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Port of Los Angeles and Indonesia Port Corporation sign cooperative agreement

Officials from the Port of Los Angeles and Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC) PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

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Port of Los Angeles and Indonesia Port Corporation sign cooperative agreement. Image: Flickr/ Edsel Little

Officials from the Port of Los Angeles and Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC) PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with goals to promote further cooperation and information sharing on issues of business and trade, digital supply chain efficiency, the environment and infrastructure development.

“Increased global competitiveness, supply chain innovation and the more widespread use of sustainable operations technology can only happen if ports join forces in earnest to share ideas and expertise,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This agreement today is another example of the Port of Los Angeles’ commitment to further promote international cooperation and collaboration across the globe.”

The MOU calls on the Port of Los Angeles and PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) to collaborate on strategies related to port operations, commercial trade competitiveness, port and rail infrastructure development. The agreement also calls for sharing of best practices on pollution reduction, alternative energy initiatives, and port security and safety programs.  Its digital supply chain efficiency cooperation will entail working on a pilot project to improve information flow and visibility using the Port Optimizer™, a first-of-its-kind digital portal co-developed by the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation to track real-time maritime shipping data for cargo owners and supply chain stakeholders through secure, channeled access.

“PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II is excited to establish more formal ties with Port of Los Angeles to collaborate closely in the years ahead,” said Elvyn Gani Masassya, President Director of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero). “From the environment to new technologies, business systems to infrastructure development, there is a great deal that we can learn from one another to improve operations and advance global trade, innovation and sustainability.”

Also attending the signing ceremony were Saud P. Krisnawan, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia, and Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner Lucia Moreno-Linares.

The two ports recently collaborated to produce a video promoting the trade route from the Tanjung Priok Port Jakarta of the Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC) to the Port of Los Angeles.

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China’s trade with Bulgaria up 5.1 pct in 2019

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China’s trade with Bulgaria grew by 5.1 percent year on year in 2019 to 2.72 billion U.S. dollars, said an official with the Ministry of Commerce.

Since the establishment of the China-Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation mechanism in 2012, China and Bulgaria have made positive progress in cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, infrastructure and other fields, said Yu Jianhua, vice commerce minister and deputy China international trade representative, at the China-Bulgaria Business Forum.

So far, China’s investment in the country has amounted to 740 million U.S. dollars.

China is willing to work with Bulgaria to tap the huge potential of the Belt and Road and advance bilateral economic and trade cooperation to a higher level, Yu said.

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Guangdong’s trade with Belt & Road countries up 4.7 pct in 2019

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South China’s Guangdong Province witnessed a 4.7-percent increase in its trade with Belt and Road countries in 2019.

According to the government report delivered at the annual provincial legislative session, the China-Europe freight trains departing from Guangdong saw their annual cargo volume increase by 31.2 percent year on year in 2019.

The province also had five new friendship cities, and its friendship city network covered major countries along the Belt and Road by the end of last year.

According to the report, the province will continue to support its enterprises in participating in infrastructure projects and energy development in Belt and Road countries, and develop more businesses and transport modes for the China-Europe freight trains in 2020.

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Whistl to offer semi tracked import service from 220 countries

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Whistl and One World Express have joined forces to offer eCommerce importers into the UK a tracked postal service, Insight, from 220 countries worldwide.

Under the agreement, eCommerce importers will be able to print one label for an individual item in the country of origin and track it through the various transit stages, including customs clearance. When Whistl receive the item in the UK it will be processed in the network and handed to Royal Mail for delivery to the end consumer.

Established in 1998, the then One World Express Group (OWE) started as a UK-based cross-border express carrier. Today, it has become a data-driven IT platform currently managing 10.000+ tariffs on behalf of its clients to destinations worldwide. In 2016 OWE started to extend its integration library, integrating with marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Lazada and also various eCommerce platforms such as Magento, allowing its customers to manage orders from all their sales channels using a one-stop-solution through their technology platform “Smarttrack”.

Nick Wells, CEO Whistl, said:
“With the unprecedented expansion of the eCommerce industry globally and the rise of imports into the UK, consumers are looking for greater transparency on the delivery journey from country of origin to their home. Whistl is delighted that we will be working with One World Express to enable eCommerce importers from 220 countries to semi track every item they import into the UK before handover to Royal Mail via Insight.”

Atul Bhakta, CEO One World Express Group, said:
“By collaborating with the leading delivery management company in the UK, global customers who are importing into the UK, now have access to the experts who understand the importance of the customer experience from origin to handover to the consumer. We look forward to building our Insight relationship together.”

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