Growing demand sees bright future for logistics firms

Hong Kong logistics companies are proving their resilience to tough competition, surging fuel prices and economic woes afflicting the North American market.

Wednesday, 16 April, 2008, 12:00am

Hi-tech advances ensure the heavy stuff is moving safely

Container transport might look like the ultimate hardware business, given that it involves massive ships, port infrastructure, gantry cranes, warehouses and trucks. But without the technology and software that control the flow of information and drive today's international supply chain, everything else would soon grind to a halt.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Clamour for end to immunity grows

The impetus to end the shipping lines' immunity from antitrust laws is gathering pace in an industry where consolidation has left more and more countries without commercial fleets, lessening any national imperative to buffer them from the vagaries of a hugely cyclical market.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


The group's main activities are the forwarding of freight by sea, air, rail and road and transport of goods by sea, domestically and internationally. It also delivers documents, packages and heavyweight freight and acts as an agent for other international express services providers.

26 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Customs seize pirated disks and fake goods

Updated at 5.32pm: Hong Kong customs officials said on Monday they had seized a large batch of pirated disks and counterfeit goods intended for export by cargo express.

Helped by a cargo express company, officers on Saturday seized 28,793 pirated disks and 4,952 pieces of counterfeit goods, worth about $1.13 million.

19 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

WTO last port left for exporters in THC storm

If Below Deck had a penny for every word he has written on the protracted dispute about terminal handling charges (THC) in the past 10 years, you would not be reading this column.

30 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Shippers run out of patience

Asian exporters to lobby for WTO action to end 10-year dispute over handling fees

Asian exporters plan to take their long-running dispute on terminal handling charges to the World Trade Organisation to seek relief from billions of dollars in fees levied by shipping lines each year, according to the Federation of Asean Shippers' Councils (FASC).

29 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Vested interests scuttle fresh bid to settle fees row

Every time a settlement to the long-running dispute over terminal handling charges (THC) appears to draw nearer, the ugly face of self interest surfaces to scuttle all progress.

Much to its credit, China's State Council last year intervened in the increasingly fractious affair, if only once again to bring the two sides to the table to find a solution.

23 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Transpacific shippers to reveal structure of fees

Deadlock set to end as leading lines agree to clarify the handling charges, which have hurt HK's competitiveness

13 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Shipping lines confirm hopes for big rate rises

Leading transpacific shipping lines such as Orient Overseas Container Line yesterday renewed their commitment to charge up to US$1,000 more per box this year for carrying goods to the United States.

28 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Smooth sailing for Tung amid testing times

'But we must bear in mind that, first, in neighbouring areas the logistics industry is developing very fast and competition is ever intensifying and, second, our operating costs are too high. We must redouble our efforts, otherwise we risk eroding the advantages we have.'

Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, policy address

13 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

A new containment policy against al-Qaeda

The Queen Mary 2 - the largest, most expensive luxury cruise liner ever built - will be officially named by Britain's Queen Elizabeth on January 8 before it sets off, four days later, on its maiden voyage from Britain to Florida.

2 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Coalition fights Iata immunity bid

A powerful lobby of 40 US groups is opposing a move that will allow the top airline body to raise cargo prices

A powerful coalition of shippers and one of America's top legal bodies have opposed a request for exemption from antitrust laws by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) as it seeks to unilaterally change the pricing formula for low-density cargo.

10 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

At the risk of offending again, applause for a reluctant step forward

It is a testament to the volatility of the terminal handling charge (THC) debate that the views stated in Below Deck two weeks ago have put more than a few high-profile executives off-side.

Such is the distrust surrounding every twist and turn in the container shipping industry's THC saga that even praise is viewed with suspicion.

25 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

US may revise air-freight proposal

The United States Customs Service appears ready to revise proposals for securing the movement of air cargo linked to the American marketplace in line with recent anti-terrorism initiatives.

21 Mar 2003 - 12:00am