds, Doncaster, Sheffield,...

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Plastic Waste Piles Up as Indonesia’s Import Crackdown Backfires

By Viriya Singgih Aug 2 2019 / Bloomberg Indonesia’s crackdown on waste imports is backfiring with its plastic recycling industry in disarray and hundreds of containers of used materials clogging its ports. Authorities ordered close scrutiny of trash imports after random inspections in May led to the discovery of more than 80 containers of illegal waste from the U.S., Australia and Europe. About 1,000 containers are now waiting for...

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Pentagon Contract Worth Billions Set to Shake Up Moving Industry

By Travis Tritten – July 10 2019/ Bloomberg Award early next year for $2.2 billion annual program Congress eyeing legislation that could delay contract Nothing is more certain in military life than that moving, at some point, will be part of it. That saddles the Pentagon with managing an army of commercial moving companies for about 360,000 shipments per year of furniture, clothes, books, bicycles, and all other types...

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Japan’s export control to further strain Korean economy

The Korean Times July 5, 2019 By Lee Kyung-min  Japan’s export control of key materials needed to produce semiconductors and displays will deal a significant blow to Asia’s fourth-largest economy, economists said Friday.  “Given that semiconductors account for about 6 percent of the country’s GDP, a 10 percent drop in the export volume could lead to a 0.6-percentage-point drop in the growth rate,” KB Securities Chief Economist Chang Jae-chul...

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Maersk Launches Digital Customs Clearance

Shipping line Maersk has launched a digital customs clearance platform, to help customers deal with complex shipping regulations. It claims to be the first container shipping company to offer the service. By Steve Garnsey Various rules must be followed to ensure traded goods enter and exit a country legally. But if a delay occurs, the entire shipping plan is affected, causing increased expense such as storage costs and fines, resulting...

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