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2020: a before and after in air cargo.

Air transport: essential and constantly developing

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 health crisis, air transport has played a very important role in guaranteeing deliveries and supplies of the most essential goods, especially in the case of pharmaceutical products. As explained here, air logistics, characterised by its reliability and immediacy, has been crucial in this long period of pandemic.One could say that 2020 has marked a before and after in the industry. Paradoxically, however, the [...]

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Stock Logistic closely follows the trend of rising ocean freight rates.

High freight rates in world maritime trade

The shipping industry witnessed, especially in the last months of 2020, freight rates rising to previously unheard of levels. For example, according to the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI), the freight rate per TEU reached 1,938.32 dollars on 20 November. The main reason was that, with the reactivation of the Chinese economy since last May and the gradual recovery of other areas of the planet, there was an increase in demand that exceeded [...]

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Air transport is moving towards digitalization.

AIR CARGO TRANSPORT AND DIGITISATION

Now more than ever, the world of logistics stops at all those processes that can help automate operations, improve management and be more productive. The current situation, where social distance and the greater need to use more technology prevails, favours this digital current.With regard to air freight, which must be fast and agile due to the nature of the goods it handles, it will also be affected by this increase in digitalisation, which will [...]

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Port governance always generates all forms of debates.

The management of the ports

The model of governance, or management, of the ports of general interest always gives rise to intense debates on how this should be done. Over the last few years, the Port Authorities have been confronted with key aspects such as their role in the flow of international trade, the liberalisation of maritime transport, the deregulation of certain services, the concentration of companies or the geographical centralisation of the big port operators which [...]

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 The ISPS code was implemented in 2004.

THE ISPS CODE IN THE MARITIME SECTOR

The ISPS (International Ship and Port Facilities Security), or International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, is a protocol adopted by the International Maritime Organization, IMO, in 2004 to establish a common framework for cooperation and security to detect threats and take action to prevent them.The main objectives of the ISPS Code are:To establish an international framework that channels cooperation between governments, government [...]

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Shipping authorization is increasingly done in digital form.

WHAT IS ELECTRONIC BOARDING OR EB/L?

The Bill of Lading, or B/L, is a document that is always used in maritime transport and fulfils three fundamental functions. The first is to attest to the delivery of the goods on board the ship, the second is proof of the contract of carriage, and finally, it is a means of transferring the rights to the goods in transit to the other party by transmitting the document on paper.All logistics operators, including Stock Logistic, use the Bill of [...]

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The logistics of the coming times are beginning to take their first steps.

The logistics of the future

Logistics and the operation of supply chains have become a key element during the COVID-19 health crisis. The distribution networks have, for months, been under considerable pressure and have demonstrated their ability to adapt but also a high degree of flexibility.When we have not yet reached absolute normality, many experts are already asking themselves, will there be new logistics after the coronavirus? What will change?Stock Logistic, as a [...]

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The economies of scale of large ships now dominate the maritime sector.

ECONOMIES OF SCALE IN THE MARITIME SECTOR, AT RISK?

The COVID-19 crisis will have its effects on the maritime industry and world trade. International organizations have negative forecasts on the impact on foreign trade and consumption that will affect, in the medium and long term, the strategies of large shipping companies with respect to routes, scales and also the size of container ships.It is precisely the increase in the number of large mega ships that has made great strides in recent years. [...]

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Quality in logistics is increasingly valued

THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY IN LOGISTICS

Offering an excellent quality service is what makes the difference from the competition and allows for customer loyalty. According to the data of the last report of XI Logistic Circle Barometer SIL 2020 the quality is the aspect more valued by the companies. It is followed by factors such as flexibility, specialisation, speed, business optimisation and sustainability.In the specific case of logistics companies, quality, more than an added value, [...]

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The export situation in the post-pandemic world will be different.

EXPORTS IN THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

Since the years of the previous recession (2008), the Spanish economy has depended, to a large extent, on the strength and drive of its exports to any part of the world. However, after the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, many experts suggest that the sale of products in foreign markets will experience a significant drop, especially in the second quarter of the year, despite the fact that we live in a totally globalized and interconnected economy. And [...]