International Forest Products Transport Association

Transport, Handling, Warehousing and Distribution of Forest Products

The China Factor

Published: May 8, 2015 | IFPTA Community

China has vast influence in the world, economically, financially and politically. Its future path has significant implications for the world. However, the region's logistics landscape is facing increasing problems from delays, infrastructure problems and other factors.

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Edge of a cliff

Published: January 12, 2015 | Shipping and Maritime

The main topic on the lips of every presenter and delegate was the implementation of the Sulphur Emissions Control Area (SECA) on January 1 2015. One delegate commented that: "Nothing else matters at this stage. We are all waiting on the edge of a cliff to see what will come post January."

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Marine Fraud and Crime - What you really need to know

Published: December 8, 2014 | Industry Insights

The trading and shipping environment today continues to face uncertainty. The unscrupulous operator is able to manipulate the documents in order to extract substantial sums from the banking system. And containers have long been recognized as one of the vulnerabilities in international transport.

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TS20: Worldwide perspective

Published: February 3, 2014 | IFPTA Community

Panel discussions from Transport Symposium 20 covered the most pressing topics from across the spectrum of forest products logistics. The following excerpts are summaries from the full coverage from all the speakers and panels in Baltimore.

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A strong partner in Vaasa

Published: February 3, 2014 | Logistics Today

Customer-adapted logistics solutions are increasing annual consignments of primarily steel from Rotterdam to Vaasa and Backman-Trummer, partnership with SCA, expects this growth to continue.

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Navigating risk obstacles

Published: November 20, 2013 | IFPTA Community

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On the world stage

Published: October 1, 2013 | Trade Flows

After rebounding in 2010 and 2011, world recovered paper usage is predicted to jump by about 40 million tonnes in the next five years. The projected upswing in the world economy and population, and a increasing share of the world furnish mix, will advance demand for recovered paper at a faster pace.

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Action plan for a "blue economy"

Published: May 14, 2013 | Policy and Politics

The European Commission has adopted an Action Plan to revitalise the marine and maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean Area, aiming at creating sustainable growth in coastal regions while preserving the environmental and ecological stabilty of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Pulp trade flows

Published: May 13, 2013 | Industry Insights

Industry data show pulp trade flows have changed over the past decade. But it is still unclear about what that means for the future.

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Pollution's problems

Published: May 9, 2013 | Environment

The emissions trading system (ETS) and the recent vote to withhold some 900 million carbon credits from the third phase of the ETS has caused some critics to say the system is broken.

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Wait and see mode

Published: May 6, 2013 | Market Spotlight

Imports from North Europe to US continued to decline in January and February, making it difficult for ocean carriers to get westbound freight rates back up. The US economy is growing, but containerised cargo does not yet appear to be part of the equation.

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New charter helps meet customer demand

Published: May 3, 2013 | Shipping and Maritime

Rickmers-Linie has added a tenth vessel on its eastbound Round-the-World Pearl String Service as part of its continuing programme of investment in its services.

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Beginning of the end

Published: April 30, 2013 | Industry Insights

Although 2013 is expected to fare better than 2012, in terms of dry bulk freight rates, it will still take the market a while, before it gains some solid ground under its feet, said BIMCO's Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand.

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Take away or take over

Published: April 29, 2013 | China

For two decades China has been the driving force behind global industrial growth and the demand for shipping capacity. But, its recent dip in growth has been accompanied by some significant trends; bigger increases in consumption and services, less in investment and manufacturing.

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Expectations fall for second straight month

Published: April 29, 2013 | Shipping and Maritime

The German manufacturing business expectation fell to 101.6 in April from 103.6 in March, its second consecutive decline since February this year. This points to a negative outlook for Germany’s factory orders and could mean lower production, which will indirectly negatively impact shipping demand

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As the U.S. Pivots East, Russia Pivots North

Published: April 29, 2013 | Trade Flows

Moscow's recent statements and actions indicate its intention to take the lead in controlling the diverse resources of the Arctic Ocean. Asian countries share a concern with Russia–namely, the northward shift of trade routes as the polar cap melts and the Northern Route becomes more navigable.

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Beware of impending tight capacity

Published: April 29, 2013 | Market Analysis

An influx of large vessel tonnage onto the Asia-Europe trade is driving rates lower, while the cascading of unwanted smaller ship sizes is lowering pricing elsewhere. How much longer will carriers allow rates to fall before pulling capacity?

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Balance must be achieved before market can improve

Published: April 18, 2013 | Breakbulk

The dry bulk market remains depressed. While demand is returning to normal, adjustments of the fleet are needed before balance can be achieved and the market can start improving.

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Forest products carriers lead Dynamar rankings

Published: April 15, 2013 | Breakbulk

There is little doubt that the introduction and subsequent domination of the shipping container enabled the massive expansion of worldwide trade and the rise of globalisation.

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Bulk tonnage at bargain prices

Published: April 12, 2013 | Market Analysis

More ship owners operating in the dry bulk market appear to have developed a newfound optimism in the market's prospects. As they look ahead to the market's return to heathier levels, many are acquiring new bulkers at bargin prices.

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