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Vietnam: Boom exposes unqualified staff
The relatively nascent logistics sector in Vietnam has grown rapidly over the last decade but it is hampered by weaknesses including a dearth of qualified staff and a lack of professionalism. Thanh Nien News, 29/7.

US: Iraq exit poses daunting logistics
The Pentagon is grappling with how to transfer out what a top official calls “mountains of equipment” along with 143,000 troops and a similar number of civilians, amid the continuing threat of roadside bombs, ambushes, and suicide attacks from insurgents and terrorists. Boston Globe, 27/7.

France: Workers forced to release managers
Workers facing the sack from an air cargo company released the two managers they held overnight at Paris’ Roissy airport on Friday after a court official intervened. Reuters, 24/7.

China: Vice-premier logistics call
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan has called for accelerated development of trade and tourism in China’s border areas to promote regional economies. In particular he wants to step up construction of transport and logistics facilities in border areas in Inner Mongolia. China Daily, 11/7.

US: Era of trans-Arctic shipping nigh
Since 1553, when Sir Hugh Willoughby led an expedition north in search of a sea passage over Russia to the Far East, mariners have dreamed of such a shortcut. Now, a German company, the Beluga Group of Bremen, has a ship poised to make what appears to be the first such trip. The “Arctic Rush” is on. New York Times, 28/7.

India: Expanded air cargo building opened
Coimbatore: Civil works relating to parallel taxiway, terminal building expansion and improvements to the parking bays for accommodating bigger aircraft with higher load are on.
The Hindu, 28/7.

Jamaica: Logistics centre housing offer
Kingston Logistics Centre has extended its portfolio beyond logistics and is now offering housing at an affordable price. It has joined forces with Mod Space to transform containers into steel-framed accommodations. These homes are available in both 20-foot and 40-foot sizes. The Gleaner, 4/8.

China: DHL chief flies in
Deutsche Post DHL CEO Frank Appel started his whirlwind visit in Beijing at 7:30am on June 29th shortly after flying ten hours from Germany . . . the 48-year-old looked his interviewer in the eye and said: “We are still committed to Asia, particularly China.” China Daily, 06/08.

Iran: Private sector investment in ports
The Iranian private sector has invested over 3.65 trillion rials (about $367.3 million) in domestic ports development projects in the three months to 21 June. Tehran Times, 19/7.

Estonia: Land for logistics plan
Estonia plans to turn hundreds of hectares land in Ida-Virumaa into an industrial park. The state and local municipalities hope to bring in logistics and transport companies. Baltic Business News, 29/07.

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